Winifred (Wini) Smart Quackenbush passed peacefully at the age of 85 surrounded by her loving family after a long illness. She graduated from Point Pleasant Beach High School, N.J., and attended the Philadelphia College of Art and the Art Students League of New York City. Her paintings are in private and public collections in nearly every state and in Europe, Canada and South America. She generously donated much of her artwork to many charities. Wini founded Smart Studio Art Gallery in Northeast Harbor in 1967 and the Smart Studio Gallery in Boca Grande, Fla., in 1982. She helped establish and was president of Freehold Art Society of New Jersey and Boca Grande Art Alliance of Florida.
In 1984, Wini moved to Great Cranberry Island and co founded the Great Cranberry Island Historical Society’s museum. She served as president for many years and was dedicated to preserving the island’s history writing many publications. She has written several books, including her autobiography, “A Long, Long Way.” She painted eight historical murals depicting the Revolutionary War, which are on display in New Jersey. She and her husband, Fredrick, founded a mission in the Dominican Republic called “Real Kids in Need.”
She was predeceased by her parents, Lewis and Belle Smart, her brother Nicholas, sister Louise, son Charles and two grandchildren, Ruth and Sean. Wini is survived by her husband, Fredrick R. Quackenbush, sister Miriam Bryan, children Deborah Martinez, Diane Polky, John Diehl, and Gail Cleveland-Waite, 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Lighthouse United Methodist Church of Boca Grande, Fla., and an associate member of the Cranberry Island Community Church.
A memorial service was held at Southwest Harbor Congregational Church Wednesday, Sept. 20. A second memorial service is planned in March in Boca Grande, Fla. There will also be a memorial service on Great Cranberry next summer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to help support the mission that Wini loved so much: “Real Kids in Need,” in care of Your Missionary Outreach, P.O. Box 1761, Columbia, SC 29202.