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The family that is the American Association of Woodturners is saddened to lose our woodturning friends and colleagues. If you know of an announcement to be posted here, please contact the Kim Rymer at kim@woodturner.org.

 


John Ambrose (10/24/2016)

 


 

James J. Slattery (10/18/2016)

James J. Slattery, 81, died Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at the Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston following a long illness. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1935, Jim Slattery came to the Boston area to attend college. He attended MIT and eventually he earned a B.A. and an M.A. in History from Boston University, an M.S in Library Science from Simmons College, and an Ed.D from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Jim and Carole have lived in Newton for 55 years, settling in Lower Falls in 1970. From 1962 to 1995, Jim wore many hats at Lesley College including Assistant to the President, Head of Campus Planning, and Director of the Library, as well as Professor of Social Sciences. He most enjoyed his time in the classroom creating engaging and entertaining methods to teach humanities and philosophy to undergraduates. In the years since his retirement, Jim continued to pursue an eclectic mix of activities. He wrote a novel, Perhaps She'll Die, a mystery set in a small town New England women's college. He traveled extensively with Carole, enjoying multiple trips to Britain as well as Greece, Italy, France, and other places. Together they logged many nautical miles aboard Cunards ocean liners. Each year they escaped the New England winter by visiting family in Hawaii. Most afternoons Jim could be found in his shop turning wood on a lathe. He was particularly interested in creating small intricate vessels, and the occasional magic wand. There is a Fence Art banner with one of his works currently hanging in Waban on the bridge over the T. More recently Jim had been hand-carving canes and walking sticks, which he employed with style. Jim served a term as president of the LFIA (Lower Falls Improvement Association) and was a longtime editor of the Lowdown, their Newsletter. He was active in the Newton Art Association and was a member the American Association of Woodturners as well as cutthroat scrabble player. He leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Carole Slattery, a retired Newton elementary school librarian; son Sean Slattery and his wife Melinda Hobausz; daughter Shannon Slattery and her husband Jerome Grafe; and grandchildren Natalia, Owen, Fin, and Tegan.

 


Joseph Edward Llewellyn (10/18/2016)

 

Joseph Edward Llewellyn died in Glenwood Springs on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. He was born April 9, 1937, in Rifle, Colorado, to Rees Llewellyn and Grace Hoffmeister Llewellyn. He graduated from High School in Glenwood Springs in 1955 and served in the Marine Corps for two years. He hauled coal for Morrison-Knudsen (MK) from the Mid-Continent mine in Redstone before he started his life and health insurance business. Joe was very active in the Glenwood Springs Rotary Club. He loved skiing and served on the Sunlight Ski Patrol at Ski Sunlight. He was awarded the National Ski Patrolman in 1990, he also loved fishing, traveling, working in his yard and soaking in the Hot Springs Pool. He was passionate about wood turning and sold his wood creations in several galleries around the area. Joe is survived by his wife, Mary Kent, and step sons Paul Oldford of Plano, Texas, and Matt Oldford of California. He has three children: Lindsie Llewellyn Fagan (Dean) of San Antonio, TX; Trenton Joseph Llewellyn of Gypsum; and Travis Rees Llewellyn of New Castle. He has six granddaughters, one great-granddaughter and two great-grandsons, all of San Antonio. He was the second oldest of four children. Older sister Dorothy Llewellyn Artaz (Hank) lives in Grand Junction; younger brother Lloyd Llewellyn (Mary) lives in Cardiff by the Sea, CA; Nancy Llewellyn Blanchard of Overland Park, KS, passed away in May of 2015. He has many nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Joe Llewellyn Memorial Scholarship Fund at Alpine Bank would be appreciated. Learn more.

 


John Edwin Anderson (10/11/2016)

John Edwin Anderson, 77, of Springfield, died at 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Memorial Medical Center. John was born in Emporia, Kansas on May 24, 1939, the son of John G. and Alice Hogue Anderson. He married Penelope Brooks on December 21, 1968 in Springfield, IL. John graduated from Illinois College and obtained a master's degree in Mathematics at Sangamon State University. He served our country in the U.S. Army. He taught at Pleasant Plains High School and later worked for the State of Illinois. John was a kind and gentle person who loved to learn and teach. He enjoyed jazz, opera, reading, golfing, and being with family and friends. John was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Penny; daughter, Kristina M. (Craig) Bottomley; sons, Robert E. (Linda Johansson) Anderson, John E. (Jeanne) Anderson, and Joseph C. (Tabitha Spires) Anderson; and siblings, Karen Specht and Signe James. Memorial Gathering: Family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th Street, Springfield. Private graveside ceremonies will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

 


 

Gaëtan Paul Gosselin (09/13/2016)

Gaëtan Gosselin, L'Ange Gardien, Quebec, died following a brief but courageous battle against cancer. He was the son of the late Julien Gosselin and Jeannette Pelchat. Besides his wife Ghislaine Landry he leaves a great sadness, it also leaves to mourn her family and her in-laws. According to the last will of Gaëtan no ceremony will mark his death. Disposal of ashes will be held in the strictest intimacy at a later date. All of sympathy can mean a donation to the Papineau Health Foundation Hospital. Warm and sincere thanks to the staff of the 3rd floor of the Papineau Hospital for exceptional care and empathy testified.

 

 


 

Lee Allen Sensibaugh, Sr. (09/02/2016)

Lee Allen Sensibaugh, Sr., 69, died very suddenly Friday, September 2, 2016, while battling lung cancer. Born in Warsaw, IN, he was educated in the Warsaw school system, and graduated from Franklin University with a degree in Engineering. Mr. Sensibaugh served in the US Navy during the Vietnam era. Additionally, he served as an Electrical and Instrumentation Engineer for Jeffrey Corporation, Michelin Tire Corporation and the Weyerhaeuser Company. After retirement from corporate engineering, he operated Reliant Electrical Service of the Outer Banks for 11 years. In addition to his professional career he was a life long woodworker whose greatest joy was making pieces for his friends and family. He also gave much time to Boy Scouting, serving as a Scout Master, supported Relay for Life initiatives for many years, was an active fund raiser for the Wounded Warrior Project and a member of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Sensibaugh was a devoted son, husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his parents, Firman and Frances Sensibaugh of Franklin, VA; his wife of 34 years Ann Hundley Sensibaugh of Asheville; his children Joseph L. Sensibaugh and daughter-in-law Jennifer Sensibaugh of Herndon, VA, Lee A. Sensibaugh, Jr. of New Orleans, LA and Cheryl A. Sensibaugh of Atlanta, Ga. and one grand daughter Violet.

