Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Robert E. Mejia

Robert E. Mejia, age 70, passed away at Select Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO on November 15, 2015.
Complete obituary and arrangements will be announced later by the Comi Funeral Home

In Loving Memory of Felix A. Ruiz

Felix A. Ruiz, age 74, died Tuesday, November 17, 2015, in Amarillo, Texas.

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 19, by Leroy Sanchez and Ray Maestas and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 20 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.

ruiz felizFelix A. Ruiz was born on August 1, 1941, in Guanajuato, Mexico, to Rufino Ruiz and Avarilia (Murillo) Ruiz. A long time resident of Clayton, Felix married Viola M. Vasquez on October 6, 1971 in Clayton. He worked at feedlots in the Clayton area for several years and later worked on Road Construction in Union County. He was preceded in death by 1 Son, Felix Ruiz, Jr., in 2004, and by his Father, Rufino Ruiz and a Brother, Juan Ruiz in 2015. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton.


Wife: Viola M. Ruiz of Clayton, NM.

2 Sons: Richard “Ricky” Maestas of Clayton, NM, and John Maestas and his wife Marie of Dumas, Texas.

3 Daughters: Mary Ann Rodriguez and her husband Ernesto of Amarillo, TX; Carolyn Valencia and her husband Amilio of Dumas, TX; and Irene Roybal and her husband Frank of Amarillo, TX.

A Daughter-in-law: Eunice Cano of Dumas, TX

His Mother: Avarilia Ruiz of Mexico

2 Sisters and 4 Brothers all of Mexico.

17 Grandchildren and 16 Great-Grandchildren

Funeral Service

Friday, November 20, 2015
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
115 N. 1st Street
Clayton, NM 88415

In Loving Memroy of Sandra J. “Sandy” Sink

Sandra J. “Sandy” Sink went to meet her Lord and Savior on Monday, November 16, at the Clayton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a long and hard fought battle with cancer and finally succumbed to the ravage of the disease with Bill and Dusty by her side, holding her hand as she passed. She was 68 years young, born on October 4, 1947, in Amarillo, TX to the late Bill and Oleta French of Stratford, TX and later of Capulin, NM. She grew up in Stratford, TX and graduated from high school there in 1966. She always said “you can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take the Texas out of the girl.” Texas was her home, but she followed the love of her life, Bill Sink, to New Mexico. She loved working at the Senior Center in Des Moines and loved all her people there. She enjoyed spending time in her garden and canning the fruits of her labor. She liked to paint and do arts and crafts and gave most of her work to others. She was proud of being an accomplished artist. She is survived by her husband, Bill Sink of the home; her son Dustin Bridges of Rock Hill, South Carolina; 2 Step-Sons, Douglas Sink of Liberty, Utah and Shane Sink of Raton, New Mexico; 3 Grandchildren she adored, Savannah Bridges and Charlie Bridges of Rock Hill, South Carolina and Cooper Hall Bridges of Pensacola, Florida; 2 Sisters-in-law, Gwen Wingo and Mignon Saddoris of Grenville, New Mexico, and 2 Brothers-in-law, Jimmy Saddoris of Grenville, New Mexico and Roger Sink of Portales, New Mexico, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins that she loved dearly. Her Family and friends were near and dear to her heart and she was happiest when she was cooking a big meal for them. She always said the best things in life were free and some of her best times were in her garden, nurturing her flowers and playing with her cats. She believed the greatest accomplishment in her life was the birth of her son, and the greatest love of her life was her husband, Bill Sink. When she felt her spirit was broken, she would read Proverbs 15:13 and it would renew her spirit. She felt to live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to not die, but to truly live forever.

sinkA Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in Clayton, NM, with Rev. Adrianne Coleman, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines, NM, and Rev. Terrell Jones, pastor of Clayton Trinity Fellowship Church officiating.

