Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Alfredo Medina

A. Medina

Alfredo (Alfred) Medina, age 82 of Springer, NM passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday March 22, 2014. Alfred was born June 22, 1931 in Roy, NM to the late Alfredo and Maria Elena Archuleta Medina. He grew up and lived all his life in northern New Mexico, the land that he loved.

            Alfred was married for many years to Mary Frances Medina (Montoya), and together they raised five children.

            Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary Frances Montoya Medina, and one grandson Dereck Tempel.

            He is survived by his children by his children Robert Medina (Phyllis) of Springer, NM, Patricia Tempel (Jimmy) of Albuquerque, NM Cheryl Martinez (Adrian) of Albuquerque, NM, Teddy Medina of Santa Fe, NM and Stephanie Russell (Cliff) of Colorado Springs, CO, six grandchildren (Gabe, Carmela, Bryan, Andrew, Katie, and Kerri) and two great grandchildren (Thomas and Sofia).

            Alfred proudly owned and operated his own company, Medina Trucking Company, for many years with his son Robert. Together they travelled the state of New Mexico building many roads, bridges and highways. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, and hiking in Cimarron Canyon and spending time at family outings and with his grandchildren. Alfred was a wonderful man who was always there for his family and friends in time of need and who always took time to look for the simple pleasures in nature and in life and the beautiful things in this world.

            The Medina Family would like to thank the caring staff at Pikes Peak Hospice and University Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO for their excellent care of Alfred, and concern for the family. In lieu of flowers the family asks that any memorial donations be made to your favorite charity or wildlife fund, in the name of Alfred Medina.

            Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Saturday April 12, 2014 at 9:30am at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer, NM recited by Frank Cimino. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:00am with Celebrants Father Izuka and Father Balizan. Rite of Committal and Inurnment will be at Springer Cemetery.

            Arrangements for Alfredo Medina are under the care and direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton. 

In Loving Memory of Moyie Carol Herriman

Moyie Carol Herriman 
(April 19, 1946 – March 31, 2014)


Moyie Carol (Palmer) Herriman, age 67, died Monday, March 31, 2014 in Amarillo, Texas.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Billy Rammage officiating.

Moyie Carol (Palmer) Herriman was born on April 19, 1946 in Sedan, New Mexico to Dale Wallace Palmer and Ora Thelma (McKee) Palmer. She grew up in the Sedan and Clayton, New Mexico area. Moyie met her husband Verl at Vici, Oklahoma in the fall of 1972. When Moyie and her cousin Wayne Lookingbill were driving around at Woodward, Oklahoma. Verl saw her and Fell in Love with her. Later Verl got up enough nerve to ask her out and they were married September 7, 1973 and have been together all these years. Moyie was a homemaker and a wonderful seamstress. She loved to make quilts. She cut out and pieced together well over 100 quilts for her sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and many friends. Moyie loved to bowl in the league at Dalhart, she went to Reno, Nevada and Kansas City, Kansas to bowl in the bowling nationals. She had a collection of bowling nicknacks that she would always add to so she could have something to remember the fun that she had while she bowled at the different places. Her bowling partner was her mother. Moyie loved to travel the back roads with Verl to see where the road went to. Moyie loved to go to see the leaves as they were turning colors in the fall and would always say, “I don’t see any hi-line wires so we must be lost”. Due to her health problems, she couldn’t get around like she wanted to so she talked to her family on the phone a lot and spent a lot of time on her computer on facebook or playing games. Moyie was preceded in death by her mother and father, a brother; Alvin Dale Palmer and a sister-in-law; Lois Ivey (Jennings) Palmer.


HUSBAND: Verl Herriman of Vici, Oklahoma.

3 SISTERS: Amy Garrison and Margaret Garrison both of Hayward, California and Jane Reynolds of Granite, Oklahoma.

3 BROTHERS: Larry Palmer of Mansfield, Texas, Wallace Palmer and Jerry Palmer both of Dalhart, Texas.

And a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

MEMORIALS: The family suggests that memorials be made to BSA Hospice in Amarillo, Texas or to the charity of your choice

In Loving Memory of Steven P. Porter

Steven P. Porter age 61, of Maxwell, NM. Passed away Monday March 24, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born Feb. 18, 1953 in Ogden, UT. The son of Lloyd and Sharon Clawson-Porter. Steven had worked for over 40 years in solid waste as waste manger for several companies. Steve started in the Solid Waste business in 1974, working for a small family owned business in boulder City, NV. He started at the bottom driving a garbage truck, four years later he was asked to take over the running of the company. In 1985 he took his first job with a major solid waste company in San Diego, CA. from there he worked for two more major solid waste companies in Texas, Wyoming and again in California, Maryland and Oregon. Concluding 40 years in the waste business. He learned about the waste disposal, landfill usage and recycling.

