Rick Veitch and I made a 615-mile-round-trip yesterday — a pilgrimage to the town where we first met (Dover, NJ), to the school that brought us together (The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon & Graphic Art, Inc.), back in 1976; to honor and grieve with the family responsible for changing our lives for the better — the Kubert family; to join our beloved mentor, teacher, and friend, Joe Kubert, his sons — Dave, Dan, Adam, Andy — and daughter Lisa and grandchildren, family and friends, to bid farewell to the woman who gave so much to so many, Muriel Kubert.

We’re glad we made the trip, sorrowful though it was.

Muriel passed away at home. She was with Joe and her family, on the very day of her and Joe’s 57th wedding anniversary.

Much love and all our prayers go to Joe and the Kuberts, many whom we hold dear in our hearts forever; and best to the many classmates and friends we saw yesterday, some of whom we rekindled contact with, and to those who couldn’t be there.

  • The Dover NJ local newspaper, Morris County’s Daily Record, ran this obituary, which I’ll also cut and paste below for archival purposes (as I think they only keep them online for seven days).
  • Comic Mix News also posted this announcement,
  • and there are many, many more…
  • In the original Myrant blog, I shared these memories of that first day/week/year at the Kubert School, including memories of Muriel — read it (bottom to top), if you care to revisit those posts.
  • I’ve already said too much — and will never be able to say enough, or well enough.

    Thanks to Mike Chen (our former fellow Kubert School classmate and now a Kubert School honcho) and Pete Carllson (who works side-by-side with Joe daily at Telegrafix, Joe’s studio) for getting back to us so quickly on Wednesday, minutes after we had heard the news. Mike and Pete made it possible for Rick and I to quickly plan our trip south in time.

    Thanks to Tom Mandrake and Jan Duursema, for inviting us to their home after and spending time together, which made the long drive home so much easier.

    And again, and forever, undying love to Joe, Dan, Adam, Andy, David, Lisa and all your wives, husband, children and loved ones. Take care of one another, as you always have.

    And deepest love, fondest farewell –

    To Muriel.
    ______________________

    Muriel Isabel Kubert

    77, co-owner of art school

    JULY 10, 2008

    DOVER — Muriel Isabel Kubert of Dover passed away on Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at home. She was 77.

    She was a resident of Dover since 1962, and moved here from Towaco.

    Mrs. Kubert was born in New York City, N.Y.

    She was a member of Temple Adath Shalom of Parsippany.

    She received her bachelor of business degree from Rider College.

    She was the co-owner and operator of The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art Inc., Dover.

    She was a member of the Montville Historical Museum and a former member of the Dover Board of Education.

    She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Joseph; five children, David of Dover, Danny of Chester, Lisa Zangara of West Virginia, Adam of Flanders and Andy of Randolph; 11 grandchildren, Jacob, Becky, Katie, Zachary, Orion, Troy, Max, Elizabeth, Jay, Sam and Emma; a brother, Joel Fogelson of Calif.; and a sister, Lenore Millian of Connecticut.

    Visitation is on Thursday, July 10, 2008, from noon to 1 p.m. at Tuttle Funeral Home, 272 Route 10, Randolph. Funeral service to follow at 1 p.m.Interment at Dover Mount Sinai Cemetery, Randolph.

    Donations may be made in her name to Compassionate Care Hospice, 400 W. Blackwell St., Dover, N.J. 07801.

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    1. Kim DeMulder

      Nice write up, Steve. I wish I could have been there, also.

      I was away from home for the first time, when I was attending the JKS, and Joe and Mrs. K were kind of like substitute parent figures for me.
      Mrs. K hadn’t been at the school much in the last number of years, but it will still be strange being there knowing that she isn’t. (I’ve been teaching there since 1989).

      Best wishes,
      Kim DeMulder

    2. srbissette

      You were missed, Kim; I know you’ve been teaching at the school a long time, and hope to see you next trip down.

      (For the rest of you — Kim was among the original years of the JK School, part of the second-ever class, along with John Totleben, Tim Truman, Craig Boldman, Marc Vargas, Tom Mandrake, Jan Duursema, etc., and is a vet inker with many excellent credits in the field — including SWAMP THING — check out Kim’s site at http://www.kimdemulder.com)

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