Murielle Schlosberg, an Area Resident, Dies at 95
Murielle Schlosberg, 95, died on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the Pines at Poughkeepsie Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation.
A REFLECTION FROM HER DAUGHTER:
“My mother, Murielle Schlosberg, was born on October 11, 1921, daughter of the late Louis and Anne (Massey) Kahn. She went to Yonkers Elementary and High Schools in Westchester County.
She met my dad in her early teens. He emigrated from Canada and was naturalized to enlist in the U.S. Military. His name was Herman Schlosberg (born March 12, 1913). They fell in love and married twice: the first while he was in the military, and then again after his service. At their first wedding, she was 16 years old and he was 26. They were madly in love and remained that way until he died at the age of 99.
The love of art was always in her eyes. From visually making the most beautiful meal (her favorite, cheesecake) to admiring every part of life and the beauty of nature. I can remember traveling as a child back to Niagara Falls, Canada several times. She always carried a sketchbook with her. She would sit and draw every detail, and would later go home and paint. She had notes of colors, distance, and everything else so that she could visually capture what she had seen to replicate it in a painting. Some of her sketches were even mini watercolors. It is amazing to look back on all these pieces of art and learn more and more about the mother she was. I am saddened by the thought that, in her final days, she was blind in one eye and could no longer paint like she could in years past. She used to have so much love, beauty, and heart in her work.
My brother Jeff passed at the young age of 40. He was an architect and she had visions of him one day building a home for her and my dad on a beautiful mountaintop with views for miles and miles. Sadly, that never happened.
With the grace of God my dad kept her going in a way I don’t know I ever could after losing a child. Yet the love was so strong. I found love letters from mom-to-dad and dad-to-mom that continued for almost 80 years. They never bought cards; they always just wrote and expressed their love. Families admire what they shared and looked at them with wonder. Even I admire the love. My dad was a great, beautiful, caring person and my mom got lucky – as well as he did with her.
It’s funny – As I look back on pictures and sketches and books, I learn more about Mom than I knew. I see the love she had for my brother and me; the bond she had with my father in their eyes; the way she would look up at the sky and say, “Melinda, is that not a beautiful thing?” … I would look up and say “Yeah” … yet I knew I wasn’t seeing what she did. We never had the same eye, yet I did become artist as a young person as well as my brother – in quite different ways.
I’ve found art books and spiritual books, all kinds of things I never really knew about my mother. The funniest is that on the back of many sketches is “Cheesecake” written across it over and over. She did make that often, so I guess it was on her mind a lot.”
Murielle is survived by her daughter, Melinda Valentine; her grandchildren, Olivia Fleming & her husband Kevin, Keith Kulsha, and Richard Kulsha; her great-grandchildren, Kalena Kulsha, Logan Fleming, and Aubrey Fleming.
In addition to her husband & parents, Murielle was also preceded in death by her son, Jeff Schlosberg.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13 at Sharon Gardens Kensico Cemetery, 273 Lakeview Avenue, Valhalla.
Arrangements are under the direction of the McHoul Funeral Home, 1089 Main Street, Fishkill. For online tributes, you can visit Murielle’s Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.