Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Angelina Montera

Angelina Montera of Trinidad, CO (formerly of Aguilar) passed from this life to her heavenly life in Trinidad, CO on August 18, 2015. 


Angelina was born in Aguilar, Colorado on May 5, 1923 to the union of Mary (Marino) Scarafiotti and Paolo Scarafiotti, both preceded her in death.  She was also preceded in death by her husband Frank (Francesco) Montera and her son, Frank G. Montera.      


As a young girl, Angelina attended school in Aguilar, played with her cousins, Mike, Mary, and Jeanna Scarafiotti, vacationed with her family, and even traveled to Italy with her parents.  She was especially close to her maternal uncle, Jack Marino.   


Angelina met, fell in love with, and  married Frank Montera in 1938 and moved to Chandler, CO.  After briefly living in the coal camp of Delagua, Colorado, Angelina, Frank and their growing family moved back to Aguilar. 


As a young mother, Angelina  worked  various jobs before becoming the head cook for the Aguilar Head Start program and eventually the Aguilar School District from which she retired.   


She was a strong supporter of the community and school district of Aguilar.  She followed Aguilar sports and arts programs enthusiastically, especially when her children participated.  A devoted Roman Catholic, Angelina attended mass regularly, was involved with many church celebrations and volunteered her time cleaning St. Anthony’s church in Aguilar.  A notable achievement for Angelina was her participation in Weight Watchers and earning the Gold Key Award for attaining her goal in less than a year. 


Mom was a prolific cook and baker.  She was famous in the family for her holiday meals and the baking of Christmas Cookies and Easter bread and “dollies”.  Her homemade pizza and her spaghetti sauce drew family and friends alike to the Montera home. 


All this was secondary to Angelina’s focus in life, the support, nurturing, and loving of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchild. 


Left to cherish her memory are her children Roberta, Paul (Karen), and David (Teresa) and daughter-in-law Joan.  She is also survived by her brother-in-law Pete Montera and sister-in-law, Josephine Montero.   Her surviving grandchildren are Don (Lydia) Paulovich, Douglas (Nancy) Montera, Marlo (Jason) Horsford, Regina Montera, Kristina (Gary) Vezzani, Roman Montera, and Talia Montera.  Surviving great and great-great grandchildren include Chelsea (Jeff) Davis, Luca Montera, Tuscany Montera, Jack Horsford,  Allie Horsford,  Dominic Bonsignore, Brianna Bonsignore, Gianna Vezzani, Dario Vezzani, and Lylih Davis.  Special cousins, nephews, and nieces also survive Angelina.   

Pallbears are grandsons; Don Paulovich, Douglas Montera, Roman Montera and nephews John Marchiol, Steve Marchiol, Ed Griego. 


Angelina’s family extents a very grateful thank you to the entire staff of the Trinidad Inn Nursing Home, your loving care for our mother was extraordinary.  A very special thank you to family member, Carol Riggio, for watching over, caring for, and loving our mother in her time at the Trinidad Inn.   

Visitation will be Sunday from 6PM-8PM at the Comi Chapel.


Rosary will be Monday, August 24, 2015 at Noon at the Comi Funeral Home, followed by the celebration of the Funeral Mass at 1PM, Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Entombment at the Lady of Sorrows Mausoleum to follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and food, persons wishing to do so, may make a donations to the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church Restoration Fund.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home. 

In Loving Memory of Phyllis Titus

Phyllis Titus (March 28, 1927 to August 13, 2015)

Phyllis was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She traveled all over the United States and lived in Florida for many years. Then, during travels to Reno, Nevada with her husband Fred, Phyllis came through Raton. As they drove over the pass, Fred looked out the rearview window, saw the amazing scenery of New Mexico, turned around and came back. They visited Raton and decided this was where they were to settle, because of the wonderful people and scenery.

