Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Wanda Kay (Schaffer) Rossen

Wanda Kay (Schaffer) Rossen, age 79, died Friday, June 12, 2015 in Folsom, New Mexico. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at the Kenton Methodist Church in Kenton, Oklahoma with Rev. Billy Rammage Officiating. Burial will follow in the Kenton Cemetery in Kenton, Oklahoma by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico. 

Wanda Kay (Schaffer) Rossen was born on May 23, 1936 in Union County, New Mexico to Carl Edward Schaffer and Lizzy Canzetta (Collett) Schaffer. Her dad purchased land in Montana when she was 7 years old and they moved to Montana. Kay showed Quarter Horses at halter and cutting and one of her mares received Reserve Grand Champion at the Denver Stock Show. She attended the University of Montana, Billings and received her education for Librarian and worked for the Powder River School District as Librarian for several years. Kay traveled the rodeo circuit with her husband Ronnie Rossen who was a World Champion Bull Rider for many years. In 1975 Kay returned to the family ranch on the Dry Cimarron and worked for Taylor Petroleum company as a manager for 16 years and received several awards as manager. In addition to her parents Kay was preceded in death by a son; Kevin J Rossen on May 15, 1987, a sister; Dorothy Ann Saye on January 13, 2003 and a brother; Carrol Schaffer in March of 2013. 


1 DAUGHTER: Talonna McNabb and her husband Terry of Folsom, New Mexico. 

1 SON: Shawn Rossen and his wife Debbie of Clayton, New Mexico. 

6 GRANDCHILDREN: Cassie Drumm and her husband Justin of Clayton, New Mexico, Kayla Caruso and her husband Jason of Vega, Texas, Riley McNabb and his wife Kassidi of Boise City, Oklahoma, Tristan McNabb of Folsom, New Mexico, David Lee Rossen and his wife Steffi of Clovis, New Mexico and Emily Metzgar (Dillon) Las Cruces, New Mexico. 

1 BROTHER: Billy Schaffer of Broadus, Montana. 

And 8 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Tyler Drumm, Brycen Drumm, Hayden Drumm, Kaylei Richardson, Kylan Richardson, Lilliana Kay Caruso, Ava Clare Caruso and Charlie Rossen.

In Loving Memory of Fidel L. Chavez

Fidel L. Chavez age 89, of Maxwell, NM, passed away June 12, 2015 in Maxwell.
He was born August 16, 1925 in Maxwell, NM, the son of Pedro and Rafaelita Lopez-Chavez. He was a member of the St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Maxwell, a veteran of WW II serving in the United States Navy where he was a fuel man on a aircraft carrier , was the Fire Chief in Maxwell for twenty five years and attended the conventions as Chief. He retired from the New Mexico Boys School after twenty five years where he ran the canteen and barber shop.
After he returned from the service he married Lillian Cruz in 1948, and they were married for sixty five years, He ran the Maxwell Barber Shop for over fifty years and had customers from Wagon Mound, Springer, Miami, Raton, Maxwell, Roy, and Mosquero. He always had time to give his customer a hair cut and always had a story to tell about what his customers were doing. He enjoyed his time with all his customers. Fidel loved to carve wood and had many wood carvings on display at his shop. He cherished and loved spending time with his grandchildren, in his earlier days he loved fishing and hunting and was ready to lend a helping hand no matter how large or small.
Fidel is preceded in death by his parents, infant son Joseph, wife Lillian, brothers and sisters in law, Tony and Bea Garcia, Cora and Pete DeAguero, Chris and Margaret Cruz, Floyd Espinoza, Herman Martinez, Sisters and Brothers, Flora and Paul Valdez, Fidelia and Fidel Valerio , Maria and Frutoso Mitchell and Carlos and Lucy Trujillo and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is survived by Daughter Julia and son Henry and his wife Elaine. Grandchildren Paul Stone and his children Cody Lynn, Tyler and Chris and their children Lileigh and Charleigh, Colton, Curtis, Ariana, Ben and Michaela and their children Isaiah and Zoe, Jennifer and Cody and their child Autumn, brother Jose R. Chavez, sisters in law, Esther Espinoza and Pauline Martinez. Numerous nieces nephews, cousins and friends, He will be missed by all that knew him.
Pallbearers will be Elmer Chavez, Paul Trujillo, Pete Valerio, Robert Valerio, Jason Serrano and Tony Bernal.
Visitation will be Saturday June 20, 2015 from 8:30 A.M. until 9:30 at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Maxwell. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be at 9:30 recited by Tony Ortega, Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:00 A.M. with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of Christian Burial will follow in the Maxwell Cemetery.
Funeral Services and celebration of love for Fidel L. Chavez are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Charles (Charlie) Donald Latuda

Charles Donald Latuda, affectionately known as “Charlie” or “Chuck”, passed away on June 10, 2015.


