Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Virginia Chase Kaiser

Virginia Chase Kaiser, age 90, previously from Raton, NM, passed away on May 7, 2017 at her home in Melrose, NM. She left this earth peacefully surrounded by her son, Bob, and his wife, Judy.


Ginny was born October 23, 1926 in Winter Haven, Florida, the daughter of David and Mildred Chase. Virginia moved to New Hyde Park, NY, in 1929 at the age of 2.


She married Robert Martin Kaiser on July 3, 1947. In 1977, Ginny and Bob moved from NY to Raton, NM.


kaiser vGinny was an active member in the St. Elizabeth’s Guild, Raton Garden Cub, and Holy Trinity Auxiliary.


She so enjoyed watching her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up. Ginny and Bob moved from Raton to Clovis, NM, in 2012. After losing her husband, Mr. K, Virginia moved to Melrose, NM to live with her son.


Virginia is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, two sisters-in-law and her beloved husband, Robert M. Kaiser.


She is survived by her three children:  Robert D. Kaiser and wife Judy, Susan Wortman and husband Tom, and Millie Randolph and husband Ram. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.


Service will be Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 9:45 AM at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Arrangements are under the care of Steed-Todd Funeral Home, Clovis, New Mexico (575) 763-5541. You may sign the online guest registry at www.steedtoddcom.


In Loving Memory of Bernard “Wayne” Noha

Bernard “Wayne” Noha

Sunrise: January 13, 1940 Sunset: May 05, 2017

It is with immense sorrow and sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved husband, Daddy/Pop, Grandfather/Grandpo and Great Grandfather.

Wayne was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to George and Clara Noha. In 1957, he and his beloved brother and best friend, George, joined the U.S. Air Force.. After basic training in San Antonio, Tx,, these best friends were separated for the first time in their lives. “Uncle Sam” told Wayne, “Go West young man” and George was sent to Georgia. Apart physically; but never from the heart. Sadly, George predeceased Wayne but they are now reunited for eternity.

nohaWayne was a successful master carpenter/general contractor. From 1972-1987, he built numerous houses in Raton and Taos, N.M. After relocating to El Paso, Tx., he continued his construction path working in trim work, remodeling, cabinetry, mill work and a variety of other projects. Throughout this time, Wayne was proud to work alongside his son Patrick. He continued working hard until 2014 when he retired at the age of 74.

Wayne felt his greatest accomplishment was his two children Patrick and Dawne (aka “Kate”). His love and pride for his children was immeasurable. He was a kind, loving, encouraging, patient and supportive Daddy. A father figure to many. Wayne was also blessed with three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Known to them as “Pops”, he was always happy to share a snack, tell a corny joke, or lay on the floor to play.

Wayne is predeceased by his Parents, Brother George and special sister, Gloria. Also, predeceased by Frank and Tina Leal (mother/father-in-law).

He is survived by wife of 57 years, Vicky (Leal); son, Patrick Wayne (Emily); and daughter, Dawne (Steve). Grandchildren: Tim (Evelyn) Noha, Kathryne Noha and Grifon Glover; Great-Grandchildren:Tim D., Jeremiah, Jacklyn and Kimberly Noha. Sisters-in-law Patsy Leal, and Chris Noha, nephew and namesake, Wayne Noha, nieces Kelly Ann Nichols, Misty Bonner and Vicky Vigil. Special friends, Zeke and Mary Tapia and family; Jim and Lillian Maldonado and Joe and June Martinez.

Military services pending, Fort Bliss, El Paso, Tx.

Our thanks to Yaksich-Long Funeral Home for running his obituary for us.

In Loving Memory of Rudolph H. Baca

Rudolph H. Baca, age 67, passed away suddenly on May 8, 2017 at his home in Albuquerque, NM.


Baca rHe was born October 8, 1949 to Trinidad and Barbara Baca in Raton, NM.


He is survived by his wife Rita and his two sons: Albert Baca and wife Wendy, and Andrew Daniel Baca; grandchildren: Jonny, Raven, Dayle, Devon Baca, all of Reno, NV; sisters: Barbara Vowell; Elizabeth Baca Poe; Jeanne Horner; several nieces and nephews.

