Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Stephanie J. Feldman

Stephanie J. Feldman age 59 of Raton, NM, passed away Saturday August 23, 2014 in Raton. She was born December 7, 1954 in Raton, NM, the daughter of Estevan Jojola and Theresa Horner. She was a Loan Supervisor at the International Bank for many years, a member of the Lighthouse Christian Church in Raton, she loved playing bingo, fishing, hunting , camping arts and crafts but most of all her grandchildren and family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Karen Jojola Cordova, brother in law Ira Bowers. She is survived by her husband Tom of the home, two daughters, Lisa Marie Padilla of Raton and Dana Padilla of Raton, two sisters Nadine Bowers of Albuquerque, NM and Linda Castellini of Raton. Grandchildren Demita Aragon, Salvador Aragon, Shilyn Padilla and Bryson Liles, cousin Vince Villavencio and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Memorial services will be Saturday August 30, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Monty McGowen officiating.

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

In Loving Memory of Fermin E. Lopez

Fermin E. Lopez age 77, of Raton, NM, passed away Friday August 22, 2014 in Raton. He was born September 26, 1936 in Coyote, NM, the son of Tony and Rebecca Salazar-Lopez. Fermin was a twenty year Veteran of the United States Air Force, has worked as a coal miner for ten years and was a member of St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton. He was a past member and exalted Ruler of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge, and a past member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved Golf, fishing, hunting, camping, traveling and loved spending time with his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Toni Lopez and sister Polly Jaramillo. Fermin is survived by his wife Stephanie of the home, one daughter Lori Clark of Dallas, TX, two step-daughters Melissa Goetsch Medina and husband Stevie of Raton, NM, and Joanna Self and husband Jonathan of Clovis, NM. One son Leonard L. Lopez and wife Penny of Raton, NM. Two sisters Inez Lopez of Salt Lake City, UT, and Ruthann Ortiz and husband Rudy of Price, UT. One brother Joe Lopez of Layton, UT. 
Grandchildren Jamie and Ashley Lopez; Jeremy, Anthony, and Nicholas Clark; Lakken, Halle and Kira Medina; Katelyn Self and great grandchildren Tyson, Colton, and Cooper.

Visitation will be Thursday August 28, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be at 9:30 A.M. Friday August 29, 2014 at St. Patrick;s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton recited by Frank Cimino Jr. Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:00 A.M. with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of Christian Burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton.

Funeral services and celebration of love for Fermin E. Lopez are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton. 

In Loving Memory of Marcelino Moreno, Jr.

Marcelino Moreno, Jr. age 50 passed away August 7th, 2014 at Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, NM. Marcy as we all called him, was born in Springer on august 25th, 1963 to Marcelino and Clara Moreno. Through his young life he attended Springer schools and served as an altar boy at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed baseball and football in high school and proceeded to graduate in 1982. He was also a member of the New Mexico Nation Guard and worked as an employee for the town of Springer. Throughout his life he battles a tough life with his own person sickness.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brother Fred and Frank, maternal grandparents, aunts and uncles. He is survived by his brother Willie and wife Ruth and family of Raton, Joseph and wife Lori and family of Las Vegas, sisters Vicky and husband Frank Grine of Springer, Christina and husband Robert Rivera of Springer, also survived are several nieces and nephews.

Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Thursday August 28th 2014 at 11am at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer, NM with inurnment to follow at the Springer Cemetery.

Arrangements for Marcelino Moreno, Jr. are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of James (Jim) E. Hilyard

James (Jim) E. Hilyard  1950-2014

 Born in Worcester, Ma. to Charles and Yvonne Hilyard on December
 29,1950. He parted from this world on August 1, 2014 in Albuquerque,
 NM. He served in the US Coast Guard from 1970-1974 stationed in Simeri
 Crichi, Italy at Loran Station and was selected for the Presidential
 Honor Guard. He moved to New Mexico in 1994 and worked for Sysco NM
 until his death.

