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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


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.

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.

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.


Obituary: Mary Ann Kosty Dec. 26, 1934 – Sept, 1, 2018

on September 6, 2018 - 7:33am

MARY ANN KOSTY Dec. 26, 1934 – Sept. 1, 2018

Mary Ann Kosty has passed from this world to the outstretched arms of Our Lord Jesus and Our Most Blessed Mother Mary, after a long battle with cancer. She died at home while under the loving care of her children and friends from Heartland Hospice along with friend, Tanya McGuire.

Mary Ann was a 1951 graduate of Hayden High School in Topeka, Kansas then immediately followed her passion for becoming a nurse by attending St. Francis Nursing School, also in Topeka, Kansas.


Obituary: John Lewis Richter July 26, 1933 – Aug. 21, 2018

on September 5, 2018 - 7:19pm

JOHN LEWIS RICHTER July 26, 1933 – Aug. 21, 2018

John Lewis Richter, age 85, passed away suddenly at home in Albuquerque, NM on August 21, 2018. John, the son of Herbert and Anna Sutton Richter, was born in July 26, 1933 in Laredo, TX.

John attended the University of Texas at Austin obtaining his undergraduate degree in 1954, graduate degree in 1956 and PhD in 1958, all in physics. In 1958, John married Mary Ann Ward, and they had two boys, Donald Andrew and Alan Ward. John and Mary Ann divorced in 1984. John remarried in 1995 to Dixie Hanks.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his


Obituary: Patricia Marie Johanson Oct. 29, 1964 – Aug. 30, 2018

on September 5, 2018 - 6:44am
PATRICIA MARIE JOHANSON Oct. 29, 1964 – Aug. 30, 2018
Patricia Marie Johanson (Patti) of Rio Rancho, NM, passed away after a courageous 10 year battle with ovarian cancer.
She was preceded in death by her niece, Megan Dugan. She is survived by her loving husband Chris, her son CJ (Jessica) of Iowa, her parents, Frank and Pat Bobrowicz of White Rock, her sisters Stephanie Miller (Clint), Jennifer Dugan (Tim), also of White Rock and Heather Bobrowicz of Edinburg, Texas. She is also survived by her in-laws Don and Jacqueline Johanson and Dorothy Johanson of California.

Obituary: Jerry David Williams Oct. 9, 1937 – Aug. 31, 2018

on September 4, 2018 - 4:11pm

JERRY DAVID WILLIAMS Oct. 9, 1937 – Aug. 31, 2018

Jerry David Williams, age 80, born to Loren and Ruth Williams on October 9, 1937 in Neosho, MO, passed away peacefully at home on Friday August 31, 2018. 

After leaving Neosho and moving several times, his family settled down in Nashville where he grew up playing the piano and enjoying an active church life. 

Jerry graduated from Vanderbilt University and during college met his wife, Lucretia (Lou) Matlock, while working a summer job at Glorieta Baptist Convention Center near Santa Fe, NM.


Obituary: Lois Lenora Strait May 10,1933 – Sept. 1, 2018

on September 4, 2018 - 11:58am

LOIS LENORA STRAIT May 10,1933 – Sept. 1, 2018

Lois Lenora Strait’s family is saddened to announce her peaceful passing on September 1, 2018 in Broomfield, Colorado at the age of 85.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Bobby Strait, her parents Alex Hignite and Iva Hignite, and her brother Paul Hignite.

Lois was born in Stilwell, Oklahoma on May 10,1933. She married Bobby Strait December 22, 1951. Lois was a devoted mother of Rebecca Hackenberry (Stephen), and Connie Linthicum (Jeff).

After the Air Force and school, they made Los Alamos, NM their home.


Obituary: Margaret Chavez March 12, 1929 – Aug. 28, 2018

on September 2, 2018 - 4:02pm

MARGARET CHAVEZ March 12, 1929 – Aug. 28, 2018

Our beloved matriarch Margaret Antia Chavez, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away at her home on Tuesday morning, August 28, 2018 at the age of 89. She was fortunate to spend her final days surrounded by those who loved her.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents Alfonso and Ellen Geoffrion of Las Vegas, N.M.; mother-in-law Susan Chavez also of Las Vegas; brothers Billy and Sonny Geoffrion; brothers-in-law Mariano and Adolfo ‘Babe’ Chavez; sisters-in-law Carmen, Gloria and Emma; best friend Andrea


Obituary: Dec. 27, 1934 – Aug. 7, 2018

on August 31, 2018 - 3:02pm

THOMAS J. NOVAK Dec. 27, 1934 – Aug. 7, 2018

Thomas J. (Tom) Novak, 83, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2018 at the family home. He spent his last day surrounded by family, humoring everyone with his quick wit and being in command (giving orders) while appreciating the things he loved about his home: the sunset view from the deck, the hummingbirds, and his loyal companion shihtzu, Gigi. Tom was born the youngest of 10 children in Nashville, Illinois on December 27, 1934 to Walter and Rose (Piecnik) Novak. 

