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Nathalie Weisgall

Nathalie Weisgall

November 7, 1921 - February 4, 2020
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Obituary

ROCKPORT - Nathalie Weisgall, died Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at her home in Rockport, Maine; she was 98 years old. Her son and daughter were with her, and she died peacefully, of natural causes.

Nathalie Shulman Weisgall was born in Baltimore, Maryland on November 7, 1921, the daughter of Dr. David Shulman and Bessie Bransky Shulman. She graduated from Goucher College in 1941, where she studied biology; a gifted artist, she also studied painting and drawing at the Maryland Institute of Art. In 1942, she married the composer and conductor Hugo Weisgall. She spent the war years in Baltimore and worked drawing clothing advertisements for department stores, while her husband was stationed with the U.S. Army in Europe. In 1946, she joined him in Prague, where he was military and cultural attaché to the American Embassy, and she worked for the Joint Distribution Committee, assisting children who had survived concentration camps.

She and her husband returned to Baltimore, where they raised their daughter, Deborah, and their son, Jonathan. Nathalie held research positions at the Wilmer Eye Clinic at Johns Hopkins University. She was also her husband’s muse. She edited his prose; in her beautiful calligraphy, she wrote the words into the orchestra scores of his operas; she arranged sets for productions of his operas, which often featured their own furniture. She also played the silent role in the premiere of his opera, The Stronger, and she stole the show.

When the family moved to New York, she became active in arts organizations on Long Island. In 1997, after her husband’s death, she moved to Rockport fulltime; they had been coming to Lincolnville every summer since 1952. Nathalie became a docent at the Farnsworth Museum, where for many years she enchanted visitors, adults and children alike, with her perceptions and her stories about art and artists. A lover of music, she sat in the same seat at Bay Chamber Concerts since the first season.

Her survivors include Deborah and her husband, Throop Wilder, and their daughter, Charlotte; Jonathan, his wife, Ruth, and their children Alison, Andrew, and Benjamin; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at Adas Yoshuron, 50 Willow Street, Rockland, Maine, on Thursday, February 6, at 2:30 in the afternoon. Interment to follow at the Jewish Cemetery, Ingrahams Hill, Owls Head. Contributions in her memory may be made to Bay Chamber Concerts, P.O. Box 599, Rockport, ME 04856.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Rockland, Maine 04841
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday February 6, 2020 | 2:30pm
    When
    Thursday February 6, 2020 2:30pm
    Location
    Adas Yoshuron
    Address
    50 Willow Street
    Rockland, ME 04841
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    Officiant
    Rabbi Lily Solochek
  • Interment

    Thursday February 6, 2020 | 3:30pm
    When
    Thursday February 6, 2020 3:30pm
    Location
    Jewish Cemetery - Owls Head
    Address
    Route 73
    Owls Head, ME 04854
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Sandy Nault

Posted at 12:28pm
It is so hard to lose someone as kind and talented as Nathalie, and I am very sorry for your loss. Please extend my condolences to the rest of his family. I was a fellow docent of Nathalie's at the Farnsworth. She was an inspiration to me throughout our docent years and taught me so much about art and art history....including the "isms" as she would put it. She was a delight and made everything fun. I am so sad that she is gone and will miss her terribly. Unfortunately we are in Florida in the winter now so I only just learned of her passing. I am adding a photo of the 2016 Docent Spring Luncheon. You will see Nathalie up front and center.
SJ

Sam Jones

Posted at 10:57am
All the years I was at Boynton McKay I always looked forward to the arrival for the summer of Nathalie and Hugo. Nathalie always
made me laugh. She was very quick witted. The last time I saw her was at Hannaford in Camden, and again she made me laugh.
They were a wonderful couple.

Sam Jones
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Carey Cameron

Posted at 10:36am
Dear Deborah and Jonathan, Giovanni and I were so lucky to be in Rome when Hugo and Nathalie were at the American Academy. We got to see a them a lot and the acquaintance we had with them as "nice friends of my Mom's" blossomed into an abiding friendship. It was impossible not to be completely seduced by their charm. We miss Hugo always; now we will miss Nathalie as well. What a wonderful long life she had, staying active, engaged and always with a riotous sense of humor. There was no one like her. Love, Carey and Giovanni
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Posted at 10:16am
With deepest sympathy.
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