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Obituary: Alice W. Johnson Nov. 2, 2019

on November 11, 2019 - 7:09am

ALICE W. JOHNSON Nov. 2, 2019

Alice W. Johnson, 83, a lifelong resident of Los Alamos, NM, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends at her sister Irene's home in Santa Fe, NM.

She is preceded in death by her parents Herman and Helen Martinez, and husband Merle.

She is survived by her loving companion John Danielson, her precious dogs, her siblings Luis Martinez (Rose), Annie Bonnell, Cecilia Jaramillo (Fred), Irene Martinez, Olivia Montoya, Carmen Guzman (Joaquin), Lucy Guzman, Mary Campos, Michelle Romero,

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Obituary: Jan Sander Oct. 18, 2019

on November 7, 2019 - 3:08pm

JAN SANDER Oct. 18, 2019

Jan Sander, a long-time resident of White Rock, passed away on October 18, 2019, of cancer.

She was born Janet Lee Blohm in Chicago in 1942, but soon thereafter resided in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Jan met her future husband, Oscar Sander, there playing Kick the Can” in the street that separated their childhood homes. They dated in high school, enjoyed university life, were married in 1961, and spent 58 exciting, wonderful years totally in love with each other. They were a team and did everything together

Before moving to New Mexico, Jan and her family moved 26

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Obituary: Brian Bruce Glover June 18, 1976 – Oct. 30, 2019

on November 6, 2019 - 11:10am

BRIAN BRUCE GLOVER June 18, 1976 Oct. 30, 2019

Brian Bruce Glover, 43, of Los Alamos, NM died unexpectedly on October 30, 2019.

He was born June 18, 1976, in Deadwood, SD. He is the first child and only son of Terry and Kay Glover. Brian grew up in Sturgis, SD and was joined by five sisters, each of whom he loved dearly. Brian took being a big brother seriously and was very protective of “The Sisters”.

It was evident at an early age that he loved science as he was always reading Popular Science magazines. Brian was curious and inventive at a level that astounded most.

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Obituary: William (Bill) Lloyd Spurgeon Nov. 19, 1957 – Oct. 30, 2019

on November 4, 2019 - 6:58am

WILLIAM LLOYD SPURGEON Nov. 19, 1957 – Oct. 30, 2019

William (Bill) Lloyd Spurgeon age, 61, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

He was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and moved to Albuquerque at the age of 3. He attended Bel Air Elementary School, McKinley Jr. High School, and Del Norte High School in Albuquerque.

He and his family moved to Los Alamos where he attended Los Alamos High School for his senior year.

Bill proudly served in the Navy from 1975 to 1980 where he began his journey as an electrical technician and engineer.

After the Navy,

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Obituary: Margaret Kook-Sun Chan Dec. 24, 1946 – Oct. 24, 2019

on October 30, 2019 - 4:04pm

MARGARET KOOK-SUN CHAN Dec. 24, 1946 – Oct. 24, 2019

Margaret Kook-Sun Chan, 72, of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, formerly of Los Alamos, NM, died peacefully on Thursday, October 24th at City of Hope Hospital in Southern California after a long but courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Guangzhou, China in 1946, she moved to Hong Kong and graduated from the Chinese University of HK. She then immigrated to the United States and received a Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1975. There she met her loving husband and started a family.

In her 40’s, she returned to school and obtained

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Obituary: Tina Marie Shalek Oct. 18, 2019

on October 29, 2019 - 5:12pm

TINA MARIE SHALEK Oct. 18, 2019

Tina Marie Shalek, 59 of Los Alamos passed away on October 18, 2019.

She was born in Hinsdale, Illinois to Rosemarie and Peter Shalek. Tina graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1981. She moved into the Peach Street Group Home in 1984, a place that became a second home and family throughout her life.

Tina was involved in her community through the Special Olympics, the local ARC, the local animal shelter, Las Cumbres Community Services and the United Church of Los Alamos. She loved to ride the trolley and go out to eat.

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Obituary: Rosemarie Castelli Shalek Aug. 31, 2019

on October 29, 2019 - 5:12pm

ROSEMARIE CASTELLI SHALEK Aug. 31, 2019

Rosemarie Castelli Shalek, 92 of Los Alamos passed away on August 31, 2019.

