Obituaries

Obituary: Daniel Von Helm Obituary: Sept. 1, 1970 – July 2, 2021

DANIEL VON HELM Sept. 1, 1970 – July 2, 2021

September 1, 1970 Santa Fe, New Mexico – July 2, 2021 Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Von was given the gift of life and now at 50 years old he has given it back. This is hard. He passed away quietly at home with his wife and doggies at his side due to cardiac arrest resulting from diabetes. 

Von grew up in Los Alamos and moved with his family to San Diego when he was a young teenager. He was animal loving, fix-anything, talk-your-ear-off for 10 hours straight (if you’d let him), incredibly all-around amazing man in every way.

He took great pride in owning every automotive


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Obituary: Abbe June Neal Aug. 20, 1956 – July 14, 2021

ABBE JUNE NEAL Aug. 20, 1956 – July 14, 2021

Abbe June Neal of Los Alamos, New Mexico passed away unexpectedly at her home July 14 at the age of 64.

Abbe was born in Boone, North Carolina August 20, 1956 to Shirley Hartley and Grady Lionell Lewis. She attended classes at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and worked as a Librarian until dedicating herself to raising her two children.

She had a vibrant and fun personality and had a passion for traveling, reading, and creating art. She was very loved and will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. The family would like to


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Obituary: Charles Douglas Miller Dec. 30, 1946-July 18, 2021

CHARLES DOUGLAS MILLER Dec. 30, 1946 – July 18, 2021

Charles Douglas Miller was born Dec. 30, 1946 in Dallas, Texas and passed away suddenly July 18, 2021 while on vacation with his family in Pagosa, Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Alma Miller and his son-in-law Anthony Ortega.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jan Fite Miller; their children: Melissa Fox and her husband Andy, Julie Keeler and her husband Tony, Sara Miller and her husband Yash Chathampally, Allison Ortega, and Christine Minshew and her husband Waylon; grandchildren: Nolan Fox, Reanne Keeler,


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Obituary: Jo Ann Montoya Oct. 25, 1942 – June 24, 2021

JO ANN MONTOYA Oct. 25, 1942 – June 24, 2021

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.

Jo Ann was born in McKeesport, PA to Vera and John Mench and she remained a devoted daughter to her parents all the days of their lives. Growing up in Los Alamos under the careful watch of her parents, she and her sister Diane (Dee Dee Cuthberson) recall a very blessed life full of so much color.

She is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents William and Dora Lynn, her parents John and Vera Lynn Mench, and her grandson Zachary Montoya.

A 1960 graduate of Los Alamos High School, Jo Ann attended the Pennsylvania


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Obituary: Thomas Eldon O’Hare Dec. 8, 1933 – June 15, 2021

THOMAS ELDON O’HARE Dec. 8, 1933 – June 15, 2021

EVERY MIND HAS A UNIQUE JOURNEY

Thomas Eldon O’Hare began his life in Milwaukee, WI and was the second of five children born to Evelyn Frances Luger and John Augustus O’Hare. After his family lived in St. Paul, Minnesota for a short period, they moved to Gallup, NM, where Tom traded his school knickers for the Levi’s that were common in the southwest in 1943.

Beginning with a year of study in a California seminary, he worked at Dunn Merchantile in Fort Defiance, AZ, learned to rebuild auto/motorcycle engines while finishing his early education in Waterflow,


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Obituary: Mahavir Jain December 1939 – June, 18 2021

MAHAVIR JAIN December 1939 – June, 18 2021

Mahavir Jain, 81, of Los Alamos, NM passed away after complications from a heart attack on June 18, 2021.

He was born to Raj Bahadur Jaiswal and Anguri Devi in December 1939 in Barther, India.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Agra College in 1957 and his master’s degree in physics from the University of Delhi in 1959, he emigrated to the United States in 1964 to pursue his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Maryland.

It was there he met and married JoAnn Dorson in Beltsville, MD in 1966. After finishing his Ph.D. in 1969, Mahavir performed research


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Obituary: Rev. Floyde Edgar Smith Jr. Feb. 10,1953 – July 9, 2021

Rev. Floyde Edgar Smith Jr. Feb. 10,1953 – July 9, 2021

A GOOD MAN, HUSBAND AND FATHER!

Sunrise February 10,1953 – Sunset July 9, 2021

Rev. Floyde Edgar Smith Jr. affectionately known as “Poppey” was born February 10, 1954 in Chicago, IL.

