Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Isabel R. Garcia

Isabel R. Garcia of Springer, NM passed away on July 6th 2014 in Albuquerque, NM. She was born on December 13th 1925 in Farley, NM to Juan and Petra Romero. Isabel is preceded in death by her husband Marcelino Garcia, her parents Juan and Petra, one grandson James Romero, and one sister Fedilia Salazar.

She is survived by children Juanita Trujillo and husband Robert and their 5 sons, Manuel Garcia and wife Mary and their 4 sons, Eugene Garcia and wife Delia and their 7 children, Pete Romero and wife Stella and their 3 children, Florence Romero and husband Henry and their 2 children, Lupita Marie Cordova and her 3 children, Elias Romero and his 4 children, Angie Armijo and husband Alfred and their 9 children, Christina Montoya and companion Joseph Coleman and her 4 children, Carol Martinez and ex-husband Arthur and their 4 children, Lucille Sanchez and Companion Calisto Perez and her 3 children, Grace Garcia and husband Robert and their 3 children, Georgia Romero and companion Michael Rodriquez and her 2 children, Filbert Young and wife Debbie and their 4 children, brother Steve Romero and sister Clorinda Mares, numerous great grandchildren and great great-grandchildren also survive. Isabel was a wonderful mother and grandmother who loved all of her family greatly. She was devoted to reading her bible. She was a volunteer at the hospital and a foster grandparent. She will be sorely missed.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Friday July 11th at 2pm at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer, New Mexico by Los Hermanos. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 3pm with Father Emmanuel Izuka as the Celebrant. Rite of Committal and Interment will be at the Springer Cemetery. Arrangements for Isabel R. Garcia are under the care and direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Barbara Jean Morrow

Barbara Jean Morrow age 80 of Raton passed away peacefully on July 5, 2014, in her home in Raton. She was born on December 24, 1933 to Frances and Dwight Sever in Denver, CO.

Our momma devoted her life to God and her family. She touched many lives during her career as a nurse and dietary supervisor at Miner’s Hospital. She was devoted to the Legion of Mary and an active memory of St. Patrick’s – St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She took such pride and joy in her home, garden, family and beloved friends. She will always be in our hearts and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents Frances and Dwight Sever; sisters Shirley Sever, Laura Sepich and Sharon Gum; husband and love of her life, Frank Morrow; daughter Cheryl Ann Morrow; and grandson Denny Pat Morrow. She is survived by her children, Dennis Morrow and his wife Dianne, of Port Orchard, WA, David Morrow and his wife Pauline, of Castle Rock, CO, Janice Young and her husband Tony, of Amarillo, TX, Valerie Pino and her husband Tom, of Albuquerque, NM, Barbie Graves and her husband Ray, of Wichita Falls, TX; 12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sister Naomi Kenny and her husband Alan of Raton; and numerous friends and family who love her dearly and will miss her.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held at 7:00pm on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at St. Patrick’s – St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton. The funeral mass will be held at 9:30am on July 11, 2014, at St. Patrick’s – St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Reception to follow at the parish hall. Barbara’s final resting place will be in Bremerton, WA, with her beloved husband.

Funeral arrangements for Barbara Morrow are under the care of Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Charles S. Espinoza

Charles S. Espinoza , age 66 of Maxwell, New Mexico passed away peacefully on July 2nd,2104 in
Raton surrounded by his family. He was born April, 17th , 1948 to Floyd Espinoza and Esther Cruz 
Espinoza in Raton, NM.
Charles attended all years of school in Maxwell and graduated in May of 1967. During his school years
Charles played basketball and baseball. He served as a alter boy til he was a senior in high school.
During his high school summers he always assisted his father in building several homes in the Maxwell area. He also spent summers working with local farmers. 

After he graduated he attended Denver Automotive Tech Center in 1967 and 1968. In 1969 he volunteered
For the U S Army. He attended basic training in Fort Ord in California then attended Specialist Training
At Fort Huachuca in Arizona, and also special trained in South Carolina. In 1970 Charles was deployed to
Vietnam arriving in Cam-Ranh Bay then served his tour in Vietnam in Quang Tri South Vietnam serving 1-77th armored division. He then served as a tank mechanic during his tour of duty ( he received the Purple Heart). After receiving the Purple Heart, he served the last year of service in a base near Frankfurt Germany.
Upon returning from the Army, Charles met and married Gloria Sanchez Espinoza on September 2, 1972.
They were married for 39 years.
During his life, along with going to school in Denver and the Army, he worked for Brown Construction and 
Then went to work at Kaiser Steel Coal Mines , working there for 30 years.

