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Obituary: Jim Billen June 18, 1947 – April 14, 2018

on April 18, 2018 - 3:46pm

JIM BILLEN June 18, 1947 April 14, 2018

Jim Billen, age 70, resident of Los Alamos, New Mexico, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, April 14, 2018 due to complications of Multiple System Atrophy. He was surrounded by friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother and survived by his wife of 31 years, Mary Billen; daughters, Melissa (Craig) Kuettner of Portage, Michigan, Laurie (Kevin) Gates of Chicago, Illinois and Kimberly (Matt) Hall of Phoenix, Arizona; son, Richard (aka Mich) Thomas of Las Vegas, Nevada; sister, Janis (Stan) Gorecki of Montague,

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Obituary: David S. Warren Feb. 3, 1941 – April 2, 2018

on April 14, 2018 - 4:58am

DAVID S. WARREN Feb. 3, 1941 – April 2, 2018

David S. Warren, 77, a resident of Alcalde, passed away as a result of surgical, medical, and rehabilitating complications, incurred since late last summer.

David entered eternal life on April 2, 2018, while in the peace and comfort of his home, with his loving wife and family by his side.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ray E. Warren; mother, Christina M. Warren; brothers, Ray Warren, Everett Warren, and Charles (Bob) Warren; sister, Lottie Ruder; and son, Marc Simpson. 

David was born on February 3, 1941 in Gilman, Colorado and raised

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Obituary: Dr. Donald Roswell Harris Nov. 30, 1925 – March 10, 2018

on April 3, 2018 - 3:57pm

Dr. DONALD ROSWELL HARRIS Nov. 30, 1925 – March 10, 2018

Donald is celebrated by his children: Sally (Corey Ford) and children Chad and Tia of Albuquerque, NM;  Gwen “Wendy” Lorio and children Bradley and Burch of Livermore, CA; Andy (Cathie) Harris and children Ian and Rachel of Plainfield, CT;  Dan (Julie) Harris and children Emma and Nina of Centennial, CO; Julie Wood and children Sophie and Sebastian of Los Alamos, NM; Kate (Mike) Porter and children Seth and Maren of Centennial, CO; and Laura (Dan) Schuller of Loveland, CO; and by his brother Richard M.

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Obituary: Francine Wingfield Kennedy March 25, 2018

on March 30, 2018 - 6:23pm

FRANCINE WINGFIELD KENNEDY March 25, 2018

Francine Wingfield Kennedy, 67, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 25, 2018 in Albuquerque, NM.

Fran has spent most of her adult life raising her 4 children in Jemez Springs NM. She also did bookkeeping for and assisted her husband in managing the Jemez Springs Domestic Water Co-op, her husband’s business, J&J Trenching and Excavating and was a remarkable seamstress. In her younger years she loved riding horses, barrel racing, rodeo, and being the cook for the Baca Land & Cattle Company on the Valle Grande.

Fran is survived by

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Obituary: Donna Grace Wessel March 25, 2018

on March 27, 2018 - 1:21pm

DONNA GRACE WESSEL March 25, 2018

Donna Grace Wessel, 88, a resident of Berlin, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018 with her family by her side.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Master Sergeant Frederick David Wessel; siblings, Norman Viertel (LeMoyne), Charlotte Mastricola and Gretchen Thomas (Kenneth); parents, Carl and Genevieve Viertel and dog, Freckles.

Donna was Ms. Berlin in 1949 and an avid bowler and gardener. She was a big Green Bay Packer fan and loved playing poker, cribbage and many board games.

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Obituary: William (Bill) Edwin Eaton Oct. 28, 1953 – Feb. 14, 2018

on March 27, 2018 - 8:50am

WILLIAM (BILL) EDWIN EATON

William (Bill) Edwin Eaton, age 64, passed away unexpectedly on February 14, 2018, at his home near Roswell.

He was born on October 28, 1953, at Ft. Lawton Army Hospital in Seattle, Washington. His first few years were spent in Fort Collins, Colorado, while his father Edwin (Ed) Eaton was a student at Colorado State University. In 1957, the family moved to Circleville, Ohio, where Ed was employed at the Dupont Mylar film plant. Bill completed all of his elementary school years in Circleville.

