Obituaries

Obituary: Daniel Von Helm Obituary: Sept. 1, 1970 – July 2, 2021

DANIEL VON HELM Sept. 1, 1970 – July 2, 2021

September 1, 1970 Santa Fe, New Mexico – July 2, 2021 Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Von was given the gift of life and now at 50 years old he has given it back. This is hard. He passed away quietly at home with his wife and doggies at his side due to cardiac arrest resulting from diabetes. 

Von grew up in Los Alamos and moved with his family to San Diego when he was a young teenager. He was animal loving, fix-anything, talk-your-ear-off for 10 hours straight (if you’d let him), incredibly all-around amazing man in every way.

He took great pride in owning every automotive


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Obituary: Abbe June Neal Aug. 20, 1956 – July 14, 2021

ABBE JUNE NEAL Aug. 20, 1956 – July 14, 2021

Abbe June Neal of Los Alamos, New Mexico passed away unexpectedly at her home July 14 at the age of 64.

Abbe was born in Boone, North Carolina August 20, 1956 to Shirley Hartley and Grady Lionell Lewis. She attended classes at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and worked as a Librarian until dedicating herself to raising her two children.

She had a vibrant and fun personality and had a passion for traveling, reading, and creating art. She was very loved and will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. The family would like to


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Obituary: Charles Douglas Miller Dec. 30, 1946-July 18, 2021

CHARLES DOUGLAS MILLER Dec. 30, 1946 – July 18, 2021

Charles Douglas Miller was born Dec. 30, 1946 in Dallas, Texas and passed away suddenly July 18, 2021 while on vacation with his family in Pagosa, Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Alma Miller and his son-in-law Anthony Ortega.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jan Fite Miller; their children: Melissa Fox and her husband Andy, Julie Keeler and her husband Tony, Sara Miller and her husband Yash Chathampally, Allison Ortega, and Christine Minshew and her husband Waylon; grandchildren: Nolan Fox, Reanne Keeler,


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Obituary: Jo Ann Montoya Oct. 25, 1942 – June 24, 2021

JO ANN MONTOYA Oct. 25, 1942 – June 24, 2021

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.

Jo Ann was born in McKeesport, PA to Vera and John Mench and she remained a devoted daughter to her parents all the days of their lives. Growing up in Los Alamos under the careful watch of her parents, she and her sister Diane (Dee Dee Cuthberson) recall a very blessed life full of so much color.

She is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents William and Dora Lynn, her parents John and Vera Lynn Mench, and her grandson Zachary Montoya.

A 1960 graduate of Los Alamos High School, Jo Ann attended the Pennsylvania


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Obituary: Thomas Eldon O’Hare Dec. 8, 1933 – June 15, 2021

THOMAS ELDON O’HARE Dec. 8, 1933 – June 15, 2021

EVERY MIND HAS A UNIQUE JOURNEY

Thomas Eldon O’Hare began his life in Milwaukee, WI and was the second of five children born to Evelyn Frances Luger and John Augustus O’Hare. After his family lived in St. Paul, Minnesota for a short period, they moved to Gallup, NM, where Tom traded his school knickers for the Levi’s that were common in the southwest in 1943.

Beginning with a year of study in a California seminary, he worked at Dunn Merchantile in Fort Defiance, AZ, learned to rebuild auto/motorcycle engines while finishing his early education in Waterflow,


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Obituary: Mahavir Jain December 1939 – June, 18 2021

MAHAVIR JAIN December 1939 – June, 18 2021

Mahavir Jain, 81, of Los Alamos, NM passed away after complications from a heart attack on June 18, 2021.

He was born to Raj Bahadur Jaiswal and Anguri Devi in December 1939 in Barther, India.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Agra College in 1957 and his master’s degree in physics from the University of Delhi in 1959, he emigrated to the United States in 1964 to pursue his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Maryland.

It was there he met and married JoAnn Dorson in Beltsville, MD in 1966. After finishing his Ph.D. in 1969, Mahavir performed research


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Obituary: Rev. Floyde Edgar Smith Jr. Feb. 10,1953 – July 9, 2021

Rev. Floyde Edgar Smith Jr. Feb. 10,1953 – July 9, 2021

A GOOD MAN, HUSBAND AND FATHER!

Sunrise February 10,1953 – Sunset July 9, 2021

Rev. Floyde Edgar Smith Jr. affectionately known as “Poppey” was born February 10, 1954 in Chicago, IL.

Floyde was the second child born to the union of Floyde Smith Sr. and Dorothy Dooley who both preceded him in death. Floyde had one Brother William Dooley who also preceded him in death, god sisters Vivian McCade and Tiffany McCoy, and sister-in-laws: Jessie Lee Peterson, Mary Mason, and Patricia Hopkins and brothers-in-laws: Eugene Peterson, Raymond Peterson,


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Obituary: Edyth E. Wilson May 31, 1930 – July 8, 2021

EDYTH E. WILSON May 31, 1930 – July 8, 2021

Edyth E. Wilson, age 91, born in 1930 in the front bedroom of a two-bedroom house on a dirt road in El Paso. Edyth Emma Liles began life in a way that created the determination that would be the hallmark of her life. A child of a pioneer family that had ranched the Magdalena and Socorro ranges before the depression, she and her siblings schooled and worked through the war years.

Edyth developed independence as her father worked as a pipe fitter and her mother raised the neighborhood’s children while other parents worked in factories, for the railroad or at the


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Obituary: Vera G. Martinez April 10, 1933 – June 20, 2021

VERA G. MARTINEZ April 10, 1933 – June 20, 2021

Vera G. Martinez, 88, a resident of Palmilla Senior Living passed away surrounded by her family on Sunday, June 20, 2021.

Vera is preceded in death by her parents Nick and Bessie Gallegos, father of her children Henry J. Martinez, her sister Laura Lujan, sister Lillian Salazar, and brother Roy Gallegos.

She was born to Nicasio (Nick) Gallegos and Vicentita (Bessie) Gallegos on April 10, 1933 in Jacona, New Mexico and worked for over 40 years for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Dancing and singing were among Vera’s greatest joys as were her


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Obituary: Paula Roybal Sánchez Jan. 10, 1954 – July 7, 2021

PAULA ROYBAL SANCHEZ Jan. 10, 1954 – July 7, 2021

Paula Roybal Sánchez (67) passed away peacefully in her home with her husband and sons by her side on July 7, 2021.

Paula was born on January 10, 1954 and was the eldest daughter of Pablo & Ruby Roybal. She grew up on the Rancho Las Lagunas dairy farm in Nambé, NM where she returned after attending New Mexico State University to live and raise her family.

Paula is survived by her Husband Gary; Sons: Andrés (Stephanie) and Diego (Vianey); Granddaughters: Devon, Eva & Liana; Siblings: Roberto, Ricardo (Judy), Santiago, Alfredo (Orlinda), Anna


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