 



Everett Eiselen (08/30/2016)

Everett Truman Eiselen, 82, died at his home in Cambria on August 30, 2016. He was born in Stockton, California. His father, Malcolm Eiselen, was a history professor at College of the Pacific, now University of the Pacific. Everett's childhood home was in a faculty neighborhood. Several of his contemporaries remained lifelong friends. His mother, Edna, was a violinist. She inspired his passion for classical music. After receiving his doctorate from Caltech, Everett was employed as an engineer with IBM for 35 years. He worked in Silicon Valley at the time computers were evolving rapidly. His work earned numerous awards and five patents. After retirement, he enjoyed using computer programming to design complex woodturning projects. His unique wooden bowls and sculptures are treasures. Other retirement hobbies included photography, music composition, and (until age 66) riding a unicycle. Everett will be remembered for his intellect, kindness and generosity; his love of family; and his delightful disposition. Despite his long illness, he retained a sunny outlook worthy of his childhood nickname "Perk," which continued to be used by family and longtime friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert and sister Alice. He is survived by his wife, Sherry; his daughters Kim Friend (Scott) and Kelley Cutforth (Dan); stepsons Jeff Storm, Eric Storm, and Glenn Storm; and six grandchildren.



 

Bill Rubenstein (08/12/2016)

 

Bill Rubenstein, long time member and past officer of Woodturners of St. Louis passed away on August 12. Per Bill's wishes there will not be visitation or a funeral. Thoughts and prayers for the family at 3435 Hilltop Drive, St. Charles, MO 63301-0615.

 

"Bill Rubenstein: Composer, computer scientist, woodworker, inventor, builder, artist, world traveler, Bach lover, Trump hater, Laphroaig drinker, and my amazing Papa." ~ Eliza, daughter

 

 

 

 


 

Al Gruntwagin (08/09/2016)

 

"It is my sad duty to report that Al Gruntwagin, founder of the Palm Beach County Woodturners, and close friend and mentor to many of its members passed away August 9.  Al was a founding member of two chapters of the AAW, first in Long Island New York and later our own. He was also a member of the Phoenix Arizona guild for a time. Al served as President of the PBCW, and was an active board member until a few years ago. He was a driving force in the upgrading of the club's equipment and the invitation of many world famous woodturners to demonstrate for our club.  Al loved wood working and turning in particular. He especially believed in preserving the craft of woodturning by passing on the knowledge and skills of current turners to as many people as possible. He enjoyed the camaraderie of other turners and was a frequent attendee at symposia in Florida and around the USA. He was well known to many of the world's leading turners. Al constantly encouraged new turners to do more and better work. He appreciated all woodturning, even those "Art" pieces that weren't his style and some he didn't really like. Once, in my early days as a club member, I brought a particularly ugly unfinished piece to the gallery. A member commented, when he didn't know I could hear, that he didn't know why anyone would bring such a piece to the gallery. I mentioned this during my presentation of the piece as I explained that I had brought it to get feedback on how to handle the problems I encountered making the piece. After the meeting Al sought me out and told me not to worry about the comment and then taking the piece in hand explained what I could do to overcome all of the issues I had mentioned. He then invited me to come to his shop so that he could help me with them. A few years ago I made a group of goblets and brought them to the gallery. Among them was a little piece put together from found objects, some branches for a stem, a feather, with a turned bowl all held together with some white string. I remember Al picking it up and saying "Brian you take shlock and make gelt!" Such words of praise from Al was a great incentive to me. I know there are many others in our club with similar stories.  Al was best known for his sets of nested bowls, both natural and finished edge. He was a master of he McNaughton Bowl Saver and must have produced hundreds of sets of these bowls. But he also did hollow forms and boxes. Mostly he produced pieces with flawlessly smooth interior and exterior finishes. A few years ago he took up fluting, producing bowls and boxes with tools he modified himself to do the work. I, for one, was surprised when Al brought the first one to a meeting to show. I thought Al was too set in his ways to make anything so radically different from the work I was familiar with. But I was wrong, All of the hallmarks of Al's previous work were there too, flawless finishes and a dogged determination to produce the best work of which he was capable. I'm sure that is why Mary Lacer chose one of Al's fluted pieces for the AAW Museum.  Al was a collector as well and in his home had a magnificent display of turnings by some of the world"s most famous turners. I have never been prouder of my work than when on a recent visit I saw two of my own pieces in that collection. The fact that they could be there is a testament to what Al passed on to me, not just how to turn well, but an appreciation for doing the best work possible on even the smallest and simplest of turnings. I and many others will miss Al deeply, but his spirit lives on in the Palm Beach County Woodturners. Let us continue to do honor to his vision by sharing our skills and knowledge, by providing a high quality learning experience, and encouraging new turners to grow and express themselves through their work. Thank you, Al." ~  Brian Rosencrantz


 


Marsdin "Buster" K. Shaw (07/22/016)

Buster was the son of Marsdin and Marion Shaw of Bethel. He is survived by Christa, his wife of 51 years. He was the father of Sandra,and her husband Steve Frey, of Chelmsford MA. Andrea, and her husband Mark Grosner, of Brookfield CT. and Marsdin III (Chip), and his wife Kathy, of Bethel CT. Buster was the proud PopPop of Ryan, Heather, Timothy, Brandon, Matthew, Nicholas, Max and Trevor. Caroline Dickinson of Naples FL and Peter Shaw of Bethel CT are his surviving siblings. He served on active duty in the US Air Force for 21 years and went on to work as Manufacturing Engineer in Micro Lithography for another 22 years. He stayed active in his retirement as a bus driver for the Brookfield School system. Buster was an avid fisherman and wood turner. He taught basic and intermediate woodturning at Brookfield Craft Center and the Norwalk Woodcraft. He traveled extensively throughout the Northeast and across the U.S. to demonstrate advanced woodturning techniques and share his knowledge. He was recently involved with teaching woodturning to the children of the inner city with the Waterbury Youth Services. There will be a celebration of Buster's life at a location and date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the Brookfield Craft Center to establish the Buster Shaw Woodturning Scholarship. View source. 

