Emily (Mortensen) GassmannJuly 31, 1926 ~ January 10, 2017 (age 90)
Emily Gassmann was born in Brooklyn NY on July 31, 1926. She is a graduate of Cooper Union Art School, New York City, where she majored in Architecture. After graduating, she was employed in the Graphics Arts field. Later she designed commercial logos and worked at Bells Labs drafting room. She served as Trustee for the Northwest Bergen Craft Guild and was a member of the Community Arts and Ringwood Manor Art Association. She was a craftsman and sustaining member of the American Crafts Council. Emily’s scrimshaw has been shown throughout Sussex and Bergen Counties in New Jersey and Rockland County, NY. Her Batik has been displayed to the public at the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce Art Show where she earned a ribbon. Her batik of a Native American won her a blue ribbon in an art show in Englewood, Florida. She also earned a blue ribbon for her pastel drawing of a young Honduran girl holding a doll. Her last blue ribbon came for an ink drawing of her cat, Muffin spilling ink on the same drawing. In truth, I remember my mom telling me that she would have to re-draw it because Muffin did indeed spill ink on the drawing during the sitting. I felt it was appropriate to show it and describe it as is and to see how it was received. Emily loved to sew and was part of the quilting club at Grace Lutheran Church. She was a very giving person who loved to see the world and traveled extensively after her husband of 35 years, Martin T. Gassmann, passed away in 1984.
Emily was pre-deceased by her daughter Suzanne Gassmann Cox.
She is survived by sons: Todd and James and his wife Gina, 7 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
If inquiries are made, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Association, and American Bible Society.
There will be a memorial service at Grace Lutheran Church, 5010 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609 on January, 20th at 3 p.m.