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OBITUARY: John Evans Hill Feb. 21, 1945 – Jan. 12, 2015

on January 21, 2015 - 1:08pm

JOHN EVANS HILL Feb. 21, 1945 – Jan. 12, 2015

John Evans Hill, 69, resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico passed away on Monday, January 12, 2015 at Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, NM after suffering from heart failure. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Marian J. Whitley and the father who raised him, Edward F. Whitley, as well as his biological father, John T. Hill, a decorated deceased World War II veteran who was killed in the war before John was born. He was survived by his wife of 46 years, Luella A. Hill; daughter, Stephanie A. Hill; brother, Richard F.

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OBITUARY: Laura Elizabeth Marquardt Roach June 7, 1920 – Jan. 1, 2015

on January 21, 2015 - 6:50am

LAURA ELIZABETH MARQUARDT ROACH June 7, 1920 – Jan. 1, 2015

Former Los Alamos resident, Laura Elizabeth Marquardt Roach was born June 7, 1920 in Two Rivers, Wis., and completed her baptismal journey on January 1, 2015 at Memorial Medical Center, Las Cruces, NM at age 94.

The fourth of seven children, her parents, Gusta Krueger Marquardt and Leonard Marquardt, left their native country of Germany in the early 1900s to find a better life in America. German was spoken at home, and Laura learned English as a “second” language when she started school.

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OBITUARY: Virginia Lee Marr Sept. 8, 1918–Jan. 17, 2015

on January 18, 2015 - 10:45am

VIRGINIA LEE MARR Sept. 8, 1918 – Jan. 17, 2015

Virginia passed away peacefully on January 17, 2015 at the age of 96 while surrounded by her loving family. She lived a long and fulfilling life.

Born on a dry farm in South Eastern Wyoming on September 8, 1918. She graduated from Guernsey High School in Wyoming in 1936. She moved to work in Long Beach, California for Lockheed Aircraft Company.

She married the love of her life Robert in Las Vegas, Nevada in March 1942. In February 1957 Robert and Virginia moved to Los Alamos and lived in the Chapel apartments.

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OBITUARY: Jennifer (Primak) Weiss April 23, 1972 – Jan. 8, 2015

on January 13, 2015 - 5:26pm

JENNIFER (PRIMAK) WEISS April 23, 1972  Jan. 8, 2015

Jennifer (Primak) Weiss, a devoted mother of two and resident of Boulder, Colo., passed away on January 8th, 2015, at the age of 42. Jenny is survived by her parents, Stan and Joan Primak, sisters Chelsea Primak and Marybeth Germinario, and her husband, Scott and beloved children Tanner Dylan and Samantha Bari Weiss.

Jenny was born in Ft.

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OBITUARY: Dolores 'Dolly' Everett Jan. 7, 2015

on January 13, 2015 - 7:46am

DOLORES “DOLLY” EVERETT Jan. 7, 2015

Dolores "Dolly" Everett, widow of C.J. Everett, was a resident of Los Alamos since 1947. She was well-known for her many volunteer efforts in the town throughout her life. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, headed the Candy Striper program at LAMC, was instrumental in establishing Casa Mesita, as well as Sombrillo Nursing Home. In her later years she collected lunch money at the Senior Center.

A transplant from Wisconsin, Dolly grew to love the Southwest, and Los Alamos became her true home.

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OBITUARY: Roberta Delores MacInnes Dec. 20, 2014

on January 10, 2015 - 9:40am

ROBERTA DELORES MACINNES Dec. 20, 2014

Roberta Delores MacInnes, age 64, a resident of Los Alamos since 1997, passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center from a brief illness. She was surrounded in death by her loving family.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Geneva Hinkson; her brother, Robert Hinkson, Jr. and her sister, Bobbie Hinkson. Roberta is survived by her beloved husband of 17 years, Mark A.

