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OBITUARY: Lorna Hamilton Cooper March 3, 1936–June 9, 2013

on June 11, 2013 - 1:47pm

LORNA HAMILTON COOPER March 3, 1936June 9, 2013

Lorna Hamilton Cooper, a resident of Los Alamos for nearly 40 years, passed away Sunday June 9, 2013.

She was born March 3, 1936. She was the beloved child of Philip and Georgia Goss, and mother of Preston Cooper, Erika Cooper Gorman, and Linsday Cooper. She loved her grandchildren Ethan and Kelsey Prueitt, Dane Van Buren, Layn Biddle, Rigel and Andromeda Cooper, and Kyle and Grace Sackman. She raised Layn for several years and missed him every day after he moved to Alaska.

Lorna was a talented painter and photographer until her disease

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OBITUARY: Donald (Adonias) Ortega March 13, 1926–May 27, 2013

on June 6, 2013 - 7:17am

DONALD (ADONIAS) ORTEGA May 27, 2013

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013, as a result of a recent illness, our beloved father, Donald (Adonias) Ortega, 87, passed from this world into the open arms of the Lord.

Donald Ortega was a former resident of Los Alamos and resided in Idaho Falls with his daughter, Suzanna and son-in-law, Andrew Phillips since July 2011. Donald was born on March 13, 1926 in Las Vegas, NM to Maggie Ortega Trosper. As a young teenager, his first job was working for the railroad in Southern New Mexico.

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OBITUARY: Richard Paul Mullen May 26, 2013

on May 29, 2013 - 4:52pm

RICHARD PAUL MULLEN May 26, 2013

Richard Paul Mullen, 42, resident of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away peacefully on May 26, 2013.

Richard is preceded in death by his father, Jack Mullen; grandmother, Mabel Mullen; grandfather, Paul Mullen and step grandfather, Pete Reasner.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Lori Mullen; his mother, Karen Lee Mullen; daughter, Melonie (Sam) Craig; grandson, Nathan Craig; brother Lee (Jan) Mullen; special nephew, Christopher Mullen, who loved his “Uncle Buddy”; in-laws: Donna and Dennis Schneider, and Lisa (Brett) Cummins; his beloved pets: Jazzie

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OBITUARY: Stephen Stoddard Feb. 8, 1925–May 24, 2013

on May 27, 2013 - 3:13pm

STEPHEN "STEVE" DAVIDSON STODDARD May 24, 2013

Stephen “Steve” Davidson Stoddard, 88, died May 24, 2013. World War II veteran, “Battle of the Bulge” soldier, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge recipient, devoted husband and father, Ceramic Engineer Extraordinaire, Justice of the Peace, Los Alamos County Commissioner, three term New Mexico State Senator, Patriot, Statesman, Los Alamos Living Treasure, a friend to all, a connoisseur of fine scotch and a good cigar. Another member of the “Greatest Generation” has left our midst.

Born in Everett, Washington on February 8, 1925

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Beloved Los Alamos Resident Steve Stoddard Has Died

on May 24, 2013 - 1:08pm

Retired State Sen. Steve Stoddard and his wife Barbara attended the United Way kick-off event at Los Alamos National Bank in September 2012. Photo by Carol A.Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Retired Sen. Steve Stoddard of Los Alamos died at approximately 10 a.m. today. 

He was on hospice in the past week or more. His family had traveled to Los Alamos to be with him at the end.

Stoddard was a Los Alamos Living Treasure and known for his love of displaying the American flag at his home.

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OBITUARY: Frederick J. Edeskuty Sept 29, 1923 - May 10, 2013

on May 23, 2013 - 6:39am

FREDERICK J. EDESKUTY, Sr. May 10, 2013

Frederick J. Edeskuty, Sr., 89, a resident of Los Alamos for 63 years, passed away Friday, May 10, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Alcestis von Edeskuty; brothers, Joseph von Edeskuty and Jack Edeskuty and parents-in-law, Alfred and Adelia Bergren.

Fred was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was extremely proud of his children.

