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Obituary: John Paul Balagna Aug. 19, 1920 – Nov. 14, 2018

on November 19, 2018 - 5:29pm

JOHN PAUL BALAGNA Aug. 19, 1920 – Nov. 14, 2018

John Paul Balagna passed away peacefully on November 14, 2018 in his home. He was proud of his 98 years.

He enjoyed his two distinct profession; Analytical Chemist, Los Alamos National Labs, “The Manhattan Project”, 1944-1986, and in retirement started his Balagna Winery and became a skilled vintner, 1986-2008.

John graduated from Holy Cross College in Canon City, CO with a B.S. in Chemistry 1940 and continued graduate studies at University of Colorado and University of New Mexico with a major in Chemistry. He has a passion for learning.

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Obituary: Helen Byers March 20, 1931 – Nov. 8, 2018

on November 12, 2018 - 1:29pm

HELEN BYERS March 20, 1931  Nov. 8, 2018

Helen Byers, 87, formerly of Los Alamos, passed away November 8, 2018 in Arvada, Colorado surrounded by her family.

She was born in Salida Colorado March 20, 1931 to Ben Maestas and Naomi Alire-Maestas. She moved to Los Alamos with her family in 1947. Helen attended high school in Los Alamos graduating in 1949. Helen started her career at Los Alamos National Laboratory shortly after graduation. She stopped working at the LANL for a time to raise her family.  During this period, she worked for Los Alamos Public Schools as a bus driver.

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Obituary: Sandra Craig Brownell April 9, 1943 – Oct. 26, 2018

on November 10, 2018 - 8:54am

SANDRA CRAIG BROWNELL April 9, 1943 – Oct. 26, 2018

Sandra (Sandy) Craig Brownell, 75, of Los Alamos passed away peacefully after an extended illness on October 26, 2018 at St. Vincent’s Hospice in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her funeral service will be held in Los Alamos, New Mexico at The United Church on Canyon Road: public visitation with family on November 16 at 6:30 pm, funeral service on November 17th at 10:30 am with an internment at the church’s Columbarium.

Sandy was born on April 9, 1943 in Oneonta, New York to William and Ruth Craig.

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Obituary: Bennie Gonzales Nov. 2, 2018

on November 9, 2018 - 6:27am
BENNIE GONZALES Nov. 2, 2018
 
Bennie Gonzales, age 90, born in Mineral Hills, New Mexico and resident of Rio Rancho, passed away Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.
 
Mr. Gonzales is survived by his wife, Carmen; children, Tom Gonzales and wife, Debra, Peter Gonzales and wife, April; grandchildren, Thomas Gonzales, Victoria Gonzales, Kayla Gonzales, Jamie Abeyta, Chastity Gonzales and great-grandson, Azariah Gonzales, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
 
A visitation will be held from 9:45-10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Rd.
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Obituary: Gino Lucco Nov. 29, 1927 – Nov. 1, 2018

on November 8, 2018 - 9:18am

GINO LUCCO Nov. 29, 1927 – Nov. 1, 2018

Gino Lucco was born Luigino Secondo  Francisco Giuseppe Lucco in Turin, Italy. Surrounded by family, he peacefully passed away in Los Alamos, NM on Thursday November 1, 2018, All Saints Day. He lived a full and rich life of more than 90 years.

Nestled in the foothills of the Italian Alps, Gino was born to parents Vittorio and Rosina Lucco, an Italian family from the Piemonte region of Northern Italy.

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Obituary: Beatrice Pauline Morton Oct. 31, 2018

on November 3, 2018 - 5:33am
BEATRICE PAULINE MORTON Oct. 31, 2018
 
Beatrice (Bee) Pauline Morton, 92, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) Henry Morton; mother, Pauline Parsons; son, William Alan Morton; brother, Gerald (Jerry) Parsons.
 
