Obituaries

Obituary: Hazel DeVries Dec. 17, 1941 – June 4, 2020

HAZEL DEVRIES Dec. 17, 1941 – June 4, 2020

Hazel DeVries, aka Hazel Wykstra and “Mrs. D”, resident of White Rock, New Mexico, entered into Jesus’s loving arms in heaven on June 4th, 2020 at the age of 78.

She was born to Ethel May Brewer and Charles Kucera at Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado on December 17, 1941, ten days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Hazel married Fred DeVries on October 8, 1960 in Denver, CO, and she was saved by God’s mercy and grace when she accepted Jesus as her Savior and Lord in McCook, Nebraska in 1975.

Hazel’s biological parents precede her in death, as does her foster


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Obituary: William D. Norris, Sr. July 1, 1934 – June 22, 2020

WILLIAM D. NORRIS, SR.
July 1, 1934 – June 22, 2020

In a long career in law enforcement and civil service, William D. Norris, Sr., was known to always do what was right, champion the underdog, and for asking: “How about those Cowboys?” a reference to his favorite football team.

Bill died suddenly at his Santa Fe home Monday, June 22, 2020. He had spent the previous day, Father’s Day, enjoying his favorite food, laughing and celebrating his family. He was always a man with a smile and a joke. He was 85.

Bill was the fourth of six children born to Adna Chaffee “Steve” Norris and Lydia Margarete Edgerton Norris


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Obituary: Bernard Tolentino Feb. 2, 1962 – June 12, 2020

BERNARD KALEIHUA TOLENTINO Feb. 2, 1962 – June 12, 2020

Bernard Kaleihua Tolentino of El Rancho, NM, died on Friday, June 12, 2020.

He was born on February 2, 1962, on Maui, Hawaii. Bernard leaves behind a son and a daughter.

Although Bernard suffered from heart and kidney problems the past three years, he continued to run his business, Bernard Cleans, providing caregiving, landscaping, and housekeeping services.

Bernard’s work ethic followed that given in Colossians 3:23-24: Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance


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Obituary: Demetrio ‘Tito’ Montoya Feb. 17, 1948 – June 8, 2020

DEMETRIO ‘TITO’ MONTOYA Feb. 17, 1948 – June 8, 2020

On Monday, June 8, 2020, Demetrio “Tito” Montoya passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loved ones at the age of 72.

Born in Santa Fe, NM., raised in Espanola, NM, and was a longtime resident of Albuquerque, NM.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Aurora Montoya.

Tito is survived by his wife, Barbara Montoya of Albuquerque, NM; children, Kendra Van Tiem (Husband Chris) of Rio Rancho, NM, Kelby Laabs of Denver, CO., and his beloved puppies, Victoria and Albert.

He is also survived by Eileen Alarid (sister) and family of


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Obituary: Kurt E. Nielsen April 29, 1937 – May 12, 2020

KURT EFRAIM NIELSEN April 29, 1937 – May 12, 2020

Kurt was born the son of immigrants from Denmark and Sweden, Ejnar and Karin Nielsen, on April 29, 1937.

Kurt, and his brother Ken, grew up on a farm in Long Island, New York. Kurt would get up at 5 AM every day, a lifelong habit, to help with the crops and animals. 

Kurt’s father died at the age of 44, when Kurt was just 16, and the family farm was sold.

Kurt earned a scholarship and went to the New York State Teachers College (now State University of New York) in Albany. Kurt graduated with a BS in Physics in 1959, and an MS in Physics in 1960. While in Albany, Kurt


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Obituary: Pamela Sutton Sept. 21, 1957 – June 11, 2020

PAMELA SUTTON Sept. 21, 1957 – June 11, 2020

Pamela Sutton, 62, beloved Mother, was called to her eternal resting place on June 11, 2020. She entered this world on September 21, 1957 in St. Louis, MO, born to Gerhardt and Marie Frieling.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, her parents, and her brother Geary. She is survived by her two sons, Jacob and Chester, brother Mike, and sister Beverly.

Pamela was married to John Sutton on May 24th, 1980 in St. Louis, MO. Pamela and John met while attending the University of Missouri. Pamela remained an avid supporter of the University and regularly


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Obituary: Christian Edward Layman Aug. 24, 1988 – June 8, 2020

CHRISTIAN EDWARD LAYMAN Aug. 24, 1988 – June 8, 2020

Christian Edward Layman, age 31, passed away June 8th, 2020 surrounded by his parents and family.

Christian was born August 24th, 1988 in Spokane, Washington to parents Bruce and Catherine Layman. He graduated in 2007 from Mead High School and took many classes at Spokane Falls Community College.

