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OBITUARY: Harold D. Ferguson Jan. 6, 1932–Feb. 18, 2014

on February 28, 2014 - 3:36pm

HAROLD D. FERGUSON Jan. 6, 1932–Feb. 18, 2014

Harold D. Ferguson, 82, a 46-year resident of Los Alamos, died at his home Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. He suffered for several years with Parkinson’s disease. 

A mechanical engineer, Harold worked at the LAMP facility at the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1967 until his retirement in 1990. From 1973 until 1994, he and his wife, Alta Lou, were half-owners of the Royal Crest Mobile Home Park in Los Alamos. In 1994, the Fergusons purchased and upgraded the Las Tiendias de Corrales Shopping Center in Albuquerque.

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OBITUARY: Virginia Durmaj Prenzno Feb. 15, 2014

on February 28, 2014 - 3:34pm

VIRGINIA DELORES DURMAJ PRENZNO Feb. 15, 2014

Virginia “Gini” Delores Durmaj Prenzno, 86, of Great Falls, Mont., passed away Feb. 15, 2014 following a brief illness.

Born and raised in Chicago, Ill., it is where she met, fell in love and married Richard Durmaj. Together, they raised a family and in 1966, moved to Los Alamos, NM where she managed a gift shop and worked as a secretary at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

In the late 70’s, they made the move to Phoenix, Ariz., to be closer to family.

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OBITUARY: Douglas W. Fraser Sept. 21, 1941–Feb. 15, 2014

on February 24, 2014 - 11:29am

DOUGLAS W. FRASER Sept. 21, 1941–Feb. 15, 2014

In loving memory. Douglas Warren Fraser, 72, died in his home in the early morning of February 15, 2014, surrounded by loving family members and friends. Doug’s heart was always with the environment and the “critters.” He loved the outdoors, skiing, hiking, sailing, camping, horseback riding, and river running. He guided his own boat through the Grand Canyon four times.

Doug was born in Hackensack, NJ on September 21, 1941 to Frances Van Valkenburg and Robert T. Fraser.

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OBITUARY: Richard Prael July 25, 1940–Feb. 12, 2014

on February 15, 2014 - 10:14am

RICHARD EDWARD PRAEL July 25, 1940–Feb. 12, 2014

Richard E. Prael died at his home in Los Alamos Feb. 12, 2014. He was born July 25, 1940 in Astoria, Ore.

Prael is survived by his beloved wife, Phyllis A. Bailey; his daughter, Mary Alice Prael Madaris (Mike) and grandsons, Elijah and Noah Madaris, of Marietta, Ga.; three stepchildren, Alison Bailey (Terri Moore) of Los Alamos, N.M.; Dr.

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OBITUARY: Stewart A. Apgar III Nov. 28, 1928–Feb. 7, 2014

on February 9, 2014 - 6:02pm

STEWART A. APGAR III Nov. 28, 1928–Feb. 7, 2014

Stewart A. Apgar III, long time Los Alamos resident, passed away peacefully at home Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, with family members at his side. Stewart was born the only child of the late Stewart Jr. and Thelma Apgar in Raton, New Mexico Nov. 28, 1928. Stewart spent the majority of his childhood growing up in the Glorieta and Pecos, New Mexico areas. His parents later moved to Three Rivers, New Mexico, where Stewart graduated from Tularosa High School in 1947. 

After high school, Stewart moved to Albuquerque, attended UNM, and joined the Air

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OBITUARY: Fredrick Paul (Fritz) Schilling Dec. 3, 1928–Jan. 1, 2014

on February 1, 2014 - 9:50am

FREDRICK PAUL (FRITZ) SCHILLING  Dec. 3, 1928–Jan. 1, 2014

Fritz Schilling was born Dec. 3, 1928 in Missoula, Montana and died Jan. 1, 2014 in Boise Idaho, after a year’s battle with deteriorating health and an auto accident Dec. 29 outside Boise.

He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Ellen Schilling, sister Jeanene, son Jeffery, and beloved wife of 40 years, Lucille.