 He was preceded in death by his father Charles Hilyard and
 father-in-law Frank Spalding. He is survived by his wife Theresa and
 his beloved “buddy” Vado. Also surviving are his mother Yvonne Hilyard
 of Massachusetts, mother-in-law Shirley Spalding of Albuquerque. Four
 children, Kerrie Randell (Steve) of Massachusetts, Jessica Hilyard of
 Massachusetts, Jaime O’Brien (Matthew) of California and Jim Hilyard
 (Kim) of Albuquerque. Step-children, Talia Cervo Vasquez (Tim Beard)
 of Albuquerque and Keith Cervo (Vanessa) of Raton, NM. Eight
 grandchildren, Kylie Hilyard , Sophie and Charlie Randell, Cody
 Schuster, Justin Vasquez, Kayle Beard, Mason Cervo and McKenzie Cervo.
 Two brothers-in-law, Bill Bumphrey (Valerie) of Albuquerque and Craig
 Phillips (Deanna) of California. Several nieces and nephews, cousins
 and friends. No services were held at his request. His ashes will be
 laid to rest in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Massachusetts
 where he was born and raised.

In Loving Memory of Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers, age 46, died Friday, August 15, 2014 in Dalhart, Texas. 

Cremation has taken place and Memorial Services are pending at this time. 

Melissa Summers was born February 21, 1968 in Dalhart, Texas to Robert Summers and Emma Jean (Kohler) Summers. A lifelong resident of the Texas Panhandle, Melissa had been a resident of Coon Memorial Nursing Home in Dalhart, Texas since 2007. Melissa was preceded in death by her parents and by an infant sister. 


1 SISTER: Belinda Waide and her husband Gary of Texline, Texas. 

2 BROTHERS: Berlin Summers and Jimmy Summers both of Dalhart, Texas. 

And several nieces and nephews.

In Loving Memory of Eddie Corona

Eddie Corona passed away unexpectedly on August 8, 2014. He was born on March 3, 1986 to Freddie and Stephanie Corona in San Pablo, CA. On that special day he made his mother the happiest mother in the whole wide world. The bond they shared was like no other.

Eddie enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved to be with his grandpa and grandma. His pride and joy was his daughter Carmela AKA We Me and stepchildren Ruben and Lily. His spare time was spent with his big bro Al, his wife Melanie and kids and dearest friend Joe Larry. The main women in his life were his mother and two sisters Angelica AKA Tooty and Adelina AKA Wee Wee. He also had a special female friend, you know who you are! Eddie enjoyed driving around in his 66 Chevy Caprice, watching mafia movies and eating pizza with a Pepsi. Eddie is preceded in death by his grandpa Alfred Torres, his father Freddie Corona, grandpa Trinidad, Corona, Grandma Manuela Corona and Uncle Leon. The one man he most admired was his grandpa Alfred Torres.

He is survived by his mother Stephanie Torres (Raton), sisters Angelica and Adelina (Raton, his grandma Dolores Torres (Raton), his daughter Carmela Corona (Vacaville, CA), Uncle Alfred and Aunt Rosalie Raton), Uncle Joe and Aunt Lisa (San Pablo, CA), Uncle Tony (Rodeo, CA), Uncle Kenny (Salida, CA), Uncle Danny and Aunt Valarie (Adelanto, CA), cousins: Priscilla Torres and Son Jessie (Raton). In his younger days he ran with his cousin Joey and who know what those two got into, and cousin Adrianna Torres (Benicia, CA); brothers: Rudy Corona of Phoenix, AZ, Vincent Corona of Richmond, CA; sisters: Annette Corona of Phoenix, AZ, Alexis Corona of Richmond, CA, childhood friend Ramen AKA Rayburn, roommate and Rood dog Daniel O’Campo (Elk Grove, CA), best friend and big bro Al, his wife Melanie and kids (Trinidad, CO) dearest friend Joe Larry (Raton). Uncle Robert and Sara Corona (Vallejo, CA), Uncle Raymond and Debbie Corona (Fairfield, CA), Uncle Steven Corona (Vallejo, CA), Uncle Luiggie Corona (Richmond, CA), Aunt Cynthia Corona (Richmond, CA), Aunt Anna Corona (Richmond, CA).

