To honor the passing of historian and iconographer Helene Weis, the family has requested that the SGAA create a Memorial Fund dedicated to education, which was such an important part of Helene’s life.
The stained glass industry has lost someone uniquely educated in the history of stained glass. Her inspiration and passion will be sorely missed. The SGAA will be working with Henry Weis and Susan Bockius of the Willet Hauser Architectural Glass Studios to best plan the use of the funds as would have been wanted by Helene.
Please make donations to the “Helene Weis Memorial Education Fund.” Mail to:
9313 E. 63rd Street
Raytown MO 64133.
Credit Card donations can also be accepted by calling 800.438.9581. You can also send a donation online by using PayPal:
HELENE HARMON MARTIN WEIS
1922 – 2007
Beloved friend, mother, grandmother, and wife, Helene Weis died on November 13, 2007 in Philadelphia, PA, three days short of her 85th birthday.
Helene was an artist and supporter of the arts. For fifty years she was the archivist for the Willet Stained Glass Studio (now Willet Hauser Architectural Glass) in Philadelphia. There she developed the cataloguing system of the company’s tens of thousands of designs. She wrote window descriptions, and developed the visual plan of windows. She spoke and wrote enthusiastically on the art and craft of stained glass to audiences in the region and around the country.
As Contributing and Associate Editor of The Stained Glass Quarterly of the Stained Glass Association of America, Helene wrote extensively on stained glass history and practice, its luminaries, and its literature. She culminated her writing life with the historical novel, Colored Winds, which tells of a family of stained glass artisans in Southwark, England, in the Sixteenth Century.
She loved music, and sang with many organizations, including the Mendelssohn Club, the Philadelphia Chamber Chorus, and the choir of Calvary Episcopal Church in Germantown. She was a graduate of the Philadelphia Museum School of Art and continued her practice of the graphic arts throughout her life.
She is survived by daughter Sandra Su, granddaughter Deniz Su, and husband Henry Weis. The funeral will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Third and Pine Streets, Philadelphia, on Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at 10 AM. Donations may be made to the Helene Weis Memorial Education Fund of the Stained Glass Association of American, 9313 East 63rd Street, Raytown, MO 64133.