Marjorie Andruk
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ANDRUK, Marjorie Dean beloved mother, artist and best friend passed away on Aug. 4, 2010, at the age of 87 with an mental outlook of a youthful 37. Marge had a way of changing peoples lives; always in a positive way. Up until several months before her passing she taught painting at the Morean Art Center for close to 20 years. A graduate of Maryland Institute, she went to work for the Baltimore Sun and became the first female press photographer in Maryland. A recognized member of Who's Who of American Women and an active supporter of the Arts, Marge studied painting and sculpture for many years at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Mexico. Her paintings had been top award winners in many national and international shows. Marge Andruk is survived by her son Ken; four grandchildren and one great-grandson. A Marjorie Dean Andruk Scholarship Fund has been established and donations can be made to the Morean Art Center in St. Petersburg. Services are to be held on Saturday, Aug. 28th at 1 pm at St. Peters Cathedral.


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Published in Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 26, 2010.
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September 26, 2010
I am so happy to find this guest book and to pour into it my memories of Marjorie Dean Andruk. I felt very close to Marge; we had so much in common. We were both born in Baltimore, she 14 years before me. The dreams I dreamed, she lived. I wanted to draw. She went to the Maryland Institute and got her art degree. I wanted to draw for the Baltimore Sun. She worked at THE SUN doing photography with the famous Audry Bodine. I wanted to go dancing at the USO. Marge went dancing and met Dick Andruk, who charmed her right off her feet and held her for a lifetime.

All this time, I had never met Marge, but one Saturday I was in a workshop at the Art Center, and Marge was drawing there as well. I watched as she effortlessly created the image of our half-naked sitter on her tablet. I knew I wanted to know this magical person. I joined her class.
And for ten years I joined her classes, and entered the tent of love and knowledge and humor that Marge created around herself and everyone who knew her. Thank you, Marge, you lit up our lives while prodding us to be our best selves in every way. Love forever,
Joyce Bennett Van Horn
September 20, 2010
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Marge Andruk
September 19, 2010
Dear Ken,
I guess I knew "Marge" from a little different perspective. She was my best friends mom. She had to endure seeing my pudgy face entirely too often. Her love for you was always very evident. She demonstrated what a mom's love could be and we both benefitted from it.I mourn her passing and pray that your heartache will someday ease. Love, Geo.
George Bates
September 19, 2010
Aunt Margie:
You always gave it your ALL! I have fond memories of spending summers with you and your family in St Pete. I remember you enrolling me in singing lessons Fun!..but cant sing a lick now!
I remember sitting while you did my portrait..boy that was hard to sit still at that age! I remember time spent with Ken and Dick...and riding the bicycle built for two!
You touched alot of lives....and the memories are endless
Linda DEAN Knapp
September 18, 2010
Marge you were such a wonderful mother to me. I really thought you were going to make it through the recovery but I guess there were greater plans.
Ken Andruk
September 6, 2010
Ken – Marge was my dear friend, inspiration, teacher and mentor. She would prod me to improve, always with that beautiful smile that never faded, even in difficult times. The Dalai Lama says that your greatest achievement is being able to help others find their true potential. Marge did that for so many of us in so many ways. None of her students will ever forget the meaning of “Well, that’s a good start”. Nor will we ever pick up a brush without thinking of her. She lives on in each of us and that is a blessing.
Bud Risser
August 29, 2010
Ken,
I could never put into words what Marge meant to me. I joined her class after having taught myself for years and after recognition for my work. But I had heard so much about her for many years, and I knew there was much more inside me that Marge would be able to push and pull out of me.

She was the most generous artist with her knowledge and her support that I've ever been privileged to know and, far beyond that, she was my mentor, my inspiration and my dear friend. I truly loved her.

I am disoriented now, but I know I'll be okay because Marge always told me I could do anything with my art that I decided to do. So I'll be back on track again soon and I'll reach Marge's vision for me. I think the time will never come when I'm at the easel that I won't hear her giving me her honest and educated opinion about what I'm working on. That will be her greatest gift to me.
Patton Hunter
August 26, 2010
Dear Ken
I' m so sorry to see this in the paper please know I am thinking of you and your family. I heard a song just the other day called Blink and it was all to true that life passes by in the blink of an eye . Your Mom never showed her wonderful age of 87 she really did seem so much younger your in my thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Lisa Geracci
Lisa Geracci
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