Phyllis was involved in many things in Raton. She loved to play bingo with her friends at the Parish Hall, the VFW, the Raton Senior Center and at the homes of her many friends. Phyllis and a few of her buddies loved doing Lip Sync for several years. 

titus dressPhyllis helped to bring the GED testing to Raton and was one of the first to receive her GED at age 79, proving you are never too old to learn. She also helped to push for Raton to come into the 20th Century regarding the ADA accessibility for city and state facilities.

Several years ago, Phyllis moved to San Tan, Arizona to be near her family.

Phyllis was much loved by all who knew her.

A memorial service is being planned and will be announced at a later date. 


In Loving Memory of Wayne Adam Abeyta

Wayne Adam Abeyta, age 37, passed away unexpectedly at home in his sleep on August 12, 2015.

He was born August 21, 1977 to Mary Agnes (Jaques) and Harry Abeyta.

He attended Hoehne School and Trinidad High School graduating in 1996. He attended TSJC receiving training in Heavy Equipment.  Wayne also was a Journeyman carpenter. Currently he was employed as a truck driver.

Wayne enjoyed spending every minute of his time in Trinidad with his daughter. Wayne and Madison enjoyed his new speedboat. He taught her how  to shoot guns and rifles and to respect firearms. Together with friend Simon, Wayne spent many hours and bullets, target shooting and playing cards which he was very skilled at.

Wayne lived and worked in Texas but he missed home, the mountains and hunting and fishing with his dad and brother.

Preceding him in death are grandparents Tony and Ida (Gonzales) Abeyta, Esequel and Isabel (Bachicha) Jaques, aunt Mary Jo Jaques and cousin Colby Jaques.

Left to cherish his memory are parents Mary Agnes and Harry Abeyta, home address, his pride and joy, daughter Madison Abeyta, who he absolutely adored, sister Jennifer Abeyta (Jennifer Bell), Denver, CO, brother Jeremy(BreAnna) Abeyta, Trinidad, CO, nieces, Chevella (Goddaughter), Brodie, and nephew Antonio who he couldn’t get enough of.

He is also survived by aunts and uncles Joe (MaryAnn) Abeyta, Frank (Leann) Abeyta, Trinidad, CO, Margaret (Jose) Segura, Betty (Wayne) McClelland, Raton, NM, Annamae Guara, Pueblo, CO, Annabelle (Doug Bird), Charles Jaques, Tom (Hazel) Jacques, Albuquerque, NM, Fred (Angelina) Jaques, Edgewood, NM, Richard Jaques (Linda Shaw), Pueblo West, CO, and the mother and stepfather to Madison, Kim and Robert Schultz of Trinidad, CO, numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends also survive.

Visitation will be Thursday from 2PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.

Rosary will be Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7PM at Holy Trinity Church.

Funeral Mass will  be Friday, August 21, 2015 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church

Cremation to follow and private family inurnment at a later date.

Active pallbearers are Robert Schultz, Jacob Lamden, Simon Pachorek, John Mestas, Patrick Marquez and Brendon Marquez.

Persons wishing to do so may make contributions in Wayne’s memory at the First National Bank, Trinidad, CO, or Go Fund Me.com.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Margaret Martinez

Margaret Martinez, age 80, passed away peacefully at her home in Capulin on Friday, August 14, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.
Margaret was born June 28, 1935 to Maximiliano and Susana Cruz, and was a lifelong resident of Capulin, New Mexico. She was married to Joe Mary Martinez for 64 wonderful years.
She was predeceased by her parents, siblings Pete Cruz, Bernard Cruz, Corrina Martinez and Caroline Satroplus.
Survivors include her children Joetta Foster, and husband Fred of Albuqueruque, New Mexico, Bernard Martinez and wife Anna Belle of Capulin , Cynthia Martinez of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Monica Vigil and husband Leonard of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Joseph Martinez and wife Debbie of Des Moines, New Mexico.
She is also survived by nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one step great grand child, and sisters, Frances Sanchez of Denver, VickiMontoya of Denver, and Florence Martinez of Aurora Colorado, along with numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and many special friends.
Margaret was a school bus driver for the Des Moines public schools for many years, and while doing that was a retail clerk at Rubin’s Family Clothiers in Raton. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She enjoyed picking choke cherries, piñon, and during cold winter days enjoyed baking and playing rummy but most of all being with her family. She will live on in the hearts and minds of the loving family and friends she has left behind.
A special thanks to Robin Pilley and Sandi Casias for their kind and compassionate care to Margaret and her family during her final days.
Arrangements and celebration of love for Margaret Martinez are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Casey Lee Redlick

