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Obituary: Thomas Keenan Oct. 8, 1924 – May 25, 2015

on May 27, 2015 - 8:33am

TOM KEENAN Oct. 8, 1924 – May 25, 2015

Dr. Thomas Kent Keenan died on Monday, May 25, 2015, at the age of 90 years. Tom was a long-time resident of Los Alamos, having come as a summer student in 1950. 

He was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on October 8, 1924, the only child of Robert & Margaret Keenan. He was educated in both public and Catholic schools and was active in the music program, playing saxophone in the High School Band, clarinet in Orchestra, and both instruments in a dance band. Tom’s Dad, Robert, had to travel most weeks so he was alone with his mother.

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Obituary: James “JW” Smith May 18, 2015

on May 20, 2015 - 8:27am

JAMES JW SMITH May 18, 2015

James “JW” Smith, 88, a resident of White Rock, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015 of “too many miles and not enough tread”.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Peace of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory.

The family of James “JW” Smith has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley. 505.747.7477 – www.devargasfuneral.com.

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Obituary: Keith Connett Russell IV June 12, 1983 – May 12, 2015

on May 20, 2015 - 7:29am

KEITH CONNETT RUSSELL IV June 12, 1983 – May 12, 2015

June 12, 1983 – May 12, 2015 Keith Connett Russell IV, 31 years old, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

Keith was born on June 12, 1983, in Birmingham, Alabama. Keith attended Indian Springs School and graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Master's Degree in Computer Technology.

He worked diligently for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy as a contract employee where he created a groundbreaking program to protect the environment from nuclear waste that is now in demand in other countries.

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Obituary: Todd Mark Sander Dec. 14, 1964 – April 30, 2015

on May 19, 2015 - 7:37am

TODD MARK SANDER Dec. 14, 1964 – April 30, 2015

Todd Mark Sander was born in Seattle, WA on December 14, 1964, to Oscar R. Sander and Janet Blohm Sander. He shared his birthday with his sister, Julie Sander Bucknam, who was born two years later.  

Because his family moved often during Todd’s elementary school years, Todd changed schools every year until his family moved to White Rock in 1977. He then entered Mrs. Spingler’s sixth grade class at Pinon School.

He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1982 and graduated magna cum laude from Northern Arizona University with both a B.S.

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Obituary: Earl Maze May 11, 2015

on May 12, 2015 - 10:10am

EARL MAZE May 11, 2015

Earl Maze, 95, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bettye Maze.

Mr. Maze is survived by his children, Jay Maze and wife Sally and Cindy Maze all of White Rock; grandsons, Stephen Maze and wife Julie of White Rock and Kevin Maze of Albuquerque and other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos. Private burial to take place.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to your favorite charity.

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Obituary: Thomas J. Merson April 15, 2015

on April 30, 2015 - 7:04am
THOMAS J. MERSON April 15, 2015
 
Thomas J. Merson (Tom) passed away on April 15, 2015 following a stroke at age 79 while vacationing at a beach in Southern California. His picture was taken by his brother on April 12, 2015.
 
Tom was born in Chico, CA to Thomas B. and Dorothy M. Merson in 1935. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jean L. Merson, his daughter, Linda J. Calkins and husband, Dan M. Calkins of Farmington, NM, his son, John A. Merson and wife, Sheila Merson of Albuquerque, NM, and grandchhildren, Kathryn J. Merson, Thomas J. Merson and Cody R.
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Obituary: LeRoy Horpedahl April 13, 1924 – April 27, 2015

on April 28, 2015 - 10:44am

LEROY HORPEDAHL April 13, 1924 – April 27, 2015

LeRoy Horpedahl passed away in his home on April 27, 2015 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s and other ailments. His last days were spent comfortably in his home surrounded by family and lots of visits from friends.  He was 91 years old.

LeRoy was born at home on the farm, one of six children of immigrant Norwegian parents in the rural farming community of Glyndon, Minnesota, April 13, 1924. He attended a one-room elementary school in the country, then boarded in town so he could attend high school.

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Obituary: Frank S. Abeyta Oct. 14, 1920 – April 15, 2015

on April 25, 2015 - 10:00pm

FRANK S. ABEYTA Oct. 14, 1920 – April 15, 2015

Frank Abeyta “beat the odds” until April 15, 2015 when he died peacefully at the age of 94 in Albuquerque, NM.

Frank was born in Parkview, NM on October 14, 1920 to Jose Amado Abeyta and Josefita Gomez Abeyta. He was one of eight children that grew up in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

After serving in the US Army during WWII he moved to Los Alamos where he was a driver for Zia Company. He met the love of his life, Ida Trujillo and they married in 1949. Frank and Ida honeymooned in Mexico City, which was uncommon at the time.

Frank

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Obituary: Paula Wynn Torres June 23, 1952 – April 2, 2015

on April 23, 2015 - 7:41pm

PAULA WYNN TORRES June 23, 1952April 2, 2015

Paula Wynn Torres, age 62, passed away unexpectedly on April 2, 2015. 

