Irene Renee Sallen of Brookline, passed away peacefully in her home, her beloved husband of 70 years, Michael, by her side, on July 26, 2018. Cherished mother of Judith, Bruce, Amy, and also of Roy who predeceased her. Loving Mother-in-law of Desiree and Judy. She will be missed by her grandchildren, Harry and George and his wife Ceira. She is survived by her brother Irwin Freedman and her sister Leona Glaser. Predeceased by her siblings Muriel Margolis and Louis Freedman. She will be remembered by her many nieces and nephews, as well as by the hundreds of students she taught as a visual arts teacher in the Boston Public Schools.
Renee always knew she wanted to be an artist and did her first drawings in the sand on Revere Beach near Beachmont where she was raised. She won a set of water colors in a high school art contest and treasured them for years. Renee graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1948 with high honors. She went on to study painting and sculpture at The School at the Museum of Fine Arts, the DeCordova Museum, and Boston University. Her teachers thought so highly of her talent that her work was often chosen for student shows. Renee travelled all over the world with her husband to see the art she loved so much. She’ll be remembered for her strong spirit, her beautiful paintings, and her cheesecake and pecan pie.
Services will be graveside on Sunday July 29, 2018 at 12:00 noon at the Kaminker Cemetery, 776 Baker Street, West Roxbury, MA.
Memorial observances for family and friends will take place at 161 Thorndike Street, Brookline from 2:30 – 5:00 pm on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Massachusetts College of Art and Design