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Death of former art teacher Gwen Sepetoski

jeudi 11 décembre 2014   (5 Comments)
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Gwen Sepetoski, an artist and much-loved former art teacher at La Grande Boissière, has passed away at the age of 85. She died two days after her husband Wilbur (known as Wil), who was two years older than her. Both had been ill for some time. A memorial service will take place on Thursday 18 December in Gryon, where they had lived for many years before moving more recently to Begnins.

Gwen taught art for many years at Ecolint, before moving on to teach at the Ecole Nouvelle de la Suisse Romande in Lausanne. She was also an IB Examiner in Art well into her 70s, and continued painting throughout her life. Her daughter Monya mentioned that she has a picture that Gwen painted this year.

Before his retirement, Wilbur Sepetoski worked in Geneva for IATA.

Glyn Uzzell, another former Ecolint art teacher, and  his partner Paul Fonck, a former Spanish teacher, died in tragic circumstances earlier this year in Portugal. They had been very close friends of the family. It has thus been an especially difficult year for the Sepetoski family and our sympathies are with their three daughters Lesley (LGB '73), Monya ('80) and Remy ('81).

Memorial Service

The memorial service will take place in Gryon at 15:00 on Thursday 18 December in the Temple Protestant (Le Vieux Chemin, 1882 Gryon). Wilbur Sepetoski's former choir will sing, and the service will be followed by an apéro at the Buffet de la Gare.

Comments...

Susan J. Cave (Cave) says...
Posted vendredi 9 janvier 2015
Dear Lesley - my condolences on losing both your parents. I have a much loved painting by Gwen hanging in my living room " the Damascus Gate ". I treasure it. Fondly Susan Cave
Frank Lunt says...
Posted jeudi 18 décembre 2014
Just back from Gryon. A wonderful memorial service. Gwen and Wil would have been proud of you girls. Frank Lunt
Susan C. McNamara (McMullen) says...
Posted samedi 13 décembre 2014
Lesley, Monya, and Remy, deeply sorry to hear of you loss. Sending hugs across the ocean.
Barbara M. Fifer (Mainardy) says...
Posted vendredi 12 décembre 2014
I was in school with Lesley. I am so sorry for your loss. It's so hard to lose a parent, but both, so close together, has to be a devastating thing.i pray for you all - for your strength to get through your grief and to leave you with tons of wonderful memories to sustain you till you meet again. My dad also worked for IATA till his retirement in 1980 and we lost him in '01. They will all be lovingly remembered. God bless you all.
Bob Copes says...
Posted jeudi 11 décembre 2014
Lesley, My condolences. Bob Copes

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