He is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Martha (Marty) L. Novak (nee.


Obituary: Jan A. Smith Dec. 15, 1954 – Aug. 17, 2018

on August 30, 2018 - 6:55pm
JAN A. SMITH Dec. 15, 1954 Aug. 17, 2018
On Friday, August 17, 2018, surrounded by loved ones, Jan A. Smith left this world unexpectedly and went on to a better place.

Jan was born on December 15, 1954 in Los Alamos, NM to Robert and Jean Warner. Jan enjoyed skiing, swimming, country dancing and being outdoors. She had a unique fashion sense and loved animals, especially her cats. Jan was a caring and a loving mother. She took pleasure in working with people and was devoted to everything she did.

Jan was preceded in death by her Mother, Father and Brother, Scott Warner.

Obituary: Helen Aragon Valencia March 20, 1941 – Aug. 27, 2018

on August 29, 2018 - 9:23am

HELEN ARAGON VALENCIA March 20, 1941 – Aug. 27, 2018

Helen Aragon Valencia of Espanola passed away surrounded by her family on the morning of August 27, 2018 following a strong seven months living with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She was 77 years old.

Born in Corral De Piedra, Española to Solomon and Anita Aragon on March 20, 1941 she was a integral and beloved part of her family and community.

She was preceded in death by her father Solomon Aragon, her mother Anita Aragon, her sister Lucille Perez, her sister Eva Aragon, and her brother Lorenzo Aragon.

She is survived by her sister and


Obituary: Paul H. Martinez April 8, 1949 – Aug. 20, 2018

on August 27, 2018 - 6:08pm

PAUL H. MARTINEZ April 8, 1949 – Aug. 20, 2018

Paul H. Martinez, 69, a resident of Upper San Pedro, was called to his Eternal Home on Monday, August 20, 2018.  

Paul was preceded in death by his baby daughter Lori, parents Juan E. and Anita M. Martinez, in-laws Benceslado and Trinidad Lopez, and sister and brother-in-law Susie and Sixto Martinez.

Paul is survived by “his Honey” of 47 years Yvonne, daughters Elizabeth and fiancé Robert Griego and Camille and husband Waylon Maestas and cherished grandchildren Christopher and Michael Maestas.

Paul is also survived by his siblings Roger,


Obituary: Charles Lavern Mader Aug. 8, 1930 – Aug. 18, 2018

on August 21, 2018 - 9:33pm

CHARLES LAVERN MADER Aug. 8, 1930 – Aug. 18, 2018

Charles Lavern Mader, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died on Aug. 18, 2018 at the age of 88.

He was born August 8, 1930 in Dewey, Oklahoma and had one brother, George Mader, Jr who died in 2002. He married Emma Jean Sinclair June 12, 1960 and they had one son, Charles L. Mader, II. He attended Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma A and M College and University of Kansas.

He became a staff member of the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in 1955 where he worked until his retirement in 1986. He Consulted at the laboratory until 2005. He was a Fellow of the


Obituary: Terry Dewayne Langham Sept. 20, 1937 – June 7, 2018

on August 20, 2018 - 11:49am

TERRY DEWAYNE LANGHAM Sept. 20, 1937 June 7, 2018

Terry Dewayne Langham was born on September 20, 1937 in Frederick, Oklahoma to Lela Mary and Marvin Wesley Langham. On June 7, 2018, he passed away peacefully at his Los Alamos home into the arms of his savior with his wife, Clarice, by his side. Terry was 80-years-old.

As a child, Terry spent time in Frederick, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Brownwood, Texas. In 1949, at the age of twelve, he moved with his parents and little brother, Taylor, to Los Alamos, New Mexico when it was still a closed city.


Obituary: Robert Charles Crook March 1, 1925 – Aug. 17, 2018

on August 20, 2018 - 10:47am

ROBERT CHARLES CROOK March 1, 1925 – Aug. 17, 2018

Robert Charles Crook, 93, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 17, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Ilah Crook; parents, Tom and Ila Crook; brother, Tom Crook and sister, Marie Peckham.

Robert was born on March 1, 1925 in Marland, Oklahoma on the 101 Ranch. His family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1934. He served in the United States Army Air Corps and was a P-51D Mustang Pilot during WWII.

Robert was an avid photographer, gardener, horseman, fisherman and lover of rodeo, dancing and


Obituary: Tammy M. Thorn Aug. 13, 2018

on August 17, 2018 - 5:25pm

TAMMY M. THORN Aug. 13, 2018

Tammy M. Thorn, 58, a resident of El Rancho, passed away peacefully on Monday Aug. 13, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Ledford and brother, Cecil W. Thorn Jr.