Condolences.

 

When a tree falls in the forest, does it make a noise? Who knows. When a beloved and talented woodturner passes, does it matter? YES. Today we lost one such turner, Buster Shaw. Buster was always there to lend a helping hand, teach a new technique and inspire others to be their best. I and others will miss you dearly. Peace be with you my friend. ~ Lynda Zibbedo 

 


Arthur Carl Annucci (07/13/2016)

 

 

Arthur Carl Annucci, 72, died July 13 at Specialty Hospital in Jacksonville after a long and courageous fight with cardiovascular disease and pneumonia. He was born August 4, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY to Sylvia and Carl Annucci. He grew up in Saugerties, NY where he married Heike Groepler and had two sons. At the age of 19 he went to work for the F.L. Russell Corporation, a paper and school supply manufacturer, eventually becoming production manager. In 1983 he had the opportunity to move to St. Augustine to work for Vinyl Industrial Products (VIP) as plant manager. He retired from the company in 1997. In 2003 he married Jean Carver in a garden wedding at their home. Art had many talents and interests including oil painting, candle making and cooking. He enjoyed making and refinishing furniture, and was an accomplished woodturner. He was a current member of the Northeast Florida Woodturners’ Association, as well as Altrusa International of St. Augustine, Inc. He was a charter member of the Harley Owners Group of St. Augustine (HOGS) and served as club director for several years. Surviving family members include his wife Jean; sister Theresa (Phil) Adamonis of Island Pond, VT, and stepbrother John (Lana) Sulkey, Cedaredge, CO; sons Gregory (Tina), St. Augustine, and Michael, Land O’Lakes; stepson Francisco (Kelly) Garcia, Portland, OR and stepdaughter Daniele (Bill) Hilliker, St. Augustine. Together, the Annucci’s have six grandchildren: Erik (Lacey), Nicole, Octavia, Francesca, Ryan (Samantha), and August Rayne; and two great-grandchildren: O’Ryon and Leyna. Art loved nothing more than having his blended family together to share holidays, special events and good food. Craig Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends will be notified at a later time of a memorial service to be held in October. Contributions in Art’s memory may be made to either of two of his favorite charities: St. Joseph's Indian School, P.O. Box 300, Chamberlain, SD 57325-0300; or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

 

 

 


Allan Batty (07/10/2016)

 

We received the sad news from Stuart Batty, that his father Allan Batty, legendary artist and woodturner, has passed away. Our hearts go out to Stuart, and Allan's family and friends.

 

Here are words from Stuart:

 

"My dad Allan Batty died today peacefully in his sleep. It's hard for me to put it into words my gratitude for the knowledge my dad taught me when I was just a boy. We have all missed his entertaining woodturning demonstrations over the recent years. The last time we both demonstrated together was in Oregon all most five years ago. My dad has not demonstrated since due to illness. I'm boarding a plane right now and will post more later about my incredible dad."

 

Allan Batty was a true gentleman, a great woodturner and an all around good storyteller. He demonstrated for Cascade Woodturners several times. He always put on a great show and kept the crowd laughing. Allan started turning for a living at age 14. He spent a few years in the merchant marine and the Royal Navy, then the rest of his life making a living at woodturning. He bragged that he had never been fired from a job. Allan first came over to the United States for the 1996 AAW Symposium in Greensboro, NC. He had a hard time believing that people turned wood for fun. For him it was a job, six days a week all his life. He introduced turners here to negative rake scrapers. They came out of the blackwood and ivory turning business. He made woodturning look so easy. His threaded mushroom box out of boxwood is one of my prize pieces. One day at my place after he'd finished demonstrating and teaching for the day, we were floating in the pool and having a beer. Allan looked at me and said,"I wish I could talk to my dad (a career woodturner). I would say, "Dad, they're paying me for this." Allan was a proud, talented turner who will be missed greatly. ~ Dale Larson

 

 

 


Lyle P. Reigel (07/08/2016)

Lyle P. Reigel, age 76, of Stephensville, WI and Jacksonville Beach, FL, spent much of his life uttering the phrase, "Leave it better than you found it." He did just that when he was called home to his Heavenly Father on July 8th, 2016, following a motorcycle accident. Lyle was born in Bakerville, WI, near Marshfield, on April 21st, 1940, to William and Marcella Reigel. One of a dozen children, "seventh from the top, sixth from the bottom," he adopted the simple values of a large Catholic farm family: strong family bonds, deep Christian faith and a solid work ethic. Lyle loved God, his wife, and his gigantic family which included eleven siblings, five children, four step-children, spouses, ten grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many others who found peace, acceptance and kindness in Lyle and Victoria's home. He simply beamed when he spent time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren. He leaves behind a beautiful family and many friends who are all better people for having been a part of his life. Throughout his life, Lyle was a huge supporter of the Catholic Church, the Appleton West Rotary Club, the Fox Valley Community Foundation, and many, many charities. A humble man who preferred to stay out of the limelight, Lyle was eager to work hard and "get his hands dirty" for any project that he felt worthwhile. Lyle was a man of integrity. He gave generously of his time, talents and resources to build the communities in which he lived, encouraging others to do the same. He leaves behind a legacy of generosity that he hoped would inspire others. Lyle's work ethic defined his professional career. After serving in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, he served an electrical apprenticeship and eventually became a master electrician and State of Wisconsin Electrical Designer. He founded Reigel Electrical Corporation. In true entrepreneurial fashion, Lyle also started the Green Bay Blizzard Football team. In 1983, Lyle founded US Paper Converters, which thrives today as a major employer and industry leader. Lyle respected and cared deeply about the welfare of his employees. He leaves behind a bolstered economy and industrial infrastructure. Recent years allowed Lyle to focus on developing his artistic passion: wood turning. He spent countless hours in his workshop turning gorgeous bowls of every size and shape. He delighted in experimenting with different types of wood and finishes to create hundreds of art pieces in which he took tremendous pride. Lyle enjoyed the presence of God by working outdoors, feeding the birds and critters or simply watching nature. He loved piloting his tractor in the yard, navigating the Wolf River with his pontoon boat or his kayak, and pedaling his beach cruiser on the Florida sand. He spent much time in peaceful, prayerful reflection, pipe in hand, at his hunting land near Birnamwood. He loved his country. He appreciated freedom. He held a strong conviction for the sanctity of human life. Lyle will be remembered for his big smile, his hefty laugh, his loving eyes and his giant heart. He gave love unconditionally to family and friends. He gave his time, talent and resources to those around him in need. He focused his labor and industry on building the local community. He lived by his own words, "Leave it better than you found it." Lyle is survived by his best friend and devoted wife, Victoria; his children Daniel Reigel, David (Kathryn) Reigel, Lisa (Paul) Hoerning, Steven Reigel and Christopher (Catherine) Reigel and their mother, Irene Reigel; his step-children Leo (Wendy) Van Asten, Anthony (Adria) Van Asten, Kate (Zak) Kiernan and Phillip Van Asten; and grandchildren Shane, Tyler, Benjamin (Katie), Lauren, Anna, Zachary, Hailey, Levi, Elliot and Simon. He is further survived by his siblings LaVern Reigel, Clifford Reigel, Clara (Roger) Hartl, William (Pat) Reigel, Carol (Edwin) Becker, Richard (Tess) Reigel, Shirley (Clifford) Hirsch and James (Diane) Reigel, as well as sisters-in-law Doris Reigel, Kathleen Reigel and Kris Reigel. He is preceded in death by his parents William and Marcella Reigel and his brothers Eugene Reigel, Robert Reigel and Gerald Reigel.

