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June Klimpert

June C. Klimpert, outside her Placitas home

June C. Klimpert • 1927—2008

June Klimpert, beloved wife of Signpost cartoonist Rudi Klimpert, passed away on January 8 after an extended illness. She and Rudi had been married for forty-seven years. She is also survived by their children, Karen and Randy Klimpert, three grandchildren, and her loyal dog Cookie. She was a loving mother and wife who enjoyed her career and loved to travel. Services were held on January 10. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in June Klimpert’s name to Presbyterian Kaseman Hospice, 8300 Constitution NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.

Al Garblik • 1915-2008


Abner (Al) Garblik, 92, who was featured in the September 2007 issue of the Signpost, lost his battle with leukemia on January 11 at his home in Placitas. His wife Elizabeth preceded him in death. He is survived locally by his daughter Judy of Placitas, a son in California, a sister Marcelle in Florida, two granddaughters, five great-grandchildren, two nephews, and numerous grand- and great-grand nieces and nephews.

Al Garblik was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1915, where he attended school and graduated with both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from then Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. He received his ham radio license at age thirteen and worked with AT&T as a high-speed ham radio operator handling overseas traffic. He was on the airwaves in 1936 when he overheard that Warsaw was being bombed, signaling the start of World War II, and when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He was a pioneer in the application of high-speed Morse code technology for Navy projects. He began working at Sandia Corporation in 1949 on the engineering aspects of Pershing missiles and nuclear weapons. He worked directly with a team of famed scientists at Los Alamos that had been involved with the Manhattan Project on a nuclear project for the Air Force, including Edward Teller, the father of the hydrogen bomb; two Nobel Prize winning physicists; and a group of experts in thermodynamics. He continued to work on the U.S. missile program until his retirement in 1977.

Al maintained a communication network with ham radio operators from around the world, and loved his friends in Placitas and New Mexico. He was passionate about technical advances and their impact on society. He loved to interact with and challenge people to think. His worldwide travels resulted in an appreciation for how events are reshaping cultures around the world. His family referred to him as a ‘gadgeteer,” remembering him flying a new remote-controlled helicopter around the living room with his grandkids this past December.

A celebratory ceremony will be held in the spring for friends and family. Mr. Garblik’s remains have been cremated. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in his honor to the Placitas Community Library Building Fund, PO Box 445, Placitas, NM 86043, for a Science & Technology section. Matching funds will be contributed by Merck Pharmaceuticals, where his daughter worked before her retirement.

Helping with end-of-life decisions

Compassion and Choices invites the public to its next general membership meeting on Saturday, February 9. The speaker will be Roland Halpern, Director of Community Relations for Compassion and Choices, who will talk about developments and programs in end-of-life choices, both around the country and in New Mexico. He will also explain the client services program of the organization. A report of good news from activities in the local chapter will follow. This free meeting is open to the general public and will be held at the Peace and Justice Center, 202 Harvard Drive SE in Albuquerque (on the southeast corner of Harvard and Silver). Parking is available on the street or in the lot adjacent to the building. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the program will be from 10:00 a.m. until noon.





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