Taos County, New Mexico
By Alberto Vidaurre©
4 Jan 1996 to 13 June 1996
Following are the Obituaries as listed in the news papers the Taos News 4 Jan
1996 to 13 June 1996.
1- Erica Putney, 72, of Taos Passed away at Holy Cross Hospital 27 Dec 1996. She was a prominent concert violinist in Europe and Iceland and was very active in the Baha'i Faith and an itenerant teacher. She is survived by her husband George A. Putney of Taos. 10 children, 21 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. (Names not listed); Sister Grisela Stricker of Munich Germany. Interment at Las Cruces Taos, NM Cemetery.4 Jan 1996 B-3.
2- Jeannie L. Silva, of Taos passed away at her residence on January 15,1996 of complications due to years of suffering. She is survived by her husband Bobby Silva; Children Scott (Shandra) Emsweller, Shawn (Gabe) Medina, Michele Emsweller, Melissa (Billy) Dickerson, Shane Emsweller and Leah Vigil who is like a daughter; Grandchildren Nicole, Kylee Medina, Shatel Dickerson and Shane Emsweller. A Private burial was held with Pastor Craig Emsweller Officiating. 18 Jan 1995 A-6.
3- Mary D. Kilgore, born 18 Sept 1937 in McAlester, Oklahoma passed away 12 Jan 1996 in Taos, NM. She is survived by her husband of 42 years William R. Kilgore,Jr. M. D. of Taos; Daughter M. Karen Kilgore of Santa Fe, NM; Son W. Ransom Kilgore III, M. D. and wife Mary Jane of Whichita, Kansas.; Brother Neal E. Merriott of Atoka, Okla and 4 grandchildren, Katherine Merriott Kilgore, William Evan Kilgore, Christian Coleman Kilgore and Mary Chesley Kilgore. Burial at Sierra Vista Cemetery Taos, NM. 18 Jan 1996 A-06.
4- Rosana S. Cordova, 69, (AKA Rose Cordova) a life long resident of Lower Ranchitos in Taos, NM. Passed away 7 Jan 1996 after a short illness. She was preceded in death by her mother, Rosana A. Martinez 25 Jan 1926, father Santiago Martinez 1943 and only brother Onesimo Martinez 1984. She was raised by Benjamin and Josephina Sanchez who preceded her in death in 1957 and 1970 respectively. Rosana S. Cordova is survived by her husband Porfirio Nick Cordova; Children Dave Cordova (Lisa) of Taos,NM, Edna Ramirez (Joseph Douglas) of Las Crucas, NM, Bill G. Cordova (Francine) of El Paso, Tx, Teresa Martinez (Reuban) of Taos, NM, Joanne Romero (Jeff) of Taos, NM and Walter Cordova (Maxine of Taos, NM; 14 Grandchildren, Cynthia, Nicole and Veronica Ramirez, Kalina and William Cordova, Josephine, James and Eric Martinez, Russell and Jerri Dawn Romero, and Melanie, Felicia, Ashley and Santana Rose Cordova; A half-brother Eliu Martinez of Costilla, NM. Interment of cremated remains at Piedras Negras Cemetery in Lower Ranchitos. 18 Jan 1996 A-6.
5- Charles Egri, 86, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Saturday 6 Jan 1996 at the Chelsea Community Hospital. He was born 13 July 1909 in New York, New York, the son of Lajos and Illona Egri. Mr. Egri moved to Chelsea in August of 1995 coming from New York City. He was an innovative and creative artist, who worked in a variety of mediums including oils, watercolors, collages, mixed media, 3 dimensional arts, prints. He was a true New Yorker, who's humor will be missed by all. Survivors include 2 sons, Bob Egri of Dexter and Guy (Jan) Egri of South Hero, Ct.; Brother Ted Egri of Taos, NM; Sister Ruth Holden of Denver, Co, 1 grandson and 1 nephew. Memorial service were held held sunday 7 Jan 1996 at 2:00 PM. at the Chelsea Retirement Community's Town Hall.11 Jan 1996 B-5.
6- Evan Gonzales Sanchez, 83, of Pueblo,Co. Passed away 22 Dec 1995. Born in Vadito, NM 14 Sept 1912. Mrs. Sanchez was a member of the Holy Family Church and an active volunteer for S. R. D. A. She was preceded in death by father Miguel Gonzales, mother Maria Inez Fernandez, husband Otoniel Sanchez, brother Pete Gonzales and three sisters Tomasita Finn, Antonia Chavez and Alice Gonzales.She will be greatly missed by her children Jose (Doreen) Sanchez, Tillie Munoz, Adrian (Larry), Leanne Dunford, Tony Sanchez, William (Janice) Sanchez, Nelson Sanchez, Gilbert Sanchez, Manuel (Pat) Lenzini, Robert (Mary) Sanchez and Mary Sanchez; Brother Faris Sanchez; Sister Emily (Joe) Sisneros; Brother-in-law Henry Finn; Sister-in-law Alice Gonzales. 23 Grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Interment at Imperial Memorial Gardens in Pueblo, Co. 11 Jan 1996 B-5.
7- Patrick James "Jim" Kirby died in San Marino, Ca. Tuesday 16 Jan 1996. He was born in Seattle on Oct 15, 1913, yet spent most of his life in Southern California. He was the owner of the Kirby cattle Company in Cerros de Taos, NM. Spending a great deal of time in the Taos area. Survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty McClintock Kirby; Children Mary Kirby Burns of Salt Lake City, Ut and Christopher P. Kirby of Portland, Or. Grandchildren Behle and Kyra Burns of Salt Lake City, Ut, and Catie Kirby of Portland, Or. Service were held at St. Felicitas and Perpetua Church, San Marino, Ca. 25 Jan 1996 A-14.
8- Bella M. Mondragon, 55, of Talpa, NM. Passed away ay Holy Cross Hospital 23 Jan 1996 after a lengthy illness. She was a mail carrier from the Ranchos Post Office for over 16 years. Survived by her husband Gilbert A. Mondragon of Talpa, NM; Daughters Monica Mondragon of Talpa, Louella Mondragon and finance Dean Silva of El Prado, NM; Grand daughter Miranda Archuleta; Brothers Andres Chavez and Joe Chavez; Sisters Dolores Bundy, Ernestine LeDoux, Carolina Espinosa, Mary Ann Olguin, Eneanor Chavez, Juanita Piontkowski and Sophia Lopez. Interment at the Talpa, NM Cemetery. 1 Feb 1996 A-16.