He worked for the city of Raton as the recycling coordinator. He was extremely proud of the results that were made here in Raton with the program. He firmly believed they were going to go farther and get even better. He started with NM Rural Water in Oct. of 2013. He would be setting up recycling programs in the small rural communities in New Mexico. They would be able to start their own recycling programs in their town. Hopefully someone will be able to take his ideas and continue the work he started and take it as far as he would have. He loved Collage Basketball and fishing at the Cimarron Canyon. 

Steven was preceded in death by his mother, Sharon Porter. He is survived by his wife Veronica of the home, two daughters, Misty Neilson of Boulder City, NV, and Jayme Porter of Carson City, NV. One son Ryan Porter of Sparks, NV. Father and step-Mother Lloyd and Darlene Porter of Lakewood, CO., sister Kathy Porter of St. George, UT. Step sister Sandra Bryan of West Haven, UT, two brothers, Martin P. Porter of Henderson, NV, and Todd C. Porter and wife Sara of American Fork, UT. And six grandchildren.

Memorial services will be Tuesday April 1, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Steven P. Porter are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton. 

In Loving Memory of Luanna Jayne Trujillo Hardest

Luanna Jayne Trujillo Hardesty, age 44, went on to meet our Lord on Friday, March 28, 2014 in Amarillo, Texas.

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 3 by Deacon P. Louis Montoya and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Friday, April 4, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Fr. Joel Bugas, Celebrant. Cremation will follow by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

Luanna Jayne Trujillo Hardesty was born on November 21, 1969 in Boise City, Oklahoma to Lawrence Trujillo and Loretta (Rodriguez) Trujillo Mayhan. Luanna attended Clayton public schools until the eighth grade then moved to White Sands Missle Range where she graduated from Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She continued her education and went on to earn a degree in business. She moved to Fulton, Missouri where she met and married Matt Hardesty, her soul mate. She often worked three jobs to get herself through school. Luanna attended the School of Nursing in Mexico, Missouri where she graduated with outstanding achievement in attendance and study. Luanna loved the outdoors and had a love for animals. She treated them with love, special care and tenderness. She enjoyed riding her bicycle, swiming and making crafts. She remained good friends with her first husband Kevin Adams, whom she nursed back to health while she was still in high school after he had suffered from a stroke. She helped him to learn to walk and talk again. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends and all of those who knew and loved her. Luanna was preceded in death by her husband; Matt Hardesty, father; Lawrence Trujillo, paternal grandparents; Andy and Rose Rodirguez, numerous aunts and uncles and a nephew; Marc Anthony Trujillo.


3 SONS: James Adams, Storm Hardesty and his wife Sapphire Nicholas Hardesty all of Fulton, Missouri.

1 GRANDDAUGHTER: Alice Hardesty of Fulton, Missouri.

MOTHER: Loretta Mayhan of Clayton, New Mexico.

STEP-FATHER: Alex Aguilar of Clayton, New Mexico.

4 SISTERS: Sheila Griffin and her husband Frank of Hampton, Georgia, Angel Contrerras and her husband Ronnie of Guymon, Oklahoma, Matilda Winkler of Elkhart, Kansas and Carla Hubbard of Liberal, Kansas.

3 BROTHERS: Lawrence William Trujillo, Jr. And his wife Manuelita of Clayton, New Mexico, Anthony Aguilar of Pasco, Washington and Lorenzo “Chicho” Trujillo and his wife Jill of Derby, Kansas.

And numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews & cousins.

In Loving Memory Delores M. Hebert

Delores M. Hebert age 88, passed away  March 24, 2014 in Pueblo, CO.  

She was born September 22, 1925 to Jennie and Anton Francel. 

 She married Luby “Frenchie” Hebert on January 26, 1946. 

Delores was devoted to her family and her faith.  She generously shared her time and resources helping others.  She was an excellent cook and baker who enjoyed guests at her table. Delores also was a talented seamstress, loved flowers and was an avid gardener.  Her special joy was sharing flowers with her church family.  She spent many hours serving her St. Pius X Parish.  Delores was an emotionally strong, independent and determined woman who “did it her way.”  

Preceding her  in death is husband, parents, brothers and sisters-in-law Raymond (Elsie) Francel and Robert (Mary Agnes) Francel. 

She is  survived by daughter Shirley Ann Donachy and Linda Nelson, daughter of the heart. 