Charlie, the last of five sons, was born in Trinidad, Colorado, on December 7, 1925, to Frank Latuda (Francesco Gaetano Lattuada) and Rosa Emma Scampini.


Charlie attended Holy Trinity Catholic School and graduated in 1944.  After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy for two years and was stationed on an LST water craft in the Pacific Ocean.  Following his discharge from the Navy, Charlie returned home and attended Trinidad State Junior College, earning an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts in 1948.  He continued his education at the University of Denver, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Languages.  While at the university, he was honored by receiving a membership to both Phi Theta Kappa and honorary language fraternity, Phi Sigma Iota.


Returning to Trinidad, Charlie became the head football coach at Holy Trinity High School.  He led the team to two state championships in 1952 and 1954.  He also taught Italian, Spanish and English at TSJC for many years.  In 1961 Charlie became TSJC’s athletic director and held that position until his retirement in 1986.


He was the recipient of two Fulbright scholarships.  He studied for a summer in Bogotá, Columbia, and then spent a summer studying in Florence, Italy.


Charlie was appointed Director Emeritus of The First National Bank of Trinidad in February 2012, having served on the Board since 1961.  He also served as President of the Trinidad Area Health Association and offered his services as a Director Emeritus for Mt. Carmel Center.


Charlie followed in the footsteps of his parents, becoming a generous philanthropist in the community.  He, along with three longtime friends, started the TSJC Educational Foundation in 1968, funding numerous scholarships at TSJC.  The scholarships were awarded to numerous individuals from Trinidad and the surrounding area so that they could continue their education.  Most of these recipients wouldn’t have been able to attend college were it not for his generosity to the Foundation and the awarding of individual scholarships.


Charlie was given many awards throughout his life, the most recent being the Lifetime Achievement Award at National Philanthropy Day in November 2014.  Due to ill health, he was unable to accept the award in person.  His nephew, George Latuda, accepted the award on his behalf.


Charlie was never one to sit still.  He was always on the go, whether it be hunting, fishing (his favorite, hands down), or spending time on his two farms in the Sunflower Valley area from 1957 to 2006. 


He traveled extensively all over the world.  Charlie was a gastronome of the highest level; simply put, he loved to eat and was always will to try anything new.  One of the more exotic foods that he sampled was armadillo, a dish he enjoyed while on one of his many trips to Mexico.  Charlie got to know the country so well, that during the 1970s and 1980s, he organized two-week tours to Mexico.  Several Trinidadians, family members, and assorted friends were fortunate to have been a part of those excursions.  Since Charlie was fluent in Italian and Spanish, visits to countries where those languages are spoken proved to be extraordinary in that the locals in those countries were delighted when he spoke to them in their own language.


Attending and listening to operas was one of Charlie’s favorite interests.  He loved and was well versed with most operas that had been produced, and enjoyed going to New York, Denver, and Santa Fe to see the productions each city offered.  When he was at home he played albums from his favorite operas on his old record player to relax and wind down.


Charlie lived his entire life in the same house he was born in 89 years ago.  Charlie was very proud when the Frank Latuda house, located at 431 Colorado Avenue, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior on January 27, 2010.


His brothers, Charles A., Frank A., Robert A., and Alexander E. “Bud” preceded him in death.  He is survived by his nephew George (Judy) Latuda, Denver; Janice (Bill) Farnsworth, Burlington, CO; Cathy (Tony) Mattorano, Trinidad; and Mary Carla Latuda, Denver.  Charlie is also survived by many great-nephews and great-nieces, cousins, and countless close friends.  Charlie was a brilliant man and his wit was unsurpassed.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.


A Celebration of Charlie’s life for family and friends will be held Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 11AM-1PM at the TSJC Pioneer Room.
Private family services and inurnment will be held at a later date at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery with military honors conducted by the US Naval Honor Guard. 


