Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Kenneth Graham

Kenneth Graham, age 75 of Raton, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, October 10, 2016 in Raton.

graham-kHe was born September 2, 1941 in Springer, NM, the son of John H. and Trella Brown-Graham.
Kenneth graduated from Raton High School and had worked for Richard DiMarzio at the Hollow Metal Company for many years.
He is preceded in death by his Father, John H. Graham and Mother Trella Brown Graham. Kenneth is survived by four sisters, Florence Brogan and husband Pat of Hilliard, OH, Sandra Castellini and husband Albert of Raton, Anna Hill and husband Ron of Linn Valley, KS, and Sherri Johnston and husband Steve of Lubbock, TX. Two brothers, John Roy Graham and wife Connie of Albuquerque, NM and Roger Graham and wife LaRayne of Raton and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday October 13, 2016 from 5:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.

Funeral services will be Friday October 14, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel in Raton with Jeremy Johnston officiating. Burial will be in the Fairmont Cemetery in Raton.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Kenneth Graham are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Steven Chiaramonte

Steven Chiaramonte, born July 8,1972, a lifelong resident of Raton, NM, passed away on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at the age of 44.


Steven was preceded in death by his mother Laurie Chiaramonte, grandparents Cora and Luciano Castillo and Cousin Ron Angelo Chiaramonte.


He is survived by his beautiful daughters Joie and Jordyn Chiaramonte, his beloved aunts and uncles Vincent and Cathy Chiaramonte, Carl and Isabelle Chiaramonte, cousins Kristen, Vinnie, Anthony, Vanessa and Luciano Chiaramonte. He is also survived by his best friend Nick Aragon. The love of his life is Sheryl and her children, Michael and Rachael and the Fratterelli family, Deann Garcia-McGinnis and family and many friends and family members who loved him dearly.

chiaramonte-sSteven was a fun-loving, sweet and caring young man. He had a big heart and was known for his friendliness, kindness and his famous laugh. Steven had a passion for baseball and was a die-hard New York Yankees fan, always sporting Yankees gear with a huge smile. He was also passionate about drawing and was talented. Steven’s biggest passion were his daughters, Joie and Jordyn. They were his happiest accomplishments in life, and he loved and cherished them unconditionally. Steven will be missed by all who loved him.

Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home with Deacon Michael Sedillo officiating. Rite of committal and inurnment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers the family request donations in Steven’s name to assist for funeral expenses.


Funeral arrangements for Steven Chiaramonte are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home. 

In Loving Memory of Carrie Terry

Carrie Terry passed away peacefully Wednesday October 12, 2016 at Pikes Peak Hospice Inpatient Unit at Penrose Main Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was 98.
Carrie was born on May 6, 1918 in Sopris Plaza, Colorado, the second child of Louise (Alishio) and Guerino Passero. Her sister Theresa was the oldest, then Carrie, Joe, Alice, Ernest and Guerino Jr.  Carrie grew up in Sopris and Sopris Plaza.  As a youngster, she was active in sports. 
She  played baseball and basketball for Lincoln High School.  After graduation she continued to play baseball for a traveling women’s league, coached by Charles Dintleman and John Sebben.
Carrie was united in marriage to Sam Terry in September of 1938, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Carrie had an extreme love of life. She loved to garden, cook, sew,  knit, embroider, paint, cook and quilt. She was the family host of all special events.
Carrie is preceded in death by her husband Sam, loving daughters Bernadette and Cathy, parents, siblings and her special cousin and best friend Minnie Sebben. 
Carrie is survived by her children Joe and Louise Terry, Gary Terry, Lois Mantelli, Sam and Janette Terry, and Marco Terry,   grandchildren Gary and Lori Terry, Cheryl and Jon Robertson, Tony and Maria Mantelli,Chrisitie and James Roybal, Luke Terry,  Joshua and Laura Terry, Joe and Timi Terry, Matthew Terry, ReGina Terry and Ben Wilbor, and Heidi and Chris Embry,  great grandchildren Justin Terry,  Ricky Robertson, Dani Robertson, Carrie Lynn Terry, Jacob Lubischer, Natalia Wilbor, Maiya Roybal, Dominic Mantelli, Gabrilla Mantelli, Madison Embry, Lily Terry, Alexander Terry and Marli Terry. Also surviving is sister Alice and Bill Abshere, special friend and caretaker Vicki Garduno, her wonderful Pine Street neighbors, John and Debbie Sartori, Noah and Arianna, Marilyn and Melina Palovich and Josephine Montero.
Visitation will be Monday, October 17th from 10-Noon at the Comi Chapel.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, October 17, 2016 1PM at Sebastiani Gym. Entombment will follow at the Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of John Lewis James

John Lewis James, formally of Trinidad, CO, passed away peacefully on October 5, 2016, surrounded by family.

