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Obituary: Harriet A. Dodder Nov. 24, 1929 – Aug. 27, 2017

on September 19, 2017 - 5:53am

HARRIET A. DODDER Nov. 24, 1929 – Aug. 27, 2017

Harriet A. Dodder, 87, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away on August 27, 2017 at the Los Alamos Medical Center following a sudden illness, with her nephew, nieces and lifelong friends by her side.

Harriet was born in Pine City, MN November 24, 1929 to Hans and Salma Grandt. She attended country school and graduated from Pine City High School in 1947. She went to the University of Minnesota to obtain a teaching degree. She also met her future husband, Donald Dodder, who was getting a graduate degree in nuclear physics. They married in 1951

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Obituary: Thomas Wilson Hornsby III Feb. 3, 1983 – Sept. 5, 2017

on September 18, 2017 - 4:30pm

THOMAS WILSON HORNSBY III Feb. 3, 1983 – Sept. 5, 2017

Thomas Wilson Hornsby III, 34 of Parker, Colorado went to be with the Lord on September 5, 2017. Thomas was born in Los Alamos, NM on February 3, 1983. He attended Barranca Mesa Elementary school, Los Alamos Middle School, and Los Alamos High School. He received his Bachelors Degree in E-Business from Westwood College of Technology Denver in 2004. He was an IT Security Manager at Dish Network.

Thomas was the loving Husband of 7 years to Jamey, Proud Father of son Thomas Wilson Hornsby IV and daughter Jepsyn of Parker, Colorado and

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Obituary: Glen A. Graves Nov. 11, 1927 – Sept. 12, 2017

on September 16, 2017 - 11:39am

GLEN A. GRAVES Nov. 11, 1927 Sept. 12, 2017

Glen A. Graves of 80 Barranca Road, a 67-year resident of Los Alamos, died Tuesday evening of complications from a stroke. He is survived by his sons Frank (in Boston), John (in Newport Beach, CA) and Thomas (now in Los Alamos), as well as one sister, Maxine Mann (in Bloomington IN), still surviving from his four siblings. His wife Sue passed away in March of 2016, and is now resting at Guaje Pines, where Glen will also be interred.

Glen was born on November 11, 1927, in Stanford Indiana, a small town near Bloomington Indiana.

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Obituary: Richard (Dick) Warnes Aug. 16, 2017

on September 13, 2017 - 3:20pm

RICHARD (DICK) WARNES Aug. 16, 2017

Richard (Dick) Warnes, 84, died Wednesday, August 16, 2017 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Dick was born in Chicago and lived in Indiana, California and then New Mexico where he and his wife lived for 47 years in Los Alamos before moving to Albuquerque. He died in the compassionate care of Mi Casa at La Vida Llena and Hospice of New Mexico.

Dick is survived by his wife, Nancy; his children, Bill Warnes, and wife, Roberta, Linda Penaloza and husband, Robert; and his grandchildren, Alexander and Ian.

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Obituary: Elliott Harrison Clay Nov. 10, 1995 – Sept. 1, 2017

on September 7, 2017 - 10:53am

ELLIOTT HARRISON CLAY Nov. 10, 1995 Sept. 1, 2017

Elliott Harrison Clay, of San Jose, California, passed away on Friday morning, September 1, 2017. He was 21 years old.

Elliott was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico on November 10, 1995, and he would always consider Los Alamos his home. Elliott was very active in his younger years, and greatly enjoyed scouting, baseball, football, and basketball. He also had a natural affinity for music, mathematics and science, which were talents he pursed throughout his life.

In the summer of 2001, when Elliott was five, his family moved from Los Alamos

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Obituary: Carolyn T. Ortega Aug. 28, 2017

on September 5, 2017 - 8:16pm

CAROLYN T. ORTEGA Aug. 28, 2017

Carolyn T. Ortega, 86, passed away August 28, 2017 after a very brief illness with members of her family by her side.