9- Juan Meliton DeHerrera, 62, of Taos, NM Passed away 27 Jan 1996 as a result of an automobile accident. He is survived by his wife Connie Deherrera of Taos; Children Lupita DeHerrera of Penasco, Jeanie (Chris) Romero of Albuq, Olga DeHerrera of Taos, Gerald (Roseann) DeHerrera of Albq, Rudy (Tanya) Padilla of Lafayette, Co and Gary (Cheryl) Padilla of Longmont, Co; Brothers Ben (Louisa) DeHerrera, Carlos (Vera) DeHerrera and Valdamar (Connie) DeHerra; Sisters Sandra (Gary) Levengston and Maxine Caraveo; Grandchildren Ezekiel and Juan Pablo Mares, Julia, Christina and Christopher Romero, Tina Trujillo, Dominic Tafoya, Cindy DeHerrera, Nicole Padilla, Renee, Tony, Alex Padilla and Charles Sanchez; Great Grandchildren Brittany Apodaca and Breann Padilla. Interment at the Questa New Mexico Cemetery. 1 Feb 1996 A-16.
10- Maria Finnia Padilla, 95, of Arroyo Hondo passed away 23 Jan 1996 at her home. She was preceded in death by her son Arturo Padilla in 1975. She is survived by her children John and wife Angie Padilla of denver, Fares and wife Juana Padilla of Denver, Joe and wife Elva Padilla of Denver, Pascual and wife Cathy Padilla of Arroyo Hondo, Abran and wife Rosario Padilla of Tucson, Az, Roger and wife Angela Padilla of Arroyo Hondo, Robert and wife Merlinda Anaya of El Prado, and her daughter Maria Martinez of Denver. Interment at Arroyo Hondo, NM Cemetery. 1 Feb 1996 A-16.
11- Mollie Williams Bryan resident of La Plaza de Retiro since Sept 1987, died Wednesday 24 Jan 1996. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1909. She subsequently lived in New York City, Connecticut, and Cambridge, Mass. She came to Taos, NM in the early 1970's to be a full time grandmother to her two grandsons, Nate and Davey Bryan, formerly of the Taos Ski Valley. An experienced nursery school teacher and dyslexia therapist, she tutored school children in Arroyo Seco. Amongst her other volunteer activities were work at the library, the TAA and docent at the Fechin House. She is survived by her son Tony Bryan of the Ski Valley and Vail; Daughter Barbara Bryan of New York City; Brother Edward P. Williams of Essex. Conn. A memorial service will be planned for the spring. 1 Feb 1996 A-16.
12- Richard Joseph Jaramillo, 39, of Ranchos de Taos, NM. Previously of Cheyenne, Wyoming passed away unexpectedly 25 Jan 1996 in Taos, NM. He worked as a foreman for the Burlington-Northern Railroad for 16 years and most recently worked at the Taos Motel. He is survived by his wife Lynn A. Jaramillo; Children Chrystina M. Jaramillo, Andrew P. Jaramillo, Lisa M. Jaramillo and an expectant grandchild all of Cheyenne, Wyo; Mother Matilda Hollobaugh (Wiiliam), Father Ernest Jaramillo of Cheyenne, Wyo; Brothers David L. Jaramillo, Daniel Jaramillo, Phillip Jaramillo, Ernie Joe Jaramillo and Gregory M. Jaramillo; Sisters Lorraine Martinez, Maryann Davis, Margaret Jaramillo, Connie Huizar, Sylvia Trujillo and Shirely Alcala; Grand parents Edward Martinez and Bridgette Martinez. 1 Feb 1996 A-16.
13- Willie E. Coca, 64, of Talpa, NM. Passed away 27 Jan 1996 as a result of an automobile accident. He served in the US Air Force and was a member of the NM National Guard Taos Unit. He was called to Active duty during the Korean War. He was employed at Kirtland Air Force Base where he retired after 25 years of service. He is survived by wife Andrea Coca of Talpa; Children Ernest J. Coca and fiance France Monica Lucero of Talpa, Johnny A. Coca and fiance Cleo Maestas of Ranchos de Taos, daughter Sandra (Dominick) Vigil of Seattle, Wa; Grandson Ernest J.Coca; Mother Donelia Coca of Talpa; Brothers Arthur Coca and Robert R. Coca of Talpa. Interment at The Talpa Cemetery. 1 Feb 1996 A-16.
14- Tim Harter, 38, of Taos Ski Valley, NM. Was killed Sunday 4 Feb 1996. He was skiing in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness in the Carson National Forest near Taos Ski Valley, when he triggered a large slide in a historical avalanche chute he was killed by the avalanche. He had moved from California to the Taos Ski Valley almost 20 years ago. He and his wife Laurie married about 12 and one half years ago. They owned the popular Stray Dog Cantina and Tim's Chile Connection at Taos Ski Valley, NM. Survived by his wife Laurie Harter, Also survived by son Hank Harter; Father Donn A. Harter; Brother Todd Harter; Sisters Karen and Denise. 8 Feb A-1 & 3. 16 Feb 1996 B-3.
15- Flaviano Manchego, 83, died at his home in Garcia, Co. 30 Jan 1996. Survived by his wife Viola M. Manchego; Sons Joe (Helen) Manchego, Lawrence (Betty Jane) Manchego, Flaviano Jr. (Isabella) Manchego, Johnny Manchego, Jimmy Manchego, Ronnie (Tammy) Manchego; Daughters Marbella Romero, Adeline (Wayne) Adkinson, Mary (Ricardo) Vasquez, Patsy (Arturo) Vigil and Shella (Tomas) Trujillo. 21 Grand children and 16 great grand children. Mass of Christen Burial was friday Feb 2, 1996 at The Sacred Heart Church in Costilla, New Mexico. 8 Feb 1996 B-4.
16- Cecilia "Lila" Segura, 78, of Cerro passed away 5 Feb 1996 at Holy Cross Hospital. She is survived by her children Olivia E. Cortez of Roswell, NM and Elfidio Espinosa of Cerro, NM; Brothers Reginaldo (Rosanna) Archuleta of Cerro, Roger (Feloniz) Archuleta of Cerro and Luby (Viola) Archuleta of Rio Rancho; 10 grandchildren, 22 great grand children and 4 great great grand children. Burial at the Cerro, NM Cemetery. 15 Feb 1996 B-3.
17- Emily Romero, 69, passed away 24 Jan 1996. She is survived by 7 children (names not listed). Mother Pablita Rivali; Brothers Manuel, Alex and Jessie Medina; Sisters Lydia Herrera and Isabel Jaramillo. Funeral was in Salt lake City, Utah. 15 Feb 1996 B-3.
18- Joseph Ronald Strawbridge III, RNCCNP, 51, of Taos Passed awy 7 Feb 1996. He practiced at La Clinica for many years. A graveyard service was held Saturday 10 Feb 1996 at a private cemetery in Carson, NM. 15 Feb 1996 B-3.
19- Juan J. Montoya (affectionely known as J. J. Montoya) 90, of El Prado, NM. Passed away 8 Feb 1996 at Holy Cross Hospital. He was a rancher, farmer, former Taos County Commissioner. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Juanita of El Prado; Children Arturo (Eufracia) Montoya of El Prado, Cora (J. Rumaldo) Garca of Ranchos de Taos, Ernesto ( Dolores) Montoya of El Prado and Lillian (Robert l.) Martinez of El Prado. Preceded in death by his daughter Alice Lorraine Montoya in 1946. Also surviving him are 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; Brothers J. Isidro (Cirilita) Montoya of Taos and Tomas Montoya Jr. Interment at Sierra Vista Taos, NM Cemetery. 15 Feb 1996 B-3.
