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Marcia A. Friedman

1934-2012 SHEFFIELD Marcia A. Friedman, 78, a longtime resident of Sheffield passed away early Monday, July 30, 2012 surrounded by her family.

Marcia was born March 4, 1934 in Atlantic City. Her father died when she was four years old and her mother took her two young daughters to live in New York City, where she had found work and to be near her sister. Marcia was sent off to summer camp in Pittsfield at an early age where she developed a deep affection for the Berkshires. She attended Hunter College and the New School For Social Research. Living in New York she developed a deep love of classical music and attended many concerts. She was married in 1961 and her son Louis was born in 1962 and her daughter Paula in 1964. In 1969 she and her family moved from New York to live in the Berkshires, where she had so many fond memories.

Marcia's great passion was music. She was an usher at Tanglewood for almost 20 years and was extremely involved in establishing scholarship funds to support young musicians. She was an avid opera fan, attending operas at the Met, the Lyric Opera in Chicago and most recently the Met simulcasts at the Mahaiwe Theater where she also volunteered as an usher. Marcia spent time at many other concert venues just to be in the presence of the great classical music that she loved so much. In the 1970's and 1980's, she assisted Ed and Myra Feldman in the concerts of piano and chamber music that they produced at Berkshire School. One of the most memorable concerts was a recital by the Great Russian Pianist Eugene Berman.

She is survived by her sister Charlene Ager, her son and daughter Louis and Paula Friedman, their spouses Jaime Friedman and Jerry Bernay and her two grandsons Lex and Sam Friedman.

FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be a memorial service held at the Dewey Memorial Hall in Sheffield on Sunday September 2, 2012 at 2 p.m.

There will be no calling hours.

Donations in her memory may be made to Noble Horizons to either the Village Fund or the Scholarship Fund. Donations can be made directly to Noble or through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Remembrances may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 4, 2012
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