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In Memory of

Imelda Frederika GENTILE

July 12, 1925 - March 4, 2017

Obituary


Imelda Fredericka Margarethe Schubart Gentile died peacefully on March 4, 2017 in Santa Monica, California surrounded by her family.





She was born on July 12, 1925 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico to German-born parents, Dr. Frederich and Elsa Schubart. Imelda grew up in San Antonio and Galveston, Texas. She became a US citizen in 1933. In the late 1930’s, her mother decided to return to Germany to visit relatives with her daughters, Imelda and Imelda’s older sister, Eva Maria Schubart. Imelda enrolled at age 14 in the Munich Academy of Arts...

Imelda Fredericka Margarethe Schubart Gentile died peacefully on March 4, 2017 in Santa Monica, California surrounded by her family.





She was born on July 12, 1925 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico to German-born parents, Dr. Frederich and Elsa Schubart. Imelda grew up in San Antonio and Galveston, Texas. She became a US citizen in 1933. In the late 1930’s, her mother decided to return to Germany to visit relatives with her daughters, Imelda and Imelda’s older sister, Eva Maria Schubart. Imelda enrolled at age 14 in the Munich Academy of Arts as their youngest student. As the clouds of war darkened in Europe, the family was detained in Germany as US citizens for the duration of World War II. After liberation by the Allies in 1945, Imelda returned to Houston, Texas where she opened a studio as an artist and portrait painter with her sister.





In 1953, she met and married Italian-born Dr. Rafaello (Ralph) G. Gentile who was then on faculty in Rice University’s School of Engineering. After their first child, Sylvia, was born, the family moved to Potsdam, New York where Dr. Gentile taught at Clarkson College and their three youngest children were born: Ralph, Linda and Leo. Dr. Gentile left teaching to pursue his career in Research and Development in the Boston area and eventually moved to Alliance, Ohio in the mid-1960s.



Imelda and her late husband, Dr. Ralph G. Gentile, lived with their four children Sylvia, Ralph, Linda and Leo, in Alliance from 1964 until 1979. There Imelda was active in Trinity Episcopal Church, Alliance Art Center, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and other civic groups.





In 1979, Imelda moved to San Luis Obispo with her husband who had retired from Research at Babcock and Wilcox to join the Engineering Department faculty at California Polytechnic State University. She was an active member of the Cal Poly Women’s Club, contributing illustrations for the club’s newsletter and managing the Arts section for many years.





She also taught and took watercolor and oil painting classes at the San Luis Obispo Art Center, now the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. She was a faithful member of the Center’s Thursday Plein Air Painters. She was an active member of the Water Lilies Swim Club. And for many years, she created a wonderful “Camp Grandma” to share her artistic gifts, playful curiosity and generous heart with her five grandchildren during holidays and vacations.





She is survived by her four children: Sylvia Gentile, Ralph Gentile, Linda Gentile-Manigault and Leo Gentile; and five grandchildren: Gil Gentile, Allegra Fonda-Bonardi, Matteo Fonda-Bonardi, Noah Gentile and Kai Gentile-Manigault.





Memorial Service is scheduled for May 13, 2017 1:00 PM Los Osos Valley Memorial Park, 2260 Los Osos Valley Road, Los Osos, CA 93402. Reception to follow at San Luis Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401



In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to California Polytechnic State University Women’s Club Scholarship Fund (805) 756-7466, http://giving-stage.calpoly.edu or the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art https://www.sloma.org/support/donate-online.php