20- Santiago "Tayo" Ortega, 69, of Questa passed away at the VA Medical Center in Albuq 7 Feb 1996. He is survived by his wife Ida Maria of Questa; Children Jimmy (Jolanda) Ortega, Anna LaCome, Tobias Ortega and Joseph (Martha) Ortega all of Questa; 10 grandchildren and 1 great great grand daughter; Brothers Ruben Ortega, Bernie Ortega, Eulogio Ortega Jr.; Sisters Cecilia Gonzales, Loresia Cardenas and Bella Lujan. Interment at The Questa NM Cemetery. 15 Feb 1996 B-3.
21- Mary G. Cabot, 71, of Taos passed away at Plaza de Retiro 14 Feb 1996. She is survived by her children Mary Ann (Abraham) Ramirez, Maya Chacon and Madeline (Lionel) Salazar and 7 grandchildren. Interment was private. 22 Feb 1996 B-7. Mary Gutierrez Cabot was born in Dawson, NM 16 Nov 1924 to Pedro Gutierrez and Carolina Sigala. She married Edward Clark Cabot in 1955. They were owners of El Crepusculo the Taos news paper. When she was a young girl she was the only female member of the popular Melodymakers where she played "a mean Sax". She was the director of the Taos Valley Boys Club of America for five years. 22 Feb 1996 A-6.
22- Filomena Romero Mascarenas, 93, Passed away at her residence in Vadito 16 Feb 1996. Preceded in death by her husband Elizardo in 1979 and 3 children Teofilita Montoya in 1994, Lillian Mascarenas in 1992 and Nelson Mascarenas in 1992. She is survived by children Rafaelita (Eliseo) Borrego of Vadito, Tillie Apodaca of Las Vegas, NM, Alice Romero of Albuq, Fabiola Masceranas of Denver, Eli (Flora) Mascareanas of Whichita, Kansas, Clarence (Naomi) Masceranas of El Valle, NM, Ruth (Demetrio0 Ortega of Penasco; 38 Grandchildren, 62 Great grandchildren and 7 great great grand children; Brothers Raymundo Romero and Ramon Romero of Vadito; Sister Candie Perea of Albuq. Interment at the National Cemetery Santa Fe, NM. 22 Feb 1996 B-7.
23- Magdalena Maes, 100, of Valdez passed away at Holy Cross Hospital 14 Feb 1996. She is survived by her chldren Manuel (Lupe) Maes of Albuq, Fedelina Trujillo of Angel Fire, Amadeo Maes of Albuq, Mercedes Jaramillo of Questa, Cecilia (Fred) Rael of Questa; 28 Grandchildren, 48 Great Grandchildren and 15 Great grandchildren. Interment at the Valdez, NM Cemetery. 22 Feb 1996 B-7.
24- Joe H. Montoya, 36, of Cerro was killed in a one vehicle accident on State road 150 Monday 19 Feb 1996. The accident occurred at approximately 8:00 PM as Montoya was headed westbound on the highway, he lost control of his pickup as he rounded a curve and the vehicle flipped several times, ejecting the driver. Montoya the sole occupant of the vehicle was transported to Holy Cross Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. 22 Feb 1996 A-2. Joe H. Montoya was a horse lover and had just purchased 27 acres in Cerro on which to build his dream of having his own working ranch. Montoya was the owner of Taos Tractor Trailers and worked at Taos Ski valley. He was active in the 4-H Sky Riders Club and the Taos County Sheriff's Posse. He was a former member of the Kiwanis Club, Taos County Crimestoppers and the Taos Gideons. He is survived by his wife Sandy and son Eloy Montoya of Cerro; Parents Ernesto and Doris Montoya of Des Montes; Six sisters and one brothers. (names not listed. 29 Feb 1996 A-1.
25- D. C. Moore, 91, long time resident of Taos Canyon passed away 3 March 1996, in Ocala, Fl. He is survived by his wife Velma of Ocala, Fl; Son Stan Moore of Taos; Daughter-in-law Frida Moore; Brother Harvey Moore of Taos Canyon; Grandson Dennis Moore of Pueblo, Co; Grand daughter Dawn Brandon of Victorville, Ca. and 4 great grandchildren. 7 March 1996 B-6.
26- Esther V. Vargas, 93, of Ranchitos passed away at Holy Cross Hospital 28 Feb 1996. Preceded in death by her husband Juan B. Vargas and children Juanita Martinez, Johnny Vargas and Isabel Vargas. She is survived by 2 daughters Fabiola (Oliver) Olivas and Amy (Lawrence) Crites; Sons Felix (Eduvigen) Vargas, Ernesto (Connie) Vargas, Robert Vargas and Henry Vargas; Son-in-law Roberto M. Martinez; 29 Grand children, 40 great grand children and 5 great grand children. Interment at Santa fe National Cemetery. 7 March 1996 B-6.
27- Julia T. Fernandez, 75, of Ranchos de Taos, NM. Passed away at her residence 26 Feb 1996. She was born in Pagosa Springs, Co and grew up in Durango. She graduated from Durango High School and married Louis F. Fernandez in 1942, They celebrated their 54th anniversary 15 Feb 1996. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of The Americas, The Guadalupanas, coordinated Senior Citizens affairs and was involved in other parish activities at St. Francis de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos, NM. She is survived by her husband Louis; Children Elizabeth Trujillo (Ernest Martinez) of Santa Fe, Josephine (Jim) Turner of Madera, Ca, Francis (Gloria Jeanne) Fernandez of Albuq, Toni (Michael) Knight of Taos, Rafael T. (Diane) Fernandez of Albuq, Jeanette T. Fernandez of Phoenix, Manuel A. (Loretta) Fernandez of Rio Rancho and Marcia A. Labrum of Pecos; 22 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; Special niece Zelma Tafoya of Nevada; Sister Virginia Wilcoxson of Texas; Sisters-in-law Margaret Fernandez, Pita Jeantette, Fabiola Lucero, Irene Trujillo and Cecilia Martinez; Brothers-in-law Bonifacio and Robert Fernandez. Interment at Jesus de Nazareno Cemetery. 7 March 1996 B-6.
28- William Tyrus Miller, 84, passed away 2 March 1996. Bill was a businessman in Taos since the 1950's. He is survived by his sister Margaret Mundorff; Daughters Carolyn McAdoo and Margaret Gibson; Son Tom. A memorial will be held at Kachina Lodge on March 17 at 1:00 PM. 14 March 1996 B-3.
