Obituaries

Obituary: Monty Klatt March 6, 1959 – Oct. 16, 2020

CURTIS MONTGOMERY KLATT March 6, 1959 – Oct. 16, 2020

Monty Klatt, age 61 passed away in a tragic vehicle/pedestrian accident on October 16, 2020.

He was born on March 6, 1959 in Española, NM. Monty grew up in Los Alamos and graduated from Los Alamos High School.

He enjoyed playing baseball and football, he wrestled and skied, both snow and water skiing.

He loved animals, as a boy on family vacations he had chipmunks eating out of his hand. Monty loved his family, he was a fun loving uncle who delighted in his nieces and nephews. He was a true friend and through the years cared for those in need. His big bear


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Obituary: Siegfried Gerstl Aug. 5, 1939 – Oct. 17, 2020

SIEGFRIED GERSTL Aug. 5, 1939 – Oct. 17, 2020

Siegfried Gerstl, husband of 50 years, father, father-in-law, Opa, fraternity brother, and friend, died peacefully on Oct. 17, 2020, from pulmonary fibrosis in Biberach, Germany. He was 81.

Sig was born Aug. 5, 1939, in Germany near Stuttgart as the youngest of four brothers. His Bavarian/Swabian roots gave him a healthy self-confidence and a spirit of adventure, as well as diligence, thriftiness and a strong sense of family.

After graduating from business high school in Esslingen and Technical University in Stuttgart, he received his doctorate


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Obituary: Neal Dye Nov. 5, 2020

NEAL DYE Nov. 5, 2020

Neal Dye (76) was called to heaven on November 5, 2020.

Neal was born in Trinidad, Colorado, but grew up in Española, New Mexico. Neal met his wife Janis in 1963 and they were married in 1964 and celebrated 55 years of marriage.

They spent most of their years in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where they raised their two children: son David and daughter Deborah. On Neal’s retirement in 2001, they moved to La Veta, Colorado, where Neal had spent many summers as a child visiting his relatives.

Neal had a wonderful sense of humor and was so proud of himself when he could play a prank on one of his


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Obituary: Timothy W. Garbett April 28, 1965 – Nov. 3, 2020

TIMOTHY W. GARBETT April 28, 1965 – Nov. 3, 2020

Timothy W. Garbett went to be with his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, on November 3, 2020 after a long struggle with Multiple Sclerosis. 

Tim was born April 28, 1965 in Fremont, California to George and Alice Garbett.

Tim is survived by his beloved wife, Kathy; daughter, Ksenia of Los Alamos; mother, Alice Garbett of Denver; brothers, Stephen of Colorado, and Dan of Philadelphia, and sister, Shari of Miami.

Tim served 4 years in the US Navy, serving in the western Pacific. Following discharge from the Navy, he attended Metro State University in Denver


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Obituary: Paul L. Church Nov. 5, 2020

PAUL L. CHURCH Nov. 5, 2020

Our fiercely independent brother has died. Paul L. Church was born in October of 1957 in Los Alamos. 

His father, James S. Church, was a chemist who worked on the Manhattan Project, and his mother, Esther W. Church, was a biologist who taught at the high school. 

Paul graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1975. He attended the University of New Mexico and

Northern Arizona University before making his way to the pristine wilderness of Alaska, where he lived for several decades, fostering his rebellious spirit and relishing the mountains and nature – if not always the


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Obituary: Joe Tapia July 27, 1922 – Nov. 1, 2020

JOE TAPIA July 27, 1922 – Nov. 1, 2020

Joe Tapia, 98, beloved Father, was called to his eternal resting place on November 1, 2020.

He entered this world on July 27, 1922 in Chamita, NM, born to Luciano and Genoveva Tapia.

He was met in Heaven by his wife Margaret Tapia.

He is survived by his only daughter Lucille Wietzema and her husband Jake, by his eldest son David Tapia, by his youngest son Jonathan Tapia, and by his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joe served in the Army from February 1942 to February 1946.

Joe was interred with his wife, Margaret, at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, but due to


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Obituary: Michael R. McClannahan Nov. 7, 2020

MICHAEL R. MCCLANNAHAN Nov. 7, 2020

Michael R. McClannahan peacefully died surrounded by his family on Nov. 7, 2020. He was 82. He had been in failing health over the past several months. In the end his strong heart finally gave out but not without a fight.

