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Louise Lande Oppenheimer, Artist, 67
San Antonio artist Louise Lande Oppenheimer passed away on Friday the 7th of February, 2014 at Christus Sister Mary Hospice Center in San Antonio, Texas after fighting lung cancer. She was born in San Antonio, Texas to Libby Lande Oppenheimer and Alexander Joske Oppenheimer on December 6th, 1946, both of whom preceded her in death. At the time of her passing, Louise was surrounded by family and friends.
Louise graduated from Saint Mary's Hall, going on to attend Pine Manor Junior College, New York University, the University of Texas at Austin, and received her baccalaureate from Incarnate Word University in design. A lifetime lover of art, something acquired from both of her parents, she attended the Southwest School of Art as a student with a focus on metal smithing. A constant fixture at the school, both as a student as well as an instructor's assistant from the 1980's until the early 2000's, Louise made friends with an ever growing circle of local artists, finally building her own studios in two successive houses in the Alamo Heights area. The focus of her work was "found things", which was taking something that had been cast off and incorporating it into the piece.
Louise is survived, and will be missed greatly by her sister Elizabeth Oppenheimer Jones and husband Richard (Dallas), her sons, Jay Allan Jordan II and wife Gina, Alexander Joske O. Jordan and wife Raquel, her niece Stacy Jones Drummond and husband Ian (Los Angeles), grandchildren Megan and Trey Jordan, Olivia (Las Vegas) and Anthony Gardnerjordan, and Sabrina Cavazos. In addition, she is survived by her aunt Dorthea Chittim Oppenheimer, cousin Lucille Oppenheimer Travis and family, cousin Johnny Oppenheimer and family, her best friend since she was 5 years old, Jean Castleberry Adsit (Saratoga Springs), as well as too many friends and relatives to mention here. A very special thanks and appreciation are extended to Dr. Ahmad M. Wehbe, MD of CTRC, her oncologist, and Dr. Dina X. Goytia-Leos, MD of San Antonio Medical Associates.
Louise was remembered at a small memorial gathering at her home in Alamo Heights by many close friends and relatives. In lieu of flowers she requested that contributions be made to Planned Parenthood of San Antonio, 120 Ashby Place, San Antonio, Texas, 78212.
Published in Express-News on Mar. 2, 2014