Helen M. Bergmark, of Roswell, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017, at Mission Arch Care Center. Helen was born July 29, 1928 in Tucson, Arizona to Talmadge J. and Susie (Ritenhour) Morehead. She graduated from Tucson High School in 1946. Helen was working as a secretary at Hamilton Air Force Base in California in 1952 where she met her soon to be husband, S/Sgt Robert N. Bergmark. They were married on July 12, 1952 and just recently celebrated their 65th anniversary.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Norma Klapmeyer, her brother Edward and her son Paul Bergmark. Helen is survived by her husband Bob, her son John of Vista, California, daughter Susan Middleton of El Paso, Texas, grandchildren Lily Wanner, Neal Bergmark, David Middleton, Robert Middleton and great-granddaughters Natalie, Jaydn and Stacey Wanner.
Helen was a gifted writer and had many items and short stories published. She was also an excellent bridge player, as well as a volunteer at the hospital and at Senior Circle. Helen was also a great lover of animals and always had one or two (or more). Of great concern was that her last adoption, “Beulah,” a mixed terrier, might out live her. “Who would take care of her?” Not a problem.
Funeral arrangements and cremation are being handled by Anderson Bethany, with Interment at Roswell’s Veteran’s Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Roswell Elks Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Roswell Humane Society would be gratefully received.
Funeral services for Ashley Dawn Sena, 31 of Roswell will be held at Assumption Catholic Church, 2808 N. Kentucky Avenue, Roswell, NM on Friday, August 11, 2017. A rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Mass at 10 a.m.
All arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home in Fort Sumner, NM. 575-355-2311. To place an online tribute or sign the guest book go to www.chavezfuneralhome.com
Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Janice Nadine Nowak, 83, who passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Heartfelt Manor. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.
Laurie Lee Pankey-Lane, 51, passed away at her home of natural causes on Friday, August 4, 2017. Services are pending.
Police say hotel staff discovered body of victim, who had been shot
A woman whose body was found in a Roswell hotel room Friday afternoon was murdered, police have announced.
Roswell Police Department investigators have confirmed that woman’s identity as 31-year-old Ashley Sena of Roswell.
Police said Sena’s body was discovered in a room at Comfort Suites in the 3600 block of North Main Street at about 12:40 p.m. Friday.
Police said the victim had been shot and was found by hotel staff who entered the room.
Police asked anyone with potential information to call the RPD at 575-624-6770 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-594-8477.
A recent discovery in a Nevada storage shed has led to the finding of a 102-year-old yearbook.
Bill Leggett, the admin for the Roswell High School Class of 1963 website, received an email from a man whose stepfather’s father was a Roswell High graduate. While cleaning out his stepfather’s shed, the man stumbled upon a Roswell High School yearbook from 1915, two years after the school was founded.
“He emailed me and asked, ‘Would you like to have it?’ and I said, ‘Yes, of course!’” Leggett said of the discovery. “The book was remarkably well-preserved for being so old.”
Leggett contacted the Roswell Independent School District to inform them of this fascinating find. “They lost it,” they said. ‘We don’t have one of those’ and they asked if I could have it, so I sent it to them,” Leggett explained.
The yearbook has been donated to the Roswell Independent School District by the RHS Class of 1963. The school district is currently in their possession of the book after it was sent to them by Leggett, adding to the collection of older yearbooks that are currently in possession.
The contents of the yearbook certainly encapsulate the time in which it was created, giving a more personal view of a very different time. “It talks about World War II, it talks about whether they’d have a football team, if there were enough players,” Leggett says.
Since the school was founded only two years previous to the publication of the book, it is smaller and much less colorful than today’s El Coyote yearbooks. The age of the book shows in the language used by the staff and in some of the senior profiles.
“Inez is always on hand where the good time is. She was not behind the door when the brains were handed out, and she knows how to use them,” says a senior profile for Ms. Inez Holland. “We have missed his smiling countenance and ‘aw now Sadie, listen to reason’,” says another, this one for Mr. Langford Keith.
“I once heard they tried to imitate me in the Roswell High School, but I imagine they make a pretty bad job of it,” says a humorous article titled ‘As a Coyote Sees Himself.’ “I sometimes think I shall pay a visit to that institution and give them a few ideas as to what I am like.”
