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  • "Dear Sidney, All our love. Peter and Ruth"
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Edith Jane Posel (nee Isaacs), 95. Died quietly on April 21, after a long illness, at the East 10th Street home she still shared with her beloved Sidney, husband for 72 years. Since 1961, Edith and Sidney's house (with garden apartment where her sister Marian lived) served as a hub for extended family and friends, and displayed her lifework of abstract/figurative paintings. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Edie knew she was an artist from a young age. Her father Louis Isaacs was born in the mountain town of Leadville, and her proudly Hungarian mother, nee Charlotte Wolfe, was a Jewish immigrant from Nagyvarad, Transylvania. Edie pursued wide-ranging art studies at Denver University, the Barnes Foundation, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the San Francisco Art Institute. She was part of the thriving downtown cooperative gallery scene in New York City in the 60's, 70's and 80's, with solo shows at the Phoenix Gallery, among others. She was close friends with a community of American expat artists in Paris, whom she visited most summers for many decades. Along with her devoted husband, Edith leaves her dear brother, Ernie Isaacs of Sacramento, her cherished sons, Benjamin and Daniel, daughters-in-law, Jessica and Jean, grandchildren, Leo, Toby, Julia and Susannah, and her wide, ever-loving circle of family and friends.

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 12, 2018