IN LOVING MEMORY OF EGLE GERMANAS Egle Germanas, age 71, passed away with great gentleness on Friday evening, April 11, 2014 at her home in Tesuque, New Mexico surrounded by family and friends. Egle was born in Kaunas, Lithuania on March 3, 1943 and emigrated to America in 1947. She grew up in the metropolitan Chicago area and completed her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in English at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. It was there that she met her husband of 49 years, Kestutis Germanas. Shortly after her wedding, Egle and Kestutis asked her mom, Vida, "If she could live anywhere in the United States, where would it be?" Vida's reply was, "New Mexico" as she recalled a vacation with a particularly enchanting drive at sunset overlooking Albuquerque. In the fall of 1968 Egle and Kestutis moved to Santa Fe where they built their home and life together. Egle taught American literature to 11th graders at Santa Fe High School for 25 years. In addition to teaching students The Scarlet Letter and The Great Gatsby, and insisting that they keep a personal journal, she taught them about life, compassion and being good stewards of the earth. Egle was an avid reader and collector of good vocabulary words as well as rocks, which friends and students would bring her from around the world or their front yards. She loved all living things, but held a soft spot for spiders and snakes and especially her many dogs, with whom she loved to take long hikes. Egle dedicated her life to teaching but also to a lifelong pursuit of knowledge, meaning and a higher spiritual purpose. She is survived by her loving husband Kestutis Germanas, her daughter Nida Sanger and husband Christopher, two granddaughters Zada Belle and Liliana Grace, her mother Vida Tumasonis, her uncle Jonas Vazbys and wife Rasa, her brother Rimas Tumasonis and wife Betsy, her sister Rita Schiefelbein and husband Mark, and nieces and nephews Erik, Courtney, Kristina and Matthew Schiefelbein. Egle will be deeply missed by her family, her extended family and her beloved community of friends. A commemoration of her life will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 1800 Upper Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Parking is limited, there will be a shuttle available from the Watershed Park across from Cristo Rey Church. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in her name be made to St. Elizabeth Shelter in Santa Fe (steshelter.org), or LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program in Los Angeles (lasbest.org).
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Apr. 25 to Apr. 27, 2014