by Staff Reporter / Oct 03, 2017 / comments


The obituaries for RoseAnn C. Leyba, Robert Brian Ulibarri, Antonio (Tony) Maestas,  and Angela Dawn (Povi Tse) Tsosie have been provided by the respective funeral homes or family members. Please read on for full details.

RoseAnn C. Leyba of El Duende

RoseAnn C. Leyba, 37, a resident of El Duende, was called home to be with our Lord on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Zebedeo and Frutosa Martinez; uncle, Marcus Martinez; paternal grandparents, Margaret and Fred Leyba; cousin, Isaac “Ike” Trujillo.

RoseAnn was a kind hearted, caring, beautiful person who was loved by everyone who knew her. She is survived by her mother who loved her dearly, Marsha Maestas (step-father) Roy; father, Ernest Leyba and companion Adrianne Branch; brother, Rubel; God-children, Annessa and Isiah; nephew, DeMarcus; niece, Tailynn; special friends, Alexandra Sherwood and Miranda Romero; step-brother, Jesse Maestas and several loving cousins, relatives and friends.

A rosary will be recited on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Española.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. also at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial to follow at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

Serving the family as pallbearers are, Rubel Leyba, Ritchie Martinez, Phillip Chacon, John C de Baca, Orlando Griego, Arnie Martinez, Marc Martinez and Jesse Maestas, honorary pallbearers Anessa Leyba, DeMarcus Leyba, Alexandria Sherwood and Isaiah Chavez.

The family of RoseAnn C. Leyba has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley


Robert Brian Ulibarri

Robert Brian Ulibarri, 39, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Robert was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Salomon and Elisa Ulibarri, maternal grandparents, Bill and Amy Holmes, mother of his child, Amanda Martinez.

Robert loved being outdoors, he loved fishing, hunting, and riding horses. His favorite sport was football, his favorite team was the Washington Redskins. He enjoyed spending time at the casino. He was a free spirit and lived life to the fullest. Robert will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Robert is survived by his son, Robert Leroy Ulibarri; parents, Robert and Patricia Ulibarri; sister, Melissa Ulibarri (Mike), nieces and nephew, Alexa, Jayd, and Justen and numerous aunts, uncles, cousin and friends whom he loved dearly.

A rosary was recited on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Santo Nino  Catholic Church in Cebolla, followed with a mass at 11:00 a.m. Burial was held at Las Nutrias Cemetery, with the following serving as pallbearers, Salomon Ulibarri, Harold Ulibarri, Salvador Samora, Alex Valdez, Luis Padilla, and Mike Martinez. Honorary pallbearer will be Ruben Padilla.

The family of Robert Brian Ulibarri has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 


Antonio (Tony) Maestas of Española

Antonio (Tony) Maestas, 88, a resident of Española, formally of San Pedro was called home to be with our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. He was preceded in death by his father, Tony V. Maestas, mother, Elsie Q. Maestas; sister, Violet Turietta; brother-in-law, Pete Turietta; nephew, Lawrence Turietta.

Mr. Maestas was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He worked for more than 25 years in Los Alamos and retired in 1980, after retirement he enjoyed working outdoors in his garden planting flowers and keeping his yard in tiptop condition. 

Mr. Maestas was 22 years old when he joined the United States Army and was released as an honorary discharge as a Corporal, and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Organization.

Mr. Maestas was a member of El Buen Pastor Church and loved having fellowship with his church family. He would ask his Pastor if he could play special songs with is harmonica and would attend church services as much has his health would allow.

A special thanks to the Espanola Valley Nursing and Rehab Facility for their care and support where Mr. Maestas was a resident for his last few years of his life here on earth, many of the staff that formed a special relationship with him.

Special thanks to Henry and Sandra Anderson who treated Mr. Maestas with exceptional love and care.

He is survived by his wife, Cora Maestas; daughter, Ann Marquez and husband Rafael (Ralph); grandchildren, David Marquez (Angel), Daniel Marquez (Sophie) and Sarah Marquez; great-grandson, Zayden Marquez; brother, Lupe Maestas (Sally), sister, Holivama Rackley (Cliff); God-Children, Dallyn Sierra, Danielle Aragon, Debbie Swanson, Benito Vigil and Anette Knight; special niece he loved like a daughter, Sophie Ann Sierra (Paul);  and many nieces and nephews that loved him.

Funeral service took place Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at El Buen Pastor Church. Burial followed at 2:15 the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Serving the family as pallbearers were David Marquez, Daniel Marquez, Alex Zamora, Alex Jr. Zamora, Antonio Maestas, and Raymond Maestas, honorary pallbearers are, Rafael (Ralph) Marquez, Matthew Sierra, Paul Sierra, Lupe Maestas, CB Romero, Zayden Marquez and Sarah Marquez.

The family of Antonio Maestas has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley.


Angela Dawn (Povi Tse) Tsosie

Angela Dawn (Povi Tse) Tsosie, 51, passed away peacefully after a long illness on Monday, September 25, 2017. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ivan P. Tsosie.

Angela proudly served her country in the U.S. Navy from 1986 – 1990. Angela was a loving and caring woman and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends and relatives.

She is survived by her children, Joshua B. Haas, Amber Lynn Haas; sister, Michelle Sisneros; mother, Carol Naranjo and father, H. Paul Tsosie.

Public was on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory with a rosary recited at 4:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. at the Santa Clara Pueblo Catholic Church. Burial followed at 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

The family of Angela Dawn (Povi Tse) Tsosie has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley.