July 5 1932 July 1 2022
Obituary Tapestry artist Marti Fleischer passed away the morning of July 1, 2022. She was the daughter of Robert F. and Mildred Palmer McCabe in Columbus, OH. She spent several of her early years in El Paso as they followed her father’s military career, and acquired a taste for good Mexican food. Early in life Marti showed an artistic flair and worked in marketing and advertising roles as a young lady. She met her dear husband Bertram Fleischer in Texas, and they lived in Fort Worth briefly before moving to Oak Ridge where he worked at ORNL. In Oak Ridge, Marti became a core member of the art community. She painted in oils and watercolor, developed her own line of needlecraft patterns, and ran “The Craft Cottage”, an arts and crafts store on Illinois Avenue, where she taught classes in a variety of media. She worked in fiber arts, macrame and weaving as well as batik and other art forms. She returned to school and received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee in 1990. At UT she specialized in tapestry weaving which was to be the culmination of her artistic exploration. The tapestry became her artistic canvas. She wove portraits, landscapes, abstracts using the eye of a painter and the hand of a weaver. Her works were exhibited and sold throughout the region. She loved working at her huge cherry loom, which her engineer husband Bert kept in good working condition. She was president of the American Tapestry Alliance, in addition to serving in board positions of many local organizations, and working at the Chamber of Commerce. Marti enjoyed her time with Bert and her children, and was an avid gin rummy player. She was devoted to her many friends, especially her art group “LUNA” who shared lunches together for many years (the LUNAtics). She is survived by two sons, Kurt (and Nagisa), and William (and Kasey), and six grandchildren: Lena, Toby, Ella, Skylar, Simon and Chase. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Martha, please visit our Tree Store or plant a tree.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Martha Marti Fleischer July 5 1932 July 1 2022.
Death notice for the town of: Oak Ridge, state: Tennessee