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Obituaries

  • Bill Jack Rodgers

    Former Los Alamos resident Bill Jack Rodgers died Dec. 13 with his family by his side, after a long battle with lung cancer and COPD.  He was 84 years old.
    Bill Jack was an only child born in Des Moines, Iowa to Ethel and William J. Rodgers. As a young child his family moved to Iowa City, Iowa.  His parents divorced and he was raised by his mother and grandmother, graduating from Iowa City High School in 1945. His mother was later remarried to Fred Dolezal of Iowa City.

  • Delores Earl

    December 1, 1922 – May 23, 2011
    A memorial service for Delores (Dee) Earl will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 29, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3700 Canyon Road.  Delores was a Los Alamos resident for more than 45 years, spending her last seven years in Bellevue, Wash.  We invite all who wish to celebrate her life with us. Her ashes will be interred in Santa Fe National Cemetery with her husband Joseph.

     

  • Cecilia Olivas

    Cecilia L. Olivas, 61, a resident of Sombrillo, passed away on Dec. 19.
    Cecilia earned a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University and worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as chief of staff of the Directors Office.
    She was preceded in death by her father Antonio E. Quintana; uncles Senobio and Mike Quintana; and niece Connie Quintana. She is survived by her husband Frank B.M. Olivas; son Don Olivas (Cindy); mother Erminia Quintana all of Sombrillo; sister Patsy Sandoval (Levi) of El Rancho; brothers Robert L. Quintana (Phyllis) of Sombrillo, Leroy Quintana and (Carolyn) of Las Cruces; and many nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends.

  • Helen Washburn

    Helen J. Washburn, 79, a resident of Los Alamos, passed peacefully from her earthly home to her Heavenly home on Dec. 17. She was preceded in death by her parents Emmett and Anna (Scheerens) Johnson and brother Paul Johnson.  

  • Phyllis Warren

    Phyllis “June” Warren, 73, passed away Dec. 13 after a long and brave battle with cancer.
    June was born Phyllis June Bloss in Cumberland, Md. She grew up poor but had a very rich and fulfilling life. The youngest of seven children, she did well in school, was an avid reader and with the encouragement of her older brother Earl, was able to gain entry to the University of Maryland where she studied art history.
    At the University of Maryland, June met her future husband John, a physics graduate student. The two were married in 1958 and have been devotedly together ever since.  

  • Mary Sanchez

    Mary Patricia Sanchez, 52, a resident of White Rock, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday.
    She was born in Fairfield, Calif.,  on May 18, 1959. She enjoyed working in the home healthcare field. She had a passion for the outdoors, music and showed a lot of supporting love for her family and friends. Mary held her ground and accepted everyone for who they were. Her laugh and smile were contagious. Mary was preceded in death by her father Francis Joseph Katko, best friend Lonnie Sale and ex-husband Andres Sanchez.

  • John Smith

    John David (J.D.) Smith, 73, a resident of Arroyo Seco, passed away suddenly in his bed on Dec. 10. 
    J.D. was born on Dec. 31, 1938 in Salina, Kan. but grew up in Denver, Colo. He graduated from South High in Denver in 1957 and in 1961 he joined the Air Force and served his country until 1964. He was a mechanical designer for Los Alamos National Laboratory and worked on many projects. J.D. loved classical music and working in his metal workshop. He was also a man with a gentle spirit especially to stray or hurt animals. The lives of numerous dogs and cats were touched by his generosity and kindness. 

  • Stuart Kerr

    Stuart B. Kerr, 51, passed away on Dec. 10.  Stuart was born on April 22, 1960 in Espanola.
    Stuart grew up in Los Alamos and after graduating from Los Alamos High School in 1978, he moved to Colorado to attend Denver Automotive. After receiving his certificate, he returned to Los Alamos where he worked as the service manager for Metzger’s in White Rock. After many years with Metzger’s, he worked a couple of years with the local cable company before landing his ideal job as a lineman with Los Alamos County.  For 10 years he looked forward to going to work until his health forced him to leave the job he loved.

  • Colette Dugan

    Colette Agnes Walsh Dugan, 88, passed away Dec. 11 with her youngest daughter and son-in-law at her side. Colette was born in Chicago, Ill. She is preceded in death by her husband Paul Morgan Dugan; her two sisters Elaine Walsh Hamilton (James Drier) and Marie Walsh Kinsella (Paul William); and her brother David Lloyd Walsh (Donna Riley).
    Colette loved growing up in Chicago surrounded by siblings, aunts, uncles and many cousins.

  • Ralph Wagner

    Ralph Jacob Wagner, 81, of Los Alamos, died peacefully on Dec. 10, 2011 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.
    He was born in Little Falls, N.Y. to the late Anna and Paul Wagner. He is survived by his companion, Lilia Holcomb, “the love of his life” with whom he lived; daughter Amanda Wagner McDonald (Brian); son Robert Jay Wagner (Evelyn); brother Walter Wagner; two grandchildren Tristan & Sarah McDonald; one niece; and many other relatives and friends.
    Ralph graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology. He worked for Shell Oil and Amoco Oil and retired in 1984. He then opened a Laundromat in Houston and opened the Health Food Shop in Los Alamos from 1994 to 1998.