29- David C. Padilla, formerly of Taos, passed away suddenly 29 Feb 1996 in West Jordan, Utah. Born in Taos, New Mexico 8 Nov 1929, the third child of Max E. Padilla and Herminia Solano Padilla, was well known locally. He is survived by his wife Anita Pacheco Padilla, formerly of Trampas, NM and children Phil Padilla (Cindy), Virginia Padilla, Gerald Padilla ( Vicky), Christine Padilla, Elsa Cruz, Ardenio Benavidez (Adelia), Nancy B. Corral (Pet) Jayne Delon, Lisa Hansen (Tim); 25 grandchildren and 13 great grand children; Brother John Padilla; Sisters Eleanor Greer, Clem Pacholka, Bessie Delo; Former wife Lydia Vigil. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Herminia, grandchildren Maritza Sanchez and Christian Delon, his brother Max M. Padilla and sister Stella Amberzon. Padilla was a USMC Sergeant veteran of the Korean War, and had retired as a platoon sergeant and instructor with 25 years in the Utah National Guard. 14 March 1996 B-3.
30- Dr. Henry A. Sauerwein, long time Canon, NM resident passed away Friday 15 March 1996 at La Plaza de Retiro where he had been living since January. Following a three- year struggle with cancer. Sauerwein fell seriously ill just before Christmas last year. He was born 7 Jan 1918 in Baltimore, Md., He earned his first doctor's degree at John Hopkin's University when he was just 25 years old. He was conversant in 6 languages and could read in 14 languages. Sauerwein moved to Taos in 1951. He began work for the Harwood Foundation driving a book mobile traveling to 43 communities outside of Taos. He became the director of the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in 1954, At his request there will be no services. Interment of his ashes will be at Sierra Vista Cemetery. 21 March 1996 A-2.
31- Elias B. Casia, 64, of Arroyo Seco passed away at his residence on 11 March 1996. He was a sheepherder, former worker of the State Highway Dept. and most recently worked at the Kit Carson Park. He is survived by his wife Cordelia of Arroyo Seco; 5 Children Elaine (Julian) Casias, Elies Casias Jr., James Casias of Arroyo Seco, Barbara Casias of Ca, and Herman (Chelsie) Casias of Fl; Grandchildren Juan Varos IIi, Jose Varos, Levi Casias, Lisa and Becky; Brothers Manuel, Jacobo and Abran Casias; Sisters Elisa and Agustina Valerio. Interment at Holy Trinity Cemetery. 21 March 1996 B-4.
32- Bettie Selph Medrano, was born 10 March 1903 to Iley N. Selph Sr. and Carolina Sandoval Selph. She married Alejandro Medrano in 1929. They had an only son Thomas Alejandro Medrano. Bettie graduated from Allison James school in 1925. She taught school in Talpa and Rio Medio. She retired from The Bureau of Revenue State of New Mexico. Preceded in death by her parents, husband and son and by 3 brothers Iley Jr., Thomas Selph and Hardy Selph, 2 sisiters. Lillie S. Miera and Carlotta S. Cox. She is survived by Ronald and Jeanie Quintana whom she raised, her brother Frank and Cora of Santa Fe. 3 sisters Annie Quintana of El Prado, Emma (Luis) Duran of Albuq and Andrea S. Vigil of Ranchos de Taos; Sisters-in-law Pina (Bennie) Armijo, Emilia Ponce, Manda Selph, her beloved Tia Delia Sandoval, Her nephews and nieces who educated her by calling her grandma, other relatives and friends such as Eddie and BC Rimbert, Rebecca Trujillo and Elvira O'campo. Interment at the Rosario Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM. 21 March 1996 B-4.
33- Emilia M. Romero, 95, of Llano Quemado, NM, passed away 17 March 1996 at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos. She was preceded in death by husband Abencio J. Romero in 1984, sons Nestor and Louis O. Romero. She is survived by her children Hope Medina (Fidel), Maggie Valerio (Clodovco) Jimmy Romero (Dorothy); Grandson whom she raised Louis Romero Jr.(Emily). 24 great grandchildred, 3 great great grand children. Interment at the New Llano Quemado Cemetery. 28 March 1996 B-6.
34- Elmer D. Parham, 75, of Fairview (Espanola, NM) jumped to his death Thursday 28 March 1996, from the railing of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. According to Barry Holfelder, State Police Search and Rescue incident commander, a witness saw Parham perched on the edge of the bridge. The witness a young man hollered at him "Don't do that, get down from there." He did get of the rail but then crawled back up and jumped off. 28 March 1996 A-1.
35- Ben Roybal, 94, of Las Colonias, passed away 22 March 1996 at his home. He is survived by his wife Cidelia Roybal; Children Aaron Roybal (Cecelia) of Pueblo, Co.Jo Ann Medina (Carlos) of Taos, Mattie Vialpando (Steve) of Denver, Beatrice Duran of Rio Rancho, Jacob Roybal of Des Montes; Sister Cesaria Martinez of Taos; 20 Grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren. Interment at The Assembly of God Cemetery.4 April 1996 B-4.
36- Carolina Romo, 86, passed away at her residence in Talpa 24 March 1996. She is survived by son Tony (Roberta) Romo of Talpa; Brothers Ismial Sandoval and Jake Sandoval of Pueblo, Co; Sisters Eusebia Coca of Ranchos de Taos and Domitila Mondragon of Pueblo, Co; Grandchildren Manuel Maestas, Anthony Romo, Gina Romo,Chris Romo, Andrea Martinez and Michael Romo. Interment at The Talpa Cemetery. 4 April 1996 B-4.
37- Ernesto "Father Stone" Martinez, 58, died Monday 25 March 1996 at the Vail Valley Medical Center in Vail, Co after a lengthily illness. He was born 18 Aug 1937 in Arroyo Seco, NM to Mauricio Celestino Martinez and Agnes (Martinez) Sanchez. Preceded in death by his father and sister Maria Garcia. He attended schools in Taos, NM and Cheyenne, Wyo. Until he entered the Army. After the Army he returned to Taos and built a house but after 2 years due to the unemployement in Taos he and his family moved to Minturn, Co. Where he lived for 38 years. He is survived by his wife Frances Gutierrez Martinez of Edwards, Co; Sons James "Chico" (Theresa) Martinez, Eli Martinez; Daughters Bernice Trujillo, Suzette (Morris) and Roberta (Martin Torres) Martinez, Margie (David) Sanchez all of Co, Debbie "Carolina" Kapapi of Ranchos de Taos; Brothers Ray (Blanche) Herrera of El Paso, Gene (Mona) Herrera of Dallas, Tomasa Hotchstedler of Dallas, David (Ebbie) Sanchez Colo, Mauricio (Shirley) Sanchez and Connie Garcia of Albuq. Burial at El Camposanto Nazareno. Buried with full military honors. 4 April 1996 B-4.
