Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Roger H. Marquez

Roger H. Marquez age 75 passed away July 20, 2015 in Pueblo, Colorado. He was born September 25, 1939 in Raton, NM the son of Manuel and Anita McClelland Marquez. He was a resident of Raton and a member of St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter June Marquez, sisters Doris Marquez, Margie Marquez and Josephine Prado, and brother John Marquez.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years Stella Marquez of Raton, daughters Debbie Quintana and companion Brad Barnes of Raton, Patricia and husband Everett Butch of Raton, sons Jose Martinez and companion Donna Fernandez and ex-wife Marie Martinez of Raton, Ralph and wife Paula Martinez of Monte Vista, CO, Larry Marquez of Raton, Ernesto and wife Mary Marquez of Raton, brother Ernie and wife Dodi Marquez of San Leandro, CA, 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Roger was well loved by all who knew him. He was an avid fisherman who loved to play pool. Everyone knew him as Doomie Marquez. Doomie was a diehard Oakland Raider fan. His favorite lines were “Doomie, Do me a favor and get me a beer,” “Are you on it?” and “Who dun it”. He loved to play bones also known as dominoes and enjoyed listening to his blues music. He bought such joy to our lives and everyone he touched. There will never be another Doomie.

Visitation for Roger H. Marquez will take place Thursday July 23rd from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home Chapel. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held Friday July 24th at 9:00 a.m. at St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Deacon Thomas Alderette. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will take place at 9:30 a.m. with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Funeral arrangements for Roger H. Marquez are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Elsie Isabel Martinez

Elsie Isabel Martinez, age 66, died Sunday, July 19, 2015, in Clayton, New Mexico. 

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M. on Friday, July 24 by Deacon P. Louis Montoya and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 25 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. 

Elsie Isabel Martinez was born on March 2, 1949 in Clayton, New Mexico to Santiago “Jim” Cruz and Mercedes (Padilla) Cruz. A lifetime resident of Clayton, New Mexico, Elsie graduated from Clayton High School and married Ruben Martinez on July 19, 1969 in Clayton. She was very involved in the Ladies Alter Society of the Catholic Church and was a 34 year volunteer of the U.S.D.A. Commodities. Elsie enjoyed her grandchildren, she loved dancing and listening to music, playing board games, cards and cookouts with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father; Santiago “Jim” Cruz on May 24, 1993 and her mother; Mercedes Cruz on February 4, 2003. 


HUSBAND: Ruben Martinez of Clayton, New Mexico. 

1 DAUGHTER: Corina Vandeberg and her husband Greg of Missoula, Montana. 

3 SONS: Clifford Martinez and Christopher Martinez both of Clayton, New Mexico and Casey Martinez of Amarillo, Texas. 

6 GRANDCHILDREN: Mark Anthony, Dylan, Sirena, Isabel, Christopher and Brandon. 

2 SISTERS: Margie Romero and Julia Cruz both of Clayton, New Mexico. 

4 BROTHERS: Jimmy Cruz and his wife Belen of Borger, Texas, Gene Cruz and Tommy Cruz both of Clayton, New Mexico and Alfred Cruz and his wife Rebecca of Stinnett, Texas. 

And numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service for Susie Leon Guerrero

Susie Leon Guerrero passed away July 1, 2015.

A memorial service to celebrate Susie’s life will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 3 PM at the Living Water Church located at 411 Martinez Street in Raton, NM.

In Loving Memory of Anthony R. (Tony) Gomez

Anthony R. (Tony) Gomez age 66 passed away unexpectedly on July 1, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born on October 16, 1948 in Trinidad, Colorado to the union of Joe “Ernie” and Rose Ortega Gomez. He was the oldest of eight children. Anthony was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Rose Gomez, sister Rosalie Martinez, and nephew Mike Gomez. Anthony is survived by Michele Kearney Gomez of Florida, daughters Jamie Gomez of Florida and Brianne Gomez of South Carolina. He is also survived by his brothers and their spouses: Joe (Loretta) of Denver, CO, Andy (Josie) Alamogordo, NM, Noby (Nancy) of Raton, Frank (Sandra) of Raton, brother-in-law John Martinez of Raton; sisters: Mary Ann (Wayne) Sproule of Raton, and Jackie Fanelli (Jim Davis) Kansas, and their families. Lifelong Friends: Ed Cardenas, Manuel (Doc) Martinez, Bob Dabovich, and Barbara Shaw, as well as many others. He held a special place in his heart for all of his nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Anthony was raised in Raton and graduated from Raton High School in 1966. After graduation Anthony enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was a jet engine mechanic. While in the USAF he traveled many places around the world as well as the US. While stationed in Spain he had the chance to run with the bulls. He also served in Vietnam. He played both fast pitch softball and football with the teams from the air force base. Anthony retired from the air forces as a Master Sargent with 26 years of service.

Anthony received several Master’s Degrees from Troy State University in Alabama. He was an academic advisor, teacher, coached and DJ. He taught in Florida school system, Raton Public Schools, and Albuquerque Public School. He taught bilingual, coached mid school football, and mid school girls basketball while in Raton.

Anthony loved horse racing both betting and being around the track and horses. He also loved every kind of music and had an extensive collection that he shared with family. Tony loved spending time in Raton with his family. He loved hunting, fishing, and picnicking here. One of his very favorite places to be was Cimarron Canyon. He loved it there! Anthony was a very funny, generous, caring, loving, and friendly guy. We will miss him so much! He’ll forever be in our hearts and memories.

Funeral services for Anthony R. (Tony) Gomez will be held on July 25, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home Chapel in Raton. Military Honors will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery immediately following services. Pastor Joseph E. Gomez III is the officiating minister. Dinner will follow at the VFW Hall located at 106 Park Ave.

Funeral arrangements for Anthony R. (Tony) Gomez are under the care and direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Rose Marie Mackey

Rose Marie Mackey, age 67, a resident of Solano, NM since 1992 and formerly of Tucumcari, Lindrith and Mills, NM, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at the Alta Vista Regional Hospital in Las Vegas, NM.

She was born in Springer, NM on November 8, 1947 to her late parents Warner Fluhman and Ella Buhler.

She was a member of the Solano Homemakers and an Antique Collector.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Warner and Ella Fluhman.

She is survived by her husband: Harold R. Mackey of the family home in Solano, NM; son: Drue Hatley of Harrah, OK; daughters: Toni Jo Skinner and husband Terrence of Virginia; Shana Mackey of Belen, NM; Vonda Leavy of Belen, NM; and Jackie Dutton of Los Lunas, NM; eleven grandchildren; brothers: Ernest Fluhman and Otto Fluhman Mills, NM; sister: Heidi Barley of Hope, NM; and Marlene Reeves of Etter, TX; aunt: Nancy Fluhman of Mills, NM; numerous: nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.

Funeral service will be conducted on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Mosquero Community Church with Pastor Ray Clark as Officiator.

Viewing will be held between 9:00 am to 9:30 am at the Mosquero Community Church Friday, July 24, 2015.

Interment will follow at the Solano Cemetery in Solano, NM with the following serving as Casket Bearers: Drue Hatley, Terrence Skinner, Wyatt Larson, Chase Dutton, Dusty Leavy and Cody Leavy.

In Lieu of flowers please make donations to: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center 1515 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77730.

Please visit our website: www.rogersmortuarynm.com to sign the online register book.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Mortuary 600 Reynolds Avenue Las Vegas, NM 1-800-479-3511 or 505-425-3511

In Loving Memory of Joe F. Hurtado

Joe F. Hurtado, age 88, passed away at Sangre de Cristo Hospice on November 15, 2014.

He was born in Sugarite,NM on November 18, 1925 to Sarah(Tafoya) and Abenicio Hurtado.

He attended Menaul New Mexico High School. Joe proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He was employed as a machinist for Byron Jackson in Los Angeles CA for 37 years, until his retirement. Joe enjoyed shooting pool, taking rides to Sugarite and enjoying the outdoors and the beautiful scenery.