He was a member of St. Vincent De PaulCatholic Church in Maxwell, a member of the Knights of Columbus. He also served on the City Council for the Village of Maxwell and was a fire fighter, part of
UMWA 7949 and was currently the resident Council President at Miners Long Term Care.

While his children were attending school he assisted them in sports and all activities. He loved fishing,
Hunting and in his younger years he enjoyed drag racing. He enjoyed taking his family camping and loved
Family gatherings. He loved dancing with his wife Gloria. He was an avid San Diego Chargers fan and 
Watched wrestling quite frequently.

Charles was preceded in death by his wife Gloria, father, Floyd Espinoza, his sister Pat Lopez, his maternal
And paternal grandparents, his godfather, Uncle Johnny Espinoza, Uncle Joe Lovato, Uncle Herman Martinez, Uncle Pete Aguero, Uncle Chris and Aunt Margaret Cruz, Uncle Tony and Bea Garcia, Aunt Lillian Chavez and special cousin Gary Grine. Sisters-in -law Adelina Armijo and Arthur Armijo.
Brothers-in -law Eloy and Raymond Sanchez, Manuel Martinez, Nestor Cordova and Joe Montano, and
Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Charles is survived by his mother Esther of Maxwell, son Charles and wife Maggie of Alvard, Texas, 
Daughter Marcia Trujillo and husband Chris of Portales. Son Chris and wife Jennifer of Raton. Grand
Children Moriah and Shane Trujillo, Cody and Cade Espinoza, Maddison Curt and Macy Espinoza who
Meant the world to him. Brother Daniel and wife Barb of Grand Junction, Co., brother-in-law Rich Lopez
Of Raton. His godmother and aunt Cora De Aguero, Aunt Pauline Martinez, Uncle Fidel Chavez, Aunt
Minerva Lavato, Uncle Al Richad, Aunt Mary Espinoza. Sister-in-laws Beatrice Martinez, Lillian Cordova,Teresina Monntano, Eloise and husband George, Carmel and husband Johnny. Brother-in-laws
Benny and Daniel Sanchez and Eloy and Gloria Gonzales.

Visitation will be Tuesday July 8, 2014 from 2:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Wednesday July 9, 2014 at 10:30 A.M. at the St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Maxwell, Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 11:00 A.M. with Father Emmanuel Izuka as the celebrant rite of Christian Burial will follow at the Maxwell Cemetery.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Charles S. Espinoza are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Alesha Mae Cruz

Alesha Mae Cruz, age 37, died Friday, June 27, 2014 in Clayton, New Mexico. 

Cremation has taken place and no public services are scheduled at this time. 

Alesha Mae Cruz was born on August 23, 1976 in Raton, New Mexico to Domingo J. Cruz and Lori Jane (Kropf) Cruz. She attended school in Des Moines and graduated from Des Moines High School. After high school, Alesha attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma and she graduated with a Bachelors Degree. She worked as a recruiter for OPSU and later for the University of Phoenix as well as working numerous waitress jobs. Alesha was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather; Archie Kropf, 2 uncles; Steve Booton and Ralph Solano and 1 cousin; Berek Solano. 


PARENTS: Domingo and Lori Cruz of Des Moines, New Mexico. 

Fiancé: Willie Goolsbey of Clayton, New Mexico and his children and family. 

2 BROTHERS: Lonnie Domingo Cruz and his wife Cathy and Brent Alan Cruz all of Capulin, New Mexico. 

MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER: Ruby Kropf of Capulin, New Mexico. 

Nieces and Nephews: Colton Cruz, Cassidee Cruz and Beau Cruz. 

Numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. 

MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials be made to the Alesha Mae Cruz Scholarship fund care of the Farmers and Stockmans Bank in Des Moines or Clayton.

In Loving Memory of Robert Martin Kaiser

Robert Martin Kaiser was born on January 23, 1926 in New York City, New York and died June 27, 2014.

Bob Kaiser was a plumber from New Hyde Park, NY for 26 years and on the Nassau County Plumbing Board in New York for years.  He moved to Raton in 1976 and was co-owner of Kaiser Construction Company until he retired. 

The son of William Joseph Kaiser and Ethel Maud Bennett.  He was a Past Master and Secretary of the Paumanok – Port Washington Masonic Lodge No. 855 in New York.   He was a 50+  year Masonic Member in New York and a member of Gate City Lodge #11 of Raton, NM. , a World War II Veteran, member of the Raton Optimist Club, and a member of St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church of Floral Park, NY and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Raton, NM.