Although christened Michael at birth, he was Mike to everyone. Born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1938, Mike spent the first years of his life with a lung ailment that made breathing difficult. In a flatbed Ford converted into a camp trailer, Mike’s parents hit the road searching for a climate that would help the small boy heal. They ended up in Eunice, NM,


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Obituary: Donna Herbst Nov. 4, 2020

DONNA HERBST Nov. 4, 2020

Donna Herbst (née Kalb) died peacefully in her Santa Fe home after a short battle with cancer Nov. 4 at the age of 84.

Donna is survived by her husband (Richard Herbst) of 63 years, her sister Terry, her children Pam (John), Beth (Michael), Catherine (Todd), Terresa, and Rita (Otto), grandchildren Mattea, Max, Patrick, Christopher, Marcel, Anatole, Xavier and Josephine, and seven nieces and nephews.

Donna was born in Illinois to Joseph and Lee Kalb. She went to Trinity High School in River Forest and attended the University of Illinois in Champaign where she met her husband.


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Obituary: Billy E. Todd Aug. 17, 1933 – Oct. 29, 2020

BILLY E. TODD Aug. 17, 1933 – Oct. 29, 2020

Billy E. Todd (Buddy), age 87 passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, Oct. 29 in his home in White Rock, N.M.

There will be a Mass at 8 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos, N.M., with a burial to follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the mass is limited to immediate family only. Livestream video access will be available for those that want to attend virtually.

Honors will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery shortly after Mass services with the same


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Obituary: Earl J. Jaramillo Oct. 16, 1941 – Oct. 30, 2020

EARL J. JARAMILLO Oct. 16, 1941 – Oct. 30, 2020

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved Dad and Grandfather, Earl Joseph (José) Jaramillo. Our Dad was called home Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 at the age of 79. He passed away doing one of the things he loved best, walking at Frenchy’s Field/Trail in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dad was preceded in death by his Father, Joseph Jaramillo, Mother, Drucilla Jaramillo, brothers Arthur Jaramillo, Joe Jaramillo Jr. and sister Drucilla (Sandoval) Jaramillo.

He is survived by his first wife Ruth (Montoya) Jaramillo; their seven children including


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Sally Bieler Chamberlin May 11, 1928 – Oct. 15, 2020

SALLY BIELER CHAMBERLIN May 11, 1928 – Oct. 15, 2020

Sally Bieler Chamberlin passed away peacefully in her home on October 15, 2020, surrounded by her three children and one daughter-in-law.

She is survived by her brother, Barrie H. Bieler; her three children, David Chamberlin, Linda Chamberlin, and Alan Chamberlin; her three grandchildren and her four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter S. Chamberlin.

Sally grew up in southern California where she attended Anoakia High School and graduated from Scripps College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950. She


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Obituary: Ana Andrea Ames Feb. 4, 1939 – Oct. 31, 2020 

ANA ANDREA AMES Feb. 4, 1939 – Oct. 31, 2020

Ana Andrea Ames, “Anita” was born February 4th, 1939 in Abreus, Cuba.

She came to the United States in the early 60s. She met her husband, Carl, in June of 1974 in Mexico City, Mexico. Their love for each other developed quickly on a tour bus on the way from Mexico City to Acapulco. They were married on June 12th, 1976 in New York City, NY at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Their son Richard was born June 26th, 1979.

Anita worked at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in the billing department for many years.

In 1989 Anita moved to Los Alamos with Carl. She has lived


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Obituary: John Redman Marshall III

JOHN REDMAN MARSHALL III April 6, 1936 – Oct. 19, 2020

John Redman Marshall III of Orlando, Florida passed away peacefully on the 19th of October 2020 in Los Alamos, New Mexico in the presence of his wife Elaine, son Nicholas, and dog Nina.

He was known as “Jack” to his friends and relations. Jack was born April 6, 1936, in Aurora, Illinois to John Redman Marshall II and Gladys Marie Beecher.

He was a proud member of the class of 1954 of Yorkville, Illinois high school. Jack joined the US Navy upon graduating from high school. After boot camp at Great Lakes, he attended electronics school at Treasure


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Obituary: Diana Dailey Ramsey May 7, 1937 – Oct. 18, 2020

DIANA DAILEY RAMSEY May 17, 1937 – Oct. 18, 2020

Diana Dalley Ramsey, age 83, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020 in her beautiful home and loving community in Elk Bend, Idaho.

She was born at Preston, Idaho, to Edith Lucinda Goff and Elbert Alonzo Dalley and was the oldest of two children.

