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MARSHA BELONSKY Almost everyone who knew her would agree that Marsha Belonsky was a helluva woman. She was gentle and formidable, nurturing and iron-willed. She fought for what she believed in, but never sanctimoniously. There was always punchline up her sleeve. Born to Janet and Stanley Webb on August 20, 1950, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Marsha Ann stayed close to home while studying nursing at Fitchburg State College but ventured to the Big Apple after graduation. It was there, while teaching at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, that Marsha met her future husband, anesthesiologist Dr. Barry Belonsky. The couple married on April 26, 1976, and the next year, right before Mrs. Belonsky's 27th birthday, they welcomed their first born, daughter Laura. A move to Cincinnati, Ohio, soon followed, and so too did a second child, son Andrew, born in 1981. After Dr. Belonsky died in 1990, Marsha picked up the pieces and raised her children alone while also leading Cincinnati's TB Control Clinic, acting as executive director for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and working as a fundraiser for the AIDS hospice Caracole. She was nothing if not tireless. With both children grown, Marsha moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to be closer to her grandchildren, Logan and Megan. It wasn't long before Marsha made a network all her own, easily winning friends with her charm and intellect. It was in Santa Fe, in her house and with her children by her side, that Marsha died peacefully on October 7, 2013, after a nearly four year bout with cancer. Even as her days grew shorter, she held on to her wit, spirit, and, yes, lipstick. Marsha is survived by her children, Laura McChesney and Andrew Belonsky, son-in-law, Craig McChesney, and her grandchildren, Logan and Megan Taylor. A memorial will be held on November 2, 2013. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the UNM Cancer Center.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900