Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Sandy Zenisek, 53, of
Tipton, died Saturday, April 14, 2007, in her home. She was
born May 31, 1953, in Neenah, Wis.
Mrs. Zenisek was an artist and student-teacher of Wu
Style Tai Chi.
She is survived by her husband of 10 years,
Bob Vandervennet; son, Jesse (Sharon) Berninger; grandsons,
Avery and Joshua; father, Carl A. Zenisek; sister, Kathleen
(Paul Eckstein) Zenisek; and brother, Jeffrey Zenisek.
She was predeceased by her mother, Alice; and brother,
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were directed by J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home,
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of
Lenawee, 415 Mill Road, Adrian, MI 49221.
Memories may be shared with the family at
There are few people in my life who
have had as a profound impact on me as Sandy Zenisek, and her
passing causes me deep grief.
I met Sandy through the immortal
Michigan Gallery, which was the watering hole for a good
section of the Corridor artists during the 1980-90's. We became
good friends and Sandy came and visited me while I lived in New
Sandy had limitless curiosity, and amongst other things,
mastered the somewhat intimidating medium of
with an ease that was downright astonishing. Oh, how I wish I
had one of those paintings now.
Her work was never limited by any medium; she mastered
everything from oils to sculpture with a seeming ease that was
breath taking. She was a bright, bright star that dazzled my
firmament and I shall
Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2007 - 7:39 pm:
Cancer took Sandy, a battle that lasted almost a year and a half. When
she could no longer work bronze, she composed assemblages. She
painted with watercolor pens until that time that the cancer
took her from us. Her spirit could not be stopped.
Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2007 - 9:54 pm:
I'll always remember Sandy as an artist & friend living life
to the fullest. I had the great fortune of working with her on a
daily basis in the graphics department at the phone company. We
would talk art and do tai chi whenever we could.
One spring about 16 years ago when I was taking care of my wife
who was terminal, Sandy got me to take a break and go sailing
with her and some friends. That was the kind of spirit she was.
Posted on Sunday, April 22, 2007 - 1:39 am:
we will all miss sandy. she was a real fun person. I especially
enjoyed her trapeze in her loft.
Sandy always exhibited tremendous power, her art flowed with
She understood color and knew how to use it.
Sandy Zenisek's are represented the very best of our generation.
I believed that with her energy and commitment she would live
Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - 3:02 pm:
I met Sandy in 1989, when Michael Klem introduced me to her. She
took me into her heart and into her life, and had a profound
effect upon me. We sailed together, drank together, made art
together, went on adventures with each other. I was fortunate
enough to model for her, and I have many of her paintings in my
home. I miss you "SPandy".
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