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Obituary: Jason Allen Young Sept. 30, 1971 – June 24, 2018

on July 12, 2018 - 5:12pm

Jason Allen Young Sept. 30, 1971 – June 24, 2018

Jason Allen Young was born Sept. 30, 1971 and died June 24, 2018. A Boise native, Jason attended elementary and jr. high school in Boise and then completed high school in Kailua, Hawaii.  

Jason returned to Boise after high school where he developed a passion for rock climbing and snowboarding. He traveled to sites of high adventure, often with his brother. Jason thrived on competitive camaraderie in all of his outdoor activities.

Jason attended ISU and, upon earning his degree, relocated to Los Alamos, New Mexico for work.

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Obituary: Mary Kathleen Majeski Padgett

on July 12, 2018 - 4:48pm

KATHLEEN M. PADGETT March 5, 1946 – June 29, 2018

Mary Kathleen Majeski Padgett, born in Topeka, Kansas March 5, 1946, passed away in Albuquerque, New Mexico June 29, 2018. Her parents Alice Peyton Majeski and Chester Arthur Majeski and her husband of 38 years Gilbert Allen Padgett predecease her. She is survived by three loving cousins Nancy Bennett, Maria Vaughan and Pamela Young.

Kathy spent her early years in Topeka, Kansas and Mobile, Alabama before graduating from high school in 1964 in Colonial Heights, Virginia.

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Obituary: Esther Caroline (Kittelson) Larson Nov. 18, 1926 – June 1, 2018

on July 6, 2018 - 6:00pm

ESTHER CAROLINE (KITTELSON) LARSON Nov. 18, 1926 – June 1, 2018

Esther Caroline Larson passed away on June 1, 2018 peacefully at Aspen Ridge Lodge Assisted Living in Los Alamos, NM.

Esther was born on November 18, 1926 to Martin and Alma Kittelson in Lac Qui Parle County on a farm near Appleton, Minnesota. She was the 5th of eight siblings. Esther attended Moorhead State College and received her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation. Esther also received a teaching degree at the University of Minnesota.

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Obituary: Sharon Martha (Sibbitt) Kettwich MD Dec. 4, 1949 – June 10, 2018

on July 4, 2018 - 5:41pm

SHARON MARTHA (SIBBITT) KETTWICH MD Dec. 4, 1949 – June 10, 2018

Sharon Martha (Sibbitt) Kettwich MD passed away June 10, 2018 at her ranch home in Albuquerque, NM in the presence of her loving family.

Dr. Kettwich was a physician, a commercial pilot, an artist, a businesswoman, an Arabian horse enthusiast, a wife and a mother.

Born Sharon Martha Sibbitt December 4, 1949 in Lafayette, Indiana to Dr. Wilmer L. Sibbitt, PhD Chemical Engineering (Purdue University, Indiana) and Selma D. Otte, Technical Librarian (University of Oklahoma).

Sharon lived her childhood in Los Alamos, NM complete

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Obituary: Jonathan Zachary Montoya June 29, 2018

on July 3, 2018 - 3:50pm

JONATHAN ZACHARY MONTOYA June 29, 2018

Jonathan Zachary Montoya, 28, a resident of Los Alamos, left this world far too early on Friday, June 29, 2018.

Zach was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Dennis and Maria Montoya and John and Vera Mench (GiGi and Poppy); aunt, Stella Sandoval; uncles, Robert and Dennis Montoya; cousins, Robby and Raymond Montoya and close friends, Nick Naranjo and Ricky Gonzales.

Zach is the beloved son of Jennifer Montoya-Aylmer and step-son of Lee Aylmer of White Rock.

Zach’s struggles were real and to pretend otherwise would be a disservice to his

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Obituary: Linda Rickel June 25, 2018

on June 27, 2018 - 9:57am

LINDA RICKEL June 25, 2018

Linda Rickel passed away June 25th, 2018, in the arms of her loving husband Dwight. Linda and Dwight were enjoying their 55th year of marriage, which produced two wonderful children, Erika and Aaron. She also leaves behind her beloved son-in law Daniel, daughter-in law Suzie, 3 grandchildren, Carmen, Simone and Aiden, brothers David and Scotty, sister-in-law Elaine, and numerous friends.

Linda was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and moved to Cleveland, Ohio where she met her husband Dwight.

