Obituaries

Obituary: Olivia Roybal (Barbara) Stover Sept. 2, 1926 – Dec. 20, 2020

OLIVIA ROYBAL (BARBARA) STOVER Sept. 2, 1926 – Dec. 20, 2020

Olivia Roybal (Barbara) Stover, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed peacefully on Sunday, December 20, 2020.

Barbara was a successful business woman, partnering with her husband Charles “Smokey” Stover in opening La Mesita Restaurant in 1951 and operating the same for 45 years. She was known throughout the Pojoaque Valley for her homemade pies and chocolate and carrot cakes which were made fresh daily, and on request, she would make her famous biscochitos, and delicious papita


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Obituary: Martha Quintana Hume Faussone April 2, 1931 – Dec. 16, 2020

MARTHA QUINTANA HUME FAUSSONE April 2, 1931 – Dec. 16, 2020

Martha Quintana Hume Faussone passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

She was born to Ramon and Libradita Quintana on April 2, 1931 in Pojoaque, NM.

Martha was fortunate to be loved by two wonderful men. James T. Hume, the father of her children who passed away in 1977 and Roscoe Faussone whom she married in 1981 and with whom she shared the great joy of grandparenting.

Martha leaves behind her husband, Roscoe Faussone; daughter, Peggy Rustin/Sherry; sons, Gordon Hume/Jeannie, Donald and Dennis Hume; three granddaughters; two grandsons;


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Obituary: Robert E. Harris Aug. 3, 1940 – Dec. 14, 2020

ROBERT E. HARRIS Aug. 3, 1940 – Dec. 14, 2020 

Robert E. Harris (Bob/Eddie), age 80, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 14, 2020, in Los Alamos, NM.

Eddie was born in Brownfield, TX August 3, 1940. He was the second oldest of six children by his mother Mary (French) Newby. He married Linda Mae Wherley on June 6, 1964 in Albuquerque, NM. 

Eddie was raised by his father Floyd Harris and mother, Mary, in Tesuque, NM. He attended Santa Fe High School where he was active in football and track & field. In 1964, Eddie moved to Los Alamos to begin working at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He worked


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Obituary: Michael M. Schultz Dec. 14, 2020

MICHAEL N. SCHULTZ Dec. 14, 2020

Michael M. Schultz, age 68, died peacefully at home in Los Alamos, NM Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, surrounded by his wife and children.

Mike was born in 1952 in Neenah, WI to Norma (Wanty) and the late Merle Schultz. He grew up in Waupaca, WI, the middle child of seven. He married his high school sweetheart, Joan (Steiner) in 1975, and they had two children, Emily and Elliot. Waupaca was their home until 2014, when they relocated in retirement to Los Alamos, and enjoyed the abundant sunshine, beautiful mountains, and the company of their grown children.

Surviving Mike is


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Obituary: Harriet Campbell June 20, 1931 – Dec. 7, 2020 

HARRIET CAMPBELL June 20, 1931 – Dec. 7, 2020 

Harriet Elizabeth Thomson Campbell, 89, most recently a resident of Carrier Mills Nursing Home, Carrier Mills, Illinois passed away Dec. 7, 2020.

Harriet started her life journey June 20, 1931 on the family farm near Fairfax, MO and Falls City, NE, the daughter of Gordon and Eleanor Thomson.

In 1949, she married Lowell W. Campbell of Pinckneyville, Illinois. They resided in the greater St. Louis metro area near Columbia, IL for over 20 years.

After the death of Lowell in 1984, Harriet moved to Highland, IL and then in 2008 to Los Alamos, New Mexico to


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Obituary: Joe Bergstein Feb. 5, 1923 – Dec. 10, 2020

JOE BERGSTEIN Feb. 5, 1923 – Dec. 10, 2020

Joe Bergstein died Dec. 10, 2020 at the age of 97. Joe was born in McKeesport, PA Feb. 5, 1923, the seventh of nine children by his mother Teresa (Kestenbaum) Bergstein and twelfth of fourteen by his father Sigmond Bergstein. His timing was poor. The Great Depression arrived when he was six years old and was still around when he turned eighteen.

His mother died of cancer shortly before he turned seventeen. He worked at whatever odd jobs he could find to help put food on the table. He graduated from McKeesport High School in 1940.

In Feb. 1941, after trying unsuccessfully


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Obituary: Donald Lind Winchell, Jr. July 9, 1946–Dec. 6, 2020

DONALD LIND WINCHELL, JR. July 9, 1946 – Dec. 6, 2020

Donald Lind Winchell, Jr. was born in Bethesda, Maryland on July 9, 1946, the third and youngest child of Donald Lind Winchell, Sr. and Constance Palmer Winchell.

