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Obituary: Adam Michael Lang Feb. 6, 1993 – July 22, 2015

on August 19, 2015 - 7:40am

ADAM MICHAEL LANG Feb. 6, 1993 – July 22, 2015

Adam Michael Lang passed away on July 22, 2015 in Arcata, CA at the age of 22.

He was born in Albuquerque, NM on February 6th,1993. He moved to Los Alamos in August of 2000. He was an excellent student and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2011. While attending high school, he participated in LAHS XC and track. Afterwards, he attended UC Davis for 2 ½ years majoring in engineering and then switched to Humboldt State University where he studied botany.

Adam was an avid runner, hiker, skier, gardener, and musician. He embraced nature.

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Obituary: Joan Alcouffe Aug. 16, 2015

on August 18, 2015 - 12:41pm

JOAN ALCOUFFE Aug. 16, 2015

Joan Alcouffe, 75, a resident of Los Alamos passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2015.

She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Davenport, and mother, Frances Davenport. She was educated at the University of Idaho from 1958-1962 and was an active member of the KKG sorority. She met her husband of 51 years, Raymond Alcouffe, in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1963 where she was an elementary school teacher. They married and had five children: Michael, John, Matthew, Douglas, and Cari.

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Obituary: Richard “Rick” James Sofaly May 2, 1943 – Aug. 10, 2015

on August 13, 2015 - 10:21am

RICHARD “RICK” JAMES SOFALY May 2, 1943 – Aug. 10, 2015

Richard “Rick” James Sofaly, 72, died on Monday, August 10, 2015 at his home in Killeen, Texas surrounded by his loving family. 

Rick was born May 2, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. He was the only son of Dick and Gloria Sofaly. As a teenager, his family moved to southern California where he attended and graduated from San Diego State College and where he met and married his wife of fifty years, Karla Foight. Together, they had four children whom they raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. 

Rick enjoyed a successful career in computer

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Obituary: David (Dave) Dvorak July 21, 2015

on August 12, 2015 - 11:19am

DAVID (DAVE) DVORAK July 21, 2015

David (Dave) Dvorak, beloved husband, father, and brother passed away on July 21, 2015. 

He is survived by his wife Kate, daughter Lorrie, son Ry, and sister Mary Foglesong, and brothers James (Jim) Dvorak and Robert (Bob) Dvorak. He was preceded in death by his father James (Jim) Dvorak, mother Genevieve (Gen) Dvorak, and brother Richard (Rick) Dvorak.

Dave was a man who, in spite of his high level of education, could sit down with anyone and make them feel important. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him throughout the world.

A memorial service

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Obituary: Morris E. Crane Sept. 1, 1937 - Aug. 9, 2015

on August 11, 2015 - 11:41am
MORRIS E. CRANE Sept. 1, 1937 - Aug. 9, 2015
 
On September 1, 1937 somewhere in Texas, Morris E. Crane was born in a boxcar moments after his identical twin brother, Horris.
 
There was no doctor available, so a veterinarian delivered the twins. We think this may have lead to his dislike of Texas and pets.
 
During the WWII years, the family lived in San Diego, CA. Once the war ended, they relocated to Hobbs, NM. 
 
Morris graduated from Hobbs High School in 1957, went on to earn his BA in Industrial Arts and a teaching certificate from Eastern New Mexico (partially funded by
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Obituary: Donna Mae Fischer Wilson Aug.15, 1934 – Aug. 7, 2015

on August 10, 2015 - 3:42pm

DONNA MAE FISCHER WILSON Aug.15, 1934 – Aug. 7, 2015

Donna Mae Fischer Wilson died Aug. 7, 2015, just a week shy of her 81st birthday, in Cañon City, Colorado, from complications following a pelvic fracture.

On Aug.15, 1934, her grandmother, Anna Kronschnabel Fischer, delivered Donna into the world at West Spring Street in Appleton, Wisconsin. She was the sixth of nine children born to Frank and Anne Fischer.

Donna attended elementary school at St. Edwards’s at Mackville and St.