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OBITUARY: Marylee B. Lehman 1922–May 12, 2013

on May 14, 2013 - 8:13pm

MARYLEE B. LEHMAN 1922–May 12, 2013

Marylee B. Lehman, 91, a resident of Los Alamos since 1947, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, May 12, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Lehman Sr.; son, Charles A. Lehman Jr.; and brother, Seth Baldwin.

Marylee was such a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed sewing, and was a very good seamstress. Marylee would make some of her children's and grandchildren's clothing. She enjoyed baking and one of her favorite things was baking cream puffs. No matter what holiday we were celebrating, she went all out decorating.

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OBITUARY: William 'Rob' Oakes Nov. 27, 1942–May 11, 2013

on May 14, 2013 - 12:27pm

WILLIAM "ROB" OAKES November 27, 1942- May 11, 2013

William "Rob" Oakes, 70, a resident of Placitas, died unexpectedly as the result of injuries sustained in a bicycle accident Saturday, May 11, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Maureen K.

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OBITUARY: DONA CRUMP Dec. 4, 1952– May 10, 2013

on May 12, 2013 - 9:24am

DONA CRUMP Dec. 4, 1952May 10, 2013

Dona Crump, 60, of Knoxville died Friday May 10, 2013 at her home. Cause of death was cancer. She was born December 4, 1952 in Columbus, Ind.

Crump graduated from Los Alamos High School and received a bachelor's degree in biology from Tennessee Tech. She was preceded in death by her Mother Betty Miller McClanahan. Dona is survived by her father Sam McClanahan, son Aaron Crump, brother Darrell McClanahan all of Knoxville and sister Robyn Comer of Columbia, Mo. She was also beloved by numerous other aunts, uncles, and other family.

Dona worked at Los

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OBITUARY: Moses Attrep, Jr. Jan. 2, 1939–May 8, 2013

on May 11, 2013 - 7:32am

MOSES ATTREP, JR. Jan. 2, 1939–May 8, 2013

Moses Attrep, Jr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, and scientist died in Los Alamos, NM on May 8, 2013.

Born the youngest of seven children on January 2, 1939, in Alexandra, La., Moses grew up in Alexandria and went on to attend Louisiana College in Pineville, La. He continued on to graduate school in Arkansas, obtaining a Ph.D. in radiochemistry from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

While in Arkansas, he met Katherine Gerloff.

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Bill Gaskill Memorial Saturday, May 18

on May 9, 2013 - 8:09am

GASKILL MEMORIAL

Los Alamos resident Bill Gaskill died Jan. 22, 2013 and a memorial to celebrate his life with family and friends is set for Saturday, May 18.

The memorial will be 12:30 p.m. at the Pajarito Ski Lodge. The Los Alamos National Laboratory, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Rotary Club and Pajarito Mountain were the places he enjoyed the most.

"If you would like to join us at this time please feel welcome," your friends, Ginny Gaskill, Christine Gabaldon, Debra Larson and Lisa Shonrock.

Bill Gaskill obiturary:

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OBITUARY: Margaret Rose Jessel June 19, 1946 - May 3, 2013

on May 8, 2013 - 8:27pm
MARGARET ROSE JESSEL June 19, 1946 - May 3, 2013

Margaret Rose Jessel was born in New York June 19, 1946. She was born with brain damage. As a young girl Margaret moved with her family to Miami, Florida.

She moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1995 to live near her sister Francine J. Mendoza, brother-in-law Paul Mendoza and family.

Margaret loved babies and was pro life. She said, "what if my mother would have aborted me?"

Anything from your heart is welcome to celebrate and honor Margaret's life.

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OBITUARY: Cindy Lou Geoffrion Feb. 9, 1956 - April 29, 2013

on May 8, 2013 - 8:37am

CINDY LOU GEOFFRION Feb. 9, 1956 - April 29, 2013

Cindy Lou Geoffrion, 57, passed April 29, 2013. She was born February 9, 1956 in Tangier, Indiana.

Cindy is survived by her husband, Ken Geoffrion; mother, Ida Jackson; mother-in-law, Carmen Geoffrion; children, Nate & Deborah Geoffrion, Zac Geoffrion; brothers and sisters, Joseph Jackson and Barbara Angel; John Jackson; Alta Jackson; Jeff Jackson; brothers and sisters-in law, Ron and Sandy Geoffrion; Steve and Roberta Cocking; John and Kathi Parker; grandchildren Rio and Laurel Geoffrion; and many nieces and nephews.