She is survived by her children, Amanda McNeese and husband, David, David Ortega and wife, Kay, Anna Ortega and husband, Gerald Greenhouse and Paul Ortega; grandchildren, Mike and wife, Wendy, Leisa and husband, Jay, Carly and husband, Doug, Daniel, Alicia, Andrew, Emilee and Nathan; and great-grandchildren, Ivey, Myles, Lili, Logan, Calden, Layton and Madeline.

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Obituary: Lawry Webb Mann July 9, 1931 – Sept. 2, 2017

on September 4, 2017 - 11:23pm

LAWRY WEBB MANN July 9, 1931 Sept. 2, 2017

Lawry Webb Mann, 86, passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, September 2, 2017, while surrounded by his loving family.  Lawry was a man who gave much to his family, church, community and nation.  He made the world a better place and will have a place in our hearts forever.

He was born July 9, 1931 in Yakima, Washington. When Lawry was 11 years old, his father Oren, mother Barbara and brother Jerry moved to Candle, Alaska, just south of the Arctic Circle. This was truly a highlight of his life and started his love of travelling.

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Obituary: Rosa Lee Smith Aug. 28, 2017

on September 1, 2017 - 4:37pm

ROSA LEE SMITH Aug. 28, 2017

Rosa Lee Smith, 101, passed away on Monday, August 28, 2017 in Los Alamos.

She was raised in Texas and graduated from Stanton High School in Stanton, Texas. She married in 1933 to J.E. Herring and they lived in Denver City, Texas, where she was the city secretary. Rosa Lee and J.E. had one daughter, Jerry Eugenia Herring. They divorced in 1948.

Rosa Lee had an insurance company in Denver City, TX. She met and married Art Smith in 1952 and they moved to Hobbs, NM. They moved to Farmington in 1958 and they loved it.

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Obituary: George Hill April 19, 1930 – Aug. 27, 2017

on August 31, 2017 - 10:12am

GEORGE GRANT HILL April 19, 1930 – Aug. 27, 2017

George Grant Hill, age 87, passed away peacefully in his home on August 27th, 2017. George was born on April 19, 1930 in Lisbon Falls, Maine. He attended the University of Maine, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering.

In 1952, George married the love of his life, Donna Lord. George and Donna had two children; David and Kathryn (Kathy). They lived in St. Albans, West Virginia for eight years where he worked for Union Carbide Corporation, specializing in Olefin plant design. In 1962, the Hills moved to Los Alamos, NM.

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Obituary: Mitchell James Rendell Aug. 7, 1942 – Aug. 22, 2017

on August 30, 2017 - 8:40am

MITCHELL JAMES RENDELL Aug. 7, 1942 – Aug. 22, 2017

Mitchell James Rendell, 75, passed away Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

Mitch was born on August 7, 1942 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to the late Carroll and Gladys Rendell.  He married Sally Macaulay Mary Butler on October 24, 1963.

Mitch served in the United States Navy for 22 years with assignments all over the world including Okinawa, Japan, and Melbourne, Australia.  After his time in the Navy, he worked for many years as a budget analyst and had a business degree from the University of Maryland.

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Obituary: Herta Schmidt June 17, 2017

on August 25, 2017 - 12:33pm

HERTA SCHMIDT June 17, 2017

Herta Schmidt, 95, of Santa Fe passed away on June 17, 2017.

A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28, followed by internment at 1:30 p.m. at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of Berardinelli Funeral Home.​

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Obituary: Nelson Q. Atencio Aug. 20, 2017

on August 25, 2017 - 11:00am

NELSON Q. ATENCIO Aug. 20, 2017

Nelson Quirino Atencio, age 88, beloved father and brother, passed away peacefully, Sunday, August 20, 2017. He was born in Dixon, NM and was a resident of Albuquerque.

Nelson was a proud Veteran who served our country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. Nelson was a respected Church Elder and usher for many years at The United Church of Los Alamos. He enjoyed ice fishing, fly fishing, hunting, and horses.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Quirino and Corina Atencio; his wife, Vita; his son, Orlando; siblings, Hector, Dennis, John

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Obituary: Lois Ann Alexander ​Sept. 29, 1931 - Aug. 8, 2017

on August 17, 2017 - 2:58pm

LOIS ANN ALEXANDER ​Sept. 29, 1931 – Aug. 8, 2017 

Lois Ann Alexander, 85, passed away in Grand Junction, Colorado on August 8, 2017.

