Elizabeth Beatty Zwick
Elizabeth Beatty Zwick, 68, passed away May 25, 2016 in the arms of her children in Talent, Ore. She was born Jan. 4, 1948 to Marjorie and Tadeusz Januszkiewicz in N.Y.C. Her earliest and fondest memories were of her childhood on a remote farmstead near Whitehall, New York, where she came to love nature, animals, and her friend, Tom Ward.
After graduating from Hudson Falls Central School she went to Antioch College, where she earned a BA in psychology and married Bruce Hutchison. Together they moved to Bainbridge Island, Wash., where they raised two children. After their divorce, Elizabeth earned a degree in graphic design at Seattle Community College. She married Peter Zwick and together they had two children.
An artist since early childhood, Elizabeth worked as an illustrator, graphic designer, and editor, often donating her time to create posters for community events. She illustrated and designed many books, including “Shadowchaser of the Siskiyous” (2009), “Ferry Tales of Puget Sound” (1986), “Island of Geese and Stars” (1984), and “Recipe for Raising Chickens” (1975).
Always active in the community wherever she lived, Elizabeth was often seen biking through town hauling tools and materials. She developed trails and garden areas throughout Talent, including the rock garden across from the library, a nursery to rescue and replant sapling trees, and portions of the Wagner Creek Trail. When Elizabeth wasn’t volunteering she could be seen exploring with her grandchildren, who were the inspiration for her Joy of Giving Children’s Shop at the Talent Friends Church and the weed teams she organized to decrease spraying at local parks. Known for her gentle leadership, she was the Together for Talent liaison to the Talent Parks Commission. Many of her projects were done in conjunction with friends from the Talent Strong Women exercise group she attended three times a week.
She was often making news, most recently with her effort to protect resident gardens at Patio Village, where she lived. In 2014, she was honored by the city of Talent as Mayor’s Citizen of the Year. She will be honored with a tree planting and plaque at Chuck Roberts Park on Saturday after the noon opening of the Splash Pad.
Shortly after being diagnosed with leukemia, Elizabeth moved to Oregon in 2004 to be with her lifelong friend, Tom Ward, of Little Wolf Gulch, Ore. She is also survived by her children (and their spouses), Michal Zwick of Talent, Ore, Hanya Zwick (and Eric Cerecedes) of Talent, Ore, Kate (and Brian) LaPlaunt of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Kristan Hutchison (and Joe Mastroianni) of Los Gatos, Calif. She is also survived by her grandchildren, David, Julian, Mia, and Ivan Cerecedes of Talent, Ore. and Rachel and Nathan LaPlaunt of Fairbanks, Alaska and her siblings, Joan Dashnaw of Argyle, N.Y., Aldona Januszkiewicz of N.Y.C., Holly Gregory of Montclair, N.J., and Andy Januskiewicz of Roslyn, Wash. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew.
In memory of Elizabeth, give your gifts of time and energy to the projects and causes you believe in, continue caring for each other and for the earth by weeding and picking up trash, and step forth in joy as you adventure and explore.