After graduating from high school, she married Charles Witzel Ramsey at Elko, Nevada. They were later sealed in the Manti Temple in August of 1978.

Diana was preceded in death by her parents and brother Bruce.

She is survived by her loving husband; her four children (and spouses), Clay (Cindy), Lucinda Ramsey


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Obituary: Jose ‘Joe’ Ernesto Hernandez Nov. 7, 1941 – Oct. 17, 2020

JOSE “JOE” ERNESTO HERNANDEZ Nov. 7, 1941 – Oct. 17, 2020

Jose “Joe” Ernesto Hernandez, age 78, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2020

He was born in El Paso, TX on November 7, 1941, to Jose and Consuelo ‘Lupe’ Hernandez. He was preceded in death by his father, Jose Hernandez; mother, Consuelo ‘Lupe’ Hernandez.

Joe is survived by his most beloved wife, Elvira “Daisy” Hernandez of Rio Rancho, NM; sons, Darrek (Susan) Hernandez of Tucson, AZ; Kenny (Katharine) Hernandez of Albuquerque, NM; daughter, Trisha Ballweg of Stevens Point, WI; sister, Yolie Franco of El Paso,


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Obituary: Rosalie Taylor April 1, 1925 – Oct. 20, 2020

ROSALIE TAYLOR April 1, 1925 – Oct. 20, 2020

Rosalie Taylor passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 in the 96th year of her beautiful life.

She was born April 1, 1925 to Edythe and Edward Coffield. The doctor announced to the father of three girls that he finally had a boy. The April Fools’ joke was not appreciated as the doctor was never asked back to care for the family.

Rosalie was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Katherine, Marcella, and Maxine, and her brothers, Edward and John. Rosalie lost Joseph, her husband of 64 years, in 2016.

Rosalie is survived by her four children:


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Obituary: Conrad Fink Oct. 13, 2020

CONRAD FINK Oct. 13, 2020

Conrad Fink passed away peacefully on October 13th, 2020, at his home in Los Alamos. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Harold & Thelma, and sister Marylin.

He is survived by his wife Monica, children Susan, Michael, and Rebecca, and grandchildren Devyn, Liberty, Justice, Christian, River, and Phoenix, two sisters, and one brother.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the charity of your choice.

His burial will be a private service held later in Iowa. 

The family has entrusted Conrad to the care of Rivera Family Funerals & Cremations, 1627 A Central


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Obituary: Imogene Dison June 10, 1934 – July 14, 2020

IMOGENE DISON June 10, 1934 – July 14, 2020

Imogene Dison, a beloved well-known, long-time resident of Los Alamos, N.M. passed away on July 14th, 2020 at the age of 86 due to complications of dementia, with her son Joseph and granddaughters Amber and Tarah by her side.

Imogene was widowed to James Dison; mother of Letha (deceased), Joseph, and Todd Dison; step-mother of Lloyd, Leon, and Donna Loraine Dison; and was a grandmother and great-grandmother.

Imogene, together with her twin sister Josephine, older sister Virginia and younger brother Billy Dean, were born to Inez and Joe Gilbert and raised


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Obituary: Orest ‘Don’ Streltzoff Sept. 24, 1934 – Oct. 13, 2020

OREST “DON” STRELTZOFF Sept. 24, 1934 – Oct. 13, 2020

Don Strel, 86, died October 13, 2020 from myelogenous leukemia and dementia.

Don was born in San Francisco, California to Lorraine (McManus) and Orest Streltzoff and grew up near Golden Gate Park. He graduated from San Francisco State College, served in the Army at Fort Benjamin Harris in Indiana, and met his first wife, Sheila Sullivan.

He returned to San Francisco to teach art at San Francisco State and then became a professor of art and design at Northern Illinois University. He also taught at the Chicago Art Institute, working with high school


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Obituary: Linda Ann Breshears March 29, 1940 – Oct 13, 2020

LINDA ANN BRESHEARS March 29, 1940 – Oct. 13, 2020

Linda Ann Breshears, an adored wife of 59 years, a beloved mother of 5, a grandmother to 14, an avid volunteer and loving teacher, died on Oct 13, 2020 in Tucson, AZ. She was 80. 

She was born March 29, 1940, in Spokane, Washington. Never one to shy from adventure, in her early years she enjoyed skiing and summited several northwest peaks including Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams. Linda’s brother once said she got her intelligence and culinary skills from her mother and her effervescent personality and determination from her father.


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