Robert Kaiser is preceded in death by his parents, William and Ethel Kaiser. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Chase Kaiser of Clovis, NM, his son, Robert David Kaiser and wife Judy, of Melrose, NM, his daughters, Susan Kaiser Wortman and husband Tom, of Raton, NM and Millie T Randolph and husband Ram of Kiowa, CO. and brother William Kaiser and wife Friedel of Scottsdale, AZ as well as ten grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Mr. K was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be enormously missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. K asked that donations be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, STE 1509, New York, NY 10018.

He will be cremated and inurned in the Santa Fe National Cemetery following a military ceremony.  The date is pending.

In Loving Memory of Joe Montano

Joe Montano, age 78, died Thursday, June 26, 2014 in Clayton, NM. 

Memorial Rosary will be recited at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 28 and Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton with Fr. Joel Bugas, Celebrant. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. 

Joe M. Montano was born on September 12, 1935 in Miera, New Mexico. He was raised by his blind grandmother Agatha Montoya. He married Teresina Marie (Sanchez) Montano on December 1, 1956 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton, New Mexico where he was a member as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus. Joe was a bus driver for 35 years, he worked 11 years at the Union County Courthouse, and worked for the 5 states livestock auction, and drove an escort vehicle for Willie Sanford. They worked a ranch for 18 years for Hugh Pogue and Sam Edmondson and later for Bill and John Doherty. He loved working outdoors and his therapy was cutting wood. He enjoyed working on the ranch where his God given talent was being on the caterpillar building dams. Joe took pride in his work. His hobbies were barb wire and arrow head collecting, welding art work and sitting on the front porch to watch traffic. He loved his personalized vehicles and had a passion for antiquing and auctions. We are going to miss all of his jokes. Joe was preceded in death by his grandmother; Agatha Montoya, Step-father; Ray Padilla, Mother; Lucy Padilla, sister; Beatrice Aragon, brother; Joe Louis Padilla, father-in-law; Eno Sanchez, mother-in-law; Adela Sanchez, brothers-in-law; Raymond Sanchez, Manuel Martinez, Nestor Cordova, Sisters-in-law; Adelina Armijo and her husband Arthur and Gloria Espinoza. 


WIFE: Teresina Montano of Clayton, New Mexico. 

4 DAUGHTERS: Priscilla McLeroy of Angel Fire, New Mexico, Levina Herr and her husband Ronald of Amarillo, Texas, Kathryn Montoya of Raton, New Mexico and Lucinda Avila and her husband Mark of Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

1 SON: Joe Montano and his wife Carolyn of Clayton, New Mexico. 

Grandchildren: James McLeroy, Kathleen McLeroy, Andrew Herr and his wife Kaili, Anthony Herr, Harlen Herr, Ali Herr, Angelique Herr, Kayla Montoya, Shane Montoya, Jay Dylan Muse, Brittany Davidson and her husband Zac, Cutter Montano, Felysse Montano, Tanner Montano, Ady Avila and Molly Avila. 
Great-Grandchildren: Audrey Herr, Angel Vidal Montoya, Andre L. Montoya, Adrian Sanchez, Lennox Muse and Avery Davidson. 

2 Brothers: Toby Padilla and his wife Teresa and Floyd Padilla and his wife Maryann. 

3 Sisters: Marie Miera and her husband Arnold, Bertha Padilla and Corrine Trujillo and her husband Eddie. 

Brothers-in-law: Eloy Gonzales and his wife Gloria, Bennie Sanchez, Daniel Sanchez and Charles Espinoza. 

Sisters-in-law: Beatrice Martinez, Lillian Cordova, Eloise Sisneros and her husband George, Carmen Sisneros and her husband Johnnie and Sandra Padilla. 

And numerous nieces and nephews. 

MEMORIALS: The family asks that in Lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Joe Montano Scholarship fund at Farmers and Stockmans Bank.

In Loving Memory of Frances C. Aguirre

Frances C. Aguirre age 67 of Raton passed away on Saturday June 14th, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM after succumbing to complicated medical issues. She was born on February 14th, 1947 in Raton to Luke Salazar and Cora Barela.

