Janusz Jerzy Gottwald 1944-2010 MOUNT WASHINGTON - Janusz Gottwald of West Street, Mount Washington, died Friday, September 10, 2010 in the Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Conn. Janusz was born on March 26, 1944 in Lask, Poland and was raised in the Gstaad Valley in Austria through his early youth. He arrived in Manhattan, N.Y. as a young boy which became his home, and to which he returned after his education, to raise his family of children. He attended Fordham Prep in New York and continued his college and graduated studies at Notre Dame and Rhode Island School of Design. He majored both in history and architecture. While attending RISD he lived with his wife of that time, Laura Gottwald, in Providence, R.I. They were together for over 20 years and had two children together, Vezna and Lukasz. His second marriage was to Lisé Forster Gottwald. They were together for over 23 years. From this loving relationship came two more beloved children, Aniela and Tatiana. He established his architectural practice in Manhattan and began his expression of the vision that he held and grew, which was the artful creation of architecture within which the joyful celebration of life would be expressed. He considered architecture as, "clothing around the activity of living", and wove a loving compassionate creative spirit into all the projects that he did. He was a metaphysician and embraced all religious paths and beliefs as a reflection of the profound and beautiful diversity of people and place. He bought his land in the town of Mount Washington in 1982 and it has been his full time home with his wife Lisé and children, Aniela and Tatiana for the past 17 years. His love for his four children was profound, unconditional and everlasting. His life in the Berkshire community has inspired and infused both his spirit and his work over the years, he was deeply loved. A truly sacred landscape. Survivors include his wife, Lisé Gottwald, his children, Vezna, Lukasz, Aniela and Tatiana, for whom he lived with great strength and desire, his sister, Dr. Karin Lyngstad-Hughes and his first wife, Laura Gottwald. FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be a private ceremony to celebrate the beauty of his life. Donations in his memory may be made to the Aniela and Tatiana College Fund through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Remembrances, memories and reflections may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Sep. 22, 2010.