Leggett confirms that the book has been received by employees of the Roswell Independent School District in the name of the Class of 1963, and it is currently in their possession. It is unclear what will be done with the book, but it is certainly comforting knowing that this piece of history is back in Roswell where it was created.
It was 18 years ago when Scott Ouillette got his start at the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy, but even before then, his experience with law enforcement began with the military.
At 17 years old, Ouillette was determined to join the Army as an infantryman. While his veteran parents thought otherwise, he managed to find a way.
“(I) wanted to sign up as airborne infantry, but needing my parents’ approval, my mother absolutely refused to sign the papers for anything having to do with the infantry,” Ouillette said. “Mom and Dad really knew the infantry life. So, we settled on military police.”
Scott comes from a military family. His father was an OCS instructor in the Army at Fort Benning for a short period and his grandfather both guarded lumber trains in Canada with military police and served during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
“He had a real interesting career,” Ouillette said. “But as far as a full-time law-enforcement officer? I’m the first one in the family.”
Ouillette said after he left his hometown of Pinconning, Michigan, life got a little more interesting.
“I left home at 18 with the Army, spent about eight years active duty with the Army,” he said. “Once completing my contract, I stayed in the Army Reserve, but moved to Seattle, Washington.”
Ouillette said he left Michigan for the job and life experience. He stayed in the Army Reserves a little over 14 years.
“I had every intention of moving back to Michigan after my first contract with the Army, but I found that I liked being in the military, so I stayed,” he said. “Once leaving active duty, I stayed in the Reserves, then I moved here to Roswell, my unit of assignment was a MPD (Military Police Detachment) in El Paso at Fort Bliss. I stayed there from ’97 ’til 2003.”
During that time from 2001 to 2003, Ouillette’s unit was activated. The detachment assisted with security operations in Texas following the 9/11 attacks.
“So for two years, I was at Fort Bliss as a military police officer,” he said. “I then transferred to the Texas Air National Guard to the 204th Security Forces Squadron, brought as a heavy weapons gunner. With the 204th, I was deployed to the Middle East twice and in response to hurricanes twice.”
Ouillette said after six years with the Texas Air National Guard, he transferred to the New Mexico Air National Guard out of Albuquerque. Throughout this period, he was deployed to eastern New Mexico twice in response to wildfires.
In Arizona, Ouillette said he later tested for different law enforcement agencies. It was then when his family offered him a tip.
“I had relatives here in Roswell and they told me that the sheriff’s department was hiring and suggested I apply,” he said. “They wanted me to be closer to family, so I did.”
Around 1999, Ouillette applied and tested to be a deputy at the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office. He was hired.
Sheriff Britt Snyder said as long as he’s known Ouillette, he’s been involved with the military.
“That’s one of the things that makes the quality of person he is, because his experience is — he’s got a lifetime of experience. Not only with the military, but in law enforcement, too,” Snyder said. “I think that’s what made him rise to the top in the process, his experience is second to none.”
Serving a total of 26 years and 4 months in the military, Snyder said Ouillette has served more time than anyone at the Sheriff’s Office.
Now at 46, the deputy says he still loves the job that he does, and where he does it. He sees the Sheriff’s Office as another home.
“(I) wouldn’t want to do anything else. Actually, I wouldn’t want to do it anywhere else,” Ouillette said. “This has turned out to be not just a great department — it’s also a family.”
Ouillette said both his family and co-workers helped shape him into the person he is today.
“I had two families. My biological family, which gave me tons of support and sometimes lots of headaches, and then I had my sheriff’s department family who also gave me tons of support — and sometimes headaches,” he smiled. “The things that I’ve seen from my higher-ups, I look back to the mentorship that they provided — they molded me. I give them the credit for getting me to where I am right now, and making me who I am.”
Ouillette said Snyder has been at the Sheriff’s Office since he started 18 years ago.
“Britt’s been here in the beginning,” he said. “There may be one deputy left, I think Todd Clark was here before I got here.”
Lt. Daniel Ornelas was Ouillette’s field training officer when he joined the department.
“I’ve made him aware of that,” Ouillette said. “I considered him to be one of my greatest mentors here in the department. I’m very appreciative to him for everything that he’s taught me.”
On July 3, Ouillette was promoted to lieutenant at the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office. Ouillette said he hopes to continue the cycle.
