Jean H. Wetzler, 93, artist, volunteer

April 29, 2002|By Laurie Willis | Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF

Jean Hamburger Wetzler, an artist and volunteer, died Wednesday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care of complications from injuries she suffered in a car accident. She was 93.

"She was a great person," said Dorothy Fox of Pikesville, a friend with whom Mrs. Wetzler traveled to Europe several years ago. "We had a wonderful time. We went out to dinner on Saturday nights, and we used to have dinner at our apartments. I'd have to say we were active until she had her accident a year ago. Socially, we kept very busy."

Mrs. Wetzler, who decorated her apartment with her artistic creations, was born in Baltimore. She graduated from the Park School before attending Goucher College for two years and earning a degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, said her son, Philip Wetzler.

She was married to Norman Wetzler for 59 years until his death in 1987, and worked part time as a saleswoman and cashier at a men's clothing store he owned, Philip Wetzler said.

Mrs. Wetzler was a member of Har Sinai Congregation for more than 50 years, he said.

Mr. Wetzler said his mother used to volunteer at the former Baltimore League for Crippled Children.

"I know she spent hours over there, teaching them to play sports, to draw, things of that nature," Mr. Wetzler said. "The most important thing was that she gave tons of time."

Over the years, she remained passionate about her art, he said.

"She did a lot with oils and natural paints," Mr. Wetzler said. "She was always exploring new dimensions in art, always with the mindset that she could learn and improve."

Mrs. Fox described her longtime friend as a "a wonderful artist" who enjoyed painting with a group of women at an area Orthodox school.

The two knew each other as children because Mrs. Wetzler was best friends with Mrs. Fox's older sister, who died several decades ago.

"As we got older, we became very close friends," Mrs. Fox said. "There will be a void in my life."

In addition to her son, Mrs. Wetzler is survived by another son, John Wetzler of Greenwich, Conn.; four grandchildren and three great-grandsons.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Levinson Brothers Funeral Home, 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. Interment will be at Har Sinai Congregation Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Maryland.

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