Obituaries

Obituary: Albert Schoolcraft April 1, 1927 – March 29, 2021

ALBERT SCHOOLCRAFT April 1, 1927 – March 29, 2021

Albert Schoolcraft was born April 1, 1927 in Albuquerque, NM and passed away March 29, 2021 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Albert enlisted in the Navy in 1945 and was honorably discharged in 1952. He worked as a vacuum leak detection specialist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 45 years and, after retiring, returned for another 15 years. Albert also taught others, participating in seminars across the country.

Albert took pride in having a manicured lawn and enjoyed planting flowers, trout fishing, reading and watching classic movies. Albert


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Obituary: Della Lucille Honsinger Feb. 27, 1915 – April 8, 2021

DELLA LUCILLE HONSINGER Feb. 27, 1915 – April 8, 2021

Della Lucille (Whitley) Honsinger died on April 8, 2021, in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

She was 106 years old, having been born on the family homestead in the Okanogan valley of North Central Washington state on February 27, 1915.

She was known as “Lucille” or “Lucy”, and became the central figure in a large extended family, remarkable for its involvement in community, spread over the Western United States, from Washington to Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. 

Her descendants included librarians, nurses, attorneys, architects,


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Obituary: Maureen O’Dea Hollander April 29, 1953 – April 8, 2021

MAUREEN O’DEA HOLLANDER April 29, 1953 – April 8, 2021

Maureen “Missy” O’Dea Hollander, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Rio Rancho, NM due to complications from her heart conditions.

Missy was born April 29, 1953 to Dr. Hugh B. Woodward and wife Aileen in Rochester, NY, subsequently moving to Albuquerque, NM. She graduated from Highland High School in 1971, and obtained her BS in Nursing from the University of New Mexico in 1975.

She married her High School sweetheart on August 12, 1972 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Albuquerque, NM.


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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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