Obituaries

Obituary: Joyce A. Eyster March 13, 1921 – Nov. 30, 2022

JOYCE A. EYSTER March 13, 1921 – Nov. 30, 2022

Joyce A. Eyster of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away peacefully in her apartment at Aspen Ridge Lodge on November 30, 2022.

Joyce was 101 years old, born March 13, 1921, to Robert and Esther Krenz in their farm house in rural Minnesota near the small towns of Tintah and Wheaton. She grew up on the farm with her parents and brother, James Krenz, surrounded by a large extended family. She learned to value hard work, optimistic faith in God, and the importance of being an active member of her community.

She married Eugene Eyster, also from Wheaton, on January Read More

Obituary: Ramona Jesusita Garcia Nov. 30, 2022

RAMONA JESUSITA GARCIA Nov. 30, 2022

On November 30th, Ramona Garcia was reunited with her husband, Frank Garcia, in Heaven, a few weeks shy of what would have been their 68th Wedding Anniversary and her 87th Birthday.

In addition to her husband Frank, she was preceded in death by her son Lloyd Bert Garcia.

She is survived in life by her son Frank Garcia (wife Debra Garcia), son Phil Garcia, daughter Michelle Mojica, and daughter-in-law Carolyn Garcia. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren – Joseph (wife Andrea), Frances Cordray (husband Steve), Ariana Thiemens (husband Garrett), Read More

Obituary: Eric Douglas Holm Feb. 26, 1959 – Nov. 23, 2022

ERIC DOUGLAS HOLM Feb. 26, 1959 – Nov. 23, 2022

Eric Douglas Holm, 63, of Monument, Colorado, passed away at home Nov. 23, 2022 of pancreatic cancer.

Eric was born Feb. 26, 1959 to Molly Murphy Holm and Dale Holm in Los Alamos.

While growing up, Eric was involved with the family’s horses and the Junior Sheriff’s Posse. This involved various camping trips, many days trail riding, and performing in exhibition events at rodeos and parades, as well as regular early morning bike trips between mesas to care for the horses. In high school he was heavily involved in band and theater. He was in the all-state Read More

Obituary: Lynda (Hosac) Judd May 27, 1950 – Nov. 19, 2022

LYNDA (HOSAC) JUDD May 27, 1950 – Nov. 19, 2022

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, Lynda (Hosac) Judd, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, returned suddenly to her heavenly home surrounded by her loving family.

Lynda was greeted in heaven by her daughter Rebecca (Becca) Watkins (d. Feb 6, 2022), son-in-law Trent Johnson, niece Deanna Call, and her parents.

Lynda was born May 27,1950 in Oakland, CA, to Les and Elnora Hosac.

She is survived by her husband Robert “Bob” Judd, daughter Jennifer (Scott) Newman of Los Alamos, NM, daughter Tysa (Steve) Royce of Sandy, UT, daughter Tara Johnson (Rob Read More

Obituary: James W. Cabbell, Sr. March 6, 1931 – June 19, 2022

JAMES W. CABBELL, SR. March 6, 1931 – June 19, 2022

James (Jim) W. Cabbell, Sr., of Amarillo, Texas passed peacefully in his home from this life and on to his eternal home Sunday, June 19, 2022. He was mentally sound and lived a long, full and happy life for 91+ years. He had no regrets and did not fear death. He faithfully cared for his wife, Jo Helen, who had Alzheimer’s for 17 years before she passed in December 2021.

A memorial and celebration of life service will be held 11 a.m., Friday June 24, Southwest Church of Christ, 4515 Cornell St., Amarillo, Texas.  Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home. Read More

Obituary: Ardith McFarland Jan. 27, 2022 – Aug. 28, 2022

ARDITH MCFARLAND Jan. 27, 2022 – Aug. 28, 2022

Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, our beloved Mother, Ardith McFarland, quietly passed away in her sleep.

She had celebrated her 100th birthday Jan. 27, 2022.