He was happy to reunite with his wife Minnie and his five children.

Preceding him in death are parents, Sarah and Abenicio, wife Minnie and sister Helen Duran.

Left to cherish his memory are children , Betty Jo (Tom) Manriguez, Mira Loma,CA, George B.(Martha) Hurtado,Whittier,CA, Gloria(Dave) Armijo,Trinidad,CO,Jake (Rosalie)Hurtado,Pueblo,CO,Connie L.(Rick) Freeman, Fullerton,CA,brother Isador (Rose Ann) Hurtado,sisters, Pat(Rudy) Arellano, Rose Marie Hurtado, Rose Johnson,numerous other relatives and special Muchacho,Alegre.

Funeral Services will be held Sunday,July 26 ,2015 at Noon at the Comi Chapel with inurnment following at in Weston.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Lena L. Sciacca

Lena Sciacca, age 93, passed away July 19, 2015, at Life Care Center in Colorado Springs.

She was born August 27, 1921, in Black Hills, CO to Ignacio and Domenica Febbraro. Lena attended the Barns School, east of Ludlow, CO.  She married Pete Sciacca October 31, 1937. They were married for 66 years until he passed away in 2003.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph (Roma) Febbraro, Charlie (Elsie) Febbraro, Nick (Catherine) Febbraro, sisters and brothers-in-law, Lilly (Tony) Frenchmore, Ann (Albert) Salbato, sisters Patty Novara and little Mary Febbraro, brother little Joe Febbraro, special niece Joanne Kruitz.

Lena is survived by her sister and best friend Angie Sciacca of Ludlow, brother-in-law Willard Large, her five children, Jeannette Sciacca of Denver, Frank (Karen) Sciacca of Pagosa Springs, Carl (Gwen) Sciacca of Aguilar, Carol Tokar of Pueblo, Valerie Chavez of Fountain, and “adopted daughter” Linda Young of Colorado Springs; grandchildren, Michael (Lee) Sciacca, Tamara Sciacca, Stacey (Jack) Wiseman, Kerry (Rob) Campbell, Amanda (Derek) Grubb, Stephanie (Joshua) Cruz; great grandchildren, Tanner Bacharach, Tatum Rivera, Pete and Jack Grubb, numerous nieces and nephews, special people in her life, Bill Wood, Dave Velasquez, Dixie Sciacca, Anthony Chavez, Jim Tokar, George Lave, Joe Barajas.

Lena worked as a homemaker, helping on the ranch with her husband Pete, and later opened her own successful business, Lena’s Hardware & Variety. Special thanks to Kerry Campbell, Stacey Wiseman, and Dixie Sciacca. With their help, Lena was able to live in the family home until recently.

The family also extends its appreciation to the staff at Life Care Center and to Dr. Mike Moll for Lena’s care.

Visitation will be Thursday, July 23, from 4-8 P.M., at Comi Funeral Home Chapel in Trinidad; Rosary will be at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Aguilar, Friday, July 24, 9:30 A.M., followed by the Funeral Mass at 10:00 A.M. with interment at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers, Jim Sciacca, Frank (Chico) Sciacca, Frank J. Sciacca, Carl (Rusty) Sciacca, Joseph Febbraro Jr., Nick Febbraro, Phillip Sciacca. Johnny Novara, Bill Wood, Dave Velasquez and Rob Campbell.

Active pallbearers: Michael Sciacca, Tanner Bacharach, Derek Grubb, Anthony Chavez, Joshua Cruz, Jack Wiseman and Pete Grubb.

Arrangements made by Comi Funeral Home, Trinidad, CO.  

In Loving Memory of Patsy (Cyphers) Poling

Patsy (Cyphers) Poling, age 68, died Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Clayton, New Mexico. 

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM, Saturday, July 18, at the First United Methodist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Terrell Jones, pastor of the Trinity Fellowship Church in Clayton, officiating. Burial will follow in the Garcia Plaza Cemetery at the Blue Front Ranch by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. 

