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O'Neil, Mogi Kinsey  
MOGI KINSEY O'NEIL Mogi Kinsey O'Neil passed away on March 11, 2015. Mogi was born in 1921 in DeFuniak Springs, Florida and was descended from an early Florida pioneer family. She grew up in Miami and attended Monteverde Academy and Miami Sr. High School. She and her husband Captain V. Patrick (Red) O'Neil had lived in Key Largo since 1966 when Red retired from his 30 year U.S. Naval career. "Red" passed away in 2004. Mogi's son, Patrick, died in 1997. She is survived by her daughter, Mogi O'Neil Hogle and her husband Dick, of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She leaves three grandsons, Patrick, Ian and Brian and 7 great grandchildren. Mogi was buried with her family in the Kinsey family Cemetery in Monticello, Florida with, at her request, no services. In her honor, please adopt a homeless animal or plant a native tree rather than send flowers.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 25, 2015
Padilla, Antionette L. "Non" (In Memoriam)  
ANTIONETTE L. (NON) PADILLA 3/29/1971~8/17/2009 HAPPY BIRTHDAY Our beautiful Daughter, Sister, Aunt. We thought of you today, but that's nothing new. We thought about you yesterday and days before that too. We think of you in silence, we always speak your name. All we have are memories and your picture in many frames. Your memory is our keepsake from which we will never part. God has you in His arms, and we all have you in our hearts. We love and miss you everyday!!
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 29, 2015
Pederson, Thomas William  
THOMAS WILLIAM PEDERSON Thomas William Pederson, 55, much loved husband, son, brother, and co-worker died suddenly of apparent heart complications Monday morning, March 16, 2015. A native of Michigan, he attended the University of Michigan, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. in City Planning. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania and started the Cartographic Modeling Laboratory there. He moved to Santa Fe in 2005 and practiced planning at the firm Atkin Olshin Schade Architects using his knowledge of geographic information systems for advanced analysis of topography and site conditions. A great contribution to the practice was the development of preservation education programs for tribal youth that integrated with the firm's planning efforts at Ohkay Owingeh, Santo Domingo Pueblo, and Fort Apache. He came to have a deep love of the landscape of the Southwest and recorded a memorable raft journey down the Colorado River with more than 900 photographs. Tom was also a passionate lover of dogs, including Blenheim, Corey, and Apache. He is survived by his husband, Tony Atkin, whom he married in 2013; his mother Suzie; siblings Suzanne, Lisa, and Chip; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. Admired and loved by all who knew him, Tom will be greatly missed. A memorial celebration of Tom's life will be held at a later time. His family and friends will be planting a tree in Tom's honor on his property in Western Santa Fe. Donations in Tom's honor can be made to the Community Based Education (CBE) Memorial Student Account at the Santa Fe Indian School. Please contact Eric Olson at the school at (505) 216-7311 for giving information.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 22, 2015
Perea, Joseph T.  
JOSEPH T. PEREA 11/26/52~03/09/15 Joseph was called home to be with the Lord on March 9, 2015. He is preceeded in death by his loving wife Virginia Perea of 43 years and his parents Cayetano and Ramona Perea. Joseph was a loving husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. He was born and raised in Santa Fe and grew-up in La Cienega. He was a welder and worked for the City of Santa Fe for many years. Joe had a big heart and was very giving person, he enjoyed his life to the fullest. He is survived by his daughters; Cynthia Perea (Daniel Martinez), Crystal (Jose Lovato), Marsha (Gustavo Perez), grandchildren; Adrianna, Luis Jr., Estevan, Natalia and Danielle, and Great grandchild, Rianna, Brothers; Daniel, Alex, and Robert Perea, Sisters; Frances Perea and Maria Lopez, and many neices, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Services for Joseph will be on Tuesday March 24th at San Jose Church in La Cienega at 11:00 a.m.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 22, 2015
Pierotti, Lou  
LOU PIEROTTI Lou Pierotti, a long-time resident and Living Treasure of Los Alamos, NM has died. Lou will be remembered as a man of character, loving husband and father, prominent local businessman, coach and mentor of young people and for his athletic accomplishments. He is especially renowned for the creation of the Pierotti's Clowns 5-man softball team, a Los Alamos institution since 1953. Lou, age 94, passed away quietly on March 21, 2015, surrounded by his loving children. Born Luigi Gustavo Pierotti on June 7, 1920, in a rural community near Walsenburg, CO. Lou was orphaned by the age of six due to the early death of his Italian immigrant parents, Pietro Pierotti and Angelina Lami. He was the youngest of six children, and was raised by his older brothers and sisters. Lou enlisted in the Army in 1942 and completed his basic training at Camp Cook, Lompoc, CA. He transferred to the Army Air Corps as a sergeant first stationed at Lowry Air Base in Denver, CO and then in Panama until his discharge as a staff sergeant at the end of World War II. In 1944, while still in the