During WWII, Beatrice worked as an engraver at Bremerton Naval Shipyard and as a teacher at a one room schoolhouse in Ninaview, Colorado. Bee enjoyed viewing fall colors and elk at Valle Grande Caldera. She was a homemaker, garden club member and a Los Alamos Christian Church member.
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Obituary: Bronwyn Gordon Dec. 6, 1943 – Oct. 31, 2018

on November 3, 2018 - 5:28am

BRONWYN GORDON Dec. 6, 1943 Oct. 31, 2018

On October 31, 2018, Bronwyn Gordon, audacious and generous nana of three grandsons and loyal friend to those she loved, died peacefully in her daughter’s home at the age of 74.

Bronwyn — known to most friends by the nickname “B”— was born on December 6, 1943 to Muriel and A. Powell Davies and received her degree in English literature with a creative writing emphasis in 1991, graduating summa cum laude from Dominican College of San Rafael, California.

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Obituary: Charles E. Hannaford Oct. 26, 2018

on October 30, 2018 - 7:40am

CHARLES E. HANNAFORD Oct. 26, 2018

Charles E. Hannaford, 91, died peacefully on October 26, 2018, surrounded by his family. 

Charles was born in White Hall, Illinois and joined the U.S. Navy, with his parent’s permission, before he was 18. He served on the USS Barnes Aircraft Carrier, Asiatic Pacific Campaign. He served honorably until discharged after the war. 

He attended Shurtleff College in Alton, Illinois where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After college he worked for Olin Matheson Corporation in the research and development division working with explosives.

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Obituary: Robert Lee Nance March 10, 1928 – Oct. 17, 2018

on October 29, 2018 - 7:39am
ROBERT LEE NANCE March 10, 1928 – Oct. 17, 2018
 
Bob Nance (March 10, 1928 – October 17, 2018) “was a great man with a kind soul who could out hike anyone half his age and was a wonderful story teller,” wrote a great nephew at the time his peaceful passing. Robert/ Bob was a true gentleman and highly generous with his love, time and resources.
 
Robert’s loving parents and brother, Arnold (6 years younger), lived on “Moonshine Hill,” Inspiration, Arizona. Their home looked down on the huge copper mine and smelter where his dad worked.
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Obituary: Andrew Jarrard Drake July 3, 1959 – Oct. 15, 2018

on October 27, 2018 - 6:59am

ANDREW JARRARD DRAKE July 3, 1959 – Oct. 15, 2018

Andrew Jarrard Drake (Drew), who was disabled during the last 5 years of his life, died following a fatal fall in his Albuquerque apartment. He was 59.

He was born in Marengo, Iowa at 11:50pm on July 3, 1959. The 10 minutes short of the 4th of July didn’t prevent him from being a firecracker. He was the son of Joy Jarrard Drake and Duane Holmes of Drake, MD.

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Memorial Service For James Coulter

on October 22, 2018 - 3:55pm

MEMORIAL SERVICE:

A Memorial Service for James Coulter is set for 10 a.m.  not 11 a.m. as previously announced, Nov. 3 at the United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road.

Letter To The Editor: Skate Park Youth Are Awesome!

on October 19, 2018 - 8:43am
By MONICA WITT
Los Alamos

My 10-year-old son had a decent size fall at the skate park after school on Wednesday afternoon. He fell and smashed his face into the concrete and two young men (high school, maybe?) called 911, used their own sweatshirts to stop the bleeding, and then got a hold of my husband at work to tell him to come over to the skate park.

I want the community to know what awesome kids these are, I want their parents to know what a great job they did dealing with a stressful situation, and I want them to know how much I appreciate their willingness and quick response to the

Obituary: Katherine Hitson April 30, 1988–Oct. 12, 2018

on October 18, 2018 - 4:59am
KATHERINE (WEISBROD) HITSON
April 30, 1988 Oct. 12, 2018
 
Katherine (Weisbrod) Hitson, 30, passed from this life Oct. 12, 2018. She died in Santa Fe, NM after battling cancer for nearly three years.
 
Katie was born in Dallas, Texas April 30, 1988 and moved with her parents to Los Alamos, NM, in 1992. She graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2006.
 
From childhood into adulthood, Katie was involved in ballet, gymnastics, Girl Scouts, high school band, Santa Fe Youth Symphony and Los Alamos Community Winds as well as band at NMSU.
 
