In Memory of May Reisz

In Memory of May Reisz

The UniLu community mourned the death of a beloved alumna, May Reisz, on May 23, 2019 at the age of 84. She died at home in Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband, the Rev. H. Frederick Reisz, Jr., and her daughter, Katherine, by her side.

Pastor Fred Reisz, in suit and tie, and May Reisz, in a checked blouse, pose smiling in front of the altar in the UniLu chancel
Fred and May Reisz on a visit to UniLu for their 50th wedding anniversary. Photo by Chris Pollari.

May was a member of University Lutheran Church from 1978 to 1992, while her husband Fred served as pastor. She was involved in the creation of some of UniLu’s best-loved pieces of art, including the Advent banners and Pentecost quilt still in use today.

At May’s memorial services, Pastor Reisz noted, “May was passionately an artist, winner of regional and national awards. Her paintings are in hundreds of homes and in corporate collections. May’s art was deeply formed, layer on top of layer. She knew that what was on the lower level which you might think was covered up actually influenced the color and texture of the layers above it. That is what delighted me and drew me into her paintings. You have to spend time contemplating them. You could live with them over time and discover new things. A ‘blue’ sky is more than just ‘blue.’ She wanted us to see more of God’s work and world.”

In an email to May’s friends after her death, Pastor Reisz wrote, “We have lost a loving, caring, compassionate, spiritual, ethical and amazingly artistic presence. As God embraces May in a new way, may there also be comfort for you.” We wish the same for every member of the Reisz family.

Also see the obituary from The Island Packet.