Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Ted Joe Encinias

Ted Joe Encinias age 85 passed away April 5, 2015 in Pueblo, Colorado. He was born July 6, 1929 in Maxwell, NM to Tircio and Mary Cordova Encinias.

He was a resident of Pueblo, Colorado and a member of Lady of the Meadows Catholic Church. He served in the Army National Guard for 35 years and was a member of the Eagles Club #145 in Pueblo. He was preceded in death by his brother Louie Encinias and the mother of his children Marie S. Armenta.

He is survived by daughters Dolly Montoya and husband Eddie of Huntington Park, California, Teddie Ramirez and husband Danny of Montebello, California, sisters Margaret Vigil of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Josie LeDoux of Springer, New Mexico, companion of 18 years Angie Shurtz of Pueblo, Colorado, 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will take place Monday April 13th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Maxwell, New Mexico. Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:30 a.m. with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of committal and interment will be held at the Maxwell Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements for Ted Joe Encinias are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Faustin Candelario

Faustin Candelario age 90, was born on February 15, 1925, to Miguel and Pablita Candelario on the Meloche Ranch (TO Ranch). He died on April 6, 2015, in Raton, NM with his children by his side.

Faustin was married to Margaret A. Valdez on November 11, 1946. Together they raised and are survived by 5 children, Christopher F Candelario and Edna, Rita Martinez and Emilio, Ted Candelario, Virginia Valdez, and Faustin Tim Candelario. Also surviving are sister, Mary Blea, a special niece Christina Gallegos and Larry, 19 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his faithful chihuahua, Jennifer. 

He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Margaret, his parents, brothers, Joe Candido & Mike, sisters, Lilly Chavez & Eva DeHerrera. Half brother Celso Chavez, half sisters Clorinda Chavez, Margarita Chavez, Rafaela Candelario, Matilda Dominguez, and Anita Milligan. 

Faustin was a general contractor, carpenter, and cabinet maker. He took pride in his work, and spent many hours in his shop, creating things out of wood. 

He was a member of the VFW post 1793, a United States Marine Corps Veteran serving in WWII. 

He also spent many hours in the great outdoors hunting and fishing. He had a great love for animals and throughout his life provided a home for many dogs, cats, and other types of animals. 

Faustin also enjoyed joking with family, friends and strangers. If he saw someone in need he would often go out of his way to help them. He lived his life loving his family, making friends, finding new adventures and blessing our lives with all of his antics. He will certainly be missed. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his name to the Raton Humane Society, P.O. Box 1321, Raton, NM 87740 

Cremation had taken place and a memorial mass will be announced at a later date. Funeral arrangements for Faustin Candelario are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.




In Loving Memory of Alejandro R. Ramirez

Alejandro R. Ramirez, age 78, died Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in Clayton, New Mexico. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the United Pentecostal Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Rev. Dale Sanford, officiating. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. 

Alejandro R. Ramirez was born on February 9, 1937 in Morelos, Zacatecas, Mexico to Juan Ramirez and Catalina Ramirez. He moved to Clayton in the mid 1970′s and worked in the construction business. Alejandro was preceded in death by his parents.

Alejandro is survived by his wife; Maria Teresa Ramirez of Clayton, New Mexico.

In Loving Memory of Leroy Castillo

Leroy (Paco) Castillo, age 67, passed away at Parkview Medical Center unexpectedly on April 6, 2015.

He was born in Trinidad, Colorado on March 3, 1948 to Virginia (Hernandez) and Pete F. Castillo Sr.

He attended and graduated from Primero High School in 1968.

Leroy was employed as a coal miner, railroader, heavy equipment operator and truck driver. He was also employed for Melvin and J.J. Rivera at Little Stinker for several years.

He enjoyed music and was the lead guitarist and singer for the Turning Point Band.

Leroy loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He loved being with his family especially his wife Shirley, who was always by his side, his Princess and granddaughter Evelynn Cordova , who lovingly called him Paco, and son Alex, who Leroy had a great influence in his life,  teaching him  the skill of heavy equipment operating  and the lessons of life.

Preceding him in death are his parents Pete and Virginia Castillo, brothers John and Vincent Castillo, grandmother, Eutemia Hernandez, mother and father in law, Pam and Gene Velasquez and brothers in law, Dave Velasquez and  James Reeves.