Katie loved children and they loved her.
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Obituary: Bruce Gavett Sept. 3, 1927 – Oct. 10, 2018

on October 16, 2018 - 9:12am

BRUCE GAVETT Sept. 3, 1927 – Oct. 10, 2018

Bruce Gavett, born September 3, 1927, died peacefully surrounded by loved ones on October 10th, 2018.

To say that Bruce lived life “full up” would be an understatement. He was born in New York City and joined the USMC before he was 18 with his parents’ permission.  He served honorably until discharged in 1945. After the war he went to work in mines and oilfields all over the west from Texas to Idaho to Washington. His stories from the mines and oilfields were endless and always very entertaining.

Bruce moved to Vermont and was for many years the

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Obituary: Arnold John Sierk Nov. 10, 1946 – Oct. 11, 2018

on October 15, 2018 - 10:20am

ARNOLD JOHN SIERK Nov. 10, 1946 – Oct. 11, 2018

Arnold John Sierk passed away Friday, October 12th at the age of 71 from complications of treatment for lymphoma.

Arnie was born November 10, 1946 in Batavia, NY, the third child of Dorothy Wild and Norman Lindsey Sierk. He grew up on a dairy farm in Darien Center, which gave him a foundation of a strong work ethic and self-discipline that he carried throughout his life.

He went to college at Cornell University, graduating in 1968, and then received a PhD in Physics from California Institute of Technology in 1972. It was at Cornell in

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Obituary: Mark Brimhall Wells Oct. 7, 2018

on October 14, 2018 - 6:00pm

MARK BRIMHALL WELLS Oct. 7, 2018

 

Mark Brimhall Wells, long-time resident of Los Alamos, passed away October 7, 2018.

 

He spent his career as a mathematician and computer scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (1951-1980; appointed Group Leader of Computer Science Research in 1968), and as Department Head of the Computer Science Department at New Mexico State University (1980-1989).

 

Mark’s passions included skiing, gardening, hiking, camping, chess, basketball, tennis, sailing, and the outdoors.

 

He was instrumental in the development of the Los Alamos Ski Area (1950’s

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Obituary: Paul Eugene Harper Nov. 6, 1923 – Oct. 1, 2018

on October 12, 2018 - 5:28am

PAUL EUGENE HARPER Nov. 6, 1923 – Oct. 1, 2018

Paul was born November 6, 1923, in Garvin, OK to Wheeler and Bertha Harper as the seventh of ten children. He passed away peacefully on October 1, 2018 at the age of 94 in Albuquerque, NM. 

Paul grew up during the Great Depression, spending most of his time working on the family farm and helping to take care of his three younger siblings. Despite those responsibilities, he managed to excel in all of his school-related activities. In high school, he graduated at the top of his class and was a multiyear all-state basketball player.

Paul was

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Obituary: James Coulter Sept. 28. 2018

on October 5, 2018 - 8:48am
JAMES COULTER Sept. 28, 2018
 
James Coulter, passed on to his Heavenly home Sept. 28, 2018 at the age of 101.
 
Born the son of George and Mabel Coulter, he grew up the middle of seven children on a farm in southern Illinois during the Great Depression.
 
He had a happy childhood in a close-knit family, but following his graduation from High School James moved to Morton, IL to find work.
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Obituary: Roy Neil ‘Hoppy’ Hopwood Feb. 3, 1931 – Sept. 20, 2018

on October 1, 2018 - 2:47pm

ROY NEIL ‘HOPPY’ HOPWOOD Feb. 3, 1931 – Sept. 20, 2018

Roy Neil Hopwood of Los Alamos passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on the morning of September 20, 2018 following a 10-month battle with cancer. He was 87 years old. 

Roy was born in Fayette, Alabama and spent his childhood in Amory, Mississippi and Florence, Alabama.  He graduated high school in 1949 and moved to Los Alamos at age 18, living with his sister and brother-in-law in Los Alamos while working on his electrical apprenticeship.

