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Obituary: James W. Allen August 13, 1934 – March 5, 2017

on March 14, 2017 - 8:09am
JAMES W. ALLEN Aug. 13, 1934 – March 5, 2017
Jim Allen died peacefully on March 5, at his home in Santa Fe, surrounded by his brothers and family. He is survived by his daughter Alicia, daughter-in- law Marcia, son Daniel, granddaughter Tyler, and his brothers Michael, Peter and Steve.
Born in New York City, Jim grew up in Wayne, Pennsylvania, graduating from Radnor High School. He then worked in Alaska in the fishing industry, and went on to travel the world, working as an interpreter for the United Nations in Vienna, and teaching English in Greece and Germany.

Obituary: Billy Graham Gamble Oct. 31, 1925 – March 8, 2017

on March 13, 2017 - 8:34pm

BILLY GRAHAM GAMBLE Oct. 31, 1925 – March 8, 2017

Billy Graham Gamble was born to Mary Elizabeth Tidrick Gamble and Russell Gamble in Winterset, Iowa October 31, 1925. He died March 8, 2017 in Espanola, New Mexico, with family by his side.

Billy was 91 years young, and lived a full and adventuresome life. The youngest of four boys, Billy was the explorer of the family. This beginning led to being a Boy Scout Leader when his son was in Scouting, to opening a museum in Aguilar, Colorado in his later years. Billy lived in the back of this museum, an old J.C.


Obituary: John Leonard Yarnell March 10, 2017

on March 13, 2017 - 3:06pm
John Leonard Yarnell, a resident of Los Alamos, NM passed away peacefully on Friday March 10, 2017.
He was born in 1922 in Topeka, Kansas to his parents Ray and Ruth Yarnell. He attended the University of Kansas and the University of Minnesota, attaining a PHD in Physics.
In the middle of his college career, he served in the US Army Signal Core during World War 2. While at the University of Minnesota, he met and married his wife Hazel.

Obituary: JoAnn DeLuzio Marts Jan. 15, 2017

on March 12, 2017 - 7:32am

JoAnn DeLuzio Marts Jan. 15, 2017

JoAnn DeLuzio Marts, a long time resident of Arvada and Greeley, Colo., passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Grace Point Living Facility. She will be missed by her family and many friends.

Born in 1929 in Denver, Colo., JoAnn worked as a secretary for the FBI and Los Alamos National Laboratory. She also taught piano, sang in St. Mary's Catholic Church choir, and was active in oblate life at the Abbey of St. Walburga for many years. Throughout the years, she was involved in numerous music-oriented groups, as well as church and community groups.

She is


Obituary: Clyde Roach March 4, 2017

on March 10, 2017 - 7:05am

CLYDE ROACH March 4, 2017

Clyde Roach, 91, a long-time and respected resident of White Rock passed away on March 4, 2017, of natural causes at Los Alamos Medical Center.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Ann Roach, and daughters Beverly Mattson, Pam Mackey, and Sara Evans. Clyde was well-known in the area as a concrete contractor and home builder. He enjoyed going fishing and boating, was an avid reader, and baseball fan. He became appreciated for sharing homemade peanut brittle and chocolate chip cookies. He was a great storyteller who delighted in humorous embellishments.


Obituary: Charles Frank Hammer Jan. 29, 1930 – March 6, 2017

on March 8, 2017 - 5:47am

Charles Frank Hammer Jan. 29, 1930 – March 6, 2017

Charles Frank Hammer, age 87, a long-time resident of Los Alamos, passed away after a short illness on Monday, March 6, 2017.

Charles was born to Frank and Katrina (Didicher) Hammer in Crestline, Ohio on January 29, 1930. After finishing High School he served his country in the Korean conflict.