Granddaughters Mary Louise “Skeeter” (Rick) Gansz, Michelle Rivera (Mike Shepard) Tommi (Mike) Brunelli. Great Grandaughters Jacy Gansz (Gavin Torres) Erin Gansz,Haley Gansz, Chantel Brunelli and Amanda (Robert) Montoya.  Great Grandsons: Kurtis Rivera and Brock Brunelli and 3 Great-Great-Grandchildren. Nieces Grace Leonard (David Toth) Allison Leonard, Michelle Leonard, Lindsey Francel, Tiffany (Mark) Weber. Nephews Raymond (Sandi) Francel, Shaun Francel and her special cousin FrankSoldano. 

  Active  Pallbearers are,  Rick Gansz, Jacy Gansz, Erin Gansz, Haley Gansz, Kurtis Rivera and Michael Nelson. 

  Viewing will be at  9AM. prior to the  Funeral Mass  at10AM on.Tuesday April , 2014 1 at St. Pius X Church, 3130 Morris Ave., Pueblo, CO. Interment following at Imperial Cemetery. 

Courtesy of Comi Funeral Home. 

In Loving Memory of Nicky L. Tarufelli

Nicky L. Tarufelli age 82 went to be with the Lord on Monday March 24, 2014. He was born on April 13th 1931 to Atilio and Adela Tarufelli. He was a US Army veteran. He served in Korea with his brother Pete. Nicky had a heart of gold. He liked to joke with everyone. He loved his fishing, playing the guitar and harmonica, playing cards and dominos. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. 

            He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother Lucia, 2 brothers Johnny and Louis, 4 sisters Lola Guitierrez, Tina Petersen, Emily Schirra, and Amelia Martinez,

            Nicky is survived by his wife Clara Tarufelli of the family home, son Nicky Tarufelli and wife Susie, daughter Debbie Darras and husband Leonard all of Raton, two grandson Johnny Tarufelli, Jordan Darras, four granddaughters Carolina and Graciela of Oklahoma, Estrella and Estefanie of Las Cruces, 16 great grandchildren, one brother Pete Tarufelli and wife Hope of Raton, one sister Della Faye and husband Leroy Wetsel of Clayton, and two sister-in-laws Ester Lucero and Jennie Lopez and husband Rufino. 

            Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Friday March 28, 2014 at 9:30am recited by Deacon Thomas Alderette followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00am with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of committal and interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

            Arrangement for Nicky L. Tarufelli are under the care and direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton. 

In Loving Memory of Richard F. “Dick” Trujillo

Richard F. Trujillo “Dick” 62, a lifetime Puebloan, he was born November 9, 1951 to the union of Jess and Rose Trujillo. His mother Rose precedes him in death along with, a sister, Patricia Montez, Grandmother, Helen Vigil and father-in-law Harold Lovato.

Dick graduated from Central High School (1970), Trinidad State Jr. College (1972), Southern Colorado State (1974) and Special ED. Certificate (2010).

Since the age of 8 years old Dick had a passion for sports. He has been associated with, Little League Bessemer Park 8 years old, Softball Central Field 12 and under, Runyon Field Organized Sports, Central High School (lettered in, Baseball, Basketball and Football, Class President Senior Year, Mr. Central, Senior Year; Elk organized sports, Semi Pro Sal Acuna Angels, Fast pitch organized League, El Ray, Giadones, Bessemer Park organized leagues, Trinidad State Jr. College Baseball Team (1971-72) Sports Scholarship, Traveling League, Perfect Image, T’s Nine Baseball Teams, Sport Garden organized Sports, Umpired organized sports leagues, Coached Central High School Baseball Teams, Coached Parks and Recreation Little League Bessemer Park for the City of Pueblo, Organized many Fast pitch Softball Tournaments, Directed Youth Program City of Pueblo, Coached girls softball leagues organized sports, Retired from School Dist.60 after 30 years of service, Taught at Dolores Huerta 2 years and was a  current Employee at El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch to Present. Throughout these years Dick has received many Certificates, Awards and Trophies to numerous to list.

Survived by his Loving Wife of 39 years Berniece (Lovato) Trujillo his Children Brandis (Dru) Trujillo, Brook Trujillo and son Rick Trujillo, Sisters Victoria Esquivel, Jackie (Dave) Martinez, Brothers Mike (Debbie) Trujillo, Chuck (Natalie) Trujillo; Brother and Sister in Laws, Steve Montez, Bea (Phil) Rico, Vicky(Julian) Gettler, Leroy(Corinna) Lovato, Teresa (Steve) Sampson, Daniel Lovato, Valorie (Tom) Maynes, David Lovato, Mother in Law Dora Lovato and numerous other Relatives and Friends.

