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Blessings Day requests community contributions

~Nancy Hawks

Blessings Day is a community outreach project in which those who are blessed share with those less fortunate. We are a nonprofit, under the umbrella of St. Vincent de Paul Society at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. This is the sixteenth year in which we are coming together as a community to share our blessings, working with Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, Casa Rosa Food Bank, San Antonio Mission, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Jardineros de Placitas, and many local businesses. Jardineros helps us by donating toys, and by purchasing turkeys from T & T Supermart in Bernalillo. T & T keeps our turkeys until December 17. The project provides a box of food and a turkey for each of over one hundred families and an outfit of clothing and a toy each for over three hundred children.

The project needs help from the community to help us provide non-perishable food. You can deliver the food, marked for Blessings Day, at the San Antonio Mission on November 19 and 20, or any Sunday morning, or bring food to the office at Our Lady of Sorrows church in Bernalillo.

If you have time to help wrap toys, volunteers will be wrapping on December 14 at the San Antonio Mission, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call Nancy at 771-4931 for more information.

Susan Kramer

Susan F. Kramer

Susan F. Kramer

It is with great sadness that the family of Susan F. Kramer announces her passing on October 9th, 2016, at the age of 56.

She was born in Philadelphia in 1959. She is survived by her husband of 30 years Jay M. Harrison; and brother Jeffrey Kramer; and sister-in-law Jan Kramer; and their daughter Grace of Dallas, Texas; as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins in Philadelphia and Seattle.

Susan graduated from Haverford High in 1977 and went on to Goucher College, Class of 1981. She then received her law degree from the University of Maryland in 1986. She practiced law with Whiteford         Taylor in Baltimore as well as Patton Boggs in Baltimore and Washington, DC. She then served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Maryland Housing and Community Development Agency. She also was a yoga instructor for many years in both Annapolis, MD, and Placitas, NM.

Jay and Susan moved from Maryland to New Mexico in 2009 and truly loved their life in Placitas with a circle of great friends. She was active in a Placitas book club and loved to travel.

“Susan could be summed up in one word—a word not used much anymore. She was vivacious. It is not exaggeration when I say I was the luckiest person in the world to have met her. We traveled well together through life and to far away places. Amsterdam, Bruge, Paris, London, Santa Margherita, Florence, Milan, Montepulciano, Athens, Santorini, Naxos, Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo, San Migel de Allende…we hit them all. We made each other laugh every day and that’s a true test of a marriage. When we made the decision to start a different life in New Mexico, she was totally on board and we found a welcoming circle of friends that embraced us warmly, as they continue to do. We joked that Susan was a recovering attorney, but when she found yoga and became certified as an instructor, she found her true calling and passion—
she found her true self in Placitas.”

—Jay Harrison

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 04, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.

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