Rudy was a graduate of Raton High School and served four years in the United States Marine Corps with two of those years in Vietnam.

There will be a Graveside Services, only, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 N Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM.

Daniels Family Funeral Services
3113 Carlisle Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

In Loving Memory of Fabiola “Fab” Gonzales

Fabiola “Fab” Gonzales, age 78, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 6, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM.


From her birth in Ocate, NM on December 25, 1938 to her death on Saturday, she nourished people around her with love, faith, and music.


She was born to Albert and Carlota Fernandez and was the third of eight children. Her parents would later move her and her siblings to Cimarron where Albert and Carlota would settle down for good and raise their family.


At a young age Fabiola began attending church and found a deep love and appreciation for God. She was an active church patron until her passing. After graduating from high school, she would meet Elias Gonzales. Without telling their parents, the two love birds were married in Taos, NM and later married through the Catholic Church in Cimarron.


Elias and Fab bought a home in Cimarron where they raised their children. Needing to make enough money to support their new family. Elias became a truck driver, driving eighteen wheelers all over the country for 25 years while Fab stayed home raising their young children.


Once their children were School aged, Elias and Fab would eventually find work in Cimarron. Fab would go to work for the Public school in Cimarron where she found her love for helping and teaching the children for the Cimarron-Eagle Nest-Angel Fire area. Fab and Elias would eventually go to work for Russel’s where Fab was the Manager for the Cree-Mee Drive-In. After retiring from the Cree-Mee, at 55 years old, Fab would began attending Luna Community College where she would receive an Associate’s Degree in Office Administration. While she was so honored and happy to have her degree completed, her calling to help our youth remained strong.
At age 60 Fab would return to work for the Cimarron Public Schools where she worked with special education students. She would eventually “retire” from full-time status, but remained at the schools nearly every day substituting for all grade levels. Students form all generations loved, “Ms. Fab”, many of which stayed in contact with her long after they were out of school.


Left to honor Fab and remember her love are her Husband Elias and their children, Elias and wife Rebekah Gonzales of Albuquerque, NM, Malcolm Gonzales of Cimarron, NM and Laura Gonzales of Cimarron, NM, step-sons Henry and wife Katie of Wright, WY, and Andrew Gonzales of Cimarron. She is also survived by her 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grand Children, her two sisters Rita and Dolores, and her four brothers, Julian, Fred, Johnny and Robert. Numerous God children, nieces and nephews.

Fab was preceded in death by her parents, brother Vito, and sister Elvira. Fabiola will be remembered as a bright, shinning, light in the lives of the various students, friends, family members and the entire community of Cimarron that she touched.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sister Hildegard Parish Hall, followed by reading of the Eulogy at 10:30 a.m. Solemn Mass of The Resurrection will be at 11:00 a.m. at the Sister Hildegard Parish Hall, with Father Emmanuel Izuka officiating. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at the Mountain View Cemetery. The family will greet friends at 9:30 a.m. at the Sister Hildegard Parish Hall until time of service. A dinner will follow at the Sister Hildegard Parish Hall, located at 440 W. 18th St. in Cimarron immediately after internment.

The Family would like to extend our gratitude to all the family and friends for the incredible support through this difficult time. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Fabiola’s name to the Immaculate Conception Church in Cimarron, N.M.

Arrangements for Fabiola “Fab” Gonzales are under the direction the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Janice Lynn Shew

Janice Lynn Shew age 65, passed away May 4, 2017 at Mt. San Rafael Hospital.

She was born in Trinidad, Colorado on August 17, 1951 to Rae (Holmes) and Bert Bulson.

Jan attended area schools graduating from Trinidad High School in 1969.

She then attended TSJC for 2 years.

On September 18, 1976, Jan was united in marriage to Franklin P. Shew in Trinidad, Colorado

shewJan was employed as Clerk of the Municipal Court and worked as Clerk in the Trinidad Utilities Department until her retirement.

She loved serving the public and taking care of her customers.