Christian served at the LDS Bishop’s Storehouse of Spokane, organizing food donations to give to those in need. During his summers Christian lived in Los Alamos, New Mexico where he loved to serve at Casa Mesita, a local charity thrift store. 

Christian


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Obituary: Miles Thomas ‘Tom’ Pigott March 23, 1923 – June 6, 2020

MILES THOMAS ‘TOM’ PIGOTT March 23, 1923 – June 6, 2020

Miles Thomas “Tom” Pigott, 97, of Los Alamos went to be with his Lord on June 6, 2020, at home surrounded by his family.

He was born March 23, 1923 to Albert and Alma Pigott in Springfield Ohio. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1941.

After high school he attended Miami University of Oxford Ohio for two years. He volunteered for the army in 1943 and served in France during World War II. 

After the war he married Virginia Elizabeth “Ginny” Hall, also from Springfield, Ohio. Tom and Ginny were married for 74 years. He returned to college,


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Obituary: Anita Schamaun Dec. 7, 1940 – June 9, 2020

ANITA ROSE SCHAMAUN Dec. 7, 1940 – June 9, 2020

After a lengthy battle with various debilitating illnesses, Anita Schamaun of Los Alamos, passed peacefully into her loving Father’s arms on June 9, 2020.

Anita was born on December 7, 1940 in Livingston, Montana and moved to Los Alamos in 1967 with her husband, Roger Schamaun.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years; two daughters, Coene and Tammy (husband Rick); two of her seven siblings, various nieces and nephews; and her cat, Sadie.

Her family will hold a small family graveside service this Friday. When quarantine restrictions are lessened,


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Obituary: Stephen Wayne Justus Oct. 11, 1946 – June 5, 2020

STEPHEN (STEVE) WAYNE JUSTUS  Oct. 11, 1946 – June 5, 2020

Stephen (Steve) Wayne Justus, 73, of Branson, Missouri passed away peacefully in the arms of Jesus in the comfort of his own home, surrounded by his family on June 5, 2020.

Stephen was born October 11, 1946 in Barnsdall, Oklahoma. He is survived by his wife Diane of 20 years, son David Justus, daughter Jessica Justus, sister Victoria Guentz, brother Rodney Justus (Bonnie), and eight loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Maxine, and younger brother David. Stephen was


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Obituary: Vernon Norman Kerr March 11, 1928 – May 28, 2020

VERNON NORMAN KERR March 11, 1928 – May 28, 2020

Vernon Norman Kerr, 92, passed away May 28, 2020 at Aspen Ridge Lodge in Los Alamos, NM.

He was born on March 11, 1928 in Gallup, NM to Norman Alexander Kerr and Katherine Elizabeth (nee Watkins) Kerr.

After graduating from Gallup High School, Vernon attended Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM, earning a BA in biology and chemistry. He started working on his Master’s degree, but was drafted into the Army during the Korea War where he served as a Medical Laboratory Technician in the 28th General Hospital Unit. After being discharged, he returned to


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Obituary: Billie Bishop Shull Oct. 13, 1943 – May 29, 2020

BILLIE BISHOP SHULL Oct. 13, 1943 – May 29, 2020

Billie Bishop Shull passed away on May 29, 2020 in Sun City, Arizona, due to complications of pulmonary fibrosis. She fought so hard and never gave up.

Billie was born in Cortez, Colorado, on October 13, 1943, to Robert and Pearl Aulston Bishop. She was raised in Arriola and graduated from Montezuma County High School.

She was married to Jerry Neely and she was very proud of their children, Greg Neely and his wife Melody Neely of Ft. Collins, CO and Laura Neely Stanbro of Greenville, SC. She loved living on their farm outside of Cortez, hunting, fishing,


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Obituary: Dorotea Montoya Oct. 29, 1933 – May 24, 2020

DOROTEA MONTOYA Oct. 29, 1933 – May 24, 2020

Dorotea (Dottie) Montoya, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed over on May 24, 2020 in her home.

Her courage to face the futility of continuing in a body that she had exhausted, and her strength to overcome her greatest fear of not breathing, allowed her to meet the angels on her terms and her time. Surrounded by her family, she discarded all support and set about taking her last breath. After eleven hours, as the sun rose, her spirit left her body.

Her passing, like her life, was a celebration of deep wisdom and healing


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Obituary: David Lawrence Hill Jan. 17, 1954 – May 23, 2020

DAVID LAWRENCE HILL Jan. 17, 1954 – May 23, 2020

David Lawrence Hill, age 66, of Española, NM, passed away May 23, 2020.