“I really just think of what I needed when I was a patrolman,” Ouillette said. “Now, things that were popular in the crime world when I first started are not necessarily the same things that are popular now. We now have a lot of online criminal activity, child exploitation, human trafficking, but the basic need is still the same — and that is training.
“The deputies need that, too. That’s probably their number one tool in criminal patrol, so my goal as a lieutenant is to give them the best training and best equipment that I can.”
Ouillette said his new day-to-day challenges are just that — new.
“I don’t even know what’s going to challenge me the next day, because I haven’t really learned everything I’m supposed to be doing in my new job,” he said. “The sheriff, the chief and Lt. Ornelas have been extremely helpful with that. Very supportive.”
The lieutenant said it’s unusual to see himself in a position where Snyder once was.
“And now, he’s the sheriff,” Ouillette said. “And he’s chosen me to be one of his lieutenants. It’s — it’s an honor.”
Though Ouillette retired from the military in December, he continues to see how the Armed Forces and law enforcement mirror each other.
“There’s so many similarities between how the military is run and how a law enforcement agency is run,” he said. “There’s a chain of command in both. Of course, the majority of your people are going to be the younger, lower-ranking folks that go out every day and gets things done.
“And let’s face it, like with any organization, those are the people who give everyone else their jobs. If they weren’t there, there’d be no need for anyone else. You wouldn’t need your sergeants, lieutenants or chiefs.”
Ouillette said another area where the two resemble one another is during times of dynamic action.
“With the military, we would have our room-clearing and assault to an objective,” he said. “With the Sheriff’s department, we have high-risk warrants or felony traffic stops. Occasionally, a car chase.
“They say that law enforcement is 95 percent boredom, 5 percent sheer terror — same thing with the military. We would spend our days doing physical training, weapons training, field tactics, joking around, eating, whatever, but then that 5 percent time comes around, and that’s when you really see who’s trained and who didn’t pay attention.
“You can overcome a lot of the terror and a lot of the fear with training, and a positive mental outlook. Just another way that the military and law enforcement really mirror each other.”
However, there is a difference. Ouillette has been able to settle in Chaves County, and as a result, grow with the city of Roswell.
“(In) a military community, it’s always temporary for somebody,” he said. “You know you’re going to be transferred in two or three years. The ties that you make there, you’re going to remake it your next duty station. Here in a civilian community, especially one as small and as close-knit at Roswell, the relationships that you make are going to last for decades.
“Some of the people I met when I first moved here who were wild and crazy 20-something-year-olds are now the fathers, grandfathers, the business owners, church leaders, so I didn’t just get the opportunity to see Roswell as town grow up — I got the opportunity to see its citizens grow up.”
In two years, Ouillette said he will have the opportunity to retire from the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office.
“The sheriff and I have had this conversation several times. Over the past 18 years, I’ve had plans to leave and try new things about once every three years — I’m still here,” Ouillette said. “Will I be here in two years, when I have enough time? I want to say likely not. Not that I — I love this place, and I would do 40 years if I could, but (Snyder) understands that my parents are in Michigan, getting older.
“They’re gonna need a little bit of help, that’s my goal right now; to reach 20, so I can go and help my parents. That being said, there were other plans in the past to maybe try different things and move on, and something always kept me here at the Sheriff’s Office.”
Ouillette looked to Snyder and asked, “What’s going to happen in two years, Sheriff? Do you have any idea?”
Snyder replied, “I have no idea.”
“I’m going to be happy either way,” the lieutenant said.
Lt. Ouillette said it makes him happy to know that both Chaves County and the military would have him for so long. He said he sees it as a, “Hey, you’re doing a good enough job, we want to keep you around.”
“It’s more of an honor,” Ouillette said. “None of it is a personal accomplishment. It’s all been done with teams. With family.
“I’d like to thank Roswell and Chaves County for allowing me to make this my home for the past 18 years.”
Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The city’s proposed policy meant to streamline event and film production approval processes and to enforce fees for city labor and equipment hit a snag Thursday morning when two city councilors said they would not support the draft policy as written.
Jason Perry and Caleb Grant, while expressing appreciation for staff efforts and intentions, said at the Roswell City Council Finance Committee meeting that they would not vote for the Special Event and Film Policy unless changes and clarifications are made. Perry also raised questions about how fees would be charged to nonprofits.
The committee, which also included Councilors Steve Henderson and Tabitha Denny, then voted unanimously to table the policy to see if councilors and staff could collaborate on changes that would be acceptable to both groups.
“I definitely won’t be supporting this. … It is a complicated and complex policy,” said Grant, “and I get it. I appreciate the time (that has been spent) on it … but it is not very clear.”
He questioned, for example, whether the private high school tailgate parties he sometimes holds for about 60 people in the parking lot of the Wool Bowl Stadium would be required to follow the policy’s rules, including a need to obtain city approval for tents and to hire a certain number of security personnel.
Director of Administrative Services Elizabeth Stark-Rankings and Director of Public Affairs Juanita Jennings responded that events would be looked at individually and that the policy is intended to govern large-scale events, defined as more than 100 people. With a high number of attendees that could affect public safety, the policy could require that an event organizer pay for either private security or Roswell Police Department officers.
Perry voiced many questions and concerns about the document, heard once before by the Finance Committee and considered twice by the General Services Committee, which approved it July 26.
“I just personally think that there is so much that needs to (be amended) that I cannot possibly support the document at this time,” said Perry.
Among his concerns was whether the policies could be interpreted to apply to private events on private property, as the policy mentions city authority over events held on private property in certain sections.
Stark-Rankins said that the policies will only apply if the event is held on city property, if it is a film production or if an event held on private property requires city services, such as street barricades or waste receptacles.
Perry also made a point similar to one raised by Councilor Natasha Mackey at the earlier General Services Committee meeting, that the fees — some of which are new but many of which have been on the books since 2013 but not often enforced — might prove prohibitive for nonprofits.
Referring to a cost sample prepared by city staff regarding an event by a nonprofit for 600 people, Perry said, “I guess the concern is where a nonprofit that is used to paying for just a special use permit or a street closure permit of $15 or whatever that is, now for the same exact services that they have been paying $15 for, for all these years, now they are paying $595 at the end of the day … I just don’t know that the city is out $600 by having to place those barricades by an event that is benefiting the city in a positive way.”
The cost sample referred to also included fees for two inflatables, electrical equipment and staff to hook up the electricity.
Councilor Henderson said he thought the policy was warranted and should be adopted and then adjusted if necessary. After hearing Grant and Perry say that they would not approve the policy as is, Henderson recommended tabling discussions until changes could be made.
Jennings, whose office and its Tourism and Event manager will oversee policy implementation, said city staff will work now to revise the policy.
“Staff drafted the policy based on recommendation from Council and best practices of other municipalities of our size,” she said in an email. “It’s a healthy debate for Council to have so that it meets their vision. It has gone through initial reviews and through the committees, as this is the process in place. Staff will go back and make the changes as requested to ensure it is what Council intends to help build a stronger, consistent, streamlined and fair policy.”
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at email@example.com.
Area families and seniors enjoyed some pancakes, eggs, sausage and biscuits and received some free items to prepare for the new school year as the Chaves County JOY Centers held a back-to-school breakfast Saturday morning at the Roswell location on North Montana Avenue.
About 375 people attended the $5 breakfast, said Executive Director Monica Duran, which would mean the group raised about $1,875.
“This is the first time that we did the breakfast for back-to-school,” she said, “but we did one in May for Mother’s Day.”
Duran said the events are meant to raise money for JOY Center operations, which have been hit hard by state budget cuts over the past year, but the fundraisers also are meant to contribute to others as well, which is why the Saturday event included raffling off free backpacks and school supplies and giving free haircuts to youth.
“We are always hoping that these events provide information about who we are and what we do,” Duran said. “This is our way of giving back to the community.”
The organization received 120 backpacks from donors and will be distributing any not given away at the event to foster grandmothers in area schools, who will provide them to school children. Haircuts were given to about 75 youth during the event, with two stylists from Shear Delight in Roswell donating three hours and their talents to the work, Duran said.
She said she thought the event was successful, adding, “We look forward to doing another one in December.”
The Chaves County JOY Centers provide adult day care, meals for seniors, caregiver assistance, housekeeping assistance and foster grandmother and senior companion programs. Locations besides Roswell include Hagerman, Midway and Lake Arthur. JOY stands for “Just Older Youth.”
