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Surrounded by her family, Mary Isabella Taylor Groblewski, age 95, of Lexington, Beverly, and Topsfield, MA, died on Friday, August 4th, 2017. Born in Boston, MA, Isabella was the eldest of three children of William James Romeyn Taylor and Hortense Sauveur Taylor. For 65 years Isabella was the committed spouse of Harry John Groblewski, who predeceased her in 2012. Isabella was the loving, caring mother of Mary I. Starck (BJ Dean) of Atlanta, GA, Casimir R. Groblewski (Dr. Teresa Zabik) of Lexington, MA, Lucia A. Jenkins (Thomas Jenkins) of Wakefield, MA, and Dr. Thomas Groblewski (Cynthia Bush) of Beverly, MA. Isabella cherished and took great interest in each of her 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. After graduating from Concord Academy, Isabella followed her lifelong passion and attended the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. She reveled in her ability to independently accomplish this while working at the famed Dedham Pottery Factory. A uniquely talented artist, Isabella explored and excelled in sculpture, watercolor, pottery, paper-making and serigraphy. Collaborating closely, Isabella and Harry taught at independent schools in Texas, South Carolina and Massachusetts; she art, and he English, Latin and Shakespeare. Their love of teaching was fueled by their firm belief that every person has value and something to offer. Their working partnership and support for each other was unparalleled. Glen Urquhart School of Beverly Farms, MA, was their final joint professional venture: Harry was the founding headmaster; Isabella designed and developed the art program. Isabellas art highlighted a wide variety of subjects: the importance of women in her life, landscapes, and a silkscreen series showcasing the natural beauty of flowers. Her art has been shown in Texas, South Carolina, and New England; she has watercolors, prints, and pottery in private collections in the United States, Great Britain, and Singapore. Isabellas fierce spirit and passion endure through her art and her family. Isabellas innate interest in and love for people and the environment fed the depth and breadth of her artwork. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her knowledge, her kindness, her sense of self, and her eye for beauty. In Isabellas honor, her family will be showing some of her artwork on Sunday, November 12th, 2017, from 12noon-3pm at Glen Urquhart School, 74 Hart Street, Beverly Farms, MA 01915. All are welcome to visit the show. Refreshments will be served. Those choosing to do so may make a memorial contribution in Isabellas name to The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, c/o Development, 230 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115.
Published in The Beverly Citizen from Sept. 15 to Sept. 28, 2017
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