Obituaries

Obituary: Donald W. Barr May 6, 1932 – Feb. 23, 2020

DONALD W. BARR May 6, 1932 – Feb. 23, 2020

Don Barr was born in Worcester, MA to Addison W. and Evelyn M. Barr on May 6, 1932.

After attending public schools he earned his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts. He and Marilyn married in 1954 and moved to Berkeley, CA where Don embarked on a PhD program in radiochemistry at UC under Glenn Seaborg.

After completing his degree Don and Marilyn moved to Los Alamos where Don spent the rest of his career at LANL, achieving recognition for his research accomplishments as a lab fellow, and an E. O. Lawrence award winner. He served as Chemistry Division


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Obituary: Kenneth Joseph La Gattuta Feb. 20, 2020

KENNETH JOSEPH LA GATTUTA Feb. 20, 2020

Kenneth Joseph La Gattuta, also known Joseph Kenneth La Gattuta or Ken La Gattuta, died February 20th from a rare autoimmune disease and mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lung lining, attributed to asbestos inhalation. 

Ken La Gattuta lived in San Pedro, New Mexico for 25 years with his wife Pam. 

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1940 to parents Joseph Anthony La Gattuta, an accountant and graduate of New York University, and Josephine Smith, a housewife and high school graduate.   

Ken La Gattuta lived in New Jersey during his youth, where in the summer


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Obituary: Ivan ‘Chick’ Bergstein Aug. 14, 1924 – Feb. 11, 2020

IVAN ‘CHICK’ BERGSTEIN Aug. 14, 1924 – Feb. 11, 2020

Ivan “Chick” Bergstein died Tuesday, February 11, 2020, of natural causes.

He was born August 14, 1924, the eighth of nine children to his mother Teresa Bergstein and thirteenth of fourteen to his father Sigmond Bergstein. 

He was predeceased in death by his wife Charlotte, brothers-in-law Ted and Herman, and twelve of his brothers and sisters. He is survived by his sons Steve (Karen) and Ken (Dolores), brother Joe (Frances), grandchildren Kelly (David), Knute and five great-grandchildren.

Chick dropped out of high school in 1942 to join


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Obituary: Gary Clyde Salzman May 25, 1942 – Feb. 7, 2020

GARY CLYDE SALZMAN May 25, 1942 – Feb. 7, 2020

Gary was called the “Energizer Bunny” on many occasions, because people noticed he just kept going, and going, and going. That applied to the many, and varied, projects he worked on. He liked to see things through to their completion, and he pressed on to accomplish that goal. 

Unfortunately, the rare, and lethal, undifferentiated anaplastic thyroid carcinoma, that he had been valiantly fighting, finally stopped him dead in his tracks. He succumbed to it on February 7 at the age of 77.

Gary inherited a keen intellect and a kind heart from his parents,


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Obituary: Charlene Cole Johnson Sept. 30, 1926 – Feb. 4, 2020

CHARLENE COLE JOHNSON Sept. 30, 1926 – Feb. 4, 2020

Yet another living light in the world has been extinguished. Charlene Cole Johnson passed at home into the presence of her Lord on February 4, 2020 at the age of 93.

She was the daughter of Paul Cole and Maude Mayo, and was born in Leesville, Louisiana on September 30, 1926.

Charlene was raised primarily by her mother’s parents and spent her young years in Leesville and the small townships of Slagle and Cole Central, in the heart of Vernon Parrish, Louisiana. She married Jay W. Johnson at the age of 16 on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1942 at her grandparents’


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Obituary: Don Milligan Feb. 1, 2020

DON MILLIGAN Feb. 1, 2020

Don Milligan, 82, of Los Alamos, died peacefully Feb. 1, 2020.

He was born to Pete and Mary Milligan in Kansas City, Missouri, the youngest of three children.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Worth; sister, Anna L.; son, Daniel and beloved wife, Sally.

As a United States Navy Veteran (Korean War), Don was very passionate about helping veterans. After his honorable discharge, Don worked for General Dynamics on the Atlas project before coming to Los Alamos and beginning his career as an engineer. He worked for the Laboratory for many years in different capacities.


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Obituary: Aaron R. Harper June 28, 1979 – Sept. 4, 2019

AARON R. HARPER June 28, 1979 – Sept. 4, 2019

Aaron R. Harper was born to the late Johnny R. Harper and Margaret M. Harper June 28, 1979.

He was raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and graduated, with honors, at New Mexico Tech. He was employed by Pfizer in Kansas more recently by the Hershey Company in Illinois.

