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Letter To The Editor: Skate Park Youth Are Awesome!

on October 19, 2018 - 8:43am
By MONICA WITT
Los Alamos

My 10-year-old son had a decent size fall at the skate park after school on Wednesday afternoon. He fell and smashed his face into the concrete and two young men (high school, maybe?) called 911, used their own sweatshirts to stop the bleeding, and then got a hold of my husband at work to tell him to come over to the skate park.

I want the community to know what awesome kids these are, I want their parents to know what a great job they did dealing with a stressful situation, and I want them to know how much I appreciate their willingness and quick response to the

Obituary: Katherine Hitson April 30, 1988–Oct. 12, 2018

on October 18, 2018 - 4:59am
KATHERINE (WEISBROD) HITSON
April 30, 1988 Oct. 12, 2018
 
Katherine (Weisbrod) Hitson, 30, passed from this life Oct. 12, 2018. She died in Santa Fe, NM after battling cancer for nearly three years.
 
Katie was born in Dallas, Texas April 30, 1988 and moved with her parents to Los Alamos, NM, in 1992. She graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2006.
 
From childhood into adulthood, Katie was involved in ballet, gymnastics, Girl Scouts, high school band, Santa Fe Youth Symphony and Los Alamos Community Winds as well as band at NMSU.
 
Katie loved children and they loved her.
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Obituary: Bruce Gavett Sept. 3, 1927 – Oct. 10, 2018

on October 16, 2018 - 9:12am

BRUCE GAVETT Sept. 3, 1927 – Oct. 10, 2018

Bruce Gavett, born September 3, 1927, died peacefully surrounded by loved ones on October 10th, 2018.

To say that Bruce lived life “full up” would be an understatement. He was born in New York City and joined the USMC before he was 18 with his parents’ permission.  He served honorably until discharged in 1945. After the war he went to work in mines and oilfields all over the west from Texas to Idaho to Washington. His stories from the mines and oilfields were endless and always very entertaining.

Bruce moved to Vermont and was for many years the

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Obituary: Arnold John Sierk Nov. 10, 1946 – Oct. 11, 2018

on October 15, 2018 - 10:20am

ARNOLD JOHN SIERK Nov. 10, 1946 – Oct. 11, 2018

Arnold John Sierk passed away Friday, October 12th at the age of 71 from complications of treatment for lymphoma.

Arnie was born November 10, 1946 in Batavia, NY, the third child of Dorothy Wild and Norman Lindsey Sierk. He grew up on a dairy farm in Darien Center, which gave him a foundation of a strong work ethic and self-discipline that he carried throughout his life.

He went to college at Cornell University, graduating in 1968, and then received a PhD in Physics from California Institute of Technology in 1972. It was at Cornell in

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Obituary: Mark Brimhall Wells Oct. 7, 2018

on October 14, 2018 - 6:00pm

MARK BRIMHALL WELLS Oct. 7, 2018

 

Mark Brimhall Wells, long-time resident of Los Alamos, passed away October 7, 2018.

 

He spent his career as a mathematician and computer scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (1951-1980; appointed Group Leader of Computer Science Research in 1968), and as Department Head of the Computer Science Department at New Mexico State University (1980-1989).

 

Mark’s passions included skiing, gardening, hiking, camping, chess, basketball, tennis, sailing, and the outdoors.

 

He was instrumental in the development of the Los Alamos Ski Area (1950’s

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Obituary: Paul Eugene Harper Nov. 6, 1923 – Oct. 1, 2018

on October 12, 2018 - 5:28am

PAUL EUGENE HARPER Nov. 6, 1923 – Oct. 1, 2018

Paul was born November 6, 1923, in Garvin, OK to Wheeler and Bertha Harper as the seventh of ten children. He passed away peacefully on October 1, 2018 at the age of 94 in Albuquerque, NM. 

Paul grew up during the Great Depression, spending most of his time working on the family farm and helping to take care of his three younger siblings. Despite those responsibilities, he managed to excel in all of his school-related activities. In high school, he graduated at the top of his class and was a multiyear all-state basketball player.

Paul was

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Obituary: James Coulter Sept. 28. 2018

on October 5, 2018 - 8:48am
JAMES COULTER Sept. 28, 2018
 
James Coulter, passed on to his Heavenly home Sept. 28, 2018 at the age of 101.
 