In 1966, Ed became employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los

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OBITUARY: Nancy Jacobson Duncan March 18, 2018

on March 26, 2018 - 9:57am

NANCY JACOBSON DUNCAN March 18, 2018

Nancy Jacobson Duncan passed away on March 18, 2018 after a second valiant fight with lung cancer.

Mrs. Duncan was born in Uniontown, PA in 1942, moved to Naples, FL in 2000 and then to Santa Fe, NM in 2007 where she lived her remaining years.

Mrs. Duncan enjoyed working at Los Alamos National Bank for the past 10 years where she developed many close friendships and acquaintances.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother Jack and Reba Jacobson, son Jack Eidinger, brother Bernard Jacobson and sister Bametta Pastorius.

She is survived by her

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Obituary: Betty Lou Coleman Eikleberry Aug. 2, 1930 – March 9, 2018

on March 22, 2018 - 3:58pm

BETTY LOU COLEMAN EIKLEBERRY Aug. 2, 1930 – March 9, 2018

Betty Lou Coleman Eikleberry, age 87, passed away March 9, 2018 after a long illness. Her last hours were spent comfortably with her daughters and granddaughters, listening to stories and singing along with favorite show tunes, in particular, “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” from Oklahoma.

Betty was born in Sioux City, Iowa, one of five children, on August 2, 1930. Early in her marriage, she and her dear husband, Robert “Bob” Eikleberry, moved their family to Los Alamos in 1959, where they made it a home for the next 54 years.

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Obituary: Harry Williams March 18, 2018

on March 20, 2018 - 6:59am

HARRY WILLIAMS March 18, 2018

Harry Williams, 97, of Los Alamos, NM, passed away peacefully on March 18, 2018.

Harry worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 27 years as a maintenance engineer. He enjoyed fishing and restoring old cars.

He is survived by his loving wife Linda, step-daughters, Yvonne (Steve) McKelvey and Yolanda Frazier and his children Connie (Henry) Sanchez; Lee, Bud, and Renee Williams.

Harry lived a very full life and will be missed by all who knew him.

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Obituary: Roberto (Bobby) Villarreal 1936 – 2018

on March 16, 2018 - 2:19pm

ROBERTO (BOBBY) VILLARREAL 1936  2018

Bob Villarreal was a lover. He loved his God, his family, his church, his friends. He loved life.

He looked for any excuse to get outside, be it hunting, basketball coach, baseball, camping, fishing, backpacking, or river running. He played Bridge furiously, and read continuously. He taught the first wine-making class in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He organized bringing several tons of grapes into town and a day was spent crushing everyone's grapes with one small crusher.

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Obituary: Larry C. Madsen March 11, 2018

on March 15, 2018 - 5:04pm

LARRY C. MADSEN March 11, 2018

Larry C. Madsen, 76, passed away on March 11, 2018 at his home in Gardnerville, Nevada.

Larry was born in rural Wakonda, South Dakota to Leon and Wanetta Madsen. Larry received his bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering from SDSM&T and his doctorate degree in Nuclear Engineering from Iowa State University.

He was employed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory over 30 years and later worked for the Washington Institute. Larry was extremely hard working, disciplined, and dedicated about all his endeavors.

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Obituary: Tommie Evelyn Kidd-Hewitt Jan. 27, 2018

on March 13, 2018 - 5:05pm

TOMMIE EVELYN KIDD-HEWITT  Jan. 27, 2018

Tommie Evelyn Kidd-Hewitt went to be with our savior on Saturday, January 27, 2018. She was 100 years old.

This is the woman that taught us how to love—unconditionally and with our whole hearts. She knew the benefits of hard work and expressed how important it was to do what you loved and work for whom you loved. She believed that we should live our lives with kindness, patience, and devotion.

Tommie Evelyn appreciated the little blessings life had to offer. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and sewing.

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Obituary: Barbara Ann Digby April 5, 1942 – March 9, 2018

on March 13, 2018 - 3:30pm

BARBARA ANN DIGBY April 5, 1942 March 9, 2018

Barbara Ann Digby passed from this earth on March 9, 2018. Born April 5, 1942 in London, England, she came to America in 1970 after marrying Anthony William Digby on Sept. 28. 1967.  

Leaving behind her homeland and her beloved Bank of England career to start a new life in America. She began her journey in Boston, Massachusetts and Rochester, New York before coming to Los Alamos in 1979 where she finally found her forever home. A resident of Los Alamos, NM for 38 years, she had finally found her true home.

