Tammy Lynn Zlotnik
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TAMMY LYNN ZLOTNIK, age 43, passed away on July 10, 2007 at her home in Bellingham, WA., after a valiant fight with cancer. She was surrounded by her parents, Martha and Jerry Zlotnik; friends, Ariel, Bethany, Leslie, Douglas and special friend Stephen. She will be missed by many including her mother, Sandra Nuendorfer; sisters, Jodie (Paul) Turosky, Shannon (Dr. Eric Pollack); and brother, Mitchell (Amy); niece, Kayla; and nephews, Brandon and Jacob; grandmother, Lillian Kronheim; aunts, Lenore Benjamin, Marilyn Weiss (Larry Mettler), and Bernice Schwager (Marty); and uncle, Steven Kronheim (Marcia Bond); as well as numerous cousins. After graduating Cleveland Heights High School, Tammy went on to receive a Summa Cum Laude Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Miami University in Oxford, OH. While attending Miami, she received the Pic Memorial Printing Scholarship; the President's Award for Merit and Scholarship and the Alumni Scholarship in Visual Arts. After studying at London University in England, Tammy spent two years in New Hampshire teaching art to children. Moving from New Hampshire to the artistic community of Bellingham, WA. provided Tammy with a greater opportunity to hone her skills. She took a hiatus to attend Leslie College in Boston, MA., where she earned her Master's Degree in Art Therapy. During this period of her life, she worked with the homeless to help them express their feelings and frustrations through art. Upon returning to Bellingham she took a position at Visions, a privately run facility for teenage girls at risk. Her compassion for others combined with her love of art enabled her to assist many of these young women in becoming productive members of society. At the same time she maintained her own studio at the Waterfront Artist Collective and produced hundreds of works of art which were shown at museums and galleries throughout the Northwest. In 2005, Tammy was honored by the city of Bellingham with the Mayor's Art Award in recognition for outstanding contribution to the city. In Tammy's own words, this is how she would like to be remembered: "I was generous; I tried very hard to learn about myself; I loved the people who loved me; I cared about the community and the environment; I was an advocate for those who could not speak for themselves; I loved the creative part of myself." On July 14, over 200 people crowded into the Waterfront Studios to celebrate her life. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Whatcom County Hospice, 800 E. Chestnut, Suite No. 1-C, Bellingham, WA. 98225. www.cleveland.com/obits
Published in The Plain Dealer on Aug. 19, 2007.
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