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Obituary: Constance Mary Cobb March 11, 1943 – June 25, 2018

on June 27, 2018 - 9:05am

CONSTANCE MARY COBB March 11, 1943 – June 25, 2018 

Constance Mary Cobb was born March 11, 1943, in Rockford, Illinois to Norman and Geraldine Olson.

Constance (known to everyone as Connie) married Donald Cobb (Don) on August 3, 1963. They moved to Los Alamos from Iowa City, Iowa, with their two-year-old daughter Paula, arriving on July 22, 1970. Their daughter Allison was born in March, 1971. (Connie often remarked that, at first, she thought it was just the change in altitude.) They have been members of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Los Alamos for 48 years.

Connie graduated

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Obituary: Marie Conn Nester Oct. 25, 1931 – June 19, 2018

on June 27, 2018 - 8:11am

MARIE CONN NESTER Oct. 25, 1931 – June 19, 2018

Marie Conn Nester, age 86, passed away on June 19, 2018.  Marie was born on her family's farm in Richardson County, NE, on October 25, 1931, to William and Anna Kean. 

Marie was preceded in death by her husbands James Conn and Harry Nester, and granddaughter Kelsi Conn.

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Obituary: Jean Loretta (Waiter) Dabney Jan. 5, 1920 – Aug. 19, 2017

on June 25, 2018 - 4:04pm

JEAN LORETTA (WAITER) DABNEY Jan. 5, 1920 – Aug. 19, 2017

Jean Loretta (Waiter) Dabney was born January 5, 1920 and went to be with our Lord on August 19, 2017.

Jean was raised on a farm in Michigan and moved to Chicago to work for Zenith Radio just before WWII started. Jean served in the Army as a WAC in Los Alamos during WWII where she met her husband, Winston Dabney. They remained in Los Alamos for over 60 years, where they raised their family and worked for LANL.

In their golden years they moved to Casa Grande, AZ to enjoy the year round hot weather.

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Obituary: Darle Howat Vosburgh Jan. 11, 1930 – March 11, 2018

on June 20, 2018 - 9:09am
DARLE HOWAT VOSBURGH Jan. 11, 1930 March 11, 2018
 
A memorial is planned for June 23 in Belen, New Mexico for Darle Howat Vosburgh, 88, who died March 11th in Los Alamos as a result of multiple health issues.
 
Darle Howat was born January 11, 1930 in Staten Island, New York to Walter and Agnes Howat. Walter was a chemist and ceramics engineer during World War I and founded a ceramics casting company in Tottenville, at the southern tip of Staten Island.
 
Darle loved the outdoors and spent her childhood years caring for and riding horses along Staten Island beaches.
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Obituary: Terry D. Langham Sept. 30, 1937 – June 7, 2018

on June 14, 2018 - 10:06am
TERRY D. LANGHAM Sept. 30, 1937 June 7, 2018
 
Terry D. Langham, 80, a long-term resident of Los Alamos, New Mexico, was born Sept. 30, 1937 in Fredrick, Oklahoma.
 
He died peacefully at home on June 7, 2018 with his wife, Clarice, by his side.
 
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
 
Arrangements are under the direction of De Vargas Funeral Home.
 
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Obituary: James Jim Patrick Borrego Feb. 20, 1965 – June 11, 2018

on June 13, 2018 - 10:59am

JAMES JIM PATRICK BORREGO Feb. 20, 1965 – June 11, 2018

On the afternoon of June 11, 2018, the angels came to lead our brother, James Jim Patrick Borrego into paradise.

Jim was born on February 20, 1965 in Los Alamos, to Tony and Jessie Borrego. He was a lifelong resident of White Rock and the second of four sons. He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1983 and later from ITT Tech in Albuquerque. He then began his career at LAHS in the electronics department and after 25 years, planned his retirement at the end of June, prior to him falling ill in the early spring. 

Jim lived a quiet

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Obituary: Clinton Webb Jan. 14, 1936 – June 6, 2018

on June 10, 2018 - 9:54am

CLINTON BERT WEBB Jan. 14, 1936 – June 6, 2018

Clint Webb, 82, peacefully passed away in his home with his loving family by his side. He fought a long, courageous and dignified battle, but the long term effects of Alzheimer’s took its toll.