 

 


Craig S. Kirks, Sr. (07/03/2016)

Craig S. Kirks, Sr., age 68 of Andover passed away July 3rd at home surrounded by his family. 36 year employee of D.S. Brown Company. Internationally recognized wood turner and instructor. Survived by loving wife Kathy of 48 years; children Heather Kirks-Reyes, Shelly Bohn (Doug), Craig Kirks, Jr. (Kabuki); 4 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter, sisters Anita Zimmerman; Sandra Dercole (Sam); oldest and dearest friends Sandy and Norman Palinkas; nieces, nephews and many more dear friends. Preceded in death by parents and brother Marc Kirks. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society. Funeral service 11:00 AM Thursday, July 7 with visitation one hour prior to service all at: Washburn-McReavy.com Coon Rapids Chapel 763-767-1000 1827 Coon Rapids Blvd.

 

 

 


James Lee Hoechstetter (06/07/2016)

James Lee Hoechstetter, 75, of Indian Land, SC passed away Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at CMC Pineville.

He was a Manager at IBM and Microsoft, was a general contractor, a real estate broker and a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was a talented wood worker and a member of the Charlotte Woodturners.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00pm Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Palmetto Funeral Home, 2049 Carolina Place Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29708. Mr. Hoechstetter is survived by his wife of 48 years Sharon; his son Brian; his daughters Diana, Debra and Denise; his grandchildren Emma, Cutter, Eva and Teagan and his nephews Larry and Bob. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Habitat for Humanity, Hospice of your choice or American Lung Association . Online condolences to the family may be made at www.palmettofh.com. The family is being served by Palmetto Funeral Home and Crematory of Fort Mill, SC.

 


Theodore "Ted" H. Wenzel (06/06/2016)

Theodore "Ted" H. Wenzel, 74 years, passed away at his home in Menasha, WI, June 6, 2016 surrounded with the love of his family. He was born on April 6, 1942 in Delavan, WI to Harold and Emoline (Heth) Wenzel. Ted graduated from Delavan/Darien High School in 1960. He also graduated from Carroll College obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1964. He attended the University of Minnesota Graduate School in Chemistry until 1968 when he moved to California to work with Kaiser Aluminum. In 1974 he returned to Wisconsin working at Schlitz in Milwaukee as a Quality Control Manager. In his later years he worked at Stroh, PPG, and Dexter. He was most recently employed with Precision Metrology in Milwaukee, WI from 1999 until 2010 when he retired to be close to his family in the Fox Valley. Ted was meticulous in his home life also. He was an accomplished woodworker, toiling in his wood shop turning exacting pieces like vases, furniture, goblets for his children's wedding gifts, and tap handles for his son's brewery. He was a member of the American Association of Woodturners in Green Bay, WI. Ted was a general handyman who family and friends counted on to help. He enjoyed golfing with his partner Phillip Endter. His yard was manicured to hold perfect lines in the lawn and a garden producing his favorite tomatoes. Ted also obtained a broker license completing the Series 7, working with Blunt, Ellis and Lowe. Most of all Ted was a loving husband, a devoted father and grandfather and enjoyed simply being at home with his loved ones. While Ted was in CA, he went on a blind date which eventually turned into a romance culminating in the marriage of Carolyn (Koressel) and Theodore Wenzel on May 8, 1971 in CA. He is survived also by his children Heather (Fred) Ueckert, Alex (Kristin) Wenzel and their children Ben and Julia, and Sally (Eric) Wenzel. Ted was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Diana (Jerry) Ladwig. A Memorial Service for Ted will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 5 PM at Wichmann-Fargo Tri-County Chapel, 1592 Oneida St., Menasha. Family and friends may call on Sunday, June 12 at the Wichmann-Fargo Tri-County Chapel from 3 PM until time of Service. In lieu of flowers memorials to Thedacare at Home Hospice in Ted's name appreciated. View source.

 

 


Herbert Green (05/09/2017)

On the evening of May 9, Herbert J. Green, age 75, passed away peacefully surrounded by family. Herb was part of the first wave of engineers who moved to Silicon Valley in the early 1970s. For the next 30 years, he worked at several companies in the Valley. After retiring, he devoted himself to woodturning. He also loved to fish, spend time with his grandchildren, and take online classes. He is survived by his loving wife Connie, children Suzanne Epstein (Joe), Julie, and Joe (Jamie), and seven grandchildren.

 

 


 

 Stephen J. DeJong (05/21/2016)

Stephen DeJong (b.1933), mentor and friend to woodturners throughout Colorado, passed away in Colorado Springs on May 10th while in hospice care for pancreatic cancer. His funeral on May 21st brought together his extended family, neighbors, friends, and a large contingent of woodturners in a celebration of his life and work. Steve’s friend, Charles R. Coon, wrote this poem for the service:

I am a Turner
This is the name
he proudly savored...
Coaxing new pattern from
places hidden in wood...
His singing lathe
persuading the grain
to reveal what
has never been seen.
If the forest might speak
it would say of
this good man:
by his gentle turning
he has transfigured
our branches and scraps
into beauty and love.