John was born in Jansen, Colorado on August 30, 1919.  His family had just celebrated his 97th birthday.

He graduated from Primero High School in 1939.

JAMES JOHNJohn enjoyed being outdoors, fishing the streams and lakes in Southern Colorado . To say he was an avid fisherman would be an understatement. He could tell you what flies to use and where to go if you wanted to catch fish.

He enjoyed the Colorado Rockies and the Denver Broncos.

John owned several businesses  in  the Trinidad, Weston and Salida areas. After he retired, he took up gold prospecting and prospected several areas in southern Colorado and near Wickenburg, Arizona.  He taught himself how to pan for gold and was quite good at his hobby.

John was a coal miner for 27 years, working the Valdez and Allen Mines.  He was a member of the UMWA.

John enlisted in the US Army Air Corp which became the Air Force, enlisting right out of high school.  He became an accomplished mechanic on airplane engines.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Dominic and Rose James, brothers Ralph, Vince, Joe, sisters Josephine Gettings, Alice Pinkston, Lorraine Alfonso, brothers-in-law, Vic Alfonso, Sam Gettings and Frank Spicola.

He is survived by sisters Rosalie Spicola, Denver, Mitzi Stapes, Arizona, brothers Fred James, Arizona and Jim James, Grand Junction, daughter Kathleen James and partner (Terry Timmons) Clearlake, CA, John (Joann) Colorado Springs, CO, Leonard (Rebecca) ,Thornton,CO, Steve (Peggy), Colorado Springs, CO, Randy, Segundo, CO, Timothy (Genevieve) Colorado Springs, CO, eight  grand kids, 5 great grand kids, numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be Friday. October 21, 2016 with Rosary at 9AM at Comi Chapel followed by Funeral Mass at 10 at Sebastiani Gym.

Private family inurnment at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Salvador Arrazola

Salvador Arrazola passed away on October 10, 2016 at the Joni Fair Hospice House in Pueblo, CO.  He was born to Jose Arrazola and Maria (Ramirez) Arrazola on March 18, 1935 in Trinidad, CO.


arrazolaSalvador attended school Trinidad, CO graduating from Trinidad High School in 1953. He had a long work history, working many years for a number of construction companies completing many projects, bridges, highways, and buildings all over Colorado. Salvador retired in 2014 from Mt. San Rafael Hospital after 25 years of dedicated service. He was a jack of all trades, able to fix or build just about anything. Salvador was a member of the Los Amigos Riding Club, the Optimist Club, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Salvador enjoyed watching sports, especially the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies and Denver Nuggets. He also loved watching rodeos, horse racing, car races and hunting with his buddies.   


He was preceded in death by his father Jose Arrazola, sister Dolores Arrazola, father Max Martinez, daughter Shirley Arrazola, mother Maria Martinez and brother John Arrazola.


He is survived by his children, Arlene (Gil) Lopez, Trinidad; Rita (Robert) Carpenter, Norfolk, Virginia; Dan Arrazola, Trinidad; Cathy (Rick) Cimino, Colorado Springs, CO; Gerri (Anthony) Gardunio, Aurora, CO; Berni Arrazola, Trinidad, CO; Robert (Kris) Arrazola, Pueblo, CO. Also surviving are grandchildren Aaron and Gilbert Lopez, Nathaniel Carpenter, Raelynn (Chris) Garcia, Zachary (Magan) Arrazola, Seth (Shantel) Arrazola, Trinton Arrazola, Raine Cimino, Kaetlynn and Kyle Gardunio, Billy (Stevie Mock) and Bethany Arrazola-Stanton, Rashelle and Megan Arrazola; and eight great-grandchildren. Salvador is also survived by brothers Joe Arrazola, Joe Max Martinez, and David Martinez; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Pallbearers will be sons Dan and Robert Arrazola, sons-in-law, Anthony Gardunio, Bill Stanton, and grandsons Billy Arrazola-Stanton and Aaron Lopez.


Visitation will be at the Comi Chapel  from 2PM- 6PM on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 followed by a rosary at Sebastiani Gym at 7PM.  Funeral Mass will be Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 10AM at Sebastiani Gym.