The family asks that memorials be made in Sandy’s Memory to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Memorial Service

Saturday, November 28, 2015
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

First United Methodist Church
200 N. Fifth Ave
Clayton, NM 88415

In Loving Memory of Orlando “Tedi” Rossetti

Orlando “Tedi”(nickname given him by his dad) Rossetti age 87 of Raton, NM, passed away Thursday November 12, 2015 in Raton. He was born June 20, 1928 in Dawson, NM, the son of Nickola and Francis Amejuiras-Rossetti. Tedi moved to Raton at the age of 2, he attended Catholic school his first grade and fifth and sixth grade years ,attended Longfellow school for the third and fourth grade and Raton High School seventh through twelfth grade where he played football and basketball for three years, where he held the best record for wins in the high school history winning twenty eight out of thirty games losing to Albuquerque High School and the state championship to Carlsbad. The first horse Raton had Tedi was working at the pad dock.

rosettiAfter graduating high school he went tp work in the oil fields in Texas and married Joyce McCormick February 16, 1948 , he worked for Superior Oil of Midland Texas from 1947 until 1958. Tiring of the oil fields they moved home to Raton wher he worked for the Highway Department, and then worked for Wonder Bread for twenty three years. He is a member of the Raton Elks Lodge, and a fourth degree Knight with the Raton Knight of Columbus.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother John Rossetti, sisters, Mary Rosetti and Angie Torrez, infant daughter, Rennie and son-in-law David Floyd.

Tedi is survived by his wife of 67 years Joyce of the home, six children, Alandra Sue Floyd of Raton, NM, Ronnie Lee Rossetti and wife Carolyn of Arvada, CO, Debbie Marie Vigil and husband Joe of Pueblo, CO, Julie Osborn and husband Gerald of Raton, NM, John Anthony Rossetti and wife Annette of Pingree Grove, IL and Richard Kip Rossetti and wife Sandra of San Diego, CA.

Visitation will be Thursday November 19, 2015 from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Friday November 20, 2015 at 9:30 A.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by the Knights of Columbus, Mass o 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. A reception will follow at the church hall.

In lieu of flowers please donate to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Orlando “Tedi” Rossetti are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Gregory Michael Lunn

Gregory Michael Lunn age 48 of Raton, NM, went to heaven to be with his momma Sunday November 8, 2015. Greg was born December 4, 1966 in Fresno, CA, the son of Mary Louise Moore and Gene Lunn. Greg was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Tommy Wilson.

He is survived by Deanna Lunn and daughter Amanda of Las Vegas, NV, son Damon of Salem, OR, Stacie Huseman and daughter Megan and Taylor of Albuquerque, NM, Laurie Sisneros and son Jadin and stepson Jayce of Raton, NM, brothers Robert Lunn and wife Peggy and Randy Wilson and wife Ann all of Hines, OR. Aunt Velma Cox of Friant, CA, and cousin Donna Prater of Redding, CA. Five grandchildren and many true friends.

lunnGreg loved spending time and playing with his babies, watching NASCAR and opening his home to any one in need. Greg loved his family and friends and will be missed.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements for Gregory Michael Lunn are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Grant Wendell Gray

Grant Wendell Gray, 93, of Lander, Wyoming passed away November 4, 2015 at Kindred Wind River nursing home in Riverton, Wyoming. His health had declined after breaking a hip in late August and suffering a bout of pneumonia in September.

Grant Gray was born on a dairy farm near Rockbridge, Wisconsin on September 29, 1922. He was the oldest of five children (three boys and two girls) born to Roy Archie Gray and Daisy Veva (McCann) Gray. In the late 1920’s, the family left Wisconsin in search of a warmer climate to bolster Roy Gray’s health. They moved first to Oklahoma and then to New Mexico, where Roy worked odd jobs in many small rural farming communities. (In retrospect, moving to Oklahoma just before the dust bowl wasn’t the most prescient choice, but none of us truly knows the future.) The family settled more permanently in Ute Park, New Mexico in 1934, where Roy was employed carrying railroad ties at the end of the railroad line.

Growing up in Ute Park was the source of many memories of a full but hard life. The family cabin had no electricity or running water (unless you count the nearby Cimarron River). The community had no high school. When Grant finished 8th grade at age 13, he started high school in Cimarron, 12 miles away. There was no school bus, so his parents arranged for him to stay in a room in a parsonage garage in Cimarron that had a bed and stove and an outside toilet. He could usually get a ride home with the mailman Saturday mornings, then return to Cimarron on Sunday when his parents went to church. The following year, his sister was ready for high school, so Grant, at almost 14 years old, began driving to school each day with his sister and three other children he picked up along the way. Grant graduated from Cimarron High School in 1939 at age 16.

