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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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Obituary: Calvin Charles Maxwell Nov. 27, 1928 – Dec. 26, 2015

on January 4, 2016 - 5:21pm

CALVIN CHARLES MAXWELL Nov. 27, 1928 – Dec. 26, 2015

Calvin Charles Maxwell passed away peacefully on December 26th, 2015, in Gresham, Oregon. He was born to Ellen Francis McKeown Maxwell and Charles Calvin Maxwell in Burlington, Iowa, on November 27, 1928.

Calvin went to work in his early teens to help his mother support the family after his father passed away at a very early age. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1948 and worked at the Iowa Ordinance Plant. 

Calvin married Clarice Louise Freedman on August 29th, 1952. He relocated the family to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1956,

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Obituary: Florence Kirstein Mercer Feb. 4, 1922 – Dec. 24, 2015

on December 29, 2015 - 12:25pm

FLORENCE KIRSTEIN MERCER Feb. 4, 1922 – Dec. 24, 2015

Florence (Kris) Kirstein Mercer passed away peacefully in Los Alamos, NM, on December 24, 2015 at the age of 93. She had been a resident of Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living in Los Alamos for several years.

Florence, of Black Mountain, NC, was raised on her family’s farm. After completing high school, Florence graduated from Berea College in Berea, KY with a B.A. in Home Economics. Florence married Arthur Derick Mercer Jr., in 1945 in Black Mountain, N.C.

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John Eric Messimer Aug. 11, 1963 - Dec. 23, 2015

on December 28, 2015 - 2:11pm

JOHN ERIC MESSIMER Aug. 11, 1963 - Dec. 23, 2015

John Eric Messimer, 52, passed away December 23, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

John was born in Albuquerque on August 11, 1963. He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1981. He went on to earn an Associates degree in Graphic Design from Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas.

Most importantly, John protected the citizens of Albuquerque by serving in the Albuquerque Police Department for over 20 years. John received the department’s highest honor, the Medal of Valor in 1987.

John was a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies

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Obituary: R. Dean Taylor – Dec. 25, 2015

on December 27, 2015 - 9:17am

R. DEAN TAYLOR – Dec. 25, 2015

Dr. Raymond Dean Taylor died suddenly on December 25, 2015 due to coronary artery disease at the age of 87.

Dean was a loving husband, father and grandfather, dedicated scientist, avid skier and active member of the First United Methodist Church.

Dean was born in 1928 in Okemah, Oklahoma. He received a BS in 1950 from Pittsburg State University and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1954 from Rice University. He then joined the Low Temperature Physics group at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1954.

He maintained an active and productive career at LANL for the

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Obituary: Judy Runyan Dec. 21, 2015

on December 26, 2015 - 9:41am

JUDY RUNYAN Dec. 21, 2015

Judy Runyan, age 88, former Los Alamos resident, passed away Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 in Albuquerque. 

She is survived by her children, David Bergstein of Albuquerque, Roxanne Cavin (Keith) of New York and Jody Jones (Dan Cather) of White Rock. She is also survived by three grandchildren, three great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren, and leaves many dear friends, especially Tom, Jacque, Airon and Logan Dimas of Albuquerque. 

Judy loved quilting, sewing, needlepoint, reading and all animals.

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Obituary: Lila Valerie Levi-Cooper May 7, 1935 – Dec. 21, 2015

on December 24, 2015 - 8:09am

LILA VALERIE LEVI-COOPER May 7, 1935 Dec. 21, 2015

Lila Valerie Levi-Cooper shuffled off this mortal coil at 11:45 pm December 21, 2015. She was a resident of Los Alamos, New Mexico since 1979. She was born May 7, 1935 in San Francisco, California. Her body will be cremated at Rivera Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Espanola, New Mexico.

Val, as she was known to family and friends, was an enthusiastic skier, hiker, backpacker, and gardener. She was also an accomplished cook, as evidenced by her extensive collection of cookbooks.

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Obituary: Russell Ivan Shinn Dec. 8, 2015

on December 22, 2015 - 1:34pm

RUSSELL IVAN SHINN Dec. 8, 2015

If a person is measured by the lives they touch, Russell Ivan Shinn was a legend. Russ passed away at home, surrounded by family on December 8, 2015.

He was loved, and will be dearly missed, by his wife, Suzie Frazier; brother, Art Shinn and sister-in-law, Renee; nieces, Miranda, Mary and Kayleigh; daughter, Jennifer Shinn and son-in-law Greg Sievers; stepchildren, Amy and Christian Piatt, Mateo and Melania Frazier and grandchildren, Michaela, Makaio, Mattias and Zoe.

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Obituary: Naomi Miriam Becke Dec. 16, 2015

on December 19, 2015 - 8:18am

NAOMI MIRIAM BECKER Dec. 16, 2015

Naomi Miriam Becker, 63, of Santa Fe passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2015.

She is preceded in death by her parents Sidney and Carol Becker. She is survived  by her children Madeleine Cogbill and Andre Cogbill. Naomi Becker was an accomplished hydrologist who spent over three decades at Los Alamos National Laboratory before retiring in 2O14. She earned a B.S. in Geology at the University of lllinois-Chicago, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Her research at Los Alamos spanned

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Obituary: Jose O. Gallegos, III March 16, 1943 – Dec. 11, 2015

on December 16, 2015 - 10:36am

JOSE O. GALLEGOS, III March 16, 1943 – Dec. 11, 2015
 
Jose O. Gallegos, 72, a New Mexico native passed away peacefully on Friday, December 11, 2015. Jose retired from the Veteran Administration where he worked as a Field Investigator assisting with veterans.
 
