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Balog, Miriam - Los Alamos  
November 12, 1929-June 16, 2015 Sisu. If you are not of Finnish descent, this probably means nothing to you. If you look Sisu up on Google, you'll still have difficulty truly understanding it. However, if you knew Mim, you know what Sisu is. Miriam lived Sisu, day in and day out. From her early days leaving Wyoming to support the love of her life, George, to the rearing of four children, she instilled in them the same values of determination, bravery, resilience, perseverance, tenacity and honesty that she so heartily espoused. Family excursions all over the US and Canada were the norm during the summers, six people crammed into a little Shasta trailer, encouraging all not to be bound. Character and personality bloomed. At home, deep and abiding friendships grew in the small community of Los Alamos, with the Church providing the anchor. Even with the devastating diagnosis of Alzheimer's for George, Miriam drew on her spirit of Sisu, her fount of courage and determination despite the challenges, loving and caring for him until his dying breath. Generous to a fault, Mim gave and trusted unconditionally anyone who was in need (even Democrats she would add!) The basis of Sisu has been inherited by (in order of appearance) her children Susan (Bruce), Cindy, Mary Lynne (Terry), and John (Debbie); her grandchildren Justin (Haley), Patrick, Molly, Matthew, Jeffrey (Deirdre), Brittney, Kevin, Laura, Miquela; and even her great-grandchildren Colby and Reagan. How Mim's spirit will be manifested in each is already evidenced in her children and ever-presently budding in even the youngest generation. On June 16, with every drop of that inner Finnish resilience used up, Miriam peacefully slipped away to return once again to her beloved George.
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Published in Los Alamos Monitor on June 28, 2015
Brackbill, John - Los Alamos  
John F. Brackbill, age 42, died unexpectedly at his home in Colorado Springs. A welfare check requested by his sister found him deceased June 4. John is survived by his parents Jerry and Isabel Brackbill, his sister Lise and her husband Duane Barber, and their three children, Anneli, Craig and Neil, all of whom live in Portland, Oregon. A gathering in John's memory will be held on Tuesday, June 16 4 PM to 6PM, 1964 Juniper St, at the home of the Olingers, John was born May 8, 1973 in Los Alamos and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1991, attended the University of Montana, and earned a BA and MBA in Accounting at the University of New Mexico. He worked at many jobs in Los Alamos, including NAPA, Safeway, The Blue Window, and the Los Alamos National Bank. He worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 2000 to 2006, first as a Budget Analyst for the Materials Science and Technology, where he learned how much he enjoyed working with scientists and engineers, and then as a Weapons Production Accountant where he set up a cost accounting system from scratch that would meet DOE requirements. He left job security behind when he moved to the Northwest to be closer to family. He worked for high-tech companies, beginning with Pixelworks in Tualatin, OR, 2006 to 2007, for whom he traveled to Taiwan to train his replacement. He worked for Quantum Corporation in Bellevue, WA, 2008 to 2010, as a senior cost accountant. The Quantum he worked for was the product of a merger that didn't result in a merged accounting system. Quantum sent him to Shanghai, where he learned that his hosts thought fish eyeballs were a delicacy. With his marriage in 2010 to April Barrick, he moved back to New Mexico where he worked for the Presbyterian Health Plan and Sandia until 2013. His divorce from April, the loss of his job, and the difficulty in finding another wore him down. He found a new job in 2014 at DPIX in Colorado Springs, CO, where he lived until his death. John loved to camp in the Jemez with his friends. His favorite activity was 4-wheeling with his dog by his side. He fished, but he couldn't eat fish. He hunted ducks and grouse, even after a terrible hunting accident that cost him an eye, but it left him with a strong reluctance to wound an animal. He joined the Jemez Springs Volunteer Fire and Rescue and endured the physical training, but never actually found an assembly point. He was a formidable Bananagrams player. The longer and more obscure the word, the better pleased he was. John fought a lonely battle with alcoholism that he hid from his family. It cost him his life in the end.