Clint was born on January 14, 1936 in Brigham City, Utah and adopted by Bert and Hattie Webb shortly after. He was adored by his mother and he loved and adored her until she passed away when he was 15 years old. He grew up in Las Vegas, NV and met his wife while in High School, but they didn’t start dating until after they both graduated.

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Obituary: Elizabeth Weiss Jan. 16, 1931 – May 12, 2018

on June 8, 2018 - 7:47am
ELIZABETH WEISS Jan. 16, 1931 May 12, 2018
 
Elizabeth Weiss, 87, of Los Alamos, passed away May 12, 2018, after a lengthy illness.
 
She was born Elizabeth Schwenkert in Ulm, Germany January 16, 1931 and immigrated to the US in 1950. She lived in New York City where she met her husband, Eugene and they wed in 1954. Elizabeth had two children and worked with Eugene in the family dry cleaning business.
 
In 1992, Elizabeth moved to Los Alamos, where she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, going to the pool, and sewing.
 
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband
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Obituary: Charles ‘Chuck’ Clevenger Aug. 6, 1942 – May 4, 2018

on June 7, 2018 - 10:05pm

CHARLES ‘CHUCK’ CLEVENGER Aug. 6, 1942 – May 4, 2018

Charles “Chuck” Clevenger passed away May 4, 2018 at his home in Edgewood, NM. He was born August 6, 1942 in Kansas, to the late Marion and Margaret Clevenger.

He went on to become a Journeyman Wireman in construction until he retired in 2011. He was initiated into the IBEW Union Local 611 in April 1964 where he remained a member for 54 years.

Chuck enjoyed hunting, fishing, tools, and Ford’s. He was rough around the edges and enjoyed giving everyone a hard time but deep down had a big heart.

Chuck was preceded in death by his sisters,

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Obituary: Jason David Zurbrugg Nov. 3, 1978 – May 28, 2018

on June 4, 2018 - 3:13pm

JASON DAVID ZURBRUGG Nov. 3, 1978 – May 28, 2018

Jason David Zurbrugg, 39, passed away unexpectedly on May 28, 2018.

He was born Nov. 3, 1978 in Columbus, Indiana, to David Lawrence and Diane Jean Davis Zurbrugg. He married Beckie Angell Morrison November 3, 2009 in Columbus, Indiana.

Jason overcame many trials in his short life to become a much loved, talented and knowledgeable father, step-father and husband. Jason was brilliant. He loved being outdoors and worked in landscaping and pond design.

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Obituary: Kenneth John Wilson July 1, 1926 – May 24, 2018

on June 4, 2018 - 2:26pm
KENNETH JOHN WILSONJuly 1, 1926  May 24, 2018
 
Kenneth John Wilson, age 91, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 24, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Marge.
 
Ken was born July 1, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to John and Ruth Wilson. He attended one year at the University of Chicago before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Force. After an honorable discharge in 1945, he chose to continue his education at Grinnell College in Iowa. This choice was a wise one, since in addition to studying economics, he met a lovely young lady from Tulsa, Oklahoma, named Marjorie Webster.
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Obituary: Judith S. Dudziak March 17, 2018

on June 1, 2018 - 7:32am
JUDITH S. DUDZIAK March 17, 2018
 
Judith S. Dudziak, 82, of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away on March 17, 2018 in Dallas, Texas of heart and lung failure.
 
She grew up in Western Pennsylvania and earned a BA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1963. She and her husband, the love of her life, Donald J. Dudziak, were married for over 58 years. Judy and Don lived in Pittsburgh, both working at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory (Naval reactors) until 1965, when they moved to Los Alamos, NM. There they raised their 3 children, Alan, Matt, and Karin.
 
Judy remained in Los Alamos
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Obituary: Rebecca Easley July 10, 1928 – May 29, 2018

on June 1, 2018 - 6:25am

REBECCA EASLEY July 10, 1928 May 29, 2018

It is with great sorrow that I inform you that Rebecca Easley passed away on May 29, 2018. She would have been ninety on July 10, 2018.

Rebecca and her husband, George, were married in Kokomo, IN on June 18, 1950, just two weeks after they graduated from Indiana Central College. They have three sons: Matthew (Sue) in St. Louis, MO; Brett (Susan) in Santiago, Chile; and Jonathan (Paula) in Tucson, AZ. They are blessed with 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Becky taught English and Reading in Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, and New Mexico.