She was born in Mark, Illinois to Virgil and Enis Castelli, immigrants from Italy. Rosie graduated from Illinois State University with a master’s in counseling and received a bachelor’s degree in teaching. She worked as a guidance counselor in Lyons Township, Illinois and taught Business Education for many years and then Home Economics at Cumbres Jr. High School when they moved to Los Alamos.

Rosie was married to Peter Dean Shalek in 1957 and they were devoted to each other

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Obituary: Darryl B. Smith Oct. 25, 2019

on October 29, 2019 - 4:12pm

DARRYL B. SMITH Oct. 25, 2019

Darryl B. Smith, 83, a resident of Los Alamos since 1958, died Friday, October 25, 2019, after a short illness.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; a son, Brian and wife Sarah, of Portland, Oregon; a daughter Allyson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and a sister, Catherine Scheel and husband Len, of White Rock, New Mexico.

Smith was born in Ryan, Iowa, and grew up in Decatur, Illinois. He received a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico and worked as a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 37 years.

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Obituary: Beth MacArthur Boyer Oct. 17, 2019

on October 29, 2019 - 7:27am
BETH MACARTHUR BOYER Oct. 17, 2019
 
Beth MacArthur Boyer passed away at home peacefully Oct. 17 at 99 years of age, attended by several family members.
 
Beth was born in Mount Pleasant, Utah and spent her youth in Salt Lake City, where she graduated in English at the University of Utah. Beth was an artist with language, precise in her choice of words and delightfully witty.
 
After marrying Utah native Keith Boyer she lived in Morristown, New Jersey; Watertown, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Los Alamos and finally Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
In the course of this journey Beth went
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Obituary: Richard Scott Fisher Jan. 21, 1969 – Oct. 13, 2019

on October 28, 2019 - 10:11am
RICHARD SCOTT FISHER Jan. 21, 1969 – Oct. 13, 2019
 
Richard Scott Fisher, 50, died unexpectedly on Oct. 13, 2019.
 
Richard is survived by his parents Cindi Robertson and Stanley Fisher; his brother Raymond Fisher; and his grandfather Richard Robertson. He is predeceased by his grandmother, Carol Robertson.
 
Richard was born in Los Alamos on Jan. 21, 1969 to Cindi and Stanley and went to school in Pojoaque and Los Alamos. He worked for a short time at McDonald’s and at a local gas station.
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Obituary: Jean Michael Fuselier June 11, 1987 – Oct. 18, 2019

on October 22, 2019 - 5:29pm

JEAN MICHAEL FUSELIER June 11, 1987 – Oct. 18, 2019

Jean Michael Fuselier began a new journey, unexpectedly on October 18, 2019.

Michael, as he was known to just about all, came running impatiently into this world in Asheville, NC on June 11, 1987. He must have been in a rush to meet his parent’s Robert (Bob) and Susie Fuselier and his big sister Jennifer.

Michael started his life of traveling and service early on when he went with his family to Honduras where they lived in an orphanage. Shortly after returning from this journey Michael became a big brother to the new addition, Bobby.

The

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Obituary: Cecil W. Thorn Oct. 18, 2019

on October 21, 2019 - 6:26pm
CECIL W. THORN Oct. 18, 2019
 
Cecil W. Thorn, 87, a resident of White Rock, New Mexico, passed awat peacefully on Friday, October 18, 2019 in Rockport, Texas.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and May Thorn; brothers, Keith, Linus, Louis; son, Cecil W. Thorn Jr. and daughter, Tammy Thorn Ledford.
 
Cecil served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict aboard the Destroyers USS Hanna and USS Moore.
 
Upon leaving the Navy, Cecil met and married the love of his life Carol in 1957. Together they raised their three children Don, Tammy and Billy in White
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Obituary: Mary Helen Fierro Klare Oct. 15, 2019

on October 18, 2019 - 4:21pm

MARY HELEN FIERRO KLARE Oct. 15, 2019

Mary Helen Fierro Klare passed away with her family by her side on October 15, 2019 in Los Alamos, NM.

Mary Helen was a gentle soul, beautiful wife and mother, amazing musician, and friend. Born in El Paso, Mary Helen was raised by her loving parents, Jose and Aurora Fierro.

