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Obituary: Donald Roy Francis Cochran Oct. 31, 2016

on November 15, 2016 - 7:44am

DONALD ROY FRANCIS COCHRAN Oct. 31, 2016

Donald Roy Francis Cochran, 90, of Highlands Ranch, CO, formerly of Los Alamos, NM,  passed peacefully on October 31, 2016, surrounded by his wife, Joan Cochran, and children, Jim Cochran, Robert Cochran, and Marcia Cochran Mahoney. 

Born in San Francisco in 1926 to Guy and Edith Cochran, Don went on to serve the US Navy from 1945-1946, obtain a degree from U.C.

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Obituary: Spencer Whayne Hill Dec. 24, 1954 – June 19, 2016

on November 10, 2016 - 7:28am

SPENCER WHAYNE HILL Dec. 24, 1954 – June 19, 2016

St. George, Utah – Spencer Whayne Hill, 61, passed away peacefully at home, following a nine month battle with brain cancer, on Sunday, June 19, 2016.

He was born December 24, 1954 in Cherry Point, NC to Whayne Bryson Hill and Loma Louise Gracey-Buck Hill. Following his LDS mission to Puerto Rico, and while attending BYU, he married Pamela Jean Stephenson in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on September 14, 1978. They were blessed with 5 lovely children.

Over the years, Spencer’s employment has taken

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Obituary: LeRoy William Lucero Nov. 23, 1936 – Nov. 6, 2016

on November 9, 2016 - 3:17pm

LEROY WILLIAM LUCERO, SR. Nov. 23, 1936  – Nov. 6, 2016

LeRoy William Lucero, Sr., 79, a resident of  Santa Fe, New Mexico, died November 6, 2016. He was born November 23, 1936. He is preceded in death by: Luis Lucero (Father), Bernardita Rodriguez/Lucero (Mother), Polly Ortega/Lucero (Ex-Wife), LeRoy Lucero Jr. (Son), and Jimmy Lucero (Son).

He is survived by: Daughter-Bernadette Gallegos (Spouse: Carlos) of Santa Fe; Son-Leroy Lucero, Jr.

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Obituary: George Henry Heath March 13, 1941 – Nov. 5, 2016

on November 9, 2016 - 12:07pm
GEORGE HENRY HEATH March 13, 1941  Nov. 5, 2016
 
George Henry Heath was born in Alton, Illinois and moved to Albuquerque in 1957 and then moved to Los Alamos in 1966 and started working at Los Alamos Public Schools and then moved on to Zia and then Johnson Controls. 
 
He is preceded in death by his Dad George Heath, his Mother Mildred Eileen Heath and his three younger brothers. He is survived by his wife Judy Heath, His son George Heath, daughter-in-law Candida and grandchildren, Annalyse, Dominique, Shea and Michael.
 
He was an active member not only in this his community but
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Obituary: Marilyn Jane Edinger Riechman June 12, 1926 – Oct. 31, 2016

on November 8, 2016 - 9:32am

MARILYN JANE EDINGER RIECHMAN June 12, 1926 – Oct. 31, 2016

Marilyn Jane Edinger Riechman was born in Evanston, Illinois on June 12, 1926 to Marjorie and Clarence Edinger. She was a graduate of Evanston High School, followed by two years at the University of Montana at Missoula, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Friendships made there have been treasured lifelong. After a long period of illness, she graduated in 1952 with a B.S from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

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Obituary: Maria Amelia Lopez Feb. 28, 1935 – Oct. 11, 2016

on November 3, 2016 - 1:14pm
MARIA AMELIA LOPEZ
Feb. 28, 1935  Oct. 11, 2016
 
Maria Amelia Lopez, 81, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, and previously of Los Alamos and Española, passed on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.
 
The family, friends and loved ones of Amelia Lopez celebrate her life, born on February 28, 1935 in Rio Arriba, to the late Felix and Magdalena Griego. Amelia was the proud mother to family of 10 children, 15 grandchildren and 9 great grand-children. Amelia always loved Northern New Mexico and the Los Alamos, and Española areas where she lived the majority of her life.
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Obituary: Allen Hughes Cogbill Oct. 7, 1951 - Oct. 25, 2016

on November 1, 2016 - 3:08pm
ALLEN HUGHES COGBILL Oct. 7, 1951 – Oct. 25, 2016
 
Allen Hughes Cogbill, age 65, died Tuesday, October 25, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Santa Fe, NM with his loving wife Debra and his sister Lis at his side.
 