Rosary 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 26) at Angelus Chapel.  Funeral Mass 10 a.m Thursday (March 27) at St. Francis Xavier Church. Interment  Roselawn Cemetery.

Courtesy Comi Funeral Home


In Loving Memory of Jake F. Maes


Jake F. Maes, age 55, passed away at Parkview Medical Center on March 22, 2014.
He was born in Ogden, Utah on April 18, 1958 to Beatrice (Padilla) and Steven R. Maes.
He was employed as a commercial and residential painter for several years.
On August 15, 1981, he was united in marriage to Louanne Pleimling, ,in Commerce City, CO.
Jake enjoyed fishing and playing his guitar.
He loved music and spending time with family and friends.
Preceding him in death is father Steve Maes and grandparents, Emelia and Eddie Padilla.
Survivors are his wife of 34 years Louanne Maes, Trinidad, daughters Josette (Jeremy) Pulver, Maine, Sarah Maes (Tom Mitchell) Trinidad, son Richard Maes (Amanda Ortiz) Albuquerque, N.M., mother Beatrice Bailey, Denver, grandchildren, Michael Quintana, Richard Maes, Isaiah Bowman, Marcus Maes, Leyla Maes, Brayden Romero, Joshua Maes, Victoria Pulver, Nathan Pulver, brother Michael Maes, sisters Rhonda (Richard)Maldonado, Connie (Jerry) Baker, Linda (Darrin) Seutter all of Denver, several sisters and brothers in law and many dear friends. 
Funeral Services will be held Monday March 31, 2014, with Funeral Mass at 10:00Am at Holy Trinity Church.
Private inurnment at a later date.
Arrangements made under the direction of the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Dolores Avila Spencer

Spencer, Dolores Avila

Passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014. She was born March 24, 1944 to Ambrosio G. Avila Jr. and Emily Mileta Avila.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jack and son, Michael Matthew.

She is survived by her three sons, Jacky (Joey), Otho and David; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Services will be held Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 11:00 a.m., at Daniels Family Funeral Services, Wyoming Chapel. Interment will take place in Fairmont Cemetery in Raton, NM at a later date.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Dolores Spencer to Joy Junction, 4500 2nd St. SW, ABQ, NM 87105. Please visit our online guestbook at www.danielsfuneral.com.

“Beginnings are usually scary and 
endings are usually sad, but it’s everything in
between that makes it all worth living.”

Daniels Family Funeral Services
7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

In Living Memory Rebecca Ann Bingham

Rebecca Ann Bingham, passed away on March 13, 2014 at the age of 30.

She was born in Trinidad, Colorado, the daughter of Rebecca Lee (Young) and Robert Dale Bingham.

She attended area schools;  including Trinidad Catholic High School  and Trinidad State Junior College where she received her certification  in the Early Child Development program.

Annie loved all children and she spent time caring for them.

She also enjoyed music .

Annie loved her daughters and family, She will best be remembered for her unconditional love , strength and support,  given to her family in their personal times of need.

Her ever present smile, sparkling green eyes, and gentleness will be missed by all who  were  fortunate enough to have her in their lives.

Preceding her in death are grandparents , Albert Bingham, Patricia Nicols, Leroy Young, Luticia Morton and sister in law Angela Bingham.

Left to cherish her memory are parents, Rebecca (Bill)Hund, Robert (Virginia) Bingham, daughters Ashlyn BreAnn Velasquez Reece Danae Bingham, ,brothers Todd (April) Barlow, Shaun (Tuesday) Wicker, Jeremiah Bingham, Shawn (Ashley) Montoya, Matthew  Hund, Bryan Hund, Daniel (Kathy)Hund,  sisters, Laurie Lobozzo, Delilah Bingham, Monique Louis, Melissa (Wes) Carter, Toni (Donny) Martinez,   Jessica  Hund, Kimberly (John) Strong,  special nieces and nephews, Davon, Darian, Diamond, Charly, Michael, Brandon, Mariah, Robert (Bubba), Riley, Hawke, Rain, Koqua, Granite, Jordan, Baylee, Xalander, Talicia, Angelo, Ksana, Tayo, Shyna  Mei, Ryder, Vaughn (Jordon), Jennifer (Jacob), Annarae, Whitney, Adrian, Austyn,, Milo and Violet.

She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of many special and dear friends.

Private Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Harry Gonzales  officiating.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.