Aaron was a gifted gardener and creative, self-taught chef. His family and friends enjoyed his meals and holidays he hosted. His passions were his family pets and motorcycle riding.

He died unexpectedly Sept. 4, 2019.


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Obituary: Faith Reid Alberg Osborne Jan. 31, 1938 – Jan. 25, 2020

FAITH REID ALBERG OSBORNE Jan. 31, 1938 – Jan. 25, 2020

Faith Reid Alberg Osborne, age 81, resident of La Quinta, California, passed away on January 25, 2020 in Los Alamos, New Mexico from natural causes.

She was born in Lexington, Kentucky on January 31, 1938 to Vela B. and Charles Reid, who preceded her in death, as did her husband Robert Osborne, son David Alberg, and sister Rebecca Pope.

Faith was an elementary school teacher and loved teaching kids. She loved music and playing the piano. Her other passions were traveling the world and spending time with her grandchildren.

She graduated with


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Obituary: Joyce Reiss Bradberry Jan. 24, 2020

JOYCE REISS BRADBERRY Jan. 24, 2020

Joyce Reiss Bradberry had a philosophy that life should be enjoyed while still being constructive, worthwhile and filled with faith. 

The fourth daughter of George and Bertha Hagans, Joyce was born in Denison, Texas and it was in these formative years, surrounded by love and joy, that she established her faith in God and developed a service-oriented life. 

Joyce died on January 24, 2020 at the age of 90 years, 1 month and 6 days.

In her early teens she spent time in California where her father was stationed during World War II. Her father was a Master Mason and Joyce


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Obituary: Erik Luedemann Dec. 3, 1981 – Jan. 23, 2020

ERIK LUEDEMANN Dec. 3, 1981 – Jan. 23, 2020

On Thursday January 23, 2020, Erik Luedemann, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 38.

Erik was born on December 3, 1981 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Mary Campbell and Gary Luedemann. They moved to Los Alamos in 1982 where Erik spent his childhood. In high school he was a loyal friend and skilled athlete.

After graduating from Los Alamos High School in 2000, he enlisted in the Army and during boot camp was selected to serve on a Special Operations team where he served for 5 years, deploying to many places all over the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan.


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Obituary: Hope Ann-Marie Jaramillo (Wagner) March 1, 1969 – Jan. 29, 2020 

HOPE ANN-MARIE JARAMILLO (WAGNER) March 1, 1969 – Jan. 29, 2020 

Hope Ann-Marie Jaramillo (Wagner), beloved wife, mother, sister, friend and daughter of Raymond and Mary Wagner, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones. 

Hope is survived by Joe Jaramillo (husband), and daughters Taylor Jaramillo, Jordan Jaramillo and Terri Jaramillo as well as extended family.

Hope was a long time resident of Los Alamos and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1987. She has a lifetime passion for softball and served her community coaching. Momma Hope was a mentor, coach and always welcomed people


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Obituary: Barbara Jean Hiebert March 11, 1927 – Jan. 10, 2020

BARBARA JEAN HIEBERT March 11, 1927 – Jan. 10, 2020.

Barbara Jean Hiebert left us from Broomfield, Colorado, passing in her 93rd year on January 10, 2020.

She loved her family, friends, life, travel, dogs, cooking, sunshine, sewing, and Christmas. She was wary of the internet and politicians.

Over her life she always loved the companionship of a dog, they brought her joy, and daily walks kept them both fit.

She was born March 11, 1927 to Leroy and Maude Loudenback in Cashmere, Washington.

She worked at the family fruit business and at 18 went to college in Seattle. Barbara married Richard Hiebert


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Obituary: Ralph Eugene (Gene) Dorsey Jan. 31, 1927 – Jan. 2, 2020

RALPH EUGENE (GENE) DORSEY Jan. 31, 1927 – Jan. 2, 2020

Ralph Eugene (Gene) Dorsey

January 31, 1927 – January 2, 2020

“A Charmed Life” is how Ralph viewed his time on Earth…it was how he regularly described the experiences, people and places that gave him grace and acceptance in the knowledge that his moment would come when he would pass into eternal peace. He has joined his wife of 49 years, Edie, and many friends and relatives who also passed before him.

Ralph was born in Englewood, Colorado but moved to Rawlins, Wyoming as an infant. He was proud of his Danish-Hawaiian ancestry and visited both homelands


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Obituary: Virgil W. Griffin Feb. 16, 1924 – Jan. 18, 2020

VIRGIL W. GRIFFIN Feb. 16, 1924 – Jan. 18, 2020

Virgil W. Griffin, a resident of Longview, Texas, formerly of Los Alamos, passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.

