Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of John Richard Cornay

John Richard Cornay was born September 25, 1936 in Raton, New Mexico to Antonio Cornay and Florentina Cruz. John attended school in Folsom and Des Moines. His high school years were spent at Allison James Boarding School in Santa Fe and Menaul Boarding School in Albuquerque. 

John was in the Marine Corps for a short time and had a medical discharge. He was married and had three children, Carlos Richard from South Dakota, Juanita Wilde from Washington, DC, and Calista Rivera from Albuquerque. 

John was preceded in death by three brothers; Manuel, Orlando and Eloy. He is survived by his three siblings Carlos, Rudy and BeBe. 

He worked on feed lots in South Dakota and Kansas for over 15 years. He returned home and worked on the home place with his sister Mary (BeBe) and brother Carlos. As well as day working for many area ranches. John entertained many friends during the 7 years he was bartender at the Folsom Inn. After a lengthy illness he passed away at the Spanish Peaks Veterans Center in Walsenburg, Colorado on May 7, 2015. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations to be made in John’s name to the Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Funeral arrangements for John Richard Cornay are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Rita B. Tafoya

Rita B. Tafoya, 94 years old, died Wednesday April 22, 2015 in Albuquerque, NM after a long illness, with her family by her side. Rita was born March 5, 1921 in Mora, NM.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 7 children.

Rita is survived by her children Marie Blea, Lenora C de Baca (Casie), Theresa Salazar, Marcia Salazar and Leroy Blea (Donna), 19 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Services were held on Saturday, April 25th, at the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Chapel.

Funeral arrangements for Rita Tafoya were under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Alfonso Anastacio Lujan

In the early morning hours of May 7, 2015 under a clear, crisp New Mexico sky, our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and cherished friend Alfonso Anastacio Lujan was tenderly welcomed in to the arms of his Lord and Creator and those of his loving wife Rachel, family and friends gone before him.

Alfonso was born April 27, 1921 in Shoemaker, New Mexico. He was united in marriage to Rachel Agnes Martinez on August 23, 1939 the daughter of Joe and Celina Martinez.

He was preceded in death by his spouse: Rachel Lujan; parents: Frank and Frutosa Lujan; sibling: Capriano Lujan, Frank Lujan, Jr. and Alice Vigil.

He is survived by his brother and sisters: Henry Lujan, Martha Tafoya and husband Al, Theresa Trujillo and husband Salomon, Vangie Lucero and husband Frank.

Alfonso and Rachel raised thirteen children: Patsy, Thelma, Mary Alice, Rachel, Barbara, Alfonso, Maxine, Louis, Gregory, Kathy, Roberta, Jane and Yvette. From this union the Lujan family has raised thirty-four grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Dad loved the company of his children and grandchildren. He especially cherished and enjoyed the relationship and friendship with his son-in-laws and daughter-in-laws; Robert Herrera, Cassie Esquibel, Gilbert Gonzales, Robert Salazar, Ken Shaw, Art Salazar, John Kirkpatrick, Danny Garcia, Tom Lujan, Sherry Lujan, Vandy Lujan and Jackie Lujan. He served as a mentor, friend and supporter of his children and their spouses.

Alfonso and Rachel lived in El Llano for a period of years and raised their oldest daughters in the pristine country known as Sabinoso before moving to Roy. They raised thirteen children with irreplaceable strength, value, love and care.

Alfonso was a tireless worker, cowman, cowboy, and respected civil servant. He retired from the REA with 35 years of service and worked raising cattle all of his life. He especially enjoyed his time on the ranch astride many of his trusty mounts. Alfonso enjoyed the wide open spaces and the peace and contentment of his cattle operation until Alzheimer’s robbed him of his ability to enjoy the life he so cherished. He was an accomplished hunter, horseman, cattleman, and devout Christian. His faith was a precious gift from God. Dad believed Gods word and believed his promises, through is demonstration of true faith. Dad cherished Gods principles, of faith, hope and love. He felt those three principles would always prevail in his fulfilled life of Christianity.