Allen was born Oct. 7, 1951 in Memphis, Tn. He was preceded in death by his parents Allen and Alice Cogbill of LaGrange, Tn. He is survived by his beloved wife Debra Lowenstein of Los Alamos, his two children: Madeleine Cogbill of Houston, Tx. and Andre Cogbill of Santa Fe, NM; his sisters Martha (Cogbill) Mulhern (Richard) of Baytown, Tx; Lis Cogbill (Chris Mikulin) of Mt.
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Obituary: Stuart D. Orbesen Oct. 3, 2016

on November 1, 2016 - 2:48pm

STUART D. ORBESEN Oct. 3, 2016

Stuart D. Orbesen, 79, a new resident of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on October 3, 2016 surrounded by family.

Stuart is preceded in death by his father Clifford, his mother Helen and his brother Thomas. Stuart is survived by his wife Margaret and their beautiful blended family, son Randy Orbesen, wife Kai, daughters Robyn Buck, husband Thomas, and Karen Boise, husband Scott, and step children Charles Hickman, wife Teresa and Lisa Jackson, husband Alton, along with twelve grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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Obituary: Roy Dumont Stone Jan. 1, 1923 – Oct. 28, 2016

on October 31, 2016 - 4:35pm

ROY DUMONT STONE Jan. 1, 1923 – Oct. 28, 2016

Roy Dumont Stone, 93, resident of White Rock, was born on January 1, 1923 and went to rest with God on October 28, 2016.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Pauline Stone; son, Dale Stone; and grand-daughter, Kathy Wheat.

Roy was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of World War II, where he was a photographer. He continued his photography with the Los Alamos National Laboratory until he retired.

Mr. Stone participated with his church, loved to sing the hymns of God, and loved gardening.

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Obituary: Thomas Davis Oct. 23, 2016

on October 28, 2016 - 7:51am

THOMAS DAVIS Oct. 23, 2016

Tomas Davis, age 68, died peacefully on October 23, 2016 following a ten year battle with dementia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Hilda Davis.

Tom grew up in Barnesboro, PA. He attended Catholic University in Washington DC, graduating with a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering. After graduation, he moved west to the San Francisco bay area to work at Mare Island Naval Shipyard as a health physicist for their nuclear submarine program.

His work there led to a position at LANL initially in the health physics division and later for a

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Obituary: Nancy Louise Rhynard Hastings Aug. 13, 1936 – Oct. 17, 2016

on October 22, 2016 - 10:19am

NANCY LOUISE RHYNARD HASTINGS Aug. 13, 1936 – Oct. 17, 2016

Nancy Louise Rhynard Hastings was born August 13, 1936 in Ponca City, Oklahoma. She passed away Monday, October 17, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Nancy will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister and friend who will be greatly missed. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and well respected woman who lived her Christian Faith daily.

Nancy is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Ray Hastings of Rio Rancho, NM; daughter, Kay Brown and husband Shawn of Corrales, NM; son, Daryl Hastings

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Obituary: Peggy J. Borders Aug. 28, 1936 - Oct. 14, 2016

on October 20, 2016 - 2:45pm
PEGGY J. BORDERS
Aug. 28, 1936 ― Oct. 14, 2016
 
Peggy J. Borders (nee Stone), 80, a resident of Rio Rancho, New Mexico since 1994, passed away on October 14, 2016 due to natural causes.
 
Peggy was born August 28, 1936 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to Chrisman V. Stone and Dorothy A. Stone of Pueblo, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents.
 
Growing up in Pueblo, Peggy became a graduate of Central High School in 1955. Having lived in Pueblo, Colorado, Santa Barbara, California and Wichita, Kansas prior to coming to Los Alamos, Peggy worked for Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory
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Obituary: Max H. Baker Jan. 9, 1951 – Oct. 19, 2016

on October 20, 2016 - 9:19am

MAX H. BAKER Jan. 9, 1951 – Oct. 19, 2016

After a two-year battle with cancer, Max H. Baker passed from this mortal sphere on October 19, 2016 at his home in Farmington, Utah. He was 65 years old.

