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Rita G. Genecin, 77, painter, textile abstractionistRita...


Rita G. Genecin, 77, painter, textile abstractionist

Rita G. Genecin, a nationally known textile abstractionist and painter, died Saturday of a heart attack at her Mount Washington home. She was 77.

Mrs. Genecin lived in Mount Washington for 40 years and painted in her converted-garage studio.

She had been a commercial portrait painter and worked in a variety of media, including sculpture and ceramics. She also created textile abstractions using fibers and fabrics that were exhibited in the window of Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

She described her work in a 1991 interview with the Baltimore Messenger as being "contemporary in mood. It's representational, not abstract, but not photographically realistic."

"There is about [Genecin's] landscapes a certain melting richness of color," wrote a Sun critic at an opening of a show of her works at Goucher College in 1990.

Rita Gisnet was born in New York City, where she graduated from public schools and began painting at a Works Progress Administration workshop in Greenwich Village during the 1930s.

She studied at Tyler School of Fine Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia before enrolling at Goucher, where she received her bachelor's degree in 1944. She also studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and received a master's degree in fine arts from Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1977.

In 1941, she married Dr. Abraham Genecin, a cardiologist, who died in 1998.

Services were private.

She is survived by two sons, Victor Genecin of Larchmont, N.Y., and Dr. Paul Genecin of New Haven, Conn.; and five grandchildren.

Albert J. Strubinger, 86, owned bed and breakfast

Albert J. Strubinger, who established and taught business courses at Archbishop Curley High School and later owned a Federal Hill bed and breakfast, died Saturday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at a hospital in Lehighton, Pa. He was 86.

Mr. Strubinger operated Eagles Mere Bed and Breakfast on East Montgomery Street until he moved to a Lehighton nursing home in 1998.

He taught at Curley from 1970 to 1986. From the late 1940s to 1970, he was a federal comptroller at Fort Meade.

Born in Mauch Chunk, Pa., Mr. Strubinger was a 1931 graduate of Mauch Chunk Catholic High School. He received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Baltimore.

During World War II, he served in Naval Intelligence in the Pacific and was discharged at war's end with the rank of chief yeoman.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday .

There are no immediate survivors.

Funeral Mass

Mary M. Avara: A Mass of Christian burial for Mary M. Avara, former head of the Maryland State Board of Censors, will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Poppleton and Hollins streets, not far from her former home in Southwest Baltimore.

Mrs. Avara died Wednesday of congestive heart failure in Clermont, Fla. She was 90.

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