service, Lou married Lee Ruffini at the Lowry Air Base. Lou and Lee moved to Los Alamos, NM, in 1951, becoming prominent merchants with the establishment of Pierotti's Soda Bar in the Community Center until 1965 and Pierotti's Los Alamos Flowers and Gifts on Central Avenue, until their retirement in 1985. Lou's athletic prowess included baseball, softball, track and field, boxing, billiards, bowling, and golf. While in the service he won the mile representing the United States in an international track meet in Canada, played in the National Baseball Congress Summer Series in Omaha, NB and signed a contract to play with the Balboa Brewers in Panama. Later he was offered contacts with the St. Louis Browns and the Brooklyn Dodgers. As the contracts in those days only paid $150 per month plus expenses, he turned all of them down in favor of returning to Walsenburg to raise his family. Subsequently he participated in 3 international softball tournaments playing in a total of 10 games. Although Lou's first love was baseball, he has been known to say that had he discovered golf before the age of 40, golf could have been his chosen sport. On the golf course, he won the Los Alamos Senior Championship 6 years in a row, set the course record of 66 for seniors and shot his age 6 times from the age of 69 to 74. Lou is most celebrated as the founder and star of the Pierotti's Clowns, the only 5-man softball team in the nation. Lou and the other players dressed in brightly colored uniforms and dabbed their faces with greasepaint for the games. They played throughout the Southwest between 1953 and 1977, raising money for charity. With Lou as the ring leader the team's antics were legendary, from having the team field with trash can lids instead of gloves to Lou pulling all the fielders out of their positions into an impromptu dice game next to the pitcher's mound, leaving only the pitcher, catcher and an 8 year old first baseman to finish the inning. Despite the clowning all the games were played by the rules and the team won 90% of their games against regular 9-man teams, including three games against the Albuquerque Dukes (now the Isotopes) winning one and tying twice. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Kiwanis International, the Clowns raised over $200,000 for charity (more than $2,000,000 in today's dollars) selling tickets for as little as 25 cents. The Clowns were literally the "Goodwill Ambassadors of Los Alamos." Lou would often say "If the Clown's had played to make money and we had many offers to go pro we would have probably been in lots of trouble. But we've never had so much as a flat tire and I think playing for charity had God looking out for us." Lou loved Los Alamos. He was proud to serve with other community and laboratory leaders on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Los Alamos, Mountain Community Bank, the Los Alamos Medical Center, Sombrillo Nursing Center, and Aspen Ridge Assisted Living. He was the first honorary life member of Kiwanis International, an honorary member and director of the New Mexico Seniors Golf Association, and on the Board of Directors of the Northern New Mexico Seniors Golf Association. Lou was also a dedicated family man and devout Catholic. His care for his wife Lee until her death last year was a labor of love, and an inspiration to all who knew him. The two of them were partners in every aspect of their lives from working and playing side by side to raising their five children. One hallmark of their relationship was their love of laughter. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in June 2014. Lou is survived by his brother Steve Pierotti (98) of Walsenburg, CO; his children Michael Pierotti (wife Patricia) of Las Vegas, NV; Marilee Pierotti Lau of San Francisco, CA; Lew Pierotti (wife Ruth) of Columbus, OH; Dr. David Pierotti of Flagstaff, AZ; and Peter Pierotti (wife Dinah) of Albuquerque, NM; seven grandchildren, Lisa, Michael Jr. (wife Stephanie), Jason, Stephanie, Jessica, Philip and Caroline; two great grandchildren, Christopher and Briana; several nieces and nephews, and many family members and friends. He is predeceased by his sisters Julia Supancic and Virginia Bartalussi, his brothers Albert and Mack, and Marilee's husband Chuck who was also Lou's Godson. Family and friends are invited to attend a Rosary, Thursday March 26, at 7:30 pm and a Funeral Mass, Friday March 27, at 10:00 a.m., both at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos. Interment for both Lou and Lee will be at Guaje Pines on March 27, at 2:30 p.m. Condolences and memories of Lou can be provided by visiting www.devargasfuneral.com . In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Lou's name to the Sanctuary at the Canyon's Edge (Hospice House) 2202 Canyon Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 25, 2015
Rodriguez, Eugene T. (In Memoriam)  
EUGENE T. RODRIGUEZ To Eugene T. Rodriguez, on your one year memorial. A husband, father, brother, son, friend and our angel. Your passing remains a heartbreak, a life change for us which has provoked the deepest levels of sadness and our own inner strength. We are building lives you would be proud of, we are coming together in unity to be the best family we can be. We miss you- your smile, your wit and your ability to always make us feel safe. We love you dearly and pray you have found the serenity and peace such a brave man deserves. "In the end, I finally figured out I had everything for happiness-right here."
