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Obituary: Marilyn A. Petschek Dec. 8, 1924 – Oct. 22, 2017

on November 18, 2017 - 8:29am

MARILYN PETSCHEK, Née POTH Dec. 8, 1924 – Oct. 22, 2017

Marilyn Petschek, née Poth, passed away peacefully at home on October 22, 2017 at the age of 92. She was living at El Castillo in Santa Fe at the time of her passing. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed by those whose lives she touched.

Marilyn was born in New Orleans LA, and was raised in Lynbrook, NY. She held a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Smith College, and a Masters degree in Physics, from the University of Michigan.

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Obituary: George H. Kolb Aug. 10, 1919 – Oct. 30, 2017

on November 15, 2017 - 12:48pm

GEORGE H. KOLB Aug. 10, 1919 Oct. 30, 2017

On October 30, 2017 George H. Kolb passed away peacefully in the care of Hospice of the Valley in Surprise, Arizona with family at his side.

George was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 10, 1919. After technical high school, he became a welder by trade. In 1942, he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in the South Pacific assigned to the Seabees. 

In August 1945, he was on 30 day leave to his home in Chicago when the Atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

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Obituary: Tobias Daniel Ervin July 25, 1975 – Nov. 4, 2017

on November 14, 2017 - 2:17pm

TOBIAS DANIEL ERVIN July 25, 1975 – Nov. 4, 2017

Tobias Daniel Ervin was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 25, 1975. He was 42 years old when he passed to be with our Lord and Savior.

Tobias is survived by his grandmother Frances Giron, his mother and father, Rosina M and Russell R Ervin, his daughters McKaylyn, Jordyn Ervin and his ex-wife/confidant Melonee Ervin, sister and brother-in-law Crystal D and Kevin J Miller, and 3 nephews Aedin and Leif Miller, Kaden Niderman and one niece Skyelar Miller. Tobias was currently in a loving relationship with Lacey Hamson.

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Obituary: Camilla Patricia Van Sloun March 17, 1924 – Nov. 10, 2017

on November 13, 2017 - 12:03pm

CAMILLA PATRICIA VAN SLOUN March 17, 1924 Nov. 10, 2017

Camilla Patricia Van Sloun, 93, affectionately known as “Pat”, “Patty” and “Aunt Patty” and to her working contemporaries as “Van”, born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1924 passed away on November 10, 2017 after a long and fruitful life. 

She was the second child of her late parents Henry C. and Anna K. Van Sloun and sister to Maxine T. Burciaga, who preceded her in death. She earned a nursing degree, graduating in 1945 from the College of St Catherine in St. Paul Minnesota. 

Following school, she had a 40 plus year career at

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Obituary: Eunice Riemer Oct. 6, 2017

on November 11, 2017 - 7:13am
EUNICE RIEMER Oct. 6, 2017
 
Eunice Riemer, 93, died October 6, 2017. She was an artist and writer who lived in Vermont for years; and in White Rock, NM, for many years.
 
She is survived by three of her four children, and her two grandchildren.
 
There will be no service.
 
Donations in remembrance may be made to your local PBS station.
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Obituary: Barbara Keady Oct. 29, 2017

on November 10, 2017 - 7:13am

BARBARA KEADY Oct. 29, 2017

Barbara Keady longtime resident of Los Alamos who was a Los Alamos High School graduate in 1977 was a strong woman who battled brain cancer for 3 1/2 yrs.

Unfortunately, the cancer won the fight in the end, as she passed away peacefully on Oct. 29, 2017.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m., on Monday, November 20, 2017, at Calvary Albuquerque, 4001 Osuna Rd. NE.

Barb loved the mountains and the beach and would love to share her talent as an artist.

Barbara Keady Artwork:

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Obituary: Joy Lynn Handsberry April 5, 1968 – Nov. 3, 2017

on November 8, 2017 - 6:56am

JOY LYNN HANDSBERRY April 5, 1968 – Nov. 3, 2017

Joy Lynn Handsberry of Albuquerque, New Mexico, born April 5, 1968 in Dover, Delaware, lost her valiant battle with ovarian cancer on November 3, 2017 in Albuquerque. Joy was 49 years old.

Joy graduated as valedictorian of her class from Smyrna High School in 1986. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Mathematics from the University of Richmond in 1990, graduating first in her class once again.