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OBITUARY: Virginia 'Ginger' Richins Jan. 6, 2015

on January 9, 2015 - 12:20pm

VIRGINIA "GINGER" RICHINS Jan. 6, 2015

Virginia “Ginger” Richins, 84, a resident of Duncan Arizona, passed away on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Ward Richins; son, Frank Edwards; brother, Rowan Willis; parents, Frank and Frances Willis. Ginger loved horse related activities and was active in the Cowbells club for most of her life. She enjoyed her kids and grandchildren in their many activities. Ginger was known for loving a good game of cards. Those who knew her became friends quickly and loved her sense of humor and kindness.

She is

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OBITUARY: Helen T. Bender Dec. 24, 2014

on January 9, 2015 - 11:25am
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OBITUARY: HOWARD F. GUTHRIE Aug. 17, 1959 – Nov. 14, 2014

on January 6, 2015 - 4:56pm

HOWARD F. GUTHRIE Aug. 17, 1959 Nov. 14, 2014

Howard F. Guthrie, age 55, of Albuquerque, NM, flew straight up to heaven on November 14, 2014, following a tragic plane crash in the San Juan National Forest, near Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

Howard was born August 17, 1959, in Santa Fe, NM. He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1978 and later served in the U.S. Navy. He lived a life full of adventure and never bypassed an opportunity to make a memory, making many life-long friends along the way.

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OBITUARY: Don Liska Nov. 3, 1929 – Dec. 26, 2014

on January 5, 2015 - 7:13am

DONALD J. LISKA Nov. 3, 1929 – Dec. 26, 2014

Don Liska, 85, died at home after a brief illness with Alice, his wife of 59 years, by his side.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Don received his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. It was there that he met Alice. Don and Alice were avid members of the UofW Hoofers, an outdoor enthusiast club where they discovered their love of climbing and the outdoors. Don was drafted into the US Army immediately upon his graduation and served for 2 years.

Don began his career as an Engineer in

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OBITUARY: Martha Jean Ferrell Sept. 2, 1935 – Dec. 29, 2014

on January 3, 2015 - 9:33am

MARTHA JEAN FERRELL Sept. 2, 1935 Dec. 29, 2014

Martha Jean Ferrell, 79, died Monday, December 29, 2014 at the Four Season’s Specialty Care Unit at Aspen Ridge Retirement Community in Los Alamos, NM. After a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Jean died peacefully in her sleep.

She is survived by her son, William and wife Barbara Ferrell of Los Alamos; one sister, JoAnna Richardson of Boulder, Colorado; and one brother Harold and wife Esther of Hays, Kansas.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert B.

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OBITUARY: Joyce Kathryn Landry Blanco Dec. 19, 2014

on December 28, 2014 - 7:05am

JOYCE KATHRYN LANDRY BLANCO Dec. 19, 2014

Joyce Kathryn Landry Blanco passed away December 19, 2014. 

A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, December 29, 2 o’clock at the White Rock Baptist Church.

Joyce is preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Charles Blanco; parents Tony and Marie Landry; and brothers Harvey and Allen Landry.

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OBITUARY: Patrick Alan Minor July 23, 1953 – Nov. 5, 2014

on December 28, 2014 - 6:49am

PATRICK ALAN MINOR July 23, 1953 – Nov. 5, 2014

Patrick Alan Minor died November 5th, 2014 at Gentiva  Hospice in Albuquerque, NM. Pat, a Christian, was loved and adored by his family and friends and will be sorely missed.

Pat was born July 23, 1953, at Keesler AFB, near Biloxi, Mississippi, to Robb and Shirlee McDonald Minor. His pre-school years were spent in D'Iberville, Mississippi, and Manhattan, Kansas. In D'Iberville, he enjoyed chasing cows and hiding under the house which was built on concrete blocks - much to his Mother's consternation.

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OBITUARY: Elmo Cde Baca Dec. 20, 2014

on December 25, 2014 - 7:06am

ELMO CDE BACA Dec. 20, 2014

Longtime Los Alamos resident, Elmo Cde Baca passed away on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, in his home. He was 88 years old.

He was born and raised in Las Vegas, New Mexico, graduating with a degree in Biology from Highlands University. He served in the US Navy during WWII as a medical corpsman.

