Grace Berst D'entremont, 84, Artist And Art Teacher

Posted: April 16, 1997

Grace Berst d'Entremont, 84, of Feasterville, an artist whose works hang in buildings designed by her architect husband, died Sunday at Abington Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. d'Entremont was born in China's Hunan Province, the daughter of medical missionaries who spent 35 years in China. Her early education came in China, and she spent her high school years in Orlando, Fla.

After graduation, she spent a year with grandparents in Erie, then accepted a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. There, she studied with impressionist artist Daniel Garber of New Hope and met her future husband, Paul d'Entremont, whose family had lived in Nova Scotia since 1653.

``They had a 51-year artistic collaboration resulting in numerous public works of art with the award-winning architectural firm of Haag & d'Entremont,'' said a son, Marc d'Entremont. ``Examples of her work can be found at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Feasterville and numerous schools in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.''

Her husband died in 1988.

Mrs. d'Entremont spent many years teaching art to children and young adults at her studio in Feasterville.

``Her diverse artistic expressions included portraiture and landscapes in oils, watercolor, textiles, puppet-making, murals and interior design,'' her son said. ``Her work is part of many private collections throughout the United States and Canada.''

Mrs. d'Entremont was always ``an unflagging activist for peace and social justice, fueled by her early experiences with war and poverty in China,'' her son said.

She also is survived by three other children, Nicole, Peter and Philip; a sister; a brother; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. today at Mrs. d'Entremont's Feasterville residence of 60 years. Directions are available from the Joseph J. McGoldrick Funeral Home in Jenkintown.

Burial will be in August in the family plot in Nova Scotia.

The family suggests contributions to National Public Radio, 635 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001-3753.

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