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Obituary: Janet 'Suzie' Boulden July 29, 2015

on August 6, 2015 - 12:59pm
JANET "SUZIE" BOULDEN July 29, 2015
 
Janet “Suzie” Boulden, born March 28, 1947, died peacefully at her home July 29, 2015. Her untimely death was a result of terminal cancer.
 
Suzie was preceded in death by her Father, Hogul; Mother, Juanita; Sisters, Charlene and Sheri; and Grandson, Logan Collins. She is survived by daughters, Tonya Collins of White Rock, NM and Susan Dukat of Larkspur, CO; Stepson Steven Boulden of Carlsbad, NM; and Life Partner, Delbert Pederson of Los Alamos, NM, as well as a large extended family and many loving grandchildren.
 
Suzie, through perseverance and stint of
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Obituary: Rev. Casimiro Roca-Toscas Aug. 4, 2015

on August 5, 2015 - 8:21pm

Rev. CASIMIRO ROCA-TOSCAS Aug. 4, 2015

Rev. Casimiro Roca-Toscas, S.F., former rector of el Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo, N.M., died Aug. 4, 2015.

At the time, he was at home in the rectory at Holy Family Church, with his brothers Sons of the Holy Family and caretaker, who have been helping him for several years. He had celebrated his 97th birthday 11 days earlier.

After 33 active years living in Spain and Italy, Fr.

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Obituary: Genevieve Dvorak June 20, 2015

on August 4, 2015 - 4:40pm

GENEVIEVE DVORAK June 20, 2015

Genevieve (Gen) Dvorak passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 20, 2015. She had recently moved to the Denver area to be near family members. 

Gen was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 70 years, James, and her son Richard Dvorak. She is survived by daughter Mary Foglesong, sons James, David (who recently passed away on July 21, 2015), and Robert Dvorak, as well as numerous grand children and great grand children.

A memorial service for the family was held at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, followed by burial with her husband.

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Obituary: Nancy Porto Hand July 29, 2015

on August 3, 2015 - 10:00pm

NANCY PORTO HAND July 29, 2015

Nancy Porto Hand, 66, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas after a short battle with lung cancer. 

Nancy was the oldest child of Bernice and Tony Porto (former deacon at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church).   

Nancy is survived by her husband Joe Hand of Harper, Texas, daughter Cara Cordova (Orlando) of Albuquerque and son Jason Zimmerman (Kim) and grandson Austin of Lee’s Summit, Mo., brothers Andy Porto (Catherine) and Dan Porto of Albuquerque and sister Patty Porto Schmidt (Don) of St.

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Obituary: Tom Scolman July 3, 2015

on August 3, 2015 - 7:55pm

TOM SCOLMAN July 3, 2015

Tom Scolman, 88, of Rio Verde, AZ, died on July 3, 2015. 

A former Los Alamos resident, he was born and raised  in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. Fresh out of high school, he joined the Navy for two years of service. He returned to Wisconsin and achieved his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Beloit College.

He received his Doctorate degree in Nuclear Physics in 1955 from the University of Minnesota and in 1956 accepted a position at LANL as a staff  member in W-7. He retired in 1989 as J Division Leader.

Scolman was an avid skier and golfer and enjoyed creating Southwestern

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Obituary: Ann ‘Annie’ Henry Heimdahl June 5, 1941 – July 17, 2015

on August 3, 2015 - 7:11am

ANN “ANNIE” HENRY HEIMDAHL June 5, 1941 – July 17, 2015

Ann “Annie” Henry Heimdahl, 74, passed away Friday, July 17, 2015.

Ann was born June 5, 1941 to Finn and Alice Heimdahl in St. Louis Park, Minn. She attended elementary school in Havre, Mont. She attended junior high and graduated from St. Louis Park. She attended the Model School of Hair Design in Minneapolis and worked as a stylist at Bon-Sheri in Park Rapids.

Ann's friends and family use words like fun loving, free spirit, magical, and beautiful to describe her.

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Obituary: Lawrence Edward Wangen July 27, 2015

on July 30, 2015 - 8:54am

Dr. LAWRENCE EDWARD (LARRY) WANGEN Oct. 3, 1941 - July 27, 2015

Larry Wangen, age 73, a resident of Edmonds, WA since 1997, passed away Monday July 27, 2015 at the Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Washington, surrounded by his beloved family. Larry and his family fought hard for two months following a tragic surgical accident.

