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Obituary: James Campbell Wilhelm April 5, 2019

on April 12, 2019 - 9:53am

JAMES CAMPBELL WILHELM April 5, 2019

James Campbell Wilhelm, 70, of Albuquerque and formerly of Los Alamos passed away unexpectedly on April 5, 2019. 

Jimmy, as he was affectionately known, graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1966 and as a Registered Nurse from the University of New Mexico in 1974. He served in the US Navy from 1966 - 1972.

In his earlier years Jim enjoyed camping and backpacking with his many friends and family and more recently traveling with his wife.

Jim was preceded in death by both of his parents Richard and Doris Wilhelm of White Rock.

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Obituary: Eric O. Martinez April 17, 1964 – April 4, 2019

on April 10, 2019 - 2:54pm

ERIC O. MARTINEZ April 17, 1964 April 4, 2019

His heavenly Father lead one of his angels back home, Eric O. Martinez, on April 4, 2019 at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Medical Cancer Center in Denver, CO; while being treated for Multiple Myeloma (bone cancer).

He could not have been in a better facility due to the professionalism of the staff that cared for him. Our Lord and Savior just had other plans for Eric. 

Those whose lives he touched will be devastated by his death, but know Eric for who Eric was.

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Obituary: Sandra McGinty April 1, 2019

on April 8, 2019 - 3:15pm

SANDRA MCGINTY April 1, 2019

If you were out on the town and ran into Sandy McGinty, chances are you'd find her with a cigarette in one hand a drink the other. She might be at the bar or behind it, but she'd always be ready for a conversation and to make a new friend.

Born Sandra Kinney in Akron, Ohio in 1940 to Cread and Margaret (Jennings) Kinney, she was married before her 18th birthday to her high school sweetheart, John "Butch" McGinty. Two years later, with baby boy in tow she was crossing the Atlantic on the Queen Mary to join her husband on his Air Force posting.

Two daughters

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Obituary: Edward Little March 27, 2019

on April 2, 2019 - 10:29am

EDWARD LITTLE March 27, 2019

Edward Little, a long-time resident of Los Alamos, went to be with the Lord, passing peacefully on March 27, 2019, just shy of his 99th birthday. 

Ed is survived by his wife of 75 years, Mary, his son Robert, his daughter, Susan (Russell), his grandsons Michael (Courtney) and Jacob (Sara), his great-granddaughter Ellie, and cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, William H. Little, Sr. and Elizabeth Little and his brother William H. Little, Jr. (Fleata).

Ed was born in 1920 in North Carolina.

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Obituary: Line Woo March 17, 1923 – March 26, 2019

on March 30, 2019 - 1:41pm

LINE WOO March 17, 1923 – March 26, 2019

Line Woo, 96, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

Though petite in stature, Line Woo was a strong willed and determined woman imbued with internal fortitude. After her second divorce, she transformed herself into a successful business woman decades ago when such a career choice for a woman was frowned upon.

She became a jeweler and operated two successful businesses whilst at the same time raised and nurtured her three children. All three went on to pursue successful careers in their own right.

In her retirement years she enjoyed a full and

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Obituary: John A. Chapman March 11, 1930 – March 23, 2019

on March 27, 2019 - 5:54pm

JOHN A. CHAPMAN March 11, 1930 – March 23, 2019

John A. Chapman, 89, a resident of White Rock, NM passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

He was born March 11, 1930 in East St. Louis, Ill.  At the age of 17 John joined the Marines and served in China and also served during the Korean War. After discharge, he worked for several railroads firing steam engines.

John moved his family to Los Alamos, NM in 1956 where he served his community as a Police Officer.

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Obituary: Cappy Love Hanson Gordon May 12, 1946 – Feb. 8, 2019

on March 27, 2019 - 5:42pm

CAPPY LOVE HANSON GORDON May 12, 1946 – Feb. 8, 2019

Cappy was born in California on May 12, 1946 and passed away in Douglas, Arizona on February 8, 2019.