Lois was born on September 29, 1931, in Sigel, Wisconsin, to the Reverend Gustav and Emma Krueger. She was the fourth of six children. Lois attended the Milwaukee School of Nursing and then moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1955 to live with her sister Jean, and to work at Colorado General Hospital.

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Obituary: Kathleen Ann Gibbons Feb. 6, 1962 – Aug. 13, 2017

on August 15, 2017 - 2:06am

KATHLEEN (KATHY) ANN GIBBONS Feb. 6, 1962 – Aug. 13, 2017

Kathy had a very big heart and was loved by many. All she wanted to do in her life was to help everyone she encountered; especially those in need. Wherever she went she made people happy, satisfied, and content. She had a very good work ethic and did everything with integrity. She loved working at Verizon and Smith’s Marketplace while she worked there.

Though we lost her very unexpectedly, we will always love her and hold her in our hearts. She is preceded in death by her Father, Virgil Scott, and her Sister, Sandra Embry.

She is

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Obituary: Dorothy Mozell Minor Jan. 5, 1925 – Aug. 14, 2017

on August 14, 2017 - 2:08pm

DOROTHY MOZELL MINOR Jan. 5, 1925 – Aug. 14, 2017

Dorothy Mozell Minor passed away peacefully on August 14, 2017 after a long illness. She was 92. Dorothy was born January 5, 1925 in Tyler, Texas and later moved to San Angelo. It was there she met Stanley Daily her first husband. They were married in 1942 and then moved to Nebraska, Stan’s home state. In 1951 Stan got a job with the Pro Force in Los Alamos. He later worked for the LASL as a metallurgist.

Stan preceded Dorothy in death July 20, 1968.

After Stan’s passing, Dorothy remained in Los Alamos, working at administration department

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Obituary: Rose Elizabeth Butera June 9, 1923 – Aug. 7, 2017

on August 14, 2017 - 1:43pm

ROSE ELIZABETH BUTERA June 9, 1923 – Aug. 7, 2017

Rose Butera passed away on August 7, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents Salvatore and Laura Mantione, her two husbands John Giannelli and Charles Butera, and her two sisters and their husbands Josephine and Archie “Pete” Roebuck and Annabel and Floyd “Bob” Schrader.

Rose was born and grew up in The Bronx, NY and later moved to Queens. She loved learning and teaching others what she had learned. Rose also loved crafting and was very active at the local Senior Center.

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Obituary: Lonnie F. Duran Dec. 4, 2016

on August 14, 2017 - 1:21pm

LONNIE F. DURAN Dec. 4, 2016

Lonnie F. Duran, 56 of Dixon, went to his Everlasting Life on December 4, 2016. He is preceded in death by his beloved mother Eliza Duran, and grandparents, Abelino and Nicanora Duran and Fidel and Delfina Martinez.

He first attended catholic school in Dixon, then in Los Alamos, and graduated from Espanola in 1978. Upon graduation he left to Kansas and joined Ironworkers Local 10, then returned to Albuquerque where he completed his apprenticeship with Local 495. Soon after he began his life with “Gin,” they had their son and was lucky enough to retire from KSL

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Obituary: Michael F. Pasieka June 21, 2017

on August 8, 2017 - 10:46pm

MICHAEL F. PASIEKA June 21, 2017

Michael F. Pasieka, age 54, beloved son and brother, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. 

Michael was an accomplished and skilled registered nurse, and had expertise in many areas, from ER to OR to flight nurse. He began his interest and training in nursing at the Los Alamos Medical Center shortly after graduating from Los Alamos High School. Michael had recently received his license to practice nursing in the state of Alaska, and he was considering certification for addiction recovery support counseling.

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Obituary: Roberta Toledo Aug. 3, 2017

on August 7, 2017 - 12:03pm

ROBERTA TOLEDO Aug. 3, 2017

Roberta Toledo, 61, a resident of Rio Lucio (Penasco) passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Frances Padilla; and her niece, Michelle Decoteau (Padilla).