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 23, 2015
Romero, Joe A.  
JOE A. ROMERO Joe A. Romero passed away on March 10, 2015 after a short illness. He was born in Vadito, New Mexico in January of 1922. He was the only surviving child of Enrique and Patricia Romero as his sister, Barbarita, died in infancy. Enrique moved the family from Vadito to Nambe in 1929. He was a graduate of Pojoaque High School. Joe met Ruby Romero in high school. They were married and had three children: Orlando, John, and Maria Elena. Joe enlisted in the Navy in 1943. He served on a destroyer and participated in nine naval battles in the Pacific. After the war, Joe enlisted in machinist classes at Highlands University. Upon graduation from Highlands, he worked as a machinist in many parts of the western parts of the country. Joe was separated from his wife in 1956, but he reunited with her and the children in 1967. He lovingly cared for his wife when she was diagnosed with cancer in 1968. Ruby passed away in August of 1969. Joe was a resident of Pacifica Rosemont Assisted Living since 2005. He was expertly cared for at Rosemont and the family is grateful to them. Beside the three children, Joe is survived by five grandchildren; Carlota, Orlando, Enrique, Gregory, and Amelia; and five great grandchildren. A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Nambe on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 11 am. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 pm. Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505) 989-7032 Fax: (505) 820-0435 santafefuneraloption.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 20, 2015
Russel, John Robert  
JOHN ROBERT RUSSEL John Robert Russel, 71, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born in Portland, Maine and educated at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME, earning his M.D. at McGill University in Montreal. He did his pathology residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. After serving nine years in the Army, he received an honorable discharge and worked in private practice in San Antonio, Texas through 2012, passionately serving many rural south Texas communities. He married his soulmate, Wendy Bowman, in December, 1986 and they spent the next 29 years making beautiful music together. Wendy and John were active in the congregations and choirs of Abiding Presence ELCA, San Antonio, Coker UMC, San Antonio, FUMC Boerne, TX, St. John's UMC, Santa Fe, NM. John was an avid barbershop tenor, singing in the San Antonio Chordsmen, Heart of Texas Chorus in San Marcos, TX, Duke City Sound in Albuquerque, NM, and many quartets. He and Wendy shared a love of hiking and spent many wonderful weeks with their children and nieces hiking mountains, canyons and valleys across the globe. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was preceded in death by his father John Conrad, mother Hila vandenBosch, and son William Robert. John is survived by his beloved wife, Wendy Bowman Russel, children Heather (Atlanta), Jonathon, wife Susan, grandchildren Abby and Graham (Green Bay), Justin (Fort Worth), Luke, wife Sacha and granddaughter Mackenzie (Lake Charles), brother James and wife Deborah (Connecticut), nephews Matthew, and Andrew and wife Beth, sister in law Cindy Herndon and husband Rick (MD) and nieces Julie and Meredith. John's music-filled Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, March 29th, at 2:00 PM at St. John's UMC, 1200 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Music Outreach Program (St. John's UMC) and to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). Arrangements are being made by Berardinelli Family Funeral Service in Santa Fe, NM. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Mar. 19 to Mar. 25, 2015
Tapia, Annie L. (In Memoriam)  
ANNIE L. TAPIA March 23, 1995 It has been twenty years since she was taken from us In our hearts your memory is strong there is not a day That we do not think of you and miss you Anthony, Judy, the Tapia, Chavez, Voltura and Sierra Families
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 22, 2015
Tapley, Ernest L. "Tap"  
ERNEST L. TAP TAPLEY Ernest L. "Tap" Tapley, age 91, was born on born January 2, 1924 in Amesbury, Massachusetts and passed away peacefully in his Santa Fe, New Mexico home on March 2, 2015. He was one-fourth Passamaquoddy and was proud of his Native American ancestry. At a young age he grew to love the outdoors. Around fourteen years old, he had learned to ski and was soon skiing the famous Tuckerman Ravine, which is a steep face on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. One day when he was eighteen years old, the well-known radio broadcaster and world traveler, Lowell Thomas, noticed Tap schussing the ravine and told him he was good enough to be on the ski patrol at the prestigious Sun Valley ski area in Idaho. Mr. Thomas wrote a note to a friend, who was the head of patrol, explaining that Tap would be an excellent addition to his team. He gave the note to Tap and told him if he ever made it to Sun Valley, to give it to his friend and that he would most likely have a job. Shortly thereafter, Tap left home and hitchhiked, with his skis, to Sun Valley where he handed the note to the ski patrol director and was promptly hired. He had arrived in the