She is survived by her husband and dearest love, Dennis Gordon.

She came to New Mexico in 1988 and lived primarily in Los Alamos until she and Dennis moved to southern Arizona in 2004. She loved the Sangres and the Jemez, and hiking and snowboarding. She loved birds and animals and filled her life with them. She was an avid birder.

Above all, she loved the music and magic of words; she was an award winning, published poet and author.

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Obituary: Edward Rauchfuss Jan. 28, 1930 – March 23, 2019

on March 26, 2019 - 5:02pm

EDWARD RAUCHFUSS Jan. 28, 1930 – March 23, 2019

Ed was born to Marvel and Eugene Rauchfuss.

He graduated from Powell High School and was active on sports. During his youth he was a partner in his father’s bee business. He spent four years in the Air Force, stationed in Denver, Colorado where he met his wife Vera. The union brought forth three children.

Ed graduated from the University of Wyoming where he earned a BA in in teaching. He taught 4th grade in the Powell School System. He went on to graduate from the North Carolina College in 1967 with a MA in Audio Visual.

He was hired by Los

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Obituary: Betty Ann Lindsey Perkins March 15, 2019

on March 23, 2019 - 8:03am
BETTY ANN LINDSEY PERKINS March 15, 2019
 
Betty Ann Lindsey Perkins, age 86, of Los Alamos, NM passed away peacefully March 15, 2019 after fighting myelodysplastic syndrome for multiple years.
 
Betty was born and lived in Amarillo, Texas, but spent much of her childhood in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
She enjoyed her summers in the Jemez and in the Pecos riding horses, attending Girl Scout Camp, enjoying Santa Fe, and appreciating the cool mountain temperatures. Her father served as an accountant for the Los Alamos Ranch School and her grandfather served as the Governor of New Mexico.
 
Betty met
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Obituary: George Frank Erickson May 10, 1929 – March 5, 2019

on March 22, 2019 - 7:40am

GEORGE F. ERICKSON May 10, 1929 – March 5, 2019

George Frank Erickson died peacefully in Los Alamos on March 5, 2019 with family by his side. 

George was born in Oak Park, IL on May 10, 1929. He had a colorful childhood on the streets of Chicago exploring the wonders of energetic chemical reactions and high power electrical devices that sparked the technical passions that he carried with him through the rest of his life.

He spent time in Buffalo, NY while taking classes at the State University of New York and later joined the Naval Reserve as an electronics technician.

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Obituary: Margaret Montagno Clay Aug. 13, 1939 – March 18, 2019

on March 21, 2019 - 1:35pm

MARGARET MONTAGNO CLAY Aug. 13, 1939 – March 18, 2019

Margaret Montagno Clay passed away peacefully at home on Monday, March 18, 2019, in Los Alamos at the age of 79.

Margaret was born August 13, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York, to Della Quarto and Antonio Montagno and lived in New York until the age of 8, when her family moved to Columbus, Ohio.

Margaret hated to be the center of attention and rarely talked about her accomplishments, but she had many. Margaret graduated from St.

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Obituary: Thomas Lee Christofferson Sept. 19, 1949 – March 9, 2019

on March 19, 2019 - 9:20am

THOMAS LEE CHRISTOFFERSON Sept. 19, 1949 March 9, 2019

Thomas Lee Christofferson of Austin, Texas, formerly of Fredericksburg, Texas, died peacefully on Saturday, March 9, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.

A service in celebration of Tom’s life will be held in Fredericksburg at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Tuesday, March 26th at 1:00 p.m.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Janice, son Justin, (Nicole) of Oklahoma City, OK, step-daughter Amanda Ontrakarn (Mike) of Austin, Texas, step-son Nick Voltin (Deanna) of Spring Branch, Texas, grandsons Colt Christofferson and Grant

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Obituary: Wallace ‘Wally’ Reid Weir Feb. 21, 1933 – March 14, 2019

on March 18, 2019 - 5:46pm

WALLACE “WALLY” REID WEIR Feb. 21, 1933 – March 14, 2019

Wallace “Wally” Reid Weir, age 86, of Los Alamos, NM, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2019.