Donald and his family moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1953 and he graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1964. Through a Navy ROTC Scholarship, he attended Oregon State University, graduating in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics. Immediately following his graduation, he married his college sweetheart Donna Dykes on June 14, 1969. 

After attending the Naval


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Obituary: Eric Milfred ‘Nani’ Valdez Nov. 16, 2020

ERIC MILFRED ‘NANI’ VALDEZ Nov. 16, 2020

Eric Milfred “Nani” Valdez, 59, a resident of Española, NM formerly of La Villita joined his parents in paradise on November 16, 2020.

Eric was a loving, caring, and helpful man. He was willing to help anyone who needed assistance. He could fix almost anything mechanical. He enjoyed working for Shannon Corporation in Los Alamos for over twenty years. He could often be seen driving the white truck to work on various properties around Town. His easy laugh and deep knowledge of mechanics and construction endeared him to those who knew him. 

He enjoyed working


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Obituary: Kathleen Jaramillo March 7, 1963–Nov. 20, 2020

KATHLEEN LORRAINE JARAMILLO March 7, 1963 – Nov. 20, 2020

It is with an extremely heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved sister (daughter, Mother and grandmother), Kathleen Lorraine Jaramillo (Vigil). 

Our beautiful sister’s life was taken tragically on Friday, November 20th, 2020 at the age of 57. 

Kathy had a vibrant zest for life and a can-do attitude that will continue to be an inspiration for our whole family.

Kathy was preceded in death by our Father, Earl Joseph Jaramillo, only three weeks earlier.

She is survived by our Mother; Ruth Marcelina Jaramillo (Montoya); ex-husband


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Obituary: Marjorie L. Porter April 27, 1920 – Nov. 30. 2020

MARJORIE LORRAINE PORTER April 27, 1920 – Nov. 30, 2020

Marjorie Lorraine Porter, beloved friend and cool lady, passed away on November 30, 2020 at the age of 100 years and 7 months.

She lived in Los Alamos for the last three years with her friend Debra Lowenstein.

Margie was born on April 27, 1920 in Oakland, Calif. to Gladys Meyers Gonsalves and Jack Gonsalves. She grew up in Oakland but spent time in northern and southern California.

Margie was an only child and was especially loved by her grandparents Annie May and Daddy Walter. Margie practiced gymnastics as a young girl and excelled. However,


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Obituary: Thurman Lamar Talley July 26, 1937 – Nov. 28, 2020

THURMAN LAMAR TALLEY July 26, 1937 – Nov. 28, 2020

Thurman Lamar Talley of Los Alamos, NM, departed peacefully from this world on November 28, 2020. He was 83.

He was a devoted and inspiring husband, father, grandfather, brother, mentor and friend with a profound and authentic generosity of spirit.

Thurman was born into a caring, working-class family in Portales, NM, where he was an accomplished athlete and student. He studied at Rice and Eastern New Mexico universities, ultimately earning a doctorate in Nuclear Physics from Florida State.

In 1966, he returned to his native New Mexico with a


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Obituary: Robert ‘Bob’ Boland Sept. 11, 1937 – Nov. 24, 2020 

ROBERT ‘BOB’ BOLAND  Sept. 11, 1937 – Nov. 24, 2020

  1. Robert “Bob” Boland who died on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 in Albuquerque, NM was born September 11, 1937 to Willard Roy Boland and Mary Pauline Mitchell Boland, in Winter Haven, Florida. 

He earned his B.S. at Davidson College in North Carolina. His professional life was especially interesting. After graduating from Davidson, he was employed at NASA in Hampton, Virginia, where he met his wife of 60 years, Beryl Ann Pope. While with NASA, he was a member of the 3-person team which proved the feasibility of the mission to the moon. 

Leaving NASA


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Obituary: Jerry Jacoby April 30, 1940 – Aug. 16, 2020

JERRY JACOBY April 30, 1940 – Aug. 16, 2020

Jerry Jacoby, a gentle, caring man of service, passed rather suddenly from a heart issue in August 2020. He had been working in his loved yard overlooking the Sandia’s in Rio Rancho just the day before.

For 30 years, Jerry worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1968 to 1998 in various groups, finally in X-Division, considering himself a computational physicist.