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


Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Franklin L. Romero

Franklin L. Romero passed away on October 8, 2016 at Kindred Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO.


Frank was born in Raton, NM on April 10, 1945, the son of Benjamin A. Romero and Margaret Garcia Romero.


Frank received the gift of life from his own brother Fred on June 29, 1963. Being identical twins Fred gave Frank a kidney. The successful operation was performed by Noble Prize winning Dr. Starzl, the pioneer of organ transplant.


romero frankFrank graduated in 1964 from Raton High School. He moved to Albuquerque where he worked for the Veterans Administration for 18 years. He then moved back to Raton to work with family and worked may years with his brother Fred at the Spur Lanes. Frank was an avid tennis player and skier, loved to camp and spent many hours at he family ranch.


Frank had a triple by-pass at ParkView Hospital in 1997. In 1998 the kidney that his brother gave him in 1963 failed and he had to go on dialysis. Before he could get a new kidney he had to wait for a suitable liver which he received in 2005 in Pittsburgh at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In 2006 he was fortunate to receive another kidney transplant also performed in Pittsburgh.


After his recovery he once again returned to Raton to be with family and continue to work with his brother Fred at the Spur Lanes.


Illness once again returned off and on for the last couple of years, he had the comfort of his beloved dog Hito.


Frank was preceded in death by his father Benjamin A. Romero, his mother Margaret G. Romero. Two brothers, Amadeo Tomas Romero, Dr. Benjamin A. Romero ll and one sister Marion G. (Romero) Budd, sister-in-law Alice Groves Romero and brothers-in-law Richard Weaver and Harold Kious.


Frank is survived by his twin brother Fred, sister-in-law Linda Romero, brothers, Paul (Penny) Romero, Dick (Carole) Romero, Donald (Ethel) Romero. Sisters Margaret Kious, Dorothy Weaver and Louise (Dick) Gonzales and brother-in-law Nelson Budd. He is Survived by special nieces and nephews Karrie, Chris, Robin and Ryan and numerous other nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a very special person in his life, Wanda Gates and her daughter Ginger. Longtime friends, Rosella Muniz of Wagon Mound, NM and Deborah Ludden of Pennsylvania.


In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation in memory of Franklin L. Romero.


Recitation of The Most Holy Rosary will be on held on Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will be Friday, October 14th at 10:30 a.m. with Father John C. Brasher as the Celebrant. Rite of committal and internment will follow at Fairmont Cemetery.


Funeral arrangements for Franklin L. Romero are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Ruth Trujillo

Ruth Trujillo, 80, passed away on Saturday, October 1st, 2016, at Sangre de Cristo Hospice in Pueblo, Colorado, following a lengthy illness.

Ruth was born in Dawson, New Mexico, to Antonio and Teresita Montoya.  She moved to Raton following the closure of the Dawson coal mine and graduated from Raton High School.  She married Nick L. Trujillo in 1954.  They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary together while both were patients at Parkview Hospital in Pueblo. Together they raised three children.

trujilloRuth was employed by the Raton Public Schools at Longfellow Elementary School from 1964 until her retirement in 1986.  She enjoyed her role as the Headstart Teacher for hundreds of Raton’s children.  She provided a nurturing environment to inspire her students to love learning and reach for the stars.  She took great pride in watching them become successful at school and in their careers.  She was a generous woman who was so committed to her students that she began the adoption process of one of her students whom she felt would prosper in their family home.  Ruth was active as president of the Longfellow P. T. A., the Raton Little League, and the Court Appointed Special Advocate (C.A.S.A.) Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Stella Esquibel, her brother Albert Montoya, and infant son, Nick Charles.  She is survived by her husband, Nick, their children:  Danny, wife Ernestine, & family; Debbie, husband Lee Joe Sanchez, & family; and Donna, husband Ron Stoller, & family; special nephews:  Joe, Pete, and David Esquibel, brother Fred Montoya of Dallas; and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services for Ruth Trujillo are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home and will be held in the Yaksich-Long Funeral Chapel on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at 1:00 p.m.  Inurnment will follow at Fairmont Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 1107 Pueblo

In Loving Memory of Martin Paul Zappanti

Martin Paul Zappanti, age 69, passed away unexpectedly at St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo, CO on October 3, 2016.

He was born in Trinidad, CO on October 7, 1946.

marty-zappanti-picHe loved the outdoors, fishing and playing Yahtzee.