Wally was born on February 21, 1933, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Reid William and Lois Weir. He married his wife of more than 60 years, Joyce Anne Campfield, on November 21, 1958, in Fontana, California.

When Wally was 15, he lied about his age and joined the Santa Fe Railroad. Starting out as part of the “Bridge and Building” crew, he worked his way up to Lineman.

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Obituary: Miles Baron March 13, 2019

on March 15, 2019 - 2:30pm

MILES BARON March 13, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Miles Baron announces his passing on March 13, 2019 at the age of 59 years after a hard fought eight-year battle with metastatic prostate cancer.

Miles will be forever remembered by his wife of nearly 14 years Erica, his beloved son Rigel, and his brother Seth. 

Miles is preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Rita Baron.

Miles was born in Española, NM, but grew up in many different places around the country.

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Obituary: James Henry McNally Dec. 18, 1936 – Feb. 26, 2019

on March 7, 2019 - 10:24pm

JAMES MCNALLY Dec. 18, 1936 Feb. 26, 2019

James Henry McNally passed away peacefully on February 26, 2019 at age 82 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

He was the son of James O. McNally and Edith (nee Jones) McNally and was born in Orange, New Jersey on December 18, 1936.

Educated in the Millburn, New Jersey public schools, Jim then received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Engineering Physics at Cornell University. Jim then went to Cal Tech and earned his doctorate in physics. He was a respected physicist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico for 25 years.

Upon retirement,

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Obituary: John C. Gallimore Feb. 13, 2019

on March 7, 2019 - 9:48pm

JOHN C. GALLIMORE Feb. 13, 2019

John C. Gallimore, Jr., age 93, World War II U.S. Merchant Marine veteran, 10 year veteran with the New Mexico State Police and our family’s patriarch passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

John graduated from Howe High School in 1943; he received his bachelor’s from Austin College in 1949 and his master’s from the University of Rochester in 1953. John spent his career working for the Department of Energy as a Health Physicist, a career spanning 45 years.

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Obituary: Jacqueline Peckham Feb. 23, 1947 – Feb. 25, 2019

on February 28, 2019 - 8:00pm

JACQUELINE PECKHAM Feb. 23, 1947 – Feb. 25, 2019

Jacqueline Peckham passed away on Feb. 25, 2019. She had just turned 72.

She is survived by her sister Joyce Zaugg and husband Tom, sister Lois Peckham, brother Allen Peckham and wife Karlena, by her nieces Irene Zaugg, Paige Peckham and wife Stacey, and Abby Schmitz and husband Mark, and by nephew Brian Zaugg.

She was preceded in death by her mother Phyllis and father Leonard Peckham.

Jackie was born in Mare Island Naval Base, California, February 23, 1947. Each one of her younger siblings was born in a different state – and one in Puerto

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Obituary: Elizabeth Aken Wright Anderson Feb. 19, 2019

on February 27, 2019 - 7:19am

ELIZABETH AKEN WRIGHT ANDERSON

Elizabeth Aken Wright Anderson, a long-time resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at the age of 70. She passed peacefully in her sleep as she napped that afternoon. She will be missed by her family and friends.

She was preceeded in death by her parents, Muriel Zyphora and George William Wright of Chapel Hill, NC.

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Obituary: Lesley (Les) G. Wood Feb. 4, 1958 – Feb. 11, 2019

on February 20, 2019 - 5:04pm

LESLEY (LES) G. WOOD Feb. 4, 1958 – Feb. 11, 2019

Les passed away on February 11, 2019, at home in Rio Rancho after a hard fought, courageous battle with a long-term illness. The Lord relieved Les of his pain and took him to a better place.

Les graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1976. He was a happy, outgoing, well-loved and thoughtful person. He brought many smiles to many people and was fun to be with. 

Les was very passionate about animal welfare and loved his five kitties. He loved the outdoors and spent his free time fishing and camping.