Frances is preceded in death by her parents, brother Luke Salazar, Jr., sister Berdina Burgess, Nephew Jeffery Salazar, and partner Anthony Sam Martinez. She is survived by sons; John Fred Salazar and wife Mia of Raton, George (Pepper) Aguirre of Raton, Michael Salazar of Santa Rosa, daughter Christina Aguirre Romero of Raton, Step-father Chris Gonzales of Raton, grandchildren Jaziah Salazar, Ryanna Muniz, Lorenna Gutierrez, Jesse Aguirre, Keira Romero, Neveah Romero, Elisio Romero, Nathanial Salazar, Alex Medina, Domingo Saenz, Josalynne, Isaac, Thomas, and Michael. Brothers; Jimmy Gonzales and wife Bobbie of Raton, George Nick Salazar and wife Loretta of Raton, Pat Gonzales of Raton, Amos Salazar of Raton, Johnny Salazar and wife Sandra of Raton, David (Spider) Salazar of Albuquerque, Sisters; Kathy Gonzales and Joe of Alamosa, Theresa Salazar of Washington, Rachel Martinez and husband Louie of Washington, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Friday June 27th at 9am followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection at 9:30am. Rite of Committal and Inurnment to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Local arrangements are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Nelma Lee Martin

Nelma Lee Martin, 76, died at her home in Raton, New Mexico, June 19, 2014. She was accompanied in death by her faithful dogs, Boomer, Hobie and Little Lady.

Nelma was born October 21, 1937 in Red Oak, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde Lee Martin and Eula Irene Coy, sister Velma Jean Griffith and brothers Randy Steven Martin and Clyde Lee Martin, Jr.

She is survived by her children: Martin Wayne Muse (Loretta) of Des Moines; James Kent Muse of Raton, and daughter Angelica Alirez (Joe) of Las Vegas. She is survived by grandchildren Paul Abrain Nigg, Jay Dylan Muse, and Lillian, Joe, Riley and Adalyn Alirez and by three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Thelma Coker of Cimarron and Jody Jones (Gene) of Clovis and by many nieces and nephews and a host of faithful friends.

Nelma Lee grew up in Red Oak, Oklahoma. She attended Red Oak High School and then Oklahoma City Business College. She spent 27 years working for the State of New Mexico in the Human Services Department Income Support Division. Nelma provided a home for over 30 foster children and fell in love with each one of them. She was always “Sissy” to her family and she was an artist with her yarn and crochet hook. She loved talking and socializing and she always had time for a conversation with a friend. She was a member of the Raton Church of Christ. Her family wishes to thank special friends who offered continuing comfort and support and daily conversation during her years of invalidism: Nancy Fry, Pearl Ulibarri, Clara Lester, Ward Shrake, Kathryn Karnowsky, and Helen Vukonich.

Cremation has taken place and a private family inurnment will take place at Cimarron Mountain View Cemetery at a future date. Friends who wish to honor Nelma Lee may contribute to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life or to the Raton Humane Society.

Arrangements for Nelma Lee Martin are under the care and direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Maria Ediria LaCombe

Maria Ediria Maria Ediria LaCombe age 94 of Springer passed away on June 19th, 2014 in Springer, New Mexico. She was born on October 21st, 1919 to Victoranio and Eufemia Herrera in San Acacio, CO.

Ediria married Alfonso LaCombe on December 17th 1938 and they lived in San Luis, Colorado until 1985. They were married 65 years. Alfonso passed away September 25, 2003.

Ediria was a homemaker and enjoyed making quilts and crafts. She worked side by side with her husband in their weekly newspaper (The Costilla County Free Press) for 50 years. When they retired they moved to Denver until 1997 then moved to Springer, NM.

Ediria is survived by two sons Andrew LaCombe and wife Sylvia, and Dominic LaCombe, two grandsons; Carl and Alan, two great grandsons; Timothy and Christopher, one brother Victor, one sister Bernie Olivas, several nephews and nieces and a very trusted friend Mary McCarty whom she loved like a daughter, and one sister-in-law Ida Vigil.

Cremation has taken place and inurnment will take place at a later date in San Luis, Colorado.

Arrangements for Maria Ediria LaCombe are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.


In Loving Memory of Johnny Rivera

Johnny Rivera of Springer, NM, age 61, passed away on June 18, 2014 at his home.

He was born on June 26, 1952 in Folsom, NM to Joe and Mary Rivera.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael John Rivera,

his father, Joe A. Rivera, his grandparents, Jeronimo & Guillerma Lopez and

Porfirio & Sofronia Rivera.

He was survived by his wife, Gloria Rivera, his four daughters, Leanne Fernandez,

Crissy Rivera, Melissa Martinez, and Amanda Rivera; his grandchildren, Matthew Rivera,

Mariah Martinez, Alyah Martinez, Jacob Chavez, Analees Chavez, John Samuel Martinez,

and Noah Deschamps, and one great grandchild on the way; He is also survived by his

mother, Mary Rivera, and his only brother, David (Julie) Rivera and several nieces &

nephews along with many other relatives & friends


Services will be held Wednesday, June 25, 2014 @ 10:00 am at St. Joseph’s Church in

Folsom, NM with burial to follow at the Folsom Catholic Cemetery.