MARION F. PERLIK

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PERLIK MARION FORD PERLIK Dies at 90 Marion Perlik, "Marnie", died April 3, 2014 in Springfield, VA. She was born August 19, 1923, daughter of Christopher Ford who was a pilot with the Lafayette Escadrille and Mary Vanneman, a nurse decorated for valor in France during WWI. Marnie was an "Army Brat" and travelled the world to live on posts in the Pacific and Asia with her father and siblings after the death of her mother at an early age. She majored in journalism at the University of Michigan and was the first woman appointed editor of the Daily, the highest post a woman ever received on campus. In addition to campus activities, she worked the night shift at an Ann Arbor defense plant. Upon graduation, she was one of the few women newspaper reporters hired by United Press in Detroit. UPI transferred Marnie to Chicago where she also served as a union representative for The Newspaper Guild. There she met and recruited a new UPI reporter just back from WWII military service, Charles A. Perlik, Jr. "Chuck". They married in January 1948. Chuck's career continued with the Guild and he went on to be elected President. They used to say their marriage was "union-made." Marnie left newspaper reporting to devote full time to her family and the care of their three children. An active volunteer, she was committed to community service and social justice issues. She was an award-winning record-setting blood donor and organized many blood drives. For 50 years Marnie served as an Election Officer for every election. She was an advocate for civil rights, and marched with Martin Luther King in 1963. She gave her time to the National Coalition for the Homeless and spent many weekends serving those in the shelters of D.C. Marnie was one of the founding members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax. Marnie began her second career as a registered nurse after she returned to college at age 50 to obtain her nursing degree. She provided compassionate care to patients in the Critical Care Unit at Fairfax Hospital for the next 15 years. During both of her careers she received many awards and commemorations for excellence. Marnie's travels never ended. From her early travels in Asia/Pacific to camping with family in the national parks or at the beach, or on domestic and international business trips with Chuck, she was always on a roll. Their RV life began with Chuck's retirement and for 15 years they enjoyed many RV rallies across the U.S. and Canada. Marnie Perlik is deeply loved and cherished by her surviving family; two sons, Paul (Leslie) and Stephen (Patti); a daughter, Lesley (Tom) Thomas; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Preceded in death by her parents, three siblings, and beloved husband Chuck on September 17, 2008. A Celebration of Life will be on April 12, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Chapel at Greenspring Retirement Community, Springfield, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Greenspring Benevolent Fund.Charles A. Perlik, Jr. "Chuck". They married in January 1948. Chuck's career continued with the Guild and he went on to be elected President. They used to say their marriage was "union-made." Marnie left newspaper reporting to devote full time to her family and the care of their three children. An active volunteer, she was committed to community service and social justice issues. She was an award-winning record-setting blood donor and organized many blood drives. For 50 years Marnie served as an Election Officer for every election. She was an advocate for civil rights, and marched with Martin Luther King in 1963. She gave her time to the National Coalition for the Homeless and spent many weekends serving those in the shelters of D.C. Marnie was one of the founding members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax. Marnie began her second career as a registered nurse after she returned to college at age 50 to obtain her nursing degree. She provided compassionate care to patients in the Critical Care Unit at Fairfax Hospital for the next 15 years. During both of her careers she received many awards and commemorations for excellence. Marnie's travels never ended. From her early travels in Asia/Pacific to camping with family in the national parks or at the beach, or on domestic and international business trips with Chuck, she was always on a roll. Their RV life began with Chuck's retirement and for 15 years they enjoyed many RV rallies across the U.S. and Canada. Marnie Perlik is deeply loved and cherished by her surviving family; two sons, Paul (Leslie) and Stephen (Patti); a daughter, Lesley (Tom) Thomas; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Preceded in death by her parents, three siblings, and beloved husband Chuck on September 17, 2008. A Celebration of Life will be on April 12, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Chapel at Greenspring Retirement Community, Springfield, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Greenspring Benevolent Fund.

Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 9, 2014
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