Esteban D. Picazo
Esteban spent his early childhood in the West Indies country of Haiti with missionary parents. After U.S. Navy service he became involved with consulting in the science disciplines he had formally studied. He moved his young family from Kentucky to a small town in New York state in the 1980s, and remained active in the community until 2010.
A scientist consultant by day, he likes to listen to and play a wide variety of music. He also tinkers with various transportation modes (truck, motorcycle, bicycle) in his off hours. His two sons are within easy driving distance of the family home, and since Brenda's passing they have continued to get together for special occasions.
Esteban extended his travel and out-of-state work schedule in 2010, and is now often found in the southeast New Mexico area. In the spring of 2014, Esteban, and Donna, a longtime acquaintance, were joined in marriage.
Donna grew up in the western New York area where Esteban & Brenda settled in the early 1980s. Donna & her late husband, and their children, were well acquainted with the Picazo family. Five years after Brenda's passing, Esteban & Donna recognized each other in a brief church encounter, and six months later eloped in New Mexico. Their marriage took place in the same church where Esteban's grandfather had pastored in the 1940s, and where his parents were married. Witnesses were friends from the local congregation and from the western New York area. After a short honeymoon in Texas, each returned to his & her work locations, anticipating retirement - someday - when the timing is right. For the nonce, they rely on cell phone communication to bridge the time between visits.
Brenda Markley Picazo (deceased)
Brenda grew up in a city neighborhood in Pennsylvania where her father worked in the infant electronics industry. Pursuit of her public school teaching profession took her to several states, but she had settled in the New York Finger Lakes region by the time she and Esteban met. Brenda's musical abilities allowed her to make that aspect of her life a major part of her career.The music director at the church she and Esteban attended, Brenda also taught young (and more mature) keyboard musicians in the community. Her circle of friends and activities took in a variety of community groups and church-related functions. She also enjoyed reading, travel, and the occasional crossword puzzle.
Brenda passed away in Buffalo General Hospital on 22 August 2008 with her husband at her side. A tribute to her remarkable life took place in the Springville United Methodist Church, 474 East Main Street, Spingville, NY 14141 at 2 o'clock PM on 20 September 2008.
Placement of a bench in Brenda's memory near the church where she served for many years was recognized in a ceremony held on Fathers' Day 2010. Her sons and mother were in attendance along with a number of close friends.
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