Patsy (Cyphers) Poling was born on June 27, 1947, in Clayton, New Mexico to William Walter “Bill” Cyphers and Doris Audene (Fudge) Cyphers. A lifetime resident of Union County, Patsy graduated from Clayton High School in 1965 and married George Tom Poling on October 16, 1965 in Sedan, New Mexico and he preceded her in death on August 27, 2001. They lived at the Blue Front Ranch until 1994 when they moved into Clayton. Patsy did sewing and alteration work while raising her children and later started selling Mary Kay Cosmetics. In 1994 she opened her store, Facets in Gold and started selling jewelry. Patsy was very active in the Cow Belles, Union County Chamber of Commerce, Clayton Main Street and the Union County Community Development Corporation. In addition to her husband, Patsy was preceded in death by her parents Bill Cyphers on December 28, 2010 and Doris (Fudge) Cyphers on July 22, 2009. 


1 DAUGHTER: Audra Crisp and her husband Clay of Clayton, New Mexico. 

2 SONS: Todd Poling and his wife Honey and Trent Poling and his wife Jennifer all of Clayton, NM. 

Her Companion: Harry Rosenbloom of Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Her best friend: Linda Whaley 

10 GRANDCHILDREN: Tucker Poling, Preslie Poling, Bo Poling, Levi Poling, Dustin Poling, Triton Poling, Alison Poling, Monty Crisp, Katy Crisp and Karley Crisp. 

3 SISTERS: Judy Little and her husband Lonnie of Stead, New Mexico, Vicky English and her husband Mike of Granbury, Texas and Sheila Herndon and her husband Phil of Murfeesboro, Tennessee. 

1 BROTHER: Douglas Cyphers of Amarillo, Texas. 

And several Nieces and Nephews. 

MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials be made in Patsy’s memory to the Union County General Hospital or to the Cindy Burns Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of the Farmers and Stockmans Bank in Clayton.

In Loving Memory of Adelaida Teresa “Della” Smith

Adelaida Teresa “Della” Smith, age 78, passed away at the Trinidad Inn Nursing Home on July 14, 2015, after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Vigil, Colorado on August 13, 1936, the daughter of Eralia and Telesforo Chavez.

She loved to dance and cook and enjoyed watching soap operas.

Preceding her in death are parents, Eralia and Telesforo, sister Margaret  and husbands Joe Montez and Joe Smith.

She is survived by son Raymond Montez, CA, daughters Cathy Montez, Co. Springs, Sheryl Smith, CO. Springs, siblings, Mary (Vincent) Gurule, Denver, Marie “Chris” (Bert) Gutierrez, Denver, Rosebelle (Abran) Lovato, Denver, Manuel Chavez, Trinidad, Connie Chavez, Taos, NM, Louisa Chavez (Mark Eichen) Trinidad, Sam (Joey) Chavez, Denver, numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday July 22, 2015  from 3PM-7PM  the Comi Chapel.

Funeral will be Thursday, July  23, 2015 with Rosary at (AM at the Comi Chapel followed by the Funeral Mass at 10AM at Hoy Trinity Church.

Interment with Rite of committal will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Active pallbearers are Manuel Chavez,  Bert Gutierrez, Sam Chavez, Larry Martinez, Ben Aragon, and Mark Eichen .

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Christine L. Sanchez

Christine L. Sanchez, passed away at home on July 10, 2015. She was 67.

She was born in San Luis, CO ,on August 3, 1947, to Maria and Edward Sanchez.

Preceding her in death are parents Maria and Edward and brother Eddie Sanchez.

Survivors are son Terry Sanchez (Deana Pachelli), daughter Marie Sanchez, grandchildren, Amanda Gonzales, Curtis and Dylan, siblings, Patricia (Bob) Hart, Ray Sanchez, Maxine Sanchez and Zoe Van Raan, aunt Irene Trujillo, numerous nieces nephews, other relatives and friends.

Christine  a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, aunt and sister will truly be missed.

Funeral Services will be Friday, July 17, 2015 with Rosary at 9AM followed by Funeral Scriptural Service at 10AM at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel.

Inurnment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.