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Obituary: Ben Murphy April 26, 1962 – July 13, 2018

on July 18, 2018 - 8:55am

BEN MURPHY April 26, 1962 – July 13, 2018

Ben Murphy passed away on July 13, 2018, in Melbourne, Florida. He was born April 26, 1962.

He is survived by his mother, Nancy Murphy Waller, brother Bart Murphy, sister Susie Murphy Gram, wife Laura Murphy, and daughters Heather, Ashley and Courtney.

He is survived my numerous nieces and nephews.

He was a gentle giving person, and will be missed.

Memorial visitation will take place at Beckman Williamson Funeral Home in Viera, FL. A service in Santa Fe is pending.

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Obituary: Larry Hatler July 12, 2018

on July 17, 2018 - 9:39am

LARRY HATLER July 12, 2018

Larry Hatler passed away on Thursday morning, July 12th at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque.

Larry was born in a cabin outside of Cloudcroft, New Mexico to Eula Mae and Odell Hatler. He was raised in Central New Mexico, outside of Silver City, where his dad was a bull dozer operator at the Kennecott copper mine.

Larry attended Cobre High School and continued his education at the University of New Mexico, ((UNM) where he was awarded both BS and MS degrees in Chemical engineering.

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Obituary: Lo Ree Bunch Feb. 1, 1932 – May 30, 2018

on July 17, 2018 - 8:43am

LO REE BUNCH Feb. 1, 1932 – May 30, 2018

Lo Ree Bunch, 86, peacefully passed away May 30, 2018, at Los Alamos Medical Center with her loving husband by her side.

Lo Ree was the best friend and beloved wife of her only love of 55 years, Paul C. Bunch of White Rock, New Mexico. Devoted mother of two sons, Roger Bunch and wife Mattie, Roger is a Manager at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Health System, and Steven Bunch and wife Bridget, Steven owns Skyland Aircraft. The youngest daughter of her late parents: Earl and Goldie Mae Orten- Waterson. Beloved sister of her late brother and sister: Don E.

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Obituary: Thomas Lee Biggs June 2, 1944 – July 4, 2018

on July 13, 2018 - 5:05pm

 THOMAS LEE BIGGS June 2, 1944 – July 4, 2018

Thomas Lee Biggs, 74, resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

Thomas was born on June 2, 1944 in Glenpool, Oklahoma to Helen and William Biggs. 

In his Career with the Army he served in Korea from December 1962-October 1965. Tom received his degree in Electrical Engineering in May of 1971 from the University of Kansas.

He married Vicki Harman on August 14, 1977. Their last residence was in White Rock, New Mexico.

Tom enjoyed boating, water skiing, canoeing, hiking, cross country skiing and overseas traveling.

Tom is

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Obituary: Frances Marie (Evenich) Kasik May 4, 1929 – July 7, 2018

on July 13, 2018 - 4:58pm
FRANCES MARIE (EVENICH) KASIK May 4, 1929 July 7, 2018
 
This beautiful Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Friend, and Great Grandmother became an Angel on July 7, 2018 at her home in Las Vegas, NV.
 
She was born on May 4, 1929 in Raton, NM, as the fourth child of ten from John and Mary Evenich. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert F. Kasik, a WWII Veteran; her brothers, Tony, Steve, Albert and William Evenich and her Sister Matilda Massingale. She has four siblings who are still living, Dorothy Nelson, and Brothers John, Charles, and Danny Evenich.
 
Frances was born in Raton,
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Obituary: Jason Allen Young Sept. 30, 1971 – June 24, 2018

on July 12, 2018 - 5:12pm

Jason Allen Young Sept. 30, 1971 – June 24, 2018

Jason Allen Young was born Sept. 30, 1971 and died June 24, 2018. A Boise native, Jason attended elementary and jr. high school in Boise and then completed high school in Kailua, Hawaii.  

Jason returned to Boise after high school where he developed a passion for rock climbing and snowboarding. He traveled to sites of high adventure, often with his brother. Jason thrived on competitive camaraderie in all of his outdoor activities.

Jason attended ISU and, upon earning his degree, relocated to Los Alamos, New Mexico for work.