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veronica Arias loves Roswell. She grew up here, met the love of her life here, raised her children here and now she empowers people here.
“I am so blessed,” Arias said. “The opportunity to serve in mission, outside of our community, gives me more passion and understanding for anyone in our community. My experience has made me more aware of the resources available in our community.”
She loves the lay of the land, too.
“I love Roswell,” Arias said. “You can watch your dog run away for two weeks.”
Arias’ first love is still the love of her life.
“I met Alfred when I was almost 14,” she said. “My freshman year of high school, he was a sophomore, he was an older man. We were boyfriend and girlfriend and by the time we were 17 and 18 we knew it all so we got married. We finished school and our first daughter was born at the end of 1983. Our second daughter was born at the end of 1985.”
As joyous surprises came their way, they’ve enjoyed rolling with the times.
“We thought at 19 and 21 we were through having kids,” Arias said. “Ten years later we got our son. Thomas is 21, LeAndra is 31 and Loretta is 33. We have six grandchildren.”
Even her career plans met with surprises, and she rolled with those, too.
“I started college at ENMU-R,”Arias said. “I always wanted to get my teaching degree, but I kept landing jobs that strayed from that. My first official job was at Sunwest Bank, as a proof operator. I worked there for seven years.
“Then, I had the opportunity to work with the schools as a Vista volunteer. It gave me the opportunity to be home with my girls, too. I did community outreach. We started the Hug A Bear; Reach For A Book; Each One Teach One and ESL classes.”
She’s always made sure that her jobs supported her family time and efforts.
“When they got older I got a job at the hospital,” Arias said. “I was there a few months when Dr. Latimer joined SCOR (Sports Medicine Clinic Orthopaedics and Reconstruction). I worked there for about 13 years. When my son was born I wanted some mommy time with him so I bowed out and stayed home for a few months. Then I went to work for the schools. I started with substitute teaching. Then I got a job as a principal’s secretary. I did that for about nine years and now I’m at Wesst which has been so good for me.”
With an eye toward empowerment, Arias sees her work as a ministry.
“My ministry is empowering women,” she said. “ I like showing them their worth. All of us feel, at times, that we don’t have anything to offer. We compare too much and that’s not healthy. All of us have been through traumas. It’s about overcoming those. I believe women are overcomers.”
As an achievement-minded person, Arias teaches how to set goals.
“I like to empower them with tools,” she said. “I’m very big on setting goals, and using tools like vision boards. I like to talk to people about setting their goals. I do a workshop here at Wesst, it’s called Goals for Success. It’s for adults, but I like to do it with teens, too. We do about a two-hour goal-setting workshop.”
One of her earliest ministries was inspired by her love for an aunt and an uncle. It was another surprise, but it broke her heart.
“I wrote a little devotional book,” Arias said. “It wasn’t intended to be a devotional book when I started. I have an uncle who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the young age of 46. It was a hard blow. My mother is one of 10 children and the uncle is the baby of the family.”
The aunt and uncle were hardly elders, but they were supportive and involved with Arias in childhood.
“They have always been our role models,” she said. “He was the first to graduate high school in the United States. He was in the Army. They always talked to us about education, investing and moving ahead. I have 38 first cousins. This couple were our go-to’s, they encouraged us to grow. They weren’t much older than us, but they were our inspiration. They went to college.”
Arias wasn’t content to simply accept her uncle’s diagnosis without finding a way to give some grace to the two of them.
“I’ve always written to my auntie,” Arias said. “She encouraged me since childhood. We’d write back and forth. So when he was diagnosed, I wanted to write something inspirational. I didn’t want to talk about his disease. So I would write something maybe about the sunflowers in my garden, anything I felt was uplifting. Then I’d end it with a scripture. I’d send a letter to her every week.”
The letters had blessed more people than she had known.
“One day, I got a box in the mail with copies of all the letters I had sent her,” Arias said. “She told me she had been sharing them with people at work. She and her friends felt that I should turn the letters into a book. I said, ‘From your lips to God’s ears, because I don’t know how to make a book.’”
Her first effort may have lacked ambition, but it made up for it in love.
“I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a blank book,” Arias said, “and thought I’d just redo the letters in calligraphy and it would be her book. I ended up doing water colors on it, too. I took it to work one day to show it to a friend. A coworker, Jerry Holm, saw it and said, ‘That should be a published book.’ I told him that I didn’t know how to do that and he said ‘I publish.’”