Soon after earning her degree, she moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico and began her teaching career at Los Alamos High School.

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Obituary: Charles R. ‘Chuck’ Mansfield Oct. 6, 2017

on November 7, 2017 - 9:25am

CHARLES MANSFIELD Oct. 6, 2017
 
Dr. Charles R. “Chuck” Mansfield, 79, passed away October 6, 2017.
 
From 1958 to 1969, he worked as a Siskiyou Smoke Jumper in the Northwest during the summers while attending college. After graduating, he received a post-doctorate position at NASA in Houston, Texas.
 
In 1973 he moved to Los Alamos and worked as a Physicist with LANL for many years before becoming the founding President of the Laboratory Retiree Group since 1994.
 
Chuck had many other interests in life including being an avid pilot, astronomy, a former president of the local
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Obituary: Jean Dummer Feb. 1, 1931 – Nov. 3, 2017

on November 6, 2017 - 3:59pm

JEAN DUMMER Feb. 1, 1931 – Nov. 3, 2017

Jean Dummer died on Friday November 3, 2017. She was 86 years old. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her family after an unexpected devastating stroke.

Betty Jean Roberts Dummer was born February 1, 1931 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She married Jerry on June 1, 1952, and after a year in Nashville (Jerry’s grad. school) and two years in Maryland (U.S. Army), they settled permanently in Los Alamos, NM in November of 1953.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and sons Gregory Jerome and John Roberts.

She leaves behind her beloved

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Obituary: Frederic Robinson Fairfield Oct. 4, 1947 – Oct. 26, 2017

on October 31, 2017 - 9:34am

FREDERIC ROBINSON FAIRFIELD Oct. 4, 1947 – Oct. 26, 2017

Frederic Robinson Fairfield, known to his friends and family as Eric, passed away on October 26th, 2017 in his Los Alamos home at the age of 70.

Eric was born in 1947 to Ruth Robinson and Edwin Eaton Fairfield of Orange, New Jersey. He attended the Pingry School in New Jersey before studying chemistry and math at Lehigh University. He earned his PhD in biochemistry in 1980 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

After pursuing his postdoctoral research in Eugene, Oregon, where his daughter Jessamyn was born, he moved

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Obituary: Esther Rice Abernathey April 18, 1927 – Oct. 23, 2017

on October 29, 2017 - 9:34am

ESTHER RICE ABERNATHY April 18, 1927 – Oct. 23, 2017

Esther Rice Abernathey, 90, of White Rock, passed away Monday, October 23, 2017 at home. She was born in Hill City, Kansas, on April 18, 1927. Her parents were Clara Floy Law Rice and Lewis Herman Rice.

Esther grew up on a farm in Graham County Kansas during the Great Depression. She graduated from Fort Hays Kansas State College in 1949. It was at Fort Hays that she met Robert Abernathey, a returning Navy veteran, and they were married in January 1949. 

She was an early childhood educator for 20 years.

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Obituary: Ryan Barnes Feb. 26, 1978 – Oct. 18, 2017

on October 26, 2017 - 9:25pm
RYAN BARNES Feb. 26, 1978 – Oct. 18, 2017
 
Ryan Barnes, 39, passed away unexpectedly on October 18, 2017 in Espanola, NM. He was born on February 26, 1978 in Los Alamos, NM and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1996.
 
He is predeceased by his grandparents, Joe and Fran Segar and his uncle, Larry Segar. He is survived by his mother, Nancy Barnes.
 
Ryan started ice skating at the age of two and became an accomplished hockey player. He was offered an opportunity to try out for the New York Rangers, which he turned down.
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Obituary: Tony M. Borrego Jan. 25, 1931 – Oct. 22, 2017

on October 25, 2017 - 11:09am

TONY M. BORREGO Jan. 25, 1931 – Oct. 22, 2017

Tony M. Borrego, 86, a resident of White Rock, passed away in Los Alamos on Sunday, October 22, 2017 with his family by his side.

He was born on January 25, 1931 in Española to Luis and Erinea Garcia Borrego. He was raised in the Española Valley and attended and graduated from Española High School Hornets being Class Valedictorian in 1950. Tony loved to learn, especially numbers, westerns as well as history, especially of New Mexico and the Southwest. He was a voracious reader, with westerns being some of his favorites.

