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Obituary: Mary Helen Fierro Klare Oct. 15, 2019

on October 18, 2019 - 4:21pm

MARY HELEN FIERRO KLARE Oct. 15, 2019

Mary Helen Fierro Klare passed away with her family by her side on October 15, 2019 in Los Alamos, NM.

Mary Helen was a gentle soul, beautiful wife and mother, amazing musician, and friend.

Born in El Paso, Mary Helen was raised by her loving parents, Jose and Aurora Fierro. Among her many achievements, Mary Helen was valedictorian of her high school class in El Paso, graduated from Texas Western College (UTEP) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, and earned her Master’s Degree in Music from the University of Colorado Boulder.

In 1969, she came to Los

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Obituary: Daniel Spallitta Oct. 1, 2019

on October 4, 2019 - 8:44pm
DANIEL SPALLITTA Oct. 1, 2019
 
Danny Spallitta, 47, went to be with the Lord and his grandmas Oct. 1, 2019. He had been sick for about a week and passed away with his parents by his side.
 
Danny was a friend to all who met him. He was mentally handicapped and gave his family and friends great joy. He had a smile and sparkling blue eyes for everyone he knew, and he was known for flirting with the ladies who cared for him. He grew up in Los Alamos and went to school there, graduating in 1994.
 
He moved to an independent living home and later to the Los Alamos group home, both under
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Obituary: Annette Marta Chavez-Aragon (Netta) Jan. 19, 1956 – Sept. 18, 2019

on October 2, 2019 - 8:35am

ANNETTE MARTA CHAVEZ-ARAGON (NETTA) Jan. 19, 1956 – Sept. 18, 2019

Annette Marta Chavez-Aragon (Netta), 63, of Santa Fe New Mexico, passed away peacefully in her home on September 18, 2019.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday October 5th, 2019 at Rivera Funeral Home, 417 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505. Deacon Juan Martinez of the Cathedral of St. Francis de Assisi will be leading the Rosary at 1:00 p.m.

The Celebration of Life service will begin at 2:00 p.m. in an open-speaker format where loved ones are invited to share readings and/or stories to honor Annette.

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Obituary: Sophia Feldman April 16, 2004 – Sept. 28, 2019

on October 1, 2019 - 5:57am

SOPHIA FELDMAN April 16, 2004 – Sept. 28, 2019

Sophia Rose Feldman, aged 15, of Los Alamos, unexpectedly passed away on September 28, 2019. She was with her parents at Los Alamos Medical Center, where staff worked assiduously to revive her – we cannot thank them enough for their valiant efforts.

Sophia was a bright and eloquent spirit in the world. As a student at Los Alamos High School, she was looking forward to singing in the Bel Canto choir, learning how to drive, entering upcoming speech and debate competitions, and trying to figure out what she wanted to do in the world.

She had her

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Obituary: Dorothy Jean Carryer Steinhaus Nov. 14, 1923 – Sept. 6, 2019

on October 1, 2019 - 5:41am
DOROTHY JEAN CARRYER STEINHAUS Nov. 14, 1923 Sept. 6, 2019
 
Jean Steinhaus, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Sept. 6, 2019 at the age of 95.
 
Jean was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, the oldest of three children. She enjoyed playing tennis and ice skating as a child in Hancock, Maryland.
 
After graduating from Miami University in Ohio, she worked as a social worker in Baltimore, Maryland. She married her beloved husband, David W. Steinhaus, Jan.
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Obituary: Laurent (Larrie) Edwin Chigbrow June 19, 1955 – Sept. 22, 2019

on September 27, 2019 - 10:13am

LAURENT (LARRIE) EDWIN CHIGBROW June 19, 1955 – Sept. 22, 2019

Laurent (Larrie) Edwin Chigbrow, age 64 of Los Alamos, NM, passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2019.

Larrie was born on June 19, 1955 in Clay Center, Kansas. He graduated from Charlies M. Russell High School, in Great Falls, MT and went on to graduate from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT with a Chemical Engineering Degree.

He met his future wife, Barbara Drga, while attending MSU. They started their life together in Idaho where he worked for the Idaho National Laboratory for over 25 years.