Floyde was the second child born to the union of Floyde Smith Sr. and Dorothy Dooley who both preceded him in death. Floyde had one Brother William Dooley who also preceded him in death, god sisters Vivian McCade and Tiffany McCoy, and sister-in-laws: Jessie Lee Peterson, Mary Mason, and Patricia Hopkins and brothers-in-laws: Eugene Peterson, Raymond Peterson,


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Obituary: Edyth E. Wilson May 31, 1930 – July 8, 2021

EDYTH E. WILSON May 31, 1930 – July 8, 2021

Edyth E. Wilson, age 91, born in 1930 in the front bedroom of a two-bedroom house on a dirt road in El Paso. Edyth Emma Liles began life in a way that created the determination that would be the hallmark of her life. A child of a pioneer family that had ranched the Magdalena and Socorro ranges before the depression, she and her siblings schooled and worked through the war years.

Edyth developed independence as her father worked as a pipe fitter and her mother raised the neighborhood’s children while other parents worked in factories, for the railroad or at the


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Obituary: Vera G. Martinez April 10, 1933 – June 20, 2021

VERA G. MARTINEZ April 10, 1933 – June 20, 2021

Vera G. Martinez, 88, a resident of Palmilla Senior Living passed away surrounded by her family on Sunday, June 20, 2021.

Vera is preceded in death by her parents Nick and Bessie Gallegos, father of her children Henry J. Martinez, her sister Laura Lujan, sister Lillian Salazar, and brother Roy Gallegos.

She was born to Nicasio (Nick) Gallegos and Vicentita (Bessie) Gallegos on April 10, 1933 in Jacona, New Mexico and worked for over 40 years for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Dancing and singing were among Vera’s greatest joys as were her


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Obituary: Paula Roybal Sánchez Jan. 10, 1954 – July 7, 2021

PAULA ROYBAL SANCHEZ Jan. 10, 1954 – July 7, 2021

Paula Roybal Sánchez (67) passed away peacefully in her home with her husband and sons by her side on July 7, 2021.

Paula was born on January 10, 1954 and was the eldest daughter of Pablo & Ruby Roybal. She grew up on the Rancho Las Lagunas dairy farm in Nambé, NM where she returned after attending New Mexico State University to live and raise her family.

Paula is survived by her Husband Gary; Sons: Andrés (Stephanie) and Diego (Vianey); Granddaughters: Devon, Eva & Liana; Siblings: Roberto, Ricardo (Judy), Santiago, Alfredo (Orlinda), Anna


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Obituary: Lee Francis Brown Feb. 23, 1929 – June 30, 2021

LEE FRANCIS BROWN Feb. 23, 1929 – June 30, 2021

Dr. Lee Francis Brown, 92, beloved husband, father, grandfather, engineer, mathematician, researcher, teacher, skier, lover of Shakespeare, musician, climber, mountaineer, sailor, veteran, photographer, mechanic, poet, essayist, Notre Dame fan, world traveler, and reader, passed away peacefully at home in Albuquerque on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

Lee was born Saturday, February 23, 1929 in Elmhurst, Illinois, to Walter and Hazel (Dutton) Brown, the middle of three brothers. He studied chemical engineering, earning a Bachelor’s from


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Obituary: Janet Tallman May 7, 1932 – June 25, 2021

JANET THOMASON TALLMAN May 7, 1932 – June 25, 2021

Update: A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 17 at the United Church of Los Alamos.

Janet Thomason Tallman, long term resident of Los Alamos, passed away at home on Friday, June 25, 2021 with family by her side, after a brief hospitalization subsequent to stroke.

Janet was born May 7, 1932, in Pomona, CA, to Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Dale and Vesta Ames Thomason, and was subsequently adopted at age 3 by Mrs. Dorothy Ames Thomason after Janet and her sister, Joan, lost their mother to cancer.

As a child, Janet lived in the small, Southern


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Obituary: Janet Tallman May 7, 1932 – June 25, 2021

JANET THOMASON TALLMAN May 7, 1932 – June 25, 2021

Janet Thomason Tallman, long term resident of Los Alamos, passed away at home on Friday, June 25, 2021 with family by her side, after a brief hospitalization subsequent to stroke.

Janet was born May 7, 1932, in Pomona, CA, to Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Dale and Vesta Ames Thomason, and was subsequently adopted at age 3 by Mrs. Dorothy Ames Thomason after Janet and her sister, Joan, lost their mother to cancer.