“I could have never asked God for a better son from God then what he gave me. I will miss you greatly, but you will always be with me. I love you my son.”

A visitation will be held on Friday August 15th from 1 to 4pm in the chapel of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home.

Arrangements for Eddie Corona are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Barbara T. Garcia

Barbara T. Garcia, 54, passed away on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at her residence in Cimarron, New Mexico after a 6 month battle with leukemia.

She was born on November 20, 1959 in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is the daughter of Epifanio and Maddalena Sandoval, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Marshall Garcia sr, and her sons, Marshall Garcia jr, and Dominic Garcia and his wife Ashlee.

Barbara married Marshall in Santa Fe on August 16, 1980 and was employed by the Cimarron School system during the past 20 years.

She is also survived by her in-laws John and Jane Garcia; her brothers Michael and wife, Susan Sandoval; Filemon Sandoval; Ralph and wife, Grace Sandoval; Reyes and wife, Caroline Sandoval; her sisters Mary Ann and husband, Joe Mendez; Susie and husband, Tony Darras; and Julia and husband, Lee Quintana.

SERVICES Viewing will be held on Sunday, August 17 at 2:00-4:00 P.M. at the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home, 244 North First Street, Raton, NM.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Monday, August 18th at 10:00 A.M. recited by Pat Zamora, with the Funeral Mass to follow at 10:30 A.M. with Father Emmanuel Izuka as the celebrant at Sister Hildegarde Smith Parish Hall, 150 West Eleven St. Cimarron, NM.

Interment will be held in Santa Fe on Tuesday, August 19th at 11:00 A.M. at the Rosario Cemetery, 499 N. Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM.

The family would like to thank the Cimarron and Eagle Nest communities for their Love and Support, donations, cards and food.

Arrangements for Barbara Garcia are under the care and direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Clare Emily Wood

Clare Emily Wood, age 17, died Sunday, August 10, 2014. 

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 PM on Fri, August 15, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 16, at Yellow Jacket Gymnasium with Fr. Joel Bugas, Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. 

Clare Emily Wood was born on October 7, 1996 in Amarillo, Texas to Chip Wood and Sammie (Britt) Wood. Clare attended school in Clayton and she was involved in Clayton High School volleyball, FFA and Cheer and was a member of the National Honor Society. Clare loved her friends and she loved to dance. She always looked forward to the Homecoming week activities and dressing up. Clare was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton. 


PARENTS: Chip and Sammie Wood of Pasamonte, New Mexico. 

1 SISTER: Sally Rastogi and her husband Raghav of Dallas, Texas. 

1 BROTHER: Guston Wood of Pasamonte, New Mexico. 

Maternal Grandparents: Sam and Rosalie Britt of Pasamonte, New Mexico. 

Paternal Grandparents: Eddie Frank and Barbara Faye Wood of Meade, Oklahoma. 

Aunts & Uncles: Sandy Wyley-Vaughn and Barry Vaughn of Amarillo, Texas, Shelley and Ross Carter of Clayton, New Mexico, Lisa and Rick Brown of Meade, Oklahoma. 

Cousins: Sam Wyley, Cydni and Bart Wyatt, Kyle and Andy Wyley, Chase and Jamie Carter, Britt and Jeremy Fisk, Rozann and Sean Lee, Todd and Bandi Mahaffey and Corey and Dannica Higgins. 

Great-Uncle and Aunt: James and Jackie Wood. 

And many friends that she loved.

In Loving Memory of Andres Romero

Andres Romero, age 75, died Saturday, August 9, 2014 in Clayton, New Mexico. 

Rosary will be recited at 9:00 AM on Friday, August 15 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. Arrangements are by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. 