She enjoyed making arts and crafts.

Jan loved caring and spoiling her grandchildren.

She will be missed by many.

Preceding her in death are parents, Rae and Bert Bulson, son Robert P. Shew ,  mother and father in law Lena C. and Franklin W. Shew and sister in law, Margaret Rose Vallejos.

Survivors are husband Franklin of home address, children, Christian Wyatt Shew, Trinidad Erin (Steven) Vigil, Midland, TX, Nicholas (Cindy) Shew, Trinidad, grandchildren, Leon ,McKenna, Cheyenne, Adriann, Dante, Isabella, brother Jim (Mary) Bulson, sister Jacque (Keith) Gipson, brothers and sisters in law Dan Shew, Kenny (Joy) Shew, Bob (Judy) Shew, Barbara (David) Maraz , Gilbert Vallejos, numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends including special friends, Ida and Robert Ortiz and Earl Hurley and her dog, Tink.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10AM at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Andrea Doden officiating.

Private inurnment at a later date.

Persons wishing to do so may make contributions to the Holy Trinity Restoration Fund, 235 N. Convent St., Trinidad, CO, 81082, in Jan’s memory.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Victor Albert Armijo

Victor Albert Armijo, age 77, a resident of Gladstone, NM, passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.


He was born and raised on the prairie ranch lands of Gladstone, NM. Victor had a deep love and devotion to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was deeply devoted to his family and wife Sharon.


armijo vHe loved music. Victor enjoyed playing guitar, singing, and country dancing. He had a long career with Boeing working on the Space Shuttle Main Engine. Victor loved being on the ranch riding horses, tending to his orchard, and taking walks up his beautiful forest canyon.


He is preceded in death by his parents Samuel E. and Elena (Romero) Armijo; sister, Lucinda A. Marcum; brother, Alfonso Armijo; and nephew, Luis Victor Griñe.


Victor is survived by his loving wife Sharon Rose Platte Armijo; children, Victor Jr., Danny, Steven Armijo, and Laura Poulet: grandchildren, Derrick and Axel; step-sons, William and Robert McMullens; sisters, Angelita, Alicia, Carolina (Bill), Beatriz Amadita (Luis), and Leduina; and brothers, J.B. (Madelyn), Gilbert Lewis, and Gerald (Rosario) Armijo.


A viewing will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 7:30 p.m. at San Clemente Catholic Church. A Final Viewing will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., at St Joseph Catholic Church in Springer, NM. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Palo Blanco, Chico, NM. Pallbearers are, Victor Jr., Danny, Steven, J.B., Gilbert Lewis, and Gerald Armijo. Honorary Pallbearer will be Jerry Johnson.


Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., (505) 866-9992, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

In Loving Memory of Mary Louise Borquez

Mary Louise Borquez, born November 7, 1944, was embraced by our Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Raton, NM. She was welcomed into heaven where she joined her parents Henrietta Maes and Edward Zamora, longtime companion Salomon Mares, and her close Auntie Laura Castillo.


Mary Louise worked wholeheartedly as a nurse’s assistant for Miners’ Hospital and retired from Miners’ Colfax Medical Center. Her hospital career ran full circle from obstetrics to geriatrics.


Mary Louise was a compassionate woman. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to hospital residents, the community, and to her own family.
She absolutely loved nature. Streams, landscapes, wildlife, and particularly autumn foliage excited her. She could always predict snowfall by the relative temperature and would rush toward the window to watch the freshly fallen snow.
She was always in the company of family. Her contagious smile and mild humor warmed up any room. She was always present at birthday parties, graduation ceremonies, memorials, and she always had a soft spot for weddings and anniversaries.
She was a member of the church and would travel to worship. She could quote scripture and sing hymns. She enjoyed participating in the chorus and even picked up playing the keyboard.


