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Obituary: Joseph B. Weber Feb. 23, 2016

on February 29, 2016 - 4:10pm

JOSEPH B. WEBER Feb. 23, 2016

Joseph B. Weber, 67, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Juanita Weber; sister, Deborah Scroggins and nephew, Trent Johnson.

Joseph lived his life in a reserved manner. He enjoyed time spent with his family and enjoyed outdoor activities such as, fishing, camping, riding his motorcycle and taking care of his vehicles. He will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Mr.

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Obituary: Donald Ray Gibbons Feb. 19, 2016

on February 26, 2016 - 3:41pm

DONALD RAY GIBBONS Feb. 19, 2016

Donald Ray Gibbons, 86, of Los Alamos passed away on February 19, 2016. 

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He worked for Standard Oil Company, Nevada Test Site, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 

He is preceded in death by his wife, LaRue Bleak Gibbons, parents, Jesse and Eleanor Gibbons, sister, Jessie Jane Gibbons-Brandenburg and brother, Norm and Lee Gibbons. 

He is survived by his children, LaDawn Bushnell and husband Cleve, Larry Brent Gibbons, Jesse Scott Gibbons, Dennis Bradford

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Obituary: Martha Ann Hood Brown Feb. 13, 1922 – Feb. 22, 2016

on February 24, 2016 - 5:43pm

MARTHA ANN HOOD BROWN Feb. 13, 1922 – Feb. 22, 2016

Martha Ann Hood Brown, 94, beloved wife of the late Edward A. Brown, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 22, 2016, born in Knoxville, TN, on February 13, 1922 to Amy and Karl Kedzie Hood and was the middle of three brothers and two sisters.

An Alumnus of University of New Mexico where she received her BS in Education and Journalism. Married Edward A.

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Obituary: Juan Francisco Borrego Feb. 17, 2016

on February 19, 2016 - 8:48am

JUAN FRANCISCO BORREGO Feb.17, 2016

Juan Francisco Borrego, 95, a resident of Pojoaque, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, after a short illness. 

Juan was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Teresa Bustos, daughter Carmen Seitz, parents Juan C. Borrego and Lucia Montoya; brother Gilbert Borrego; sisters Trinidad Espinoza, Ascension Barth and Christina Valerio. Juan was born in Santa Cruz, New Mexico in 1920. He graduated from Holy Cross Catholic School (K-12) where he was Center on the basketball team. 

In 1942, Juan enlisted in the Army/Air Force and was stationed in

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Obituary: Teresa Antonia Gordon May 8, 1939 – Feb. 14, 2016

on February 17, 2016 - 9:31am

TERESA ANTONIA GORDON May 8, 1939  Feb. 14, 2016

Teresa Antonia Gordon, 76, of Topeka, passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Brewster Place. She was born May 8, 1939 in Kansas City, KS, the daughter of Merritt and Teresa (Rieke) Ross.

Teresa graduated from Eudora High School and earned a Master’s Degree in Physics from the University of Kansas where she met her husband of 52 years, James Gordon.

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Obituary: Barbara Honey Nov. 11, 1933 – Feb. 14, 2016

on February 17, 2016 - 8:17am

BARBARA HONEY Nov. 11, 1933 – Feb. 14, 2016

Barbara Honey, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 14, 2016. Her children and family members were at her side. 

Barbara was born in Manhattan, KS on November 11, 1933. The youngest of three children of Orville and Lovey Hunt, she graduated from Manhattan High School in 1951 and then attended Kansas State University. During her first semester, she met her future husband Francis Honey, whose Engineering academic advisor happened to be Barbara’s father, Professor OD Hunt! Both were advised to take Algebra and the rest is history!

They were

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Obituary: W. Clarence ‘Court’ Courtright June 7, 1928 – Feb. 11, 2016

on February 14, 2016 - 12:56pm
W. Clarence ‘Court’ Courtright June 7, 1928 – Feb. 11, 2016
 
Walter Clarence “Court” Courtright, longtime lab employee, business owner, and farmer died February 11, 2016 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and cancer.  
 
Court was born on June 7, 1928 in Beaver City, Nebraska to Byron G. and Marie C. Courtright. He graduated from Beaver City High School in 1946 and the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree. 
 
