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Obituary: Larry C. Madsen March 11, 2018

on March 15, 2018 - 5:04pm

LARRY C. MADSEN March 11, 2018

Larry C. Madsen, 76, passed away on March 11, 2018 at his home in Gardnerville, Nevada.

Larry was born in rural Wakonda, South Dakota to Leon and Wanetta Madsen. Larry received his bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering from SDSM&T and his doctorate degree in Nuclear Engineering from Iowa State University.

He was employed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory over 30 years and later worked for the Washington Institute. Larry was extremely hard working, disciplined, and dedicated about all his endeavors.


Obituary: Tommie Evelyn Kidd-Hewitt Jan. 27, 2018

on March 13, 2018 - 5:05pm


Tommie Evelyn Kidd-Hewitt went to be with our savior on Saturday, January 27, 2018. She was 100 years old.

This is the woman that taught us how to love—unconditionally and with our whole hearts. She knew the benefits of hard work and expressed how important it was to do what you loved and work for whom you loved. She believed that we should live our lives with kindness, patience, and devotion.

Tommie Evelyn appreciated the little blessings life had to offer. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and sewing.


Obituary: Barbara Ann Digby April 5, 1942 – March 9, 2018

on March 13, 2018 - 3:30pm

BARBARA ANN DIGBY April 5, 1942 March 9, 2018

Barbara Ann Digby passed from this earth on March 9, 2018. Born April 5, 1942 in London, England, she came to America in 1970 after marrying Anthony William Digby on Sept. 28. 1967.  

Leaving behind her homeland and her beloved Bank of England career to start a new life in America. She began her journey in Boston, Massachusetts and Rochester, New York before coming to Los Alamos in 1979 where she finally found her forever home. A resident of Los Alamos, NM for 38 years, she had finally found her true home.

Barbara loved meeting new people,


Obituary: Catherine Elizabeth Gubernatis Dannen

on March 9, 2018 - 5:00pm


It is with great sadness that the family of Catherine Elizabeth Gubernatis Dannen announces her passing, on Tuesday, March 6th 2018, in Montgomery, AL., at the age of 41 years. Catherine’s passing was a result of complications stemming from treatments associated with battling cancer.

A native of Los Alamos, and Los Alamos High School Class of 1995 Graduate, Catherine attended Mount Holyoke College of South Hadley Massachusetts for undergraduate studies.


Obituary: Nicolaus Martin Lisowski Feb. 27, 2018

on March 4, 2018 - 11:09am


Nicolaus Martin Lisowski, 39, passed away Feb. 27 in Ooltewah, Tennessee.
Nic was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico and attended Pinon Elementary School. He graduated from Roswell High School in Roswell, GA, and attended Savannah College of Art and Design, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Art and Photography. 
He was a talented guitar musician, a master woodworking craftsman, and an excellent photographer. Nic had a variety of career activities, from working as a professional independent photographer, to building sustainable off the grid housing.

Obituary: Raymond ‘Ray’ D. Pacheco July 20, 1967 – Feb. 10, 2017

on March 4, 2018 - 7:22am

RAYMOND “RAY” D. PACHECO July 20, 1967 – Feb. 10, 2017

Raymond “Ray” D. Pacheco, 49, passed away at UNMH on February 10, 2017 surrounded by family and loved ones by his side. 

Ray was born in Los Alamos, NM.  He graduated from Los Alamos High School as a “Hilltopper”.  He continued his education at NMSU with a BA in Finance.  At the time of his passing he resided in Santa Fe, NM.

He had many interests: music, motorcycles, reading and enjoying his furry companions, Tank and Sassy (previous Akitas – Kimo, Sumo, and Daisey).

Growing up in Los Alamos, his younger years were so much fun.


Obituary: Elizabeth Jane Wright Feb. 21, 2018

on February 26, 2018 - 2:35pm


Elizabeth Jane Wright, 87, a 47-year resident of Los Alamos, NM passed away Wednesday February 21, 2018.

Betty was born in Boston, MA and was raised in Cambridge, MA. She was a graduate of Cambridge High and Latin School. In 1957, she married Charles A. Wright, the love of her life. She was a loving wife, homemaker, wonderful mother of three children, a grandmother, and a great grandmother.