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Obituary: Wanda Mae (Wagner) Higgins July 16, 1920 – May 28, 2018

on May 31, 2018 - 10:14am

WANDA MAE (WAGNER) HIGGINS July 16, 1920 – May 28, 2018

Wanda Mae (Wagner) Higgins, age 97, passed away May 28, 2018 surrounded by family and music at Hummingbird Music Camp in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. 

Wanda was born July 16, 1920 in Dolores, Colorado to Elmer and Sarah (Kellogg) Wagner. She moved to Albuquerque in 1937 and married Kenneth Lloyd “KL” Higgins in 1939. Together they founded Hummingbird Music Camp, where she cooked, cleaned, and supported every child who came to camp as a team with her husband.

She received many accolades over the years, including the NM Platinum Music

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Obituary: Allan Lacy June 6, 1938 – May 25, 2018

on May 31, 2018 - 9:59am
ALLAN LACY June 6, 1938  May 25, 2018
 
Allan Lacy, 79, passed away peacefully May 25, 2018 with his son Keith by his side.
 
Allan was born June 6, 1938 to George and Esther Lacy near Valley Forge, PA. Allan was raised on the family farm and was the youngest of seven children. He graduated High School and went on to join the Army where he specialized in Explosive Ordinance Demolitions.  
 
While serving in the Army, he met and fell head over heels in love with Delores Ruth King.
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Obituary: Betty Jo (Wiblin) Warthen June 30, 1932 – May 21, 2018

on May 31, 2018 - 9:21am
BETTY JO (WIBLIN) WARTHEN June 30, 1932  May 21, 2018
 
Betty Jo (Wiblin) Warthen, of Spartanburg, SC, died May 21, 2018 in Santa Fe, NM at age 85.
 
She was born on June 30, 1932 in Trout, West Virginia, to the late Roxie Nelia McClung Wiblin and the late Joseph Bryant Wiblin. Betty graduated from Williamsburg High School (Greenbrier County, WV) in 1949 and taught in a one-room school near Richwood, WV. She then attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. She taught briefly in Hebron, Ohio.
 
Betty was the loving wife of the late William Perry Warthen.
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Obituary: William (Bill) D. Moss Nov. 25, 1924 – May 15, 2018

on May 31, 2018 - 9:07am
WILLIAM (BILL) D. MOSS November 25, 1924 May 15, 2018
 
William (Bill) D. Moss was called home to the Lord on May 15, 2018.
 
Bill was born on November 25, 1924 in Verona, PA. He is survived by his wife Olive Moss and their 3 children and spouses, David Moss (Jennifer L.), Suzanne Frary (John), and Dwight Moss (Nereida Ortiz), as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
 
Bill and Olive were married on October 21, 1951 in Denver, CO and moved to Los Alamos in 1953. Bill was a graduate from Sterling College, Kansas with a degree in Biology and Chemistry.
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Obituary: Jeffrey Kent Darnell July 19, 1961 – April 14 2018

on May 30, 2018 - 10:23pm
JEFFREY KENT DARNELL July 19, 1961 – April 14, 2018
 
Jeffrey Kent Darnell passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 14, 2018. He was born July 19, 1961, in Boulder, Colorado, to Carlton H. and Ruth A. (Ogle) Darnell.
 
He was preceded in death by both sets of Grandparents, three uncles, two aunts, one step-son and one grand-niece.
 
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Welborn of Los Alamos, daughter, Chloe of Los Alamos, and his parents of Albuquerque.
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Obituary: Karen Larson-Mariner June 6, 1954 – Nov. 12, 2017

on May 27, 2018 - 4:35am

KAREN LARSON-MARINER June 6, 1954 Nov. 12, 2017

A memorial service for Karen Larson-Mariner is going to be held in Los Alamos, NM at Guaje Pines Cemetery, on June 2nd at 1:00pm. Karen returned to her heavenly home on November 12, 2017 at the age of 63. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loyal and caring family, with her firm and steadfast faith in the Lord providing comfort in her last days.

Karen was born of the late Donald and Barbara Larson of Los Alamos, NM on June 6, 1954. She lived in Los Alamos most of her life, graduating from LAHS in 1972. Karen was a lifelong learner who

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