Cindy was preceded in

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OBITUARY: BILLIE CRABB Jan. 10, 1931 - May 3, 2013

on May 7, 2013 - 7:25am

BILLIE CRABB Jan. 10, 1931 - May 3, 2013 

Billie Crabb passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, May 3, 2013.

Billie had been a resident of Los Alamos for 66 years. She moved from Mineral Wells, Texas to Los Alamos to be with her father who at the time was working building the city.

She met her husband Billy Crabb and they were married in June of 1951. They were very active in church activities and were founding members of the White Rock Baptist Church. She taught Sunday school until her illness made that difficult.

Billie was preceded in death by her husband Billy. Mrs.

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OBITUARY: Jeanette 'Sissy' Terry Oct. 6, 1928–April 30, 2013

on May 6, 2013 - 2:49pm

JEANETTE "SISSY" TERRY Oct. 6, 1928April 30, 2013

Jeanette “Sissy” Terry peacefully passed away April 30, 2013 at home in the loving arms of her husband of 63 years, B.U. Terry, Jr. 

Jeanette was the mother of Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados and a frequent visitor to Los Alamos.

She was born October 6, 1928 in Ropesville, Texas. Jeanette was a long-time educator, having taught school in Hobbs, Porter, San Jon, Tucumcari and Eagle Nest, New Mexico. 

She had an entrepreneurial spirit about her, branching out to open her own Real Estate company in Angel Fire, New Mexico.

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Martin Gursky Memorial May 26

on May 1, 2013 - 9:44am

GURSKY MEMORIAL

There will be a public memorial and celebration of the life and times of Martin L. Gursky at 3 p.m.,  May 26 at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, 1738 North Sage St.

Martin passed away earlier this year. The family invites his former colleagues and acquaintances to join his family and friends in remembering and reminiscing his life.

A reception will follow the memorial and the family looks forward to personally thanking the many who sent condolences and well wishes since Martin’s passing.

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OBITUARY: Donald Dunning April 3, 1926–April 28, 2013

on May 1, 2013 - 8:24am

DONALD DUNNING April 3, 1926–April 28, 2013

Donald Dunning passed away Sunday April 28, 2013 at the age of 87.

Don was born in Brookfield, Illinois on April 3, 1926. He grew up in Brookfield during the Depression with his mother and brother Richard. Even though they had no money, he had nothing but fond memories of that time.

Don enlisted in the Army Air Force in January 1944 and served until October 1945.

Don’s first professional job was with Argonne National Laboratory in 1949. While at Argonne, he attended the Illinois Technical Institute and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in

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OBITUARY: Dominic Lucido Feb. 18, 1993–April 24, 2013

on April 28, 2013 - 8:03am

Dominic Paul Lucido in the canyon, April 2013. Courtesy/Lucido Family

Dominic Paul Lucido February 18, 1993April 24, 2013

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Dominic Paul Lucido, beloved son of Scott and Betsy Lucido.

Dominic was born February 18, 1993. The day he was born there was a rainbow across Pueblo Canyon. This was a sign of the beautiful, kind, and gentle soul he became.

Dominic left us on April 24, 2013, and his passing leaves a great hole in our universe.

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OBITUARY: William Gaskill Aug. 29, 1942–Jan. 22, 2013

on April 24, 2013 - 7:41am

WILLIAM E. GASKILL Aug. 29, 1942 – Jan. 22, 2013

William E. Gaskill (Bill) passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 at the age of 70.

During his last days he was surrounded by his family and friends while in Kaseman Presbyterian Hospice in Albuquerque.

He is survived by his wife Virginia (Ginny); four daughters: Christine Gabaldon of California, Debra and husband Eric Larson of Jemez Spring, N.M., Laura Williams of Alaska and Lisa Shonrock of Albuquerque, N.M.; eight grandchildren: Antonio, Amanda, Sarah, Rachel, Joshua, Megan, Remington and Carl; four brothers and their wives: Dick and

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OBITUARY: Benjamin Roy Saunders Jr, 1928-March 24, 2013

on April 11, 2013 - 9:42am

Benjamin Roy Saunders Jr, March 24, 2013

Benjamin Roy Saunders Jr, 85, known to most as Roy, passed away on March 24, 2013 with his family at his side.