Steve taught woodturning in the Colorado prison system, coached mentors for the Front Range Woodturners, volunteered tirelessly for Pikes Peak Woodturners, and was loved by customers of fine craft shows.  One of his goblets was selected by the Smithsonian Institute. He is pictured in December 2014 at a PPW holiday party with his partner, Beverly Howes-Corbin.

A full obituary is listed on Legacy.com for  Dr. Stephen J. DeJong.

 


 

Linda Joy Kiesgen (05/09/2016)

Linda Joy Kiesgen, 67, Fifield, Wisocnsin, died peacefully at her home of natural causes on Monday, May 9, 2016. She was born on July 28, 1948. She was a Registered Nurse employed by the University of Wisconsin Hospital system in Madison for a great part of her working career. She and her husband Thomas made Fifield their permanent home at the time of their retirement. At Linda’s request, no funeral services will be held. Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.heindlfuneralhome.com/

 


 


(Vale) Neil Scobie (05/03/2016)


On Tuesday 3rd of May, Australia and the world lost one of the most talented wood artists, Neil Scobie. There is no one in Australia that has such a huge repertoire of skills, woodturner, designer, furniture maker, carver, writer, and teacher. Neil was generous. He would impart his skills freely during demonstrations nationally and internationally, writing articles in many publications and home workshops. He has touched and influenced many lives both locally, nationally, and internationally. His positive and infectious nature made him a favorite with all who met him. I will miss our chats. He was a good friend and mentor. When asked a question, his response was always measured and honest. Our condolences to Liz and family. RIP. ~ Neil Turner

 

When my profile of Neil Scobie was published in the last issue of American Woodturner (link), only a few of the readers knew that Neil was suffering from terminal cancer. Neil had asked me not to mention it because he did not want to be defined as a man in decline, and I respected that as much as everything else I respected about him. However, if you read between the lines you will find what I could not openly write. We also knew that any announcement would mean hundreds of calls, and he did not want his family to be disturbed any more than could be avoided. As always, Neil thought of others first. Neil’s last few months were spent in the warm embrace of his family’s love and the teams of close friends who visited their home, cutting the grass, finishing commissions, or just sitting quietly and talking.Neil approached his passing with as much dignity as he did with everything else in his life, selflessly and with courage. Family and friends will gather next week to farewell this good man, but he will live on in our memories as a strong example to us all of how to live a good life. We will never have another friend like him and he will be sorely missed. ~ Terry Martin



Douglas Corrigal
(04/27/2016)

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Douglas Corrigal, age 66, beloved husband of Debbi Gola. Doug passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday April 27, 2016 at the Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, SK. He was born on May 3, 1949 in Prince Albert, to Anne (Corrigal) Deschner and Ross Corrigal. Doug grew up in Prince Albert, SK. He graduated from Prince Albert Technical High School with top honors in Drafting. After high school he worked for Webb Surveys in Saskatoon, SK. Doug's love of architecture and building led him to pursue his interest in carpentry and over a period of years he obtained his Journeyman's Certificate in Carpentry. He also continued to develop his drafting skills and over the years had drawn the blueprints for many new homes in the Prince Albert area. At the age of 20 he began his employment with the Government of Saskatchewan working for the Department of Northern Saskatchewan as a draftsman. As his career continued, he became a contract administrator with DNS. When DNS transformed into the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, Doug became a building inspector and travelled throughout Northern Saskatchewan. In 1999 Doug took early retirement after 32 years of service. Before Doug retired he developed an interest in wood turning so he built his own lathe and taught himself how to turn. He carried on his interest in wood by learning to carve. Doug was a founding member of the Prince Albert Wood Turner's Guild and a member of the Hub City Turners in Saskatoon. By following his passion to create works of art in wood he not only gained many lifelong friends, he was also privileged to receive many awards for his work. Doug's works of art are housed in collections not only in Prince Albert, but internationally. He was a very artistic, creative and highly talented man who was always willing to share his knowledge, workshop and tools with others. Along with his passion for wood turning, Doug also enjoyed restoring old cars and trucks. He loved spending time with his family and was always willing to help friends or family when needed. Douglas is survived by his wife, Debbi Gola; his daughter, Susan (Michael) Klassen; his brothers, Brian (Shirley) Corrigal and Terry (Janet) Corrigal; his sisters Wendy Corrigal, Brenda Corrigal and Bev Corrigal; mother-in-law, Mary Gola; sisters-in-law: Valerie MacDougall, Michelle Gola (Darren Breckenridge) and his faithful pet companions, Molly and Zoe. More.

 


James Neal Goren (04/24/2016)

Jim was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, to the late David and Kate Goren. After graduating Lawrence Academy and attending Boston University, Jim started his career employed at his family's business, Davis Sportswear. He then began his career in magic and became known as The Great Nerog, performing magic shows for children on the Magic Bus and for adult audiences throughout New England. In 1976, Jim and his wife, Barbara (Payne), opened their first of many J.B. Scoops, including Flurries, making homemade ice cream with stores throughout New England. Jim was a well-known character around the Lakes Region known as "Mr. Scoops." He then went on to create The Griddle in the Middle, a make your own pancake and family restaurant, located in Meredith. He captivated audiences with his story telling and was involved in community theater. He was very creative and self-taught in any endeavor that sparked his interest. He had a passion for sweets, candy making, photography and woodworking, crafting many beautiful handmade items for family, friends, and charities. Jim loved to read and traveled all over the world with his wife, Barbara. Jim is survived by his wife, Barbara: his son, Kyle and his wife Sarah of Moultonborough; and daughter, Denise and her husband Larry Scanlon of Telluride, Colorado. He was very proud of his five grandchildren, Liam, Mason, Caroline, Hudson and Payton.