Her whole life was her family. She and her late husband, Ralph McFarland, celebrated 57 years of marriage. Ardith is survived by two children Richard McFarland (Dixie) and wife Myrna. Daughter Cherryl Mingo and husband Denny, 3 Grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Ardith and Ralph moved to Los Alamos, in 1957 from Denver, Colorado. The lived in Los Alamos until their retirement in 1982, at which Read More

Obituary: Kent Grimmett Budge March 31, 1962 – Nov. 10, 2022

KENT GRIMMETT BUDGE March 31, 1962 – Nov. 10, 2022

Kent Grimmett Budge passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 10, at the age of 60 due to complications from a car crash. Although he died far from his home in Los Alamos, New Mexico, he was fortunate to be surrounded by family when he passed. We appreciate the wonderful care that he received from the highly skilled doctors and nurses at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah.

Kent was born on March 31, 1962, in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Ezra Charles Budge and Janet Grimmett Budge. He had an unusually keen intellect and unbounded curiosity. Read More

Obituary: Jerry J. Dick May 12, 1942 – Nov. 18, 2022

JERRY J. DICK May 12, 1942 – Nov. 18, 2022

Jerry was born May 12, 1942, in Langdon, North Dakota into a Mennonite wheat farming family.

At age 13, he and his family moved to Dallas, Oregon. He attended Oregon State University, earning a BA in Physics, and then attended Brown University for one year.

He joined the Episcopal Church and in 1964 participated in sit-in protests against segregation at lunch counters in St. Augustine, Florida.

He met his future wife Helen Wong while a summer student at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, Livermore. He then attended Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley Read More

Obituary: John Carroll Elder Sept. 16, 1936 – Nov. 19, 2022

JOHN CARROLL ELDER Sept. 16, 1936 – Nov. 19, 2022

John Carroll Elder passed away peacefully on November 19, 2022, after experiencing a series of strokes.

He is survived by his son Jay Elder, brothers James Elder and Robert Elder, nieces Debra Elder and Tara Shively, nephews David Elder, Michael Elder, Samuel Elder, Scot Elder, and Stephen Elder, and many (Great-) Grandnieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Johanna Tolk Elder, his wife Jean McClintic Elder, and his sisters Mary Elder and Laura Pogue.

John was born in Amarillo, Texas on September 16, 1936. His family Read More

Obituary: Randy Phillips March 6, 1952 – Nov. 5, 2022

RANDY PHILLIPS March 6, 1952 – Nov. 5, 2022

Randy Phillips a previously long time resident of Los Alamos passed away while living in Mexico.

He is survived by his wife Carrie, sons, Wade and Ryan and grandchildren, Duke and Miette, along with other family members.

He had many friends and will be greatly missed.

Private family services have been held.

Randy Phillips March 6, 1952 – Nov. 5, 2022. Courtesy photo Read More

Obituary: Patty Lou Harper March 21, 1930 – Nov. 3, 2022

PATTY LOU HARPER March 21, 1930 – Nov. 3, 2022

Patty Lou Harper passed away peacefully Nov. 3, 2022 at the age of 92 in Albuquerque, N.M.

She was born March 21, 1930, in Hebron, Nebraska to Fred and Mabel Lugenbeel.

Patty grew up in Corvallis, Oregon after her family relocated there when she was a young child. As a teenager, she worked in the kitchen at her parents’ restaurant and bar. After graduating from Corvallis High School, she enrolled at Oregon State University, where she met her future husband Paul Harper.

Patty and Paul were married Dec. 17, 1948. After graduating from Oregon State, Paul accepted Read More

Obituary: Elizabeth Alice (Wiles) Katz Nov. 14, 1939 – Nov. 6, 2022

ELIZABETH ALICE (WILES) KATZ Nov. 14, 1939 – Nov. 6, 2022

Elizabeth Alice (Wiles) Katz – alternatively known as Betty, Beth, Betsy, or GG – passed away Nov. 6, 2022 at her home surrounded by family and her devoted caregiver Ingrid Baez.

She was born November 14, 1939 in Watertown, MA.