She is survived by her brothers Jimmy Chavez of Bridgeport, NE, Raymond Zamora of Trinidad, CO, Danny Zamora of Denver, CO, and Leroy Zamora of Trinidad, CO. Sisters Mary Francis Zamora of Pueblo CO, Suzette Zamora of Trinidad, CO. Sons Leroy Maes of Raton, NM, John Mares of Santa Fe, NM, and Edward Mares of Las Cruces, NM. Grandsons Leroy Maes of Raton, NM and Ben Maes of Raton, NM and several grandchildren.
A memorial service will be Thursday May 11, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home at 244 N 1st Street, Raton, NM with Pastor Odillia Sintas officiating.



Arrangements for Mary Louise Borquez are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Anita Louise Archuleta

Anita Louise Archuleta, 74, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at her home in Clayton, New Mexico.

Rosary will be recited at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, May 5, 2017 by Deacon P. Louis Montoya and Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton with Fr. Joel Bugas, Celebrant. Burial will be at 1:30 PM on Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

archuleta aAnita Louise (Gonzales) Archuleta was born on June 7, 1942 in Clayton, New Mexico to Joe M. Gonzales and Carlota (Garcia) Gonzales. She married Manuel Archuleta on April 25, 1961 in Clayton, New Mexico and he preceded her in death on July 10, 2011. Anita worked at the Safeway grocery store and later at the Clayton Ranch Market where she retired as a manager after 38 years working in the same building for the two different businesses. In addition to her husband, Anita was preceded in death by her father; Joe M. Gonzales, mother; Carlota (Garcia) Gonzales Padilla, step-father; Matias Padilla, 2 sisters; Della Elkins and Dolores Yoder and by 2 brothers; Joe Gonzales and Sam Gonzales.


3 DAUGHTERS: Mary Lou Handly of Knoxville, Tennessee, Valerie Maly of Clayton, New Mexico and Rosie Archuleta of Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

1 SON: Richard Archuleta of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

3 GRANDCHILDREN: Richard Emanuel Michael Archuelta of Boston, Massachusetts, Nadany Handly of South Carolina and Christy Handly of Knoxville, Tennessee.

2 SISTERS: Lillie Barreras of Clayton, New Mexico and Gina Escobedo of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

1 BROTHER: Leo Ray Gonzales of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

And numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Prayer ServiceFriday, May 05, 2017
9:00 AM

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
115 N. 1st Street
Clayton, NM 88415
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Funeral ServiceFriday, May 05, 2017
10:00 AM

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
115 N. 1st Street
Clayton, NM 88415
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Graveside ServiceMonday, May 08, 2017
1:30 PM

Santa Fe National Cemetery
501 N. Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

In Loving Memory of B.J. Puryear

B.J. Puryear also known as “Wild Bill” and Gramps, departed from his earthly life on April 24, 2017, at the Spanish Peaks Veterans Facility in Walsenburg, Co. He was born January 13, 1934 in Borger, Texas.

B.J. grew up in Amarillo, TX and began drawing at an early age. An artist and sign painter by trade who could and would paint on just about anything. You could recognize his distinct lettering and art on bill boards and signs that he did throughout Amarillo, Raton, and Trinidad areas. His art work of mountains, seascapes, wild life, and native Americans is also recognizable. His work also included hundreds of custom automobiles and motorcycles all with perfectly placed pin striping, cool wheels and ready to fly down the road. He liked to make model cars and trucks using anything laying around and has done wood carvings including totem poles and bears.

B.J. was always proud to say he was in the U.S. Marines Corp. and served in the Korean War. As a 16 year old, the Marines made quite an impression and were influential to his “make every day count” attitude.

After his military service was complete, he returned home and was employed with the Santa Fe Railroad as a brakeman for a short time.

B.J. is proceeded in death by his parents Lissie Meadows and Joe Hudson Puryear, sister, Sophia Carper and brother Glenn Puryear, two grandsons, Joshua Atwater and David Puryear, niece, Glenda Lusk and her daughter, Stacy.

B.J. has four children with Virginia (Buscarini):

Sophie Atwater of Las Cruces, N.M. and Bernard Atwater of Springer, N.M., Charmaine and Will Demchek, Adeline and Jim Shell, Danny and Teni Puryear. And one child with Helen Torres, Billy and Pamela Puryear of Colorado Springs, Co. He was married to Michael Angelino who had a son “Jon” from a previous marriage. Michael was and is an artist in the Amarillo area.