 

Jorge Salinas (04/21/2016)

Jorge Salinas of Annandale, VA, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Loving father of Sebastian and Jess, he is survived by his wife, Patricia; his mother, Gladys; his brothers, José and Juan; and a large community of friends and family. He was a member of the Capitol Area Woodturners Association. His woodturnings can be viewed at www.jorgesalinaswood.com. He was a Mercedes-Benz auto technician, and he worked at Euro Motor Cars, in Bethesda, MD and American Service Center in Arlington, VA. A Mass in his memory will be celebrated for family and friends on Wednesday, April 27 at noon, at Christ the King Catholic Church on Colston Dr. in Silver Spring, MD. Learn more.

 


Jack J. Kniaz (04/09/2016)

John Joseph Kniaz “Jack”, 69, of Belvidere, IL passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016, at his home. He was born March 24, 1947 in Chicago, IL. The son of John Joseph Kniaz Sr. He graduated from Gainesville Florida High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He attended the University of Florida, received his Bachelors in Business from McHenry County College, and his Masters in Business from Webster University, MO. He was a computer specialist for IBM. He married Barbara June Foreman July 4, 1985 in Raleigh, NC. He was a member of the Woodturners Association, enjoyed reading, writing, gardening, woodworking, computer programing and playing with his cats, Koko, Sheba, and Pepper. He is survived by his beloved wife Barbara June Kniaz “BJ”; step-son, Jeffrey Tomas; the daughter he never had Lisa Lilly; 9 grandchildren; brother, Bill (Miharu) Pittman; brother-in-law, Chuck Foreman; sister-in-law Deborah (Mike) Fox; 2 nieces. He is preceded in death by his father and grandparents Edward Polivka & Ethel Pease.

 


 

Todd Solomon (04/09/2016)

82, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Diane; and his daughter, Amy. Services and internment will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Thursday, April 14, 10:45 am. There will be a Celebration of his life at University Village, date and time to be announced. Donations in his memory may be sent to the Jewish War Veterans or Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon. Todd was a gentleman in every sense. He loved and cared deeply for his daughter and wife. He served in the Army as a Pfc. His hobby in New Jersey where he lived for 30 years, was old cars. After his retirement in 1989 from AT&T, he became an avid golfer. During a sojourn living in South Carolina, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of learning how to turn wood. He leaves a legacy of beautiful bowls, platters, and decorative items. Todd enjoyed collecting and drinking wine, and imbibing a small glass of Johnnie Walker Blue. His brilliant mind maintained a storehouse of knowledge. As an avid childhood reader he read the encyclopedia, and his element was the internet where he spent hours a day reading news, studying wine, and keeping informed about every subject. Todd is genuinely missed by his relatives and many friends. All who knew him were enriched by his friendship. Learn more.

 


 

Phyllis Selnick (04/04/2016)


We extend our condolences to Al Selnick, whose wife Phyllis passed away suddenly on April 4th. The Selnicks shared a love of art, and developed warm relationships with many of the artists whose work they collected. Phyllis was a social worker for many years, and a discerning collector of folk art. She followed her passion, earned a degree in Folk Art, and volunteered as a docent at the American Museum of Folk Art. She and Al were married for 46 years. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 8th at 11:30am: Campbell Funeral Home located at 1076 Madison Ave in New York City, NY (81st St). In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations in memory of Phyllis be made to the Holocaust Museum, Ronald McDonald House or to the American Museum of Folk Art. Learn more.

 


Hansi Brenninger (04/02/2016)

A beloved Aspen man died Saturday morning after a skiing accident at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah. Hansi Brenninger was on a ski trip with his son, according to local friends. The Park City Police Department released a statement Sunday that said a 48-year-old Aspen man was skiing on an advanced trail with family when he collided with a tree. Police, fire and Life Flight responded about 10:20 a.m., where the ski patrol was already on the scene providing emergency medical care, “but the man ultimately succumbed to his injuries and was not transported to a hospital,” the statement said. Brenninger was a full-time ski instructor at Aspen Mountain. Andy Docken, Aspen Mountain’s ski school manager, said Sunday that the news of his death has already resonated loudly. People have been reaching out to the school from all over the world to express their grief and condolences, he said. “Hansi was just a good person,” Docken said. “He treated everyone with respect.” Docken said there’s a saying in the ski industry that some people teach others how to ski, but people like Hansi taught people how to be skiers. He taught skiing in Europe and back in Australia, where he was from. “How to appreciate the mountain, the pace of the lifestyle, look at the view, enjoy a nice glass of wine at the end of the day — he understood that whole part of it,” Docken said. Christophe Rech knew Brenninger for 18 years. They worked in the ski school together and developed an unbreakable friendship. Rech remembered his friend Sunday as someone who always enjoyed life. “He was a great man. I loved him — he was a brother to me,” Rech said. “We spent so much time together just enjoying life. He touched so many people. He helped so many people. Everybody liked him. I’m pretty sure he didn’t have any enemy.” Rech said Brenninger never seemed to get mad. He always wanted to help people, whether it was pushing a friend to go faster when they used to ski race together or helping someone solve a problem. He was a man of many passions, too. From being a true family man, always there for his wife and children, to taking welding classes and learning woodworking, Rech said his friend was able to find joy in many things. Brenninger also worked in real estate for Joshua & Co., where he described himself in his online biography as an artist and an avid photographer. That’s how many community members, especially fellow parents, remember him, too. He was the father that you often saw wherever his kids were, often with his camera, said family friend Kari Kiker. Brenninger was always encouraging his children — Emily, a freshman at Aspen High School, and Max, a seventh-grader at Aspen Middle School — from the sidelines at their soccer games, Kiker said. “He’s just always present with the kids, always around — just a soft-spoken man, a very gentle soul,” Kiker said. “He’s so interested in everyone else’s kids, too. He’s always the guy on the sidelines taking photographs and asking about all the kids. … He’s that dad. He enjoys it; he soaks it up.” Kiker said Brenninger’s cause of death is all the more tragic because of what a strong — and safe — skier he was. “I think people would think of Hansi as one of the best skiers around,” she said. Brenninger also was a beautiful skier with a unique style. Docken said he had a very distinguishable style, so much so that he had silhouette drawings of himself made into stickers that he would sport around on his gear. “You could see that silhouette coming down the mountain, and you would know that’s Hansi,” Docken said. “His hands out wide, feet close together.” Brenninger’s wife, Kelley, posted a video Sunday on Facebook of her husband skiing, and that style was immediately noticeable. Another photo she posted of the two of them on a chairlift had the caption, “I love him.” Rech called Brenninger a legend in the ski school — for his skiing, yes, but also for who he was as a person. He’s irreplaceable, Rech said. “It was like when he was skiing, he was enjoying it and it was free,” Rech said. “Just like flying — so smooth and enjoying life when he was skiing. And just smiling, always smiling.”