On Betty’s desk a plaque declares, “I am silently correcting your grammar” – so please read on knowing she would aggressively redline everything below (and probably is at this very moment).

Betty worked from an early age, including a teenage stint operating an elevator at a department store in Read More

Obituary: Roy White Jr. Sept. 28, 1936 – Nov. 2, 2022

ROY WHITE JR. Sept. 28, 1936 – Nov. 2, 2022

Roy White Jr. was born in Houston, Texas Sept. 28, 1936 to Roy and Evelyn White.

He was an only child. His family moved to Chama, New Mexico in 1946 because of his father’s failing health. Roy went to school in Chama as his family was building a summer home on the Brazos River. 

During this time, Roy had a lot of new adventures. He rode in the Chama Rodeo and had the privilege of being bucked off by a calf. He was always proud of that! He also rode the Cumbres-Toltec railroad to Osier one winter and skied back to Chama. While living in Chama, Roy rode his horse 8 miles each Read More

Obituary: Kenneth Bryant Holmes May 15, 1958 – Oct. 27, 2022

KENNETH BRYANT HOLMES May 15, 1958 – Oct. 27, 2022

Kenneth Bryant Holmes of Los Alamos, New Mexico, age 64, passed away Oct. 27 in Fremont, California with his family at his side.

He was born May 15, 1958 in Weymouth, Massachusetts to Richard and Gertrude Holmes and grew up in Hanson, Massachusetts. He graduated with a degree in business from Bryant College in 1980 and then served with the United States Peace Corps in the Solomon Islands.

He was a business advisor and teacher in the Solomon Islands, where his daughter, Roycleeen Loqa Holmes was born in 1983. He returned to New England and earned a degree Read More

Obituary: Michael Aslam Aug. 6, 2002 – Oct. 29, 2022

MICHAEL ASLAM Aug. 6, 2002 – Oct. 29, 2022

Saturday October 29, 2022, Mikey Aslam, loving son, brother, and friend passed away at the age of 20.

Mikey was born in Los Alamos, August 6, 2002, to parents Tariq and Kimberly Aslam. He spent most of his life growing up in New Mexico.

In 2009 Mikey and his family moved to South Bend, IN for a year, where Mikey got the opportunity to be close to relatives, fish in a backyard lake and ice skate during the winter. In the fall of 2014, he moved to Santa Barbara, CA for a semester where he would spend a bit of everyday at the beach.

Mikey graduated from Los Alamos High School Read More

Obituary: Esther (Lefty) Vincze Smith Dec. 23, 1931 – Nov. 1, 2022

ESTHER (LEFTY) VINCZE SMITH Dec. 23, 1931 – Nov. 1, 2022

Esther (Lefty) Vincze Smith of Los Alamos passed away peacefully at home, Nov. 1, 2022 at age 90.

Esther was the youngest of seven siblings to immigrant Hungarian parents Louis and Julia Vincze in Zelienople, PA. It was there she met her future husband Jack Smith and were married in 1954.

In 1967 they moved the family to Los Alamos, NM where Jack worked for LASL (LANL) as a machinist. They eventually moved to White Rock where Esther continued her loving care to family as housewife and mother of five, where she also worked at Gibsons and Foodway. Read More

Obituary: Carolyn Lee Anderson June 17, 1942 – Oct. 20, 2022

CAROLYN LEE ANDERSON June 17, 1942 – Oct. 20, 2022

Carolyn Lee Anderson of Los Alamos died at UNM Hospital with family by her side.

She was born June 17, 1942 in Wichita, Kansas. She was the oldest of 6 of an “Army brat” family traveling all over and finally settling in El Paso, Texas.

She was highly involved in Drama at both the high school and college levels in El Paso, TX, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe, NM.

She was a strong and kind mother showing these traits to her two daughters Margret and Laura Fraser who will miss her greatly. Read More

Obituary: Sarah Grace Kelly Feb. 18, 1938 – Oct. 9, 2022

SARAH GRACE KELLY Feb. 18, 1938 – Oct. 9, 2022

Sarah Grace Kelly was born Feb. 18, 1938, in Jackson, MS to William and Hetty Combs. She grew up in the Mississippi Delta with her brother Billy Combs and sister Mary Kersey. 