After high school, Grant ran his own service station for a time, and later worked stringing telegraph wire in New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma. In 1942, he joined the Navy and served until 1945, first on the Alaskan island of Attu, and then on a troop transport ship in the Pacific. His ship carried troops to some famous locations, such as Guadalcanal, Okinawa, Guam, Midway, and Eniwetok.

After the war, Grant attended the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now New Mexico State University) under the GI Bill. He always valued education and said that the GI Bill changed his life. He graduated in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. It was at A & M that he met and fell in love with his first wife, Phyllis Lane, originally from Iowa. She already had her bachelor’s degree and was working for the college, running a nursery school associated with the Home Economics department. The couple met on Labor Day weekend, and after a whirlwind romance they were married on homecoming weekend in early November of the same year, 1947. After graduation, Grant pursued a solid engineering career in the nuclear weapons industry in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at ACF Industries and Kirtland Air Force Base. The couple raised three daughters, who have all earned college degrees, had successful careers, and enjoy happy marriages.

In her 40’s, Phyllis became ill with multiple sclerosis. Before her death in 1982, Grant became adept at cleaning and making minor repairs to wheelchairs, and voluntarily performed that service for other MS patients.

Grant_Gray_photoGrant had always hoped to return to Ute Park in retirement. As luck would have it, he met a woman who was familiar with Ute Park and liked the area. Grant and Ruth Stanford married and moved to Ute Park in 1983.

A few years ago, life in the tiny village of Ute Park was getting a bit challenging for someone in his 80’s, so the couple moved to Lander, Wyoming, where Ruth’s two sons lived.

Grant enjoyed square dancing, reading, and working crossword puzzles. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, hunting, and trout fishing. He enjoyed planting and grafting fruit trees, and he loved making his own wine from grapes, plums, or any other fruit he could find. Grant had a deep bass voice and loved singing in church choirs and barbershop quartets and choruses. He was a long-time member of the Methodist church in Cimarron, New Mexico. Grant was interested in investing and spent many hours researching stocks and keeping track of personal finances in detailed penciled ledgers in his own consistent but definitely non-standard format. He loved telling stories of the old days in Ute Park in the 30’s and 40’s, such as pointing out the exact former locations of the unpaved highway and railroad tracks and relating adventures about driving fuel trucks on the old primitive mountain roads to Baldy Town and Red River.

Grant was preceded in death by his parents, sister Betty Reilman, brother Robert Gray, and first wife Phyllis Gray. He is survived by his wife Ruth Gray of 31 years; sister Myrtie Dora Waterfield; brother Roy Augustus (Gus) Gray;  daughters Judy Johnson and her husband Mike Johnson, Jody Gray and her husband Donn Hubler, and Glynda Wilson and her husband Jim Wilson; stepsons Jeffrey Stanford and Brian Stanford; grandchildren Matthew Johnson, Jaclynn Johnson Pratt, and William Stanford Knudsen; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are being handled by Hudson’s Funeral Home in Lander, Wyoming.

In Loving Memory of Maria D. Archuleta

Maria D. Archuleta, age 66, passed away at Parkview Medical Center on November 14, 2015.

She was born in Trinidad, Colorado on October 16, 1949 to Melisandra (Millie) and Juan Archuleta.

Mary Archuleta picMary was a kind and loving person.  She enjoyed baking delicious cakes for her friends and making beautiful dolls for her family, which they placed on their beds. She also loved making Christmas ornaments.

She will be missed by all who knew her.

Preceding her in death are parents Millie and Juan Archuleta, brothers Pat Pacheco, Joe Pacheco and sister, Frances Cordova.

She is survived by sisters Lorenza (Gilbert) Espinoza, Trinidad, Rafaelita (Richard) Gonzales, Trinidad, brother, Henry Pacheco, Trinidad, sister in law Priscilla Pacheco, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, from 3PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.

Rosary will be Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7PM at Holy Trinity Church.

Funeral mass will be Friday, November 20, 2015 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.

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

Honorary pallbearers are Patrick Gonzales, Ricky Gonzales, Anthony Gonzales, Jonathan Gonzales, PJ Gonzales and Andrew Santistevan.