38- Dr. Robert E. Presball, 69, retired Minister of the Presbyterian Church, died Sunday 7 April 1996. Presnall was Pastor at Cherry Road Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn.; First Presbyterian Church in Borger, Texas; and at the Ranchos de Taos Presbyterian. He was a Pastor for 42 years.He is survived by his wife, Elaine Presnall of Santa Fe; Mother Ruby Presnall of Texas; Brother Dixon Presnall of Texas; Daughters Myra Huckins and Annelle Davcis, both of Texas. Memorial service will be held Saturday 13 April at 10:00 AM at the Ranchos de Taos Presbyterian Church. 11 April 1996 A-10.
39- Corina (Cora) Irine Stevener has passed away in Fort Worth, Texas. She was the daughter of Jose Ignacio Santistevan and Susana Moore Santistevan, born 4 April 1896 in the family home on La Lomas, Taos, NM. She was preceded in death by brothers William "Bill", Ubaldo, Jose Alejandro, Ubaldo Magin Santsitevan and sisters Odila Santistevan, Matilde Maes, Adela Thomas, Mercedes LaBaugh and her husband Herbert Stevener. "Cora" attended the Sisters of Loretto school and Highlands Normal Teacher's Preparatory School in Las Vegas, NM.She married Ramon Baca and they both taught school in Socorro, Lemitar and Albuq, NM.After moving to El Paso, Tx, she entered civil service, teaching Spanish to Border Patrol Guards, while Ramon worked for the railroad. He died in 1973. Survivors are her two beloved daughters Susana Beatriz McWhiney (Grady) of Hattiesburg, Miss and Pauline Rose DiMarco of Oakland, Ca; Grand daughters Suzanne Rebstock, Ramona DiMarco and Stephanie Harleen; Great Grand Children Sarah, Patrick, Alex, Anna who was born this year, 100 years after Cora's birth. Also surviving are nephews and nieces, George Santsitevanm James Santistevan, Michael Stein, Lucy Santistevan Hines of Taos and Arlene and Marcella Thomas of Santa Fe. Cremation has taken place and a mass and interment in Taos will be held later this spring. 11 April 1996 A-14
40- Lucia H. Valerio, 88, of Talpa passed away 4 April 1996 in Albuq. She was a member of Sacred Heart League. Preceded in death by her husband Francisco Valerio 30 Jan 1973. She is survived by her children Evangline Romero of llano Quemado, Eppie Valerio of Talpa, Maria F. Pacheco of Talpa, Crus (Rosabell) Valerio of Talpa, Aurora (Wilbert) Archuleta of Talpa, Henry (Margaret) Valerio of Talpa, Wilfred (Irene) Valerio of Llano Quemado and Dolores (Michael) Hughes of Albuq; 27 grand children, 47 Great grand children and 1 great great grandchild. Interment at San Francisco de Asis Cemetery. 11 April 1996 A-14.
41- Luis Marcos Giron ,32, of Albua,NM, Formerly of Taos died Tuesday 2 April 1996 as a result of an accident. He is preceded in death by his father Valentin Jr. and grand parent Fortunata Trujillo. He attended Schools in Taos, NM and DeWolfs College of Hairstyling and Cosmetology in Albuq. Luis served in the Army and after his discharged he returned to Taos. The calling and Service to the Lord Jesus Christ embarked him to distant lands, Nicarajua, Africa, Mexico and New Guinea. Employed with Pardo S. Salon he earned numerous awards for his professional Achivements. His love for God was expressed through his religious Activities at his church in Albuq, leading youth groups including young adult groups and his dance and participation with Los Comanches de La Serna, specially when they danced to honor the birth of Christ on New Years Day. Survived by his wife Anastacia, Son Santiago Luis Felipe; Mother Lucita of Ranchos de Taos; Brother Valentin; Sister Andrea Cohn; Grandparents Felipe Trujillo, Pulqueria Giron and Valentin Giron Sr. 11 April 1996 A-14.
42- Saki Karavas, 74, of Taos, NM. died Tuesday 16 April 1996. He was the proprietor of La Fonda Hotel on the Taos Plaza for the past 43 years. Born 8 March 1922, in New York City, NY. He was the son of James A. Karavas and Noula Karavas, she died 19 Sept 1986. Both were born in Greece in the late 1890's. Saki Karavas was raised in Taos attending public schools here. After graduating from the Taos High School he attended New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. Graduating in 1940. He helped his father build the La Fonda Hotel, completing it in 1937. After a tour of duty in the Marine Corps, Karavas returned to Taos to manage La Fonda Hotel and deal in real estate. He was well known around Taos for his benevolent acts of kindness. A Greek Orthodox mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church by Rev. Martin Giannopous. Interment at the Karavas family plot at Sierra Vista Cemetery. 18 April 1996 A-1.
43- Don Kincaid, 77, was born 16 July 1918 in Duncan, Oklahoma to Clyde Homer Kincaid and Errol Weaver (Long) Kincaid. Don and his family lived in Texas, Louisiana, and Michigan while he was young. Later returning to Oklahoma he graduated from high school in Chandler, Ok. He served as a paratrooper in the United States Army during World War II. Don married Carol Echols 19 April 1977 in Carney, Ok. They lived in Red River, NM and later moved to Taos, NM Where they owned and operated gallery K. In January of 1996 they returned to Oklahoma north of Skiatook, Ok. He passed away 11 April 1996 at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Ok. Preceded in death by his parents and a half brother, Richard Kincaid. Survived by his wife Carol of the home in Skiatook,Ok; Son Gary and his wife Elizabeth Kincaid of New York City; Daughters Kathleen Kincaid of Stillwater, Ok, Annette and husband Kent Kinzie of Stillwater, Ok; Stepsons Thomas and wife Jana Brandow of Luther, Ok and Gary Hill of Houston, Tx; Step daughters Kathy and her husband Jim Moore of Tulsa. Ok, and Terry Sue Turner of Houston, Tx. Interment at the Osage Cemetery. 18 April 1996 B-4.
44- Theodore Robinson, 80, a resident of Taos, NM for 12 years, passed away in Taos 9 April 1996. He is survived by his Son George Robinson and wife Joyce of Taos, NM; Grandchildren Chris (Margie) Robinson of Calif, Alex (Traci) Filiss of North Carolina, Ian Filiss of St. Criox, Cedar, Sarah Robinson, Grace Robinson and David Robinson all of Missouri, Michael (Lori) Reich of Calif. 7 Great Grand Children. Interment at Flushing Cemetery in Queens, NY. 18 April 1996 B-4.
45- Estefanita A. Gonzales, 87, of Penasco, NM. Passed away at the Espanola Hospital 9 April 1996. Preceded in death by her husband Victoriano and sons Eustaquio and Michael Gonzales and a grand daughter Vangie Gonzales. She is survived by her children Ramona (Tranqulino) Lopez of Toele, Ut, Alicia (Joe) Martinez of Penasco, Rosa Garcia of Penasco, Jose Gonzales of Superior, Az,Otilia (Ike) Polaco of Toele, Ut, Ermo (Teofila) Gonzales of Rodarte, NM, John (Eva) Gonzales of Vadito, NM, Victor (Diana) Gonzales of Denver, Co, Liberato (Josie) Gonzales of Penasco, Bernie (Rose) Gonzales of Tucson, Az, Lorenzo (Cecilia) Gonzales of Trampas, NM and daughter-in-law Ruth Gonzales of Midvale, Ut; 45 Grand Children, 89 Great Grandchildren and one great great grand daughter. Interment at Llano Largo Cemetery. 18 April 1996 B-4.