Betty is preceded in death by husband Charles, daughter Sandy M. Banister, and parents James E. and Evelyn M. Hampton.


Obituary: Linnea Sarwinski May 28, 1928 – Feb. 16, 2018

on February 26, 2018 - 1:45pm

LINNEA SARWINSKI May 28, 1928 – Feb. 16, 2018

Linnea Sarwinski, age 89, died peacefully on Friday, February 16, 2018. She was born May 28, 1928 in Genoa, Nebraska, to John and Emma Swanson. She is survived by her children, Greg (Georgia), Anna (Tom), Lisa (Rex), Anita (Dave) and George, as well as seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; her sister, Sylvia Patrick, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George and grandson, Bobby as well as her two brothers, Ollie and Nils.

She grew up on a farm learning how to milk cows and call


Obituary: Frederick Brendon Williams Oct. 23, 1932 – Feb. 17, 2018

on February 24, 2018 - 5:48am

FREDERICK BRENDON WILLIAMS Oct. 23, 1932 Feb. 17, 2018

Frederick Brendon Williams passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the age of 85.

He was born to Arthur and Annie Williams on October 23, 1932 in Washington DC.  He survived polio at age 13 then went on to serve in the army from 1951 to 1954 as a Staff Sergeant in Korea, earning four bronze stars by the age of 19.

He spent time as a teacher and principal; created the Frederick Williams Reading System in 1989, which helped people improve their memory and reading skills; then went on to work as a clinical


Obituary: Joe Ben Apodaca June 8, 1923 – Feb. 10, 2018

on February 23, 2018 - 6:57am

JOE BEN APODACA June 8, 1923 Feb. 10, 2018

Joe Ben Apodaca, born June 8th 1923 in Santa Fe, NM passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 10th, 2018. 

Joe was known to his friends as “Hosa” (The Bear). Joe grew up in Santa Fe and was the oldest of 12 kids born to Celestino and Guadalupita Apodaca. He began working at age 6 selling newspapers on the street corner in front of his Uncle Frank’s convenience store. He was an amazing athlete, and during his high school years he starred in Baseball, Football, and Track for both St. Michaels and Santa Fe High. 

He joined the U.S


Obituary: Cornett Philip Wood Feb. 6, 2018

on February 20, 2018 - 10:44am


On February 6th, 2018, Cornett Philip Wood died peacefully at home after many years of battling leukemia. His wife dutifully took care of him until he died, surrounded by family and friends. 

Phil is survived by his wife, Debby Wood; their daughter, Jessie Ross, their son, Austin Wood and Phil’s brother, Greg Wood. He is also survived by his son-in-law, Chris Ross and daughter-in-law, Natalie Wood. Five granddaughters called him their “Grandpa Goatie.”

He will be remembered as a six-string strumming, bluegrass singing man that was a wonderful husband and


Obituary: Dorothy Reise Foss July 28,1923 – Feb. 16, 2018

on February 19, 2018 - 1:31pm

DOROTHY REISE FOSS July 28,1923 – Feb. 16, 2018

Dorothy Foss was born July 28,1923 in San Francisco. Dorothy died peacefully on February 16, 2018 at 6:05pm, at the age of 94.

She is survived by her brother in San Francisco Ernst Reise and her children: Barbara Foote (Del), Bonny, Lawrence (Leslie), Deborah Pierce (Steve), Louisa Gilani, Erna, and Bertie Sorenson (Danny): her 15 grandchildren; and her 14 greatgrandchildren. Her newest great-grandchild, Georgia, followed her to heaven at 6:21pm that same day.

Dorothy was a lover of literature, music, art, and poetry.


Obituary: Elizabeth Souder Feb. 17, 1927 – Feb. 13, 2018

on February 18, 2018 - 6:45am

ELIZABETH SOUDER Feb. 17, 1927 – Feb. 13, 2018

Elizabeth (Betty) was born to Dorothy and Clarkson Long, MD in Detroit, MI, February 17, 1927.

Her sister Jean Conklin preceded her in death. Betty graduated from public school with honors and the Science Award.