Born the son of George and Mabel Coulter, he grew up the middle of seven children on a farm in southern Illinois during the Great Depression.
 
He had a happy childhood in a close-knit family, but following his graduation from High School James moved to Morton, IL to find work.
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Obituary: Roy Neil ‘Hoppy’ Hopwood Feb. 3, 1931 – Sept. 20, 2018

on October 1, 2018 - 2:47pm

ROY NEIL ‘HOPPY’ HOPWOOD Feb. 3, 1931 – Sept. 20, 2018

Roy Neil Hopwood of Los Alamos passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on the morning of September 20, 2018 following a 10-month battle with cancer. He was 87 years old. 

Roy was born in Fayette, Alabama and spent his childhood in Amory, Mississippi and Florence, Alabama.  He graduated high school in 1949 and moved to Los Alamos at age 18, living with his sister and brother-in-law in Los Alamos while working on his electrical apprenticeship.

In 1951, Roy was drafted into the Army’s First Armored Division, trained at Fort

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Obituary: Robert (Bobby) L. Fuechsel Sept. 16, 2018

on September 26, 2018 - 7:51am

ROBERT (BOBBY) L. FUECHSEL Sept. 16, 2018

Robert (Bobby) L. Fuechsel, 53, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Lee Fuechsel; paternal grandparents, Lamar and Louise Howell; father and mother-in-law, David and Lydia Hervey; and brother-in-law, David Hervey Jr.

Robert was employed by Los Alamos National Laboratory and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers-Local 1579 in Augusta, GA.

He is survived by his wife, Penelope (Penny) Fuechsel of Los Alamos; son,

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Obituary: Anthony (David) Montoya Sept. 13, 2018

on September 23, 2018 - 5:38pm

ANTHONY (DAVID) MONTOYA Sept. 13, 2018

Anthony (David) Montoya passed away in Surprise, Arizona on September 13, 2018.

David was born in Embudo, NM, and graduated from Espanola High School in 1962. He joined the United States Army after high school. After completing his military service, he went to work for Pacific Telephone until his retirement.

He married the love of his life, Judy Espinoza, on August 23, 1965. The two spent 53 loving years together and raised 3 beautiful children.

David was preceded in death by his father Leo Montoya and mother Ernestine Montoya.

David is survived by

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Obituary: Thelma D. Segura Oct. 10, 1919 – Sept. 11, 2018

on September 18, 2018 - 4:36pm

THELMA DOMINGUEZ SEGURA Oct. 10, 1919 – Sept. 11, 2018

Thelma D. Segura died peacefully on September 11, 2018 at the age of 98 years in Albuquerque surrounded by her loving family.

Thelma was born on October 10, 1919 in Clayton, New Mexico. She is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years Neno Segura and son Thomas and Dora Segura. 

Thelma is survived by her children Samia and Jerry Davis, Floyd and Stephanie Segura, Neno and Victoria Segura, Nina and Ken Gallegos, Ginny Loucks, and Michael Segura.

Thelma is survived by her 13 grandchildren: Anthony and Cynthia Segura, Neno and

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Obituary: James J. Hults May 11, 1986 – Aug. 19, 2018

on September 17, 2018 - 6:05am
JAMES J. HULTS May 11, 1986  Aug. 19, 2018
 
Our beloved James J. Hults, 32, of Lafayette, slipped away from this life at home surrounded by his loving family Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018.
 
He came into this world fighting to live at a mere 3.5 lbs on Sunday (Mother’s Day) May 11, 1986, in Los Alamos, NM.
 
He grew up playing YAFL flag footfall, but could never make weight to continue. He played Little League baseball, ran middle school track, played LASO and high school soccer.
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Obituary: Mary Van Dyk Medendorp Feb. 7, 1945 – Sept. 10, 2018

on September 15, 2018 - 2:34pm
MARY VAN DYK MEDENDORP Feb. 7, 1945 – Sept. 10, 2018
 
Mary Alyce Medendorp age 73 died on September 10, 2018 after a long struggle with lung cancer, quietly in her sleep and resting in the arms of her Heavenly Father.
 
She was born on February 7, 1945 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to Gerrit Van Dyk and Nellie Van Dyk as the sixth of seven children. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Marvin Van Dyk, and her sister Betty Vandermay.
 