In 1951, Roy was drafted into the Army’s First Armored Division, trained at Fort

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Obituary: Robert (Bobby) L. Fuechsel Sept. 16, 2018

on September 26, 2018 - 7:51am

ROBERT (BOBBY) L. FUECHSEL Sept. 16, 2018

Robert (Bobby) L. Fuechsel, 53, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Lee Fuechsel; paternal grandparents, Lamar and Louise Howell; father and mother-in-law, David and Lydia Hervey; and brother-in-law, David Hervey Jr.

Robert was employed by Los Alamos National Laboratory and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers-Local 1579 in Augusta, GA.

He is survived by his wife, Penelope (Penny) Fuechsel of Los Alamos; son,

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Obituary: Anthony (David) Montoya Sept. 13, 2018

on September 23, 2018 - 5:38pm

ANTHONY (DAVID) MONTOYA Sept. 13, 2018

Anthony (David) Montoya passed away in Surprise, Arizona on September 13, 2018.

David was born in Embudo, NM, and graduated from Espanola High School in 1962. He joined the United States Army after high school. After completing his military service, he went to work for Pacific Telephone until his retirement.

He married the love of his life, Judy Espinoza, on August 23, 1965. The two spent 53 loving years together and raised 3 beautiful children.

David was preceded in death by his father Leo Montoya and mother Ernestine Montoya.

David is survived by

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Obituary: Thelma D. Segura Oct. 10, 1919 – Sept. 11, 2018

on September 18, 2018 - 4:36pm

THELMA DOMINGUEZ SEGURA Oct. 10, 1919 – Sept. 11, 2018

Thelma D. Segura died peacefully on September 11, 2018 at the age of 98 years in Albuquerque surrounded by her loving family.

Thelma was born on October 10, 1919 in Clayton, New Mexico. She is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years Neno Segura and son Thomas and Dora Segura. 

Thelma is survived by her children Samia and Jerry Davis, Floyd and Stephanie Segura, Neno and Victoria Segura, Nina and Ken Gallegos, Ginny Loucks, and Michael Segura.

Thelma is survived by her 13 grandchildren: Anthony and Cynthia Segura, Neno and

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Obituary: James J. Hults May 11, 1986 – Aug. 19, 2018

on September 17, 2018 - 6:05am
JAMES J. HULTS May 11, 1986  Aug. 19, 2018
 
Our beloved James J. Hults, 32, of Lafayette, slipped away from this life at home surrounded by his loving family Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018.
 
He came into this world fighting to live at a mere 3.5 lbs on Sunday (Mother’s Day) May 11, 1986, in Los Alamos, NM.
 
He grew up playing YAFL flag footfall, but could never make weight to continue. He played Little League baseball, ran middle school track, played LASO and high school soccer.
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Obituary: Mary Van Dyk Medendorp Feb. 7, 1945 – Sept. 10, 2018

on September 15, 2018 - 2:34pm
MARY VAN DYK MEDENDORP Feb. 7, 1945 – Sept. 10, 2018
 
Mary Alyce Medendorp age 73 died on September 10, 2018 after a long struggle with lung cancer, quietly in her sleep and resting in the arms of her Heavenly Father.
 
She was born on February 7, 1945 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Gerrit Van Dyk and Nellie Van Dyk as the sixth of seven children. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Marvin Van Dyk, and her sister Betty Vandermay.
 
Mary is survived by her husband of 51 years, Allen H. Medendorp. They were married June 16, 1967 in Grand Rapids Michigan.
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Obituary: Edgar B. Stein Sept. 12, 1922 – July 6, 2018

on September 12, 2018 - 8:58am

EDGAR B. STEIN Sept. 12, 1922 – July 6, 2018

Deuce. Advantage. Game.

Edgar B. Stein finished his last table tennis match on July 6, 2018 in Weatherford, TX where he was close to his youngest daughter, Karen, and her husband Rick Brown. He was 95. He is also survived by his son, Erik, and wife Michelle, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Dad was born in Murphysboro, IL on September 12, 1922 and grew up in Champaign-Urbana.

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