 


 

Robert "Bob" Way (03/27/2016)
Canton, MI

 


 

Wally Dickerman (03/23/2016)

For Wally Dickerman, woodturning was a wonderful lifelong journey. A self-taught turner, he bought his first lathe in 1936 at the tender age of 15, after figuring out how to turn a bowl on the Oliver lathe in his high school shop. Wally served in the Navy before beginning a career in the wholesale sporting goods business, and raising a family. Throughout those busy years he continued to turn, but it wasn't until he retired in 1986 that he was able to give the lathe his full attention. Shortly thereafter, Wally became a full-time woodturner and started teaching, demonstrating, and regularly selling his work through galleries. He taught more than 500 students, mostly beginners, and believed in the value of quality in-person turning instruction. Over the years he attended many symposiums, learning a great deal plus making many lasting friendships, and seeing other parts of the country. He belonged to Cascade Woodturners Association in Portland, Oregon, and Southern Arizona Woodturners in Tuscon, Arizona. Wally was married to his wife Jane for more than 70 years. hey lived in Portland, Oregon. Read Wally's 30th Anniversary Profile.

 

 


 

Ralph J. Kubal Jr. (03/18/2016)

Ralph J. Kubal Jr., 85, of Medina, Ohio, passed away March 18, 2016. He was born March 2, 1931. Ralph proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He enjoyed golfing, music and was a renowned woodturner. Ralph will be missed by his beloved wife, Marilyn (nee Will); children, Linda (Joseph) Palmer, Mickey (Robert) Crandall, Jenney (Dave) Pumpa, Kathryn (Terry) Green, Theresa (Robert) Mizerik, Teri (Louie) Tsamous, Kathy (Philip) Hussey, Amy (Don) Stangler and David (Shelley) Tippett; 12 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Louise. View source.

 

 


 

Marion Bentley Dunham (03/09/2016)

 

Marion Bentley Dunham, 102, died March 9, 2016 in Naples Florida. Born in Delhi, Louisiana, Marion Dunham was the oldest of six children. His grandmother led him to become a Christian at age 8 and this formed the rest of his life. He became an ordained Southern Baptist minister at age 18 in 1932. He pastored 11 churches, with the longest tenures being in Ketchikan, Alaska, and Salina, Oklahoma. A special opportunity in Ketchikan came with his recording and broadcasting a fifteen-minute radio program six nights a week for almost eighteen years. He reached the remote logging camps as well as the local residents in Ketchikan. The other unique development in Ketchikan came with establishment of Orton Ranch, a well run, well furnished encampment, located twenty-five miles away from town, for the purpose of holding church camps. Many support teams from Georgia and Oklahoma participated in the building and improving of the property, as well as mission outreach. At age 91 he became a wood turner as he began turning pens and bowls on a lathe with the instructions from his friend in Rome, Georgia and his son in law in Florida. He has turned hundreds of pens and the proceeds from any that he sold have gone to mission fields. He continued making pens through age 101 and loved every minute he spent doing this. He made beautiful clocks for each of his eight great grandchildren. He is survived by his two daughters, Marianne Hunter and Dottie Jackson, as well as four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, and niece Lynn Todino and nephew Jim Captain, both of Rome. He had many titles and they all represented a loving relationship: Daddy, Papaw, Papaw 2, Old Uncle, Mr. D., Mr. Marion, and Pastor. Mr. D. lived in Rome, Georgia from 1991 to 2010, where was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. He moved to Naples, Florida in 2010 and formed many new friendships. Becoming a member at First Baptist Church was so important to him. He was loved and will be greatly missed. View source.

 

 


Everett M. Friese (03/07/2016)

Everett M. Friese died unexpectedly Monday afternoon at the Backus Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was last employed as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service before retiring. He was married to Christine (Sachonchik) Friese who survives him. Funeral services and burial will be private. Learn more. 

 


Paul Martin (03/07/2016)

Paul Roger Martin, 75, born in Churchville, VA, on August 19, 1940 to Della Elizabeth and Elmer Clarence Martin, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2016 at Covenant Hospice. Paul served proudly in the US Air Force as a Civil Engineer and was a respected local business owner. Paul and Mary operated several successful businesses including, A Comfort Maker AC and New England Seafood. Paul is survived by his beloved wife of over 40 years, Mary Elizabeth Martin, his sister, Paulette "Bonnie" Yvonne Lamb, and several Nephews and Nieces. "Buddy" as he was known by his family was always eager to lend a helping hand. Neighbors will sorely miss his lawn expertise. Learn more.

 


 

Alfred Donald "Don" Hoskins (02/17/2016)

 

