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Jeannie Wessendorf | #MFBArt14

Freedom's Hope

O' Jerusalem
Planted By The River


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Jeannie's Story


From crayons to college, I’ve always loved art. Born in Berrien County and raised in Van Buren County, I graduated from Hartford High School 1963 and then received further art training at

Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac.

In 1996, I obtained an associate’s degree in graphic arts, Phi Theta Kappa (International Honor Society). My college internship was at Whitcomb Towers in St. Joseph, where I taught an art therapy class. I also taught a summer acrylic painting class at Hartford High School. My paintings reflect my inner feelings and my love for God.

My weakness and pain with post-polio put a stop to my teaching and many dreams. I now focus on helping others and started a polio/post-polio support group in Hartford.

I had polio in my teen years and was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome in 1986. Besides being a polio survivor, I am also a breast cancer survivor since 1999. Along with fellow members of the support group, the “Chemosabies,” I participated in the Berrien County Relay for Life. There were many volunteers willing to push me in a wheelchair because of my inability to walk long distances. I can walk, but with the aid of a cane.

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