After his world became

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Obituary: Deborah M. (Schreiber) Herrera Oct. 21, 2017

on October 23, 2017 - 3:36pm

DEBORAH M. (SCHREIBER) HERRERA Oct. 21, 2017

Deborah M. (Schreiber) Herrera 62, from El Rancho passed away on October 21, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.  

She is preceded in death by her parents Abner and Dorothy Schreiber and her in-laws Juan and Sophie Herrera.

She is survived by her husband Tommy, sons Samuel and Ernesto his wife Magaly. Sister Abby Gould, her husband Tom, Nieces Faith Benson, her husband Howard, Kayla. Tabetha Baca her husband Phillip, Madison. Tamara Max her husband Patrick, Shelby, Kennedy and Cory. Nephew Brain Gould.

Her special friends and urn bearers

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Obituary: Lavella Ann Renfro Locke-Watson Jan. 26 1935 - Sept. 28, 2017

on October 22, 2017 - 5:44am
LAVELLA ANN RENFRO LOCKE-WATSON Jan. 26, 1935 - Sept. 28, 2017
 
Lavella Ann Renfro Locke-Watson left this world with all of the character and color with which she lived.
 
She was born January 26, 1935 in Albuquerque, NM. She was proud to be a native New Mexican embracing and enjoying the people, culture, art, activities, and scenery; all the enchantments that NM had to offer.
 
She lived a full and active life.
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Obituary: Dante Stirpe July 27, 1928 – Oct. 5, 2017

on October 22, 2017 - 5:31am

DANTE STIRPE July 27, 1928 Oct. 5, 2017

Dante Stirpe, 89, passed away in Tucson, AZ, on October 5, 2017.

Dante was born near Veroli, Italy, on July 27, 1928, to mother Annunziata and father Costantino. His father emigrated to the United States, and the rest of the family followed a few years later in 1931, settling in Schenectady, NY.

Dante earned a BS from Union College, an MS from Iowa State University, and a PhD in physics from the University of Missouri. During college in Iowa, he met Beverly Jean Anderson, marrying her in 1953.

His first job in the sciences landed him back in New

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Obituary: Donald D. McCurdy Oct. 18, 2017

on October 20, 2017 - 10:14am

DONALD D. McCURDY Oct. 18, 2017

On October 18, 2017, The world lost an inspirational, knowledgeable, fun, loving, card playing, joke and story-telling person when Donald D. McCurdy passed away peacefully. 

Don was born in Ellis, Kansas. After High School, he served in the Air Force and then started his career thereafter. In 1972, he and his wife of 58 years, Mary, moved their family to Los Alamos, New Mexico where they raised six boys. Don worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory until his retirement.

Donald was a loving Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, Grandfather and Great Grandfather.

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Obituary: John H. Snyder Dec. 24, 1965 – Oct. 14, 2017

on October 18, 2017 - 5:26pm

JOHN H. SNYDER Dec. 24, 1965 Oct. 14, 2017


John Snyder never met a stranger and once you met him you never forgot him. His sense of humor and generosity brought joy and laughter to everyone around him. Knowing John was a little bit like knowing a super hero, except that John was known to be a little louder and had a few more tattoos.

 

He had many jobs in his lifetime, but his favorite job of all was that of “dad”. He had two daughters who he loved very much, and who he was very proud of.

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Obituary: David Nigel Mullen Feb. 19, 1963 – Oct. 10, 2017

on October 15, 2017 - 6:49am

DAVID NIGEL MULLEN Feb. 19, 1963 – Oct. 10, 2017

David Nigel Mullen had many passions that he pursued throughout his life, including his family and friends, the Fighting Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets, history, hunting and shooting, and photography. 

David died unexpectedly on October 10, 2017 from a medical condition at his home at the age of 54. David is survived by his wife, Evelyn Mullen, his children, Tyler and Hannah, his mother Helen Elaine Worley, his adoptive father James Mullen, and his sisters Sian Mullen, Juliet Philpott, and Tammy Mullen. 