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Published in Los Alamos Monitor on June 16, 2015
Chavez, Mitchell Paul - Los Alamos  
Our beloved Mitchell Paul Chavez was called home on the evening of Tuesday, June 16th after battling the complications of gall bladder surgery for several weeks. Mitch is survived by his parents, Pascual and Margaret Chavez, younger siblings Annette, Mark, Stephanie, James, Francesca and Stephen, his son Anthony Chavez and daughter Brittany Chavez, grandchildren Monique, Winter and Jayla, brother-in-law Kendal Giles, nieces and nephews Jason, Andrea, Marcello, Ryan, Nicole, Vanessa, Michaela, Gabriel, Dylan and Sophia and countless other friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his younger brother Nicholas Thomas Chavez, infant sister Mary Ellen Chavez and brother-in-law Joe Chavez. In his final days at Christus St. Vincent Hospital, he was blessed to be surrounded by those who love him and his finest qualities shown through to the very end as he was able to selflessly give his gift of laughter to his family during their most difficult moments. Mitch was born in Los Alamos Medical Center on July 10th, 1949. He was a lifelong resident of Los Alamos and a graduate of Los Alamos High School. He received his Bachelors in Education from Highland University, then went on to become a High School teacher in Pojoaque, NM. Mitch always greeted his father with the endearing term 'Pop' and his mother with a loving kiss. He will be remembered with a smile on his face and amusement in his heart because he enjoyed making others laugh through his boundless wit and endless repertoire of jokes. He was a great dancer and a snazzy dresser. He enjoyed sharing his grace with others throughout his entire life. He loved history, politics, photography and philosophy. He helped to inspire his youngest brother, Stephen, to become a teacher and modeled professional attire by showing up to class in a suit and polished leather shoes with briefcase in hand. His sister Francesca will always cherish special memories of learning to tie her shoes with his loving guidance. James will never forget the time when Mitch was a passenger in his vehicle and got angry when he passed a hitchhiker, making him turn around to pick him up stating, "do you know how many times I've stood at the side of the road with my thumb out?" Mitch was a strong advocate of the underdog. He shared the pain (most recently) and elation of being a Dallas Cowboy fan with his younger brother Mark and they always discussed their prospects for the playoffs at Thanksgiving dinner. Stephanie will always remember how he addressed himself as her big brother. During the three years he helped to take care of their parents, they were able to spend time together and share many cherished talks. Mitch would listen intently as she shared her relationship with god and he would say, "I believe you sis." Mitch instilled a love of music and dance in his sister Annette and she has fond memories of borrowing his colorful 31'' X 36'' bell bottoms so that she could be like her big brother. He never knew if it was a blessing or a big inconvenience that they wore the same size. Over the last several years he was able to help care for his aging parents and spend quality time with his grandchildren. Services will be held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 3700 Canyon Road, Los Alamos, NM, on Tuesday, June 30th at 10:00 am. This was his childhood church where Mitch spent the last few years of his life rediscovering the love and support he received from the faith his parents had instilled in him from an early age. A reception will follow immediately after the services in the Parrish Hall next to the church. At his request, his ashes will be spread in the Jemez Mountains, where he shared many special moments with family and friends.
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Published in Los Alamos Monitor on June 28, 2015
Dye, Amberly Rose - Los Alamos  
Amberly Rose Dye, 20, went to be with The Lord on June 27, 2015. Everyone that knew her will miss her beauty, smile and generosity of spirit. Amber is survived by her mother Denise Ewy (Gary), her father David N. Dye (Dawn), her fiance Dustin Nelson, her brothers Weston and Dustin Dye, her grandparents Joyce and Jim Ross, Janis and Neal Dye. Several aunts, uncles, cousins and so many friends to personally mention them all. Cremation has already taken place by Rivera Family Funerals of Santa Fe. A memorial to follow will be announced at a later date. A memorial fund has been set up by the family to help cover Amberly's final expenses at: Zia Credit Union PO Box 490 Los Alamos NM 87544. Please make donations for Amberly to account number 122733. The family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers, thoughtfulness and generosity at this difficult time. May God bless you all.
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Published in Los Alamos Monitor on July 1, 2015
Ettinger, Linda - Los Alamos  
Linda Ettinger, daughter of June and Harry Ettinger, was born in Washington, DC on June 16, 1960 and moved to Los Alamos, NM with her family at the age of 1 where she lived most of her life. Linda passed away at Promise Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT on June 11, 2015, just shy of her 55th birthday. After graduating from Los Alamos High School, Linda attended UC Santa Barbara and received a Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She later obtained a Master's degree from the University of New Mexico in Audiology. After a short time working as an audiologist in Boise ID, Linda returned to Los Alamos to pursue a change in career. She studied computer technology at UNM-LA, obtained an Associate's degree, and began working as a computer technician at LANL. Later, she provided computer support for X Division where she worked until earlier this year. In March 2015, Linda travelled to the University of Utah Hospital for a high-risk heart valve replacement surgery. Unfortunately, she died in Salt Lake City as a result of complications related to her surgery. Linda was preceded in death by her mother, June Ettinger. She is survived by her best friend, Phil Garcia, her brother Steven Ettinger (sister-in-law Lainie, nieces Madeline and Grace), brother Robert Ettinger (sister-in-law Karen), and her father Harry Ettinger. Linda was a wonderful person who was taken from all of us much too soon. She was loved by her many friends and highly respected by her colleagues at LANL. Outside of work, Linda had a wide range of passions ranging from reading, movies, cooking, and various crafts. She expressed her creativity through scrapbooking, stitchery, and jewelry making. Her stitching, jewelry designs and creations were outstanding. Most of all, Linda loved people and animals - and they loved her back. She was always there to help people in a deep and caring way. Linda will be missed by many. She will be interred at Guaje Pines Cemetery (Los Alamos) on Fri. June 26, with services starting at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Los Alamos Friend s of the Shelter PO Box 455 Los Alamos NM, 87544.