Court was preceded in death by his parents and brother Leland Courtright.
 
Court began his career in 1955 as a safety engineer
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Obituary: Neil Zack April 26, 1947 – Feb. 10, 2016

on February 13, 2016 - 8:36am

NEIL ZACK April 26, 1947 – Feb. 10, 2016

Neil Zack, 68, passed away February 10, 2016. He was born April 26, 1947 in Canton, Ohio to Joseph and Frances Zack.

Neil is survived by one brother, Philip Zack, his wife Susan, and sister in law, Shirley Zack, along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and one brother, Duane Zack.

Neil had a very productive career after receiving a Ph.D. in chemistry working at INEL In Idaho Falls, ID and LANL in Los Alamos, NM.

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Obituary: Sally Feise Feb. 10, 1939 – Feb. 5, 2016

on February 10, 2016 - 1:24pm

SALLY FEISE Feb. 10, 1939 Feb. 5, 2016

Sally Feise, age 76, resident of Espanola, NM passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016 after a long illness. She was surrounded by her loving children.

Sally was born February 10, 1939 in Walton, West Virginia to Wallace G. and Elizabeth Evans. Sally was preceded in death by her brother Timothy Evans, Jack Reynolds, Jack Feise, mother M. Elizabeth Evans, and father Wallace G. Evans. 

Sally grew up in Walton, West Virginia and Cincinnati, Ohio where she met and married Jack Reynolds.

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Obituary: Melvin Lewis Prueitt Oct. 16, 1932 – Jan. 30, 2016

on February 2, 2016 - 12:29pm

MELVIN LEWIS PRUEITT Oct. 16, 1932 – Jan. 30, 2016

Melvin Lewis Prueitt, 83, died January 30, 2016 with his family at his side in Los Alamos New Mexico. He was born October 16, 1932 in Wickes, Arkansas to Ernest and Bessie Prueitt. He worked as a physicist for 31 years at the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he pioneered the field of computer graphics and worked in theoretical physics. His later years were spent developing clean energy and water technologies.

At an early age he knew he would be a scientist and eventually earned a Master’s Degree at the University of Arizona, followed by

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Obituary: Mary Martha Blum May 26, 1924 – Jan. 26, 2016

on February 1, 2016 - 12:06pm

MARY MARTHA BLUM May 26, 1924 – Jan. 26, 2016

Mary Martha (Lusk) Blum, affectionately known as "Mott" by her parents and relatives passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, in Los Alamos, NM.

She was born May 26, 1924 to Raymond and Martha Lusk in Columbus Grove, Ohio. At the age of 19, she and her husband Dr. William A. Blum moved to California where he practiced Optometry for 54 years. Dr. Blum sold his practice and returned with Mary to Lima, Ohio in 1999. Her husband preceded her in death as well as her daughter Judy Jeanine Blum-Fernandez and grandson Christopher Thomas Blum.

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Obituary: Steven Ray Marshall Jan. 11, 2016

on January 30, 2016 - 7:25am

STEVEN RAY MARSHALL Jan. 11, 2016

Steven Ray Marshall, age 40, a resident of White Rock, NM, passed away on January 11, 2016.

He is survived by his parents Fredie and Rita Marshall, sister Shela Marshall, nieces Cheriece and Aries Margiotta and nephew Vincent Margiotta.

Steven was a graduate of the class of 1993 at Los Alamos High School. He loved to watch his favorite teams, the San Francisco 49er’s and the Boston Red Sox.

There is a Memorial Fund set up at Los Alamos National Bank in the name of The Steven Marshall Memorial Fund. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

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Obituary: Helen Margaret Falkenberg Ruminer Feb. 8, 1921 – Jan. 16, 2016

on January 27, 2016 - 7:23am
HELEN MARGARET FALKENBERG RUMINER Feb. 8, 1921 – Jan. 16, 2016
 
Helen Margaret Falkenberg Ruminer died peacefully on January 16, 2016, surrounded by family.
 