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OBITUARY: Ronald Frederick Christian, Sept. 16, 1948–Jan. 9, 2014

on January 14, 2014 - 12:01pm

RONALD FREDERICK CHRISTIAN Sept. 16, 1948–Jan. 9, 2014

Ronald Frederick Christian, 65, of Rio Rancho, NM, passed away on January 9, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 18, at Albuquerque's First Baptist Church, 4101 Paseo Del Norte NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114, with Pastor Paul Cunningham of First Baptist Church of Los Alamos, NM, officiating.

Ronald was born in Wadesboro, NC to Frederick and Jean Cowan Christian on September 16, 1948. He married Charlotte Winslow on October 1, 1971 in Sparta, NC.

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OBITUARY: Ruth Louise Bull Demuth May 30, 1931–Dec. 27, 2013

on January 3, 2014 - 1:23pm

RUTH LOUISE BULL DEMUTH May 30, 1931–Dec. 27, 2013

Ruth Louise Bull Demuth died peacefully at home on December 27, 2013 at the age of 82, from Alzheimer’s Disease and its associated complications. She spent the past several years being cared for by Thomas Alfred Sandford, her loving husband of 33 years, and many of her children, grandchildren, friends and caregivers.

Ruth was born in Los Angeles, CA on May 30, 1931 to Verena Elizabeth Miescher Bull and Howard Walworth Bull. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, and brother Richard Fredrick Bull.

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OBITUARY: Robert Allen Hardekopf Oct. 14, 1940–Dec. 21, 2013

on January 2, 2014 - 9:21am

ROBERT ALLEN HARDEKOPF Oct. 14, 1940–Dec. 21, 2013

Robert Allen Hardekopf (Bob) was born October 14, 1940 in St. Louis, MO and died in Los Alamos on December 21, 2013 after a long battle with leukemia and related complications.

His parents Charles Frederick and Hazel Wilma Hardekopf, and an infant daughter Elizabeth Ann Hardekopf preceded him in death.

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OBITUARY: Raymond F. Guerette Oct. 25, 1930–Dec. 27, 2013

on December 29, 2013 - 12:51pm

RAY GUERETTE Oct. 25, 1930Dec. 27, 2013

Raymond F. Guerette, 83, a resident of Winthrop, Maine, and formerly of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away on Friday, December 27, 2013.

Ray was born on October 25, 1930 in Winthrop, Maine, the son of Charles and Julia (Currier) Guerette.

Ray graduated from Edward Little High School in Auburn in 1949. He commuted from Winthrop to Auburn daily with his high school football coach. This arrangement was made because his coach realized that Ray had talent and wanted to expose him to Division 1 coaches.

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OBITUARY: Wilbert "Walt" Henry Meyers July 20, 1921–Dec. 13, 2013

on December 26, 2013 - 10:40am

WILBERT "WALT" H. MEYERS July 20, 1921–Dec. 13, 2013

Wilbert "Walt" Henry Meyers, 92, passed away December 13, 2013. Walt was born on July 20, 1921 in McPherson, Kansas to John and Amelia Meyer.

Walt met his wife, Mary Louise Hoefer when they were juniors in high school in Salina, Kansas. Their first date was a movie, and they were together for over 70 years. Walt and Mary were married December 4, 1942 in Washington D.C., where Walt was stationed in the Army. They raised six children, had ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Upon testing, Walt was sent by the Army to the

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OBITUARY: Samuel Lee Yarbro March 27, 1987–Dec. 15, 2013

on December 24, 2013 - 12:52pm

SAMUEL LEE YARBRO March 27, 1987–Dec. 15, 2013

Samuel Lee Yarbro, 24, of Los Alamos, died on Sunday, December 15, 2013 as the result of injuries sustained from a tragic accident in Los Angeles, CA.

He was a PhD student in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) school of Materials Science and Engineering planning a career researching and developing electronic materials. Samuel was born in Los Alamos on March 27, 1987, a gift from God, to parents, Stephen and Tresa Yarbro.