He was born October 3, 1941 in New Rockford, North Dakota to Obert and Violet (Pfeiffer) Wangen.

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Obituary: Brenda Hatler July 24, 2015

on July 28, 2015 - 2:05pm

BRENDA HATLER July 24, 2015

Brenda Hatler, a faithful Christian who loved her Lord and Savior, passed away on Friday evening July 24, 2015 at the age of 70 years. 

Brenda was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM.  She attended Highland High School and UNM in Albuquerque where she met her future husband, Larry.  Brenda and Larry lived briefly in Beaumont, Texas, before moving to Los Alamos in 1968, where they raised their family.

She was a loving wife and was always there for her two sons in all their endeavors.

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Obituary: James ‘Jim’ Caffey Sturrock, Sr. April 27, 1945 – July 24, 2015

on July 28, 2015 - 8:20am

JAMES “JIM” CAFFEY STURROCK, Sr. April 27, 1945 – July 24, 2015

James “Jim” Caffey Sturrock, Sr., age 70, of Espanola, died Friday, July 24, 2015, at his son’s home in Lawrenceville, GA while surrounded by his children.

He was born April 27, 1945, to James Parker and Catherine (Caffey) Sturrock, both of blessed memory, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Jim attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1962. He received Bachelor’s (1967) and Master’s (1968) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Obituary: Franchesco (Chesco) Valdez July 18, 2015

on July 27, 2015 - 11:44am

FRANCHESCO (CHESCO) VALDEZ July 18, 2015

Franchesco (Chesco) Valdez, 41, a resident of Los Alamos entered Heavens gates on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Valentin and Fermina Valdez; maternal grandparents, Keith and Pinky Kelley and aunt, Karla Kelley-Zimmerly.

Chesco was a very loving husband, father, son, brother and friend. He was a very generous, kind, patient and humble man. He adored his wife so much and loved her and his kids with all his heart.

He was an exterminator for The Bugman for 21 years and loved his job.

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Obituary: Ricardo Agapito (Pete) Herrera Aug. 12, 1943 – July 8, 2015

on July 24, 2015 - 4:28pm

RICARDO AGAPITO (PETE) HERRERA Aug. 12, 1943 – July 8, 2015

On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Ricardo Agapito (Pete) Herrera, 71, of Las Vegas, NV, and formerly of El Rancho, NM was called home to the Lord after a brief battle with cancer.

His love and kind spirit will be carried on through his wife Elsie, of 53 ½ years and their sons, Ken (Theresa), Kevin (Janet), Karl (Nadia); 6 grandchildren, Nicole, Kennetha, Kacy, Kruz, Kyle, Sienna; 8 great-grandchildren; Rudy, Matthew, Layla, Presley, Jordan, Kylie, Courtney, Ivy, and step-granddaughter, Jill Park.

He is preceded in death by his

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Obituary: Jose B. Lujan April 21, 1928 – July 21, 2015

on July 23, 2015 - 9:10pm

JOSE B. LUJAN April 21, 1928 July 21, 2015

Jose B. Lujan, 87, of Los Alamos passed away peacefully on July 21, 2015, surrounded by his family.

He was born on April 21, 1928 to Jose Salome Lujan and Delmiria Roybal Lujan of El Rancho, NM.

Twice widowed, Benny married Eutimia Gallegos on October 23, 1950. They had three daughters, Venita, Bertha, and Mercedes.  He often bragged that he was “surrounded by women”.  He married Irma Dall on February 23, 1985, and became father to Alicia, Teri, and Wayne.

Benny was also preceded in death by his parents, Salome and Delmiria Lujan, his

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Obituary: Maureen 'Moe' C. Klein July 17, 2015

on July 23, 2015 - 10:02am

MAUREEN “MOE” C. KLEIN July 17, 2015

Maureen “Moe” C. Klein, of Rio Rancho New Mexico, age 73, died July 17, 2015 at Anna Kaseman Hospital after a short illness.

