Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Dolores Marie Weber

Dolores Marie Weber, age 65, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Cokedale, CO on January 6, 2017.

She was born in Sopris, Colorado on June 28, 1951 to Maxine and Cipriano Vigil.

She attended Sopris schools and graduated from Lincoln High School.

Dolores WeberDee was very active in Cokedale town politics.

She liked to cook. play cards, work crossword puzzles and was a great seamstress.

She was a caring person and loving cared for her mother until her passing.

Preceding her in death are parents Cipriano and Maxine Vigil, and brothers Harold, Turk, and Cip Vigil.

Survivors are son Jason Sisneros (Patricia Roberts) Raton, NM, sisters-in-law, Diane Vigil, Dorothy Vigil, numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Memorial Funeral  Services will be held Friday, January 13, 2017 at 3PM at the Comi Chapel.

Private family inurnment to be held at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Bob Lamb

Bob Lamb, formally from Raton, was born on November 18, 1930 and passed away January 8, 2017.

Graveside services will be January 11, 2017 at Holt Cemetery in Spearman, TX.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to:
Holt Cemetery
c/o Jan Holt
Farm Road 281
Spearman, TX  79081

In Loving Memory of Thomas Andrew Schroeder

Thomas Andrew Schroeder, age 83, died Friday, January 6, 2017 at his home in Clayton, New Mexico.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

schroeder-tThomas Andrew Schroeder was born on May 5, 1933 in Springfield, Illinois to Andrew Jacob Schroeder and Ena (Hales) Schroeder. He left high school early to join the US Navy and served in the Navy Seabees during the Korean War. Thomas married Gwyn (Hawthorn) Schroeder on November 5, 1955 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They lived in California for fifteen years and then moved to Oregon where they lived until Thomas retired. After he retired in 1997 they moved to Clayton, New Mexico. Thomas worked as a welder and he rebuilt houses and trucks and was a cabinet maker. He was a member of the Clayton Church of Christ. In addition to his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by 3 sisters; Norma, Peggy and Janet and a grandson; Jeffrey Schroeder.


WIFE: Gwyn Schroeder of Clayton, New Mexico.

2 SONS: Thomas Phillip Schroeder and Patty of Milton-Freewater, Oregon and Ricky Dean Schroeder and Cheryl of Clayton, New Mexico.

3 GRANDCHILDREN: Michael Schroeder of Oregon and Christopher Schroeder and Kevin Schroeder both of Washington.

2 SISTERS: Dorothy Hight of California and Ada Filutze and Jim of New York.

1 BROTHER: Andrew Schroeder and Betty of California.

And numerous nieces and nephews.

In Loving Memory of Erma Schulte

Longtime resident of Raton, New Mexico, Erma Yob Schulte passed away at the age of 97 on January 4, 2017 in a Castle Rock, Colorado Assisted Living Facility where she has been lovingly cared for during the past six and one half years.


Born on May 14, 1919 in Yankee, NM, Erma Yob Schulte was the last surviving child of Tyrolean immigrants Remigio Yob and Maria Bertol Yob. She grew up in her beloved Dawson, New Mexico with her brother Davis Yob and three sisters Mary Dahl, Modesta Yob and Alma Ghiglieri.


Erma married her dear husband Albert Schulte in Dawson in 1942. and the family moved to Raton in 1950 when Dawson closed.


Erma is survived by her sons Paul and wife Kathryn of Parker, Colorado, Robert and wife Georgia of Albuquerque, New Mexico and James and wife Rhonda of Vestal, New York. In addition to her cherished sons, Erma is survived by three grandsons, Steve, Tim, and Brian Schulte and nine great-grandchildren, Kyle, Nicole, Noah, Tyler, Alexa, Connor, Cayden, Lynleigh, and Kambrie.


Erma will always be remembered as a tireless and giving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

schulte-eErma is best remembered for her business of baking and decorating wonderfully tasting birthday and wedding cakes that delighted her customers and friends. If she baked your wedding cake, you not only got an elegant, breathtaking cake and a signature groom’s cake, you also got Erma at your reception cutting and serving her masterpiece so that each slice was presented just so. Erma also served as the bookkeeper for Al’s Fix-it Shop, the appliance repair service she and her late husband, Albert, owned. Through it all, her family always came first.

Erma was also a wonderful cook and took delight in hosting many years of large family gatherings often with generous servings of her delicious ravioli that always ended with a beautifully decorated dessert.

A Celebration of Life for Erma is planned for the warmer months of late spring or summer at St. Patrick’s – St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton, NM and interment by Yaksich-Long Funeral Home at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

In Loving Memory of Dora Louise (Payne) Russell

Dora Louise (Payne) Russell, age 87, died Thursday, January 5, 2017 in Farwell, Texas.