The Lord came and called home Casey Lee Redlick on August 10, 2015.

Casey was born on January 31, 1959 to Linda Marie Beard and Bob Lee Redlick.

Casey worked for the Santa Fe Railroad for many years as a conductor. He also worked as a handy man that could fix or build anything. Those that knew him knew his passion for cooking. He loved to cook for his family and friends. Casey was a hardworking man that was kind hearted and would do anything for anybody. He will be greatly missed by many.

Casey is preceded in death by his mom Linda Voegele, dad Bob Redlick and by numerous family.

Casey is survived by his brother Johnny Redlick, sister-in-law Linda Redlick, sister Tinabeth Dorrance and husband Robert. Nephews Brandon Dorrance, Justin Dorrance, Jonathan Redlick and wife Heather Jeffery Redlick and fiancé Mariah. Nieces Jessica Dorrance, Shania Dorrance and Kallista Dorrance. Great nephews Johnny Redlick, Azariah Dorrance and Zacchaeus Dorrance. Great nieces Raianna Redlick, Skyler Morris, Karianna Mason and Neveah Dorrance.

A Christian Liturgy outside the mass will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 10:00 am in the Chapel of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home with Deacon Thomas Alderette officiating.

Funeral arrangements for Casey Lee Redlick are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Elsie Esquibel

Elsie M. Esquibel, age 92 of Trinidad, died August 12, 2015 at the Sangre De Christo Hospice in Pueblo. 

She was born November 17, 1922 in Cedar Hill, Colorado to Jesus and Maria Lopez. 

Mrs. Esquibel was a devoted member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and maintained a very strong faith her entire life.  She was also a member of Sociedad de Nuestra de Guadalupe.

She attended grammar school in Ramey, Colorado.  After completing the 8th grade, she left school due to her mother’s illness and helped take care of her mother and youngersiblings.  She married Ambrose Esquibel, her late husband, on February 2, 1946 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  They celebrated 51 years of marriage before he passed away on July 11, 1997.  She gave birth to ten children and raised her niece as her eleventh child after her sister passed away.  She also helped raise several of her grandchildren over the years.  She was a loyal, dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great/great grandmother.   Her dedication and love for her family left no time for her to need or desire working outside of the home. 

Mrs. Esquibel loved cooking, baking, sewing and just about any type of homemaking.  Cooking was her favorite.  She could put together a meal on the spur of the moment for as many as needed that was so delicious there were rarely leftovers.  Watching her make dozens of tortillas at a time was a daily occurrence in her home.  She attended classes in sewing and assisted the instructor with other students that were struggling.  She was an excellent seamstress and could make, alter or mend most anything that was needed for her children or grandchildren.   

She enjoyed gambling trips to Las Vegas and New Mexico with her husband and children and later in life with Esther Montoya, her beloved friend and neighbor.  They would ride the bus from Trinidad to Cripple Creek on a fairly regular basis.  She was an avid Rockies fan, loved watching old Western movies, enjoyed Mexican and the old time country music.  Gene Autry was her favorite singer and actor. 

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Ambrose, her parents Jesus and Maria Lopez, her daughter Francis Trujillo of Pierre, SD, her grandson Steven Esquibel and numerous sisters, brothers, sisters-in-law and brothers-in law. 

