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In Loving Memory of Frank A. Montera

Frank A. Montera, age 87, passed away on December 1, 2014 in Greeley, Colorado. He was born in Trinidad, Colorado on September 1, 1927 to Victoria (Vecchio) and John Montera.

Frank attended Delagua schools and then graduated from the Trinidad High School in 1945. Then went on to further his education at the Trinidad State Junior College.

On  April 10, 1948 he was united in marriage to Violett Paolucci in Trinidad, Colorado.

Frank owned and operated his own distributorship for Tom’s Peanuts for 35 years.

Frank had a passion and love for music. He had his own orchestra and played with the Trinidadairs for many years.

Preceding him in death are parents Victoria and John Montera, and brother Joseph Montera.

He is survived by loving wife Violett, son Rick (Jimmi Jo) Montera, Greeley, CO, daughter Dr. Viki Montera (Dr. Paul Heckman), Davis, CA, 3 grandchildren Chancy Love, Jena Ruvolo, and Keiley Montera, brother John (Irene) Montera, Trinidad, CO, sister in law Lucille Ozzello, Trinidad, CO, brother in law Tano (Loretta) Paolucci, La Junta, CO, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Active Pallbearers are Jim Montera, Ronald Montera, Jeff Paolucci, Mark Paolucci, Richard Cordova and Ron Barela.

In lieu of flowers a memorial donation can be made in the memory of Frank A. Montera to the Hospice of Northern Colorado, 2726 W. 11th Street Rd. in Greeley, Colorado 80634.

Visitation wil be held on Thursday December 4, 2014 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be Friday December 5, 2014 at 11:00 am at Fishers Peak Community Church.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Josephine M. Garcia

Josephine M. Garcia, age 95, died Tuesday, December 2, 2014, in Clayton, New Mexico. 

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, December 5 by Fr. Lurdu Marianna Yekkerala and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday, December 6 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton with Fr. Joel Bugas as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. 

Josephine M. Garcia was born on January 4, 1919 in Pasamonte, New Mexico to Fructoso Garcia, Sr. and Modesta (Duncan) Garcia. A lifelong resident of Union County, New Mexico, Josephine attended school in Pennington and later at Clayton High School after her family moved to Clayton. Josephine married Steve Garcia on September 24, 1938 in Clayton, New Mexico and he preceded her in death on December 16, 1994. Josephine was a lifetime member of the VFW auxiliary in Clayton and worked at Smithsons, Red’s Café, the Nu Way Café, the Rabbit Ear Café when it was owned by the Pettis family and for Kings Bakery for many years. Josephine loved to dance and she loved her family. In addition to her husband and parents, Josephine was preceded in death by 6 brothers; Vidal Garcia, Louis A. Garcia, Salome Garcia, Emilio Garcia, Frank A. Garcia and Fructuoso Garcia, Jr. 1 sister; Rafaelita Tixier, a step-son; Wilfred Garcia and by 3 grandchildren. 

SURVIVORS: 

3 DAUGHTERS: Gloria Garcia and Anita L. Miera and her husband Epifanio all of Clayton, New Mexico and Jerri L. Garcia and her husband Alfonso of Guymon, Oklahoma. 

3 SONS: Freddie J. Garcia and his wife Hazel of Phoenix, Arizona, Steve R. Garcia and his wife Esperanza of Garden Grove, California and Michael A. Garcia and his wife Paula of Clayton, New Mexico. 

1 STEP-DAUGHTER: Kathryn Sandoval of Trinidad, Colorado. 

1 SISTER: Cleo Barbara of Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

16 Grandchildren, 27 Great-Grandchildren, 11 Great-Great-Grandchildren. 

And numerous nieces and nephews. 

MEMORIALS: The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Josephine’s memory to the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Building Fund or to have a Mass for Josephine.

In Loving Memory of William Wayne Gonzales

William Wayne Gonzales age 44 of Taos, NM passed away on November 28, 2014 in Raton. He was born on June 3, 1970 in Raton, NM to Pearl Ford and Frank Gonzales.

Wayne worked for Super Save as a manager in Espanola and Taos for 20 years, as a correctional officer in the Springer Boys School and as a Lieutenant at the Juvenile Detention Center in Taos. He was a good father and would do anything for his children. He will be missed by all of his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father Frank.

Wayne is survived by his wife Beverly Gonzales of Taos, three children, daughters: Shannon Encinias and husband Johnny of North Folk, Virginia; Mercedas Gonzales of Taos, NM; and son: Michael Gonzales also of Taos, NM; his granddaughter “the love of his life” Hope Encinias; mother: Pearl Ford and Husband Filbert of Raton; brothers: Filbert Ford and wife Peaches of Raton; Eric Gonzales and wife Ruth Ann of Albuquerque, NM; Shane Gonzales of Denver, CO; sister: Judy Ford of Denver, CO; grandparents: Charlotte and Ignacio Martinez of Raton. Several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles cousins and friends also survive.

A memorial service for Wayne will be held on Friday December 5th at 11am in the chapel of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home.

