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April 24, 2013

Susan Fenimore Cooper Weil


Through all these years and right up till the last days of her life, Susie continued to paint watercolors, usually landscapes which centered on barns or farm houses. The paintings were often deceptively representational, but possessed an underlying complexity and feeling of mystery that many people admired.

She was an active member of The Katonah Gallery in the 1970s and 1980s. She showed her work in several galleries and in several one-person shows in Westchester County; Mt. Desert Island, Maine; and in Otsego County. Her line drawings were frequently published in the New Yorker magazine.

In Cooperstown, she was board president of the Cooperstown Art Association for many years, and of The Smithy-Pioneer Gallery for over two decades.

Up till the time of her death, Susie was a lover of reading, practical jokes, and hot fudge sauce.

At her death, there were several unfinished paintings, recently begun by her. They have the same strength and simplicity as most of her other paintings.

Aside from her art, she is survived by her three children, Susan Delancey Weil, Sara Weil and Henry F.C. Weil. She also took great joy in her five grandchildren, Dean, Peter and Glenn Weil, and Samantha and Benjamin Pious.

The funeral will be held at Christ Church in Cooperstown at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcomed at the Smithy Center for the Arts or the Susquehanna SPCA.

Arrangements are under the guidance of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.

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