She is survived by sons, Ambrose of Raton, NM; Richard (Gloria) of Layton, UT; Steve (Dianne) of Dillon, MT; David (Jeanine) of Trinidad, CO; John (Denise) of Englewood, CO; Vince (Lori) of Trinidad, CO;  daughters, Patricia Lederman and Pauline Wooster of Highlands Ranch, CO; Cindy (Gary) Sanchez of Castle Rock, CO; Annette (Steve) Smith ofStrasburg, CO; sister Erlinda Vasquez of Trinidad, CO; brother-in-law, Albert Esquibel of Humphrey, AK; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great/great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will Monday, August 17, 2015 at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel from 2PM to 6:00PM.    

Rosary will be August 17, 2015 at 7:00PM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  

Funeral Mass will be celebrated  Tuesday, July 18, 2015 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  Internment with Rite of Committal will follow at the Trinidad  Catholic Cemetery.   

Active pallbearers are grandsons, Ambrose III, Joseph Trujillo, Joey Lederman, James Sanchez, Joseph and Mark Esquibel.   

Honorary pallbearers are grandsons, Paul Esquibel, Matt Sanchez, Michael Wooster and Damien Lopez. 

The family may be contacted at the home address.   

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.   



In Loving Memory of Wayne Adam Abeyta

Wayne Adam Abeyta, age 37, passed away unexpectedly at home on August 12, 2015.
Visitation will be Thursday from 2PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.
Rosary will be Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7PM at Holy Trinity Church.
Funeral Mass will  be Friday, August 21, 2015 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church
Cremation to follow and private family inurnment at a later date.
Persons wishing to do so may make contributions in Wayne’s memory at the First National Bank, Trinidad, CO, or Go Fund Me.com.
Arrangements are pending and will be announced later by the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Susie D. Archuleta

Susie D. Archuleta, age 84, passed away peacefully at home in Weston, CO. on August 12, 2015.

She was born in Weston, CO, on August 31, 1930 to Theresa (Aragon) and Henry Duran.

She attended Primero School.

On October 15, 1950, Susie was united in marriage to Joseph N. Archuleta at the Lady of Esquepula Church in Weston, CO.

She was very artistic.  She enjoyed making crafts, crocheting, embroidery, and making Halloween costumes.

Susie loved to cook and bake.  She was known for her specialty birthday and wedding cakes.

She decorated for every holiday.

Susie loved spending time at the Primero School with her grandchildren and all children.

She never knew a stranger and helped anyone in need.

Her heart and house were open to all.

Susie’s love, generosity, and ever present smile will be missed.

Preceding her in death are parents Theresa and Henry Duran, grandson Jason Gomez, brother Gilbert Duran, sisters and brothers in law, Nettie Abeyta, Stella Roybal, Manuel (Virginia) Archuleta , Ed Griego ,nephews Eddie, Andy and Michael Griego, Arnold Roybal, Rocky Kaiser and niece Brenda Chavez.

Survivors are children, Joe (Audrey) Archuleta, Denver, Dena (Michael) Martinez, Minturn, CO, Francine (Vince) Garcia, Weston, CO, Rayme (Charles) Clampitt, Castle Rock, CO, Tony (Chrsitina) Archuleta, Weston, CO, sister Vera Griego, Weston, CO, Gloria Starkey, Weston, CO, Freida (David) Brodie, Northglenn, CO, Mary Lou(Marty) Garcia, Weston, CO, Martha Duran and Ben Vigil, Arvada, CO, sisters and brother in law, Barbara (Sonny) Gomez, Weston, CO, Theresa Duran, Weston, CO., 11 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews other relatives numerous friends including neighbor Debbie Velasquez.

Rosary will be Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 7PM at Holy Trinity Church.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.
Inurnment will follow at the Weston, Cemetery.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.


In Loving Memory of Margarito (Mike) Nolan

Margarito (Mike) Nolan entered into this world on March 5, 1914 in Ocate, NM to Filadelfio Nolan and Emilia Cruz. He went to be with the Lord on August 7, 2015 in Raton, NM.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Alfonso and Rosie Nolan, brother Fernando and Helen Nolan, sister Maxine Stefani and husband Victor, brother George and Marcella Nolan, brother Willie and Elsie Nolan and brother Benjamin Nolan, Margarito’s children Jeannette, Antoinette, Michael and William Nolan.

