Fernanda Zopf, an artist who created sculptures for Baltimore schools and exhibited her paintings at galleries, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 5 at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.
The former Tuscany-Canterbury resident was 94.
Born Fernanda Albi in Teramo, Italy, she earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Naples. She studied painting in Rome, portraiture in Germany and had three years of painting study in Canada.
She met her future husband, Oskar Franz "Frank" Zopf, who was then serving in the German army, during an army officers' party during World War II.
The couple married in Heidelberg and later lived in Fontainebleau, France. They decided to leave Europe and moved to Toronto in 1951.
"After three years in Canada, they moved to Baltimore, where they would remain and become woven into the fabric of the city," said her daughter, Karen C. Zopf, a Towson resident. "They lived near Hopkins and enjoyed entertaining in the Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood."
In 1964, Mrs. Zopf earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she was awarded a Reinhart Fellowship and trained as a sculptor.
She later received a master's degree at MICA and another master's in art history from the Johns Hopkins University.
Mrs. Zopf set up studios in her home's basement and garage and worked alongside Liz Whitney Quisgard, a fellow Reinhart Fellowship awardee.
Mrs. Zopf created abstract sculptures for Guilford, William Pinderhughes and Charles Carroll elementary schools in the 1970s.
City Council member Mary Pat Clarke, a former neighbor of Mrs. Zopf's, called her a "joyful person who brought friendship and positive vibes into every occasion."
"She was a great friend to my whole family," Mrs. Clarke said. "In addition to being a wonderful artist, when she went into the real estate business, she helped me when I briefly had a real estate license. But I could never live up to her standards."
Her husband of nearly 46 years, a retired structural engineer at the old Van Rensselear P. Saxe firm, died in 1993.
Mrs. Zopf regularly visited Europe to visit family members. She also made trips to Costa Rica, Scotland, Egypt and Turkey.
She was also a film buff and enjoyed reading biographies of women.