Left to cherish his memory is the love of his life and wife of 26 years Shirley Castillo of home address, son Alex Cordova (Mandy Montoya) Trinidad, granddaughter Evelynn Cordova, grandson Daniel Trujillo,, Trinidad, children, Debbie (Sam ) Sisneros, Mary (Joe) Romero, Carolyn Castillo and Billy Castillo, grandchildren Carlos and Sammy Sisneros, brother Andy (Molly Castillo, sister Irene (Dave) Roybal, sisters and brothers in law, Gene (Louise) Velasquez Sr., Irene Reeves, Linda Velasquez, Chuck (Gloria) Velasquez, Betty (John) Lucero, Louise (Jimmy) Grosso, Paul (Charlene) Velasquez, Pam (Paul) Cordova, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Memorial Mass will be April 14, 2015 at 2PM at Holy Trinity Church.

Private family inurnment to be held at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of William “Pops” Balzano

William “Pops” Balzano age 87, passed away Friday April 3, 2015 in Artesia, NM. 

Visitation will be Tuesday April 7, 2015 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.

Mass of the Resurrection will be Wednesday April 8, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Maxwell with Father John Trambley as the celebrant, Rite of Christian Burial will follow in the Maxwell Cemetery.

Arrangements and celebration of love for William “Pops” Balzano are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton. 

In Loving Memory of Velma L. “Cookie” Corradino

Velma L. “Cookie” Corradino, age 87, passed away at Parkview Medical Center on April 5, 2015 after a short illness.

She was born in Trinidad, CO, on March 12, 1928, the daughter of Violet (Flaiz) and Max Franch. She attended area schools graduating from Trinidad High School in 1946.

On October 2, 1948, Velma was united in marriage to Isador R. “Bud” Corradino at Holy Trinity Church in Trinidad, CO.

She was employed as a claims clerk for the General Adjustment Bureau and at Mt. San Rafael Hospital until her retirement. She enjoyed baking, making Christmas decorations, sequin calendars and playing games on the IPad. Cookie also enjoyed her daily coffee time she shared with her sister Nettie.

Preceding her in death are parents Violet and Max Franch, husband Isador “Bud” Corradino, sisters Charlene Franch, Beldene Choate and Maxine Filer.

Survivors are sons Larry (Pam) Corradino, Trinidad, Richard Corradino, Walsenburg, granddaughter Laurie Corradino, Lubbock, TX, brothers and sisters Eugene Franch, Broomfield, Junetta (Pete) DeBono, Trinidad, Gayleen Schlageter, Ft. Collins, Gerald (Nancy) Franch, Trinidad, Ken (Florence) Franch, Broomfied,  Gary (Nora) Franch, TX, sister in law, Joyce Lepore, Minneapolis, MN., numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, from 2PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel.

Funeral Services will be Friday, April 10, 2015 with Rosary at 9AM at Comi Chapel, followed by the Funeral Mass at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.

Entombment will follow at the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Active pallbearers are Bill Nuschy, Dave Barrack, Jeff Franch, Jake Franch, Dean Cimino and Joe DiGarbo.

The family respectfully requests the omission of food.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.


In Loving Memory of Beatrice E. Salazar

Beatrice E. Salazar age 88 passed away April 2, 2015 in Springer, New Mexico. She was born March 13, 1927 in Ocaté, New Mexico the daughter of Canuto and Estefanita Romero Fernandez.

She was a resident of Springer and a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Beatrice was a foster grandparent and a senior companion at the Senior Citizens Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband Amarante Salazar, sisters Elvira Martinez, Margarita Fernandez, Carlota Trujillo, Antonina Chavez, brothers Joe Fernandez, Agustine Fernandez, Leonires Fernandez, Elias Fernandez, granddaughter Shonda Marrera, sons-in-law Gilbert Martinez and Leroy Aguilar.

She is survived by her daughters Esther Aguilar of Odessa, TX, Estefanita “Tita” Martinez of Alamosa, CO, Sara Montoya and companion Ruben Gonzales of Trinidad, CO, Elizabeth “Liz” Lucero of Springer, NM, Margaret Brashear and husband Steve of Farmington, NM, Sandra Salazar and companion Jose Martinez of Springer, NM. Sons David R. Salazar and wife Barbara of Santa Fe, NM, sisters-in-law Lena Garcia, Mary Fernandez, Tillie Martinez, Francisquita Salazar, 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will take place Monday April 6th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer. Mass of the Resurrection will be held Tuesday April 7th at 10:00 a.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Izuka as the celebrant. Rite of committal and interment will follow at the Springer Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements for Beatrice E. Salazar are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Mark A. Fleming

Mark A. Fleming, age 48, of Raton, N.M. died on Monday, March 30, 2015 in Raton.