Barbara loved meeting new people,

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Obituary: Catherine Elizabeth Gubernatis Dannen

on March 9, 2018 - 5:00pm

CATHERINE ELIZABETH GUBERNATIS DANNEN Dec. 19, 1976 – March 6, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Catherine Elizabeth Gubernatis Dannen announces her passing, on Tuesday, March 6th 2018, in Montgomery, AL., at the age of 41 years. Catherine’s passing was a result of complications stemming from treatments associated with battling cancer.

A native of Los Alamos, and Los Alamos High School Class of 1995 Graduate, Catherine attended Mount Holyoke College of South Hadley Massachusetts for undergraduate studies.

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Obituary: Nicolaus Martin Lisowski Feb. 27, 2018

on March 4, 2018 - 11:09am

 

NICOLAUS MARTIN LISOWSKI Feb. 27, 2018
 
Nicolaus Martin Lisowski, 39, passed away Feb. 27 in Ooltewah, Tennessee.
 
Nic was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico and attended Pinon Elementary School. He graduated from Roswell High School in Roswell, GA, and attended Savannah College of Art and Design, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Art and Photography. 
 
He was a talented guitar musician, a master woodworking craftsman, and an excellent photographer. Nic had a variety of career activities, from working as a professional independent photographer, to building sustainable off the grid housing.
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Obituary: Raymond ‘Ray’ D. Pacheco July 20, 1967 – Feb. 10, 2017

on March 4, 2018 - 7:22am

RAYMOND “RAY” D. PACHECO July 20, 1967 – Feb. 10, 2017

Raymond “Ray” D. Pacheco, 49, passed away at UNMH on February 10, 2017 surrounded by family and loved ones by his side. 

Ray was born in Los Alamos, NM.  He graduated from Los Alamos High School as a “Hilltopper”.  He continued his education at NMSU with a BA in Finance.  At the time of his passing he resided in Santa Fe, NM.

He had many interests: music, motorcycles, reading and enjoying his furry companions, Tank and Sassy (previous Akitas – Kimo, Sumo, and Daisey).

Growing up in Los Alamos, his younger years were so much fun.

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Obituary: Elizabeth Jane Wright Feb. 21, 2018

on February 26, 2018 - 2:35pm

ELIZABETH JANE WRIGHT Feb. 21, 2018

Elizabeth Jane Wright, 87, a 47-year resident of Los Alamos, NM passed away Wednesday February 21, 2018.

Betty was born in Boston, MA and was raised in Cambridge, MA. She was a graduate of Cambridge High and Latin School. In 1957, she married Charles A. Wright, the love of her life. She was a loving wife, homemaker, wonderful mother of three children, a grandmother, and a great grandmother.

Betty is preceded in death by husband Charles, daughter Sandy M. Banister, and parents James E. and Evelyn M. Hampton.

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Obituary: Linnea Sarwinski May 28, 1928 – Feb. 16, 2018

on February 26, 2018 - 1:45pm

LINNEA SARWINSKI May 28, 1928 – Feb. 16, 2018

Linnea Sarwinski, age 89, died peacefully on Friday, February 16, 2018. She was born May 28, 1928 in Genoa, Nebraska, to John and Emma Swanson. She is survived by her children, Greg (Georgia), Anna (Tom), Lisa (Rex), Anita (Dave) and George, as well as seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; her sister, Sylvia Patrick, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George and grandson, Bobby as well as her two brothers, Ollie and Nils.

She grew up on a farm learning how to milk cows and call

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Obituary: Frederick Brendon Williams Oct. 23, 1932 – Feb. 17, 2018

on February 24, 2018 - 5:48am

FREDERICK BRENDON WILLIAMS Oct. 23, 1932 Feb. 17, 2018

Frederick Brendon Williams passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the age of 85.

He was born to Arthur and Annie Williams on October 23, 1932 in Washington DC.  He survived polio at age 13 then went on to serve in the army from 1951 to 1954 as a Staff Sergeant in Korea, earning four bronze stars by the age of 19.