Born in Minneapolis Minnesota, on June 23, 1952, Paula is survived by her brother, Griffith Torres, and parents James F. and Mary W. Torres of Berkeley, California.

As a child Paula lived with her family in Honduras, Brazil and Mexico, and became fluent in Spanish. A graduate of Beloit College, she received a master's degree in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.
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Obituary: Denise M. Behnke Oct. 17, 1963 – April 15, 2015

on April 17, 2015 - 12:37pm

DENISE M. BEHNKE Oct. 17, 1963 – April 15, 2015

Denise M. Behnke passed away April 15, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Behnke was born Oct. 17, 1963 and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1982. She leaves behind her husband, Kevin Smith and daughter Jade, 18.

A celebration of life service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 at the Shrine of Remembrance "America the Beautiful" Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., in Colorado Springs.

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Obituary: Jesse Jr. Lytten June 23, 1929 – April 10, 2015

on April 16, 2015 - 8:49am

JESSE JR. LYTTEN June 23, 1929 – April 10, 2015

Jesse Jr. Lytten, 85, passed away unexpectedly on Friday April 10th 2015 with his beloved wife Shirley Lytten by his side. He had his daughters, Donna Jean Young and Suzanne Waterbury there as well. Several of his immediate family members were waiting. Jesse was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Jesse met Shirley Anne Benson in Washington, D.C. while he was serving in the United States Navy.

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Obituary: Lona Perkins Cappis Nov. 11, 1941 – April 4, 2015

on April 16, 2015 - 8:09am

LONA PERKINS CAPPIS Nov. 11, 1941 April 4, 2015

DALLAS - At 6:17 p.m., on Saturday, April 4, 2015, Lona Perkins Cappis, age 73, quietly passed away at Kindred Hospital in Dallas, Texas after long bout with respiratory illness. Her immediate family were there to comfort her. Lona was a long-time resident of Los Alamos with many ties to the people and the town.

Born on November 11, 1941, in Los Angeles, California, to Ivan and Lona Brown Perkins, Lona's life of adventure took her all around the country and the globe.

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Obituary: Judith Gursky May 3, 1927 – April 8, 2015

on April 14, 2015 - 7:35am

JUDITH C. GURSKY May 3, 1927 – April 8, 2015

Judith Gursky (Judy) passed away on April 8, 2015 in Los Alamos, New Mexico, three weeks short of her 88th birthday.

She was the matriarch, and with her husband of more than 60 years, Martin, the parent of a large, loving family who adored her; respected and benefitted from her surpassing intellect; and marveled at her wide ranging talents and interests, always accompanied with common sense and humor.

Judy was born in New York City on May 3, 1927 to Henry L. Cassidy and Gladys Carleton Cassidy.

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Obituary: Charles B. Bunch April 3, 2015

on April 12, 2015 - 12:30pm

CHARLES B. BUNCH April 3, 2015

Charles B. Bunch was born in Los Alamos in 1951 and passed away in Vancouver, Wash., on April 3, 2015.

Charlie graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1969.

He is survived by his sister Cheryl Rael and husband Robert Rael of Las Vegas, Nev., and sister Patti Poe of Rio Rancho, as well as three nephews and two nieces. He also is survived by his friend and caretaker Ruth Keen.

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Obituary: Alyce M. Sutton April 1, 2015

on April 10, 2015 - 12:12pm

ALYCE M. SUTTON April 1, 2015

Alyce M. Sutton, 81, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away of natural causes on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. 

Alyce was born in Revere, Massachusetts where she met and married her childhood sweetheart, John T. Sutton Sr., in September of 1956. Alyce was a devoted wife to her husband as well as a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. In 1972 they moved to Los Alamos, NM, where Alyce immediately became involved in the community.

She became a member of the Over the Hill Hikers group and joined the Los Alamos Bridge League.

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Obituary: Mario Villa Dec. 28, 2014

on April 3, 2015 - 6:58pm

MARIO VILLA Dec. 28, 2014

Mario Villa, 62, died Dec. 28, 2014. Mario grew up in Los Alamos, but lived in Chimayo at the time of his passing on Dec. 28, 2014.

He was very sociable and met many people in his line of work as a weaver. He will always be remembered for his quick wit, constant smile and infectious laugh, as well as his love for classic cars. His Dodge Charger was certainly his favorite! 

A memorial honoring the life of Mario Villa will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Living Christ Ministries in Espanola.

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Obituary: Tyler Webb March 21, 1986 – March 31, 2015

on April 3, 2015 - 7:49am

TYLER WEBB March 21, 1986 – March 31, 2015

Tyler Webb, 29, of Los Alamos, NM died March 31, 2015 after battling a long illness. Tyler was born in Los Alamos, NM on March 21, 1986. He attended Los Alamos Schools thru middle school. 

He was accepted, attended and graduated from High School at the North American Wilderness Academy (NAWA) in Redding, CA. Tyler was a member of the NAWA Snowboard Team in High School. 

After High School, Tyler joined and served in the United States Air Force.