Dora’s family will receive friends at Hass Funeral Home on Monday, January 9, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Rev. Kenneth W. Tidmore and Lynn Clay officiating. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

russell-dDora was born September 19, 1929 in Nara Visa, New Mexico to Frank Hewitt Payne and Louise Puder-Payne. She graduated from Logan High School, She was moved up a grade and graduated at 16 as valedictorian of her class. Dora Married Glenn “Buzzy” Russell November 10, 1951 in Gallegos New Mexico and he preceded her in death on March 15, 2012 and they had two children, Casey born in 1953 and Cindy born in 1955. In addition to being a full time ranchers wife, Dora worked at the Clayton Veterinary Clinic and the sale barn in Clayton for forty plus years, Dora loved her jobs and was so proud of the years she worked. She had many friends and was loved by so many and she helped in every way she could to any that asked or were in need. Dora was a lady in every since of the word and it did not matter what she was doing or who she may be seeing, her hair was done, her make was on and she was wearing her best perfume. She was that way up until the very end, even the staff at the Care Center commented on it and how she wouldn’t go to the lunch room unless she was looking her best. Beloved mother, grandmother, sister, friend – she was all this and more and Heaven is celebrating her coming home while we are left to miss her hugs, her laughter and her wonderful self. So many have said, “To know Dora was to love her, but to be loved by her was one of God’s greatest blessings”. In addition to her parents and husband Dora was preceded in death by a son; Casey Russell and by 2 brothers; Charles Payne and Bob Payne.


1 DAUGHTER: Cindy Russell of Clovis New Mexico.

4 GRANDCHILDREN: Hadley Gilbert and his wife Kim and Miles Moulder and his wife Angela all of Clovis, New Mexico, Mandy Fuqua and her husband Jason of Caldwell, Texas and Amber Russell-Hart and her husband Al of Las Vegas, Nevada.

6 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Jake Gilbert, Scarlett Gilbert, Bryce Moulder, Brie Moulder, Ashton Hart and Athan Hart.

2 Brothers: Jim Payne and his wife Irene of Logan, New Mexico and David Payne and his wife Anna Mae of Clarksville, Arkansas.

1 Sister: Lora Beth Williams of Logan, New Mexico.

And many beloved nieces and nephews.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in Dora’s memory to the Clayton Senior Citizens Center.

VisitationMonday, January 09, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Hass Funeral Directors, Inc.
324 Main St.
Clayton, New Mexico 88415
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Funeral ServiceTuesday, January 10, 2017
10:30 AM

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

In Loving Memory of Florence P. (Jernigan) Hall

Florence P. (Jernigan) Hall, age 69, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at her home in Clayton, New Mexico.

Rosary will be recited at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, January 6, 2017 and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:00 PM following the Rosary at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton with Fr. C. John Brasher, and Fr. Joel Bugas as Celebrants. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

hall-florenceFlorence P. (Jernigan) Hall was born on July 11, 1947 in Amarillo, Texas to Arthur Lee Jernigan and Irma Elizabeth (Rock) Jernigan. Florence attended school in Amistad, New Mexico where she was the county Spelling Bee winner, she went on to compete in Amarillo and was the second place winner. She was the Valedictorian of her high school class in Amistad. Florence married Walter C. Hall on June 25, 1964 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton. She started college in the Fall of 1964 at Panhandle State University. At the start of her fourth year she started teaching at Yarbrough, Oklahoma and when she earned her Bachelors Degree from Panhandle State University she had a teaching Contract to continue teaching at Yarbrough. Florence went on to teach school in Amistad and then in Clayton and she taught school for 33 years. While teaching school, Florence earned her Masters Degree and her Administrative Degree from West Texas State University. Florence was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and teacher. She loved to read and she loved to teach. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton. Florence was preceded in death by her parents.


HUSBAND: Walter C. Hall of Clayton, New Mexico.

2 SONS: Shane Hall and his wife Melanie of Artesia, New Mexico and Tony Hall and his wife Tina of La Junta, Colorado.

7 GRANDCHILDREN: Cade Hall, Cooper Hall, Tel Hall, Blake Hall, Dray Hall, Jerni Hall and Kraigan Hall.

4 SISTERS: Mary Maulsby and her husband Richard of Clovis, New Mexico, Barbara Campsey of Texline, Texas, Helen Tixier and her husband Adrian of Reno, Nevada and Carolyn Hall of Katy, Texas.

And numerous nieces, nephews and former students that thought a lot of Florence.

MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials be made in Florence’s memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New Mexico, 3540 Pan American Fwy NE, Ste F, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107 or to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church , 115 N. First Street, Clayton, New Mexico 88415.

Prayer ServiceFriday, January 06, 2017
2:00 PM

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
115 N. 1st Street
Clayton, NM 88415
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Funeral ServiceFriday, January 06, 2017
3:00 PM

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

In Loving Memory of Jerry F. Smith

Chief Warrant Officer (Ret.) Jerry F. Smith passed away Monday December 19, 2016.


Jerry was born on December 1, 1928 in Mosquero, NM to Moschelle and William Smith.


He attended High School in Roy, NM where he met his wife of 68 years, Patricia Jane Anderson, who preceded him in death September 2014. Jerry excelled in sports and held the high school state record in the 440 for 17 years. Jerry and Patricia moved to Springer, NM after they were married where they would live until 2010 when they moved to Albuquerque.