While stationed in Washington, D.C. he met his life partner and love of his life Harriet Mallette. They married on July 31, 1954 in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

He studied at Ashland College and New Mexico State University and earned a BS in Electrical


Obituary: Patricia Ann Heeney Reich Dec. 10, 1936 – Feb. 27, 2017

on March 5, 2017 - 10:12am

PATRICIA ANN HEENEY REICH Dec. 10, 1936 Feb. 27, 2017

Patricia Ann Heeney Reich (Pat) was born December 10, 1936 in South Haven, KS to David Geeslin Heeney and Mary Ellen Burger. She lived a full life of spunk and sass and peacefully passed February 27, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM where she has resided since December 2014.

Born and raised in the farm country of southeast Kansas, Pat grew up with her two siblings and her cousins from both sides of the family; relationships she always treasured!

Pat’s musical interests formed at an early age, with an aptitude for playing the clarinet and the piano.


Obituary: Solvi Kjellman June 25, 1944 – Feb. 21, 2017

on March 1, 2017 - 4:15pm

SOLVI KJELLMAN June 25, 1944 Feb. 21, 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of Solvi Kjellman announces her passing on February 21, 2017 after a brief illness.

A resident of Los Alamos since 1973, Solvi was born in Oslo, Norway on June 25, 1944. She leaves behind her husband of 45 years, Burton Wendroff, and her two children, Kjell E. Kjellman and Monica Kjellman-Chapin and their partners Colin Haines and Benjamin Kjellman-Chapin.

Her feisty spirit, passion for spirited debate, love of reading, generosity, and zeal for life will live on through them, though she will be forever missed.


Obituary: Dorothy Bates Feb. 17, 1930 – Feb. 24, 2017

on February 28, 2017 - 11:13am

DOROTHY BATES Feb. 17, 1930 – Feb. 24, 2017

Dorothy was born February, 17, 1930 in Syracuse, Kansas to William and Henrietta Dunn.

She married Robert H. Bates in 1952 and together they had six children. Dorothy loved to cook, sew, needlepoint, do crafts and was an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob, brother Roy Dunn, sister Eileen O'Kane, son Scott and son-in-law Michael French.


Obituary: Betty Peterson March 26, 1930 – Feb. 26, 2017

on February 28, 2017 - 7:25am

BETTY W. PETERSON March 26, 1930 Feb. 26, 2017

Betty Peterson, loving mother, sister, grand- and great-grandmother passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family after a long illness.

Betty was born on March 26, 1930 in Nocona, Texas and moved with her family to Los Alamos in 1944 to work on the Manhattan Project. Betty spent time between riding horses, ice skating and attending Central School, graduating in 1948 before attending Texas A&M College.

After returning to Los Alamos, beloved horse in tow, she was briefly married and had a son, Ken.


Obituary: Jerome J. Erpenbeck Aug. 22, 1933 – Feb. 22, 2017

on February 25, 2017 - 7:57am

JEROME J. ERPENBECK Aug. 22, 1933 – Feb. 22, 2017

Jerome J. Erpenbeck, age 83, a long-time resident of Los Alamos, passed away from cardiac arrest on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at home.

Jerry was born to Charles and Adele (Berger) Erpenbeck in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 22, 1933. After finishing Covington Latin High School he studied Chemistry and Mathematics at Thomas More College. He was awarded a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry from University of Louisville and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign.

He came to Los Alamos after a post doc under


Obituary: Donald F. Cameron Jan. 17, 2017

on February 17, 2017 - 4:10pm

DONALD F. CAMERON Jan. 17, 2017

Donald F. Cameron, age 85 a resident of Los Alamos passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. He was preceded in death by his son, David Cameron; brother, Barry; Parents, Federick and Mae Cameron; Uncle, Harold Cameron.

He was commissioner of the Boy Scouts of New Mexico, he was a cyclist and a proud member of the Ski Patrol. He worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 18 years, and worked on the Rover Project at the Nevada Test Site. He had a sense of humor that will always be missed.

He is survived by his children, Beth Bowman (Dave); Ruth Cameron;


Obituary: Edna Marie Sutton Feb. 7, 2017

on February 15, 2017 - 4:11pm


Edna Marie Sutton passed away on February 7, 2017 of an unexpected illness.