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Published in Los Alamos Monitor on June 21, 2015
Johnson, Michael F. - Los Alamos  
Michael F. Johnson, 59, of Los Alamos, NM, passed away on June 19, 2015 in Santa Fe, NM from complications from chemotherapy. Born on March 10, 1956 in Ogden, UT to Ralph Grange Johnson Jr. and Athleen Folger. Michael served an LDS mission in the Michigan, Lansing mission. He married Connie Leone Blair on July 12, 1979 in the Salt Lake Temple. Michael and Connie lived in Layton, UT, Wickenburg, AZ, eventually settling in Los Alamos, NM. Michael owned Johnson Brothers Electric with his brother LeGrand. A dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Michael held callings throughout his life, most recently on the High Council in the Santa Fe Stake. Michael is survived by his wife Connie, their children: Kimberly, Jamie (Taylor Cardon), Timothy (Heidi), Shelli (Kent Nyland), Heather (Michael Leavenworth), and Katherine; grandchildren: Diego, Nylie, Michael & Brian Cardon, Hyrum, Isaac, Lydia & Skyler Johnson and Thomas Leavenworth; siblings: Darrel (Judy), Diane, Athleen (Bill Moss), Ralph (Gail), and LeGrand. Services will be held on June 25, 2015 at the LDS chapel in Los Alamos, 1967 18th St, Los Alamos, NM 87544, with a viewing from 9-10:30 am and funeral to follow at 11am. Michael will be laid to rest at the Guaje Pines Cemetery in Los Alamos, NM.
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Published in Los Alamos Monitor on June 24, 2015
Macmann, Wilberta B. - Los Alamos  
Wilberta B. Macmann died Tuesday morning June 23, 2015 at Sombrillo Nursing & Rehabilitation Center due to several physical illnesses, some old and some new. She was born in West Virginia on October 11, 1922 but was raised mostly in Akron, OH. She met and married her husband Edward N. Macmann in July 1943 in Barberton, OH, followed him to Oak Ridge, TN when he was in the military service there, and then to Los Alamos where he was transferred in November 1945. She and husband have stayed in Los Alamos and raised two boys, N. Lloyd Macman and Michael Edward Macmann. As the boys grew she served as Room Mother at Aspen School, Den Mother in Scouts, Chapperone on the bus to a school football game, and taught Sunday School at the United Church of Los Alamos. In later years she served on boards of the Red Cross, the Historical Society, United Fund, and the Hospital Auxiliary which she was also president one time. For several years she typed, mimeographed, and mailed the monthly newsletter to all the families of the United Church before the process was taken over commercialy, all while working full time doing secretarial work at Cumbres Junior High School which she did for 12 years. She has helped at many Blood Mobiles. For 4 years she was the secretary for the athletic director of the Los Alamos High School. Her last several years were devoted to working at the Thrift Shop at the United Church of Los Alamos. She is survived by her husband Edward and her two sons Lloyd Macmann (Linda)and Michael Macmann (Rachel). Her cremated ashes will be placed in the United Church's Columbarium and a memorial service will be held at the United Church of Los Alamos at 1:00 pm Saturday July 25th, 2015 with reception to follow.
