Armenie ‘Penny’ Onegian
August 2, 2012
Penny, 94 years old, passed away on July 20, 2012 in Santa Fe, N.M., where she had lived for many years. She was born in Paterson, N.J and attended Columbia University in New York City as a music major and also studied voice at Julliard.
She is pre-deceased by her two older sisters and survived by nieces Roseanne Bonjouklian of Indiana and Nancy McDermott of Denver, and nephews David Bonjouklian of Seattle and Robert and Richard McDermott of N.J.
In 1953, Penny arrived in Aspen. After a few “ski-bum” jobs, including work as a singing waitress at “old Mario’s Restaurant,” she worked for a number of years as an executive assistant to the president of the Aspen Skiing Corporation, then D.R.C. Brown. When the Ski Corporation bought Breckenridge Ski Area, Penny moved over there and ran the mountain restaurant.
She retired to Santa Fe, where she volunteered for the Santa Fe Opera, then for the Public Library, but always returned to Aspen in the summer for the Aspen Music Festival.
For more than 30 years, Penny was the most generous and courteous hostess to all of her visiting friends. She enjoyed going out for breakfast and discovering new restaurants for dinner, sometimes taking a car trip to the Indian feast days.
Reading was a great joy and passion for Penny and she made it a very significant part of her life.
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At a later date there will be a small, private memorial.