Marie was a loving and devoted Military wife to her surviving husband Terry Dean Sutton of 56 years. Her two daughters are Lisa Scott and Sherri Knapp. Marie also leaves behind her four loving grandchildren, Jay Scott, Kristina Little, Sara Scott and Sabrina Little.

Marie was the baby of 11 children born in Hampton, Georgia. Her remaining sisters are Ann Gasses, Jean Daniels, Norma Westmoreland, Dot Henderson and Margaret Stephens.

Edna Marie will be greatly missed from all of us.


Obituary: Olan Edward Thomas Sept. 10, 1923 – Feb. 12, 2017

on February 15, 2017 - 3:16pm

OLAN EDWARD THOMAS Sept. 10, 1923 – Feb. 12, 2017

Olan Edward Thomas died Feb. 12, 2017 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Services for Olan will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at the Daniels Funeral Home at 7601 Wyoming Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.


Obituary: Raymond ‘Ray’ D. Pacheco

on February 14, 2017 - 4:17pm

RAYMOND ‘RAY’ D. PACHECO July 20, 1967 – Feb. 10, 2017

Raymond “Ray” D. Pacheco 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, motorcyles, 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.


Obituary: Phillip ‘Phil’ G. Young July 21, 1937 – Feb. 10, 2017

on February 13, 2017 - 10:05am

PHILLIP “PHIL” G. YOUNG July 21, 1937 Feb. 10, 2017

Phillip “Phil” G. Young, Jr., 79, our beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on February 10, 2017. Phil was born on July 21, 1937, in Beeville, Texas, to Phillip (Sr.) and Allie B. Young. 

He was raised in Refugio, Texas with his brothers and sisters, Allie, John, Martha “Moye” and Michael Young. Through his early school days, playing football and baseball, Phillip proudly represented the Refugio Bobcats, and he spent time alongside his father, Phillip Young, Sr., in his work as a civil engineer and land surveyor.

Phil went


Obituary: Rosalie Diane (Liebschultz) Heller

on February 11, 2017 - 7:35am
March 20, 1931-Dec. 2, 2016

Rosalie Diane (Liebschutz) Heller, was born March 20, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York, the second child of Martin and Faye (Bernstein) Liebschutz. She learned to read at a very early age and was an avid reader, having once told her mother that she wanted to read “until her conscience broke”. Her mother became her first piano teacher when Rosalie was just four years old.

What happened at age five became a life changing experience, which she recently described in these words: ”I was just a small girl playing in my room when I heard my

Obituary: Helen M. Lederer Jan. 30, 2017

on February 10, 2017 - 8:22am

HELEN M. LEDERER Jan. 30, 2017

Helen M. Lederer, 91, passed into the Grace of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Monday morning, January 30, 2017, at her home in Rio Rancho, NM, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and loved ones.

From the time Helen was a young girl in Marysville, Kansas, William and Lucy Corning instilled in her, and in her sisters and brother, that the truest riches in life are those we find in one another. She was raised in the Lutheran Church, and this foundation of Faith would shape the rest of life, both personally and professionally.

One night at a dance she


Obituary: George Maximillion Sarwinski Jan. 26, 2017

on February 4, 2017 - 4:32am


George Maximillion Sarwinski (spelled with “SKI” because no Polack can spell toboggan) passed away on January 26th, 2017 in Los Alamos, New Mexico at the young age of 90.

George was preceded in death by his parents, John and Veronica Sarwinski; siblings Ann Murphy, Sophie Sarwinski, Al Sarwinski, Veronica Williamson, Thaddeus Sarwinski, Ruth Ritmeyer, Irene Krakovsky, Frances Hughes, Stanley Sarwinski, Pauline Sarwinski and his grandson, Bobby Chi.


