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JULIE ANN KUANE

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Julie Ann Kaune February 20 1925 - May 6 2012 Julie Ann Kaune, a native Santa Fean, passed away at her home on May 6, 2012 of natural causes. She was 87 years old. Julie was born on February 20, 1925 to Gustave Kaune and Carol Nichols at the old St. Vincent Hospital. She graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1943 and then studied history at the University of New Mexico. Her passion for selling lemonade as a child and a belief that "the customer is always right" led to her success in running Kaune's Foodtown on Old Santa Fe Trail from 1971 to 1982. She purchased the store from her father Gustave. Kaune's Foodtown was started by her grandfather Henry at the turn of the 20th century. She explained, "There weren't any women in the grocery business when I started out. I didn't know anything about being a boss, and I had 14 people working for me. My father and his brothers thought that I would go broke. I was scared to death, but I prayed to the good Lord to help me, and he did." Julie's legacy still stands with the store on Old Santa Fe Trail, now named Kaune's Neighborhood Market. In addition to her passion for the grocery business, she was an avid golfer. In August 1990, Julie finished with a two-day, low net score of 146 to place first in Santa Fe Country Club Women's Golf Championships. She was also involved with several local and national animal rescue agencies including The Heart and Soul Animal Sanctuary as well as the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society, and United States Humane Society. She owned six dachshunds over her lifetime and loved them all dearly. Julie especially enjoyed sharing her silver coin margarita recipe with her family, passing the following toast down to her family: "Salud, amor, pesetas y mucho tiempo para gustarles." Julie was preceded in death by her brother Richard in July 1968, and is survived by her niece, Carol Kaune of Lakewood, Colorado and two nephews, Mark and Matt Kaune of Denver, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to The Heart and Soul Animal Sanctuary located at 369 Montezuma Avenue #130, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2626.

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