Donations may be made to a Memorial Fund that has been set up in Charlie’s honor at the First National Bank of Trinidad, 100 East Main Street, Trinidad, Colorado  81082.


Every small town should be fortunate enough to have an Uncle Charlie!

Arrangements under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.


In Loving Memory of Charles D. Latuda

Charles D. Latuda, passed away at home on June 10, 2015 at the age of 89.

Arrangements are pending and will be announced later by the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Alex L. Boday

Alex L. Boday, age 80, passed away in Pueblo, CO on June 7, 2015 after a short illness.

He was born in Cokedale, Colorado on May 25, 1935 to Elizabeth L. (Wiley) and George Boday.

He owned and operated Boday Well Drilling for many years until his health preventing him from doing so. He enjoyed keeping his house  heated daily  by stoking his mother’s old Majestic stove. He also had a profound love of the mountains.

Alex was an awesome Father and  Grandfather who loved caring for his family. He will be missed by all those who were fortunate enough to have had him in their lives.

He was preceded by parents Elizabeth and George Boday, sisters Elizabeth, Laura, Catherine and Ruth, brothers John and George Boday.

Survivors are daughters Kathleen Boday, Walsenburg, Jody Boday, TX, Elizabeth (Thad) Fanton, Montana, son Alex (Tami) Boday, CO., 9 grandchildren 1 great grandchild, numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

At his request, cremation with private family services.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Gloria J. Mayer

Gloria J. Mayer age 62 passed away June 5, 2015 in Las Cruces, NM. She was born August 3, 1951 in Maxwell, NM the daughter of Ferdinand and Josephine (Gallegos) Pacheco. She was a resident of Las Cruces, NM and former longtime resident of Raton, NM, a member of St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother and her sister-in-law Patricia Pacheco.

She is survived by her husband James Mayer of Las Cruces, NM, daughters Julie Berry and husband Chris of Aurora, Colorado, Jennifer Brown and husband David of Pueblo, CO, sons Jonathan Fields and wife Michaela Sanchez Fields of Las Cruces, NM, Jerrod Trueba and domestic partner Natalee Horner of Las Cruces, NM, sister Loretta and husband Francis Rivera of Albuquerque, NM, brothers Ron and wife Leona Pacheco and Tom Pacheco all of Raton, NM, 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. 

Gloria graduated from Raton High School and went on to purse a nursing career with the NM State Board of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse for 30 years. During her academic pursuit of nursing she was elected to the Who’s Who. 

Gloria applied her nursing skills in the community of Raton at the old Miner’s Colfax Medical Center then at the new MCMC where she was an OR manager for many years. There was not one person that was not enlightened by her kindness and loving heart, both professional and personal. She was a giving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother throughout all her years. 

Gloria enjoyed gardening, outdoor activities, at home arts and crafts, going to Casino’s and spending time with her children and her grandchildren. She was best known for her loving laughter and her fun sense of humor at both her workplace and personal life. Gloria will be truly missed by many who got to know her over the years and countless others she came in contact with her throughout her nursing career. This is goodbye for now, until we see you again soon. 

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements for Gloria Mayer are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Cecilia Sanchez

Cecilia Sanchez, age 72, closed her eyes to this world and opened them in heaven with her Lord and a multitude of angels to greet her on June 9, 2015. Cecilia was born on October 28, 1942 on her grandparents’ ranch in Trinchera, NM, to her parents Pete Muniz and Reyes Aragon-Muniz, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her infant daughter, Sarah Louise Sanchez, brothers Joe Muniz, and Pete Muniz. She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Richard “Dickie” Sanchez of the family home, daughters Debbie Sandoval and husband Leroy, and Diana Sanchez of Raton; grandchildren Nathaniel Sandoval and companion Danielle Martinez, Sandy Sandoval, Leroy Sandoval and wife Roni, and Jacob Sanchez all of Raton, ten great-grandchildren; Mykaela, Gabriel, Torrance, Nathan, Liam, Dimetrious, Xavier, Alayah, Leroy, and Kaylee Sandoval and one great-great granddaughter Rikki, sister Pauline Trujillo and husband Manuel of Antelope, CA, sister Elsie Muniz of Raton, brother John Muniz and wife Rose McKenna of Rio Rancho, NM, sisters Flora Decker of Pueblo, CO and Rosella Muniz of Wagon Mound, NM, brothers Pat Muniz of Louisville, KY, Andy Muniz, Tony Muniz and Mitchell Muniz of Raton, sister-in-law Lorenza Sanchez of Albuquerque, NM, and numerous nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends also survive.