David was born in Nuneaton, England on

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Obituary: Charles A. Bankston Jr. Feb. 4, 1935 – Oct. 9, 2017

on October 13, 2017 - 7:20am
CHARLES A. BANKSTON JR. Feb. 4, 1935 – Oct. 9, 2017
 
Charles Bankston of Westlake Village, California, passed away October 9 as a result of complications following a stroke. 
 
Charles was the only child of C.A. (Bert) Bankston and Mildred (Burke) Bankston. Charles graduated from Highland High School in Albuquerque and attended the University of New Mexico, earning a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He joined Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in 1958, working on projects ranging from the Rover project to geothermal and solar energy.
 
In his spare time, he enjoyed bridge, recreation
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Obituary: Patricia Gambell Aug. 23, 1924 – Sept. 23, 2017

on October 11, 2017 - 1:14pm
PATRICIA GAMBELL Aug. 23, 1924 – Sept. 23, 2017
 
Longmont, Colorado - Mrs. Patricia “Pat” Gambell died Sept. 23, 2017 at the age of 93.
 
Born Patricia Ann James on August 23, 1924 in Erie Pennsylvania, daughter of Pauline Lynn and Stephen James.
 
After High School, Pat completed a college degree in music. Pat played the violin, the piano and her favorite instrument, her beloved Viola da Gamba. Pat later moved to Los Alamos, NM to teach.
 
While teaching music in Los Alamos, Pat met fellow teacher Horace Wright Gambell. They were married in Erie, PA Aug.
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Obituary: Harold Fishbine Oct. 5, 1919 – Oct. 6, 2017

on October 10, 2017 - 2:17pm

HAROLD FISHBINE Oct. 5, 1919 Oct. 6, 2017

Harold Fishbine was born to Beatrice and Max Fishbine on October 5, 1919, in New York City. He passed away in Los Alamos on October 6, 2017.

He was a resident of Los Alamos since 1944. He loved New Mexico, particularly Los Alamos, and all the people he knew here. He was employed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory until his retirement in 1982.

His big interests were his family and music of all kinds, and he played bass in jazz bands and symphonies.

He is survived by Bonnie, his wife of 71 years; two sons, Brian and Glenn; granddaughter, Jenna

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Obituary: Ruth J. Sherman Jan. 1, 1933 – Oct. 8, 2017

on October 9, 2017 - 4:16pm

RUTH J. SHERMAN Jan. 1, 1933  – Oct. 8, 2017

Ruth J. Sherman, a 57-year resident of Los Alamos, died peacefully at her home on October 8, 2017. Daughter of Morris and Bernice Joffe, Ruth was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 1, 1933. After Bernice passed away when Ruth was just seven years old, her father married Beatrice, whom Ruth came to know and love as her second mother.

Ruth was fiercely independent, highly intelligent, and passionate about learning. Although she aspired to be a doctor, she earned her degree in nutrition from Northwestern University.

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Obituary: Charles R. ‘Chuck’ Mansfield July 27, 1938 – Oct. 6, 2017

on October 9, 2017 - 2:52pm

CHARLES R. “CHUCK” MANSFIELD July 27, 1938 – Oct. 6, 2017

Charles R. “Chuck” Mansfield was a devoted family man who loved his wife Arlene and his son Dave. Chuck is the son of H. Robert Mansfield and Dorothy Louise (Rice) Mansfield and was born July 27, 1938   in Lewiston, Idaho. He left and joined his maker Oct. 6, 2017.

Chuck was always interested in aviation. In High School he formed an Air Explorer Squadron under the Boy Scouts of America. From 1958 to 1969, he worked as a Siskiyou Smoke Jumper in the summer while attending college.

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Obituary: Brandyn Ortega Jan. 14, 1996 – Oct. 2, 2017

on October 8, 2017 - 7:45am

BRANDYN ORTEGA Jan. 14, 1996 – Oct. 2, 2017

Brandyn Ortega, 21, of Los Alamos, NM, died unexpectedly on Monday, October 2, 2017. He will be deeply missed by his parents, Heather and Andrew Ortega; siblings, Taylor Rose, Savannah, Isaac, and Joshua; grandparents; great-grandparents; and extended family and friends near and far.

Brandyn was born in Los Alamos on January 14, 1996, the light of his mother’s life. The consummate jokester, Brandyn loved to make those around him laugh and have fun. He was caring and giving and always good for a hug or a hand.

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