Elmo began his life on the “hill” as a Zia company painter. Throughout his life he has owned a variety of successful Los Alamos businesses and has developed commercial property throughout the downtown area.

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OBITUARY: Jimmie Allen Brothers Nov. 30, 2014

on December 10, 2014 - 7:34pm

JIMMIE ALLEN BROTHERS Nov. 30, 2014

Jimmie Allen Brothers, 62, a resident of Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos, passed away peacefully at home following a brief illness on Sunday, November 30, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his parents, LeeRoy and Mary Dorothy Skelton-Brothers and sisters, Mary Schroder and Debbie Brothers.

When he was in the military, he worked on the Pershing Missle and radar repair and control. Jimmie also had 32 years in the National Park Service. Jimmie marred Monica in Great Bend, KS on February 9, 1976. He enjoyed spending time with his grandson, Austin.

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OBITUARY: Teresa Baca Smith Dec. 4. 2014

on December 7, 2014 - 10:56am

TERESA BACA SMITH Dec. 4, 2014

Teresa Baca Smith (nee Salazar), longtime resident of Los Alamos, previously of Santa Fe, passed away on December 4, 2014. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Smith; parents, Odila and Joaquin Salazar; brothers Jack, Robert, Tom and Rudy Salazar; and sisters Lydia Silveria and Ofelia Apodaca.

She is survived by her son, Mark Baca of Platteville, Wisconsin; daughters Diana Baca of Denver, Colorado and Paula Baca of Ashland, Oregon; granddaughter Arianna Brooks of Ashland, Oregon; sister Clara (Joe) Briones of Santa Fe; brother Dennis (Julia) of Santa

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OBITUARY: Bret E. Knapp Aug. 21, 1958 – Nov. 18, 2014

on December 7, 2014 - 10:22am

BRET E. KNAPP Aug. 21, 1958 – Nov. 18, 2014

Bret Knapp, 56, a dedicated family man with a dry wit and wry welcoming smile, died recently after a short but valiant battle with cancer. Knapp is survived by his wife, Sheryl, and two sons, Cameron and Trevor. He is also survived by two brothers and a sister.

Born and raised in Livermore, CA he was the son of Dr. Myron William Knapp and Dorris Riggs Knapp. Myron was the first test director at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory conducting nuclear tests in the atolls of the South Pacific, as well as the Nevada Test Site.

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OBITUARY: Elizabeth Quintana Nov. 29, 2014

on December 3, 2014 - 2:05pm

ELIZABETH "LIZ" LISA QUINTANA Nov. 29, 2014

Elizabeth "Liz" Lisa Quintana, 37, a resident of Santa Cruz passed away from an automobile accident on Saturday, November 29, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her father, Heremenjildo Quintana; paternal grandmother, Maria Reyes, paternal grandfather, Francisco Quintana, maternal grandparents, Ramon Leyba and Dorothy Montoya.

Liz was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, and cousin. Her passion was bowling and she could sit and watch movies, a couple of her favorites were Hunger Games, Hercules, among many others.

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Obituary: Annabelle Honnell Dec. 26, 1929 – Dec. 1, 2014

on December 3, 2014 - 9:17am

ANNABELLE HONNELL Dec. 26, 1929 Dec. 1, 2014

Annabelle Honnell, 84, beloved wife and mother and a forty six-year resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Monday, December 1, 2014.

She was born December 26, 1929 in Huntington, W.V. where she attended St. Joseph High School and graduated from Marshall College. In the course of her career, she worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, General Electric, where she met her future husband Richard and the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

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Obituary: Leona Medina Tiede Nov. 29, 2014

on December 2, 2014 - 11:25am

LEONA MEDINA TIEDE Nov. 29, 2014

Leona Medina Tiede, 73, a resident of Chimayo, passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 29, 2014 surrounded by her loving family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Medina and Julia Roybal Medina; in-laws, Lawrence Tiede and Virginia Stobing Tiede; three brothers, Emilio, Michael, and Leonard Medina; brother-in-law, David Dominguez; niece, Carol Trujillo Gomez.

