Obituaries

Obituary: Betty Oliphant Dec. 4, 1930 – April 6, 2021

BETTY OLIPHANT Dec. 4, 1930 – April 6, 2021

Betty Oliphant, 90, passed away on April 6, 2021 in Portland, Oregon after having struggled for many months with the aftereffects of contracting COVID.

She was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Whitney Hall Efferson and Gladys Efferson on December 4, 1930.

The last surviving member of the six Efferson children, Betty is survived by her husband of 70 years, Thomas Oliphant; daughters Cathy Kernodle (and husband Gary Kernodle) of Portland, Oregon and San Antonio, Texas; Carol Salesky of Lubbock, Texas; and Julie Oliphant of Santa Rosa, New Mexico; as


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Susan M. Woy Aug. 6, 1946 – March 17, 2021

SUSAN M. WOY Aug. 6, 1946 – March 17, 2021

Susan M. Woy, of Albuquerque, born August 6, 1946, passed away on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 after a fight with pneumonia, with loved ones by her side.

She leaves behind her husband Rod, daughters Heather and Alissa, son Jimmy and 7 grandchildren, brothers Gary (Sue) Tubb of Seabrook, TX, John (Pat) Tubb of White Rock, NM, and sister Karen (Garry) Bryant of Edgewood, NM.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Dorothy Tubb and her son Roy Neil.

She was a graduate of Los Alamos High School and was active in the Order of Rainbow for Girls. She attended


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Obituary: Ursula Sanders Jan. 11, 1944 – March 28, 2021

URSULA (USCHI) SANDERS Jan. 11, 1944 – March 28, 2021

Beloved by her family and friends, Ursula Sanders died Sunday March 28, 2021 of complications from her medical conditions.

Ursula is survived by her stepson Stephen Sanders and his wife Fran Sanders, both of Santa Fe, NM.  Ursula’s only other relative is her sister Marian who still lives in Germany.

Ursula was born in Berlin on January 11, 1944 and moved to Santa Fe in 1981. She was married to Benjamin Sanders for twenty years and they were active in the Santa Fe Community.

Ursula, herself, was active in the Women’s Golf Assn, an Opera Guild Member,


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Obituary: Mary Merrill St. John Zemach Dec. 5, 1930 – Feb. 26, 2021

MARY MERRILL ST. JOHN ZEMACH Dec. 5, 1930 – Feb. 26, 2021

Mary Merrill St. John Zemach passed away of natural causes at her home on February 26, 2021, a few weeks after her 63rd wedding anniversary, with her husband by her side.

Mary was born on December 5, 1930, in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she studied hula dancing, collected insects (including a cockroach deemed worthy of admission to the Bishop Museum), worked in the pineapple fields during WWII, and didn’t wear shoes until 7th grade, and only then because it was required by the marching band, in which she played flute.

Mary left Hawaii upon graduation


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Obituary: Thomas Michael Panowski 1944 – 2021

THOMAS MICHAEL PANOWSKI 1944 – 2021

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Thomas Michael Panowski. He died at the age of 76.

He grew up and lived in Los Alamos until he left for college where he graduated from New Mexico State University with majors in journalism and electrical engineering.

He was able to do some very interesting work tracking satellites in Kwajalein Atoll during work/study programs at NMSU in the early 1960’s.

Tom was a great big brother, initiating games such as “chair tag”, and the rope swing around the big tree in our back yard. He was the adventurer in the family –


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Obituary: Ronda Jones Nov. 4, 1959 – March 23, 2021

RONDA JONES Nov. 4, 1959 – March 23, 2021

Ronda Jones, 61, of Los Alamos, passed away on March 23, 2021. Her final days were spent surrounded by family.

Ronda was a free spirit. She loved to play her fiddle and make music with her friends. Attending bluegrass festivals and outdoor camping were some of her favorite things. Known by her friends as “mama bear,” she was always there when one needed help.

Ronda was born on November 4, 1959, in Gary, Indiana, and grew up in Los Alamos where she enjoyed skiing and learned to play the piano. After graduating from LAHS in 1977, she attended the University of New


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Obituary: David C. Buckland

DAVID C. BUCKLAND (date withheld at request of family)

This world has truly lost a bright light with the recent passing of David Buckland.

David loved life and his passions made him a gifted musician (Blackjack Davey); a truly dedicated, compassionate teacher (Mr. B); an avid, enthusiastic skier (the Purple Haze); a steadfast ally to his friends (Davey); a thoroughly delighted pal with his first ever pup Lexie; and the most loving, supportive, playmate, lover and best friend to his wife TJ who adored him beyond words. 