Among her many achievements, Mary Helen was valedictorian of her high school class in El Paso, graduated from Texas Western College (UTEP) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, and earned her Master’s Degree in Music from the University of Colorado Boulder.

In 1969, she came to Los

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Obituary: Daniel Spallitta Oct. 1, 2019

on October 4, 2019 - 8:44pm
DANIEL SPALLITTA Oct. 1, 2019
 
Danny Spallitta, 47, went to be with the Lord and his grandmas Oct. 1, 2019. He had been sick for about a week and passed away with his parents by his side.
 
Danny was a friend to all who met him. He was mentally handicapped and gave his family and friends great joy. He had a smile and sparkling blue eyes for everyone he knew, and he was known for flirting with the ladies who cared for him. He grew up in Los Alamos and went to school there, graduating in 1994.
 
He moved to an independent living home and later to the Los Alamos group home, both under
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Obituary: Annette Marta Chavez-Aragon (Netta) Jan. 19, 1956 – Sept. 18, 2019

on October 2, 2019 - 8:35am

ANNETTE MARTA CHAVEZ-ARAGON (NETTA) Jan. 19, 1956 – Sept. 18, 2019

Annette Marta Chavez-Aragon (Netta), 63, of Santa Fe New Mexico, passed away peacefully in her home on September 18, 2019.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday October 5th, 2019 at Rivera Funeral Home, 417 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505. Deacon Juan Martinez of the Cathedral of St. Francis de Assisi will be leading the Rosary at 1:00 p.m.

The Celebration of Life service will begin at 2:00 p.m. in an open-speaker format where loved ones are invited to share readings and/or stories to honor Annette.

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Obituary: Sophia Feldman April 16, 2004 – Sept. 28, 2019

on October 1, 2019 - 5:57am

SOPHIA FELDMAN April 16, 2004 – Sept. 28, 2019

Sophia Rose Feldman, aged 15, of Los Alamos, unexpectedly passed away on September 28, 2019. She was with her parents at Los Alamos Medical Center, where staff worked assiduously to revive her – we cannot thank them enough for their valiant efforts.

Sophia was a bright and eloquent spirit in the world. As a student at Los Alamos High School, she was looking forward to singing in the Bel Canto choir, learning how to drive, entering upcoming speech and debate competitions, and trying to figure out what she wanted to do in the world.

She had her

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Obituary: Dorothy Jean Carryer Steinhaus Nov. 14, 1923 – Sept. 6, 2019

on October 1, 2019 - 5:41am
DOROTHY JEAN CARRYER STEINHAUS Nov. 14, 1923 Sept. 6, 2019
 
Jean Steinhaus, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Sept. 6, 2019 at the age of 95.
 
Jean was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, the oldest of three children. She enjoyed playing tennis and ice skating as a child in Hancock, Maryland.
 
After graduating from Miami University in Ohio, she worked as a social worker in Baltimore, Maryland. She married her beloved husband, David W. Steinhaus, Jan.
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Obituary: Laurent (Larrie) Edwin Chigbrow June 19, 1955 – Sept. 22, 2019

on September 27, 2019 - 10:13am

LAURENT (LARRIE) EDWIN CHIGBROW June 19, 1955 – Sept. 22, 2019

Laurent (Larrie) Edwin Chigbrow, age 64 of Los Alamos, NM, passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2019.

Larrie was born on June 19, 1955 in Clay Center, Kansas. He graduated from Charlies M. Russell High School, in Great Falls, MT and went on to graduate from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT with a Chemical Engineering Degree.

He met his future wife, Barbara Drga, while attending MSU. They started their life together in Idaho where he worked for the Idaho National Laboratory for over 25 years.

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Obituary: Harold Vernon Dehaven July 3, 1937–Sept. 16, 2019

on September 26, 2019 - 7:44am
HAROLD VERNON DEHAVEN July 3, 1937 Sept. 16, 2019
 
Harold Vernon Dehaven, 82, a resident of Española, NM, born July 3, 1937 in Garrison, North Dakota, unexpectedly left this earth Monday, Sept. 16, 2019.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Edna DeHaven; in-laws, John W. and Helen Enders; grandmother, Edith Rollie “Toots” and grandfather, William DeHaven “Dazer”, his oldest sons’ mother, Sharon Denise Coffen DeHaven; nieces, Susie and Kristi Belle; brothers, Robert and Marshall (Butch) DeHaven.
 