Cecilia worked as a waitress at the Sweet Shop restaurant since she was a teenager when the Sweet Shop was in downtown Raton, and continued working there after it moved to South Raton for more than 25 years. She also worked at ARF during the Vietnam War. She lived a life of serving others, and her greatest joy was serving her Lord. She was a member of the St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Altar Society for 40+ years, she served on the funeral ministry, worked the Parish Fiesta’s, and cooked and baked for numerous church functions. Everyone knew they were going to get great food if Cecilia was doing the cooking or baking. She was a great woman of faith and in her quiet behind-the-scenes way of serving her Lord and the church, she was a great inspiration to her family and all who knew her. She will be deeply missed, but there is comfort in knowing she is rejoicing in heaven.

We the family would like express our gratitude to nurse Robin Pilley who cared for our mother with such compassion and love, Fr. Daniel Balizan for his continuous prayers, visits, phone calls (including FaceTime calls), for loving our mom as family, and for reciting the Rosary and Celebrating the Mass, Tommy Baca for his visits, calls, prayers and for doing the music for the Rosary and Mass, Fr. John Trambley for his prayers, bringing Communion every Sunday and con-celebrating the Mass, Deacon Tom for his continuous prayers and for bringing Communion to her, as well and the many family and friends who visited her, prayed for her, called her, brought food, sent cards, and kept her and the family in their thoughts and prayers.

Rosary will be Friday, June 12, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton recited by Fr. Daniel Balizan and Tommy Baca. Mass of the Resurrection will be on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton with Celebrant Fr. Daniel Balizan and con-celebrant Fr. John Trambley. Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery following the Mass. Pall Bearers are Leroy Sandoval, Mitchell Muniz, Michael Sanchez, Steven Decker, Sean Green and Sandy Lucero.

Funeral arrangements for Cecilia Sanchez are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Benjamin Trujillo

Benjamin Trujillo passed away on June 6, 2015 at Raton Nursing and Rehab. Benjamin was born February 4, 1931 in Black Lake, New Mexico to Sarapio and Isabella Trujillo. Benjamin was the last of the Black Lake/Angel Fire TRUJILLOS.

Benjamin served in United States Army from March 1951 through March of 1953. He remained in the Ready Reserve and was Honorably Discharged in October of 1956. Throughout his service he was stationed at Ft Sill, Oklahoma and completed one tour in Germany.

Benjamin was proceeded in death by his wife Dora M. Trujillo in May 2002, his parents, 6 brothers: Tim, Tony, Curly, Andy, Tabby, and Guillermo, and 1 sister, Esther Coppy.

Benjamin is survived by his step-daughter, Sheila Tafoya and husband Pat; grandchildren: Patrick Tafoya Jr., Pennie Brown and husband Ryan Brown, Dr. Sarah Tafoya-Yang and husband Dr. Hanson Yang, and great-grandchildren; Alisha and Deidra Tafoya, Anthony, Joni, Hayley, Rylan, and Jessa Brown, and new baby Yang on the way.

Benjamin was raised in the Black Lake/Angel Fire area where his family homesteaded and owned The Trujillo Sawmill and Logging business. Since the age of 13, he drove logging trucks and operated numerous types of heavy equipment related to the logging industry. Benjamin logged in many areas of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, logging was his life. Prior to retirement wife Dora and he lived life to the fullest! They greatly enjoyed La Mesa Race track and betting the horses. After retirement Benjamin continued to enjoy the outdoors. He took pride in his yard and would get up at 5:00am to make sure his grass was green and, as he would say, “looking better then the city parks.” Every chance Benjamin got he would go up to the mountains to cut firewood. His excitement was evident and he wouldn’t hesitate on “learning” you how to fall a tree or how to stack wood to make it all fit better. Along with enjoying the outdoors, Dora also taught him how to cook. His specialties included green chili, Christmas empanadas, his jello especiale and unforgettable Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing. Benjamin also had a knack of making people laugh for hours. He had numerous stories, from the “Level”, to “As clean as Cold Water can get em.”

