Thomas Saragosa Jr., 34
Thief River Falls - Thomas Saragosa Jr., 34, died Thursday, May 11, 2000 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, N.D.
Mass of Christian burial was held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church with Father Dennis Wieland officiating. Kristi LaSalle was the organist, and Judy Dupree was the cantor. Special music was provided by the Resurrection Choir. Casketbearers were Bruce Lerol, Terry Anenson, Dante Steele, Ira Johnson, Jason Engen, Sheldon Hill, Larry Anenson and Jerry Demarrias. Burial was in St. Bernard's Catholic Cemetery in Thief River Falls with the Green Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Thomas Saragosa Jr. was born on June 13, 1965 in Ventura, Calif., the son of Thomas Sr. and Gladys (Hill) Saragosa. Tom graduated from high school in Ventura and was employed at Everest Jennings, Ventura County Hospital and Poinsettia Bowling Alley in California.
In 1992, he moved to Red Lake where he worked at Red Lake Trading Post and River Road Casino where he met his future wife, Geri Anenson. Tom and Geri were married in September of 1999 and made their home in Thief River Falls. In August of 1999, he began working for Land O'Lakes.
Tom began bowling at the age of six and during his lifetime bowled six 300 games and three 800 series, winning numerous tournaments in California and Minnesota.
He enjoyed listening to music, playing golf and softball, fishing, telling jokes and spending time with friends and family.
Tom is survived by his wife, Geri; his mother and father, Gladys and Tom Saragosa Sr. of Red Lake; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Sandy and Larry Anenson of Thief River Falls; his grandmother, Sophia Rodreguez of North Richland Hills, Texas; sisters, Deanna Lovness and Randi of Fargo, N.D. and Ramona Saragosa of Red Lake; his grandfather, Edward Leighton Sr. of Ventura, Calif.; and many aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Steven Saragosa; his grand parents, Rose and John Hill of Red Lake; one aunt; and two uncles.
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