Jeronimo Lozano, 71, died Saturday October 2nd of pulmonary fibrosis at the Penn Highland Hospital, Clearfield, as he and his wife Lucy were traveling back to their home in Salt Lake City, Utah
Born in the high Andes in the Ayacucho province of Peru, he was of the Quechua (Inca) people, speaking the native language. Renowned in Peru for his native folk art called Retablo, he was one of only three masters, being the only one left. He came to the United States in 1995 and has since received national acclaim, winning the National Endowment for the Arts award in Washington, D.C. for his Retablo art, along with many other honors and awards where he settled in the state of Utah.
Jeronimo was a gentle, kind man. All who met him were impressed by the special spirit he had. He gained citizenship in the United States as an asset to our country because of his artistic ability.
The last of twelve children, he was preceded in death by his mother, Apolinaria Lozano and his father Francisco Lozano Quispe, and various brothers and sisters in the Ayacucho area.
He leaves behind his wife, Lucy Rickett Lozano, and his remaining family: brother: Edilberto; sister: Victoria; and nephew: Percy, who contacted him regularly, all of whom live in the Ayacucho, Peru, along with many other extended family members in Lima, Peru and other areas.
He visited Pennsylvania regularly with his wife, Lucy, where they stayed on the family heritage land in the South Gibson, Herrick Township area of Lucy’s ancestors, the McPherson’s, on the north side of Elk Mountain. While visiting this area, he created Retablos of the local animals of the woodland areas playing bluegrass instruments, sometimes set in a box or placed on a small base of Pennsylvania Blue Stone. His art brought delight and happiness to those who received his art pieces.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A service in his honor will be held Sunday, October 10th at 1:30 pm at the visitor’s center chapel at the Mormon Restoration Site, just north of the town of Susquehanna.
Funeral arrangements are through the Jones & Brennan Funeral Home, 430 Main Street, Forest City.
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