We can’t even begin to tell you all the wonderful things Hal
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Obituary: Mildred Ann Powers Aug. 31, 2019

on September 26, 2019 - 6:53am

MILDRED ANN POWERS

Mildred Ann Powers, 82, Farmington, NM, passed away August 31st, 2019.

She was born to William and Ida Catherine Dittmar in Appleton, Wisconsin.

She was a graduate of Zion Lutheran Grade School, Appleton Senior High School, Appleton, WI and Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing, Chicago, IL. She was a geriatric RN off and on throughout her life in Clinton, IA, where she lived for 30 years and Los Alamos, NM.

She loved her pets, of which she had many, gardening, collecting antiques and Southwestern Art.

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Obituary: Aaron Chapman Feb. 22, 1982 - Sept. 15, 2019

on September 25, 2019 - 4:52pm

AARON CHAPMAN Feb. 22, 1982 – Sept. 15, 2019

Aaron Chapman passed away unexpectedly on September 15, 2019. He was 37 years old.

Aaron was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico on February 22, 1982. He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1999.

Aaron had various occupations, mostly in the food service industry. He enjoyed mixing music and had a knack for fixing computers. He also had a very creative personality which was displayed in his artwork, but what Aaron loved and enjoyed the most was his precious son, Jonathan Daniel Chapman.

Aaron is preceded in death by his Grandfathers John

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Obituary: Patricia M. Richard March 15, 1927 – Sept. 30, 2018

on September 23, 2019 - 7:55am

PATRICIA M. RICHARD March 15, 1927 – Sept. 30, 2018

Patricia Richard of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and formerly of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away on September 30, 2018, at the age of 91, with her daughter Rochelle holding her hands. She wanted her daughter, Rochelle, to be with her when she passed away and she was.

Patricia was born in Fullerton, California, and was married to Jack R. Richard for 51 years. They raised four children, Rochelle Courtney (Jim), Julie Frosch (Ron), Randy and Ronnie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Monte and Dorothy Shanks, sister Loraine Lamkin,

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Obituary: Irene Paine Sept. 13, 2019

on September 16, 2019 - 7:39am

IRENE PAINE Sept. 13, 2019

Irene Paine, 90, and half years old passed away the morning of Friday, September 13, 2019 with her children by her side.

She called Espanola home. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to New Mexico when she was just 16.

Before moving to Los Alamos, NM, she was one of only a few children chosen to sing at the funeral of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

She left a full paid scholarship to the Julliard School of music when her father came to work as a glass blower for the Manhattan project.

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Obituary: Michael Paul Dugan Sept. 27, 1948 – Sept. 8, 2019

on September 12, 2019 - 8:10am

MICHAEL PAUL DUGAN Sept. 27, 1948 – Sept. 8, 2019

Michael Paul Dugan was born on September 27, 1948 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the second of what would become seven children of Paul and Colette Dugan.

The family eventually moved to Los Alamos and Mike became known as the one who could fix anything. He took great pleasure in helping family and friends with challenging fix-it projects, always with creative solutions.

Mike joined the U.S. Navy upon graduation from high school and served in Guam during the Vietnam Era.

Upon his return, he married Mary Waldschmidt.

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Obituary: Roger Minot Clough May 1, 1932 – Sept. 8, 2019

on September 12, 2019 - 7:51am

ROGER MINOT CLOUGH May 1, 1932 Sept. 8, 2019

Roger Minot Clough, age 87 of Los Alamos, passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

Roger was born May 1, 1932 in Meriden, Connecticut to Raymond and Katherine Helen (Malay) Clough. He graduated from Hicks Memorial School in Tolland, CT in 1950. 

He served in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Norfolk VA. (1950-1954), worked for Pratt & Whitney Corp. in Connecticut after release from the Navy in 1954, and then spent a few years as a house painter both New Mexico and then Maine. 

After a down-turn in the economy, he attended the University of Maine

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