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, he got all of his degrees from Oregon State University. He also served as a supply officer in the United States Army from 1962 to 1964. He enjoyed 18


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Obituary: Barbara Sinkula Nov. 19, 2020

BARBARA SINKULA Nov. 19, 2020

Barbara Sinkula, age 59, of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away Nov. 19, 2020 after a year-long struggle with brain cancer.

She was born in St. Clair Shores, MI and grew up spending time at the family cottage on the shores of Lake Huron in Ontario. She graduated from Oberlin College with degrees in Cello Performance and Biology.

Following her undergraduate degree, she spent two years in China teaching English through Oberlin’s Shansi program. Barbara received her doctorate in Civil Engineering at Stanford University and published a book on Chinese Environmental


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Obituary: Jeanne M. Hurford Sept. 11, 1942 – Nov. 7, 2020

JEANNE MELANIE HURFORD Sept. 11, 1942 – Nov. 7, 2020

Jeanne M. Hurford – beloved sister, aunt, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away Saturday Nov. 7, 2020.

Jeanne was born Sept. 11, 1942 in Elizabethtown NY, to William M. Wattie and Augustine Norman Wattie. She attended a one room schoolhouse in Beekmantown, NY until the larger school was built.  She graduated from Beekmantown High School and attended Plattsburgh University.

In 1962, she married Dale Tremblay and together they had 2 sons, Mark and Michael. Jeanne’s family moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico where she began her long


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Obituary: Geri Walters June 1, 1943 – Oct. 1, 2020

GERI WALTERS June 1, 1943 – Oct. 1, 2020

Geri Walters passed away October 1, 2020, in Kennewick, Washington.

Geri was born June 1, 1943, in Grand Junction, Colorado, to John and Caroline Huck. She was a graduate of Grand Junction HS and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in elementary education.

She was married in 1969 to Ron Walters, a scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Geri was an elementary teacher in Greeley, Colorado, for 4 years and 24 years in Los Alamos, New Mexico. After moving to Kennewick, Geri was an instructor


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Obituary: Lorie C. Torres Nov. 6, 2020 

LORIE C. TORRES Nov. 6, 2020 

Lorie C. Torres, 42, a resident of Los Alamos, was called home unexpectedly on Friday, November 6, 2020 after a week of battling injuries sustained in a car accident.

Lorie was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, auntie, Godmother, niece, cousin and friend.

She touched many lives with her words of encouragement, acts of kindness and unconditional love. She loved the Lord her God with all of her heart, mind, soul and strength and is now living eternally in His presence.

Lorie is survived by her Beloved Sons, Robert and Isaac Torres and their Father, Robert Torres; parents


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Obituary: Bill Visscher May 1928 – Nov. 15, 2020

WILLIAM MAURITS VISSCHER May 1928 – Nov. 15, 2020

Bill Visscher was born in May 1928 in Memphis, TN and died on November 15, 2020 in Los Alamos, NM.

He grew up in Minneapolis, MN, graduated from the University of Minnesota and received a PhD from Cornell University. While in graduate school, he met Jean Dininny, the daughter of Robert and Elsie Woodford Dininny. They married in July 1951 and were together over 69 years.

Bill and Jean moved to Los Alamos in 1956 where Bill worked as a research physicist in the T-11 group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory until his retirement in 1991. He was an avid outdoorsman,


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Obituary: Lydia J. Reynolds Oct. 25, 2020

Lydia J. Reynolds Oct. 25, 2020

Lydia J. Reynolds age 88, a resident of Santa Fe, died unexpectedly of natural causes on October 25, 2020.

Lydia was born to George L. Clark, a WWI veteran, and Mildred MacNulty Clark in Joplin, Missouri in 1932.

She grew up in Silver Spring and Annapolis, Maryland. In 1951 her family made the decision to move west for her father’s health. Her parents chose Colorado while she moved to Albuquerque and began taking classes at UNM. She married a classmate, John Leonhard, but became a widow at age 21 when he was killed in the Korean War.

Happily, in 1955 she met Wayne Reynolds


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Obituary: Ralph Nelson April 23, 1925 – Nov. 10, 2020

RALPH NELSON April 23, 1925 – Nov. 10, 2020

Dr. Ralph Nelson, age 95, passed away in Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, while surrounded by his family.

Ralph was born on April 23, 1925 in Moline, Illinois. After graduating from Rock Island High School in 1943, he was drafted into the US Army and was later assigned to the 106th Infantry Division. On December 16, 1944, while fighting in the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes Forest, Belgium, he was taken prisoner by German forces and transported to a POW camp, Bad Orb, outside Frankfurt, Germany.

After his liberation by Allied Forces in April


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