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Obituary: Margaret Montagno Clay Aug. 13, 1939 – March 18, 2019

on March 21, 2019 - 1:35pm

MARGARET MONTAGNO CLAY Aug. 13, 1939 – March 18, 2019

Margaret Montagno Clay passed away peacefully at home on Monday, March 18, 2019, in Los Alamos at the age of 79.

Margaret was born August 13, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York, to Della Quarto and Antonio Montagno and lived in New York until the age of 8, when her family moved to Columbus, Ohio.

Margaret hated to be the center of attention and rarely talked about her accomplishments, but she had many. Margaret graduated from St.

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Obituary: Thomas Lee Christofferson Sept. 19, 1949 – March 9, 2019

on March 19, 2019 - 9:20am

THOMAS LEE CHRISTOFFERSON Sept. 19, 1949 March 9, 2019

Thomas Lee Christofferson of Austin, Texas, formerly of Fredericksburg, Texas, died peacefully on Saturday, March 9, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.

A service in celebration of Tom’s life will be held in Fredericksburg at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Tuesday, March 26th at 1:00 p.m.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Janice, son Justin, (Nicole) of Oklahoma City, OK, step-daughter Amanda Ontrakarn (Mike) of Austin, Texas, step-son Nick Voltin (Deanna) of Spring Branch, Texas, grandsons Colt Christofferson and Grant

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Obituary: Wallace ‘Wally’ Reid Weir Feb. 21, 1933 – March 14, 2019

on March 18, 2019 - 5:46pm

WALLACE “WALLY” REID WEIR Feb. 21, 1933 – March 14, 2019

Wallace “Wally” Reid Weir, age 86, of Los Alamos, NM, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2019.

Wally was born on February 21, 1933, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Reid William and Lois Weir. He married his wife of more than 60 years, Joyce Anne Campfield, on November 21, 1958, in Fontana, California.

When Wally was 15, he lied about his age and joined the Santa Fe Railroad. Starting out as part of the “Bridge and Building” crew, he worked his way up to Lineman.

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Obituary: Miles Baron March 13, 2019

on March 15, 2019 - 2:30pm

MILES BARON March 13, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Miles Baron announces his passing on March 13, 2019 at the age of 59 years after a hard fought eight-year battle with metastatic prostate cancer.

Miles will be forever remembered by his wife of nearly 14 years Erica, his beloved son Rigel, and his brother Seth. 

Miles is preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Rita Baron.

Miles was born in Española, NM, but grew up in many different places around the country.

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Obituary: James Henry McNally Dec. 18, 1936 – Feb. 26, 2019

on March 7, 2019 - 10:24pm

JAMES MCNALLY Dec. 18, 1936 Feb. 26, 2019

James Henry McNally passed away peacefully on February 26, 2019 at age 82 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

He was the son of James O. McNally and Edith (nee Jones) McNally and was born in Orange, New Jersey on December 18, 1936.

Educated in the Millburn, New Jersey public schools, Jim then received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Engineering Physics at Cornell University. Jim then went to Cal Tech and earned his doctorate in physics. He was a respected physicist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico for 25 years.

Upon retirement,

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Obituary: John C. Gallimore Feb. 13, 2019

on March 7, 2019 - 9:48pm

JOHN C. GALLIMORE Feb. 13, 2019

John C. Gallimore, Jr., age 93, World War II U.S. Merchant Marine veteran, 10 year veteran with the New Mexico State Police and our family’s patriarch passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

John graduated from Howe High School in 1943; he received his bachelor’s from Austin College in 1949 and his master’s from the University of Rochester in 1953. John spent his career working for the Department of Energy as a Health Physicist, a career spanning 45 years.

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Obituary: Jacqueline Peckham Feb. 23, 1947 – Feb. 25, 2019

on February 28, 2019 - 8:00pm

JACQUELINE PECKHAM Feb. 23, 1947 – Feb. 25, 2019

Jacqueline Peckham passed away on Feb. 25, 2019. She had just turned 72.