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Obituary: Harold Vernon Dehaven July 3, 1937–Sept. 16, 2019

on September 26, 2019 - 7:44am
HAROLD VERNON DEHAVEN July 3, 1937 Sept. 16, 2019
 
Harold Vernon Dehaven, 82, a resident of Española, NM, born July 3, 1937 in Garrison, North Dakota, unexpectedly left this earth Monday, Sept. 16, 2019.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Edna DeHaven; in-laws, John W. and Helen Enders; grandmother, Edith Rollie “Toots” and grandfather, William DeHaven “Dazer”, his oldest sons’ mother, Sharon Denise Coffen DeHaven; nieces, Susie and Kristi Belle; brothers, Robert and Marshall (Butch) DeHaven.
 
We can’t even begin to tell you all the wonderful things Hal
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Obituary: Mildred Ann Powers Aug. 31, 2019

on September 26, 2019 - 6:53am

MILDRED ANN POWERS

Mildred Ann Powers, 82, Farmington, NM, passed away August 31st, 2019.

She was born to William and Ida Catherine Dittmar in Appleton, Wisconsin.

She was a graduate of Zion Lutheran Grade School, Appleton Senior High School, Appleton, WI and Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing, Chicago, IL. She was a geriatric RN off and on throughout her life in Clinton, IA, where she lived for 30 years and Los Alamos, NM.

She loved her pets, of which she had many, gardening, collecting antiques and Southwestern Art.

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Obituary: Aaron Chapman Feb. 22, 1982 - Sept. 15, 2019

on September 25, 2019 - 4:52pm

AARON CHAPMAN Feb. 22, 1982 – Sept. 15, 2019

Aaron Chapman passed away unexpectedly on September 15, 2019. He was 37 years old.

Aaron was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico on February 22, 1982. He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1999.

Aaron had various occupations, mostly in the food service industry. He enjoyed mixing music and had a knack for fixing computers. He also had a very creative personality which was displayed in his artwork, but what Aaron loved and enjoyed the most was his precious son, Jonathan Daniel Chapman.

Aaron is preceded in death by his Grandfathers John

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Obituary: Patricia M. Richard March 15, 1927 – Sept. 30, 2018

on September 23, 2019 - 7:55am

PATRICIA M. RICHARD March 15, 1927 – Sept. 30, 2018

Patricia Richard of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and formerly of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away on September 30, 2018, at the age of 91, with her daughter Rochelle holding her hands. She wanted her daughter, Rochelle, to be with her when she passed away and she was.

Patricia was born in Fullerton, California, and was married to Jack R. Richard for 51 years. They raised four children, Rochelle Courtney (Jim), Julie Frosch (Ron), Randy and Ronnie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Monte and Dorothy Shanks, sister Loraine Lamkin,

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Obituary: Irene Paine Sept. 13, 2019

on September 16, 2019 - 7:39am

IRENE PAINE Sept. 13, 2019

Irene Paine, 90, and half years old passed away the morning of Friday, September 13, 2019 with her children by her side.

She called Espanola home. She was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to New Mexico when she was just 16.

Before moving to Los Alamos, NM, she was one of only a few children chosen to sing at the funeral of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

She left a full paid scholarship to the Julliard School of music when her father came to work as a glass blower for the Manhattan project.

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Obituary: Michael Paul Dugan Sept. 27, 1948 – Sept. 8, 2019

on September 12, 2019 - 8:10am

MICHAEL PAUL DUGAN Sept. 27, 1948 – Sept. 8, 2019

Michael Paul Dugan was born on September 27, 1948 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the second of what would become seven children of Paul and Colette Dugan.

The family eventually moved to Los Alamos and Mike became known as the one who could fix anything. He took great pleasure in helping family and friends with challenging fix-it projects, always with creative solutions.

Mike joined the U.S. Navy upon graduation from high school and served in Guam during the Vietnam Era.

Upon his return, he married Mary Waldschmidt.

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Obituary: Roger Minot Clough May 1, 1932 – Sept. 8, 2019

on September 12, 2019 - 7:51am

ROGER MINOT CLOUGH May 1, 1932 Sept. 8, 2019

Roger Minot Clough, age 87 of Los Alamos, passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

Roger was born May 1, 1932 in Meriden, Connecticut to Raymond and Katherine Helen (Malay) Clough. He graduated from Hicks Memorial School in Tolland, CT in 1950. 