His optimism, enthusiasm for life and generous nature flowed through his


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Obituary: Carl Johnson, Jr. March 22, 2021

CARL JOHNSON March 22, 2021

Carl Johnson, Jr., 90, of Los Alamos passed away on March 22,2021.

He was proceeded in death by his wife Dorothy Johnson and his parents Carl Sr. and Ida Johnson.

Carl was born in Dolomite, Alabama. He served in the United States Air Force and later worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

He was full of life and loved to joke with people and enjoyed quail and turkey hunting.

Carl is survived by his granddaughter Crystal Zamir and her husband Khalil.

He was a devout Catholic and was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Los Alamos.


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Obituary: Desiree Ruth (Tafoya) St. Onge July 22, 1966 – March 18, 2021

DESIREE RUTH (TAFOYA) ST. ONGE July 22, 1966 – March 18, 2021

Desiree Ruth (Tafoya) St. Onge was born July 22, 1966 and passed away March 18, 2021 at the age of 54.

Services will be held on Saturday April 10, 2021 at 12:00pm at San Juan Bautista Chapel in San Juan Pueblo, 1 Church Cir., San Juan Pueblo, NM 87566.

We will be gathering after church services to share some of our favorite memories, our stories, to laugh, to cry, and remember a wonderful person who will be greatly missed, 26 Private Road 1149, Española, NM 87532 – La Mesilla area.


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Obituary: Roberta Straight Sept. 7, 1940-March 22, 2021

ROBERTA MARIE CUNNINGHAM STRAIGHT Sept. 7, 1940 – March 22, 2021

Roberta “Bobbye” Straight was born on September 7, 1940 in Amarillo, Texas and came with her family to Oklahoma where she grew up.

She graduated from Bartlesville’s College High School as a National Merit Scholar in 1958, received a Bachelor’s Degree from Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas in 1962 and a Master’s Degree in English from Arizona University in Tucson, Arizona in 1967.

While attending KU, Bobbye married her husband of 59 years, Dr. James (Jim) William Straight, also from Bartlesville, OK, on August 12, 1961. The


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Obituary: Lori Heimdahl Gibson June 4, 1946-March 20, 2021

LORI HEIMDAHL GIBSON June 4, 1946 – March 20, 2021

Lori Heimdahl Gibson has begun satisfying her curiosity about the spiritual universe beyond this world.  While here, she was a “full spectrum human being.” Her Viking heritage was evident in her sense of adventure, her strength, and her courage. She was also known as “Walks with Open Heart.” She loved everyone, especially young people.

Born into a railroad family in Havre, MT, she then lived much of her young and early adult years in central Minnesota. She loved athletics and the outdoors. She excelled at high jumping, running, water skiing, racquetball,


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Obituary: Krysti M. Hernandez Jan. 8, 1971 – March 11, 2021

KRYSTI MICHELLE HERNANDEZ Jan. 8, 1971 – March 11, 2021

Krysti Michelle Hernandez, a resident of White Rock, passed away at home on March 11, 2021 after a lengthy illness. She was born on January 8, 1971.

Krysti enjoyed the outdoors including water skiing, jet skiing, downhill snow skiing, horseback riding, camping, and fishing. She was a lover of all animals, especially her beloved cat Wally who preceded her in death two weeks before her passing.

Krysti will be remembered for her beautiful smile and soft and loving heart. She received the sacrament of baptism one week prior to her passing. She


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Obituary: Roscoe Faussone June 25, 1927 – March 2, 2021

ROSCOE FAUSSONE June 25, 1927 – March 2, 2021

Roscoe Faussone, 93, left this world on March 2, 2021.

Roscoe was born on June 25, 1927 to Mary (DeJulio) and Tony Faussone in Montrose, Colorado. After graduating from Montrose High School, Roscoe moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico and worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory in the materials technology department.

After losing his first wife, Anita, Roscoe married his longtime neighbor, Martha Hume, also recently widowed, on January 2, 1981. Martha had four children which became Roscoe’s family when they married. Roscoe retired from the Lab in 1984


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Obituary: Patricia Starkey March 22, 1929–March 17, 2020

PATRICIA STARKEY March 22, 1929 – March 17, 2020

One year ago on March 17, 2020, Patricia (Pat) L. Starkey died from natural causes. 