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Published in Los Alamos Monitor on June 28, 2015
Temple, Walter - Orange  
Walter Temple, age 72, of Orange, Massachusetts, formerly of Westborough, Massachusetts, died peacefully at home on June 2, 2015 after a lengthy illness. Son of Gordon and Lillian (Pocknett) Temple, Walter was a third generation "townie" having been born and raised in Westborough. He was a member of the Westborough High School Class of 1959. Walter was a proud member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gayhead (Aquinnah). Walter was a hardworking man. He began his life-long career in carpentry and building under the apprenticeship of John Day at the age of 16 years old. Over the decades, Walter worked in building and construction; he owned his own company, Temple Carpentry. Walter always felt lucky to get to do what he loved for a living. Walter and his wife lived in Los Alamos, New Mexico from 1996 until 2011, when they decided to return home to Massachusetts. Walter sang with the Westborough 250th Anniversary Chorus; participated in the 1976 American Bicentennial Re-enactment; and was a long-time friend of Bill's. When he was a member of the Congregational Church of Westborough, he served as a trustee. Walter liked to go bass fishing and spent much time in the canoe on Suasco with his buddy, Norm. Walter also enjoyed music of all kinds, especially classical music. He was an aviation enthusiast with particular interest in military aircraft. Walter felt his greatest achievement was his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Penelope (Clark) Temple of Orange, MA, as well as his daughters: Deborah (Jon) Lukey of Westborough, MA; Carol Temple of Orange, MA; Sheila (Wayne) Spaulding of Gig Harbor, WA; Victoria (Matthew) Brogan of Eden Prairie, MN; and his step-son, Dr. Ralph F. "Chip" Hinde (Michele) of Omaha, NE. He was a loving grandfather to seven grandchildren: Timothy (Rebecca) Chandler, Sydney Chandler, Tess Lukey, Christopher Hinde, Brin Hinde, Katherine Brogan and William Brogan. He was excited that he recently became a great-grandfather to Karma-Lita Chandler. Walter was also a caring and supportive uncle to his nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings: brother, Carl E. Temple, and sister, Patricia (Hart) Bleyley. Calling hours will be held at Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough, on Friday, July 10, 2015 from 6-8 pm. A traditional Wampanoag burial will be held graveside at Pine Grove Cemetery on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 11 am. Walter asked that in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Special Olympics of Nebraska and please note "Team DiVentures Aquatics" in the memo line: Special Olympics of Nebraska; 9427 F Street, Omaha, NE 68127. westboroughfuneralhome.com
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Published in Los Alamos Monitor on July 5, 2015
Vergamini, Anthony James - Santa Fe  
Anthony Vergamini, age 48, entered into eternal life unexpectedly on May 17, 2015 at his home in Indialantic, FL. Tony was born on October 8, 1966 in Minneapolis, MN to Phillip Vergamini and Peggy Gautier. He moved to Los Alamos, NM in 1971 where he attended Aspen and Cumbres schools and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1984. Tony worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder where he received a BA in physics in 1989 and a MS degree in electrical engineering in 1991. After graduation, he took a position with NOAA at the university. Tony relocated to Florida in 1997 to work for the Harris Corporation where he spent the majority of his working years, garnered patents and many awards and earned the respect of his fellow workers. Tony was known for his loving and generous spirit, especially towards his family, friends and co-workers. He had a love of music and played his guitar with many musical friends. Tony is survived by his life mate, Rebecca Kehoe, his mother Peggy Gautier and stepfather Jim Gautier, his father Phillip Vergamini and stepmother Nora Haskins, his brother Terry Vergamini, stepbrothers Cort Gautier and Gile Haskins, stepsister Jenalyn Gautier, many family members, and wonderful friends and co-workers. A memorial service was held at Brownlie - Maxwell Chapel on May 23, 2015 in Melbourne, Florida. Memorials may be sent to Los Amigos de Valles Caldera or the charity of your choice.
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Published in Los Alamos Monitor on June 21, 2015
Williams, Edith Katherine - Ventura  
Edith Katherine Williams, 87, passed away on Mother's day, May 10, 2015 at her home in Aegis Living, Ventura, California. She was surrounded by her loving children. Edith was born on August 29, 1927 in Bonham, Texas. Her parents were Elizabeth Pearl Fox Smith and Mosey Jack Smith. Her beloved grandmother was Ida Elizabeth Fox. Her father and mother owned a wonderful grocery store that served the community of Bonham,Texas. Edith's children all have many fond memories of Granddaddy's store. Edith had 5 siblings; Ray Smith, Helen Smith, Betty Jane Smith Zimmerman and Dorman (Buddy) Smith. They were a close knit family all of their lives. Edith was the last remaining member of that immediate family. Edith is survived by daughters Elizabeth Lynn Caporuscio and her husband Harry of Oxnard, California, Virginia Lea Williams Earl of Albuquerque, NM, Janet Ellen Williams Hyatt and her husband Roger Hyatt of Waynesville, North Carolina, Travis Tyree Williams and his wife Susan Williams of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Wesley Marlin Williams and his wife Christine Williams of Athens, Texas. Edith and Travis had lots of beautiful grandchildren, including Samantha Lynn Williams-Earl, Katherine Helen Williams-Earl, Dylan Richards, Cassidy Richards, Shawn Williams, Jack Williams, Bradley Williams, Abigail Williams, Justin Williams and Sarah Ann Voorhis. They also have a great-grandbaby Travis Williams. Edith, Travis and kids lived in Los Alamos since 1957, where our father Travis worked at Omega Site. Daddy passed away in 2006. Edith was active in many aspects of the community, including PTA, brownies and Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, golfing, bowling, the Cancer Society and so many more. She considered Los Alamos her home, and loved raising her family there. We know that many Los Alamos residents remember our wonderful mother. A celebration of her life was held at the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens in the South Ramada at 11 am on June 21, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alhzheimer's Association.
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Published in Los Alamos Monitor on June 25, 2015
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