passing of Cloyne artistBy
and her art at her home in Cloyne last summer
is with great sadness and regret that we learned of the recent
passing of Cloyne resident and painter Ursula Ossenberg, who passed
away suddenly at KGH after a brief battle with cancer.
in a small town in East Germany, Ursula came to Canada in 1960 and
moved to the area after purchasing the Aragain Lodge near Cloyne,
which she ran with family members for a number of years.
She later settled in Cloyne, where she lived and painted in her
home studio. A painter for over 30 years, Ursula quickly became a
well-loved and respected member of the arts community and was a
passionate arts enthusiast.
was instrumental in starting two major art events in Cloyne: the
Cloyne Studio Tour and the Cloyne Showcase. She was also on the
committee of the Bon Echo Art Show & Sale, as well as being a
participant in the show. Further afield, Ursula participated in the
Inroads Studio Tour for a number of years.
of her many passions was oil painting and her subjects included
nature, wildflowers, rocky lakes shores and the majestic beauty of
Bon Echo Park located near her home.
was also an avid gardener and a member of the Friends of Bon Echo and
the Cloyne Gardening Club. A fierce animal lover, her neighbors often
left their pets with her to baby sit.
is remembered by good friends for her quick and ironic wit and her
will be greatly missed by her family and many friends here and in
Germany. Ursula’s family will be receiving friends at the Maschke
Funeral Home in Northbrook on Saturday Dec. 12 from 10 –11 a.m. and
a celebration of Ursula’s life will follow at 11 a.m. in the