With Holm’s help, her book became a reality.
“He helped me publish this little book,” Arias said. “I was going to buy 50 to give to my family, but I felt in my spirit that I should buy more. I’ve printed about 500 now. I sell them for donations and I use the money for mission trips in ministry. I love to do mission work.”
Having done mission work in many parts of the world, Arias loves doing it here in Roswell now.
“I am so happy about the mission and vision that Wesst has,” Arias said, “I would like to stay here for awhile. I see me writing more books, life-coaching, doing more missions.
“I was working with a group of women who came to my goal-setting class and they came to some of Wesst’s financial courses. They said, ‘We really love what you’re doing. We should gather a bunch of women and just tell them what you do.’ We thought we’d have maybe 40 women attend. Last year, we ended up with 120 people. We like to talk about things that affect women personally and professionally.”
One piece of advice, from someone who knows how to respond to life’s little surprises, is easy to understand, but can be a challenge to implement.
“Never let someone else define you,” Arias said. “You have to define yourself.”
Features reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at email@example.com.
The Community Volunteer Program headed by Johnny Gonzales will hold one a school supplies giveaway today.
Youth from kindergarteners to college students will be given school supplies and backpacks at the event, starting at 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1720 N. Montana Ave. This year, the organization also has been given some wheelchairs and other items for special needs students, Gonzales said.
So far, 780 children have registered to receive supplies, but Gonzales said that people who haven’t signed up yet can come by during the event to fill out applications for the next giveaway, which probably will occur later next week.
He said he expects his organization to serve more than 1,000 students this fall. The program has been providing free supplies to school children for more than 35 years.
People interested in registering for assistance or donating cash or school supplies can stop by the Elks Lodge today or contact Gonzales at 575-317-1769, 1101 Caminisito St., or P.O. Box 2790, Roswell, NM 88202.
City of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission workshop, 4 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
Roswell Independent School District Board of Education, 6 p.m., Administrative and Educational Services Complex, 300 N. Kentucky Ave.
City of Roswell Commission on Aging, 3 p.m., Senior Circle, 2801 N. Main St.
Roswell City Council, 6 p.m., Bassett Auditorium, Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St.
Invaders zap Cowboys 9-1; P Eric Gleese dominates Alpine lineup; Roswell to host first 2 games of title series
Starting pitcher Eric Gleese held the Cowboys at bay for almost eight innings Saturday night in Alpine, Texas, finally allowing a late run in a stellar playoff outing in a hostile road environment as the Invaders topped the Cowboys 9-1 and earned a berth in the Pecos League Championship Series.
The Invaders will host the first two games of the best-of-five series Monday and Tuesday night at Joe Bauman Stadium.
The Invaders offense returned to form after Friday night’s loss, where the Invaders were down big and only managed a solo homer in the ninth.
Roswell scored a run in the first, third and fifth innings while Gleese cut through the Cowboys. Kaohu Gaspar, who hit a grand slam in the Game 1 victory, hit a solo homer to open the game. Gaspar was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk.
Gleese singled on in the third and was driven in by a Bobby Webb single. Joey Miller scored in the fifth on Tobias Moreno’s single to center. Miller and Moreno each went 3-for-5. Miller scored twice and Moreno drove in two.
But the flood gates opened in the top of the seventh as the Big Green Men tallied up six runs, the final three coming off a Louie Martini three-run homer.
With their backs against the wall, Alpine used six pitchers throughout the game, including three to get out of the seventh.
Darrell Thompson took care of the final four outs for the Invaders.
Otto Gaif Eachus, Jr., age 89, passed away on June 23, 2017, in Roswell, New Mexico. Otto was born in Shell City, Missouri to Otto Gail Eachus, Sr. and Florence Wolfe Eachus, on June 22, 1928.
Otto is survived by his wife, Dorothy House Eachus and his two (2) children: Timothy Eachus of Granby, Missouri and his wife Jacqueline Clark Eachus; and Dr. Terri Eachus of Roswell, New Mexico and her husband Paul Taylor, III. Otto is also survived by his two (2) grandchildren: Timothy Cameron Eachus of Montreal, Canada; and Alexandra Paige Taylor of Fort Worth, Texas. He is also survived by his brother John Reid Eachus of Houston, Texas and sister Evelyn Thorton of Chase, Kansas and a host of nieces and nephews. Otto is also survived by his beloved Papillon Pierre (on loan from his granddaughter, Paige). He is preceded in death by his parents Otto Gail Eachus, Sr. and Florence Wolfe Eachus and his sister Annabelle La Fleur.