Betty married Richard Souder (died 1989) in 1952. Together they had two daughters who have families: Diane Souder of Albuquerque NM, Planner and Ranger at Petroglyph National Monument married to Jim Graf with daughters Emily and Rachel; and Lori Souder of South Hadley MA, United Church of Christ Minister, married to Winston Baldwin


Obituary: Eden Joy Weinbrecht Feb. 12, 2018

on February 14, 2018 - 9:09am


Eden Joy Weinbrecht, 40, was guided to Heaven by angels Monday, February 12, 2018.

She was a lifelong resident of Los Alamos; the daughter of Kama Michel and John Fredrick Weinbrecht.

Eden was a dedicated employee of Los Alamos National Bank for 19 years where she was promoted to Marketing Coordinator. She was responsible for planning various community events in Los Alamos including ScienceFest, ChamberFest, WinterFest Light Parade and LANB Night of the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.

Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation was fortunate to have her as a


Obituary: Homer Dick Lewis Oct. 4, 1926 – Feb. 3, 2018

on February 13, 2018 - 5:57am

HOMER DICK LEWIS Oct. 4, 1926 – Feb. 3, 2018

Homer Dick Lewis, 91, a resident of White Rock, passed away in his home on Saturday, February 3, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Margie Lewis, who passed in 2009.

Homer was born October 4, 1926 in Covington, Kentucky. He served in the United States Navy and then in the United States Air Force Reserve.

Homer and his family moved to Los Alamos in 1952 where he worked at LANL as a metallurgical engineer until his retirement in 1986; he then continued to consult for LANL until 1994.

Homer was active in the community and


Obituary: Clo Loree Mingo Feb. 16, 1938 – Jan. 18, 2018

on February 12, 2018 - 12:20pm

CLO LOREE MINGO Feb. 16, 1938 – Jan. 18, 2018

Clo Loree Mingo, Ph.D. drew her last breath on January 18, 2018 at 12:28 p.m. With family and friends by her side, she was calm by the crackling fireplace in her home of over 50 years in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Born Clo Ann Sjolander February 16, 1938, in Holmen, Wisconsin, Clo brought untold skills and mettle inherent to her home on the farm, to University of Wisconsin (B.A., English), to New Mexico. After some years in Los Alamos with husband Thomas Robert Loree, she settled in El Rancho, single with three small children.  

After marrying


Obituary: David Carlson Oct. 7, 1944 – Feb. 5, 2018

on February 7, 2018 - 2:05pm

DAVID CARLSON Oct. 7, 1944 Feb. 5, 2018

David Carlson, age 73, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his Samoyed dogs and his wife and best friend of over 30 years, Mary. 

He is also survived by his daughters Decol Lyn Carlson and Mica Tyler; he loved both very much. Near to his heart were his two stepchildren who he helped raise - Jessica Callico (spouse Brian) and K. Perry Rutherford (spouse Becky) and his much loved grandchildren Haley, Joe, Tyson, and Camryn Callico, Christopher Rutherford and Aidan Monteith.

Dave was born in Montreal, Canada on October 7, 1944, and is


Obituary: Sharon K. Lanning (Molleur) Nov. 2, 1943 – Jan. 31, 2018

on February 7, 2018 - 3:50am

SHARON LANNING (MOLLEUR) Nov. 2, 1943 – Jan. 31, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Sharon K. Lanning (Molleur) announces her passing in Farmington, New Mexico, after a brief illness, on January 31, 2018 at the age of 74.

Sharon Kaye Molleur was born in Oklahoma to Dewey and Doris Molleur on November 2, 1943 and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1961.

Sharon worked at many jobs and was particularly fond of her many years of work at Los Alamos National Laboratory and enjoyed her time there.

She is preceded in death by her parents Dewey and Doris Molleur, sister Joyce


Obituary: John Richard Lilley Sr. Jan. 24, 2018

on January 31, 2018 - 10:20am
Jan. 24, 2018

John Richard Lilley, Sr. died suddenly at home on January 24th, 2018. 

He was born in Fall River, MA in 1934. In 1946, he moved with his family to Southern California, eventually landing in the San Diego area, where he graduated from Point Loma High School. 