Pat was born on March 22, 1929 to Lila and Nile McFarren. As a child she was raised on an orange grove in Anaheim, CA and loved spending time with her grandmother. As a young woman she studied music and sang at the USO and even produced a record. 

In 1946, Pat married LeRoy (Roy) Starkey. They started their life in Balboa, California and in 1965 they moved to Los Alamos. Pat started a small business named Originals by Patricia and she created beautiful trees and floral decorations.


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Obituary: Joanne Rupprecht Jan. 21, 1934 – March 11, 2021

JOANNE M. RUPPRECHT Jan. 21, 1934 – March 11, 2021

Joanne Rupprecht, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on March 11th after losing her battle with Multiple Myeloma. 

Joanne was born in Detroit, Michigan to the late Howard and Kathleen Moore.

She was preceded in death by sisters Carolyn (Erickson) of Albuquerque, twins Mary and Martha Moore of Los Alamos, and Niece Karen Erickson of Santa Fe.

Joanne graduated from Berkley High School in Berkley, Michigan in 1952. She worked as a cashier at a local telephone company for a few years before meeting her late former husband.


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Obituary: Margaret ‘Peggy’ Louraine Shemek Nov. 24, 1933 – Jan. 11, 2021

MARGARET “PEGGY” LOURAINE SHEMEK

Margaret “Peggy” Louraine Shemek, Nov. 24, 1933, passed away on January 11, 2021 in Albuquerque, NM.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis E. Shemek.

She was an avid Rock hound for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show for numerous years. She was an active member of the Potawatomi Nation.

She is survived by her daughter Lorre Bice and spouse Joe, NM, her daughter Catherine Shemek, NM, and her son Robert Shemek and wife Dr. Julia Shemek, Tucson, AZ.

A memorial and scattering of her ashes will be scheduled in the future per Peggy’s final wish.


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Obituary: Dorothy Alice Hooker Feb. 11, 1935 – Feb, 27, 2021

DOROTHY ALICE HOOKER Feb. 11, 1935 – Feb, 27, 2021

Dorothy Alice Hooker, age 86. Loving, supportive mother and wife. Born on February 11, 1935, passed February 27, 2021.

She was known for her upbeat energy, kind soul, generosity, and abundance of unconditional love to all those around her. She enjoyed playing tennis, going to karaoke with her husband and all their friends.

Robert and Dot were married 66 years and shared a life of undying love together.

Dot is survived by her husband, Robert Hooker; son, Joseph Hooker; brother-in-law, Richard Hooker; nieces, Pamela Armstrong and Athena Theodosis,


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Obituary: Richard L. Warren Nov. 4, 1931–Dec. 12, 2020

RICHARD L. WARREN Nov. 4, 1931 – Dec. 12, 2020

Richard Lee (Dick) Warren, resident of Green Valley, Arizona, passed away at his home Dec. 12, 2020, following a battle with COVID-19. Although family was unable to be with him due to the pandemic, Southern Arizona Home Care employees, who had provided loving and competent home care, were with him as he passed.

Richard Warren was the eldest son of Dr. Aubrey W. and Zetha M. (Hendrickson) Warren of Sutherland, Nebraska. After graduating from Sutherland High School, he attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, worked as a signal electrician for the railroad,


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Obituary: Stan Primak March 3, 1951 – Feb. 27, 2021

STAN PRIMAK March 3, 1951 – Feb. 27, 2021

Stan Primak, of Los Alamos, died February 27, 2021 of Frontotemporal Dementia and COVID-19 complications.

Stan had a life well-lived. He loved and was loved. He discovered his passions and purpose. He shared it with others.

He was born in Summit, NJ, to John and Irene Primak, and grew up in Basking Ridge, NJ, alongside his younger brother, Steve.

In high school he met Joan, and it was there and then that their lives became one. They had their first daughter at 17, married at age 20, packed their bags, and headed west. Fort Collins, CO was home for six years and where


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Obituary: Theresa Glascock Oct. 27, 1934–Feb. 26, 2021

THERESA ELLEN GLASCOCK Oct. 27, 1934 – Feb. 26, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Theresa “Terry” Ellen Glascock (Starkey) announces her passing on February 26, 2021 after a brief illness.

Terry was born to Colonel Benjamin and Carrie (Carter) Starkey in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii on October 27, 1934. Because her father was in the Army Air Corps, the family moved frequently throughout her childhood, finally settling in Albuquerque, NM.

Terry graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1952. She then attended the University of NM where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in


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