He is survived by his wife Eva Rascon Nolan wed 74 years this month. His children Sharon, Jessie and Dorella; grandchildren Suzette, Amy, Shara, Maxine, Amelia, Shawn, Brandy Michelle, Nathaniel and John; great grandchildren Kailey, Elion, Joshua, Jane, Tyler, Ryan, Nicholas, Sarah, Jacob, Ernie, Gabriel, Cassandra, Nickolle, Courtney, Dakota, Emily, John, Christina, Dominic and Destiny, Uriah, Simone, Serena Rachel and Alexander; 3 great-great grandchildren Kaylie, Jensen and Atlanta. His brother Phil (Joe) Nolan of Bellflower, CA, sister Julia Sanchez of Cimarron, NM, Elvira Montoya and Helen Garritson of Springer, NM and Raphaelita Lopez of Espanola, NM also survive.

Margarito’s family moved to Miami, NM where he spent his childhood days trapping small game, riding horses and working in apple and cherry orchards and farms. He graduated from Miami High School and after graduation worked in the CCC camps in Wyoming and New Mexico.

Mike and Eva were married on August 19, 1941 in Springer, NM. They left New Mexico and moved to southern California in the early 40’s, then moved to Eugene, Oregon for 13 years, then resided in Northern California from 1990-1999. Mike and Eva then moved to Wichita, Kansas to live near their daughter Sharon in October of 1999. Mike was 85 years old and began working for the Kansas Senior Work Program where he did yardwork and small carpentry repair for seniors. He was honored with a plaque on his 90th birthday for being the oldest Senior citizen in the program that year.

Mike was an ordained minister, he preached, played guitar, loved to sing and write poetry and enjoyed cooking and baking pies. At 101 years his wish was to return to New Mexico, to be near his sisters and remaining family where he took sick with pneumonia and passed on August 7, 2015.

A wonderful Husband, Father, Brother and Friend to all. This world’s loss is heaven’s gain.

Cremation has taken place.

Services will be held Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Assembly of God Church in Springer, New Mexico with inurnment to follow at the Springer Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements for Margarito Nolan are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Lillian (Encinias) Rubidoux

(August 27, 1946 – July 19, 2015) 

Lillian (Encinias) Rubidoux started her journey with the Lord on July 19, 2015 after her short battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She was born to Henry Encinias and Melecia Garza in Raton, New Mexico.

Lillian’s proudest accomplishments were her two sons, her grandchildren, and her nursing career. She started her nursing career at Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood where from there, after 15 years, she was a RN for 30 plus years at Colorado Mental Health Institute. After her retirement from CMHI, she spent a few years giving shots for clinics before she spent her final years as a RN at Sharmar Village.

She is preceded in death by her father Henry Encinias, her mother Melecia Garza, and her niece Holly Ringo.

She is survived by her two sons Randy and Brian (Theresa) Rubidoux, her 10 siblings Gloria (Alfredo) Fernandez, Rocky Encinias, Eloy (Debbie) Encinias, Mike Encinias, Armando Encinias, Erlinda Encinias, Eugene (Cere) Encinias, Clorinda (Garry) Ringo, Wayne (Vanessa) Encinias, Margaret (Christopher) Barksdale, her 4 grandchildren Shawn, Brett, Andrew, Amanda, and her great-granddaughter Amila. She is also survived by a plethora of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Lillian will be remembered Saturday, August 29, 2015 at St. Joseph Church in Raton, NM with a 10 AM rosary and a 10:30 AM mass; interment to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers will be Lillian’s six brothers Rocky, Eloy, Mike, Armando, Gene, and Wayne. Immediately following the interment, family and friends are invited to gather at the Raton VFW. Many family, friends, and coworkers will forever miss her.