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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.

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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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OBITUARY: Marion Louise Hay October 13, 1929 - February 15, 2013

on March 19, 2013 - 6:57am

MARION LOUISE HAY Oct. 13, 1929-Feb. 15, 2013

Marion Louise Hay passed away Feb. 15, 2013, with family and friends by her side after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Syracuse, New York Oct. 13, 1929. 

After many years in Texas she moved to Los Alamos in 1985.

Marion was a member of the United Church of Los Alamos for almost 28 years and was very involved with their Thrift Shop, which raises money for missions supported by the church.

She was preceded in death by her parents Emerson A. and Emily Grainger Hay, and her older brothers Emerson J. Hay and  John Albert Hay.

Marion is

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OBITUARY: Patricia Ann Graves July 13, 1931 - March 16, 2013

on March 18, 2013 - 6:57am

PATRICIA ANN GRAVES March 16, 2013 

Patricia Ann Graves (Roe) Pat, Grandma, Great Grandma passed away at her home surrounded by her loved ones March 16, 2013 at the age of 81.

Pat was born at the family home in Abiline, Texas to Ruby Jo and William S. Roe on July 13, 1931.

Pat grew up visting her grandparents farm each summer with her many cousins.

She graduated from Abiline High School in 1948 and began her higher education that summer at Hardin Simmons University.

In the fall she attended School of Mines (UTEP) at El Paso.

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Obituary: Isaac Anthony Hayden June 11, 1996 - March 12, 2013

on March 16, 2013 - 9:57pm

ISAAC ANTHONY HAYDEN

Isaac Anthony Hayden, 16, of Los Alamos, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James “Jim” Hayden. 

Isaac was born June 11, 1996 to David and Jennifer Hayden. Isaac was a joyful young man with a loving and generous spirit for everyone he met. 

Isaac was accepting of others and loved to be with people. His sweet spirit and sense of humor will live on in the hearts of those who knew him. 

He always kept busy with many projects going at one time.

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Obituary: Elaine Teresa Doyle Stratton March 23, 1929 - March 5, 2013

on March 16, 2013 - 9:02am

ELAINE TERESA DOYLE STRATTON March 23, 1929 - March 5, 2013

Elaine Teresa Doyle Stratton, 83, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at the family home in Los Alamos from complications of leukemia.

She was born March 23, 1929, to Colonel Hugh and Gertrude Mayr Doyle in Fort Totten, NY. Her father was later transferred to Fort Hamilton, New York, and she called Brooklyn home until, at the age of 20.

She came to Los Alamos from Oswego State Teachers College (NY) to teach primary grades in the Los Alamos Public Schools. She later earned a Masters in Education from New York University.

She met

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Obituary: Newby Gene Ellington Sept. 29, 1933 - Feb. 27, 2013

on March 16, 2013 - 8:21am

NEWBY GENE ELLINGTON

Newby Gene Ellington, 79, of Los Alamos, New Mexico, died peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 after a long and difficult battle with cancer. 

He spent his last weeks, days and hours in the loving embrace of his wife Susan, his children and grandchildren. 

Newby was the third child born to John Robert “Uncle Bob” Ellington and Martra Leila Ellington. He was born Sept. 29, 1933 and raised in Saxapahaw, North Carolina. 

He graduated from Eli Whitney High School in Alamance County,  and has a large and loving extended family.

Newby joined the U.S.

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OBITUARY: Selma M. Dion April 8, 1918–April 8, 2012

on March 15, 2013 - 9:02am

Selma M. Dion April 8, 1918April 8, 2012

Selma M. Dion (nee Bakunas) was a Los Alamos resident from 1951 until moving to Cleveland Heights, Ohio in 2002.

She is survived by her son Paul, grandchildren Lorelei, Angelee, Noah and Sarah, and by great grandchildren Lucinda and Miranda.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Judith.

Memorial service and burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 25, 2013 at Guaje Pines Cemetery in Los Alamos. Friends are welcome.

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OBITUARY: Marie Violee Geoffrion Sept. 9, 1928 - March 3, 2013

on March 6, 2013 - 6:24am

Marie Violee Geoffrion Sept. 9, 1928 - March 3, 2013

Marie Violee Geoffrion passed away peacefully March 3, 2013. Marie Violee McElroy was born September 9, 1928 in Las Vegas, NM.  

She met Louis Geoffrion in Las Vegas and they were wed September 16, 1949. They moved to Los Alamos after their marriage where they lived for the 58 years until Marie was preceded in death by Louis in 2007.

Marie was a long time resident of Los Alamos, NM and a recent resident of Sierra Vista Living Community in Santa Fe, NM.  

While in Los Alamos, Marie was an Administrative Assistant for the Los Alamos

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OBITUARY: Eugene Henderson Eyster March 21, 1914 – February 17, 2013

on March 5, 2013 - 5:08pm
Eugene Henderson Eyster March 21, 1914 February 17, 2013
 
Laboratory retiree, Eugene Henderson Eyster of Los Alamos passed away at Sombrillo Care Center February 17, 2013. Gene was 98 years old.

He was born on March 21, 1914 in Wheaton, Minnesota. He married Joyce Krenz, also of rural Minnesota on January 6, 1942. They celebrated 71 years of married this past January.

They spent four years at the Bureau of Mines in Pittsburgh, followed by work in Indianhead, Maryland and Washington, D. C. In 1948 they came to Los Alamos. Gene retired from the Lab in 1980.

Gene graduated from Wheaton High

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OBITUARY: Carol Sue Van Vessem March 30, 1958 – Feb. 20, 2013

on February 20, 2013 - 4:42pm

Carol Sue Van Vessem March 30, 1958 Feb. 20, 2013

Carol Sue Van Vessem passed away on February 20, 2013 at the age of 54 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. 

She was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico on March 30, 1958. 

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the American Legion Post 90, located at 1325 Trinity in Los Alamos.

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on February 19, 2013 - 4:53pm

GORDON NEAL KEATING 1966Feb. 14, 2013

Gordon Neal Keating of Los Alamos, New Mexico died peacefully February 14, after a lengthy illness. He passed away at home surrounded by close family and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jody Keating, and is survived by his father, Richard Keating (of Edwardsville, IL.), wife, Elizabeth, daughters, Flannery and Zoë, and brother Phillip (of Denver, Colo.)

He grew up in Edwardsville, IL., and attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. He was passionate about geology, especially volcanology. After college, Gordon worked for the U.S.

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