With deepest sadness, we announce that Don Hoskins passed away peacefully, at the age of 89, after a long struggle with ill health. Don was predeceased by parents, Alfred and Pauline; sister, Ruth; brother, Glenn; and wife of 58 years, Dawn. Don is truly missed and loved always by his children, Katherine (Rex), Greg (Donna), Karen (Marty), and Beth (Brian), as well as his grandchildren, Sarah, Katie, Matthew, Carly, Amy, and Curtis. Don is deeply missed and forever loved as well by his wife, Daphne, and her children, Kelly (Mike), Patty (Tom), and Kevin (Paula), and her grandchildren, Brennan, Jesse, Tessa, and Julianna, as well as many family members and friends across Canada and beyond. Don was a man of character, commitment and strong family values. His ready smile, hearty greeting, and calm, supportive caring in all his relationships won him many friends and much respect. He had a great storehouse of knowledge, which he enjoyed sharing at any opportunity! Don was born in Chilliwack, BC, and participated in basketball and mountain climbing as a young man. His educational career included a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Sciences, and Master of Science with a focus on Chemical Engineering. His early ambition was to be a teacher, and he was a teacher by nature, but Chemical Engineering became his direction, resulting in a 30 year career in the oil industry. He began at IOCO Refinery in Port Moody, and later was an executive with Shell Oil in many diverse positions and locations across Canada, and briefly, Texas. Upon retirement in 1983, Don and Dawn relocated to beautiful Belcarra, where he resided for the rest of his days, loving the life "between forest and sea." Sadly, his wife Dawn died in 2005 after a long illness, during which Don faithfully cared for her at home. Don wrote a new and unexpected chapter in his life when he was introduced to Daphne, and they married in 2008! So many happy times were shared with family and friends both at home and travelling far and wide. Don's favourite place to be was always at home in Belcarra. He had many interests such as wood turning, gardening, community service, travel, great music and art, reading, red wine, and socializing! Don was an active community member, serving as Councillor in Belcarra for 11 years and making many significant contributions. He was deservedly granted the "Freedom of the Municipality" in 1997. Don's passion and skill for wood turning is well known, and he was a founding member of the Greater Vancouver Wood Turners Guild, attending many meetings, conferences and workshops, giving demos and selling his beautiful wares across the lower mainland. He was well known in the Port Moody and Coquitlam Arts Community. Through these involvements, Don made lifelong friendships, and was awarded a lifetime membership in GVWG, and an Outstanding Contributions Award in 2015. Truly, this was a very special gentleman - accomplished, intelligent, thoughtful, and kind. His keen wit and sense of humour were uniquely "Don," but he will be remembered most of all for his way of making everyone he met, from three to ninety-three, feel valued and cared for. Don will be missed and fondly remembered, always. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Old Orchard Hall, 646 Bentley Road (off Ioco Rd), Port Moody. Donations in Don's memory may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation, BC Lung Association, or Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. Special gratitude goes to the caring and capable staff of C2B at Eagle Ridge Hospital, and his several doctors. "Rest now, dear one, and know you are loved." 

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Richard J. Oudt (01/25/2016)

 

Richard J. Oudt passed away on January 25, 2016 at his home. Richard is survived by his love, Bernadette Mauro; and his loving parents, Bruce and Janice Oudt. Richard graduated from Shenendehowa School and the College of St. Rose. He was the owner of Talon Studios and was an Illustrator for GE for several years, and a talented artist. He will be missed by his family every day. Words cannot express the sadness of his passing. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to area charities of the individual's choice. Learn more.

 

 

 


 

Baxter E. Luther (01/02/2016)

Having lost my battle with pancreatic cancer, I died quietly on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the Community Hospice Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring. My loving wife of 66 wonderful years, Rosia, my two daughters, Gwendolyn Branch (Jimmy), Phyllis Arnold (Craig Buchanan) and precious granddaughter, Alicia Stewart (newly wed to Ricky) were all with me, as I joined many family members and dear friends that passed on before me. I was born January 28, 1930 in Randolph County, North Carolina. I joined the U.S. Air Force in 1952. While stationed in Germany for several years, Rosia and I were fortunate to travel the beautifully scenic Rhine Countries extensively. We were also blessed with the birth of our first daughter, Gwendolyn. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 1956, we settled in Jacksonville where I began my life long career in finance with The American Discount Company and we joyfully celebrated the birth of our second daughter, Phyllis. In 1966 I became employed by the Florida National Banks until my retirement in May, 1985 as Senior Vice President of the Retail Banking Division. During my working career, I met and worked with some wonderful people. In 1966 I began my relationship with the Optimist Club and then in 1979 I joined the Arlington Rotary Club. Having lived all of my Jacksonville years in Arlington, I had seen the economic challenges the residents of Arlington were facing; especially the children. The Boys and Girls Club of Woodland Acres was an excellent opportunity to make a true difference in these young lives. These children are eager to follow the right path; they only need help finding the correct way. I was extremely fortunate to have had a career doing what I loved; helping others. All of these things I did for me. I am indebted to those who allowed me to mentor their successes and challenges. I have been blessed with a beautiful family and many good friends. Thanks to all of you who helped me along my journey. I have truly been a blessed man in every way. Life has been good to me. Please don't be upset with me, but there will not be a service in Jacksonville. I've requested a private family gathering in North Carolina at the church I attended with my parents as a young boy. And last, a touch of humor I'll leave with you. . . No matter how rich or powerful you think you are; the size of your funeral will be determined by the weather! In lieu of flowers, please make donations, in memory of Baxter Luther, to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida,555 W 25th Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32206 or Northeast Florida Community Hospice, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257. View source.

 

 


 

Gerald "Jerry" Markowitz (01/02/2016)

 

Gerald "Jerry" Markowitz, died January 2, 2016, at the age of 61 in his home in Bush LA. Jerry attended grade school and high school in Queens, NY. He graduated from Queens College with a BS in Geology and from the University of Kentucky with an MS in Geology. Upon graduation, he began work in the oil industry as a Petroleum Geologist for Texaco and later with Chevron upon their merger with Texaco. He was planning on retiring in the Summer of 2016 but leaves his work early with 36 1/2 years of service. Jerry 's favorite hobbies were rock and mineral collecting and wood working-- especially wood turning. He was a founding and lifetime member of the Bayou Wood Turners Club. He was the club's photographer and newsletter editor. He was also very active in the St. Tammany Woodworkers Guild, being the club's secretary, photographer, and newsletter editor. Jerry leaves behind his wife and best friend, Lila Salvatore. They were married for over 31 years. He also leaves his mother Sylvia Markowitz of Bayside, Queens, NY; a brother Mark Markowitz of NJ (Linda); a nephew, Michael Markowitz; his dear Aunt Rose Tanchefsky; his Aunt Edith Mark of Plymouth, Mass.; and many cousins. Private graveside services will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Watertown, Ct., There is no visitation. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hickcox Funeral Home, 195 Main St., Watertown, CT. In lieu of flowers, plants, or food, please send donations in his memory to any of these charities that Jerry had chosen: University of Kentucky Geofund, supporting general department needs including undergrad and graduate scholarships; University of Kentucky Haynes Field Trip Scholarship Fund; Walter S. Newman Memorial Scholarship fund at Queens College of the City of New York; AAPG Foundation L. Austin Weeks Undergrad fund; or the AAW Educational Opportunity Grant, to provide funding for woodturning related classes, and equipment for individual woodturners and students. 

 


 

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