Tammy was a loving and caring person who helped anyone in need. She worked at Los Alamos National Bank for 38 years and made many friends throughout her career. She finished her banking career at New Mexico Bank & Trust.

Tammy was civic minded and served on various boards including the Sombrillo Nursing Facility and Los Alamos Visiting Nurses, just to


Obituary: Michael D. McKay Jan. 5, 1944 – Aug. 5, 2018

on August 10, 2018 - 7:30am

MICHAEL MCKAY Jan. 5, 1944 – Aug. 5, 2018

Michael D. McKay, age 74, died on August 5, 2018 of injuries sustained from a sudden accident.

Michael was born in Temple, Texas to Ida Lucille Camiade and James A McKay Jr. In 1966, he married Patricia Ellison and together they had 3 amazing children (Cynthia, Michael, and Jennifer). After receiving his PhD in Statistics from Texas A&M, they moved to Los Alamos, NM in 1973 where he began his life-long career at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

After retiring from the Lab, Michael volunteered as a set designer and actor with the Los Alamos


Obituary: Ann Ruppel Aug. 4, 2018

on August 7, 2018 - 2:39pm

ANN RUPPEL Aug. 4, 2018

Ann Ruppel, 82, died in the early morning hours of August 4th, 2018, in Seattle, Washington.

She was born in Hope, Arkansas and attended Radcliffe College, where she met Hans Ruppel. After they married in 1956, she completed a BA in Political Science at George Washington University. In August 1964, following a stint in New Haven, Connecticut, they moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico, with their three daughters, Robin, Wendy and Joanna.

Ann was an artist.


Obituary: Tobin ‘Toby’ Karl Walters July 22, 1954 – Feb. 24, 2018

on August 7, 2018 - 1:55pm

TOBIN ‘TOBY’ KARL WALTERS July 22, 1954 – Feb. 24, 2018

Toby, geologist, musician, writer, avid fisherman, father, friend, passed away due to complications from heart surgery.

He is survived by his mother, Billie Walters; his daughters, Nicola and Heather; siblings, Leigh, Kurt and Stella; brother-in-law, Rick Krauss; ex-wife, Alison Pannell; plus a large loving family of nieces and nephews; as well as cherished life-long friends.

Please join friends and family Aug. 18 from 4-6 p.m., to share stories, bring a guitar and fill the afternoon in his remembrance.


Obituary: Julia (Kushner) Gauthier March 2, 1925 – July 1, 2018

on August 7, 2018 - 6:48am

JULIA (KUSHNER) GAUTHIER March 2, 1925 – July 1, 2018

Julia Gauthier, a long-time resident of Los Alamos, employed in many occupations, a volunteer, and our Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, died in her sleep on 1 July 2018 after a brief battle with cancer. 

Julia was born Julia Kushner in Passaic, New Jersey on 2 March 1925 to Susan and John (Jan) Kushner (Kusnir), then recent immigrants from what is now Slovakia. Julia (Julie) grew up--“a happy childhood”--in Passaic during the Great Depression and went through the Passaic public school system.


Obituary: Larry D. Clark July 29, 2018

on August 6, 2018 - 3:50pm

LARRY D. CLARK July 29, 2018

Larry D. Clark, 70, a resident of White Rock, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 29, 2018. He was preceded in death by his mother, June Clark.

Larry retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory after 30 years as a machinist. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved camping with his wife Patricia.



Obituary: George Allen Baker Nov. 25, 1932 – July 24, 2018

on August 6, 2018 - 8:08am

GEORGE ALLEN BAKER Nov. 25, 1932 July 24, 2018

George Allen Baker passed away at home on July 24, 2018. He was born on November 25, 1932 in Alton, IL to George Allen and Grace Elizabeth (Cummins) Baker. He married Elizabeth Ann Coles, September 9, 1956 in Berkeley, CA and she preceded him in death on December 31, 1988. He married Carroll (South) Thomas, November 23, 1990 in Los Alamos, NM.



Obituary: Peter Dean Shalek July 15, 2018

on August 3, 2018 - 5:19am
Peter Dean Shalek, 88 of Los Alamos passed away July 15, 2018.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois to Dr. and Mrs. Victor Shalek. Pete graduated from the University of Illinois and received a PhD in Ceramic Engineering. He worked as a ceramic engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Pete was married to Rosemarie Castelli in 1957 and they were devoted to each other for 61 years. He was an avid tennis player and played until the age of 78. He loved the outdoors and especially hiking, camping, sailing, and biking with his family.