Mary is survived by her husband of 51 years, Allen H. Medendorp. They were married June 16, 1967 in Grand Rapids Michigan.
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Obituary: Edgar B. Stein Sept. 12, 1922 – July 6, 2018

on September 12, 2018 - 8:58am

EDGAR B. STEIN Sept. 12, 1922 – July 6, 2018

Deuce. Advantage. Game.

Edgar B. Stein finished his last table tennis match on July 6, 2018 in Weatherford, TX where he was close to his youngest daughter, Karen, and her husband Rick Brown. He was 95. He is also survived by his son, Erik, and wife Michelle, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Dad was born in Murphysboro, IL on September 12, 1922 and grew up in Champaign-Urbana.

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Obituary: Mary Ann Kosty Dec. 26, 1934 – Sept, 1, 2018

on September 6, 2018 - 7:33am

MARY ANN KOSTY Dec. 26, 1934 – Sept. 1, 2018

Mary Ann Kosty has passed from this world to the outstretched arms of Our Lord Jesus and Our Most Blessed Mother Mary, after a long battle with cancer. She died at home while under the loving care of her children and friends from Heartland Hospice along with friend, Tanya McGuire.

Mary Ann was a 1951 graduate of Hayden High School in Topeka, Kansas then immediately followed her passion for becoming a nurse by attending St. Francis Nursing School, also in Topeka, Kansas.

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Obituary: John Lewis Richter July 26, 1933 – Aug. 21, 2018

on September 5, 2018 - 7:19pm

JOHN LEWIS RICHTER July 26, 1933 – Aug. 21, 2018

John Lewis Richter, age 85, passed away suddenly at home in Albuquerque, NM on August 21, 2018. John, the son of Herbert and Anna Sutton Richter, was born in July 26, 1933 in Laredo, TX.

John attended the University of Texas at Austin obtaining his undergraduate degree in 1954, graduate degree in 1956 and PhD in 1958, all in physics. In 1958, John married Mary Ann Ward, and they had two boys, Donald Andrew and Alan Ward. John and Mary Ann divorced in 1984. John remarried in 1995 to Dixie Hanks.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his

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Obituary: Patricia Marie Johanson Oct. 29, 1964 – Aug. 30, 2018

on September 5, 2018 - 6:44am
PATRICIA MARIE JOHANSON Oct. 29, 1964 – Aug. 30, 2018
 
Patricia Marie Johanson (Patti) of Rio Rancho, NM, passed away after a courageous 10 year battle with ovarian cancer.
 
She was preceded in death by her niece, Megan Dugan. She is survived by her loving husband Chris, her son CJ (Jessica) of Iowa, her parents, Frank and Pat Bobrowicz of White Rock, her sisters Stephanie Miller (Clint), Jennifer Dugan (Tim), also of White Rock and Heather Bobrowicz of Edinburg, Texas. She is also survived by her in-laws Don and Jacqueline Johanson and Dorothy Johanson of California.
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Obituary: Jerry David Williams Oct. 9, 1937 – Aug. 31, 2018

on September 4, 2018 - 4:11pm

JERRY DAVID WILLIAMS Oct. 9, 1937 – Aug. 31, 2018

Jerry David Williams, age 80, born to Loren and Ruth Williams on October 9, 1937 in Neosho, MO, passed away peacefully at home on Friday August 31, 2018. 

After leaving Neosho and moving several times, his family settled down in Nashville where he grew up playing the piano and enjoying an active church life. 

Jerry graduated from Vanderbilt University and during college met his wife, Lucretia (Lou) Matlock, while working a summer job at Glorieta Baptist Convention Center near Santa Fe, NM.

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Obituary: Lois Lenora Strait May 10,1933 – Sept. 1, 2018

on September 4, 2018 - 11:58am

LOIS LENORA STRAIT May 10,1933 – Sept. 1, 2018

Lois Lenora Strait’s family is saddened to announce her peaceful passing on September 1, 2018 in Broomfield, Colorado at the age of 85.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Bobby Strait, her parents Alex Hignite and Iva Hignite, and her brother Paul Hignite.

Lois was born in Stilwell, Oklahoma on May 10,1933. She married Bobby Strait December 22, 1951. Lois was a devoted mother of Rebecca Hackenberry (Stephen), and Connie Linthicum (Jeff).

After the Air Force and school, they made Los Alamos, NM their home.