Jose is survived by the love of his life, for 35 years, Esther Roybal of Albuquerque, children, Tanya Lechel (Bob) of Los Alamos; Sandy Orchowski (Dan) of Albuquerque, Steve Roybal (Kyla) also of Albuquerque. He was blessed with three grandchildren; Abigail Lechel, Dominic Roybal and Sara Denogean, along with wonder family and
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Obituary: John T. Sutton Sr. – Dec. 6, 2015

on December 15, 2015 - 9:54am

JOHN T. SUTTON Sr. – Dec. 6, 2015

John T. Sutton Sr., 82, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away of natural causes on Sunday, December 6, 2015. 

John was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts where he met and married his sweetheart, Alyce M. Comeau, in September 1956. In the early 1960’s John joined EG&G and later, in 1970, relocated his family to Los Alamos. John worked his entire career as an engineer with EG&G and Bechtel until retiring in the early 2000’s. 

John had many interests, which included flying light airplanes, building model airplanes, and golfing.

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Obituary: Dennis D. Simmonds Dec. 9, 2015

on December 14, 2015 - 7:57pm

DENNIS D. SIMMONDS Dec. 9, 2015

Dennis D. Simmonds, 80, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Effa Simmonds and infant daughter, Suzanne.

Dennis was an expert woodworker and a multi-skilled craftsman. He was a pioneer in the computing era. He enjoyed his church choir, men’s group and breakfast at Violas. He came to Los Alamos in 1957 where he worked a 35 year career. He wrote hydrodynamics codes, designed a Linear Accelerator and implemented network engineering and computer security.

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Obituary: Mary Louise Sweeney Keigher March 11, 1924 – Dec. 6, 2015

on December 13, 2015 - 12:04pm

MARY LOUISE SWEENEY KEIGHER March 11, 1924 – Dec. 6, 2015

Mary Louise Sweeney Keigher, 91, a longtime resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2015.

Mary Lou was born on March 11, 1924, in Mitchell, South Dakota (Home of the Corn Palace). Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband “Jamie” Don Keigher; her parents, Dr. and Mr. J.T. Sweeney; infant son, Kevin in 1954 and son, Brian J. Keigher in 2003.

Mary was a secretary at Union Oil Co. during WWII followed by employment at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a word processor, she and Don retired in 1986.

Mom

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Obituary: Shelly Millsap Dec. 8, 2015

on December 12, 2015 - 1:49pm

SHELLY MILLSAP Dec. 8, 2015

Shelly Millsap, 51, a resident of Española, passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

Shelly was preceded in death by her aunt, Faye Davis, Emma Baird; grandparents, Lewis and Ollie Millsap, Frank and Adonelia Serrano; cousins, Andrew Casados, Edward Romero; uncle, Lewis Jr. Millsap.

Shelly loved children, she loved gardening, boating, and volunteering at the Española Community Market. Shelly was a loving caregiver, always had a smile for everyone. She was detail oriented and loved interior decorating. Shelly will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

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Obituary: Ethel Mary (Kehoe) Kachelmeier Jan. 7, 1918 – Dec. 6, 2015

on December 11, 2015 - 9:28pm

ETHEL MARY (KEHOE) KACHELMEIER Jan. 7, 1918 – Dec. 6, 2015

Ethel Mary (Kehoe) Kachelmeier, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died peacefully of natural causes in her bed at a care home in Mesa, Arizona on Dec. 6, 2015 at the age of 97.

Ethel was born on January 7, 1918 in Watertown, Wisconsin. She lived in Los Alamos from 1954 to 1990 with her husband, the late Ladislaus (Laddie) Kachelmeier.

Ethel is survived by her first son, David of Los Alamos, his wife Virginia, and grandson Brian of Los Alamos, his wife Andi, and their children Luke, Caitlyn, Madison, and Abby,

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Obituary: Donna W. Littlejohn Dec. 1, 2015

on December 10, 2015 - 2:37pm

DONNA W. LITTLEJOHN Dec. 1, 2015

Donna W. Littlejohn, 85, a longtime resident of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at Sombrillo Nursing Home in Los Alamos. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Wilhelmi; mother, Ruby Moorefield; and brother Sonny Wilhelmi, all of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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Obituary: Michael H. J. Backsen July 17, 1941 – Dec. 3, 2015

on December 5, 2015 - 10:55am
MICHAEL H. J. BACKSEN July 17, 1941 Dec. 3, 2015
 
Mike Backsen died on Dec. 3, 2015. He was born on July 17, 1941, in Mandan, North Dakota. After graduating from high school, he spent three years in the Navy.
 
He married Marcy Buresh in 1965, while attending North Dakota State University. She preceded him in death in 2006. He received a BSEE from NDSU in 1966 and an MSEE for the University of Wyoming in 1968. He and Marcy raised their family in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where Mike worked at the Los Alamos National Lab for 34 years.
 
After retiring from the Lab, Mike and Marcy moved
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Obituary: Gary Raper Oct. 5, 1949 – Dec. 1, 2015

on December 5, 2015 - 6:42am

GARY RAPER Oct. 5, 1949 Dec. 1, 2015

Gary Raper died Dec. 1, 2015. Gary was born in Los Alamos, the Son of Verdie and Catherine Raper. He is preceded in death by his mother, Catherine.

Diagnosed with epilepsy at 9 years, his disability severely restricted his life. He was cared for at home until he was 36 when he was able to move into a group home managed by the Albuquerque Association for Retarded Citizens. He lived, worked and traveled for the next 20 years due to the wonderful care of this remarkable organization. 

As his health declined he needed more intensive health care.

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