As a child, Janet lived in the small, Southern California town of San Dimas, where her father was a general practitioner. Citrus agriculture was in full


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Obituary: Richard H. (Dick) Rochester Jan. 25, 1931 – June 20, 2021

RICHARD H. (DICK) ROCHESTER Jan. 25, 1931 – June 20, 2021

Devoted husband and proud father.

Predeceased by one son.

Survived by his wife of 60 years, four children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Forever in Our Hearts.

In September, when life allows, the family will celebrate the life of this remarkable man with a gathering at his beloved Rancho Nambe.

Announcement forthcoming.

 

Richard H. (Dick) Rochester with his faithful companions. Courtesy photo


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Obituary: Gwendolyn Roberta Maust Orr Oct. 1, 1932 – June 16, 2021

GWENDOLYN ROBERTA MAUST ORR Oct. 1, 1932 – June 16, 2021

Gwendolyn Roberta Maust Orr, age 88, passed away on June 16, 2021, in Parker, Colorado. 

Gwen, a long-term resident of Los Alamos, New Mexico was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on October 1, 1932. She was a Graduate from University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.

She is survived by her five children; David, Bruce, Alison, Kristofer, and Keith, her five grandchildren; Elaina, Christina, Samantha, Lance and Andrew, two great grandchildren; Ella and Connor and her beloved husband


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Obituary: George Perrault Feb. 18, 1936 – June 18, 2021

GEORGE PERRAULT Feb. 18, 1936 – June 18, 2021

George Perrault passed away on June 18, 2021.

George was born in Denver, Colorado, February 18, 1936. George and his Family moved to Los Alamos in 1969 where George started a job with Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Weights and Measures Department.

After his retirement from the laboratory, he enjoyed fishing and had many hobbies.

George is survived by his wife Gail and their children, Gina Perrault, Keddy and husband Jeff, Geri Perrault, Gary Perrault and many grandchildren.

There is no service planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers, the


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Obituary: Robert Earl Hooker Jr. July 16, 1930 – June 8, 2021

ROBERT EARL HOOKER JR. July 16, 1930 – June 8, 2021

Robert Earl Hooker, Jr., age 90, loving, supportive husband and father, born July 16, 1930, passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

Known to most as Bob, he served one-year active duty in the Army and seven years in the National Guard. He attended college in Troy, NY and after graduating he and his family relocated to Albuquerque, NM where he was offered a position at Sandia National Laboratories.

After his work at Sandia, he obtained work at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he stayed until he retired in 1995.

In Bob’s younger years, his passion being


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Obituary: Forrest William Brinkley Jr. June 25, 1930 – June 12, 2021

FORREST WILLIAM BRINKLEY JR. June 25, 1930 – June 12, 2021

Forrest William Brinkley Jr., age 90, passed peacefully at home June 12, 2021. 

Forrest was surrounded by the love of his wife, Anne Brinkley in his passing.

Also surviving are his two sons, Patrick “Rick” (Freda) Brinkley of San Mateo, California, Timothy Brinkley of San Diego, California and two granddaughters, Erika (Jon) Lewis of Danville, California and Miranda Brinkley of San Mateo, California. Also mourning his loss are caregivers Mike and Bea.  

Forrest was born in Memphis, Tennessee June 25, 1930 to Forrest William Sr. and


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Obituary: Col. Houston T. ‘Terry’ Hawkins, Ret. United States Air Force (USAF) June 14, 2021

COL. HOUSTON T. ‘TERRY’ HAWKINS, Ret. United States Air Force (USAF)

Terry Hawkins of Los Alamos, New Mexico—faithful disciple of Christ; devoted son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather; distinguished USAF veteran; Cold War patriot; and strategist and innovator—began his journey home early in the morning on June 14, 2021.

Ultimately, he died from complications related to an immunotherapy treatment for metastatic kidney cancer that he had received in February 2021. At the time of his passing, his loving wife of 55 years, Martha Butts Hawkins, was by his side.

Terry was born in Seneca,


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Obituary: Burt Buehrer March 28, 1930 – May 19, 2021

BURTON F. BUEHRER March 28, 1930 – May 19, 2021

Burt Buehrer, longtime Los Alamos High School coach and physical education teacher, passed away on May 19, 2021, in Walnut Creek, California, after a long illness.

Burt was born in 1930 in Toledo, Ohio. He fondly remembered his boyhood years spent in Blissfield, Michigan. His love of basketball began while playing on the Blissfield High School basketball team. 

Burt went to Alma College in Michigan for one year, and then because of health issues he moved with his first wife Kathleen to Silver City where he earned his BA and teaching certificate at


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