Manasse. Renata Manasse Schwebel, 88, of Pound Ridge and formerly New Rochelle, NY, died at home on April 25, 2018. She was a person of incredible strength, decency, intelligence, and loyalty to family, friends, and causes. An accomplished and acclaimed sculptor, she specialized primarily in weldings and construction, using stainless steel and aluminum. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including in U.S., Japan, Sweden, Germany, Kenya, Israel, Egypt. Her pieces are on display in multiple public and corporate collections (see www.renatamschwebel
com). Renata earned her BA from Antioch College, MFA from Columbia University, and studied welding at the Art Students League. She served on boards of the Sculptors Guild, 1975-2004 (President 1980-83); Americans for Peace Now, 1991-2001; Antioch College Alumni Board, 1971-77; New York Society of Women Artists, to present. Renata is survived by husband Jack P. Schwebel; daughters Judi Lerman (Andy), Barbara Davis (Tim), Diane Freedman (Perry); grandchildren David and Adam (Jill) Lerman, Alex and Sara Davis, Sam, Rebecca, and Jonathan Freedman; great-grandchildren Milo and Mabel Lerman; and a large extended family. She was predeceased by parents Anne Marie (nee Simon) and George Manasse, brother Claus Manasse, and granddaughter Anna Freedman. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Antioch College (One Morgan Pl., Yellow Springs, OH 45387) or Democratic National Committee (430 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20003). Funeral services will be on Friday, April 27, 11am, at Congregation B'nai Yisrael, in Armonk, NY. She was the finest person we ever knew, and an inspiration to all she met.
Published by New York Times on Apr. 26, 2018.