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Obituary: April Estelle Wyrick April 27, 1981 – Feb. 7, 2019

on February 17, 2019 - 6:27am

APRIL ESTELLE WYRICK April 27, 1981 – Feb. 7, 2019

April Estelle Ray Terrell Wyrick was born on April 27, 1981 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was born alongside her twin sister, Christa, the love of her life.

She spent most of her childhood in Los Alamos, New Mexico, running cross country, swimming, playing ice hockey and snowboarding.

April experienced significant challenges in her early life, but she channeled her grief and pain into a life of serving others.

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Obituary: Valerie Rose Adams Feb. 2, 2019

on February 14, 2019 - 4:57pm
VALERIE ROSE ADAMS Feb. 2, 2019
 
On Saturday, February 2, 2019, Valerie Rose Adams (Atkinson) (Sam), beloved wife, mother of two, mother-in-law, and grandmother of four passed away at the age of 69.
 
A Celebration of Valerie’s Life will be held 2 p.m., March 30, 2019, at Unitarian Universalist Santa Fe, 107 West Barcelona, Santa Fe, NM 87505
 
Valerie was born in 1950 to Edith Sam and Joe Joseph. She was also raised by foster mother “Mama Nicholas,” and adoptive parents Mary Ann (Weidinger) and James Frederick Atkinson.
 
Among Valerie’s many accomplishments and life events, are her
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Obituary: Martin A. Ott Feb. 11, 2019

on February 14, 2019 - 7:44am
MARTIN A. OTT Feb. 11, 2019
 
Martin A. Ott, 80, passed away at his home in White Rock Feb. 11, 2019.
 
He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and retired employee of Los Alamos National Laboratory after 33 years of service. He was a second degree black belt in Taekwondo, a woodworker, and loved to ride his Harley.
 
Martin is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Edna M. Ott, two sons, Martin E. Ott of Mason, Tennessee, and Mark Ott of Bonney Lake, Washington. He is also survived by three grandsons, one granddaughter, and three great-grandchildren.
 
A Funeral Service will be held at 10
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Obituary: Larry Baca July 24, 1956 – Feb. 7, 2019

on February 11, 2019 - 4:10pm

LARRY BACA July 24, 1956 – Feb. 7, 2019

Larry Baca was born the youngest of six boys on July 24, 1956 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Blas Benedicto and Reyna Anna Baca (nee Salazar). 

Growing up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, he graduated from Los Alamos High School, class of 1974, as a Hilltopper star athlete in football, baseball, track, wrestling, and basketball and remained a multisport advocate for the rest of his life. 

He attended Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in Portales, New Mexico, where he met the love of his life and best friend, Debra Marie Baca (nee Oldfield) on an

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Obituary: Amy Susan Grimes Feb. 17, 1952 – Oct. 19, 2018

on February 10, 2019 - 8:30am

AMY SUSAN GRIMES Feb. 17, 1952 Oct. 19, 2018

 

Amy Susan Grimes died suddenly on October 19, 2018.  She will be missed beyond measure.

 

Amy was born in Houston, Texas on February 17, 1952, the second of four children born to Ardath and William Osborn Grimes. The family lived mainly in Houston during her childhood, aside from two years in The Hague, Netherlands.

 

After graduating Magna cum Laude from Memorial High School in 1970, she studied at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a BA in English with honors and a minor in Philosophy (1976). Over the next decade, while raising

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Obituary: Paul Edward Fehlau March 9, 1935 – Feb. 6, 2019

on February 9, 2019 - 8:41am
PAUL EDWARD FEHLAU March 9, 1935 Feb. 6, 2019
 
Paul Edward Fehlau, 83, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 of Alzheimer’s disease.
 
Paul was born in Cleveland, Ohio March 9, 1935 to Carl Fehlau and Elda Schiefelbein Fehlau. He grew up in Cleveland Heights.
 
During the Korean War, at age 18, Paul joined the Army as a clerk. He was sent to Germany where his father was born and visited relatives.
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