She is survived by her sister Frances Byrne, two sons and four daughters: John (and wife, Kit) Ruminer of Los Alamos, NM, Patrick Ruminer of Ponderosa, NM, Janice (and husband, Jim) Humphrey of Colorado Springs, CO, Judith (and husband, Sterling) Carter of Winston, NM, Mary (and husband Butch) Williams of Albuquerque, NM, and Kathleen (and husband, David) Funk of Los Alamos, NM.
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Obituary: Jean R. Riegle June 22, 1940 – Jan. 18, 2016

on January 26, 2016 - 7:05am

JEAN R. RIEGLE June 22, 1940 – Jan. 18, 2016

Jean R. Riegle, born June 22, 1940 in Dayton, Ohio, passed away Monday, January 18, 2016 at 6 p.m. Preceded by William, whom she married in 1960; parents, Walter & Henrietta Reiniger; and family friend, Kevin Haber. 

Jean attended Miami U. in Oxford where she met Bill. After sending daughters off to school, Jean worked at WSU then Sinclair. Jean kept at her education, earning her BA from UD and Masters from Antioch. 

When Jean retired in 2012, she was working as an advisor at Sinclair.

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Obituary: Fidencia ‘Fede’ Cordova de Barela Jan. 23, 2016

on January 26, 2016 - 6:55am

FIDENCIA “FEDE” CORDOVA de BARELA Jan. 23, 2016

Fidencia “Fede” Cordova de Barela, 92, a longtime resident of Truchas, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Isidoro and Leonardita Barela; sister, Hope Lopez; brother, Gilbert Barela; beloved daughters and grandchildren.

Fede had a compassionate, loving and open heart and kept God next to her side in her everyday life. Her love was genuine and she was sure to show that. Fede enjoyed spending quality time with her sister, Susie, as well as each one of her children and their families and friends.

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Obituary: Diane Petersen Peters Sept. 2, 1942 – Jan. 23, 2016

on January 25, 2016 - 9:37am

DIANE PETERSEN PETERS Sept. 2, 1942 – Jan. 23, 2016

Diane Peters, 73, left this world on January 23, 2016 to meet her heavenly maker.

Diane Petersen Peters was born in California on September 2, 1942 to Leonidas and Beverly Petersen. She attended the University of California at Berkeley where she earned a degree in Chemistry and met the love of her life. Richard and Diane moved to Los Alamos, NM in the fall of 1972 where Diane quickly became an active volunteer in the community.

Diane had a gift for serving and comforting those who were overlooked or struggling.

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Obituary: Barbara Lois Gilbert Storms March 24, 1927 – Jan. 13, 2016

on January 25, 2016 - 9:18am

BARBARA LOIS GILBERT STORMS March 24, 1927 Jan. 13, 2016

Barbara Lois Gilbert Storms, age 88, passed away peacefully on the afternoon of January 13th, 2016 in her apartment at Aspen Ridge in Los Alamos, NM.

She began her lifetime adventure in Inglewood, California, on March 24, 1927, born to Philip and Lois Gilbert. Most of her youth was spent in the Coos Bay, Oregon area where she graduated from North Bend High School just after her 17th birthday.

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Obituary: Norma Dalton Adams Feb. 19, 1929 – Jan. 19, 2016

on January 21, 2016 - 9:45am

NORMA DALTON ADAMS Feb. 19, 1929 – Jan. 19, 2016

Norma Dalton Adams, 86, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 at home with family and loved ones.

Born Feb. 19, 1929 in Rockville, Utah to Leonard and Edna Angell Dalton, the fifth child of six. During the depression she learned frugality, practicality and service. At age 12, she was sent alone to Leeds, UTah to help care for her aging Grandma Beckie Angell. Those six years with Gma Beckie were special.

At 17, she moved to Reno, Nev. to help with her expectant oldest sister’s children. In Reno she met the love of her life, Warren Howard Adams.

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Obituary: David Lee Crane Jan. 18, 2016

on January 21, 2016 - 9:14am

DAVID LEE CRANE Jan. 18, 2016

David Lee Crane, 52, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2016. He was preceded in death by his father, John Franklin Crane; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ross Gudgel and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Crane; father-in-law, Jesse Felux.

Mr. Crane is survived by his wife, Nadine Crane; daughter, Alison Crane both of Los Alamos; mother, Patricia Crane; sisters, Dianna Crane and Denice Crane Leader; mother-in-law, Patricia Felux all of San Antonio, Texas; as well as, brothers-in-law, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends.

