Pearl Marcus 1918-2014

Jack and Pearl MarcusThe final chapter has been written. Born on October 24, 1918 in Stamford, CT, the youngest child of Isaac and Bertha Sackman, the home in Danbury that she shared with her husband Jack for 57 years. He predeceased her by two months, after spending 74 years of marriage together.

Pearl spent her childhood in Stamford amongst a large family which included 7 siblings. By a twist of fate she was spotted by her soon to be brother-in-law, who was a regular customer of Connecticut Plate Glass, her father’s business. He arranged an introduction to a young farmer from Danbury, Jack Marcus, whom she later married on Christmas Eve of 1939. The city girl moved to the family farm in Ridgebury but happily moved off the farm and down the road to the home she and Jack established on the site of the Marcus Dairy on Sugar Hollow Road. She partnered in the development of the Marcus Dairy and managed the Dairy Bar for decades taking brief periods off to give birth to her five children, Michael, Susan, Neil, Alan (deceased) and Jeffrey.

Pearl was a dynamo in action presiding over the daily chaos of the household, managing the Dairy bar and volunteering for a host of community organizations. She was the president of the United Jewish Center Sisterhood, member of the Jewish Home for the Elderly Women’s Auxiliary, Den mother for Scout Troop #57, Class parent at Park Avenue School and a life member of Hadassah.

She lived a long and prolific life. She loved to cook and entertain and her home was always open to friends and family. Her spirit undaunted and there was no challenge too great for her to take on. She survived cancer for over 4 decades and overcame personal tragedy with a stoicism that masked any pain. Her life was exemplary and well lived. She was a beautiful woman who will be missed by many and remembered by all.

Pearl is survived by her children and their spouses Michael (Nancy), Susan Garber (Ed Brown), Neil (Lisi) and Jeffrey (Annette); 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews, and one sister, Sylvia Frankel of Stamford, CT.

The Marcus family offers special thanks, appreciation and gratitude to her caregivers Gianina Lopes, Maristela Saules and Eve Healy, the compassionate staff from Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT, the Jewish Home for the Elderly and the Freidman Home Care agency.
Graveside funeral services and burial will take place on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 11 AM in the United Jewish Center Cemetery, Gray’s Bridge Road, Brookfield, CT with Rabbi Clifford Librach and Cantor Penny Kessler of the United Jewish Center of Danbury officiating.
A period of mourning will be observed at 207 Southern Blvd., Danbury on Sunday from 2 PM to 6 PM with Minyan at 6 PM and Monday from 5 PM to 8 PM with Minyan at 7 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the United Jewish Center, 141 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury 06810, Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT, 39 Old Ridgebury Rd., Danbury, CT 06810 or the Jewish Home for the Elderly, 175 Jefferson Street, Fairfield, CT 06825.

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