West, where he would make his home for most of his long and spectacular life. After World War II had broken out, he learned of a special army regiment had been formed for mountain warfare, and would include ski troopers. He knew that was how he wanted to serve his country and soon enlisted. The program grew into the legendary 10th Mountain Division with its headquarters at Camp Hale, high in the Rocky Mountains near Leadville, Colorado. It was here he became a ski and mountaineering instructor to the troops. After basic training he was chosen as a member of an elite team of ten that spent the war on the Aleutian Islands of Alaska monitoring Japanese troop movements. He always cherished the camaraderie with his fellow soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division. A key person in Tap's life was Chuck Froelicher, who was both the founding board member of Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS), and the headmaster of Colorado Academy (CA), a boy's school southwest of Denver. In 1961 Tap lived near Carbondale, Colorado and was handpicked by Chuck Froelicher to construct the first Outward Bound (OB) base camp in the United States at Marble, Colorado. During the summer of 1961 Tap bulldozed roads, cleared timber, laid waterlines, and with the help of CA students made ready the wilderness campus. Tap then traveled during the winter of 1961-62 to England to study the original Outward Bound program. Returning to Marble with the course concepts, he opened the school that summer as the chief instructor. Santa Fean, John Braman, an early OB instructor said with devotion, "Tap quickly became Outward Bound's most beloved instructor." In the fall of 1962 Tap joined the staff at CA and instituted a mountain rescue program, which drew upon the skills of juniors and seniors. In his summer's off from CA he continued instructing for COBS. However, in the summer of 1965, Tap went to Lander, Wyoming to help his old friend Paul Petzoldt create the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Tap became the chief instructor for the initial courses that ran during that summer. So, he taught mountaineering at CA during the school year and in the summers would return to NOLS. After teaching and mentoring hundreds of CA students, Tap's dynamic eight-year career at CA came to a close in the spring of 1970. His life changed dramatically when he left the Rocky Mountains and moved to Baja, Mexico where in 1970-71 he started a sailing and kayaking school for NOLS. Soon he was teaching courses for both NOLS and OB. Santa Fe, New Mexico became his home in 1976 where he began an outdoor education program for young students within the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande at Camp Stoney. His summers were spent in Santa Fe and winters in Baja. Tap was a pioneer and one of the founding fathers of outdoor education in the United States. He lived a Big, Big life and his legacy is vast. Over his lifetime he inspired thousands of young people. Gently he taught his students to respect the wilderness and to "work with" Mother Nature. But, more importantly he guided them on a journey of self-exploration where they learned confidence comes from within and that they were capable of more than they had ever dreamed. Former CA student, Dan Newman (1966) expressed it this way, "You would have exhaustively placed one foot in front of the other, towards a place you could never imagine existed, and glory in it's discovery, pointed by Tap, for you to find." The COBS tribute stated, "Tap was so many things to each of us - teacher, mentor, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. And he was as skilled an outdoorsman as there ever was." In 2002 the City of Santa Fe honored Tap and his wife, Anita, by naming them 'Santa Fe Living Treasures.' However, Tap's story is not finished because within OB and NOLS his teachings, philosophy, and magic will live on and on, guiding ever-new generations of students. Tap's biography is in progress and will be released later this year. Tap is survived by his wife of thirty-one years, Anita M. Stalter. And from a previous marriage, two daughters, Marjorie Joy Smith of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Pamala J. Tapley of Big Fork, Montana. There are also three granddaughters and three great-granddaughters. Friday, April 10, 2015 at 2:15 p.m. Santa Fe National Cemetery 501 North Guadalupe Street Santa Fe, NM 87501 Please meet at the south side of the cemetery and signify your car by showing a red bandana. A Celebration of Tap's Life Saturday, April 11, 2015 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Bishop's Ridge Stoney Camp and Recreation Center 7855 Old Santa Fe Trail Santa Fe, NM 87505 Please RSVP at 505-820-3166 or Ktelehany@dioceserg.org Bring stories and photos to share. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Tap Tapley Scholarship Fund at Colorado Outward Bound School www.cobs.org Condolences may be sent to: Anita M. Stalter 7800 Old Santa Fe Trail Santa Fe, NM 87505 taptapley2000@yahoo.com Written by: Jeffrey A. Lowdermilk, CA 1970 Anita M. Stalter (Anita also took the Great photo!) John C. Braman, OB and NOLS 1964 to 1990 Daniel C. Newman, CA 1966
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 29, 2015
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