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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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Obituary: Kenneth L. Gonzales May 24, 1960 – July 9, 2017

on July 18, 2017 - 4:07pm

KENNETH L. GONZALES May 24, 1960 – July 9, 2017

Kenneth L. Gonzales, age 57, passed away on July 9, 2017 in El Paso, Texas.

Kenneth was born in Espanola, NM on May 24, 1960, and raised in Los Alamos, NM. He was a graduate of Los Alamos High School 1979 and entered into the Airforce after graduation.

Kenneth was a Supervisory Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer in El Paso at the time of his passing.  Supervisor Gonzales worked at the Port of El Paso at the Ysleta Bridge and was promoted to Supervisor in April of 2015.

He served honorably with U.S.

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Memorial Service For Barbara L. Jones July 28

on July 17, 2017 - 9:54am
Barbara L. Jones Feb. 22, 1927 - May 13, 2017
 
MEMORIAL SERVICE
 
The family of Barbara Jones would like to remind the community of her upcoming Memorial Service, at 7 p.m., Friday, July 28, at the United Church of Los Alamos. 
 

Obituary: Barbara Ann (Haygood) Justice Nov. 18, 1933 – July 2, 2017

on July 15, 2017 - 4:49am

BARBARA ANN (HAYGOOD) JUSTICE Nov. 18, 1933 July 2, 2017

Barbara Ann (Haygood) Justice, aged 83, passed away at her home in White Rock, NM, on July 2nd, 2017. She was with family at her passing.

Barbara was born November 18th, 1933, in Rensselaer, Indiana to Oren and Louise Haygood. She was one of 8 children. She married Dorwin Justice May 21st, 1955 at Lafayette, Indiana. They had two children, Robin (son) and Pamela (daughter). In 1965 the family moved to Albuquerque, and in 1968 they moved to Los Alamos.

Barbara managed convenience stores for 7-11 Company, Brewer Oil, and the San

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Obituary: Benerito ‘Benny’ Cordova: Jan. 18, 1924 - July 6, 2017

on July 14, 2017 - 4:23am

BENERITO ‘BENNY’ CORDOVA Jan. 18, 1924 – July 6, 2017

​Benerito ‘Benny’ Cordova, known as Benny, was born on Jan. 18, 1924 and raised in Truchas, NM. Went on to be with the Lord on July 6, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his parents Maximano and Galacia Cordova; brothers, Alberto and Ernesto Cordova; sister, Sarafina Cordova; daughters, Sarah and Isabel Cordova, and many grandchildren.

Benny is survived by his wife Isabel Cordova; sons, Sammy (Irma) Cordova, Ross Cordova, Medardo Cordova (Betty), Bobby (Carol) Cordova; daughters, Cecilia (Sam) Gonzales, Kathey (Rick) Montoya, Susan

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Obituary: Meredith Madsen Matlack July 9, 2017

on July 12, 2017 - 11:01am
MEREDITH MADSEN MATLACK July 9, 2017
 
Meredith Madsen Matlack, 95, passed away in her her home in Los Alamos on Sunday, July 9, 2017.
 
A full obituary and details about her memorial service will follow at a later date. The family of Meredith Madsen Matlack has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 
 
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Obituary: Stella Trujillo Feb. 1, 1947 – July 9, 2017

on July 11, 2017 - 1:43pm

STELLA TRUJILLO Feb. 1, 1947 – July 9, 2017

Our beloved, Stella Trujillo, 70, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017 surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Stella was preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Ida Trujillo; and brother, Ernie Trujillo.

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Obituary: Katharine Sue Mulder Ankeny June 23, 1959 – July 1, 2017

on July 11, 2017 - 10:06am
KATHARINE SUE MULDER ANKENY June 23, 1959 – July 1, 2017
 
Katharine Sue Mulder Ankeny passed away at home on July 1, 2017 after a tooth and nail fight against Colon Cancer. 

She is survived by husband Lee Ankeny, children Emily and Tristan, mother Velma Mulder, siblings Nancy Roush, Jody Bergland (Bob) and Bill Mulder Jr. (Amy), as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. She is preceded in death by her father Bill Mulder. 

Born on June 23rd, 1959 in Mason City, Iowa Kathy’s early childhood involved moving around the country following her father's sales
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Obituary: Geoffrey B. Mills July 31, 1955 – July 3, 2017

on July 8, 2017 - 10:24pm

GEOFFREY B. MILLS July 31, 1955 – July 3, 2017

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Geoffrey B. Mills announces his passing on July 3, 2017 after a truly courageous 18 month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Geoff is preceded in death by his father, Frederick Eugene III. He is survived by Ellen, his wife of 39 years, his sons Jonathan and Alex of Albuquerque, his mother Joyanne of Oro Valley, Arizona, and his sister Debbie and his brother Dan, both of Illinois.

Geoff was born in Ithaca, New York on July 31, 1955. Soon after the family moved to Madison, Wisconsin where his father had

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Obituary: Joseph Lippard Thompson May 12, 1932 – June 8, 2017

on July 7, 2017 - 5:13pm

JOSEPH LIPPARD THOMPSON May 12, 1932 – June 8, 2017

The loving family of Joseph Lippard Thompson, 85, of White Rock, NM, reports that he peacefully passed away in his sleep at home Thursday, June 8, 2017 from a very sudden illness of only a few days.

Born May 12, 1932 in Newport News, VA, Joe was raised in Virginia and served in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant in Georgia. ​He earned a BS in Chemistry from Virginia Tech, followed by a PhD in Radiochemistry from Penn State. He taught chemistry for 17 years at Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID where he raised his family.

After testing

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Obituary: Kathleen F. Witte Nov. 9, 1937 – June 24, 2017

on July 7, 2017 - 10:37am

KATHLEEN F. WITTE Nov. 9, 1937 – June 24, 2017

Kathleen F. Witte, 79, of Santa Barbara, CA, passed away June 24, 2017 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA. She was born Nov. 9, 1937 to Catherine and Albert Halbing. She spent her career working at Los Alamos National Laboratory. After retirement, Kay moved to Santa Barbara to enjoy the weather and many outdoor activities.

Kay is survived by her children, Elise Conlee and Eric Witte; granddaughter, Zoe Conlee; brother, Robert Halbing (wife Peggy); nieces Christine Thompson, Patty Moore (Larry Dodson), Christy Cardec, Michelle Floyd

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Obituary: Gail Roach June 26, 2017

on June 27, 2017 - 5:59am

GAIL ROACH June 26, 2017

Gail Roach, 64, a resident of White Rock, passed away peacefully on Monday June 26th, 2017 after battling with cancer. Gail was a beautiful and loving person and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her father, Kelly Blount, Sr., of Jemez  Springs; and nephew, William Horvath, of Carlsbad.

Gail retired from the Los Alamos National Laboratory after 13 years of service. She enjoyed being outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting, spending time at the lake, going to yard sales, and getting together with her book club.

Gail was an

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Obituary: Bruce Noel Sept. 13, 1934 – June 18, 2017

on June 25, 2017 - 4:13pm

BRUCE NOEL Sept. 13, 1934 – June 18, 2017

Bruce Noel departed this world from his home in Espanola, New Mexico on June 18, 2017.

Bruce was born in York, Pennsylvania on September 13, 1934. He began his working career as a bartender and truck driver there. Given the opportunity to start college at the age of 22, he completed his undergraduate studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia, received his M.S. at Case in Cleveland, and his Ph.D. in Electronics Engineering from UNM in Albuquerque while also working at Sandia Laboratories.

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