He was born Feb. 16, 1924 in Lathrop, MO to Walter and Ava Griffin. He is survived by three sons, Gary Griffin and wife Mary of Rockport, TX, Keith Griffin and wife Missy of Longview, TX, Wayne Griffin and wife Candi of Amarillo, TX; five grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Reta in 2018, his parents, three brothers and a sister; daughter-in-law, Susie Griffin; grandson, Ryan Griffin and great-grandsons,


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Obituary: Dorothy Nan Fife Dec. 31, 1930 – Jan. 20, 2020

DOROTHY NAN FIFE Dec. 31, 1930 – Jan. 20, 2020

Nan Fife was born in Bingham Canyon, Utah to Ruth Brinton Spencer and Lawrence Pomeroy Spencer. She graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City and had two years of college before meeting and marrying Thomas P. Fife in 1950. Tom was a WWII veteran pilot and a newly minted mining engineer from Idaho and with Tom, Nan became a homemaker and a loving and devoted wife and mother.

Together, they had two sons, Keith and Timothy, and moved to Grants, NM where the uranium mining industry was booming. The family spent 20 years in Grants before moving to Denver,


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Obituary: Janet Basinger April 16, 1933 – Jan. 21, 2020

JANET FERRELL LIGHT HILTY BASINGER April 16, 1933 – Jan. 21, 2020

In 2000, the Light family of Hancock County, Ohio, gifted their family farmland, through a charitable remainder trust, to Liberty-Benton High School. Janet Light offered this land to be used for the school’s football and baseball fields, and the only request she had was for it to be named the Leland L. Light Memorial Athletic Fields. Sadly, the land was taken and used, but it was not named the Leland L. Light Memorial Athletic Fields as she passioned.

Janet Ferrell Light Hilty Basinger, the philanthropist who gifted this land, died


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Obituary: Mary Elva Rivera Jan. 9, 2020

MARY ELVA RIVERA Jan. 9, 2020

Mary Elva Rivera, age 86, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 in Los Alamos, NM.

Mary was born in Trujillo, NM. She and her beloved late husband Manuel lived in Los Alamos for many years and worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

She is survived by her son, Manuel A. Rivera of Albuquerque, NM; two sisters, Agnes Rivera of Glendale, Arizona and Alice Thompson of Denver, Colorado; a grandson, Manuel Joseph Rivera; a granddaughter, Rebecca Moya; a beloved niece, Louise C de’Baca; a great-grandnephew, Estevan C de’Baca; and many other relatives and


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Obituary: Barbara Katherine Harden Smith March 3, 1943 – Jan. 20, 2020

BARBARA KATHERINE HARDEN SMITH March 3, 1943 – Jan. 20, 2020

Barbara, “Bobbie” to family and childhood friends, completed her journey of love, laughter, joy and heartache on Monday, January 20, 2020, in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Born to William Ray “Bill” Harden and Lula Elizabeth Goode “Pat” Harden in Birmingham, Alabama, she was big sister to brother Terry “Lee” Harden, and sister-cousin to Robbie Waldrop Elliott.

She graduated from West End High School in Birmingham and married her high school sweetheart, Malcolm Taylor Smith. They had three daughters. His career took them all across the


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Obituary: Robert W. (Bob) Turner

ROBERT W. (BOB) TURNER Feb. 3, 1926 – Dec. 26, 2019

Robert W. (Bob) Turner/AA5VD, was born February 3, 1926, Orchard, NE, to William W. & Alice M. Tomlinson Turner and died December 26, 2019 in Los Alamos. 

Bill and Alice preceded Bob in death as did his Sister, Billie Maxine Turner Thomson. 

Bob  is survived by his two sons, Roger W. Turner, Menifee, CA and Philip L. Turner, of Albuquerque, NM; two grandsons, Ivan Turner and his wife Cheri, San Jacinto, CA, and Trevor Turner Lucero, Albuquerque, NM; Three great grand daughters, Haley Lynn, Amber Elaine and Emily Jean Turner, San Jacinto, CA.;


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Obituary: Donald L. Zickert Jan. 14, 2020

DONALD L. ZICKERT Jan. 14, 2020

Donald L. Zickert, 83, of Los Alamos, NM, passed away Jan. 14, 2020.

He left behind his wife of 63 years, Harriett; along with their three children, Gwen, Janet (husband Paul) and Kenneth (wife Elaine); three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Don’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Jan. 25, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church in Los Alamos, NM.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice in his memory.

Donald’s family has entrusted his care to Rivera Family Funerals & Cremations of Los Alamos, located at 1627


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