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OBITUARY: William 'Bill' Wayne Hodges June 28, 1947–April 21, 2013

on December 19, 2013 - 7:31am

WILLIAM "BILL" WAYNE HODGES June 28, 1947–April 21, 2013

William “Bill” Wayne Hodges of Los Alamos, NM died April 21, 2013. He was a long time resident of Los Alamos, New Mexico and spent 30 plus years working at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Bill worked in MEC Division main shops of the laboratory machining, supervising, training, mentoring and building parts for various specialty jobs requested by the lab and Department of Energy. He was responsible for creating the machinist apprentice program for the lab and was very proud of the accomplishment.

One of Bill’s lifelong dreams was to

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OBITUARY: Tyler Ryan Van Anne March 6, 1997–Dec. 4, 2013

on December 9, 2013 - 1:43pm

TYLER RYAN VAN ANNE March 6, 1997–Dec. 4, 2013

Tyler Ryan Van Anne, 16, of White Rock died Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

Our beloved son, Tyler, was born on March 6, 1997. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, basketball, football, and especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He touched many hearts with his involvement in Young Life, Every 15 Minutes, Natural Helpers, lifeguarding at Canyon Vista Pool, and as a courtesy clerk at Smith’s Grocery.

Tyler is survived by his parents, John and Leaha Van Anne of White Rock; sister Alyssa Van Anne of White Rock; grandparents

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OBITUARY: Darrell Patrick (Bosco) Hohner Aug. 17, 1932–Dec. 5, 2013

on December 7, 2013 - 10:28pm

DARRELL PATRICK (BOSCO) HOHNER Aug. 17, 1932–Dec. 5, 2013

Darrell Patrick (Bosco) Hohner passed away at home in Los Alamos, N.M. on December 5, 2013. He was eighty-one years of age. He was born to Fred W. Hohner and Myrtle Hohner (Keenan) of St. John, Kansas on August 17, 1932.

Bosco moved to Los Alamos with his parents and sister, Nancy, in 1946. He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1950, was active in sports, and excelled in his favorite sport of baseball. He was employed by Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and spent nearly forty years employed with the Laboratory.

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OBITUARY: Alice Brigham Waterman July 14, 1919–Dec. 4, 2013

on December 6, 2013 - 12:23pm

ALICE BRIGHAM WATERMAN July 14, 1919–Dec. 4, 2013

Alice Brigham Waterman, age 94, passed peacefully from this life on Wednesday, December 4, with family by her side. She had just spent a joyous Thanksgiving holiday with children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and even a great-great granddaughter. She had struggled for eight months with declining health after breaking an ankle and being diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma.

Alice was born on July 14, 1919 in Niagara Falls, Canada. She was the oldest of two girls born to Royal Brigham and his wife Helen Knapp Brigham.

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OBITUARY: Pearle Thomsen Feb. 12, 1920-Oct. 12, 2013

on December 6, 2013 - 7:42am

PEARLE LOIS THOMSEN Feb. 12, 1920-Oct. 12, 2013

Pearle Lois Thomsen died peacefully on October 12, 2013. She was born on February 12, 1920 and grew up during the Great Depression in Galesburg, Illinois.

She attended nursing school and worked as a nurse anesthetist. Her first husband, Johnny Maxwell, was killed in the South Pacific in World War II. She married John Thomsen in 1945 and lived in Seattle, Denver, Cleveland, and Peoria, Illinois; she lived much of her adult life in Des Moines, Iowa. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Margaret Johnson; her husbands, Johnny

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OBITUARY: Nelson Mandela July 18, 1918–Dec. 5, 2013

on December 5, 2013 - 8:26pm

NELSON MANDELA July 18, 1918–Dec. 5, 2013

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, South Africa. He died today in Johannesburg, South Africa after months of fighting a lung infection.

Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

He is survived by his wife Graça Machel and seven children.

President Obama delivered a statement on the passing of Mandela, calling him "a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice."

