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Laura Elizabeth Tabbal

Laura Elizabeth Tabbal of Samsonville, NY passed away on Saturday December 11, 2010 after twelve years of refusing to let cancer slow her down. A woman of unrivaled independence, creativity, and style, Laura was born on February 6th, 1958 in Detroit, Michigan, where she studied Visual Arts at Cass Technical High School and completed her Waldorf teacher training. A master weaver and fiber artist, Laura loved fishing and hiking, working in her garden, and finishing the crossword puzzle before most had made their morning coffee, a task made easy by her voracious reading habits and passion for knowledge. Her ability to devote herself to the needs of others despite her own hardships drew the admiration of those who were lucky to have known her.

Her parents John Lacatis and Helen Levine, née Gawronski, and sister Monica Lacatis-Negron precede her in death. She is survived by daughters Alima Tabbal and Tecora Davis, son Zakir Davis and his daughter Noëlle Elizabeth, sister Audrey Onyeike, and Fred Keogan, her devoted spouse of 16 years. Laura will be missed dearly by her family, friends, and countless loyal songbirds. In lieu of flowers the family asks that her generosity be honored with donations to Heifer International or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. A memorial celebration will be held at a later date with family and friends.

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Barbara Sarah - December 21st, 2010 at 12:09pm - Email
I am deeply saddened to hear of Laura's death.During the years that she was involved in our Oncology Support Program at Benedctine Hospital, it was such pleasure to know her and her beautiful, caring ways. Heartfelt condolences to the family.

Darra,Jim,and NinaDosch - December 19th, 2010 at 9:25am - Email
no words can be said for the love and inspiration she gave to our family.

Rebecca Henderson - December 16th, 2010 at 7:05pm - Email
Words can not begin to express the sorrow I feel for her family. Laura was such a lovely person and will be missed. My family (James,Joel,Jake and Amber) send our heartfelt sympathy to Fred and her family.

Hudson Valley Oncology - December 15th, 2010 at 1:38pm - Email
Laura you will be missed dearly... you were always so nice and caring. Putting a smile on everyone's face when walking in the door. Our condolence to Laura's family. Sincerly, Hudson Valley Oncology Staff

John Tisch - December 14th, 2010 at 8:53pm - Email
My heartfelt condolences to Laura's loved ones. Less than two months ago she graciously served my friend and I a delicious meal while we were visiting her and Fred. She was a remarkable person and we miss her. Her kindheartedness will long be remembered. John R. Tisch

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