Benjamin took care of us like we were his own children, although he had no biological children of his own. He was a doggy babysitter, chauffer, mechanic from cars to lawn-mowers, landscaper, and an expert in driving and pulling the camper up to Sugarite State Park and bringing it back home. We couldn’t have asked for a better step-father and grandfather.

Benjamin lived a good, long, happy life and will be greatly missed by his family.

Graveside services will be held at Fairmont Cemetery in Raton on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 11 am.

Reception to follow the graveside services at Holiday Inn Express in Raton.

Obituary from Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home (Raton)

In Loving Memory of Marian McKay

Marian McKay, age 75, died Monday, June 8, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, June 12, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Rev. Kyle Bueermann and Rev. Billy Rammage officiating.

Burial will follow in the Texline Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. Marian

McKay was born on August 30, 1939 in Roy, New Mexico to Grady Anderson and Elizabeth (Allen) Anderson.

She grew up in Roy and graduated from Roy High School. Marian worked for the Bank of New Mexico and later the Savings and Loan in Raton and Clayton for several years and later worked for the Best Western Kokopelli Lodge in Clayton.

Marian married Ron McKay on April 20, 1990 in Roy, New Mexico.

She was an active member in the First Baptist Church in Clayton and was a member of the choir for many years. Marian was a wonderful, beautiful, charming, caring and down to earth person and she never wanted anybody to worry about her.

She was preceded in death by her parents.


HUSBAND: Ron McKay of Dalhart, Texas. 2 DAUGHTERS: Rhonda Ferguson and her husband Jim of Sunray, Texas and Renee Singleton and her husband Tim of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. 1 SON: Tommy Rigoni and his wife Cindy of Slaton, Texas. 1 STEP-SON: Alton McKay of Dalhart, Texas. 2 SISTERS: Martha Shell and her husband Lou of Belen, New Mexico and Gloria Hagler and her husband Tommy of Albuquerque, New Mexico. 8 GRANDCHILDREN: Ashley Marquez, Jerrod Ortiz, Keith Rigoni, Christy Huddleston, Daniel Chandler, Kendra Sturgess, Bethany Finck and Bradon McKay. And 7 Great-Grandchildren.

MEMORIALS: The family suggests that memorials be made in Marian’s memory to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Development Office Unit 705, P.O. Box 301439, Houston, Texas 77230-1439.

In Loving Memory of George William Evans

George William Evans age 57, passed away on May 18, 2015 at the Parkview Hospital in Pueblo, Colorado, with his wife of 21 years, Sara, by his side.
George was born in Taos New Mexico December 28, 1957. He followed the family tradition of playing basketball for the Cimarron Rams. His early years were spent in the mountains of Eagle Nest where he spent most of his time hunting and fishing. These activities honed his skills as a guide for hunting and fishing.
He met and married Sara (Sally) in January 1993. Together they started “Tall Tales” guide service and opened the bait and tackle shop in Maxwell. Over the years, George managed the Corner Bar, Floyd’s in Las Vegas, New Mexico and worked for the highway department.
Besides hunting, George loved riding motorcycles and doing poker runs with Sara and his friends. He was also a black belt in martial arts working with Dan Packard in Albuquerque.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Henry Evans, his only son, Bobby Jo Evans in 2006, his brother, Carl Kenny Evans in 1989, his niece Danielle Smoot, and Uncle George and Aunt Tia of Eagle Nest, NM
George is survived by his wife, Sara of the home, his step-daughter, Shelly Santos of Albuquerque, his step-son, John Santos of Orlando FL., brothers-in-law Jeff Smoot of Oshkosh, WA, Brad Smoot (Laura) of Albuquerque, nephews Andrew and Robert Smoot, his niece Tamera Getz (Eric) of Houston, TX, whom he loved dearly, his grandson Kyle Santos of Orlando, FL,  his great nieces, Savannah and Carly, the Campanella Family and very special friend, Janice Pascetti.
George is missed by his loyal dogs, Feather, Daisy, Paco, Scarlet, Shiloh and his very special dog, Buddy.
Services for George W. Evans will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Raton on June 13, 2015 at 1:30 pm. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall after the service.
Arrangements and celebration of love for George W. Evans are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.