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Obituary: Margaret Chavez March 12, 1929 – Aug. 28, 2018

on September 2, 2018 - 4:02pm

MARGARET CHAVEZ March 12, 1929 – Aug. 28, 2018

Our beloved matriarch Margaret Antia Chavez, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away at her home on Tuesday morning, August 28, 2018 at the age of 89. She was fortunate to spend her final days surrounded by those who loved her.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents Alfonso and Ellen Geoffrion of Las Vegas, N.M.; mother-in-law Susan Chavez also of Las Vegas; brothers Billy and Sonny Geoffrion; brothers-in-law Mariano and Adolfo ‘Babe’ Chavez; sisters-in-law Carmen, Gloria and Emma; best friend Andrea

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Obituary: Dec. 27, 1934 – Aug. 7, 2018

on August 31, 2018 - 3:02pm

THOMAS J. NOVAK Dec. 27, 1934 – Aug. 7, 2018

Thomas J. (Tom) Novak, 83, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2018 at the family home. He spent his last day surrounded by family, humoring everyone with his quick wit and being in command (giving orders) while appreciating the things he loved about his home: the sunset view from the deck, the hummingbirds, and his loyal companion shihtzu, Gigi. Tom was born the youngest of 10 children in Nashville, Illinois on December 27, 1934 to Walter and Rose (Piecnik) Novak. 

He is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Martha (Marty) L. Novak (nee.

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Obituary: Jan A. Smith Dec. 15, 1954 – Aug. 17, 2018

on August 30, 2018 - 6:55pm
JAN A. SMITH Dec. 15, 1954 Aug. 17, 2018
 
On Friday, August 17, 2018, surrounded by loved ones, Jan A. Smith left this world unexpectedly and went on to a better place.

Jan was born on December 15, 1954 in Los Alamos, NM to Robert and Jean Warner. Jan enjoyed skiing, swimming, country dancing and being outdoors. She had a unique fashion sense and loved animals, especially her cats. Jan was a caring and a loving mother. She took pleasure in working with people and was devoted to everything she did.

Jan was preceded in death by her Mother, Father and Brother, Scott Warner.
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Obituary: Helen Aragon Valencia March 20, 1941 – Aug. 27, 2018

on August 29, 2018 - 9:23am

HELEN ARAGON VALENCIA March 20, 1941 – Aug. 27, 2018

Helen Aragon Valencia of Espanola passed away surrounded by her family on the morning of August 27, 2018 following a strong seven months living with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She was 77 years old.

Born in Corral De Piedra, Española to Solomon and Anita Aragon on March 20, 1941 she was a integral and beloved part of her family and community.

She was preceded in death by her father Solomon Aragon, her mother Anita Aragon, her sister Lucille Perez, her sister Eva Aragon, and her brother Lorenzo Aragon.

She is survived by her sister and

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Obituary: Paul H. Martinez April 8, 1949 – Aug. 20, 2018

on August 27, 2018 - 6:08pm

PAUL H. MARTINEZ April 8, 1949 – Aug. 20, 2018

Paul H. Martinez, 69, a resident of Upper San Pedro, was called to his Eternal Home on Monday, August 20, 2018.  

Paul was preceded in death by his baby daughter Lori, parents Juan E. and Anita M. Martinez, in-laws Benceslado and Trinidad Lopez, and sister and brother-in-law Susie and Sixto Martinez.

Paul is survived by “his Honey” of 47 years Yvonne, daughters Elizabeth and fiancé Robert Griego and Camille and husband Waylon Maestas and cherished grandchildren Christopher and Michael Maestas.

Paul is also survived by his siblings Roger,

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Obituary: Charles Lavern Mader Aug. 8, 1930 – Aug. 18, 2018

on August 21, 2018 - 9:33pm

CHARLES LAVERN MADER Aug. 8, 1930 – Aug. 18, 2018

Charles Lavern Mader, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died on Aug. 18, 2018 at the age of 88.

He was born August 8, 1930 in Dewey, Oklahoma and had one brother, George Mader, Jr who died in 2002. He married Emma Jean Sinclair June 12, 1960 and they had one son, Charles L. Mader, II. He attended Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma A and M College and University of Kansas.

He became a staff member of the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in 1955 where he worked until his retirement in 1986. He Consulted at the laboratory until 2005. He was a Fellow of the

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