Andres “PeeWee” Romero was born on October 28, 1938 in Farley, New Mexico to John Romero and Isabelle (Tafoya) Romero. He was raised in Farley and Clayton by his grandparents Francesca and Marcelino Romero. He graduated from Clayton High School in 1957. He loved playing sports especially basketball, where he was given the nick name “PeeWee” which stuck with him the rest of his life. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play in all of their sports activities. Andres was a hard worker all of his life and worked various jobs out of town which caused him to miss out on a lot of his childrens activities in life, but he always tried to provide for his family. He was well known for his painting skills which gave him the opportunity to work all over the country. He continued to work up until a few years ago when his health no longer allowed him to continue. Andres loved his children and grandchildren unconditionally and we will miss him greatly. Andres was preceded in death by a son; Frankie Joe Romero, Mother; Isabelle Tafoya Romero, Grandparetns; Francesca and Marcelino Romero, Father; John Romero, Step-Mom; Tilly Romero, 2 Brothers; Junior Romero and Bobby Romero, Sister; Annie Romero and his in-laws; Pula and Petra Valdez. 


MOTHER of his Children: Inez Romero of Clayton, NM. 

4 DAUGHTERS: Debra Thelander and her husband Damon, Pam Jordan and her husband Charles and Andrea Naranjo and her husband Anthony all of Clayton, NM and Tina Farley and her husband Rich of Tulsa, OK. 

2 SONS: Charles Romero and his wife Elma of Clayton, NM and Rick Romero and his wife Roberta of Roswell, NM. 

1 SISTER: Sharon Pineda of Huguton, KS. 

1 BROTHER: Norman Romero and his wife Penny of Baytown, TX. 

2 Friends that were like brothers to him: Sonny Cordova and his wife Chavela of Tecoloquito, NM and Johnny Cordova and his wife Vicky of Stinett, TX. 

15 Grandchildren: Jennifer Romero, Charlie Romero and his wife Lavette, Lydia Romero and Brandon Lopez, Richard Villalobos and his wife Victoria, Tiffany Holcomb and her husband Zach, Michelle Villalobos, Ashley Romero, Leslie Romero, Ricky Romero, Chelsie Thelander, Brittany Thelander, Charlie Jordan, Jacob Naranjo, Logan Naranjo and Andre Naranjo. 

12 Great-Grandchildren: Jasmine Romero, Isabella Romero, Charleigh Steen, Alexis Kimber, Dathan Kimber, Maddox Lopes, Emma Villalobos, Sophia Villalobos, Myah Sosa, Jerzy Romero, Memphis Romero and Gerald Robles. 

And numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

In Loving Memory of Elida Valdez

Elida Valdez, age 78, died Friday, August 8, 2014 at her home in Clayton, New Mexico. 

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM on Monday, August 11 by Deacon P. Louis Montoya and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, August 12, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton with Fr. Joel Bugas, Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. 
Elida (Carrasco) Valdez was born January 19, 1936 in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico to Erculano Carrasco and Jesusita (Valenzula) Carrasco. She married Jose Lourdes Valdez in 1959 and he preceded her in death on October 26, 1986. They moved to Clayton in 1970 and Elida was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton. She was famous for her Tamales and Empanadas. Her family was always the most important thing to her and she was always their biggest fans. Elida loved to be a hostess to anyone that was a guest in her home. She loved gardening and always had a smile on her face. In addition to her husband Elida was preceded in death by her parents, a son; Beto Valdez, a grandson; Rogelio Valdez, Jr. and a great-grandson; Gabriel Valdez. 


4 DAUGHTERS: Elsa Arguello of Odessa, Texas, Rose Cardenas and her husband Robert and Berta Valdez all of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Becky Valdez of Ojinaga, Mexico. 

4 SONS: Jose Valdez and his wife Susan of Clayton, New Mexico, Roger Valdez and his wife Tammy of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Martin Valdez of Clayton, New Mexico and Maurilio Valdez and his wife Silvia of Odessa, Texas. 

1 STEP-SON: Jorge Valdez and his wife Evelia of Raton, New Mexico. 

28 Grandchildren 

23 Great-Grandchildren 

4 SISTERS: Socorro Vasquez, Elfida Carrasco, Lupe Ramirez and Carmen Tenerio.