Marty enjoyed family outings and always looked forward to holidays and being with them.

Preceding him in death is Sam Maria, sister Nadine Ramsaran and brother Donald Maria.

He is survived by mother Doris Maria, siblings Cathy Menapace, Elsie (Richard) Hamman, Sam Maria , Margaret Maria (Dominic) Verquer,  Cindy( Bill) Poole, Frank (Mona) Borrego,  aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family of the Trinidad Inn Nursing Home.

Memorial Services will be held Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 1PM at the Comi Chapel.

Private inurnment at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of George S. Ortiz

George S. Ortiz, passed away on September 9, 2016 at the Spanish Peaks VA Community Living Center in Walsenburg, CO. He was 90.


He was born in Trinidad, CO, to David and Guadalupe(Madrid) Ortiz on January 23, 1926. He had seven brothers and two sisters.


George married Arlene (Pacheco) Ortiz and from this union they had three children.


He proudly served in the United States Coast Guard during WWII.  He retired from Trinidad School District after 47 years of service in education as a teacher, coach and guidance counselor.


During his tenure, he received numerous awards ad was recognized for many contributions and accomplishments in education. He was also  a two sport All American when he attended Adam State College.


George was an outstanding and unique individual who positively touched so many lives in so many ways.  Aside from being a friend, colleague and mentor, he was a good golfer and a big Bronco fan.  He leaves behind a legacy full of memories and great stories that will be treasured for many years.


Mr. Ortiz was preceded in death by his parents, his six brothers and two sisters, his wife,  Arlene, son George Ortiz Jr. and grandson Juan Carlos Vallejos.


He leaves behind his children, Georganne (Jack) Vallejos, Jeanine (David ) Esquibel, grandchildren, J.J. Vallejos, Gina (Andrew) Martinez, great grandchildren, Anthony and Brandon Martinez, Courtney Ann (Duffy) Johnson, Jackie Lynn (Billy),  Marcos Juan, Jamie Lynn, Jessie Lynn , Diego Juan Vallejos and their mothers Selina and Jessica Vallejos,   three great great grandchildren, Violet Hayes,  Roan Haize Johnson and Sophia Rebecca Gallegos. He is survived by his brother Ruben, sisters  in law, Flora Ortiz, Ruth Ortega,  and  brother in law David Pacheco. He also leaves behind may nephews, nieces, cousins, former students and many friends.


He will be affectionately remembered as Grandpa, Tiz, Uncle George, The Rock, Senor, White Eagle and Mr. Ortiz.


Everyone is invited to join the family on October 14, 2016 at 11AM at the Mt. Carmel Chapel for a Memorial Celebration to honor his life.


Immediately following the service a reception/luncheon will be hosted at the Mt. Carmel Center.  A blessed and cherished time to share memories and stories with the family.
Inurnment will be held at the Trinidad Masonic Cemetery at 2PM with Military Honors conducted by the US Coast Guard.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Gary Lee Waide

Gary Lee Waide age 60, died Tuesday, October 4, 2016, in Dalhart, Texas.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM Central Time on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Texline Church of Christ in Texline, Texas with Daniel Vogt officiating.

waideGary Lee Waide was born on July 27, 1956 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was adopted by Waymond C. Waide and Dorothy Lee (Crumpton) Waide at a very young age. He married Belinda (Summers) Waide on January 21, 1984 in Dalhart, Texas. Gary worked with his uncle Archie Pete Crumpton in the Irrigation business for many years. He loved hunting and fishing. As a Cherokee Indian, he loved hunting Indian artifacts. Gary was preceded in death by his parents; Waymond C. Waide on April 1, 1991 and Dorothy Lee (Crumpton) Waide on October 16, 2002.


HIS WIFE: Belinda Waide of Texline, Texas.

2 DAUGHTERS: Lakota Waide and Acie Hill of Booker, Texas and Dorothy Davis of Perryton, Texas.

2 SONS: Jeremy Waide and his wife Christina of Penrose, Colorado and Eric Waide and his wife Kayla of Texline, Texas.

1 BROTHER: Eddie Waide of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

23 Grandchildren, 1 Great-Grandson and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

MEMORIALS: The family suggests that memorials be made in Gary’s memory to the Texline Senior Center, 100 S. 3rd Atreet, Texline, Texas 79087.

Memorial ServiceSaturday, October 08, 2016
11:00 AM

Texline Church of Christ
211 East Chestnut Street
Texline, Texas 79087