46- Mary Valerio Gusdorf ,92, of Ranchos de Taos Passed away 15 April 1996 in Albuq, NM. She was preceded in death by her parents Jose and Francisquita Valerio; Husband Edward Duran in 1931 and Frank C. Gusdorf in 1983. Also preceded in death by 3 sisters and 3 brothers.(names not listed). Survived by children Jose Louis Duran (Emma), Cordelia Sahd Bagwell (Dub), both of Albuq, Edward F. Duran (Louisa), Frank E. Gusdorf (Dorothy) Corrine G. Mondragon ( Chris), all of Ranchos de Taos, Edna Carmichael (Jim) of Albuq,Ted Gusdorf of Ranchos de Taos; Brother Polito Valerio (Alicia); Sisters Corinne Valerio and Delfina Herrera; Brothers-in-law Frank (Mabel) Duran and Chris Lavadie; Sister-in-law Lydia Valerio. 29 Grandchildren, 33 great grand children and 2 great great grandchilds.Interment at San Francisco de Asis Cemetery. 25 April 1996 B-6.
47- Mrs. Isabel Vigil, 81, passed away 1 April 1996. She was preceded in death by her husband Cowboy Joe Vigil and 3 sons, Larry, Robert and Danny. She is survived by her sons Dave and wife Pat of Camas, Washington, Tom and wife Carmela of Boulder, Colorado and daughter Evelyn and husband Delfino of Ranchos de Taos. 7 grand children 3 great grand children, 3 sisters and 1 brother. (names not listed). Memorial service held at St. Francis Church Ranchos de Taos, NM. 25 April 1996 B-6.
48- Patricio (Chato) Martinez born 2-21-21, died 4-14-96 in Albuq NM. Survivors 7 daughters and 2 sons, Patsy (Alfonso) Cordova of Garcia Co, Mary Lou (Lucy) Henry Grant Bernalillo, NM, Mary Ann Vost Moundsville, West Virginia, Dalma (Phil) McLaugh of Woodland Park, Co, Linda Segura of Mo, Virginia Martinez of Colo Springs, Co, Debbie Montoya of Brighton, Co, Michael Martinez of Questa, NM, Dwain Martinez of Brighton, Co; 25 grand children 16 Great grand children; Siblings Carlos Martinez, Roberto Martinez,Tavo Martinez, Fermin Martinez and Jose Martinez, Stella Songrass, Alicia Gonzales, Dubie Rael. 25 April 1996 B-6.
49- Candis L. Rand, 46, of Taos died unexpectedly 25 April 1996. She is survived by her daughters Alana Archuleta and Darcy Block and parents John and Cherie Quealy. A Memorial service was held Tuesday, 30 April 1996 at Rivera Funeral Home. 2 May 1996 B-4.
50- Rebecca "Becky" Fiore, 51, of Ranchos de Taos, NM. Passed away unexpectedly 24 April 1996 in Santa Fe, NM. She was the office manager for Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home. She is survived by her parents Felix and Delfina Sandoval of Ranchos de Taos; Brother Tony Sandoval (Melody) of South Carolina; Sisters Evangeline Thompson (Robert) of Las Vegas, Nv, Connie Roth (Ronald) of Arcadia, Ca, Susana Hand (David) of Las Vegas, Nv, Josephine Prince of Phoenix, Az. and Amanda Brisko (Barry) of Rock Springs, Wy. Burial at Jesus de Nazareno Cemetery. 2 May 1996 B-4.
51- Trininad "Trinnie" Oakeley, life long Taosena passed away 21 April 1996 at Holy Cross Hospital. She taught in Taos County for 3 years and was Taos County Clerk for 4 years. She retired as a case worker from NM Health and Social Services Dept. Trinnie was a member of AARP, Ladies Auxiliaries of the VFW Post 3259. She was preceded in death by her husband Tom in 1974, son Charlie in 1962, sister Eutilia Torres and close companion Joe "Milky" Martinez in 1988. She is survived by daughters Bernice O. Cardenas (Andy) and Maya O. Romero (Oliver); Daughter-in-law Lydia; Grandchildren Charles, Christopher, and DeAnne Cardenas, Ronald, Nicole and Thomas Romero and great grand son Oliver Romero; Siblings P. B. Romero (Annie), Cory Romero (Fred), Joe D. Romero (Willie), Higinio Romero (Frances), Tom Romero (Mary Alice), Josephine Gonzales, Elva Lucero (Louise) Susie Correa, Julian Romero (Eloida) and Joe L. Mondragon (Eloisa) and Aurora M. Montoya who were raised with Trinnie who considered them brother and sister. Burial At Sierra Vista Cemetery. 2 May 1996 B-4.
52- Joe Sandoval, 69, of Taos Pueblo died Saturday 4 May 1996 at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuq, NM, after complications resulting from cardiac surgery two week earlier. Sandoval was born 17 Dec 1926. He served in the U. S. Army in the European Theater near the end of World War II. For many years he made beautiful pieces of silver and turquoise jewelry. He was one of the first of the elite Taos Pueblo Snowball fire-fighting crew. He served as Tribal War Chief in 1979, Lieutenant Governor in 1983 and as Governor of the Tribe in 1985. He maintained a seat on the Tribal Council until his final days.. He was preceded in death by a sister Rose Sandoval. Survived by his brothers Luis, Phillip and John Sandoval; Children Diane S. Lujan, Anne Espinosa, Ben Sandoval, Margaret S. Romero and Thomas Sandoval; 13 grandchildren. His family also wishes to recognize the special relationship Sandoval built with Rose Romancito and her children, Rick, Ron, Douglas and Jeff Romancito and Deborah Concha and all their children. Buried in The San Geronimo Cemetery at Taos Pueblo Sunday 5 May 1996. 9 May 1996 A-7.
53- Lucille Mae Wilkenson-Gonzales, 65, of Ranchitos died 3 May 1996 in Taos, NM. She is survived by 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 4 great grand children,(names not listed). Burial at the Pacheco Cemetery. 9 May 1996 A-7.
54- Narman M. Gwinn, 78, a rancher from Cerro, NM, Passed away 27 April 1996 in Denver, Co. Born in Stockton, Calif 5 April 1918. He came to New Mexico in 1942. He married Opal Gallagher 30 Sept 1943 and resided in Cerro, NM until the time of his death. He is survived by his wife; Daughters Maureen (Steve) Johnson of Costilla, NM and Norma (Tim) Pitts of Red River, NM; 2 grandsons Steven Jes and Clayton James Johnson. Memorial service will be held Friday 17 May 1996 11 AM at the Community House in Red River, NM. 9 May 1996 A-7.