"We will not likely see the

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OBITUARY: Stirling Colgate Dec. 1, 2013

on December 4, 2013 - 6:11pm

STIRLING COLGATE Dec. 1, 2013

Los Alamos National Laboratory Senior Fellow and longtime Laboratory scientist Stirling Colgate of the Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology Group died Sunday (Dec. 1) at his home in White Rock. A co-founder of the Santa Fe Institute, Colgate, 88, also was president of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro from 1965 to 1974 and a professor emeritus of physics at the school.

A gathering, "Remembering Stirling," open to colleagues and friends is scheduled for 5:45 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15, at Fuller Lodge.

"Los Alamos has lost a

OBITUARY: Dimitri Mihalas March 20, 1939–Nov. 21, 2013

on November 26, 2013 - 9:29pm

DIMITRI MIHALAS March 20, 1939–Nov. 21, 2013

World-renowned astrophysicist Dimitri Mihalas passed away in his sleep at his home on November 21, 2013 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dr. Mihalas retired from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999 and from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2011. Dimitri, to his friends and family, has donated his body to the University of New Mexico Medical School and his library to New Mexico Tech.

Dimitri was born on March 20, 1939 in Los Angeles, California where he grew up. He received his B.

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OBITUARY: James Whitney Godbolt, Sr. Oct. 21, 1922–Oct. 17, 2013

on November 23, 2013 - 9:38am
JAMES WHITNEY GODBOLT, SR. Oct. 21, 1922–Oct. 17, 2013

James Whitney Godbolt, Sr. died in Loveland, Colo. on Oct. 17, 2013, four days before his 91st birthday. Jim was born on Oct. 21, 1922 in Red Bluff, Calif., the son of Dr. Fred B. and Martha (Tinker) Godbolt. He spent a good part of his youth hunting, fishing, swimming and boating with his mother and father on the Sacramento River and in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lassen Volcanic National Park.
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OBITUARY: Jessie Cleofitas Borrego March 28, 1938–Nov. 16, 2013

on November 20, 2013 - 10:16am

JESSE CLEOFITAS BORREGO March 28, 1938–Nov. 16, 2013

Jessie Cleofitas Borrego, called “La Curlita” by many long time friends and family, went home to be with the angels on Saturday, November 16, 2013. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Jimmy Curle and one newborn son. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend who was strong in faith and in her convictions. Jessie led a meaningful and vibrant life, despite her illness and limitations, she had a smile and a kind word for all who were blessed to have known or met her. She will be tremendously missed. 

Jessie

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OBITUARY: Frank Osvath Oct. 31, 2013

on November 20, 2013 - 9:34am

FRANK OSVATH Oct. 31, 2013

Frank Osvath, 93, of Los Alamos, NM passed away at the Los Alamos Medical Center on October 31 at 5:20 p.m. He was with family at the time of his passing.

Frank was born in1920 in Detroit, Michigan to Louis and Sophie (Nagy) Osvath.

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OBITUARY: Lisa S. Balagna July 29, 1950–Nov. 9, 2013

on November 13, 2013 - 10:26am

LISA S. BALAGNA July 29, 1950–Nov. 9, 2013

Lisa S. Balagna, born July 29, 1950, the daughter of John and Jean Balagna, died quietly in her sleep last weekend following a brief illness. She spent the last 40 years of her life nearby to her parents in the El Mirador residence in the beautiful Espanola Valley.

Lisa is survived by her father, John; sister Rene Balagna; and her aunt, Margaret Bower; and by many loving and caring friends.

Services will be this Thursday, Nov. 14, at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos.

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OBITUARY: John Dendahl Sept. 28, 1938–Nov. 9, 2013

on November 11, 2013 - 8:10am

JOHN DENDAHL Sept. 28, 1938–Nov. 9, 2013

Former New Mexico Republican gubernatorial candidate John Dendahl, 75, died Saturday. He was undergoing treatment for leukemia.

Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman John Billingsley issued the following statement in regard to the passing of Dendahl who also was a former chairman of the RPNM:

"The officers and staff at RPNM join me in expressing our deepest condolences to the family and friends of John Dendahl. They will be in our thoughts and prayers, as we honor his memory.

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