Born January 9, 1951, Max was welcomed to this earth by parents Ray S. and Nelda Baker of Teton, Idaho. He learned much about hard work and integrity from his parents as he helped to work the family farm.

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Obituary: Robert J. Elliott Oct. 9, 2016

on October 18, 2016 - 10:15am

ROBERT J. ELLIOTT  Oct. 9, 2016

Robert J. (Bob) (aka Red/Rojo) Elliott, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 9, 2016, in Los Alamos, NM, in the arms of his family.

The world now has a void where Bob’s exuberant, gregarious, loving, joyful, giving, optimistic, larger-than-life personality has been so alive for the last 90 years.

He was the cherished father of Nancy and Randy Vaughn and the adored grandfather of his “Best in the World” grandchildren, Morgan and Tanner Vaughn, all of Santa Fe, NM.

Bob lived in Los Alamos for the last 65 years, proudly worked for LANL for 51 years, and

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Obituary: Signe ‘June’ Babich June 8, 1930 – Aug. 24, 2016

on October 14, 2016 - 8:43am

SIGNE “JUNE” BABICH June 8, 1930 – Aug. 24, 2016

Signe “June” Babich passed quietly in her sleep on August 24, 2016 surrounded by her family.

Born on June 8, 1930 in Superior, Wyoming to Signe Bertina Carlson and Carl A. Anderson, Signe “June” was destined to become a motherly figure.  Being one of nine mouths to feed during the Great Depression and WWII, June knew that the love she was shown from her mother was exactly what she would portray in her own sibling interactions.  June knew that although her life was not filled with wealth and gold, it was filled with much more - family.

June

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Obituary: Michelle Decoteau Padilla – Sept. 20, 2016

on October 13, 2016 - 8:23am

MICHELLE LYNNE DECOTEAU (PADILLA) Sept. 20, 2016

Michelle Lynne Decoteau (Padilla) passed into the arms of angels on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Our beloved “Shelly Brown” or “Shell” as her family lovingly called her was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and friend to many.

Michelle was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert and Frances Padilla, and Lola and Ernest Hodson; uncle, Patrick Hodson; and father of her daughter, Nasario Maldonaldo. 

She was born and raised in Los Alamos, NM and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2003. Michelle earned an Associates degree in

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Obituary: Alejandro Alex Lovato – Oct. 5, 2016

on October 11, 2016 - 9:26pm

ALEJANDRO ALEX LOVATO – Oct. 5, 2016

Alejandro Alex Lovato, 93, a resident of Los Alamos passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Abelina (Lita) Lovato; son, Alex Lovato Jr., daughter, Roberta Lovato; brothers, Emilio, Roberto, Ray, Pat and Flavio Lovato, sisters, Rosa and Eloisa Lovato.

Alejandro worked for Civilian Conservation Camp from 1940–1942 and Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1951–1975. He also served in the U.S.

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Obituary: Edward J. Dombrowski Jan. 10, 1930 – Sept. 25, 2016

on October 11, 2016 - 8:57am

EDWARD J. DOMBROWSKI Jan. 10, 1930 – Sept. 25, 2016

Edward J. Dombrowski was born as the first of eight children to Anthony and Josephine Dombrowski in Bridgeport, CT, on January 10, 1930. He passed away on Sunday morning September 25, 2016, at Sombrillo Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Los Alamos, NM.

He joined the Marine Corps after high school and rose to staff sergeant over the next few years. He left the Marine Corps, married Patricia C. Rimkunas with whom he had five children.

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Obituary: Michael Allen Wolf – Oct. 6, 2016

on October 11, 2016 - 7:26am

MICHAEL ALLEN WOLF Oct. 6, 2016

Michael Allen Wolf (74), a loving husband, father, brother, and friend, passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM.

A natural tinkerer, Michael studied electronics in the Air Force. After his discharge in 1965, he was hired by Los Alamos Scientific Labs (now LANL) where he worked as an Electrical Engineer until 1991. Michael eventually settled in Albuquerque.