After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from University of California, Berkeley, he moved in 1956 to Richmond, WA to work at Hanford. While there, he met and married Doris Wherry in 1957, with whom he had two children, John Jr. and Sherre.

Obituary: Louis Francis James Sandoval June 21, 1961 – Jan. 28, 2018

on January 31, 2018 - 8:20am
June 21, 1961 – Jan. 28, 2018 

Louis Francis James Sandoval (Louie), age 56, passed away on January 28, 2018 after a strong and brief fight with cancer. 

Louie was born in Santa Fe, NM on June 21, 1961 to Presiliano and Dora Sandoval. 

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Apolinar and Pablita Sandoval; maternal grandparents, Felimon and Anita Sandoval; brothers-in-law, Art Martinez and Edgar Lopez; and great niece, Abigail Dean Lopez. 

Louie was a kind, gentle soul who was always willing to help others.

Obituary: Zachary Paul Keller Oct. 2, 1988 – Jan. 25, 2018

on January 30, 2018 - 4:24pm

ZACHARY PAUL KELLER Oct. 2, 1988 – Jan. 25, 2018

Zachary Paul Keller of Los Alamos passed away on January 25, 2018 in Albuquerque. He succumbed to injuries from a car accident near Santa Clara Pueblo the previous evening. He was 29.

Mr. Keller was born on October 2, 1988 in Boulder, CO to his parents, Russell and Sandra Keller. He moved to Los Alamos in 2003, and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2007. He studied at NMSU in Las Cruces and UNM in Albuquerque before returning to Los Alamos.


Obituary: Derek Sean Swanson Jan. 24, 2018

on January 27, 2018 - 6:03am


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Derek Sean Swanson on 1/24/2018 at 5:20pm after a several year battle with cancer. Derek passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home in Wellington, CO.

Derek will be lovingly remembered by his spouse of many years Shylo Harris and his children, Cameron, Matthew, Julianna Swanson, Lakota Balderston-Swanson, step-sons Daniel and Elijah Harris. Derek will as well be remembered by his brother and wife Aaron and Katrina with children Drake, Brooke and Robin.


Obituary: Patricia M. Bequette May 29, 1939 – Jan. 24, 2018

on January 26, 2018 - 10:00am

PATRICIA M. BAQUETTE May 29, 1939 – Jan. 24, 2018

Patricia M. Bequette passed away January 24, 2018. Pat was born in Santa Fe, NM to John and Ida (Marie) Peckumn. They moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1949 where Pat attended Central School and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1957.

Pat remained in Los Alamos raising her family and serving the community in many ways. She truly enjoyed being with kids and was a Brownie and Girl Scout troop leader, was a member of the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse, and volunteered with various other organizations throughout the community.

Given her


Epifanio J. Trujillo, Sr. (Eppie) Oct. 27, 1923 – Jan. 18, 2018

on January 22, 2018 - 6:01pm

EPIFANIO J. TRUJILLO, Sr.  (Eppie) Oct. 27, 1923 – Jan. 18, 2018

Epifanio J. Trujillo, Sr. (Eppie) 94, Los Alamos, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2018 at home with his wife and family by his side.

Eppie was born in Cebolla, on October 27, 1923 to Pedro and Juanita (Vargas) Trujillo y Chacon. He was inquisitive, never met a stranger, and would tease anyone who crossed his path.

As he grew older, Eppie would frequently express to his family and friends he had lived a purposeful and beautiful life.


Obituary: Robert C. Petrie Feb. 11, 1928 – Jan. 17, 2018

on January 22, 2018 - 4:54pm

ROBERT C. PETRIE Feb. 11, 1928 – Jan. 17, 2018

Robert C. Petrie was born on February 11th, 1928 in Pittsburgh, PA to William and Hannah Petrie.

He served in the Air Force in Korea from 1950 to 1954 and went on to work at General Electric, later moving to Los Alamos, NM to work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

In 1974 he married Kathleen Thorwaldsen (1920 to 2009) and leaves behind a son, Steve and a Daughter, Kathy.

Robert attended the Presbyterian Church of America in White Rock. He died peacefully in his home in White Rock on January 17th, 2018. A private burial will be held.