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Obituary: Jeanette Marie Preber Verre Dec. 23, 2015

on January 13, 2016 - 7:02am
JEANETTE MARIE PREBER VERRE Dec. 23, 2015
 
Jeanette Marie Preber Verre, a former Los Alamos resident, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
 
Jeanette, born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1931, was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond D. Verre, her parents, John and Margaret Preber, her brother, Walter James Preber, and her nephew, Gregory Justin Preber.
 
She is survived by her nephew, Bradley Preber and wife, Lois, of Pheonix, Arizona, niece, Heather Preber, and nephew, Cameron Preber, as well as two ornery Schnauzers, Missy and Pepper, and her
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Obituary: Joseph C. King Dec. 26, 2015

on January 11, 2016 - 10:53pm

JOSEPH C. KING Dec. 26, 2015

Joseph C. King, 65, recently retired City Manager of Danville, Va., passed away Dec. 26, 2015 from complications stemming from chronic lymphocytic leukemia, with which he was diagnosed in 2010. Typically, CLL is a fairly indolent disease, but Joe was not so lucky, and the cancer took over in the end.

Joe is survived by Kathy, his wife of 42 years, and by four sons and their families: Adam, Cristin, Maya and Emmett of Elgin, Texas; Noah, Rowie and Freyja of Fairfield, Iowa; Jesse and Kara of Bali, Indonesia; and Jacob and Molly of Austin, Texas.

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Obituary: Johnny M. Montoya July 16, 1956 – Jan. 9, 2016

on January 11, 2016 - 1:01pm

JOHNNY M. MONTOYA July 16, 1956 – Jan. 9, 2016

Johnny M. Montoya, 59, a resident of La Mesilla died peacefully of complications related to ALS, on January 9, 2016 at Casa de Rosa Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque, NM, where he was lovingly cared for. 

He was born to Johnny and Polly Montoya on July 16, 1956, and was preceded in death by his grandparents, Manuel and Ramoncita Montoya of La Mesilla and Apolonio and Justa Rodriguez of Santa Fe, his son Michael Ray Montoya and his grandsons Adrian and Diego. 

Johnny was a courageous faith-filled man who will be remembered and missed for

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Obituary: Pauline Marie Farmer May 24, 1931 – Jan. 2, 2016

on January 11, 2016 - 7:48am

PAULINE MARIE FARMER May 24, 1931 Jan. 2, 2016

Pauline Marie Farmer, 84, of Las Cruces, passed away on January 2, 2016. The consummate Proverbs 31 woman, Pauline dedicated her life to serving God and family, a woman who feared the Lord and blessed all those in her path.

Pauline’s husband Otis, her best friend and the guiding rudder of her life, pre-deceased her on November 12, 2012. She is survived by 4 children (Sheila Marie (and Joe) Riedel, Jackie Barnett, Randy (and Cindy) Farmer, and Tim (and Bev) Farmer), 8 grandchildren (Marna Riedel, Melissa (and Andrew) Espinosa, Frank (and

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Obituary: Ann Roach Jan. 6, 2016

on January 8, 2016 - 7:10pm
ANN ROACH Jan. 6, 2016 
 
Ann Roach, 92, a resident of White Rock, passed away at her home in the presence of her family, Wednesday, January 6, 2016, following a short battle with cancer.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bart and Frances Shepherd; children, Beverly Ann Mattson, Sara Lynn Evans, Pam Mackey; brothers, Bill Shepherd, and John Shepherd.
 
She excelled in homemaking activities, making candy, needle paint sewing, and loved sharing her knowledge. She enjoyed playing cards, enjoyed her friends and family. 
Her life was centered on family and friends.
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Obituary: Wayne Wentworth Feb. 20, 1962 – Jan. 1, 2015

on January 6, 2016 - 12:09pm

WAYNE WENTWORTH Feb. 20, 1962 – Jan. 1, 2015

Wayne Wentworth, 53, former resident, passed away Friday, January 1, 2016 at his home in Carlsbad, NM.

A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, January 7, 2016, 2:00 PM, at Denton-Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Dennis W. McKinley officiating. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Wayne Wentworth was born February 20, 1962 in Vernon, Connecticut to James Allan and Anita Pearl (Sirois) Wentworth.

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