He spent time as a teacher and principal; created the Frederick Williams Reading System in 1989, which helped people improve their memory and reading skills; then went on to work as a clinical

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Obituary: Joe Ben Apodaca June 8, 1923 – Feb. 10, 2018

on February 23, 2018 - 6:57am

JOE BEN APODACA June 8, 1923 Feb. 10, 2018

Joe Ben Apodaca, born June 8th 1923 in Santa Fe, NM passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 10th, 2018. 

Joe was known to his friends as “Hosa” (The Bear). Joe grew up in Santa Fe and was the oldest of 12 kids born to Celestino and Guadalupita Apodaca. He began working at age 6 selling newspapers on the street corner in front of his Uncle Frank’s convenience store. He was an amazing athlete, and during his high school years he starred in Baseball, Football, and Track for both St. Michaels and Santa Fe High. 

He joined the U.S

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Obituary: Cornett Philip Wood Feb. 6, 2018

on February 20, 2018 - 10:44am

CORNETT PHILIP WOOD Feb. 6, 2018

On February 6th, 2018, Cornett Philip Wood died peacefully at home after many years of battling leukemia. His wife dutifully took care of him until he died, surrounded by family and friends. 

Phil is survived by his wife, Debby Wood; their daughter, Jessie Ross, their son, Austin Wood and Phil’s brother, Greg Wood. He is also survived by his son-in-law, Chris Ross and daughter-in-law, Natalie Wood. Five granddaughters called him their “Grandpa Goatie.”

He will be remembered as a six-string strumming, bluegrass singing man that was a wonderful husband and

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Obituary: Dorothy Reise Foss July 28,1923 – Feb. 16, 2018

on February 19, 2018 - 1:31pm

DOROTHY REISE FOSS July 28,1923 – Feb. 16, 2018

Dorothy Foss was born July 28,1923 in San Francisco. Dorothy died peacefully on February 16, 2018 at 6:05pm, at the age of 94.

She is survived by her brother in San Francisco Ernst Reise and her children: Barbara Foote (Del), Bonny, Lawrence (Leslie), Deborah Pierce (Steve), Louisa Gilani, Erna, and Bertie Sorenson (Danny): her 15 grandchildren; and her 14 greatgrandchildren. Her newest great-grandchild, Georgia, followed her to heaven at 6:21pm that same day.

Dorothy was a lover of literature, music, art, and poetry.

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Obituary: Elizabeth Souder Feb. 17, 1927 – Feb. 13, 2018

on February 18, 2018 - 6:45am

ELIZABETH SOUDER Feb. 17, 1927 – Feb. 13, 2018

Elizabeth (Betty) was born to Dorothy and Clarkson Long, MD in Detroit, MI, February 17, 1927.

Her sister Jean Conklin preceded her in death. Betty graduated from public school with honors and the Science Award.

Betty married Richard Souder (died 1989) in 1952. Together they had two daughters who have families: Diane Souder of Albuquerque NM, Planner and Ranger at Petroglyph National Monument married to Jim Graf with daughters Emily and Rachel; and Lori Souder of South Hadley MA, United Church of Christ Minister, married to Winston Baldwin

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Obituary: Eden Joy Weinbrecht Feb. 12, 2018

on February 14, 2018 - 9:09am

EDEN JOY WEINBRECHT Feb. 12, 2018

Eden Joy Weinbrecht, 40, was guided to Heaven by angels Monday, February 12, 2018.

She was a lifelong resident of Los Alamos; the daughter of Kama Michel and John Fredrick Weinbrecht.

Eden was a dedicated employee of Los Alamos National Bank for 19 years where she was promoted to Marketing Coordinator. She was responsible for planning various community events in Los Alamos including ScienceFest, ChamberFest, WinterFest Light Parade and LANB Night of the Gordon’s Summer Concert Series.

Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation was fortunate to have her as a

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Obituary: Homer Dick Lewis Oct. 4, 1926 – Feb. 3, 2018

on February 13, 2018 - 5:57am

HOMER DICK LEWIS Oct. 4, 1926 – Feb. 3, 2018

Homer Dick Lewis, 91, a resident of White Rock, passed away in his home on Saturday, February 3, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Margie Lewis, who passed in 2009.

Homer was born October 4, 1926 in Covington, Kentucky. He served in the United States Navy and then in the United States Air Force Reserve.

Homer and his family moved to Los Alamos in 1952 where he worked at LANL as a metallurgical engineer until his retirement in 1986; he then continued to consult for LANL until 1994.

Homer was active in the community and

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