Active pallbearers are John Serna III, Troy Espinoza, Louie Santistevan III, Chris Vigil, Gilbert Mares and Jessie Mares.

Arrangements made under the arrangements of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Eva Romero

Life time Raton Resident Eva Romero passed away on Thursday November 12, 2015 at Miners Colfax Medical Center after a brief illness with her Loving Father and her loving family by her side.

She was born on December 20, 1919 in Raton to Alejandro and Manuelita Bargas. Eva married the love of her life Andy on July 2, 1939. Into this union was born one son and one daughter, Alex and Veronica.

Eva is survived by her children and their spouses, daughter-in-law Irene and son-in-law Mike Lucero, five grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren, one sister Jennie Martinez, sister-in-law Mary Bargas, many nieces, nephews, and friends also survive.

Eva in preceded in death by her parents, husband Andy in 2005, sister Mary and brother Pete and niece Erlinda Martinez.

Eva was a member of St. Patrick’s/ St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for all of her life. She also belonged to the Legion of Mary, St. Anthony’s and the Alter Society. Her hobbies were sewing, crocheting, baking, and sharing her beautiful hand work and goodies.

A viewing will be held for Eva on Tuesday November 17th from 2 to 4 pm in the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home Chapel. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be on Wednesday November 18th at 9:30 am followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00 am with Father John Trambley as the Celebrant.

Rite of Committal and Interment will be Monday, November 23, 2015 at 10:00am at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton.

Arrangements for Eva Romero are under the care and direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Henry E. Ellis

Henry E. Ellis, age 61, passed away at home after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Trinidad, Colorado on March 22, 1954. He attended area schools having graduated from Trinidad High School in 1972.

Hank participated in sports, having played football, wearing the coveted 00 football jersey his Senior year. He also competed on the Miners wrestling team and track team where he was the District Champion in the 400 yard competition. Hank also was elected President of his 1972 Senior Class. 

On June 26, 1971, Hank married the love of his life Susan Sandoval.

Hank Ellis PicHe was employed as a heavy equipment operator for the City of Trinidad Water Department.

Hank loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter.

Preceding him in death is his beloved wife Susan, parents, Josephine and Albert Duran, mother and father in law Martha and Ernest Sandoval.

Survivors are sons, Shane (Merrie) and Ryan Ellis, both of Phoenix, AZ, 3 grandchildren, Kyle, Ashlyn Drew and Connor, siblings, Berta (Ray) Garcia, Trinidad, Richard Ellis, brothers and sisters in law, Mike (Vanessa) Sandoval, Pueblo West, CO. Pat (DaLonna) Sandoval, Trinidad, CO, aunt Vicenta Duran Trinidad, CO, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends.

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

Rosary will be Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 7PM at Comi Funeral Chapel (instead of Holy Trinity Church).

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 10AM at Holy  Trinity Church.

Interment with Rite of Committal will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers are Hank’s many dear friends. Active pallbearers are John Torres, John Torres Jr., Ray Garcia, Ben Velasquez, Kyle Ellis and Stacey Sanchez.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Carl Marty Martinez

Carl Marty Martinez, passed away peacefully at home, after a short battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family on November 11, 2015. He was 55.

He was born in Trinidad, CO on February 15, 1960, the son of Beatrice (Velasquez) and Carl Martinez Jr.

Marty Martinez 3He attended Primero and Trinidad schools, graduating from Trinidad High School in 1978.

He was employed as a cook, having worked at the White Spot, the Hot Spot, C&H and Double D’s.

He loved his family and especially being at  family gatherings. Marty enjoyed going to Cripple Creek and all the biker rallies. Marty liked music, anything concerning Harley Davidsons and sports. Football was his favorite and was an Oakland Raiders fan.

His kindness and gentleness will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by infant twin brother Charles, brother Charles Martinez, grandparents, Jennie and Carl Martinez, Federica and Chris Velasquez.

Marty Martinez 1Left to cherish his memory are his parents Beatrice and Carl Martinez Jr., Trinidad, son Anthony Saucedo, Trinidad, sister Vicki (Jay) Garcia, Trinidad, grandchildren, Khaylonni and Isabella, Godson Justin Martinez, Godparents, Madeline and Paul Velasquez, 1 niece, 2 nephews, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins other relatives and a host of many friends.


Private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.