55- Robert L. DeYong, 73, of Anger Fire, NM died 1 May 1996 in Taos. He is survived by his wife Juanita DeYong. Funeral service and burial were held Saturday 4 May in Lawton. Ok. 8 May 1996 A-7.
56- Edna Alcott was embraced by our Heavenly Father on May 6 1996. She is survived by 3 children, 4 grandchildren, 4 cats, 2 horses and 1 dog. (Names not listed) Born 8 July 1913 in Chicago, Illinois, attended Northwestern University, led a diverse and interesting life. She was much loved and well known for her generous spirit, jovial nature and beautiful shawls. She will be missed by many. 16 May 1996 A-17.
57- Hazel Hoffman Sanders, 94, of Taos Died May 7, 1996 in Taos, NM. She came from Chicago with her husband Frank a famous illustrator and painter to Taos in 1925 where she designed and built the Hobby Horse Ranch on Cruz Alta which used to be her driveway. There she raised quarter horses and thoroughbreds which she trained and raced throughout the Southwest. Many Hollywood stunt men came to Hazel to buy the very best. Upon Frank's death in 1958 she wrote a book on his life and managed his estate. Anyone who knew Hazel could not help liking her. She was beautiful, gracious and highly inteligent. Forever an optimist, she would sometimes smile, look you in the eye and say. "It's a great life if you don't weaken." She is survived by her sister Myrtle Hagstrom of Taos. 16 May 1996 A-17.
58- Juanita A. Chacon, 98, of Arroyo Hondo passed away 7 May 1996 at home with her family. She was a home maker most of her life. As a young woman she taught school in Ranchos de Taos, Ranchitos, El Prado and Arroyo Hondo. She was preceded in death by her husband Benito Chacon in 1960 and her son Manuel Chacon in 1965. She is survived by her sons Benito Chacon Jr., of Truth of Consequences, Albino Chacon (Francis) of Taos and Joe Chacon (Priscella) of Denver, Co; Daughters Sally Venus of Hattiesburg, Ms, Pauline Psaltis (Dan) of Rockford, Il, Delores Sims of Hattieburg, Ms, Lourdes Trujillo of Pueblo, Co, Priscilla Torres (Joseph) of Las Vegas, NM and Elydia Widener (Don) of Dumfries, Virgina. 24 Grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Burial at the Upper Arroyo Hondo Cemetery. 16 May 1996 A-17.
59- Max Ortega Sr., 72, of Questa, NM, Passed away 11 May 1996 with his family at his side, at his residence in Questa, NM. He served as the Mayor of Questa for 12 years, as a councilman for six years. Was formerly from Llano Quemado. He was preceded in death by his parents Juan and Candelaria Ortega, sister Pita, daughter Betty Ann and Rosemarie Ortega. He is survived by his Wife Tessie R. Ortega; Children Esther Garcia (Eugene), Max Ortega Jr.(Monica), Bobby Ortega (Andreita) and Julie Lucero (Mark) all of Questa. 11 Grandchildren, 3 grandchildren, a brother Tom Ortega, his uncle Abran Ortega. Abran and the late Petra Ortega raised him in Lama, NM. Burial at El Pueblito Cemetery. 16 May 1996 A-17.
60- Mr. Leo Varos, a 1961 graduate of Taos High School. He was employed with the New Mexico State Police. He is survived by his wife Erlinda Olivia Varos of Santa Fe; Daughter Beatrice Varos Martinez (Timothy) of Chimayo; Sons Herman Dean Varos of Las Vegas, NM, Leo Virgilio Varos Jr, of Girdwood, Ak; Mother Alice Varos of Taos; Brother Lloramio "Ram" Varos and wife Anita of Taos; Niece Gina Varos of Las Cruces; Nephews Isac and Raul Varos of Taos. 16 May 1996 A-17.
61- Trujillo, Agustin of Hawthorne, Ca, passed away 10 May 1996. He was born 24 Nov 1914 in Talpa, NM and had been a 51 year Hawthorne resident. Mr. Trujillo was a 50 year member of Carpenters Local 630 and a retired member of Knights of Columbus. Survived by his wife Adelina of Hawthorne; Children Edna Hobbs of Phoenix, Eugene Trujillo of San Pedro, Emma Perez of Harbor City, Lee Roy Trujillo of West Los Angles, John Trujillo of Lennox; Brother Cornelio Trujillo; 8 Grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Ca. 16 May 1996 A-17.
62- Amelia T. Jaramillo, 77, of Taos passed away unexpectedly 18 May 1996 at her home with her family at her side. She received her Bachelors Degree from Highland University and retired after 27 years of teaching at the Taos High School. She was a sponsor of the Future Business Leaders of America and a leader with the 4-H Club, A charter member of the Taos Home Extension Club and a volunteer at Holy Cross Hospital. She was an active member of Las Taosenas, La Luz de Cristo Prayer Group, the Church Choir and Jail Ministry and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and the Retired Teachers Association. Mrs. Jaramillo was preceded in death by her parents Alfredo and Pilar Trujillo, her husband Elaacio Jaramillo in 1981 and brothers Martin and Charles Trujillo. She is survived by her daughters Juanita Jaramillo Lavadie of Taos, Charlotte Jaramillo ( Robert Ortega of Espanola and son Daniel Jaramillo of Taos; Grandchildren Daniel, Juliana and Chance Jaramillo; Sisters Josephine M. Valerio (Henry) of Roy, Ut and Fillie Garcia of Taos. Burial at Sierra Vista Cemetery. 23 May 1996 B-5.
63- Edwin Phipps (Ray) Witt, born 2 Nov 1915 Sel Auga, Co. Died 15 My 1996 at El Paso, Tx. Son of the late Walter S. and Della Phipps Witt. His wife Eunice McKinney died 1981, brother Sam Witt in 1954 and sister Juel Witt in 1979. Survived by daughter Beverly Martin (Billy Joe); Grand children Linda and James; Sisters Irene Witt Easton of Sun City, Ca and Catherine Witt Polvin of Taos. Ray worked for AT&T for 35 years. He was a Mason # 130 in El Paso, Tx. 23 May 1996 B-5.
64- Feloniz M. Morgas, 89, of Santa Fe, NM, formerly of Talpa passed away 18 May 1996 at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos. She was preceded in death by her husband Tom Morgas in 1991. Survived by her Daughter Nobella Medina; Sisters Emily Lopez, Ida Myers and Clotilde Medina; Brothers Eliverio Medina and Eloy Medina. Interment at Pacheco Cemetery. 23 May 1996 B-5.
