Or. Ano joined the loving faculty and staff at the school’s infancy. Along with our long-tenured teachers, she had been the thread of continuity in the school’s successful history. She was an integral part of a team that has nurtured and educated over 2,000 students. It isn’t surprising at all that she remembered most, if not all, of the past students by name and continued to hold a deep love for them.
We share a deep sadness and the emptiness with the Avanessian and our school family for having a larger-than-life member of our family gone. Or. Ano retired after many years of service and the school administration was in the midst of planning an evening to celebrate her career. We did not fathom that we would be mourning her life rather than celebrating the immense impact she had on the entire school community.
Initially as a parent, then as an assistant and later as an administrator, Tufenkian truly became Or. Ano’s second home and the people she worked with were close family. At the request of the Avanessian Family, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Mary’s Richard Tufenkian Preschool & Kindergarten, 1200 Carlton Drive, Glendale, CA 91205.
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