The quilt world has lost a wonderful quilter. I will miss Vivian… her quilts were beautiful, and she was a sweet, delightful person. I remember fondly sharing numerous lunches at Vivian’s home. She was a great hostess, and a charming person.
GOTTLIEB, Vivian Sosna – Of Brentwood, CA (formerly of Ann Arbor) passed away peacefully on November 8, 2009. Born August 20, 1930, Vivian was a gifted artist and poet, devoted wife, loving mother, dedicated homemaker, wonderful cook, and loyal and supportive friend to many. Vivian loved movies, reading The New Yorker magazine, collecting bride and groom figurines, and most of all, spending time with her family, sharing delicious meals, telling family stories and jokes, and enjoying the pleasure that her husband, children and grandchildren gave her. Vivian was born in Winnetka IL and graduated with honors with a BFA in painting from the University of Michigan in 1952. That fall she married Norman Gottlieb of Detroit and they moved to Flint MI upon his graduation from U-M Law School. They raised their family in Flint, where Vivian began a career in quilt and textile artistry. Her quilts won many awards and were featured in anthologies and shows across the country. She was active in the Flint Institute of Arts and served as a docent there. Vivian and Norman retired to Ann Arbor in 1992, where Vivian was active in the cultural community. She was a strong supporter of the U-M School of Music, Theatre and Dance and regularly enjoyed Ann Arbor’s many fine musical offerings. In recent years she and Norman relocated to southern California to be near their youngest grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Norman Gottlieb; children Siri Gottlieb and Lisa Gottlieb (Jeff McCabe) of Ann Arbor; Mia Gottlieb (David Atkinson) of Tokyo, Japan; and son Sam Gottlieb (Rosalind Robinson) of Santa Monica CA; grandchildren Aaron Wilhelm (Alya Kashper Wilhelm) of New York City; Maisie Wilhelm of Denver CO; Zoey Clark and Nevon Clark of Ann Arbor; Evelyn Atkinson of Cambridge MA; Norah Atkinson of Seattle WA; Max Atkinson of Tokyo, Japan; and Nicholas Gottlieb and Chloe Gottlieb of Santa Monica CA. She was thrilled to welcome her first great-grandchild, Zina Wilhelm of New York City, into the world in October. Vivian and Norman recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. Vivian was deeply loved by her family and friends, and will be profoundly missed. A private memorial for Vivian was held at a favorite spot of hers on the beach at Point Dume in Malibu CA.