Michael is survived by his wife, Diane Bogan-Wolf of Corrales, three children (Robert Wolf, Nichole Evans and Monique Johnston), two step children (Christina and Andrea Herrera), five

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Obituary: Nona Brandt Jan. 25, 1927 – Oct. 4, 2016

on October 10, 2016 - 2:43pm

NONA BRANDT Jan. 25, 1927 Oct. 4, 2016

Nona Brandt, beloved wife of Daniel “Danny” Brandt, and mother of Dennis Lee Brandt and Kenneth Alan “Ken” Brandt, died peacefully at home at the age of 89 on October 4, 2016.

Born Evelyn Nona Brandt to Ida Mae Fleming Kimbrel and John Walter Kimbrel on January 25, 1927 in Derby, Colorado, Nona lived in Colorado until she and Danny came to Los Alamos in 1951. Nona, who met Danny at a roller-skating rink in Derby, married Danny on April 26, 1947.

Nona and Danny, along with their sons and daughters-in-law, celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2007 with

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Obituary: Ella Larkin Oct. 15, 1933 – Oct. 7, 2016

on October 10, 2016 - 1:58pm

ELLA CATHERINE LARKIN Oct. 15, 1933 – Oct. 7, 2016

On October 7, 2016, Ella Catherine Larkin went to be with the Lord surrounded by her loving family at the age of 82. Ella was a resident of Belen (Rio Communities,) New Mexico for the past 24 years. Before this, she resided in Los Alamos, NM for approximately 18 years. Ella was born October 25, 1933 to Frank R. and Matilda Adams in Blairsville, Pennsylvania.

Ella married the love of her life, James E. Larkin, on February 26, 1955 and joined him on a life journey.

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Obituary: Kathleen Ann Jackson June 20, 1947 – Sept. 30, 2016

on October 9, 2016 - 10:48am

KATHLEEN ANN JACKSON June 20, 1947 – Sept. 30, 2016

Kathleen Ann Jackson died on September 30, 2016 in Bellingham, Washington, from complications of polycythemia vera, a rare blood disorder.

Kathleen was born June 20, 1947 in Seattle, Washington, and spent her childhood and early life in the Seattle area. As a child, she distinguished herself as an artist, bookworm and independent thinker, traits she retained for life. She was a 1965 graduate of Sammamish High School in Bellevue, Washington.

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Obituary: Beverly Stratton – Sept. 21, 2016

on October 8, 2016 - 5:47pm
BEVERLY STRATTON Sept. 21, 2016

Beverly Stratton died on September 21, just shy of her 90th birthday. She lived a full and happy life, never shirking from a challenge and always embracing friendships and love.  She will be remembered particularly for her motivation to care for others.

Beverly was born and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She attended the University of Minnesota and worked in the Physics Department where she met Bill Stratton. Upon his graduation, they married and moved to Los Alamos, sight unseen for Beverly. This became her home for the next 61 years.

She loved New

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Obituary: Lucy LuElla Hunter Thomas Oct. 3, 2016

on October 7, 2016 - 3:56pm

LUCY LUELLA HUNTER THOMAS Oct. 3, 2016

Lucy LuElla Hunter Thomas, 91, a resident of Los Alamos, NM, went to be with her Lord on October 3, 2016. She passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family after a long struggle with cancer.

Lucy was born in Tonganoxie, KS and graduated from the University of Kansas where she met the love of her life and husband of 63 years, Edgar Thomas. They moved to Los Alamos in 1954 where they were active members of the community and charter members of the Los Alamos Christian Church.

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Obituary: Erika E. Longmire Sept. 30, 2016

on October 5, 2016 - 10:15am

ERIKA E. LONGMIRE Sept. 30, 2016

Erika E. Longmire, 96, a resident of White Rock, N.M., passed away on Friday, September 30, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alwin and Marie Gläser and her brother.

Erika was a very loving and caring person. She had nerves of steel that endured a lot in her lifetime. She loved to cook and bake. She was an amazing seamstress. She reupholstered many of the furniture in her home as well as making a lot of her husband Calvin’s clothing. She loved to paint, many of her paintings decorate her home today. She loved to ski.

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