Sarah Grace graduated from Ole Miss with a BA in Music, and continued at Ole Miss earning an MA in Music. She met her husband Bob Kelly at Ole Miss and they married in 1962.

Sarah Grace and Bob had three children: Katelyn, Frank, and Tara. As a family, they enjoyed traveling the US and Europe. Sarah Grace was known for enjoying many naps during these trips.

Sarah Grace was also an accomplished Read More

Obituary: Eugene E. ‘Jim’ Olsen Aug. 28, 2022

EUGENE E. ‘JIM’ OLSEN Aug. 28, 2022

Jim Olsen’s ninety-five years were remarkable – active, involved, and punctuated with wonderful friendships. He was kind, respectful, honest, quick with a smile, had a great sense of humor, he was always willing to help others and loved sharing a good story.

Born and raised in Frankfort, Michigan, he was happiest outdoors and reveled in the changes of the seasons and for the new opportunities each change brought – skiing, hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, and sitting by the fire with friends and family.

Living in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project for Read More

Obituary: Rhonda Nell Wilder Ekdahl 1941 – Oct. 15, 2022

RHONDA NELL WILDER EKDAHL 1941 – Oct. 15, 2022

Rhonda Nell Wilder Ekdahl, 80, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, passed away October 15, 2022 at Christus St. Vincent Hospital with her family by her side.

She was born in 1941 to the late Nola and Milom Wilder in Luther, Tennessee. She graduated from Oliver Springs High School in 1959.

Rhonda married Carl August Ekdahl, Jr. in 1959. They lived in Southern California and Upstate New York before moving to New Mexico in 1975. They made Santa Fe their home for the last 36 years. She met Carl while working as a Car Hop at the Snow White Drive-In in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and later Read More

Obituary: Annice Chorn June 20, 1933 – Oct. 21, 2022

ANNICE CHORN June 20, 1933 – Oct. 21, 2022

Annice Chorn of Albuquerque, passed away peacefully in her home on Oct. 21, 2022 at the age of 89. 

Annice was born June 20, 1933 in a farmhouse near Jean, Texas along with her triplet sisters Agnes and Janice. She and her husband Granville were married in 1955. Having met while freshmen at Texas Tech University, in her last days Annice was fond of saying that she and Granville had been “sweethearts for 71 years”. 

Annice lived with her family in Los Alamos for 27 years beginning in 1971 after which time they moved to Albuquerque in 1998.

She loved downhill skiing, Read More

Obituary: Theodore Anthony Cordova Oct. 20, 2022

THEODORE ANTHONY CORDOVA  Oct. 20, 2022

Theodore Anthony Cordova lived 88 wonderful years filled with family, friends and travel. 

He passed away Oct. 20, 2022 with his loving wife of 62 years at his side. Ted was originally from La Junta, Colorado. He joined the U.S. Army after graduating high school. Upon leaving the army, he attended barber school in Tucson, Arizona. After several years, he moved to Grants, New Mexico to work for the Anaconda Mining Company. It was there that he met his future wife, Betty Michael.

They married Oct. 22, 1960 and started their family. While working at the mines, Read More

Obituary: Bruce Emerson Burkheimer Jan. 3, 1928 – Oct. 9, 2022

BRUCE EMERSON BURKHEIMER Jan. 3, 1928 – Oct. 9, 2022

After meeting my mom, Mary, at the tender age of 15 my dad bought wedding and engagement rings and put them in a safety deposit box.

Five years later in 1947, after completing service in the Navy, Bruce and Mary were married. They moved to Los Alamos in 1953 and lived in the first trailer court in town in a 8 X 35 foot trailer, which they had pulled 1,000 miles with their old Studebaker from Burlington, Iowa!

