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Community Pulse - June 3, 2011


Marguerite Saegesser

Marguerite Saegesser, 87, a longtime resident of Palo Alto, died April 1, 2011.

She was born May 27, 1923, in Bern, Switzerland. She lived and worked as an artist in Palo Alto from 1976 to 2004. She was represented by Smith Anderson Gallery and exhibited her work locally and nationally in such venues as the Cantor Art Center at Stanford University, the deSaisset Museum at Santa Clara University and the Basel Art Fair in Switzerland.

In addition to painting and sculpture, she was also a musician, dancer and poet, according to her friend, Smith Anderson Gallery's Paula Kirkeby.

Friends, family members and fellow artists loved to gather at her home for lively discussions, and she will be missed as an artist and friend, loved ones said.


Posted by linda graedel-sherman, a resident of another community
on Jun 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm

i remember the kindness, generosity and genuine interest that marguerite saegesser had shown to me and my family in the times i lived at her homes in bern, switzerland, and short visits in palo alto.
she was the godmother to my daughter, michele graedel-dimmer. she hosted michele as she was a student in cal-berkeley. we will all remember her, her art and her personality forever.

in loving memory,linda graedel

Posted by Chris Kenrick, Palo Alto Weekly staff writer, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Two of Marguerite's big pieces have lived on the walls of my house for more than 20 years -- her legacy makes me smile every day.