Ursula Kaplowitz

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Hopewell Elementary Tile Mural - June, 2007 - Artist-in-Residence Ursula Kaplowitz of Hopewell worked with all the students of Hopewell Elementary to create a breathtaking mural depicting Hopewell Elementary and Hopewell Borough. This project was funded though the HVEF by a grant from Merrill Lynch.

It is with a heavy heart I write this.  Until today  I had no idea that Ursula had passed away.  I stopped at our P O Box this morning on my way in to work and we received a donation that stated "in memory of Ursula".   As soon as I arrived at my office, I did a search and found the following obituary; and church bulletin with her favorite quote. 
Like so many others' who knew her and were able to share in her life and journey; she will always hold a very special place in my heart.
Ursula was the first patient to thank us for paying her copay; which was in July 2007.  She and I would corresponde via email when she was well.  I had the honor of being at one of her showings in Hopewell and that evening, she gave me a cracked pot necklace.  I will cherish it forever!  Tthe entire evening she introduced me to various friends, and church members as her cracked pot.  It was only with the grace of God that our lives were introduced; and forever I will remember her dignified battle with this horrible disease.
I will miss you my friend!  The memories we shared are permanently etched in my heart.
Kathy Koltowski


One of her favorite quotes was by Thomas Merton:
"Good Shepherd, You have a wild and crazy sheep in love with thorns and brambles. But please don't get tired of looking for me! I know You won't. For You have found me. All I have to do is stay found."  -

Ursula Kaplowitz HOPEWELL - At the age of 60, Ursula passed away at her home Wednesday afternoon, surrounded by her loving family. A native of Switzerland, born in Zollinkon, she immigrated to the United States in her mid-20s. Ursula was a role model. She was the first woman to receive a master's degree in bio chemistry at Zurich University, and in doing so helped open the field to other women who followed. At 27 years of age, she performed research in the field of genetic studies, which included the first stages of mapping the human genome at Yale University. Ursula showed endless talents; she had the courage and confidence to change her career smoothly as she moved from scientific endeavors to becoming a self-supporting artist and educator. Ursula affected the lives and perspectives of hundreds, if not thousands, of children and adults as she taught pottery and sculpture in her Hopewell studio, the Princeton Day School, the Stewart School and Art Council in Princeton. Partnering with her family, community and students of the Hopewell Elementary School, she developed two outstanding murals that will surely continue to charm and inspire students and visitors for generations to come. Ursula's passion for her faith inspired much of her work. She was active in both the Christ Congregation of Princeton and the Hopewell Presbyterian Church. Ursula taught us bravery as she maintained composure and strengthened her faith while suffering the physical pain of an incurable illness. She faced death with dignity and continued with her work until the end. She was a passionate woman, a loving and committed mother, an exemplary human being and a soul to admire. God certainly took great care when he crafted the perfect Ursula. We have all been privileged to share in her journey. We will love and miss her always! Ursula is survived by her parents, Fritz and Mimi Schneider; her children, Tamara, Daniel and Kimberly Kaplowitz; sisters, Mimi, Verena and Susanne, and brother, Hanspeter, and many close friends. A memorial service will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at the Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 80 W. Broad St., Hopewell, NJ 08525. In lieu of flowers, Ursula would like donations made to health, aid and research organizations for example: "Hunterdon Hospice" (www.hunterdonhealthcare.org/services/home_care/hospice.asp), and "Friends of Suzanne" (www.friendsofsuzanne.com) and Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cromwell-Immordino Memorial Home, 71 E. Prospect St., Hopewell, NJ 08525.

One of Ursula's favorite quotes by

Talented, Educated, Wonderful


Ursula Kaplowitz
It was my good fortune and honor to be able to attend the opening of her show in Hopewell NJ on Nov 30, 2007. 
To say that I was impressed when I saw her work, is an understatement.  I was in awe of her creativity, the detail in her work, and the crowd that came out to support her.  I was overwhelmed when she made the offer to donate 10% of the proceeds from this show to our organization so that we could continue to help other patients.
We came to know Ursula after the first Pay Their way event at HRCC.   She was the first patient to reach out and thank us for the assistance.  She reached out to us via email, told us her story and has been in contact ever since.  It was a wonderful surprise when I got to meet her in person on Nov 19th, when delivering the funds for Pay their Way.  She was standing behind me, and because we had only communicated via email, I did not know it.  When the receptionist told me that she was behind me, I was thrilled.  I introduced myself, we hugged and I was convinced that God does work in mysterious ways, He put us in the same place at the same time, again. 
When I think about all that Ursula has had to endure over the past year, and then see all that she has been able to accomplish with her art,  it is truly amazing.
Her attitude, her love for life, her ability to create works of art inspired by her journey prove that she is a true artist.
Thank you Ursula for being my source inspiration !  
Ursula gave me a necklace this evening - a cracked pot necklace - the following story was attached to it - I found an altered version online and felt the need to share it with all of you. 
The Broken Pot

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on an end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the masters house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his masters house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.

"I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."
"Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?"
"I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your masters house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts." the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the masters house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path."

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the Pot apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pots side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my masters table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."

Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father's table. In Gods great economy, nothing goes to waste. Don't be afraid of your flaws.

Acknowledge them, and you too can be the cause of beauty. Know that in our weakness your strength is made perfect.
(2 Corinthians 12:9)


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We continue to look for ways to help the patients who have crossed our path since we began our journey, it has become very obvious that many of the patients are self employed, many have their own craft shops, businesses and were actively involved in their communities.
We would like to help these patients by offering links from our site to theirs, to help promote their endeavors.

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