Jerry served in the New Mexico National Guard for a total of 39 years and 7 months; first as an Administrative Assistant and then as a Recruiter for the US Army National Guard. He was awarded The Legion of Merit medal along with numerous other medals and awards.


Jerry and Patricia were successful business owners specializing in rescuing and renovating historical buildings in Springer, NM including The Gambles building, The Mills Mansion, The Brown Hotel and The Livery Stable.


Above all else, Jerry and Patricia loved the Lord and honored Him by helping the less fortunate.


He was preceded in death by wife Patricia; sons, Jerry Jr. and Dale; daughter, Dana Wagoner; granddaughter, Chelsea Sullivan; brother, Jean Smith; sister, Kathryn Smith.


He is survived by his brother William Smith (Lorraine); daughter, Katrinka; two sons, Eric (Rose) and Nathan (Liz); 14 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren.


In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be given to First United Methodist Church, Springer, NM 87747 where the Smiths were members for 65 years.


Memorial Service will be held Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 12:00 noon at the church in Springer. He and his wife Patricia will be buried at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 2:15 pm followed by a memorial reception at the Lodge at Santa Fe.


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2919 4th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
(505) 343-8008

In Loving Memory of Kenneth Patrick Espinoza

Kenneth Patrick Espinoza, or “Kenny” as he was fondly known by his family, died unexpectedly on December 16, 2016 in Springer, New Mexico at the age of 53.


He was born on November 12, 1963 in Cimarron, New Mexico to Casey and Carmen Espinoza. He spent most of his childhood years in Cimarron. As an adult he lived in Rock Springs, Wyoming where he was a jack of all trades. He worked for a plumbing company, moved trailer homes, worked at the oil fields, as well as other odd jobs. He later returned to Springer, New Mexico where he helped family and friends.


Ken was great with his hands. His favorite pastime was to build crosses and elaborate churches out of sticks and cardboard, and would give them to people as his way of passing along the Word of God. He had an amazing love for children and animals, especially his beloved pets Pepe and Blue. Ken was always willing to help those in need, whether it be something to eat or a good laugh after a bad day.


He is preceded in death by his father, Casey Espinoza, all of his brothers: Casey Lee Espinoza, Trini Espinoza, Norman Espinoza, Clifford Espinoza, Aaron Espinoza; maternal grandparents Martha and Al Collier; paternal grandparents Casey and Magdalena Espinoza; and his uncle Larry Espinoza.


He is survived by his mother Carmen Espinoza of French Tract; Sisters Martha Caro of Springer, NM, Robin Olivas of Brighton, CO; his special nephew Mario Caro; nieces Eva Takashima, Amber Caro; nephew Jesse Espinoza; and close friends Madeline and Richard Bell of Springer; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.


Services will be held at a later date.

In Loving Memory of Pia Marie (Jackie) DiPaolo

Pia (Jackie) DiPaolo, 63, passed away December 27, 2016 after a short illness. 

She was born September 22, 1953 in Grand Island, Nebraska to Lee and Marcia Rollf.


jackie-dipaolo-picShe is lovingly remembered by her father, Lee (Angie) Rollf; daughter, Angela DiPaolo; close friend and former husband, Lou DiPaolo; sisters Debbie (Michael) McGinnis and Terri (Ron) Valdez; niece Jacqui (Derek) Medina; nephew Kelly Romlow; and special friends Mike DiPaolo and Irene and Ducky Montera.


She was preceded in death by her mother, Marcia Rollf; sister, Nicki King; grandmother, Ruth Greenwood; and nephew, Theron Valdez.


She was a teacher and worked at Aguilar and Primero Public Schools and Mt. Carmel School. She also worked for her father for many years at the Frontier Motel.  She enjoyed shopping and reading and was very spiritual, devoting much of her time to prayer. 


Please note that the Funeral Services will be held MONDAY JANUARY 9, 2017 with Rosary at 9AM at the Comi Chapel, followed by the Funeral Mass at 10AM at Sebastiani Gym.Inurnment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.


In Loving Memory of Frances Nave

Frances Nave, passed away in Andrews, TX on December 7, 2016 at the age of 92.

She was born on January 29, 1924 to Luisa (Acosta) and Alfredo Pando who both preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by husband Francisco T. Nave, two sons Juan and Frank Nave, two  brothers, Albelardo and Albert Pando and sister Yolanda Carrasco.

She was affectionately known as Panchita or Grandma Chita and was admired as the matriarch of her family and siblings.

Frances was dedicated to her family and  grandchildren and loved them unconditionally.

Survivors are sons Alfredo (Natalie) Pando, Trinidad, Felix (Cordie) Nave, TX, Jorge Nave, TX, daughter Mary (Armando) Gutierrez, TX, three brothers, one sister, fifteen grandchildren, forty great grandchildren, and thirty one great great grandchildren.

Services and interment were held in Kermit, TX.

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