It was nearly half a century ago when Rudolf Rohn discovered a brilliant young artisan who had the God-given talent of carving masterpieces out of wood. Rudolph had such great faith in this young woodcarver he presented him with his first large commission. That brilliant artisan was Edmund Rabanser and he became one of the preeminent master woodcarvers in the world.
Today, it is with heartfelt sympathy that Rolf Rohn informs you that this brilliant artisan, trusted colleague and dear friend, has passed away. Rolf and his team have had the pleasure and honor of working with Edmund on projects around the world.
He was an artist who took pride in creating magnificent one of a kind works of art using simple old world craftsmanship in his treasured Ortesei studio, in his home overlooking the Italian Alps.
It is comforting to know that Edmund’s work is proudly displayed in churches across the globe, including these in collaboration with our studio. Edmund’s vast talent, genuine kindness and boundless character were demonstrated in everything he did both in life and in his studio. We at Rohn and Associates are better people and artisans for knowing him. We will miss his unforgettable smile, cherish our time together and focus on the life he introduced into each piece he created by hand. Eternal rest grant unto our bother, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
He is survived by his wife, Concetta; three children, George, Oskar and Helen; and six grandchildren.