Alfonso served as Mayor of the village of Roy and served on the Roy City Council for many years. During that time he made new friends and cherished those friends he made over the years. He inspired others with his peaceful strength, laughter, amazing intelligence, and charming wit. He was very forgiving person who was bound by his deep love for Christ and his teachings. Alfonso’s love for his family was endless and unconditional and it will continue to brighten and strengthen us throughout our lives and each of our darkest times of need.

He was known for his public speaking and bilingual eulogies given for many friends and relatives.

Alfonso was a wonderful father; he embodied all that was good, just, and righteous. We knew him through his sparkling hazel eyes, The radiant quality of his voice, his brilliant smile, exuberant laughter and the warmth and tenderness he showed everyone around him.

We will miss our loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and our hearts break knowing he will not be with us and be able to see his smile or feel his compassion and love.

Services to honor his life will be held Monday, May 11, 2015 at 10:30am at Holy Family Church in Roy, NM. Funeral mass will be celebrated following the rosary with Father C John Brasher as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Roy Cemetery in Roy, NM with the following serving as Casket Bearers: Patrick Herrera, David Gonzales, Robert Salazar, Kenny Shaw,  Kip Kirkpatrick, Thomas Lujan, Gregory Lujan and Duane Esquibel. Serving as Honorary Bearers will be Jeff Gonzales, Roderic Herrera, Scott Kerlee, Ronald Salazar, Gary Lujan, Jason Lujan, Chris Salazar, Zachary Lujan and Ryan Ferreyra.

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

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

In Loving Memory of Ophelia M. Fernandez

Ophelia M. Fernandez, age 93, passed away at the Trinidad Inn Nursing Home on May 6, 2015.

She was born in Weston, CO, on February 7, 1922 to Clara (Trujillo) and Cleofus Marquez.

She was employed for 5 years  at Mt. San Rafael Hospital in the laundry department and then at the Trinidad State Nursing Home in housekeeping for 5 years.

She was a  self taught talented artist who could paint sceneries, portraits, still-life, and flowers in oil, water color, pencil and charcoal mediums. She loved to cook and taught her children to do the same.

Preceding her in death are parents, Clara and Cleofus Marquez, husband, Fred Fernandez, infant daughter Esther, son George Fernandez, brothers Eloy Marquez, Tony Marquez and Charlie Marquez.

Survivors are sons, Ed Fernandez, Trinidad, Fred Fernandez, Aurora, Michael (Theresa) Fernandez, CO. Springs, Carl Fernandez, Trinidad Norman (Janet) Fernandez, Englewood, daughter Esther (Alex) Cruz, Cheyenne, WY., sister in law Alice Gutierrez, Pueblo, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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

Funeral Services will be Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10AM at the Comi Chapel with Pastor Bill Glidden officiating.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearer is Burt Fernandez,  and Robert Fernandez
Active pallbearers are Alex Cruz, Michael Cruz, Matt Cruz, Arnold Marquez, Marcus Fernandez and Steve Fernandez.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home. 

In Loving Memory of Corrine A. Salazar

Corrine A. Salazar, age 51, passed away at the Trinidad Inn on May 7, 2015.

She was born  in Denver, Colorado on August 30, 1963 to Rosella (Medina) and Elmer J. Salazar.

Corrine, affectionately known as Corky, liked to play Bingo and pool. She loved being with family and friends.

Preceding her in death is father Elmer Salazar, brother Michael Salazar grandparents, Joe Medina, Adelida Medina, and niece Jennifer Espinoza.

She is survived by mother Rosella Salazar, Trinidad,, daughters Jessica McClain (David). Trinidad, Laura Salazar (Tyrone), Trinidad, son Christopher Abeyta, Canon City, sisters Lori Josephine (Tony ) Calsadilla, Pueblo, Diane (Bill) Blatnick, Trinidad, brothers Elmer Salazar Jr., Raton, NM, John Salazar, and George Salazar, Trinidad, Jamie Salazar, Canon City, several aunts and uncles including special aunt and friend Juanita Medina and uncle Andy Bernal of Raton, NM, special friend and companion Richard Mares, numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday May 18, 2015 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.

