IN LOVING MEMORY OF JULIANNA MIKHAILOVNA OSSORGIN Julianna (our Baba), age 83, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2014. She was called by many loving names: Baba, Tsotsie, Oula, sister, and friend. Her personality was as multifaceted as her many names. She was a true citizen of the world - born in Paris to parents who fled Russia during the 1917 Revolution. She came to Santa Fe in December 1971 to start a new American life after her mother died to be with her brother, Michael, her sister-in-law, Lillian, and her niece and nephews - Lydia, Michael, and Nicholas. She has always been young in spirit, enjoying and caring for multiple babies and children starting with the Ossorgin family, then Jessica Gerber, the Salganek children, and the Whitman children - Chris, Kate, Lorri, and Ben, making accessible to all of them life's celebrations deeply rooted in family and church traditions. Julianna has lived with the Whitman's for the past 38 years. Julianna loved stuffed animals - making them come alive in her hands to the fascination of the children. Music was her constant companion. She could identify any classical composition after hearing a few bars. Some of her favorite things were going out to lunch for burgers or soup with family and friends, shopping for gifts of silver jewelry, toys, and snacks like French cheeses, biscuits, and sweets. Most of all she loved family, be they close or countries away. Her superb intellect was evident in being multilingual (Russian, Slavonic, French, Italian, and English) and having exceptional mathematical skills. She had a story or anecdote to fit most situations which kept everyone in good humor. She was an excellent cook. All enjoyed her Russian hamburgers, borscht, spaghetti, veal stew, green chili stew, and of course her blini, and Pascha and kulich for Russian Easter. She will join in death her parents, Yelena and Michael, her brothers Michael and Sergei and her many other deceased relatives in Russia, Switzerland and Paris and her pets, Poodik and Azure. Survivors are her extended Ossorgin and Whitman families and many friends and families in Santa Fe and around the world who will greatly miss her. Julianna was the bridge which started the ongoing friendships between the Ossorgin and Whitman families. Special thanks to her loving caregiver, Frances, the St. Vincent's ICU doctors and staff and PMS Hospice. In lieu of flowers please send donations to St. Juliana of Lazarevo Russian Orthodox Church in Santa Fe or Santa Fe Children's Museum. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 5th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Juliana of Lazarevo Russian Orthodox Church, 3877 W. Alameda St., Santa Fe, New Mexico, with burial to follow at Rivera Memorial Gardens.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from May 3 to May 5, 2014