Wally Huber Schweighauser, 103, of Nobleboro, passed away peacefully at her home on April 22. At the time of her passing, she was Nobleboro’s oldest citizen, holding the Golden (Boston Post) Cane. Born in Basel, Switzerland, on Sept. 3, 1912, Wally lived an amazing life.
In 1937, at the age of 25, she moved to Canada with her husband Hans Schweighauser and homesteaded in the wilderness about 150 miles north of Montreal for 10 years. During that time, she gave birth to four children: Hans, Maurice, Delly, and Bernard. In 1946, the family moved to Valois, Quebec and, in 1960, emigrated to Duxbury, Mass., where she began to seriously pursue her interest in art. She studied for six years the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, during which time she was awarded a scholarship to Pennland School and became a member of the Copley Society.
Wally enjoyed working with a wide range of media, including watercolor, oil, pottery, and stained glass, excelling in them all. Her work can be found in collections in Michigan, Virginia, Maine, Japan, Switzerland, and around the U.S. Moving to Maine in 1973, she continued her artistic endeavors for more than four decades, painting her last painting at the age of 102.
Wally was predeceased by her husband, Hans Schweighauser; and eldest son, Hans Schweighauser.
She is survived by her children, Maurice Schweighauser and wife Betsy of Waldoboro, Delly Schweighauser of Nobleboro, and Bernard Schweighauser and Rosanne of Massachusetts; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; as well as her many friends.
Wally’s wish was not to have a service, but to have a celebration of life with family and friends at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your favorite art gallery or art center.
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Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta.