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Cerwonka, Genevieve L.

Binghamton: Genevieve L. Cerwonka of Binghamton, NY, died on 28 July, 2011, at 67 years of age after a three-year battle with cancer. Genevieve (Genne) was born in Sayre, PA, to Llewellyn and A. Genevieve (Fairchild) Parsons of Binghamton, NY. Genne is survived by her husband Joseph Cerwonka; her mother A. Genevieve Parsons of Binghamton NY; son, John (Cathleen) Callaway of Herndon, VA; son, Aaron (Tricia) Callaway of Wayne, PA; daughter, Ellen Callaway of Cambridge, MA; stepdaughter, Kimberly (Gary) Heavlin of Gilbert, AZ; stepson, Paul (Beth) Tribles of Baltimore, MD; stepsons: Michael (Patrice) Cerwonka of Laurel, MD; Christopher (Wendy) Cerwonka of Kailua, HI; and David (Callie) Cerwonka of Los Angeles, CA; stepdaughters: Carolyn (Tom Burton) Cerwonka of Big Bear Lake, CA; Julie Brust of Hanover, PA; and Susan (Tony) Bertucci, of Pinellas Park, FL. Genne (Gram) was the grandmother of Anne, Ryan and Kristen Callaway of Herndon, VA; Lucas, Sasha and Davis Callaway of Wayne, PA; Charlotte Tribles of Baltimore, MD; and Chad Williamson and Hayley Heavlin of Gilbert, AZ. She was also Grandma Genne to Kevin, Jaclyn, Karen, Andrew, Elizabeth, Emily, Claire, Matthew, Helen, Phillip, Kristina, Mark, Nicholas, Daniel, Savannah, Shelby, Gavin, Logan. Genne was also foster mother to Pansey. Genne is predeceased by her second husband Paul J. Tribles and her father Llewellyn (Lew) Parsons. Genne was a graduate of Union-Endicott High School where her father had previously taught math and her mother had worked as a secretary. She received her bachelor's degree from Penn State and a master's degree in art education from Syracuse. She founded the Yamaha School of Music in Endicott, NY. For 27 years, she was a beloved art teacher in the public schools of Texas, New Jersey, New York, and Maine spanning kindergarten to college education. During that time, she brought photography courses to new heights and established the first competitive computer graphics program in the Binghamton area. She promoted the importance of art history in the classroom and uniquely intertwined the excitement of her travels and experiences into her courses. Genne pioneered cross lesson plans with the music and technology curriculums. Because Genne was constantly experimenting with new ways to "do art" she inspired her students to push themselves, to take risks, and to think more creatively. Genne sought beauty in all that surrounded her: family, friends and the wonders of nature, enabling her the rare gift of incorporating it into magnificent works of art. Her passions, which often overlapped, included multi-media art, photography, teaching/discussing art, computer graphics, pastel painting, cooking, sewing and architecture. She found comfort near water and at the age of 60 found peace in painting it with pastels. Her waterscapes exude a quality that is best described as spiritual and filled with prayer and hope. Her body of work captured the natural beauty and power of the sea, depicting the Atlantic shoreline along the state of Maine Coast. Her artwork earned her the high honor of membership in the Pastel Society of America, and she was awarded numerous art recognitions on national and international levels. Genne's grace, beauty, elegance and impeccable sense of style were unmistakable. She truly resonated the word artistic. Genne's parents owned and operated Parsons Post House Inn located in Ogunquit, Maine for 30 years. Genne and her husband, Joe ran the inn for an additional sixteen before selling it in June 2011. Ogunquit was her favorite place to be and she loved her many friends and visitors. Genne embraced the many challenges in her life with class and grace and she considered herself blessed with a family that expanded with each chapter of her life and were truly blessed by her love. She used her art interest to influence her children and grandchildren's visual outlook on life and how to explore it. Genne painted the way she lived her life - with quiet elegance. For forty-six years the waters of Maine played a role in her life and when she arrived at her "painting life" full time, all the nuances of the sea were in her fingertips. Her background as teacher brought technique and discipline; her eye as artist brought her unique perspective. Her work won awards and critical acclaim as well as the admiration of all who saw it. Her love of art matched her love of family and friends and they are blessed to have her paintings as tangible reminders of a life lovingly lived. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. James Catholic Church, Johnson City, NY on Monday August 1, 2011 at 10 am. with Rev. Clarence Cerwonka and Rev. Corey Van Kuren officiating. The family will receive friends at J.F. Rice Funeral Home, Inc. 150 Main Street, Johnson City, NY Sunday from 4-7 pm . Burial will be in the Ivy Hill Cemetery, Alexandria, VA on Tuesday at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY 13850 in Genevieve L. Cerwonka's memory.

Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from July 29 to July 31, 2011
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