David was born in Bangor, ME on January 17, 1954 to George and Donna Hill. The Hill family moved to Los Alamos in 1962, where David graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1971.

David worked as a machinist at several Northern New Mexico companies before joining Los Alamos National Laboratory.

David enjoyed the outdoors, camping, tinkering on motorcycles and his cats.

David is preceded in death by his parents, George and Donna Hill, and his sister, Kathryn Matzke.

He is survived


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Obituary: David Danforth Aug. 23, 1972 – May 16, 2020

DAVID DANFORTH Aug. 23, 1972 – May 16, 2020

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of David Danforth, at age 48, on May 16, 2020.

David was born on August 23, 1972 in Brunswick, Maine to Richard (Dick) and Elizabeth (Betty) Danforth.

David moved to Los Alamos, NM with his family in 1977 and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1991. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Eastern New Mexico University in 1997.

He married Meridith McLarty in 1997, and they moved to Mesquite, TX that same year.

He worked as a photojournalist for several years, then found his first job in


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Obituary: Pascual P. Chavez Nov. 29, 1923 – May 5, 2020

PASCUAL P. CHAVEZ Nov. 29, 1923 – May 5, 2020

Our beloved patriarch Pascual P. Chavez of Los Alamos, N.M., was called to Our Lord on May 5, 2020 at the age of 96.  

Pascual was preceded in death by his wife and best friend of 71 years, Margaret Antia (Geoffrion) Chavez, his parents Adolfo and Susan Chavez of Las Vegas, N.M., mother- and father-in-law, Alfonso and Ellen Geoffrion also of Las Vegas, brothers Mariano and Adolfo ‘Babe’ Chavez, brother-in-law Billy Geoffrion, his infant daughter Mary Ellen Chavez, sons Mitchell, Nicholas, and Mark Chavez, daughter Annette Chavez-Aragon, son-in-law


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Obituary: Alicia Marie Hicks July 21, 1986 – May 15, 2020

ALICIA MARIE HICKS July 21, 1986 – May 15, 2020

On Friday, May 15, 2020, Alicia Marie Hicks of Santa Fe, loving daughter, sister and granddaughter, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness at age 33.  

Alicia was born on July 21, 1986 in Los Alamos, New Mexico to Thomas and Lori Hicks. She graduated from Pojoaque High School, obtained a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UNM and went on to earn an MBA from NMSU.

Alicia started her career in Student Programs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she was currently working as a senior accountant.

Despite her young age, Alicia exhibited


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Obituary: Barbara Anne Bacon Dec. 6, 1935 – May 16, 2020

BARBARA ANNE BACON Dec. 6, 1935 – May 16, 2020

Barbara Anne (Moore) Bacon, 84, of Elk Mills, Maryland, passed away May 16, 2020, of COVID-19 complications.

Barbara was born to the late Herbert William Moore and Catherine May (Drake) Moore in Elmira, NY, Dec. 6, 1935.

She was a 1948 graduate of Carr’s Corners School and a 1952 graduate of Elmira Free Academy. She received her Master’s Degree in Mathematics in 1957 from SUNY-Albany (then called the NY State College for Teachers – Albany), and moved to Los Alamos, NM, in 1958 to join Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (now Los Alamos National Laboratory)


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Obituary: Theodore Allan Fritz June 25, 1939 – May 15, 2020

THEODORE ALLAN FRITZ June 25, 1939 – May 15, 2020

Theodore Allan Fritz of Santa Fe, NM and Newton, MA, Professor Emeritus of Boston University, passed away peacefully at home from an extended illness May 15, 2020.

He was born in Kingsport, Tennessee June 25, 1939 to Bernice (Powers) and Theodore C. Fritz.

He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in Physics and went on to earn both a Master’s Degree and PhD in Space Physics at the University of Iowa. His professional career started with a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Research Council of Canada and NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center,


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Obituary: Aloma Marie Naivar April 27, 1942 – May 10, 2020

ALOMA MARIE NAIVAR April 27, 1942 – May 10, 2020

Aloma Marie Naivar, after a 25 year battle with cancer, died Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020.

She was born prematurely April 27, 1942. She always said being a three-pound premie got her plenty of attention that way. She came home from Taylor, Texas hospital where she was born to the family farm in Coupland, Texas in a shoebox and slept in a dresser drawer until better sleeping arrangements could be made.

Aloma is an uncommon name. Her mother’s name was Anne and she didn’t want her daughter to have a common name like hers. While watching the 1941 romantic adventure


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