Private inurnment at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Rose Laverne DiBenedetti

Rose Laverne DiBenedetti was called to our Lord on May 4, 2015.

Laverne was born in Dawson, New Mexico, on June 10, 1939 to Salvatore and Mary (Pasquale) DiBenedetti. Laverne was a unique and caring person who touched the lives of all who knew her. She was dedicated to her family and friends. Laverne enjoyed crocheting, puzzles, cruising and shopping.
She was preceded in death by her parents Salvatore and Mary (Pasquale) DiBenedetti, brothers John, Van, Joe and Frank DiBenedetti, sisters Rita Kaplan and Mary Guadagnoli, nephews, Tony Sam and John Kaplan and niece Annie Kaplan.

She is survived by a sister Genevieve Boyer of Colorado Springs, nieces Rose Kaplan and Roberta (Mike) Schwede, nephews Bill, Mike, Joe and Allen Kaplan of Raton. Great nephews, Chris (Janell) Jamison, Sam Guerra and Anthony Kaplan. Great nieces, Rita Guerra, Mary Cynthia, Casey Joe, Shelby, Jessica and Nicole Kaplan, all of Raton.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will take place May 11, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Deacon Thomas Alderette. Mass of the Resurrection be held at 9:30 a.m. with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of committal and interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A dinner and get together will immediately follow the services at the St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Parish Hall.

Funeral arrangements for Rose Laverne DiBenedetti are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Nancy J. Segura

Nancy J. Segura age 63 of Raton, NM, passed away Saturday May 2, 2015 in Raton. She was born November 7, 1951 in Raton the daughter of Samuel and Patricia Romero-Martinez. She was a home maker and loved bowling, volleyball, bingo and playing the slots and was a loving wife and grandmother.

She is preceded in death by her parents and sister Virginia Villaescusa.

Nancy is survived by her husband Leo Segura Sr. of the home, two sons Leo Segura Jr. and wife Roberta and Damon T. Segura and wife Crissy all of Raton. One sister June Segura of Raton. Grandchildren Natasha, Desiree, Dominic, Josh, Patricia, Devon, Bianca, Rosslynn, Grayson and four great grandchildren. Sisters-in-law Nancy Valdez, Marcella and husband Joe Duncan and Amelia and husband Gilbert Vigil. Brothers-in-law Leonard Segura and wife Loretta and Raul Segura and wife Amy.

Visitation will be Thursday May 7, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Friday May 8, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton recited by Frank Cimino Jr. Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 9:30 with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of committal will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton.

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

In Loving Memory of Diana Lee Trancoso

Diana Lee Trancoso
Born June 10, 1974 and thru an unexpected heart condition the Lord called Diana home at the young age of 40 to become and Angel in Heaven May 3, 2015.

Diana passed away with her family surrounding her in love and prayers. She was a very loving and caring daughter, a beloved mother, sister, aunt and devoted friend to all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her sister Tanya Martinez, Uncle Ted Haigh and oldest cousin Teddy Haigh.

Diana is survived by her mother Sandra Haigh/DeNinno (Randy) and father Abel Martinez. She leaves behind her soul mate Rich Trancoso, with whom she shared a home and beautiful teenage daughter, Skye Angel Trancoso. Diana has an 11 year old daughter who lives in Mexico, Rosana Alexandra Sanchez. She is also survived by her younger sisters in Colorado, Mariya Martinez and Alisha (Lott) Passarelli, her older siblings in Minnesota, Donald, Shawn and Maria Martinez, her many
nephews, Garrett, Christopher, Darius, Zachary, James, Jason, Justin, Candyss, and Gregory.

She adored her Haigh, Martinez, Trujillo, Rodriguez, Trancoso and Passarelli relatives as one huge extension of her enormous heart and many more family and beloved friends who she loved so much.

Born in Pueblo, Colorado Diana spent her early childhood in Colorado and was raised in Washington, Oregon and California but the mountains is where she loved to be most. At only a few years old she loved to ride on her Dad’s Harley and when she was 5 she was so determined to have her own motorcycle she collected and saved cans to pay for her first motorcycle, a red Honda 50 that she named Rhonda, she taught her little sisters to ride on that very bike when they turned 5.