Family and friends are invited to the VFW (106 Park Avenue, Raton) immediately following the memorial service.

Arrangements for Willliam Wayne Gonzales are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Kevin A. Garcia

Kevin A. Garcia age 23 of Raton passed away on November 22, 2014 at Miner’s Colfax Medical Center. He was born on December 10, 1990 in Raton to Anthony Garcia and Lorraine Garcia. Kevin was a member of the St. Patrick’s/ St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

He is preceded in death by his father: Anthony Garcia, brother: Justin Garcia, great grandparents: Joe L. and Cordelia Bernal; Jake and Florence Garcia; Frank and Rachel Garcia; Pedro and Amalia Candelaria Lopez; uncle: Joseph Garcia, aunt: Cordelia Montoya, cousins: Ernie Bernal and Johnny Ray Garcia and other relatives. Kevin is survived by his daughters: Ashlynn and Kaylynn Garcia of Raton and Natali Vanderpool of Albquerque; mother: Lorraine Garcia of Raton; brothers; Michael Garcia and Alec Valestad of Raton, maternal grandparents: Joe and Helen Garcia of Raton, and paternal grandparents: Fred and Martha Garcia also of Raton; Uncle Steve Garcia and wife Lorrie of Raton. There will be a visitation from 2 to 5pm on Monday December 1st in the chapel of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Wednesday December 3rd at 9:30am at the St. Patrick’s/ St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Larry Guara followed by the Solem Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00am with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of Committal and Interment to take place at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements for Kevin A. Garcia are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Hope Brunelli

Hope Brunelli, age 68, passed away peacefully at her home on December 1, 2014. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 18, 1946 to Marjorie (Wiseman) and Elmer Marsh.

Hope attended and graduated from Primero High School in 1964.

On December 18, 1965, Hope was united in marriage to Bernard Brunelli in Trinidad, Colorado. In 1982 she opened Brunelli’s Tax Service until her retirement in 2012.

Hope loved shopping, cooking, crocheting and spending time with her family.

Preceding her in death are her parents Marjorie and Elmer Marsh, husband Bernard Brunelli and brother Bert Marsh.

She is survived by daughter Wendy (Steve) Burns, Littleton, CO, son David (Michelle) Brunelli, Trinidad, CO, daughter Robin (Jereck) Gonzalez, Aurora, CO, grandchildren Andrew Tamburelli, Samantha Brunelli, Ryan Tipton, Dylan Cowens, Cheyanne Hope Gonzalez, sister Carol Ann (Richard) Reinhard, San Antonio, TX, niece Tammy (Steven) Sewell, Borger, TX, cousin Laurine (Mike) Mercer, Littleton, CO, special friend Charlene Boydstun and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral Mass will be Thursday December 4th 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church.

Any donations maybe made to the Fishers Peak Soup Kitchen, 235 N. Convent  in Trinidad, Colorado.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Rena Lou Parman

Rena Lou Parman, age 81, died Tuesday, November 25, 2014 in Amarillo, Texas. 

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the Amistad United Methodist Church in Amistad, New Mexico with Lynn Clay officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. 

Rena Lou (Ricketson) Parman was born on November 24, 1933 in Amistad, New Mexico to Homer Ricketson and Eunice Norma (Steele) Ricketson. A lifelong resident of the Amistad area, Rena married Charles Parman on August 26, 1951 at her parents home in Amistad. They lived in the Amistad area all of their lives and Rena was very involved in the Amistad United Methodist Church and taught Bible School for many years. She was also a member of the New Mexico Study Club and together with Charles drove a school bus for many years. They loved to play trey pitch with all of their friends in the Amistad and Nara Visa area. In addition to her parents, Rena was preceded in death by two brothers; David Ricketson and Homer Ricketson, Jr. and by a daughter; Fay Fields. 

SURVIVORS: 

HUSBAND: Charles Parman of Nara Visa, New Mexico. 

1 DAUGHTER: Mary Osborn and her husband Dan of Logan, New Mexico. 

1 SON: Walter Parman and his wife Dinkie of Channing, Texas. 

1 SON-IN-LAW: Bill Fields of Texline, Texas 

7 GRANDCHILDREN: Justin Osborn and his wife Lena of Logan, New Mexico, Todd Osborn and his wife Bonnie of Tucumcari, New Mexico, Tanner Osborn and his wife Hailee of Edgewood, New Mexico, Amanda Greene and her husband Shane, Rebecca Greene and her husband Trevor and David Fields all of Texline, Texas and Danae Parman of Channing, Texas. 

6 Great-Grandchildren 

2 BROTHERS: Tommy Ricketson and his wife Sue of Amistad, New Mexico and Allan Ricketson and his wife Cheryl of Dalhart, Texas. 

4 SISTERS: Irma Jeane Krahn and her husband Carol of Dalhart, Texas, Jo Ann Nials and her husband Ray of Tucumcari, New Mexico, Eunice Faye Schmidt and her husband Tommy of Cordell, Oklahoma and Marilyn Joyce Hemphill and her husband Jackie of Amarillo, Texas. 

MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials be made in Rena’s memory to the Amistad United Methodist Church or to The Little House on The Prairie, both use the same address; P. O. Box 325, Amistad, New Mexico 88410.

In Loving Memory of Barbara Lucile Stevens

Barbara Lucile Stevens, age 78 of Raton, NM, passed Sunday November 23, 2014 in Raton.
She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Edna Lark, brother Donald Lark and Sister Betty Reid.

Barbara worked early on in her years at Reno’s Café and then at the Colt restaurant. In 1994 she owned Hooter Browns restaurant until her retirement in 2004. Many of you will remember her for her green chili fries. Barbara loved spending time with her family and playing with her grandchildren. She will be missed be her family and friends.

Barbara is survived by her son Glen Stevens and wife Jennifer, and their sons Dustin and Cameron Stevens of Raton, Daughter, Hope Neurauter and husband Stanley and their daughter Ashley and son Tyler Neurauter of Raton, Sister-in-law Vivian Lark of Raton and her son James Lark and wife Gianetta of Sam Antonio, NM, nephews Jim Reid and wife Debbie of Raton, Pete Reid and wife Kathy of Raton and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Services will be Wednesday November 26, 2014 at 9:30 A.M. at the United Methodist Church, burial will be in the Fairmont Cemetery.

Arrangements and celebration of Love for Barbara Lucile Stevens are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Anna Marie Bisconti

Anna Marie Bisconti, age 55, of Raton, NM, passed away Sunday November 23, 2014 in Raton. She was born June 9, 1959 in Raton, NM the daughter of Joe and Martha Medina. 

Anna is the youngest of five children, she worked for the Raton Public Schools for many years. She loved spending time with her family, cooking, and attending concerts. She was a devoted wife for over thirty four years and an amazing mother, she brightened up a room when she walked through the door. Anna always put others before herself. She was admired for her strength and positive attitude for life. She was truly one of a kind and will be missed by many.

She is preceded in death by her parents. Anna is survived by her husband Al Bisconti., daughters LuAnne Bisconti and Alicia Bisconti, sisters, Ernestine Montoya, Dorothy Salazar, Cecelia Medina, brother Sammy Medina. And numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be Monday December 1, 2014 from 2:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Monday at 7:00 P.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton. Mass of the Resurrection will be Tuesday December 2, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of committal will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Anna Marie Bisconti are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton. 

In Loving Memory of Steve M. Ortega

Steve M. Ortega was born April 5, 1927 in Segundo, CO, and passed away Sunday November 23, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Steve was an avid baseball player who had a chance to try out for the LA Dodgers in 1956. He was also an avid sportsman who loved fishing, hunting, golf, boxing and helping others learn the sport of baseball.

Steve was very well known for playing baseball in the old coal mining camps in Cokedale, Ludlow, Trinidad, Valdez and many more mining camps in Colorado, Also in New Mexico, Brilliant and Raton Coal Camps. Steve was known as the best “southpaw” pitcher in the region in the 1040s and 50’s.

He is preceded in death by parents Norberto and Ann (Montoya) Ortega, his first wife Marie and his latest wife Delia in January 2014. His daughter Irene Cordova and son in law Robert Jaramillo.

Steve is survived by his sons, Mike and wife Aggie their sons Michael Wayne and Eric of Colorado Springs, CO; Steve and wife Tricia and their daughter Natausha and her daughters Kristol, Savannah, Kayla and Karla and sons Christian and Jarrod. Albert and wife Rhonda their sons Corey (Ashley) Ed (Patience) and Daniel (Melanie). Daughter Jeanette of Denver and her son Steven McMann. Lisha Jaramillo of Peoria, AZ her children Bobby (Mariana) and Rhonda (Trevon). Robin Romero and her husband Mark their sons Mark (Juanita) and Ryan. Brothers Joe Johnny and Bobby. Sisters Priscilla and Charolette and family. Granddaughter Dinelle Cordova and many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Services were Saturday November 29, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton.

In Loving Memory of John H. Graham

John H. Graham, age 96, of Raton, NM, passed away Saturday November 22, 2014 in Raton. He was born October 27, 1918 in Kaw City, Oklahoma the son of Fulton and Ethel Graham.

John loved gardening, the Denver Broncos, decorating the outside of his house at Christmas and his family. He was also a member of the NRA.

John is survived by his wife, Trella of 74 years. One brother, Curly Graham of California, four daughters, Florence Brogan (Pat) of Ohio; Sandra Castellini (Albert) of Raton; Anna Hill (Ron) of Kansas and Sherri Johnston (Steve) of Texas. Three sons, Kenneth Graham of Raton; John Roy Graham (Connie) of Albuquerque and Roger Graham (LaRayne) of Raton. Twenty one grandchildren, thirty four great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. 

The Graham Family would like to thank the MCMC Long Term staff for all the great care of our Dad and Husband, John.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 25, 2014 from 5:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.

Memorial services will be Wednesday November 26, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Jeremy Johnston officiating. Burial will be in the Fairmont Cemetery in Raton.

Arrangements and celebration of love for John H. Graham are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.