65- Bertha Vigil, 90, of Taos Passed away 23 May 1996 in Taos. Preceded in death by her first husband Fidel Archuleta in 1947, second husband Jose Elfido Vigil in 1989 and 2 sons, Dave and Corre Vigil. Survived by children Marv Archulrya of Denver, James A. Archuleta of Santa Fe, Gloria J. Martinez (Roquez) of Durango, Angie Fordham (Gerry) of Boise, Idaho and Helen Onstott of Santa Fe; 19 Grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 2 great grand childs ; Sister Velda Mascarenas of Taos; Brothers John Vigil and Floyd Vigil both of Alamosa and Dale Vigil of Salt Lake City, Ut.Burial at the L.D.S. Cemetery. 30 May 1996 B-4.
66- Francis "Tex" Constable, 78, of Eagle Nest died 19 May 1996 in Taos. Survived by his wife Rose Marie Constable and 4 children.(Names not listed). Burial at Santa Fe National Cemetery. 30 May 1996 B-4.
67- Robert M. Gowing, 80, of Friona, Tx. Died 20 May 1996 at his residence. He was born 19 March 1916 in Oklahoma City, Ok. He married Mildred Irene Lang, she died 1-19-1963. Service for Mr. Gowing were held 22 May 1996 at Calvary Baptist in Friona, Tx. with Rev. Vergil Ichtertz, Pastor officiating. Burial was held at Sierra Vista Cemetery Taos, NM. Robert Gowing was a member of Calvary Baptist in Friona, Tx. He lived in Friona, Tx since 1987, moving from Taos, NM. He was a line Superintendent for Kit Carson Electric for many years. Survived by sons Robert L. Gowing of Friona, Tx, James Donald Gowing of Las Cruces, NM,Bobby Hodges of Terrell, Tx; Sister Ruth Gooch of Witchita, Ks and 9 Grandchildren. 30 May 1996 B-4.
68- Regina V. Suazo, 93, of Pilar passed away 22 May 1996 in Taos. She was a lifelong resident and community leader, 4-H Club leader for 12 years and the first Post Mistress in Pilar. Preceded in death by her husband Amarante Suazo in 1993 and daughter Rachael Garcia in 1991. Survived by a son Leo R. Suazo (Cecilia) of Pilar; Grand children Leo R. Suazo II (Janell), Silas V. Suazo (Dana) and Eileen Montoya (George). 6 Great grand children. Burial at the Pilar Cemetery. 30 May 1996 B-4.
69- Stanley I. Witka, 51, of Albuq passed away 24 May 1996. He was preceded in death by his brother Bert Witka. He is survived by son Stanley Ruben Witka (Lena) of Fort Irwin, Ca; Daughters Dawn Marie Otero (Rudy) of Albuq and Crucita Witka of Bernalillo; Parents Ruben and Crucita Vigil of Taos. Burial at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. 30 May 1996 B-4.
70- Anna C. McCarthy (Pat) of Taos passed away 28 May 1996. She was a registered Nurse who worked at the Taos Pueblo during the 1940's and as a Public Health Nurse for many years. She was instrumental in the creation of the Taos Art Association. She is survived by her husband George McCarthy; Daughters Patty E. Sokoll (Cyrus) of Las Vegas,NM and Cathy McCarthy of Taos. Also survived by grandchildren Danny Trujillo, Victoria Sokoll and Jordan Sokoll; Sister Catherine Linquist of Laguna Hills, Ca. Burial at Sierra Vista Cemetery. 6 June 1996 A-13.
71- Bill J. Simmons, 66, of Taos passed away 30 March 1996. He lived in Orange County, Ca, before moving to Taos in 1987. He was born in Clinton, Ok and raised in Albuq. He worked in retail management and sales and traveled extensively throughout the United States. He retired from the retail industry in 1986. He was a wood worker and artist. Survived by his wife Carol; Children Jennifer Simmons, Muro (Gregg) of Fullerton, Ca, David Brock and Steven Simmons both of Albuq and Sharon Townsend of Texas; Grandchildren Jerry Brock, Della and Michael Townsend and Rene Tatro; Sisters Bernice Gushaed and Shirley Van Rizen both of Albuq. 6 June 1996 A-13.
72- Conrado Martinez, 75, of Taos passed away 29 may 1986 in Albuq. He was retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service, was Asst. Chief of Police, and retired from Moly Corp. Survived by his wife Margaret Martinez; Children Wayne C. Martinez and Raymond Martinez both of Albuq and David Martinez (Mayra) of Farmington; 8 grandchildren; Brothers Tommy and Tony Martinez; sister Orila Vigil of Utah. Interment with full military honors at Santa Fe National Cemetery. 6 June 1996 A-13.
72- Pamela Chernoff, known by her friend as "River" died in a car accident in Cabresto Canyon 29 May 1996. River was active in the Healing and Environmental Wellness Communities of Taos. She will always be remembered for her flowing laughter and Spiritual optimism. She leaves behind her family in Connecticut and Florida. Many, many beloved friends in Taos County, Santa Fe, Boulder and San Francisco. 6 June 1996 A-13.
73- Marjorie Neder Salazar died peacefully Tuesday 28 May 1996 at Memorial Medical Center following a lengthy illness. She was born in Mt. Savage Maryland 22 Oct 1918. She is survived by her husband of 52 years Joseph Larkin Salazar; 8 Children Maria Salazar (John), Carla Lovato (Henry), Orlando (Cristina), Anita Roybal (John), Juan (Mary), Juanita Salazar, Robert (Karen) and James; Sister Marion King and two brothers Arthur and Roland Neder of Mt. Savage, Maryland. She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph Neder and Mary Ann Lemmert, brother Carl and sisters Alice and Kathleen; 10 grandchildren Paul, Marleen (Husband Arnold), Brian, Daniel, David, Maya, Karen, Christopher, Kristin and Alex. Marjorie Neder Salazar was a Registered Nurse and served in the U.S. Army during World War II at the Regional Hospital at Camp Lee, Virginia. She married Larkin and moved to Pojoaque, NM in 1945. Several years later they moved to Taos where Marjorie nursed for many years at Holy Cross Hospital. 16 years ago they moved to Las Cruces, NM. Burial at The Santa Fe National Cemetery. 6 June 1996 A-13.
74- Alfred "Almon" Baron died suddenly 5 June 1996 at the age of 48. Alfred was born in Philadelphia, Pa, in 1948. Where he graduated from Northeast Catholic High School in 1966. He attended PENN State University. He moved to California during the 1960's where he lived in Haighy Asbury, San Francisco, Santa Rosa and Big Sur. He was conscientious objector during the Viet Nam War. He became an apprentice mason in New Jersey at Owens Illinois Glass Company,In 1981 he moved to Taos and Angel Fire where he developed a reputation as a skilled craftsman of his profession. He was also a DJ of Reggae and World Beat music as well as a musician. A Volunteer fire fighter and member of the bricklayer's union. Survived by his mother Patricia Baron; Sister Patricia Frigo; Brother Victor and his partner Jenifer Thayer and 4 nephews. Services were held in Angel Fire and he rests in Elizabethtown. 13 June 1996 B-5.
By Alberto Vidaurre 8 Dec 2010