He served in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Norfolk VA. (1950-1954), worked for Pratt & Whitney Corp. in Connecticut after release from the Navy in 1954, and then spent a few years as a house painter both New Mexico and then Maine. 

After a down-turn in the economy, he attended the University of Maine

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Obituary: Lorraine Montoya Sept. 7, 1948 – Sept. 9, 2019

on September 12, 2019 - 7:33am

LORRAINE MONTOYA Sept. 7, 1948 – Sept. 9, 2019

Our beloved mother, Lorraine Montoya, 71, of Abiquiu, NM, passed away following a short illness on Monday, September 9, 2019 with her family by her side.

She was born to the late Napoleon and Josefita Martinez on September 7, 1948, in Abiquiu.

Lorraine is preceded in death by her sister Teodorita Garcia, her late husband Jose Ortega, and brother-in-law Gilbert Vigil.

She is survived by her loving husband of 19 years, Hernando Montoya and her 4 children: Jose Ortega, Joyce Ortega-Tapia (John Tapia), Vangie Trujillo (Donald) and Josephine

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Obituary: Adeline (Addy) F. Reeves Jan. 20, 1927 – Sept. 7, 2019

on September 11, 2019 - 7:55am

ADELINE (ADDY) F. REEVES Jan. 20, 1927 – Sept. 7, 2019

Adeline (Addy) F. Reeves passed away on September 7th in her home with family around her.

Addy was born in Oakdale, NE, on January 20th, 1927 to Herman and Lena Walters and was raised on their family farm with her four siblings. 

She graduated from Oakdale High School, hopped the train to Omaha with her older sister, Millie, got a room at a boarding house, and landed a job as a secretary. She soon met Frank, her husband of 62 years, who was a recent enlistee in the U.S. Navy.

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Obituary: Melanie Fugate Aug. 29, 2019

on September 9, 2019 - 7:42am

MELANIE FUGATE Aug. 29, 2019

Melanie Fugate, 59, of Los Alamos passed away on August 29, 2019.

She is survived by her beloved daughter Lauren as well as her brothers Douglas and Byron Jakel, sisters-in-law Pattie and Michiko, nephew Connor, niece Mackenzie, friend and former husband Mike and friend and former mother-in-law Karene Elliott. Other friends include the Grimes and Riley families.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Melanie moved to Albuquerque where she graduated with distinction from the University of New Mexico with a BA in English & Philosophy.

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Obituary: Inez Evangeline Christensen Nov. 1, 1925 – Sept. 2, 2019

on September 5, 2019 - 8:33am

INEZ EVANGELINE CHRISTENSEN Nov. 1, 1925 Sept. 2, 2019

Inez Evangeline Christensen passed from this life and entered the presence of her Savior Jesus on September 2, 2019 in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  Surrounded by her loving family, Inez received a body free of cancer and dimmed vision.

Inez was born in Antelope, Montana to Theodore Raymond Knutson and Inga Evanger Knutson on November 1, 1925 and grew up in rural North Dakota as the oldest of 16 children.

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Obituary: Father Robert Anthony Busch, Ph.D., April 3, 1962 – Aug. 27, 2019

on September 3, 2019 - 7:25am

FATHER ROBERT ANTHONY BUSCH, PH.D. April 3, 1962 – Aug. 27, 2019

Father Robert Anthony Busch, Ph.D., who served as Pastor of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Canyon, Texas and Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Amarillo, passed away August 27, 2019. He was 57 years old.

Vigil was celebrated at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Canyon. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, August 31, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Ann's in Canyon with Bishop Patrick J. Zurek, presiding, with priests of the Diocese of Amarillo and other dioceses concelebrating. Burial was in Memory Gardens.

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Obituary: Kramer Woodard April 28, 1954–Feb. 20, 2019

on August 29, 2019 - 7:02am
KRAMER WOODARD April 28, 1954Feb. 20, 2019
 
Kramer Woodard was born April 28, 1954, in Omaha, Nebraska to Charles and Dorothy Woodard and passed away in Albuquerque Feb. 20, 2019.
 
He was named after his paternal grandparents, Charles and Nettie Kramer. He was a happy and lovable little boy--always wanting to give gifts to everyone who came to the house, whether it be a favorite toy or a simple clothes pin.
 