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Obituary: Mary Kathleen Majeski Padgett

on July 12, 2018 - 4:48pm

KATHLEEN M. PADGETT March 5, 1946 – June 29, 2018

Mary Kathleen Majeski Padgett, born in Topeka, Kansas March 5, 1946, passed away in Albuquerque, New Mexico June 29, 2018. Her parents Alice Peyton Majeski and Chester Arthur Majeski and her husband of 38 years Gilbert Allen Padgett predecease her. She is survived by three loving cousins Nancy Bennett, Maria Vaughan and Pamela Young.

Kathy spent her early years in Topeka, Kansas and Mobile, Alabama before graduating from high school in 1964 in Colonial Heights, Virginia.

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Obituary: Esther Caroline (Kittelson) Larson Nov. 18, 1926 – June 1, 2018

on July 6, 2018 - 6:00pm

ESTHER CAROLINE (KITTELSON) LARSON Nov. 18, 1926 – June 1, 2018

Esther Caroline Larson passed away on June 1, 2018 peacefully at Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living in Los Alamos, NM.

Esther was born on November 18, 1926 to Martin and Alma Kittelson in Lac Qui Parle County on a farm near Appleton, Minnesota. She was the 5th of eight siblings. Esther attended Moorhead State College and received her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation. Esther also received a teaching degree at the University of Minnesota.

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Obituary: Sharon Martha (Sibbitt) Kettwich MD Dec. 4, 1949 – June 10, 2018

on July 4, 2018 - 5:41pm

SHARON MARTHA (SIBBITT) KETTWICH MD Dec. 4, 1949 – June 10, 2018

Sharon Martha (Sibbitt) Kettwich MD passed away June 10, 2018 at her ranch home in Albuquerque, NM in the presence of her loving family.

Dr. Kettwich was a physician, a commercial pilot, an artist, a businesswoman, an Arabian horse enthusiast, a wife and a mother.

Born Sharon Martha Sibbitt December 4, 1949 in Lafayette, Indiana to Dr. Wilmer L. Sibbitt, PhD Chemical Engineering (Purdue University, Indiana) and Selma D. Otte, Technical Librarian (University of Oklahoma).

Sharon lived her childhood in Los Alamos, NM complete

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Obituary: Jonathan Zachary Montoya June 29, 2018

on July 3, 2018 - 3:50pm

JONATHAN ZACHARY MONTOYA June 29, 2018

Jonathan Zachary Montoya, 28, a resident of Los Alamos, left this world far too early on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Zach was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Dennis and Maria Montoya and John and Vera Mench (GiGi and Poppy); aunt, Stella Sandoval; uncles, Robert and Dennis Montoya; cousins, Robby and Raymond Montoya and close friends, Nick Naranjo and Ricky Gonzales.

Zach is the beloved son of Jennifer Montoya-Aylmer and step-son of Lee Aylmer of White Rock.

Zach’s struggles were real and to pretend otherwise would be a disservice to his

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Obituary: Linda Rickel June 25, 2018

on June 27, 2018 - 9:57am

LINDA RICKEL June 25, 2018

Linda Rickel passed away June 25th, 2018, in the arms of her loving husband Dwight. Linda and Dwight were enjoying their 55th year of marriage, which produced two wonderful children, Erika and Aaron. She also leaves behind her beloved son-in law Daniel, daughter-in law Suzie, 3 grandchildren, Carmen, Simone and Aiden, brothers David and Scotty, sister-in-law Elaine, and numerous friends.

Linda was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and moved to Cleveland, Ohio where she met her husband Dwight.

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Obituary: Constance Mary Cobb March 11, 1943 – June 25, 2018

on June 27, 2018 - 9:05am

CONSTANCE MARY COBB March 11, 1943 – June 25, 2018 

Constance Mary Cobb was born March 11, 1943, in Rockford, Illinois to Norman and Geraldine Olson.

Constance (known to everyone as Connie) married Donald Cobb (Don) on August 3, 1963. They moved to Los Alamos from Iowa City, Iowa, with their two-year-old daughter Paula, arriving on July 22, 1970. Their daughter Allison was born in March, 1971. (Connie often remarked that, at first, she thought it was just the change in altitude.) They have been members of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Los Alamos for 48 years.