Moe was an avid golfer who lived life to the fullest, loved to travel and spend time with friends. She was the life of the party and you always knew she was in the room by her laugh.

She is predeceased in her death by her brother Marvin and her parents.

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Obituary: Ben Ortiz Oct. 5, 1937 – July 18, 2015

on July 22, 2015 - 6:16pm

BEN ORTIZ Oct. 5, 1937 July 18, 2015

Ben Ortiz, 77, of Nambe, passed away in his home following a lengthy illness on Saturday, July 18, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Santa Fe on October 5th, 1937 to Jose Manuel Ortiz and Josefita Sandoval Ortiz of Nambe.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Gloria Ortiz, Maria Longacre, Loretta Ortiz; niece Carrie Lupenski; parents-in-laws Joe I. and Bernice Maestas; brother-in-law Walter Maestas; and grandson Keith Medina.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patsy; his children Marco Ortiz and wife, Lynnea; Marla

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Obituary: Thomas Arthur Peterson July 20, 2015

on July 22, 2015 - 5:31pm

THOMAS ARTHUR PETERSON July 20, 2015

Thomas Arthur Peterson passed peacefully from this world on Monday morning, July 20, 2015 at the age of 56, with his sister Anne and partner Hilde Dillien at his side.

He was born in Los Alamos, NM on February 18, 1959. Tom attended school in Los Alamos and went on to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at the University of New Mexico.

Most of his professional career was spent working at Pajarito Scientific, first in Los Alamos, and later in Santa Fe.

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Obituary: Christopher Charles Watson Jan. 23, 1984 – July 2, 2015

on July 22, 2015 - 9:24am

CHRISTOPHER CHARLES WATSON Jan. 23, 1984 – July 2, 2015

Christopher Charles Watson, 31, died July 2, 2015 from injuries suffered in a bicycle/car accident in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Chris was born January 23, 1984 in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where he grew up playing soccer, baseball, swimming, diving and becoming an accomplished drummer in his high school marching band. He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2002.

Before graduating from the University of New Mexico, he spent half a year living in Buenos Aires, Argentina and exploring South America while becoming fluent in Spanish.

He

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Obituary: Karen Ann Mehlin Aug. 8, 1954 – July 11, 2015

on July 15, 2015 - 3:31pm

KAREN ANN MEHLIN Aug. 8, 1954 – July 11, 2015

Karen Ann Mehlin passed away peacefully on July 11, 2015 at Sherman Home Hospice in Phoenix, Arizona after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 60.

Karen was born to Robert and Joan Broeker on August 8, 1954 in Clovis, New Mexico. She was the older of two daughters and grew up in St. Louis and St. Joseph, Missouri. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1977. She lived and worked in Mobile, Alabama; Kansas City, Missouri; Lincoln, Nebraska; Denver, Colorado; Albuquerque and Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Karen was active in

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Obituary: Robert W. Marr May 5, 1918 – July 14, 2015

on July 15, 2015 - 10:21am

ROBERT W. MARR May 5, 1918 July 14, 2015

Robert W. Marr died peacefully at his home in Los Alamos on July 14, 2015 with his family by his side.

Robert was born and raised in Guernsey, Wyoming where he met his wife of 74 years Virginia Marr. He worked at Lockeed Air Craft in Burbank, California before taking a job at Los Alamos National Labs as a high explosive machinist in 1957. Bob worked at S-Site until 1980.

He designed and built his dream house with his wife and son on Barranca Mesa, which was one of his most cherished accomplishments.

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Obituary: Amberly Rose Dye June 27, 2015

on June 30, 2015 - 4:36pm

AMBERLY ROSE DYE June 27, 2015

Amberly Rose Dye, 20, went to be with the Lord on June 27, 2015. Everyone who knew her will miss her beauty, smile and generosity of spirit.

Amberly is survived by her mother Denise Ewy (Gary), her father David N. Dye (Dawn), her fiancé Dustin Nelson, her brothers Weston and Dustin Dye, her grandparents Joyce and Jim Ross, and Janis and Neal Dye, several aunts, uncles, cousins and too many friends to personally mention.

Cremation has taken place by Rivera Family Funerals of Santa Fe. A memorial to follow will be announced at a later date.

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