I was 2 and my brother Michael was 5 the first time we showed our pass to gain entrance to town! Los Alamos was a great place to grow up! Dad worked for the Read More

Obituary: Merrill Elery Kenyon Dec. 8, 1928 – Oct. 20, 2022

MERRILL ELERY KENYON Dec. 8, 1928 – Oct. 20, 2022

Merrill Elery Kenyon, born December 8, 1928, in Santa Fe, New Mexico to Laura Lillian Wofford and Elery Arla Kenyon passed away peacefully at the age of 93 with his family by his side at his home in Los Alamos, New Mexico on October 20, 2022.

He was a native New Mexican till the end.

Merrill is survived by Audrey, his wife of 59 years; his son Jesse with his wife Tara and their sons Cody and Grant, of Bahama, North Carolina; his son Matthew with his son Jacob of Los Alamos, New Mexico, his daughter Kristin, of Santa Fe, New Mexico; his sisters, Lillian Sly, husband, Read More

Obituary: Judith Grubb Tesmer March 29, 1940 – Oct. 14, 2022

JUDITH GRUBB TESMER March 29, 1940 – Oct. 14, 2022

Judith Grubb Tesmer, daughter of Henry Marion Grubb and Dorothy Irene McCampbell, died Oct. 14, 2022, at Westminster Village, West Lafayette IN after a long struggle with dementia. Judy was born in Chicago, IL on March 29, 1940, and attended Purdue University where she earned a B.S. in Microbiology in 1962.

She met her future husband, Joseph Ransdell Tesmer, in the Purdue Band where she played flute. She always said the first thing she noticed about the clarinetist was his long fingers. They were married in Highland, IN on June 23, 1962. From 1962-1970 Read More

Obituary: Elba M. Ramirez Sept. 29, 2022

ELBA M. RAMIREZ  Sept. 29, 2022

Elba M. Ramirez, 98, passed away peacefully at her home in Las Cruces, NM, on September 29, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, José Ramirez, Jr. and son-in-law, José A. Gutierrez. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many.

Elba was born in Brownsville, Texas, and raised by her adoptive mother, Lupita Mireles. She moved to various cities in Texas before making New Mexico her home. Elba and José moved to Los Alamos in 1956. They raised five children: Belinda J. Gutierrez (José), Norma A. Ramirez, José Read More

Obituary: John Mark Goforth Sept. 13, 1935 – June 6, 2022

JOHN MARK GOFORTH Sept. 13, 1935 – June 6, 2022

John Mark Goforth, born Sept. 13, 1935, in Hominy, Osage County, Oklahoma, passed away at the age of 86 June 6, 2022 at home in Turlock, Stanislaus County, California, with his wife of 30 years, Janet Bailey Goforth, at his side.

They were married May 9, 1992, in Livermore, Alameda County, California. It was a second marriage for each of them. Anyone who knew Janet and John knew that this was a real love affair with deep affection and partnership between them.

John had many skills involving household integrity such as fixing, repairing, constructing, Read More

Obituary: Melvin ‘Clark’ Thompson May 5, 1941 – Sept. 23, 2022

MELVIN “CLARK” THOMPSON May 5, 1941 – Sept. 23, 2022

Melvin “Clark” Thompson, 81, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2022.

Clark was born on May 5, 1941, in San Diego, California. Growing up he loved surfing, skiing, hiking, camping, tinkering with machines and electronics, and running track. His senior year in high school, he had the honor of carrying the Olympic torch during the Torch Relay of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games in California.

He had very fond memories of working summers on a family farm in Colorado growing up. After high school, Clark served his country in the Army while being Read More

Obituary: Desmond Walter Stack Aug. 7, 1946 – Sept. 25, 2022

DESMOND WALTER STACK Aug. 7, 1946 – Sept. 25, 2022

Desmond Walter Stack, 76, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 25, 2022, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Desmond was born on August 7, 1946 in Herkimer, New York to parents Desmond and Sophie Stack. Desmond studied mathematics and computer science and spent his early career years as a scientist at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico with his family in 1985 where he continued his career at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Desmond was working as a Group Leader in the Probabilistic Risk and Hazard Read More

Obituary: Kim Ann Rodgers Farrell Dec. 14, 1965 – Oct. 12, 2021

KIM A. RODGERS (FARRELL) Dec. 14, 1965 – Oct. 12, 2021

On the night of Oct. 11, 2021, Kim Ann Rodgers Farrell could not fall asleep. Neck and shoulder pain as well as indigestion were keeping her up. Shortly after midnight she exclaimed “oh no!” jolted back in bed then became unresponsive.

