In Loving Memory of
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Grace Scilipoti Rubsamen Grace Scilipoti Rubsamen, 98, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday afternoon, with family members present for a last goodbye. Grace began her life in Mineola, Long Island, New York, and later moved with her parents (Michael Scilipoti and Lillian Crossen Scilipoti) to Towaco, New Jersey. She attended Boonton High School, where she met her high school sweetheart and future husband, Robert Brownlee Rubsamen ("Bob").
Grace studied art and fashion design at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, where she cultivated a talent as a cartoonist. She married Bob on February 19, 1937. In the early 1950's, the couple moved their young family to California, where Bob continued to pursue a successful career with General Motors. Grace worked as a Latin teacher, and later as a library assistant. Throughout her life, however, her passion remained her art, and following Bob's retirement in 1979, the two moved to Mendocino, California, where they joined a thriving artists' community. Grace and Bob both dedicated much time and energy to the Mendocino Art Center, where Grace spent several happy years as director of the Art Gallery. Throughout, she continued her explorations in oil, acrylic, water color and pastels, leaving a bounty of beautiful memories to be shared among family and friends.
After losing Bob to cancer in 1996, Grace moved to Raeford, North Carolina, to be near her daughter, Christine, and family. She later relocated to Reno, Nevada, to be near her son, Richard, and his family, and settled in the Monaco Ridge assisted living facility, where she received loving care and continued painting until the last few months of her life.
Surviving are her children: Anne Rubsamen Miller and Thomas Miller of Federal Way Washington; Christine and James Wright of Raeford, North Carolina; and Richard and Jane Rubsamen of Incline Village, Nevada. She was the proud grandmother of nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and four great, great grandchildren. Grace will be missed by all.
The family is planning a memorial service in Mendocino, California, in September, 2013. Please send inquiries to PO Box 6338, Incline Village, Nevada, 89450.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 30, 2013