Diana loved hunting with her dad when very young and throughout her whole life she loved her outdoor adventures and going for motorcycle rides and spending time with her mother in Stonewall, whenever she could.

She was very close to her sisters and cousins in Trinidad. Diana was a well known and loved bartender in Trinidad and her 2nd family was everyone at the Northside Tavern. She was a true heart felt friend and kind to everyone, and never judged a person, instead she was so accepting and kind to people. She loved all animals, listening to music and dancing. One of her favorite holidays was Halloween.

Diana was a beautiful person inside and out and will be sadly missed every minute of every day. Her greatest loves were her daughters, Skye and Rosie. “She was the mother of a lifetime, she always had a bright beautiful smile that shined even thru a dark and gloomy day. My mom reconnected with me and my dad, which made us a family. OHANA means family, family means, no one gets left behind. I love you Mom” love Skye Trancoso.

Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 1PM at Fisher’s Peak Community Church with Pastor Bruce Knight officiating.

Private inurnment at a later date.

Complete obit to follow.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Eugene Max (Buddy) Franch

Eugene Max(Buddy) Franch of Denver, Colorado –a former resident of Trinidad, Colorado passed away Monday, May 04, 2015 at The Broomfield Skilled Nursing Center at the age of 91, from Alzheimer’s disease.

Buddy was born on October 12, 1923 to Violet Rose (Flaiz) and Max J. Franch in Trinidad, Colorado. 

He was a decorated veteran of WWII for his service in the United States Army and reached the rank of Technical Sergeant.  His tour of duty in the Asiatic Pacific earned him the distinction of the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the World War II Good Conduct Medal. 

Buddy was an accountant for many years with Lowdermilk  Construction and helped establish Ferrell Industries as a prominent company in the Denver area.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters  Joanne Franch,  Maxine Filer, Beldene Choate, Velma Corradino and Charlene Franch.

He is survived by sisters, Junetta (Pete) DeBono of Trinidad, Gayleen Schalagter of Ft. Collins, and brothers Gerald(Nancy) Franch of Trinidad, Kenneth (Florence) Franch of Broomfield, and Gary (Nora) Franch of Georgetown, Texas, and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will be Monday May 11, 2015 from 10AM-11AM at the Comi Chapel.

Funeral Services will follow at 11AM with Pastor Louese Nelson officiating.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Masonic Cemetery with graveside services conducted by Ft. Carson Honor Guaard.

Pallbearers are nephews Kenneth Franch Jr., Jeffrey Franch, Dean Cimino, Richard Corradino, Larry Corradino, and great nephew, Jacob Franch. 

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Simon M. Padilla

Simon M. Padilla, age 73, passed away at home on April 29, 2015, after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Walsenburg, CO, on September 10, 1941 to Mary (Santillanes) and Raymond Padilla.

He was employed as a law officer in Trinidad for several years.

Simon was active in coaching Trinidad Little League sports which included t-ball, basketball and flag football.

He was an avid outdoorsman and liked to hunt and fish.

Simon’s family was his first priority.  

He will truly be missed.

Preceding him in death are parents, Mary and Raymond Padilla , in laws, Myrl and Jack Barrier, sister in law, Virginia Barrier and brother in law, Jim Barrier.

Survivors are wife Zoe Ann Padilla, home address children, Antionette (Harley) Davidson, Trinidad, Chauncey (Dana) Padilla, AZ, Joseph Padilla, Trinidad, grandchildren, Austin, Paul Simon, Epifanio, Pierce, Anjelica, Erica and Gabriel, great grandchildren, Anjelica, Braydon, Elijah, Delilah, and Austin Jr., brother Ernie (Robin) Padilla, CA., sister Mary Aragon, Denver, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held Friday, May 8, 2015 at 2PM at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery with Mr. Harley Davidson officiating.

Active pallbearers are Michael Velasquez, Austin Welch, Ronnie Gettler, Julian Gettler, David Padilla and Timo Vega.

Arrangements mad under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.