Roberta was born in Albuquerque and moved with her family to Los Alamos when she was 12 years old. She graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1973 and went on to serve two years in the United States Marines working at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

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Obituary: Stella Pacheco July 31, 2017

on August 7, 2017 - 11:42am

STELLA PACHECO July 31, 2017

Stella Pacheco, 67, a resident of Rio Lucio (Peñasco) passed away to be with our Lord on Monday, July 31, 2017, with her loving children by her side.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Octaviano and Adiana Pacheco; her maternal grandparents, Jose and Pablita Pacheco; paternal grandparents, Moses and Sophia Pacheco; her spouse of 47 years, Francis Sanchez; sister, Merlinda Vigil; brothers, Charlie Pacheco, Octaviano Pacheco Jr. and Joe Pacheco; special nephew, Joe (Shorty) Mondragon and grandson, Christopher Lueras, may all their souls rest in peace.

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Obituary: Beth Ramage Breshears Aug. 5, 1966 - June 14, 2017

on August 4, 2017 - 1:07pm

BETH RAMAGE BRESHEARS Aug. 5, 1966 - June 14, 2017

Beth Ramage Breshears, age 50, of White Rock passed from this earth into the loving arms of Jesus on June 14, 2017, after a courageous journey through ALS.

She was born August 5, 1966 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Thomas Warren and Jane Terry Ramage, who preceded her in death.

She attended Augusta, Georgia schools including the Academy of Richmond County, where she was Valedictorian and a cheerleader. She graduated from Furman University in 1988 with a degree in Accounting. She and Scott got married the same year.

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Obituary: Raymond Henry Mork August 19, 1926 – July 19, 2017

on August 4, 2017 - 5:39am

RAYMOND HENRY MORK August 19, 1926 – July 19, 2017

Born August 19, 1926 in Jamestown, ND, Raymond Henry Mork passed away peacefully after a long, full life on July 19, 2017, just a month short of his 91st birthday.

Ray grew up in Jamestown with his older brother, Bob, and loved to retell stories about the adventures (often mischievous!) he had in his childhood neighborhood. Competing in both track and football, Ray was a superior athlete in high school and college, setting several school records.

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Obituary: Maria ‘Mary’ Ella Buckland July 24, 2017

on July 28, 2017 - 9:01am

MARIA “MARY” ELLA BUCKLAND July 24, 2017

Maria “Mary” Ella Buckland, 90, long time Los Alamos resident died July 24, 2017 at her home.

She was born and lived in Las Vegas, New Mexico for 17 years and came to Los Alamos to work for the U.S. Army Engineers in August, 1945. She met her future husband, Carl W.

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Obituary: Trevor Michael Matuszak Aug. 10, 1997 – July 24, 2017

on July 26, 2017 - 4:43pm

TREVOR MICHAEL MATUSZAK Aug. 10, 1997 – July 24, 2017

Trevor Michael Matuszak, 19, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 24, 2017 while hiking in the White Rock Canyon.

He was born August 10, 1997 in Jackson, Tennessee, later moving to Santa Fe and finally to Los Alamos in 2004. Trevor graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2015 and was about to start his junior year at New Mexico State University, studying Athletic Training.

Trevor was a very caring, fun-loving happy young adult that was a joy to have around. He touched the lives of many and was a blessing to have in this world.

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Obituary: Meredith Madsen Matlack Oct. 9, 1921 – July 9, 2017

on July 18, 2017 - 9:35pm

MEREDITH MADSEN MATLACK Oct. 9, 1921 – July 9, 2017

Meredith Madsen Matlack died at her home in Los Alamos, New Mexico early on the morning of July 9, 2017. She was 95.

Meredith was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on Oct. 9, 1921, the firstborn child of Martin C. Madsen and Ethel Huffer. She met George Miller Matlack when they were chemistry majors at Grinnell College in Iowa, and they married in 1943. She worked as a blood technician to help him through his Ph.D at the University of Iowa.

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