Williraye Studio Creator Dies
July 3, 2013,
Bobbe and Jeff
Punzel-Schuknecht was first diagnosed with cancer nearly nine months ago, according to a statement by Williraye Studio licensee Coyne & Company. She wanted to keep her health issues private and was undergoing treatment, which was working until three weeks ago, when the cancer took over.
"We are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Bobbe & Jeff for almost 20 years, after discovering them at a craft show," read a statement from the Coyne Family. "Bobbe was a fantastic mother and a truly gifted artist. Jeff has also been a creative force behind Williraye Studio and he wants to continue to work with Coyne's & Company to carry on Bobbe's inspiration and art style. We look forward to developing great new products with Jeff and build a great legacy for Bobbe."
Together, Bobbe and her husband Jeff, worked in their art studio and country home in rural Wisconsin. Bobbe created the classic, country stories through her folk art, and Jeff brought them to life in his wood carvings. The couple purchased all their woods from local mills
In a statement Bobbe's husband Jeff reiterated his wife's passion for life and art. "Bobbe's priority in life was her family and she will be terribly missed by all of us," he said. "Bobbe's passion in life was her art. As an artist, she was gifted and prolific. Inspiration came easy to her because Williraye Studio reflected her life. She was forever grateful for the licensing opportunity with Coyne's as it allowed her the opportunity to do what she loved."
Jeff will continue to work with Coyne to develop new art inspired by Bobbe's work to keep the Williraye Studio legacy going.
"Over the past 19 years, she said she was able to make her art come alive because of the Coyne family and everybody involved in the production, marketing and retail sales of Williraye. You made her dreams come true and she only wished she could've thanked you all personally. She loved you all!"
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