EMS was notified and CPR was started by her husband. A deputy sheriff from Sandoval County responded first followed by EMTs from Sandoval County and Jemez Pueblo. Despite all efforts Kim’s heart would not beat on its own. At about 3:30 a.m. the EMT’s were instructed by the trauma center they were in communications Read More

Obituary: Helen Cake Sokoloff June 12, 1926 – Sept. 28, 2022

HELEN MAE CAKE SOKOLOFF June 12, 1926 – Sept. 28, 2022

Helen Mae Cake Sokoloff passed peacefully in her home, and was welcomed into Heaven by Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior on September 28, 2022, at the age of 96 years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Flossie Bell McGeehen of Lisbon, Ohio; her first son “Tommy” who died during childhood; her first husband Robert Cake who was lovingly known by Los Alamos residents as the local pharmacist; her brother John McGeehen of Columbiana, Ohio and her sister Violet Bowman of Salem, Ohio.

Helen and Robert Cake were married in their home state Read More

Obituary: Eugene Earl Dinehart Feb. 4, 1930 – Aug. 13, 2022

EUGENE EARL DINEHART Feb. 4, 1930 – Aug. 13, 2022

Eugene Earl Dinehart, age 92, passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2022. He was born the younger identical twin on February 4, 1930, in Elkhart, IN.

Being the youngest siblings, “the twins” naturally drew extra attention and their mother enjoyed dressing them alike, having the boys photographed and entered in twin contests. Gene was always on the left. He and his twin brother, James, relished in all the usual pranks and antics of being identical twins.

They graduated from Elkhart High School in 1947 and together proudly enlisted and served in the Read More

Obituary: Richard J. Scammon June 28, 1940 – Sept. 18, 2022

RICHARD J. SCAMMON June 28, 1940 – Sept. 18, 2022

Richard J. Scammon was born to Raymond and J. Lucile (Larson) Scammon June 28, 1940. He peacefully passed away Sept. 18, 2022, at his home in Los Alamos, NM.

In 1945, brother Jay was born into the family. Although Rickey was born in Glendive, MT, he grew up and attended schools in Wibaux, MT, graduating with the class of ’58 as salutatorian. He continued his education at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and after graduating there entered the US Air Force.

During this time in the military, he also attended University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Following Read More

Obituary: Julia Rose Whitworth March 27, 1967 – Sept. 28, 2022

JULIA ROSE WHITWORTH March 27, 1967 – Sept. 28, 2022

Julia Rose Whitworth passed away suddenly in the early morning hours of September 28, 2022. She was born on March 27, 1967, to John and Harriet Whitworth in McAllen, TX.

Julia is preceded in death by her father, John and daughter Sophia Rose.

She is survived by her husband Alex Feldman; her mother, Harriet; two brothers, three sisters, two stepsons, and numerous adored grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Julia’s love of learning and adventure started at an early age. She graduated high school two years early as the valedictorian. After completing Read More

Obituary: Peggy Reneau Sept. 11, 1952 – Sept. 15, 2022

PEGGY RENEAU Sept. 11, 1952 – Sept. 15, 2022

Peggy Reneau of White Rock passed away Sept. 15, 2022, of complications that followed treatment for lymphoma.

She was born Margaret Ruth Youngman Sept. 11, 1952, and raised on a farm in Winfield, Iowa. She was an athletic girl, playing basketball and running in high school, as well as playing saxophone in the marching band.

Peggy had multiple careers in her life, starting in the medical field after graduating from the Medical Institute of Minnesota in 1971. Escaping the cold winters of the Midwest, she moved to Arizona in 1978 where she developed new interests Read More

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