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Obituaries

  • Ron Rivera

    Mr. Ron Rivera,  53,  of Los Alamos died peacefully on Wednesday in Santa Fe.
    He was born in Las Vegas. N.M. to Manuel and Mary Rivera in 1958. He attended Mesa School, Pueblo Jr. High and graduated from Los Alamos High School — class of 1976. He worked at The Animal Humane Society in Albuquerque and attended and graduated from Albuquerque Beauty College. He opened Ron’s Hair Studio in Los Alamos, then later “Images by Ron” for more than 20 years.

  • Mary Barela

    Mary F. Barela, 77, a resident of Albuquerque for eight years and a former resident of Chimayó, passed away Wednesday.
    She is survived by her daughter Veronica C. Apodaca (Lawrence); son Jack A. Barela; granddaughter Monique N. Apodaca — all of Albuquerque; grandsons Anthony Barela (Kim) of Boulder, Colo.; Chris F. Barela (Gabby) of Santa Fe; great-granddaughters Faith Kateri and Keirgan; sisters Maria Cora Gibson (William) of Los Alamos; Veronica Ortiz of El Rito; and brother Andrew Jose Ortiz of La Jara, Colo. Mrs. Barela was preceded in death by her husband Crestino F. Barela; daughter Angelina Elizabeth Barela; her first husband Henry C. Kahl, parents and 10 brothers and sisters.

  • Melvin Hayes

    Melvin R. Hayes, longtime resident of Los Alamos passed away peacefully in Los Lunas on Nov.  29.
    Mel was born in Mountain View, Okla. on April 8, 1921 and moved to Belen as a young child. Mel and his wife Peg and son Kim moved to Los Alamos on Jan. 1, 1962, coming up the front road in a snow storm. Mel and his brother Roy owned Hayes Jewelers, first located in the community center, then moved to Central Avenue Shopping Center. After Roy retired, Mel continued for many more years as the sole owner of Hayes Jewelers.

  • Anthony Porto

    Anthony (Tony) Porto died on Dec. 4, 2011.  
    He was born in Yonkers, N.Y. on Nov. 1, 1917 to Immaculata and Dominic Porto. Tony served aboard the aircraft carrier Saginaw Bay as a naval photographer during the last five invasions in the South Pacific during WWII. After military service, he attended Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., receiving his degree in mechanical engineering in 1950.
    In January 1944, he married Bernice Hardey. In 1950 Tony and Bernice moved to Shreveport, La. where Tony began employment at Texas Eastern Pipeline Corporation. In 1956, Tony became a staff member of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and project engineer for the W76 Navy submarine program.  He retired from LANL in 1981.

  • Tom Seitz

    Tom Seitz moved to Los Alamos with his wife Barbara and his children in 1959 to work at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. His life with his family included camping and boating and involved many weekends spent at Conchas Lake with family and friends. One of his great joys in life was his dogs, especially a Shetland sheepdog named Mike. He was a regular participant of the show ring as a winning competitor, and later as judge. He was an early member of the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club.  

  • John Gardner

    John G. Gardner, 89, passed away in his home Dec. 1 after a long illness.
    He was born in Norwell, Mass. on Dec. 19, 1921 to Bertrand S. Gardner and Martha M. Wolfendale. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was married to J. Virginia Krebs in Albuquerque on March 22, 1946. He worked in the power plant at the Potash Company of America near Carlsbad until 1958 when the family moved to Los Alamos. He worked in the power plant (TA-3) until 1986 when he retired as power plant superintendent.

  • Perry Gray

    September 24, 1952 - November 9, 2011
    Perry Clayton Gray, Ph.D. passed away unexpectedly Nov. 9, 2011 in Fairfax, Va. and leaves behind many bereaved friends and family members.
    Perry was born Sept.  24, 1952 and grew up in Redwood City, Calif., on the San Francisco Peninsula. He graduated from Woodside High School in 1971 and attended the University of California at San Diego where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. He earned a master’s degree in plasma physics at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and then worked for the Physics Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He then attended Dartmouth College where he earned his doctorate in plasma physics.

  • Scott A. Ekberg

    Memorial services for Scott A. Ekberg, 57, of rural Bayard will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Commuity Bible Church, Bayard, Neb. with Brad Khlthau officiating. He died at home of cancer on Nov. 15. Private burial has taken place. A memorial fund has been established to Community Bible Church.

  • Gerald Langner

    Deacon Gerald Conrad Langner, loving husband, father and best friend, passed away suddenly Nov. 13, 2011. 
    Jerry was born Feb. 13, 1944 in Austin, Minn. He spent most of his childhood on the family dairy farm outside Holdingford, Minnesota.  Jerry always loved science and attained a Bachelors degree in physics from St. John’s College in Collegeville, Minn. and a Masters degree in physics from North Dakota State University. Jerry used his science expertise working for the Navy in Oxnard, Calif. and EG&G, Inc. both in Albuquerque and Los Alamos – before settling down to a 30 year career at Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

  • Carol Relyea

    Carol Jo Stroope Relyea, 61, died Nov. 11, 2011, with her family by her side in Los Alamos.
    A memorial service will be held on Nov. 18, 10 a.m. at Pueblo Gym, Los Alamos, followed by a graveside service at Guaje Pines Cemetary.
    She was born May 21, 1950, in Aline, Okla. to Henry and Marian Stroope. She graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1968. After graduation, Carol moved to Gallup where she worked for the schools.  In 1996, she returned to her true home, Los Alamos and joined the LAPS family for over 15 years.  Carol touched many lives and will be truly missed.