By age 12 he had lived in four different states before the family moved to Los Alamos, NM. Kramer attended Pueblo Jr. High and was a graduate of Los Alamos High School.
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Obituary: Gilbert H. Archuleta, Sr. Aug. 20, 2019

on August 26, 2019 - 4:27pm

GILBERT H. ARCHULETA, SR. Aug. 20, 2019

Gilbert H. Archuleta, Sr., 74, a resident of Servilleta, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leo; his mother, Ruth; brother, George L. Archuleta; sister, Gloria Alvarado; son, Anthony Archuleta; father-in-law, Joe A. Giron; and mother-in-law, Dulce Nea Giron.

He worked for years through Semi Service in Salt Lake City as a Diesel Mechanic. He moved to New Mexico, where he worked for Los Alamos Public Schools for 10 years, where he retired.

He enjoyed tending to his property and watering his yard.

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Obituary: Judith (Judy) Hunter Miller Aug. 20, 2019

on August 25, 2019 - 6:00am

JUDITH (JUDY) HUNTER MILLER Aug. 20, 2019

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so. 

With characteristic grace, courage and faith, Judith (Judy) Hunter Miller passed away at the age of 74 on August 20, 2019, surrounded by loving family at her home in White Rock, New Mexico. 

She is survived by her father Robert Hunter, sister Linda Ellingson, sons David and Jonathan, three grandchildren and her devoted canine companion Addie.

In addition to her long nursing career at Los Alamos Medical Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory, Judy will

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Obituary: James Bunch April 23, 1934 – Aug. 20, 2019

on August 24, 2019 - 7:05am

JAMES MARION BUNCH April 23, 1934 Aug. 20, 2019

James Marion Bunch was born April 23, 1934, in Hastings, NE. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 20, 2019 at age 85.

After graduating from Hastings High School in 1952, he married Elayne Grothen in 1954 and completed his BA in physics with a math minor at Hastings College in 1956.

They had two children, Robyn and John. Jim completed his PhD in solid state physics at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1967. Then the family moved to Los Alamos where Jim was a staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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Obituary: Chris Hollis Feb. 14, 1937 – Aug. 19, 2019

on August 23, 2019 - 7:08am

CHRIS VALENE HOLLIS Feb. 14, 1937 – Aug. 19, 2019

Chris Valene Hollis passed away in Los Alamos, New Mexico on Monday, August 22, 2019.

She was born on February 14, 1937 and was the only child of Jack and Dalma Hinds King. Chris lived in Lawton, Oklahoma until her graduation in 1957 from Cameron State Agricultural College with an Associates in Arts degree in Home Economics. Following a summer working at Disneyland, she attended Oklahoma State University until her marriage to William Wesley Hollis on December 27, 1958.

Chris and Bill had two children: William Kirk Hollis and Elizabeth Ann

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Obituary: Beatrice Joyce Huggins Keen June 29, 1930 – Aug. 16, 2019

on August 22, 2019 - 6:19am
BEATRICE JOYCE HUGGINS KEEN June 29, 1930  Aug. 16, 2019
 
Beatrice Joyce Huggins Keen was born in Erick, Oklahoma June 29, 1930. Joyce entered heavens gates, at the age of 89, Aug. 16, 2019.
 
Joyce’s parents were Beatrice Gladys and Forest Fowler (Pete) Huggins. She was preceded in death by her mother Gladys Davenport and step-father LB Davenport, father Pete Huggins and brother Duane Huggins.
 
Joyce was survived by her two children Janet Leyendecker, and Jerri McTaggart and husband Kevin.
 
Joyce had 5 grandchildren, Brandy Lee and husband Ronnie, Tiffany Jones, Rebecca Kunkel
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Obituary: Robert E. Morrison July 14, 1947-July 21, 2019

on August 20, 2019 - 4:41pm

ROBERT E. MORRISON July 14, 1947 July 21, 2019

Robert E. Morrison died July 21, 2019, at home in Los Alamos seventy-two years and one week after his birth on July 14, 1947, in Logan, Utah.

His family moved often and he had been enrolled in thirteen schools by the time they returned to Los Alamos for Bob's high school years. As a member of Bob Cox's track team, he set the LAHS pole vault record in 1965, a mark that held until 1993. Bob walked down to Sullivan Field during practice to congratulate the young man who broke it.

After serving in Vietnam during the 1968 Tet Offensive Bob joined

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