Obituary: Richard Frederick Farman Dec. 17, 1935 – Dec. 20, 2016

on February 2, 2017 - 11:01am


Richard Frederick Farman (Dick), 81, recently of Golden, CO, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.

He was born in Chicago, IL, on December 17, 1935, and graduated from Washington and Lee High School in Arlington, VA, in 1953.  He went on to Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy on Long Island where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering in 1958. After receiving that degree and spending a year at sea, he enrolled at the University of Maryland, in College Park. In 1965, he earned his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering.

Dick was


Obituary: Helen Mriz Mozden Aug. 2, 1926 – Jan. 16, 2017

on January 24, 2017 - 9:56am

Helen Mriz Mozden Aug. 2, 1926 – Jan. 16, 2017

Helen Mriz Mozden, 90, born August 2, 1926 in St. Clairsville, Ohio; died January 16, 2017 in Los Alamos, NM. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Michael Mriz and Marie "Mary" Santa; siblings Anna Grimes, Michael Mriz Jr., Mary Niehaus, John Mriz, and Will Mriz and her son-in-law Kent Whyte. She is survived by her daughter Helena Whyte, sister Margaret (Bill) Williams, grandchildren Stacey (Johnny) Castro and Kurt Whyte, great grandchildren Cristina Perez, Kristian Whyte and Jacob Castro, and many nieces, nephews and godchildren.



Obituary: Rebecca ‘Becky’ Johnson Sept. 18, 1950 – Dec. 29, 2016

on January 24, 2017 - 9:33am

REBECCA “BECKY” JOHNSON  Sept. 18, 1950 – Dec. 29, 2016

Rebecca “Becky” Johnson died on December 29, 2016 at the age of 66. She was born on September 18, 1950 in Lawrence, Kansas to her parents, William “Bill” Johnson and Delores Johnson who preceded her in death.

During her lifetime she lived in Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada, California and Arizona. She was a member of the last graduating class (1968) from Loretto Academy in Santa Fe, NM. Later she moved to Phoenix, AZ where she began her career as a nurse.


Obituary: Carolyn R. Bartos June 2, 1944 – Jan. 8, 2017

on January 18, 2017 - 2:29pm
June 2, 1944 Jan. 8, 2017
Carolyn R. Bartos, 72, a resident of White Rock since 1978 passed away January 8, 2017, from a brave and courageous fight with leukemia. Carolyn was born in Sewickley, Pa., on June 2, 1944 to Mary and Thomas Gayliardi Sr.
Carolyn worked as a pre-school teacher before ritiring. She enjoyed working in her garden and yard and her two dogs, Shila and KoKo.
Carolyn is survived by her husband of 54 years Jacob Bartos III; sons Jacob (Julie) Bartos IV, Timothy Bartos, and Alan Bartos; mother Mary Gayliardi and siblings Thomas (Marie)

Obituary: Warren Delano Houghteling Jan. 8, 2017

on January 15, 2017 - 7:29pm


Warren Delano Houghteling was someone who didn’t do small talk. He liked passion, honesty, and cared deeply. He had just attained the notable age of fifty when his heart succumbed. He died on Jan 8th, 2017, while he was exercising “the hounds”, enjoying a hike, one of the things he loved to do.

Warren was known for his love of theater, and in another life, he would have been a career actor. Instead he was a teacher, handyman, software developer, and computer programmer. His greatest job, challenge, and achievement was being a father.


Obituary: Ralph L. Phelps Jan. 8, 2017

on January 12, 2017 - 10:08pm

RALPH L. PHELPS Jan. 8, 2017

Ralph L. Phelps died on January 8, 2017, at age 71. He is survived by Linda H. Phelps, his wife of 44 years, and his children, Dr. Joshua Phelps of Ogden, Utah, and Jennifer Phelps of Boulder, Colorado.

Ralph was a nuclear engineer and spent his professional career in management and engineering for nuclear power plants in Connecticut, California and Nebraska. During this time he also served on numerous industry committees.

Even though originally from New York, Ralph was a bona fide New Mexican.