Connie graduated

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Obituary: Marie Conn Nester Oct. 25, 1931 – June 19, 2018

on June 27, 2018 - 8:11am

MARIE CONN NESTER Oct. 25, 1931 – June 19, 2018

Marie Conn Nester, age 86, passed away on June 19, 2018.  Marie was born on her family's farm in Richardson County, NE, on October 25, 1931, to William and Anna Kean. 

Marie was preceded in death by her husbands James Conn and Harry Nester, and granddaughter Kelsi Conn.

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Obituary: Jean Loretta (Waiter) Dabney Jan. 5, 1920 – Aug. 19, 2017

on June 25, 2018 - 4:04pm

JEAN LORETTA (WAITER) DABNEY Jan. 5, 1920 – Aug. 19, 2017

Jean Loretta (Waiter) Dabney was born January 5, 1920 and went to be with our Lord on August 19, 2017.

Jean was raised on a farm in Michigan and moved to Chicago to work for Zenith Radio just before WWII started. Jean served in the Army as a WAC in Los Alamos during WWII where she met her husband, Winston Dabney. They remained in Los Alamos for over 60 years, where they raised their family and worked for LANL.

In their golden years they moved to Casa Grande, AZ to enjoy the year round hot weather.

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Obituary: Darle Howat Vosburgh Jan. 11, 1930 – March 11, 2018

on June 20, 2018 - 9:09am
DARLE HOWAT VOSBURGH Jan. 11, 1930 March 11, 2018
 
A memorial is planned for June 23 in Belen, New Mexico for Darle Howat Vosburgh, 88, who died March 11th in Los Alamos as a result of multiple health issues.
 
Darle Howat was born January 11, 1930 in Staten Island, New York to Walter and Agnes Howat. Walter was a chemist and ceramics engineer during World War I and founded a ceramics casting company in Tottenville, at the southern tip of Staten Island.
 
Darle loved the outdoors and spent her childhood years caring for and riding horses along Staten Island beaches.
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Obituary: Terry D. Langham Sept. 30, 1937 – June 7, 2018

on June 14, 2018 - 10:06am
TERRY D. LANGHAM Sept. 30, 1937 June 7, 2018
 
Terry D. Langham, 80, a long-term resident of Los Alamos, New Mexico, was born Sept. 30, 1937 in Fredrick, Oklahoma.
 
He died peacefully at home on June 7, 2018 with his wife, Clarice, by his side.
 
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
 
Arrangements are under the direction of De Vargas Funeral Home.
 
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Obituary: James Jim Patrick Borrego Feb. 20, 1965 – June 11, 2018

on June 13, 2018 - 10:59am

JAMES JIM PATRICK BORREGO Feb. 20, 1965 – June 11, 2018

On the afternoon of June 11, 2018, the angels came to lead our brother, James Jim Patrick Borrego into paradise.

Jim was born on February 20, 1965 in Los Alamos, to Tony and Jessie Borrego. He was a lifelong resident of White Rock and the second of four sons. He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1983 and later from ITT Tech in Albuquerque. He then began his career at LAHS in the electronics department and after 25 years, planned his retirement at the end of June, prior to him falling ill in the early spring. 

Jim lived a quiet

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Obituary: Clinton Webb Jan. 14, 1936 – June 6, 2018

on June 10, 2018 - 9:54am

CLINTON BERT WEBB Jan. 14, 1936 – June 6, 2018

Clint Webb, 82, peacefully passed away in his home with his loving family by his side. He fought a long, courageous and dignified battle, but the long term effects of Alzheimer’s took its toll.

Clint was born on January 14, 1936 in Brigham City, Utah and adopted by Bert and Hattie Webb shortly after. He was adored by his mother and he loved and adored her until she passed away when he was 15 years old. He grew up in Las Vegas, NV and met his wife while in High School, but they didn’t start dating until after they both graduated.

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Obituary: Elizabeth Weiss Jan. 16, 1931 – May 12, 2018

on June 8, 2018 - 7:47am
ELIZABETH WEISS Jan. 16, 1931 May 12, 2018
 
Elizabeth Weiss, 87, of Los Alamos, passed away May 12, 2018, after a lengthy illness.
 
She was born Elizabeth Schwenkert in Ulm, Germany January 16, 1931 and immigrated to the US in 1950. She lived in New York City where she met her husband, Eugene and they wed in 1954. Elizabeth had two children and worked with Eugene in the family dry cleaning business.
 