She is survived by her sister Joyce Zaugg and husband Tom, sister Lois Peckham, brother Allen Peckham and wife Karlena, by her nieces Irene Zaugg, Paige Peckham and wife Stacey, and Abby Schmitz and husband Mark, and by nephew Brian Zaugg.

She was preceded in death by her mother Phyllis and father Leonard Peckham.

Jackie was born in Mare Island Naval Base, California, February 23, 1947. Each one of her younger siblings was born in a different state – and one in Puerto

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Obituary: Elizabeth Aken Wright Anderson Feb. 19, 2019

on February 27, 2019 - 7:19am

ELIZABETH AKEN WRIGHT ANDERSON

Elizabeth Aken Wright Anderson, a long-time resident of Los Alamos, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at the age of 70. She passed peacefully in her sleep as she napped that afternoon. She will be missed by her family and friends.

She was preceeded in death by her parents, Muriel Zyphora and George William Wright of Chapel Hill, NC.

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Obituary: Lesley (Les) G. Wood Feb. 4, 1958 – Feb. 11, 2019

on February 20, 2019 - 5:04pm

LESLEY (LES) G. WOOD Feb. 4, 1958 – Feb. 11, 2019

Les passed away on February 11, 2019, at home in Rio Rancho after a hard fought, courageous battle with a long-term illness. The Lord relieved Les of his pain and took him to a better place.

Les graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1976. He was a happy, outgoing, well-loved and thoughtful person. He brought many smiles to many people and was fun to be with. 

Les was very passionate about animal welfare and loved his five kitties. He loved the outdoors and spent his free time fishing and camping.

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Obituary: April Estelle Wyrick April 27, 1981 – Feb. 7, 2019

on February 17, 2019 - 6:27am

APRIL ESTELLE WYRICK April 27, 1981 – Feb. 7, 2019

April Estelle Ray Terrell Wyrick was born on April 27, 1981 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was born alongside her twin sister, Christa, the love of her life.

She spent most of her childhood in Los Alamos, New Mexico, running cross country, swimming, playing ice hockey and snowboarding.

April experienced significant challenges in her early life, but she channeled her grief and pain into a life of serving others.

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Obituary: Valerie Rose Adams Feb. 2, 2019

on February 14, 2019 - 4:57pm
VALERIE ROSE ADAMS Feb. 2, 2019
 
On Saturday, February 2, 2019, Valerie Rose Adams (Atkinson) (Sam), beloved wife, mother of two, mother-in-law, and grandmother of four passed away at the age of 69.
 
A Celebration of Valerie’s Life will be held 2 p.m., March 30, 2019, at Unitarian Universalist Santa Fe, 107 West Barcelona, Santa Fe, NM 87505
 
Valerie was born in 1950 to Edith Sam and Joe Joseph. She was also raised by foster mother “Mama Nicholas,” and adoptive parents Mary Ann (Weidinger) and James Frederick Atkinson.
 
Among Valerie’s many accomplishments and life events, are her
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Obituary: Martin A. Ott Feb. 11, 2019

on February 14, 2019 - 7:44am
MARTIN A. OTT Feb. 11, 2019
 
Martin A. Ott, 80, passed away at his home in White Rock Feb. 11, 2019.
 
He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and retired employee of Los Alamos National Laboratory after 33 years of service. He was a second degree black belt in Taekwondo, a woodworker, and loved to ride his Harley.
 
Martin is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Edna M. Ott, two sons, Martin E. Ott of Mason, Tennessee, and Mark Ott of Bonney Lake, Washington. He is also survived by three grandsons, one granddaughter, and three great-grandchildren.
 
A Funeral Service will be held at 10
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Obituary: Larry Baca July 24, 1956 – Feb. 7, 2019

on February 11, 2019 - 4:10pm

LARRY BACA July 24, 1956 – Feb. 7, 2019

Larry Baca was born the youngest of six boys on July 24, 1956 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Blas Benedicto and Reyna Anna Baca (nee Salazar). 