Roy had recently moved to Colorado, but lived the majority of his life in Los Alamos and White Rock, NM.

Roy was born in Roanoke, VA to Ethel and BR Saunders and attended Roanoke College where he obtained a degree in Physics.

After college, he joined the Air Force and was assigned to supporting the scientific testing of nuclear devices through high speed photography and other assignments.

That work lead Roy to Los Alamos, where he

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OBITUARY: Scott Alan Irving Nov. 27, 1969-March 23, 2013

on April 11, 2013 - 7:22am

Scott Alan Irving Nov. 27, 1969-March 23, 2013

Scott Alan Irving (aka Dreddlokk Scott) was born Nov. 27, 1969, Thanksgiving Day, at Williams AFB in Mesa, Ariz.

Scott passed away March 23, 2013, due to complications from an asthma attack.

He was an exceptional athlete who played tennis and soccer in high school in Colorado Springs and was an avid skier.

Scott even played tennis with then-governor Gary Johnson.

He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1987 and from NMSU in Business Administration and Hotel Management in 1994.

Scott worked at the Hill Diner, the ski hill,

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OBITUARY: Cheri Chance April 1, 2013

on April 5, 2013 - 7:17am

CHERI CHANCE April 1, 2013

Cheri Chance of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed on into the energy of the universe and heaven Monday, April 1, 2013.

Cheri was the matriarch, anchor, and rock for her family and friends that extend across this country. Cheri was the daughter of Carolyn Chance and Alvin Chance (deceased.)

Cheri, the eldest, is survived by her sister Laura and brothers Mike and Kevin. Cheri was the strong and loving mother to Tess Levinson and Tye Smith, mother-in-law to Adam Levinson, and stepmom to Garrett Rhodes.

Cheri was the world, the wind, and the fire to her husband

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OBITUARY: John 'Jack' Kephart April 12, 1927 – March 31, 2013

on April 5, 2013 - 7:11am

JOHN KEPHART April 12, 1927 – March 31, 2013

John “Jack” Kephart, a longtime resident of Los Alamos, passed away at home Sunday, March 31, 2013, 85 years, 11 months and 19 days after his birth in Evanston, IL, and 60 years, 7 months and 19 days after his arrival in Los Alamos.

He grew up in Berrien Springs, Mich., and his love of math and science led him to study physics at the University of Michigan, where he completed a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Science in Physics.

After a brief stint of employment with Boeing in Seattle, he moved to Los Alamos in 1952 where he worked at

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OBITUARY: Horris M. Crane Sept. 1937 – March 20, 2013

on March 23, 2013 - 8:52am
HORRIS M. CRANE  Sept. 1937 – March 20, 2013
 
Horris M. Crane passed away at home March 20, 2013, as a result of myelodysplastic syndrome and severe pressure sores.
 
Horris was well-loved by family and friends, a finish cabinetmaker, a talented artist and a hero to many.
 
He was born in September 1937, at the home of his parents Henry Doil and Gladys Crane, near Lamesa, Texas. Five minutes later, his twin brother arrived, to his parents' surprise.
 
The family moved to California early in WW II, and then back to a farm near San Angelo, Texas afterward. In 1946 they moved to Hobbs, New Mexico.
 
The
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OBITUARY: Arthur Nelson Cox October 12, 1927 - March 12, 2013

on March 19, 2013 - 6:58am

ARTHUR NELSON COX

Arthur Nelson Cox, noted astrophysicist, author and editor, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe. He was 85.

A public memorial service for Arthur will be held at the United Church of Los Alamos at 11 a.m. Monday, April 8.

Arthur was born October 12, 1927 in Van Nuys, Calif., to Arthur H. Cox and Sarah Nelson Cox. He was the third of their four children.

He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Donald, his older sisters, Marjorie-Jane and Priscilla, Joan

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