Annemarie Walther

Walther, Annemarie OCEANSIDE -- Annemarie Walther was born in Hamburg, Germany on October 24, 1924; she died peacefully in Vista, California on February 19, 2013, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She was married to the late Rodolfo P. Walther of Los Angeles where she immigrated in 1960. She worked in the travel industry for many years and traveled around the world before moving to Oceanside, Calif., in 1980. Annemarie's early childhood was filled with a love for crayons, colors and art shows, but her art education began when her husband retired and they moved to Austria. There she took drawing lessons and later, in Hamburg and Los Angeles, she took private instruction in oil painting. After moving to Oceanside, she continued art classes, primarily at Mira Costa and Palomar Colleges. She was most inspired by her principal art teacher, Eleanor Blangsted, and worked in acrylic, oil, soft pastels, charcoal. Annemarie became interested in woodblock printing after attending a workshop on Gyotaku (Fish Printing) at the USC Catalina Marine Science Center, conducted by F.G. Hochberg. Stained glass was another of Annemarie's delights and she was, for many years a member of the Stained Glass Guild of North County, participating in their exhibits. She was also a member of the Carlsbad Oceanside Art League. Annemarie's work has appeared in galleries at Mira Costa College, Carlsbad Senior Center, various San Diego locations and private collections. Her remaining work will be housed at the Oceanside Museum of Art, where she was a valued volunteer for 18 years. Annemarie possessed an enormous, enviable palette of talents, a catching charm, a warm kindness, an admirable discipline; she was always keen to learn and had a broad range of knowledge, enhanced by reading since her childhood. Her friends and relatives, both local and overseas, deeply miss her. Annemarie wished to have no memorial service; her ashes will be scattered at sea.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Mar. 10, 2013