In Memoriam

Charles “Chuck” Vinson Rice

Charles “Chuck” Vinson Rice

June 17, 2021 - Charles “Chuck” Vinson Rice died Feb. 21. He was 67. Rice went to elementary school in Livermore and graduated from Livermore High School in 1971. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as a machinist mate. After serving in the…

Robert “Bob” Kaster

Robert “Bob” Kaster

June 14, 2021 - Robert “Bob” Kaster died April 2. He was 89. Kaster was born in Portland, Oregon, on July 11, 1931, to Reva and Roy Kaster.  When his mother died in 1941, he moved to California to live with his mother’s sister, Gurtha Lewis. In 1948, he joined the U.…

Gilbert Scott Stratton

Gilbert Scott Stratton

June 14, 2021 - Gilbert Scott Stratton died March 17. He was 91. Stratton was born Nov. 13, 1929, in Eugene, Oregon, the only child of Thelma and Ralph Stratton. His father, a merchant marine and mechanical engineer, moved the family frequently, settling on the naval…

Juan “Delfin” Carvajal Bergonia

Juan “Delfin” Carvajal Bergonia

June 14, 2021 - Juan “Delfin” Carvajal Bergonia died May 26. He was 86. Bergonia was born on June 14, 1934, to Genoveva Carvajal and Victorino Bergonia in Bolinao, Pangasinan, Philippines. He married his sweetheart, Merofe Aquino Bergonia, on Jan. 24, 1955. He served…

Charles B. McFann, Jr.

Charles B. McFann, Jr.

June 7, 2021 - Charles B. McFann, Jr. died May 22. He was 95. McFann was born on Feb. 8, 1926, in Mishawaka, Indiana, to Iva (née Jackman) and Charles B. McFann, Sr., but spent most of his childhood in Southern California. He graduated from the University of Denver in…

Evelyn Larain DiMercurio

Evelyn Larain DiMercurio

June 7, 2021 - Evelyn Larain DiMercurio died May 23. She was 82. DiMercurio was born in Hiawatha, Utah, Nov. 11, 1938. She received her diploma from Carbon High School in Price, Utah, graduating with honors. She represented her area at the prestigious Girl’s State…

Paul Joseph Ebert

Paul Joseph Ebert

June 7, 2021 - Paul Joseph Ebert died Sept. 15. He was 84. Ebert was born on Jan. 11, 1936, in New Orleans, where he graduated from Holy Cross High School. When he was 15, he met the love of his life, Violet Ann Morovich, on a blind date; six years later, in 1957,…

Terry Donald Schwinn

Terry Donald Schwinn

June 1, 2021 - Terry Donald Schwinn died May 16. He was 73. Schwinn retired from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2013 after 42 years of service. He is preceded in death by his parents "Bud" and May Schwinn; siblings Len and Mary Schwinn. He is survived by…

Mary Jane Spletter

Mary Jane Spletter

May 27, 2021 - Mary Jane Spletter died May 6. She was 74. Spletter was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, on Nov. 28, 1946, to Mary Elizabeth (Kelly) Spletter and Norman Julius Spletter. Very early on she developed a love of writing, journalism in particular, and served as…

Jeffery Taylor Huntsman

Jeffery Taylor Huntsman

May 25, 2021 - Jeffery Taylor Huntsman died March 13. He was 62. Huntsman was born in Barberton, Ohio to Violet Huntsman of West Virginia. The family moved to Oakland and later to San Ramon. He graduated from California High School in 1976 and soon after joined the…

Hans J “Hannie” Bonde

Hans J “Hannie” Bonde

May 13, 2021 - Hans J “Hannie” Bonde died April 30. He was 86. Bonde was born and raised in Pleasanton and has lived in Livermore, Acampo, and lastly Reno, Nevada. He graduated from Amador Valley High School in 1953, where he played football. He was a U.S. Army…

Jane T. Staehle

Jane T. Staehle

April 29, 2021 - Jane T. Staehle died April 23. She was 82. Staehle was born Margaret Jane Tener on April 3, 1939, in Columbus, Ohio, to Eva and Carlton Glen Tener. Her only sibling was a sister, Gladys Elizabeth (Betty) Tener (later Betty T. Welsbacher), 14 years her…

Peter D. “Pete” Waschkowsky

Peter D. “Pete” Waschkowsky

April 7, 2021 - Peter D. “Pete” Waschkowsky died March 15. He was 88. Waschkowsky was born on June 18, 1932 in San Diego and grew up in Oakland. He went to work at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in 1960. He was a technical coordinator when he retired in the early ’90s.…

Steven Scott Falke

Steven Scott Falke

April 2, 2021 - Steven Scott Falke died March 23. He was 68. Falke was born in Ceres to Walter and Afton Falke July 16, 1952. He grew up in Hilmar. He attended Stanislaus State and University of California, Santa Cruz. He earned his electrical engineering degree and…

Edward Bettencourt

Edward Bettencourt

April 2, 2021 - Edward Bettencourt died March 21. He was 100. Bettencourt was born in Livingston, California, on July 11, 1920. He joined the Navy in 1942 and served the nation for four years. After his service, he continued his education at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo…

James Steven Furr

James Steven Furr

March 29, 2021 - James Steven Furr died March 15. He was 84. Furr was born May 24, 1936 in Brookhaven, Mississippi to Joe Mike and Eunice Irene (Foster) Furr. He was the eldest of four children. At a young age, his family moved to Kentucky, then at the age of 14 they…

Tomas Aindrias O'Shea

Tomas Aindrias O'Shea

March 29, 2021 - Tomas Aindrias O'Shea died March 18. He was 90. O'Shea was born on Nov. 28, 1930 in Annascaul, County Kerry, Ireland. He emigrated from Ireland to Oakland on April 1, 1955. He was drafted into the Army December 1955. He used the GI Bill to obtain…

Michael Whiting Magee

Michael Whiting Magee

March 22, 2021 - Michael Whiting Magee died March 12. He was 82. Magee was born Aug. 24, 1938 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania to Elizabeth and Francis Magee of Narberth. He started his lifelong fire service career as a volunteer fireman at age 16, with the Narberth Fire…

William B. Shuler

William B. Shuler

March 16, 2021 - William B. Shuler, a longtime Laboratory employee and former associate director, was killed in an accident Wednesday evening, March 10, 2021, near his home in Port Angeles, Washington. He was 81. Shuler was born in Berkeley, California and well-traveled…

Gary A. Burginyon

Gary A. Burginyon

March 12, 2021 - Gary A. Burginyon died Feb. 24. He was 85. Burginyon grew up in Spokane, Washington, and attended Washington State University, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa recipient. He came to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1968 after receiving his…