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Deanna Alisa Vazquez 1978 - 1998

FOREVER YOUNG Over 20 years ago. It feels like yesterday. The joy of our life has been taken from us. Miss you and love you always, Mom & Dad

Sona Helen Eliot MacMillan

01/14/1935 - 08/22/2019

Sona Helen Eliot MacMillan passed away August 22, 2019 at Valle Verde Retirement Community. Sona was born January 14, 1935 in New Rochelle, NY to John Aron Eliot and Ethel Slawson Eliot. She was the youngest of 4 children. She attended private school through the 8th grade in New Rochelle and spent summers at camp in Vermont. When Sona was 13, the family moved to Santa Barbara where she attended La Cumbre Junior High and Santa Barbara High School. She went on to study at Occidental College for 2 years then transferred to UCSB. While in high school, she met Thad C. MacMillan. The couple married in 1954. A year later, they welcomed their first child, Gail. Two years after, Jennifer was born and in another two years Thad E. completed the family. She and Thad were both very proud of their children. Having taken piano lessons from the age of 3, she played regularly, mainly classical music, but also folk and popular music. Later, she added guitar to her 16

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musical abilities and played often with friends and family. Sona was involved in community organizations such as Las Aletas Auxiliary and later, Assistance League, working at their thrift shop and also with community projects. While her children were at Roosevelt Elementary, she was involved in the PTA and for 2 of those years was their President. Later, she worked part time as a teacher aide at the school. After divorcing, Sona began working at UCSB, first at the Algebra Institute and later as a Contracts and Grants Officer. She retired in 1993 but returned for brief periods as a consultant at the Marine Science Institute. In retirement, Sona discovered her love of travel. In addition to going to see her children and grandchildren in Oregon and Montana, Sona took many trips abroad, including visiting France, England, Russia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and the Baltic States. After her trip to Cambodia, she began the “Sona MacMillan Pig Project,” helping to lift families out of poverty. Sona loved to plan, decorate and carry out themed dinners with her gourmet group, friends she had known most of her life. She enjoyed getting her house ready for holidays, always hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve get-togethers for family and friends. Christmas was her favorite time of year, frequently waking before the children on Christmas morning. A favorite family activity was to sing Christmas songs around the piano as Sona played. Sona was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Patricia Jones and Ruth Black, and her brother, Theodore Eliot, Sr. She is survived by her children, Gail MacMillan (Edward Reiser), Jennifer MacMillan (Ken Herzog), and Thad E. MacMillan (Judy). Also surviving are her grandchildren, Emily Todd, Kyle Hanson, Kevin Hanson, Kaitlin MacMillan, Thad R. MacMillan, and by her great-granddaughter,

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Arianna. A memorial service will be held September 20th at 11 am at McDermott Crockett Mortuary, 2020 Chapala St. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Santa Barbara Zoo or Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP), two organizations close to her heart.

Murray Hochhauser 10/2/1920- 08/12/2019

Hochhauser, Murray, born October 2nd, 1920, passed peacefully on August 12th, 2019 with his beloved wife Marilyn and children Jan, Shelley, Lisa and daughterin-law Monte Farris by his side. A quintessential New Yorker, Murray (sometimes Mike), spent his working life as a mechanical engineer in NYC, designing mechanical systems for many significant buildings in Manhattan and the New York metropolitan area. When he worked in Manhattan he was a daily commuter on the LIRR and loved completing the crossword puzzle in the NY Times. He very much enjoyed the NY Times to the end of his 98 years. Murray was a WW11 veteran, serving his country in the Pacific theatre. He was an exemplar of the “Greatest Generation”, known for possessing a strong moral compass embodying the ideals of fairness, truth and integrity. He retired to an amenable lifestyle in Santa Barbara,,California. It was there that he spent his golden years alongside his family and adoring grandchildren, Rachel, Oliver, Sophia, Samantha, Minka, Harrison, and Ariel. Murray was a mensch and a true humanist to all that knew him. His intelligence, sense of humor and compassion touched many and his legacy and love will continue within us all.

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Rita Figarsky Feigenbaum 1925 - 2019

ALBANY, NY – Rita Figarsky Feigenbaum passed away at the age of 94 on August 20, 2019 at Albany Medical Center after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She led a full and adventurous life. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Pearl Silberg Figarsky. Rita was predeceased by her sister, Jean Reiner, and her husbands Harold Feigenbaum and Kurt Landsberger. A graduate of the Milne School in 1942, Rita attended Skidmore College but left in her senior year when Harold returned from service during World War II to be with him in Texas. For the next 17 years, Rita was active in many community, arts, and philanthropic affairs. This included service in various local and national positions in the National Council of Jewish Women and on the board the Albany Jewish Community Center. She also was instrumental in founding Senior Services of Albany, a joint project of the Council of Jewish Women and the Junior League. Rita also was a recognized artist and art teacher. She was a painter and sculptor, working in oils, marble, bronze and steel. Her work won awards in many juried exhibitions in the northeast. As her children were finishing high school, Rita returned to Skidmore College and obtained her fine arts degree in 1964. She later obtained a Masters in Fine Arts degree from Union College, where she subsequently taught studio and visual art. Union published her senior thesis, which was a complete catalogue of the college’s portraiture collection. Later in life, she wrote two books on the subject of early American silver. Rita's professional career was in the museum field. She was the Assistant Curator of the Albany Institute of History and Art, and

the Registrar of the Jewish Museum in NYC for 15 years until retirement. She also curated the American silver collection of the noted Hartford collector, Philip Hammerslough. After her formal retirement, Rita became the ephemerist at the Florida Atlantic University Library for the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection. In her 86th year, Rita met Kurt Landsberger. They married and enjoyed happy years together until Kurt’s death in 2014. Rita is survived by her son Paul (Natalie) Feigenbaum, daughter Jean (William) Range, grandchildren David (Dana) FeigenbaumStephanie Feigenbaum and Emily Briare, and great-grandchildren Oliver Ray Schoreck, Anna Sayre Feigenbaum and Hadley Rose Feigenbaum. She also is survived by her stepsons David and Allen (Diana Chrissis) Landsberger, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family wishes to give special thanks to Rita’s niece, Jane Sanders, for her loving kindnesses throughout Rita’s life. Rita’s family also wishes to thank the staff of the Loudonville Assisted Living Residence, Rita’s home for the last years of her life, for the wonderful care they provided as Rita progressed through the disease that ultimately took her. The family also thanks the E-5 medical staff at Albany Medical Center for the care given to Rita in her final weeks. Notably, many thanks to Mimi Toussaint, her longtime aide in Florida. Those wishing to remember Rita may wish to donate to the Harold Feigenbaum Day Camp Scholarship Fund of the Albany Jewish Community Center, the Landsberger-Feigenbaum Fund for Jewish Education of Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany or to the charity of their choice. Burial will be private. To leave a condolence message please visitlevinememorialchapel.com

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