Growing up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, he graduated from Los Alamos High School, class of 1974, as a Hilltopper star athlete in football, baseball, track, wrestling, and basketball and remained a multisport advocate for the rest of his life. 

He attended Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in Portales, New Mexico, where he met the love of his life and best friend, Debra Marie Baca (nee Oldfield) on an

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Obituary: Amy Susan Grimes Feb. 17, 1952 – Oct. 19, 2018

on February 10, 2019 - 8:30am

AMY SUSAN GRIMES Feb. 17, 1952 Oct. 19, 2018

 

Amy Susan Grimes died suddenly on October 19, 2018.  She will be missed beyond measure.

 

Amy was born in Houston, Texas on February 17, 1952, the second of four children born to Ardath and William Osborn Grimes. The family lived mainly in Houston during her childhood, aside from two years in The Hague, Netherlands.

 

After graduating Magna cum Laude from Memorial High School in 1970, she studied at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a BA in English with honors and a minor in Philosophy (1976). Over the next decade, while raising

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Obituary: Paul Edward Fehlau March 9, 1935 – Feb. 6, 2019

on February 9, 2019 - 8:41am
PAUL EDWARD FEHLAU March 9, 1935 Feb. 6, 2019
 
Paul Edward Fehlau, 83, a resident of Los Alamos, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 of Alzheimer’s disease.
 
Paul was born in Cleveland, Ohio March 9, 1935 to Carl Fehlau and Elda Schiefelbein Fehlau. He grew up in Cleveland Heights.
 
During the Korean War, at age 18, Paul joined the Army as a clerk. He was sent to Germany where his father was born and visited relatives.
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Obituary: Jerry Archuleta Feb. 5, 2019

on February 9, 2019 - 7:59am
JERRY ARCHULETA Feb. 5, 2019
 
It is with great sadness that the family of Jerry Archuleta announces his passing Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 following a brief illness.
 
A native of Los Alamos, Jerry attended Los Alamos High School and went to the College of Santa Fe. He then went on to work for Zia Company for 30 years before retiring.
 
Jerry will be missed everyday by his mother, brothers and sister. Jerry had a passion for sports, especially for the Dallas Cowboys. He enjoyed crossword puzzles and Sudoku.
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Obituary: Larry Brent ‘Tiny’ Gibbons April 28, 1951 – Feb. 8, 2019

on February 8, 2019 - 7:26pm

LARRY BRENT “TINY” GIBBONS April 28, 1951 – Feb. 8, 2019

Larry Brent “Tiny” Gibbons, 67, a resident of White Rock, born on April 28, 1951, passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019. 

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and La Rue Gibbons.

Larry was a resident of Los Alamos county since 1963. He was employed with the Los Alamos National Laboratory for many years. He was also involved in the Los Alamos Little Theater and did wedding photography on the side.

Larry was a 1970 graduate of Los Alamos High School and then went on to attend college at Dixie college in St.

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Obituary: Annet Acomb June 16, 1957 – Jan. 30, 2019

on February 5, 2019 - 12:35pm

ANNET ACOMB June 16, 1957 – Jan. 30, 2019

After a courageous battle with breast cancer, Annet Acomb, a resident of White Rock, NM went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the age of 61.

She was born on June 16, 1957 in Enid, OK to Johnny and Emma Quinton.

She grew up in Enid and Okmulgee, OK and graduated Okmulgee High School in 1975.

After being widowed in 1990 she met and married Tim Acomb of Los Alamos, NM. Not only did she and Tim get married once, they got married twice, to make sure it stuck.

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Obituary: Malcolm J. Andrews Oct. 4, 1958 – Jan. 27, 2019

on February 5, 2019 - 10:58am
MALCOLM J. ANDREWS Oct. 4, 1958 – Jan. 27, 2019
Malcolm J. Andrews was born October 4, 1958 in Coventry, England and died January 27th, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Dr. Andrews was an engineer-scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) where he had been a senior member of the technical staff since 2005. In 2006, Dr. Andrews’ accomplishments were recognized by the Department of Energy with an E.O. Lawrence Award. From 2015-2016, Dr. Andrews served as an Executive Advisor from LANL at the NNSA in Washington D.C.
Dr.
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Obituary: Edward ‘Ed’ A. Baldwin June 1, 1968 – Feb. 2, 2019

on February 5, 2019 - 8:59am

EDWARD ‘ED’ A. BALDWIN June 1, 1968 – Feb. 2, 2019

Edward “Ed” A. Baldwin, 50, of De Pere, WI, passed away unexpectedly due to natural causes.