In 1992, Elizabeth moved to Los Alamos, where she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, going to the pool, and sewing.
 
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband
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Obituary: Charles ‘Chuck’ Clevenger Aug. 6, 1942 – May 4, 2018

on June 7, 2018 - 10:05pm

CHARLES ‘CHUCK’ CLEVENGER Aug. 6, 1942 – May 4, 2018

Charles “Chuck” Clevenger passed away May 4, 2018 at his home in Edgewood, NM. He was born August 6, 1942 in Kansas, to the late Marion and Margaret Clevenger.

He went on to become a Journeyman Wireman in construction until he retired in 2011. He was initiated into the IBEW Union Local 611 in April 1964 where he remained a member for 54 years.

Chuck enjoyed hunting, fishing, tools, and Ford’s. He was rough around the edges and enjoyed giving everyone a hard time but deep down had a big heart.

Chuck was preceded in death by his sisters,

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Obituary: Jason David Zurbrugg Nov. 3, 1978 – May 28, 2018

on June 4, 2018 - 3:13pm

JASON DAVID ZURBRUGG Nov. 3, 1978 – May 28, 2018

Jason David Zurbrugg, 39, passed away unexpectedly on May 28, 2018.

He was born Nov. 3, 1978 in Columbus, Indiana, to David Lawrence and Diane Jean Davis Zurbrugg. He married Beckie Angell Morrison November 3, 2009 in Columbus, Indiana.

Jason overcame many trials in his short life to become a much loved, talented and knowledgeable father, step-father and husband. Jason was brilliant. He loved being outdoors and worked in landscaping and pond design.

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Obituary: Kenneth John Wilson July 1, 1926 – May 24, 2018

on June 4, 2018 - 2:26pm
KENNETH JOHN WILSONJuly 1, 1926  May 24, 2018
 
Kenneth John Wilson, age 91, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 24, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Marge.
 
Ken was born July 1, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to John and Ruth Wilson. He attended one year at the University of Chicago before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Force. After an honorable discharge in 1945, he chose to continue his education at Grinnell College in Iowa. This choice was a wise one, since in addition to studying economics, he met a lovely young lady from Tulsa, Oklahoma, named Marjorie Webster.
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Obituary: Judith S. Dudziak March 17, 2018

on June 1, 2018 - 7:32am
JUDITH S. DUDZIAK March 17, 2018
 
Judith S. Dudziak, 82, of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away on March 17, 2018 in Dallas, Texas of heart and lung failure.
 
She grew up in Western Pennsylvania and earned a BA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1963. She and her husband, the love of her life, Donald J. Dudziak, were married for over 58 years. Judy and Don lived in Pittsburgh, both working at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory (Naval reactors) until 1965, when they moved to Los Alamos, NM. There they raised their 3 children, Alan, Matt, and Karin.
 
Judy remained in Los Alamos
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Obituary: Rebecca Easley July 10, 1928 – May 29, 2018

on June 1, 2018 - 6:25am

REBECCA EASLEY July 10, 1928 May 29, 2018

It is with great sorrow that I inform you that Rebecca Easley passed away on May 29, 2018. She would have been ninety on July 10, 2018.

Rebecca and her husband, George, were married in Kokomo, IN on June 18, 1950, just two weeks after they graduated from Indiana Central College. They have three sons: Matthew (Sue) in St. Louis, MO; Brett (Susan) in Santiago, Chile; and Jonathan (Paula) in Tucson, AZ. They are blessed with 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Becky taught English and Reading in Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, and New Mexico.

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Obituary: Wanda Mae (Wagner) Higgins July 16, 1920 – May 28, 2018

on May 31, 2018 - 10:14am

WANDA MAE (WAGNER) HIGGINS July 16, 1920 – May 28, 2018

Wanda Mae (Wagner) Higgins, age 97, passed away May 28, 2018 surrounded by family and music at Hummingbird Music Camp in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. 

Wanda was born July 16, 1920 in Dolores, Colorado to Elmer and Sarah (Kellogg) Wagner. She moved to Albuquerque in 1937 and married Kenneth Lloyd “KL” Higgins in 1939. Together they founded Hummingbird Music Camp, where she cooked, cleaned, and supported every child who came to camp as a team with her husband.

She received many accolades over the years, including the NM Platinum Music

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