Otto’s father’s occupation of establishing small telephone exchanges moved the family frequently throughout the small communities of rural Missouri. His teenage years were spent in Sarcoxie, Missouri. Otto was active in sports, church and the Boy Scouts. Otto was an Eagle Scout and selected to be a member of the Order of the Arrow, which is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America. Members are selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of scouting. In Sunday school, Otto had six (6) straight years of perfect attendance. In order to attend his own Eagle Scout induction, he and his best friend hitchhiked to and from the Eagle Scout Award Ceremony. If there was an Attendance Merit Badge, he probably should have received one for his consistency.
Otto graduated from Sarcoxie High School and left with five (5) of his friends the very next day for Army Basic Training at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was sent directly to Korea as a member of the Army of Occupation. There he spent the coldest winter of his life, especially after his barracks burned down. Otto achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant before his Honorable Discharge.
After his stint in the Army, Otto enrolled at Southwest Missouri State now known as Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri taking advantage of his earned G.I. Bill. It was there that he met his wife to be, Dorothy House. She was his biology lab instructor and a fellow PE Class member and square dance partner. His gleaming wingtips with taps on the heels, polished to perfection (like no other could polish) caught her attention or maybe it was his distinctive eyebrows or his always neat appearance. Otto achieved his Bachelor of Science in Education at Southwest Missouri State and his Masters of Science in Administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. “WOOOOOO…. !!” “PIG!!!” “SOOIE!!!” “RAZORBACKS!!!” After graduating he began his teaching and coaching career in Granby, Missouri.
Otto and Dorothy were married on May 17, 1950 in Springfield, Missouri. They had a blessed partnership of sixty-seven (67) married years together. They enjoyed raising their children and dedicating themselves to their teaching profession and their students’ educations. Otto enjoyed traveling, as well as Dorothy, especially by car. Most summer vacations were spent traveling throughout the USA and striving to see as much of our country as possible. Several of his young nephews and nieces, and the kids’ friends, became vagabonds that joined Terri’s and Tim’s summer adventures. His son-in-law, Paul Taylor, Hi stated that he believed that Mr. Eachus would gladly drive a thousand miles to see The Biggest Ball of String if it existed The balance of summer vacations and most extended school holidays were spent at the family farms in Missouri. Otto enjoyed building fence on his farms in Missouri, photography (with all of his darkroom magic), and restoring his collection of antique cars.
Otto and Dorothy were/are members of Trinity United Methodist Church and raised their two (2) children in that church family. Their tenure at TUMC in Roswell is among the longest at fifty-seven (57) years.
Otto was recruited by then Roswell Independent School District Superintendent Shinkle to teach at North Junior High. This was the beginning of Otto’s thirty-three (33) plus years of teaching PE and New Mexico History, coaching of track, basketball and football and finally, counseling. He served as Interim Principal of Dexter High School and returned to be Counselor at Mesa Middle School at the age of seventy-eight (78) after being retired for several years. As he filled out his RISD application to be rehired, he quipped that all his job references were deceased. Superintendent Michael Gottlieb gladly signed him back up. Those years were especially rewarding for Otto. He retired once again after five (5) more years of service to the Roswell Independent School District at the age of eighty-three (83).
Otto was very active in his professional organization, the National Education Association. He served the local NEA as the organization’s President for two (2) terms, as well as Regional Chairman and State President representing over 10,000 educators at that time. Otto served on the National Board of the NEA for two terms. After retirement, he continued giving to education by serving twelve (12) years on the Roswell Independent School District School Board. Otto coached, attended and refereed thousands of Middle School, Junior High and High School games and tournaments during his career as an educator and coach. He was recognized for officiating the State Basketball Tournament at a recent fifty-year anniversary ceremony. He enjoyed nothing better than to be involved with sports, except maybe being in the classroom or counseling a student. He prided himself in his work and his “play.” He was at home in any gymnasium, football field or stadium where kids played.