His grandchildren include: Jessica and John Van Buskirk, Sasha and Allen Smithhart, Jeremiah Demchek, Billy “Boo” Puryear, Jeff and Jeremy Ulibarri , Danny Puryear, Amanda and Cody Bower. Great grandchildren include: James Bennett, Joshua and Jade VanBuskirk, Bryson and Kamren Smithhart, Lillian Bower, Landyn Archuleta.
Great niece, Kenny Diane Kuehler and her children, David Ray Kuehler, John Andrew Kuehler and Tracy Lemons and son Chase Lemons.
Niece, LaDonna (Sissy) and Charles Harris and their children and grandchildren, Cory Harris, Sidney, Hank and Citori and Cody Harris, Bailey, Pate, Paxton of Amarillo, TX.
La Donna loved her uncle Bill like a father and took care of him for many years in Amarillo, TX. And will have many good memories to hold onto.

A special friend and caregiver, Dolores Romero Segura cared for Gramps daily until he went to the VA Facility. We all appreciated her for her love for him. He loved her also.

B.J. Puryear always treasured the times together- and his faith in Jesus was more and more apparent during his final years. Encouraging words would include “There are many beautiful places to see and people to meet”. “Have faith, trust what your heart tells you is right” and kids, “Dream Big”.

puryearB.J.Puryear will be remembered as a “Free Spirit” with great courage to live life as he wanted and on his terms. An adventure, an untamed soul and one who seemed to live life to its fullest every single moment. He once said “We aren’t here for a long time, so let’s have a good time”.


Visitation will be on Friday, May 5th, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. recited by Frank Cimino. Mass of the resurrection will follow at 10:30 A.M. with Father William Woytavich as the celebrant. Rite of Christian burial will be at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton, N.M.

Friends and family will gather to honor and remember “Wild Bill” at the Parish hall after the burial to celebrate his life. Let’s make it a good time to share your memories and stories with the family.

Arrangements and celebration of love for B.J. Puryear are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Happy Gary Blacksten

Happy Gary Blacksten of Springer, NM passed away at the age of 63.

Happy Gary Blacksten was born in Springer, NM on February 8, 1954 to Art and Adalee Blacksten. He graduated from Springer High School in 1972 with 12 years of perfect attendance. Happ went on to become a well-known businessman. During his life he touched the hearts of many, many people across the nation. He proved to be an intelligent businessman, rancher, farmer, and hounds man. He was most passionate about hunting the mountains in the surrounding area. Some would say Happ is “THE Legend”.

Through his business dealings, Happ created numerous acquaintances and many great friendships. Many friends became family.  Stories will be told of Happ for decades to come!! Happ truly had a captivating personality which others loved to be around. Happ is very well known to be a man of his word, loyal, honest and the most hard working man you’ve ever met. 

Happ is predeceased by his parents, Art and Adalee Blacksten; his brothers, Herbert Blacksten, Hailey Blacksten, and Harvey Blacksten.

Happ is survived by his eldest brother, Howard Blacksten and sister, Gracy Blacksten, and nephew, Mac Blacksten.

Happ is also lovingly remembered by his companion Robin; his three children, Zachary Blacksten, Zandra Blacksten, Zoann Blacksten; his 2 step children, Jake Pilley, Chaz Pilley; along with 8 grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. His grandchildren were the light of his life! Happ truly touched the lives of so many and will continue to be a part of our every day lives.  

The memorial services will commence at The Mavrick Club in Cimmaron, NM on Sunday, May 7th at 11:00 AM. The family would like to welcome all to stay at the Maverick Club for a potluck lunch. Please feel free to bring a dish or drink to share. The potluck lunch will also allow for all to share stories of Happ Blacksten.

The family will have a memorial plank placed at the museum at Philmont and welcome all to visit the special place for decades to come.  

All questions can be sent to Zoann Blacksten at zoann8@yahoo.com