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Obituary: Alice Faye Bair July 27, 1946 – August 14, 2014

on April 1, 2015 - 10:27pm

ALICE FAYE BAIR July 27, 1946 – August 14, 2014

Alice Faye Bair, age 68, passed away on August 14, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV after a long battle with cancer. She was born on July 27, 1946 in Los Alamos, NM where she spent her childhood.

She is survived by a brother, Loy Van Vleet (Ruth), 2 Daughters Karen Rentfrow (George) and Carol Dison (Todd), 5 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and her 2 dachshunds, Precious and Duchess. Alice was preceded in death by her husband Jimmy Waggle, son Madison Waggle, husband George Bair and her parents Richard Van Vleet and Reba and Gilbert Solis.

Alice

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Obituary: Irving V Johnson 1924 – 2015

on March 31, 2015 - 9:42am

IRVING V JOHNSON 1924 – 2015

Born in Havre, Montana in 1924, Irving V Johnson learned to work leather at a saddle shop as a young man.

In 1943, at age 19, he joined the Navy and was assigned to Combat Aircraft Service Unit (Forward) 9 during World War II. Irving used many skills from the saddle shop as a Parachute Rigger; he was responsible for preparing parachutes and repairing the cloth wings of combat aircraft.

After receiving his honorable discharge in Bremerton, Washington in 1947, Irving worked for the Seattle Steel Company.

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OBITUARY: Jean Krinard Evanich May 11, 1924 – March 16, 2015

on March 29, 2015 - 12:42pm

JEAN KRINARD EVANICH May 11, 1924 – March 16, 2015

Jean Krinard Evanich passed away on March 16, 2015 in Kenosha, Wisc., with her daughter, Sheila, and her son-in-law, John, at her side.

She was born to Albert and Mamie Krinard on May 11, 1924 in Alton, Illinois along the Mississippi, a river she held dearly in her heart.

At the age of 15 she put her name in a magazine for pen-pals around the world. One response was from Johnny, (John M. Evanich) in the CCCs in Oregon, later to become the love of her life.

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Obituary: Genéah Dolores Rickman September 1929 – March 20, 2015

on March 24, 2015 - 9:58am
GENÉAH DOLORES RICKMAN, September 1929 – March 20, 2015
 
Genéah Dolores Rickman—beloved mother, teacher, friend, mentor, iconoclast, and creator of delicious foods—died peacefully on Friday, March 20, 2015, at Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in Los Alamos, NM. She was 85 years old.
 
Born and raised in the farmlands of northwestern Iowa, Genéah learned at an early age about self-reliance and the value of being kind and compassionate to all living things. Her father and mother, Jake and Emma Kleinhesselink, taught her the virtues of honesty and hard work.
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OBITUARY: Lou Pierotti March 21, 2015

on March 23, 2015 - 7:31pm

LOU PIEROTTI March 21, 2015

Lou Pierotti, age 94, longtime resident and Living Treasure of Los Alamos, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Lou will be remembered as the creator of Pierotti’s Clowns, a 5 man softball team.

A rosary for Lou will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 3700 Canyon Road. A Funeral Mass for Lou will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27 at IHM. A Reception will follow the Mass at Karen McLaughlin Parish Hall.

Note: Interment is 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 at Guaje Pines Cemetery in Los Alamos.

The family of Lou

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OBITUARY: Edward Gene Carlson March 11, 2015

on March 20, 2015 - 10:05am

EDWARD GENE CARLSON March 11, 2015

Edward Gene Carlson, 87, of Los Alamos, New Mexico, died March 11, 2015. He was born in Tacoma, Washington, where he lived most of his life.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean conflict. He later worked in Tacoma as a motion picture projectionist and a TV cameraman.

Ed loved the mountains of Washington State and spent much of his free time hiking in Mt. Rainier National Park.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Selma Carlson of Tacoma, Washington; his brother, Roy Carlson of Boston, Massachusetts; and by his

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OBITUARY: Luvella Reading Sept. 1, 1938 – March 11, 2015

on March 16, 2015 - 10:36am

LUVELLA READING Sept. 1, 1938 – March 11, 2015

Luvella Reading, 76, former resident of Los Alamos, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2015. She was born in Abiquiu, NM on September, 1, 1938 to Sinferoza and Pedro Abeyta. 

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for many years and was an advocate of US service personnel and veterans, and always included them in her prayers for their well being and safe return. Luvella, known as “Nana Lu”, lived for the joy provided by her grandchildren, and great-granddaughter Chloe.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Samuel

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OBITUARY: Nancy Scott Fitzgibbon May 10, 1921 – March 10, 2015

on March 14, 2015 - 9:01am

NANCY SCOTT FITZGIBBON May 10, 1921 – March 10, 2015

Nancy Scott Fitzgibbon passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Born in El Paso, Texas to Robert Churchill and Ellen Grogan Scott on May 10, 1921. She attended the Texas School of Mines and Metallurgy (UTEP) in El Paso, Texas and received her bachelor’s degree in 1943.

Nancy married Francis Joseph Fitzgibbon of Syracuse, NY in 1946 and moved to Los Alamos, NM where Fitz worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Nancy began her long career as an educator with the Los Alamos Public Schools.

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