He was born December 9th, 1966 in Raton, N.M., the son of Marvin and Sue Fleming. 

He was an electrician for Pyramid Instrumentation and Electric Company of Raton. He was married to Lethetta Roe.

He is survived by his mother Sue Fleming and father Marvin Fleming and wife Angela, his wife Lethetta of Raton, daughter Tessa and son Jacop of Raton, his sisters Beven Fleming and Amy Fleming of Raton, his brothers Matthew Fleming and Kathy Pohl, of Raton, Scott Fleming of Colorado Springs, CO. and grandson Gage Fleming, also survived by nieces Mariah, Brittany and Brooke Fleming, nephews Cody Poncho and Nicholas Fleming.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Natasha, mother and father-in-law Cleon and Lavern Roe. His sister-in-law Cora Roe, his maternal grandmother Loretta Frazier, maternal grandfather Thurman Hilbus, paternal grandparents Roland and Wynona Fleming, uncles Roland Fleming, Delbert Fleming, Cindo Baca, and Charles Bada. 

Mark’s family always came first and he loved life and made friends wherever he went. He had a generous heart and would always defend and help those who needed it. His laugh and the playful twinkle in his eye will be sorely missed. 

Mark was dedicated to his country serving in the 6th BN Air Defense Artillery with the New Mexico National Guard. He also served with Co C 809th Eng. BN 4th BDE in Fort Dixon, Virginia. Mark graduated with honors and his final scores set a record which has yet to be broken. Mark was called back into service to serve in Operation Desert Storm and was later honorably discharged.

Services will be on Saturday, April 4th at 2:00 P.M. in the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mark Crotinger officiating. Inurnment will be in the Fairmont Cemetery with military honors provided by the Raton V.F.W. 

Arrangements and celebration of love for Mark A. Fleming are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton. 

An account has been set up at International Bank for donations for Mark’s wife and children. 

In Loving Memory of Sandra K. Kuhlman

Sandra K. Kuhlman age 76, of Springer, NM, passed away suddenly Saturday March 28, 2015 in Pueblo, CO.

She was born May 29, 1938 in Anacortes, Wa, the daughter of George and Anita Suryan. She was a retired dairy office manager, a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Springer and a charter member of the Glenn Beck fan club. Sandi loved cooking, traveling and most of all, she loved her family. She was driven by her faith and was a friend to all.

Sandi is survived by her husband Jack of the Springer, NM. And their eight children; four daughters, Stacy Renfrow and husband James of Chipley, FL. Wendi Gragg and husband Nelson of Emmett, ID, Stefani Noland of Williston, ND, and LaDonna Kuhlman of Coloado Springs, CO. Sons Brett Medalia and wife Rhonda of Seattle, WA, Donald Kuhlman and wife Rose of Tucson, AZ, Ron Kuhlman and Richard Kuhlman both of Colorado Springs, CO., sisters Jorja Renfrow of Covington, LA and Bonnie Suryan of Los Angeles, CA. fifteen grandchildren and twenty three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and loving dogs Sassy, Millie, Milo and Butch.

Visitation will be Wednesday April 1, 2015 from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home.

Services will be Thursday April 2, 2015 at 2:00 P;M; at the first United Methodist Church in Springer, NM.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Sandi Kuhlman are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of David Palomino

David Palomino, lifelong resident of Colfax County, passed away March 30, 2015 in Raton. He was born May 2, 1944 in Dawson, NM. 

David was preceded in death by his father, Jesus, mother Josefa, and brothers, Jess, Carlos, Mike, Tony, and sister Louise (John) Segotta. 

He is survived by brothers, Ben, Joe (Ruby), Chris (June) and sister Cecilia (Manuel) Vallejos. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. 

David loved all sports and was an avid Raider fan. 

Viewing will be Friday, April 3rd at the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home Chapel from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be recited by Deacon Alderette on Monday April 6, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. with the Mass of the Resurrection to follow at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Father John Trambley will be officiating. Rite of committal and interment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery following the funeral mass. 

Funeral arrangements for David Palomino are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.