Marian Astor Althaus
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Marian Astor Althaus died peacefully at her home on Thursday, October 4, 2018. She was 92 years old. A native of Newport News, she was a graduate of Newport News High School and attended classes at Christopher Newport College. She worked as a secretary at NASA Langley in the late-1950s, before joining her husband Sam at Althaus Delicatessen and Caterers, from which she retired when the business closed in 1997. A lover of art and design, Marian was a founding contributor to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. and a longtime supporter of fine and performing arts on the Peninsula. A lifelong member of Adath Jeshurun Synagogue, Marian was known for her gourmet cooking and her passion for interior and clothing design. She was an avid reader and investor, and enjoyed her beloved Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald recordings, along with TV crime dramas, who-done-its, TCM, and QVC. Marian was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Samuel Althaus, and her sister, Lorraine Astor Farber. Survivors include a loving family: her daughters and son-in-law, Carole and Martin Tanenhaus of Baltimore, MD, and Sheryl Luebke of Virginia Beach, VA; her son, Harry Althaus, of Brooklyn, NY; sister Joanne Neilson of Tustin, CA; grandchildren Debbie Schwartz and Michael Tanenhaus; and six great-grandchildren. The family expresses very special thanks to Marian's caregivers--Lisa Scott, Amy Deans, and the wonderful staff of Home Instead Senior Care. Graveside funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 7, at the Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula, 1817 Kecoughtan Road in Hampton. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Althaus Family Endowed Merit Leadership Scholarship at Christopher Newport University, or to the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

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Published in Daily Press on Oct. 6, 2018.
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October 29, 2018
Please accept my condolences. She lived a long life. My prayers for you and your entire family. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
George Oparaocha
October 16, 2018
Sheryl, so sorry for the loss of your mother. It looks like she lived a long, lovely life. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Lovingly, Bev Hynson
October 7, 2018
My condolences to the Althaus family. I remember Mrs. Marian throughout the years as my husband, Wallace, worked with your family. We were blessed and gifted by Sam, Marian and Irvin, our wedding reception at their Newmarket establishment in 1972.
I am so deeply sorrowful for your loss of a beautiful woman.
May your fond and loving memories of Mrs. Marian console you.
Be encouraged.
October 6, 2018
Cherished memories growing up in Christopher Shores and riding my bike over to my Aunts House for a visit or a family gathering at Grandmas for a Holiday dinner. Those were great days, and sometimes it seems like yesterday. I was lucky to have an aunt that was always there to tell great stories or share a deli sandwich at the deli. We were all blessed to have known her. May she be with the angels above. Rest In Peace Aunt Marion.

Steve (aka Hal) Farber
Aylett, VA
October 6, 2018
We have such fond memories of both your mom and dad. We often ate at the deli and they also catered events for us. She was always so gracious and pleasant. Both of them truly made the Peninsula a better place. Cherish your happy memories from throughout the years. All of you have our deepest sympathy and will remain in our thoughts and prayers during this time.
Kitty & Terry Heffington
October 6, 2018
Sending loving condolences to Harry, Sherry and Carole. Aunt Marian will always hold a special place in my Heart! I treasure my visits with her which included lunches out, shopping, and sharing time with her at her home! I will MISS YOU so much Aunt Marian; however, I am glad you are finally in no pain and at peace! HUGS & KISSES!!
Marleen Press
October 6, 2018
She will be greatly missed
Kenneth Artis
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