Leona was born in Jerome, Arizona, a copper-mining town, and grew up in Chimayo next to El Santuario de Chimayo.

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Obituary: Patricia Ann Bass Barr Sept. 17, 1955 – Nov. 21, 2014

on November 26, 2014 - 2:47pm

Patricia Ann Bass Barr Sept. 17, 1955 – Nov. 21, 2014

Patricia Ann Bass Barr passed away on Nov. 21, 2014. She was 59 and had been struggling with liver disease. Patricia was born in Columbia, Tenn. on Sept. 17, 1955 to Charles and Wilma Bass.

She attended school in Columbia, TN and graduated high school 1973.  She attended David Lipscomb College and graduated with a degree in accounting in 1977. Patricia met and married Stuart Bowling in 1983 and moved west to Los Alamos, N.M.  There she found employment with Los Alamos County where she worked until her retirement in 2009.

She and Stuart

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Obituary: Gavin Vaughan March 14, 1931 – Nov. 14, 2014

on November 25, 2014 - 7:02am

Gavin Vaughan March 14, 1931 – Nov. 14, 2014

Gavin Vaughan, of Alvin, Texas, passed away at age 83, on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Gavin dedicated his life to serving the Lord and had a great love for all people.

Gavin is survived by: three  children – Cullene Hobbs and husband Larry; Gavin Vaughan II and wife Shelby; and Debbe Vaughan; five grandchildren – Kevin Hobbs and wife Tara; Travis Hobbs and wife Shandar; Jena Polly and husband Scott; Cody Jones and wife Lynsey; Chelsae Haines and husband Matt; and five great-grand children – Keller Hobbs, Rylyn Hobbs, Reagan Haines, Kaiden Polly and

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OBITUARY: Walton Chapman Oct. 20, 1927 – Nov. 16, 2014

on November 19, 2014 - 8:56am

WALTON CHAPMAN Oct. 20, 1927  Nov. 16, 2014

Walton Chapman, 87, went home to the Lord on Sunday, November 16, 2014. Born in Savannah, Georgia, Oct. 20, 1927 to George Walton Chapman and Helen Brandt Chapman, Walt was married to Joan Wallace, now deceased, for 54 years.  

Walt graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Psychology. He served in the USMC during WWII. He started Walton Chapman Builders Company in Santa Fe in 1966 developing some of the finest home and office communities in Santa Fe.

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OBITUARY: Sheldon Kalberg June 16, 1943 – Nov. 5, 2014

on November 9, 2014 - 8:22am

SHELDON KALBERG June 16, 1943 – Nov. 5, 2014

The world lost Sheldon Kalberg on November 5th, 2014. He was born June 16th, 1943, to Martin and Karen Kalberg in Glendive, Montana.

Sheldon leaves behind his adoring daughters, Kirstin and Lisa Kalberg of Albuquerque, son-in-law Andy Browning and grandson, Dylan. He is also survived by his dear sister, JoAnn Roe, brother-in-law, Carl Roe, and their children, Peggy Maez, Mike, Tom, and Tim Roe, as well as many great nieces and nephews.

He was blessed with an extraordinary blended family including Wendy Kalberg, Scott Hand, Mike McConnell-Hand,

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OBITUARY: Jean Marie Parker Dec. 11, 1922 – Oct. 25, 2014

on November 1, 2014 - 10:20am

JEAN MARIE PARKER Dec. 11, 1922 – Oct. 25, 2014

Mrs. Jean Marie Parker (née Norman), a 52 year resident of Marietta, Georgia, died peacefully in Kennesaw, Georgia, on October 25, 2014, at the age of 91. Jean always considered her life a “joyful journey”.

Jean was born on December 11, 1922, in Hitterdal, Minnesota, to Clara Charlotte Sanders and Henning Rogatious Norman. She grew up on their farm in Hawley, Minnesota, with her three sisters and three brothers.

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