The Eachus Family would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the physicians, medical assistants, caregivers and friends who provided kind and compassionate care to our Dad and Pop as his life’s journey concluded. Special thanks to Nicole Vargas, Comfort Keepers, Heartfelt Manor Staff, Kindred Hospice, Dr. Vyas Dake, Dr. Bob Rader, and Eric Stangebye our very special pharmacist, friend and former student-athlete of both Otto and Dorothy.
The family would also like to express its gratitude to LaGrone Funeral Chapel for their kindness and compassion extended to our family. The family would also like to thank in advance Tom Blake, Dr. Sara Montgomery, Sharon Howell, and Paige Taylor for the beautiful music they will be providing at the memorial service, and Kenda Reed Grimm and Amanda Hays for their culinary excellence and other unselfish talents.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August the 12th at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church at 1413 S. Union Avenue, Roswell, New Mexico. The family thanks the church, its staff and Pastor Glenn Thyrion for all of their efforts. Inurnment has taken place at the General Douglas L. McBride Veterans’ Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation of your choice:
The Cowboy Bell Scholarship Fund
First United Methodist Church
200 N. Pennsylvania Avenue Roswell, NM 88201
Trinity Methodist Church
1413 S. Union Avenue
Roswell, NM 88203
1000 E. 18th St.
Roswell, NM 88201
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Brenda Ruth Godfrey, 77, of Roswell, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017, at home surrounded by her family.
Brenda was born April 26, 1940, in Newton, Massachusetts, to John E. and Ruth (Pingree) Clarke. She graduated from Whitman High School in Whitman, MA. She worked for Plymouth-Home National Bank of Brockton, MA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston before moving to Roswell in 1978. She then worked at Roswell State Bank and Hanson Operating Co., Inc.
In October of 1985, she married Jim Godfrey. Together they opened The Shopper in 1989. They owned and operated The Shopper Want Ad Paper, Mail Service & One-Hour Photo Lab until retiring in 2005.
Brenda was a past President of R.I.A.C. Sertoma Club and until recently served on the Board of the Wilson-Cobb History and Genealogy Research Library. She enjoyed reading, traveling and genealogy research. Brenda and Jim loved to travel and spoke often of their many amazing trips and the friends they made while traveling. She realized her lifelong dream of visiting China and Thailand.
Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, her loving stepfather, Robert L. Bellick, two very special grandmothers, Opie Tanner Gamble and Hazel Cook Pingree, brother, Ralph Bowen and sister, Linda Akusis.
Brenda is survived by her husband, Jim; daughters, Abby Hess and husband, Blaine, of Roswell, Jamie Houck and husband, Rodney, of Amarillo, TX, Jodie Garcia of Rio Rancho, NM, Jerie Schwab and husband, Mike, of Colorado; grandchildren, Camille, Larry and Gavin Hess, Taylor Goldston, Manuel, Gabriel and Ezekiel Garcia, Caden Schwab, Haylee Sheffler, and Natalee Prince; and sister-in-law, Melissa Bowen. Not to be left out is Wally, her beloved four-legged companion.
The family would like to thank Bonnie, Glynn, Anita, Lupe, Margarita, Kimberly, and Chaplin Tim with Kindred Hospice for their compassionate care of Brenda in her final days. Also, special thanks to Julie, Maria and Gladys for their assistance with the night time care.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider contributing in her memory to the Roswell Humane Society 703 E. McGaffey, Roswell, NM 88201.
A graveside service will be held Monday, August 7, 2017, at 11 a.m., at South Park Cemetery with Chaplain Tim Artlet of Kindred Hospice officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.
Gloria E. Sais passed away at home on Sunday, July 30, 2017, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Roswell, NM, and resided in Albuquerque, NM. Gloria is preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Fred G. Sais. Parents Pete and Mary Perez; Sister Frances; Brother Pelon. Survived by sister Maryann; Brothers Joe, Robert; Daughters Kathy, Darlene; Sons Eric, Adam; 14 grandkids and nine great-grandkids.
SERVICE will be August 8, 2017 at 4 p.m. at New Beginnings Church, 3601 Montgomery Blvd NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
ADDITIONAL SERVICE will be August 11, 2017 at 3 p.m. at South Park Cemetery, Roswell, New Mexico.
Helen Bergmark, 89, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017. Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.