He was born June 1, 1968 in Los Alamos, NM to the late Tom and Phyllis (Holder) Baldwin. Ed graduated from Los Alamos High School and then continued his education at Eastern New Mexico University where he received his bachelor's degree.

In 1992 Ed married the former Molly Kulppi in Portales, NM and together they have raised two wonderful daughters.

Ed was a witty, fun-loving father, husband, and friend.

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Obituary: Donald J. Sandstrom July 26, 1937 – Jan. 24, 2019

on February 4, 2019 - 3:18pm

DONALD J. SANDROM July 26, 1937 Jan. 24, 2019

Donald J. Sandstrom, 81, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe.

He was born on July 26, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois, to Nils Simon and Dagmar (Fuglsang) Sandstrom. Donald was a 1954 graduate of Hirsch High School and a 1958 graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in metallurgical engineering.

Donald’s professional career began with ACF Industries in Albuquerque, NM.

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Obituary: Diana Taylor May 5, 1951 – Jan. 30, 2019

on January 31, 2019 - 4:08pm

DIANA TAYLOR May 5, 1951 – Jan. 30, 2019

After a courageous battle with bladder cancer, Diana Taylor, a resident of White Rock, NM passed away peacefully in her home on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the age of 67.

She was born on May 5, 1951 in Las Vegas, NM and was the eldest of five children born to Donald and Sylvia Ortega.

She grew up in Las Vegas and graduated from Robertson High School. She attended college at Highlands University earning a Bachelors degree in education. She married Steve Taylor on December 21, 1983.

After a short time living in Denver, CO, Diana and Steve moved to

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Obituary: Blair Swartz 1932- 2019

on January 30, 2019 - 8:10am

BLAIR SWARTZ Jan. 10, 2019

Blair Swartz passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 10, 2019.

He is survived by Laura, his wife of 64 years, and his daughter Stacey.

Blair was born in Detroit, Michigan. He received a B.S. in Physics from Antioch College and an M.S. in Mathematics from MIT before coming to Los Alamos in 1958 as a Research Associate in the T-1 Computing Group. Early in his career at LANL he was recognized as an outstanding mathematician and accepted the Lab's offer to continue his education. He attended NYU, where he received his PhD. in Applied Mathematics.

His

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Obituary: Brian J. Kennedy Oct. 7, 2018

on January 26, 2019 - 9:47pm

BRIAN J. KENNEDY Oct. 7, 2018

On October 7, 2018, Brian J. Kennedy passed away peacefully at his home after a 3-year long battle with cancer.

Brian was born and raised in Los Alamos, NM where he graduated from Los Alamos High School. He majored in Math, Physics and Computer Science in college and he was a proud veteran who served his country in the Navy.

For much of his work history, Brian worked in computer software development, web security services and systems management. His interests included hiking, sailing, woodworking, and playing guitar.

He will be missed by his loving wife

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Obituary: Margaret Ann Hollabaugh July 18, 1926 – Jan. 21, 2019

on January 24, 2019 - 6:19am
MARGARET ANN HOLLABAUGH July 18, 1926 Jan. 21, 2019
 
Margaret Ann Hollabaugh, 92, born and raised in El Dorado Kansas July 18, 1926 and moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1973, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Amy Greeley; sister, Nina Kershner, and Grandson, Joey Hollabaugh.
 
Margaret was extremely artistic, with a degree in Fine Arts. She became an avid quilter and was always a caring mother. She was always a talented singer and enjoyed being a Girl Scout leader.
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