MARYSIA GREEN

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GREEN--Marysia.

At the age of 101, Marysia Green passed away peacefully August 5th, 2018 in her home in Coconut Grove, FL. Born into a loving family of six over a century ago in Sosnowiecz, Poland, she was the third child of Bernard and Cyrla Skura. In her twenties the family had been placed in the city's ghetto. Forced to leave her parents and other beloved family, Marisha and her younger sister, Hela, escaped the ghetto. She was never to see her mother, father, sister, niece, cousins, cherished neighbors or friends again. Her life during the war was dangerous and purposeful. During the WWII she was arrested by the Gestapo twice and fortunately survived both times. While working in the underground and dangerously crossing multiple borders, she met the love of her life, Isidor Green (of blessed memory). They were married, not in a traditional fashion in Budapest, Hungary, but that ceremony began a marriage of love, strength, and mutual respect until his death 61 years later. In Hungary, Marysia worked for Raoul Wallenberg and was part of the successful effort of delivering identity papers to fellow refugees aiding them in escaping Nazi and Russian rule. After the Allied Forces had won the war, Marysia and Isidor lived in Munich for a time while searching for their families. She saw a former SS officer and worked to ensure that he was arrested and received a life sentence. A single act but a meaningful part of her continuing effort to bring justice and peace to those who were so maliciously and undeservedly destroyed. After emigrating to the United States in 1947, they created a joyful life in both NYC and Palm Beach, Florida. A dedicated, shining light to her family and many friends, Marysia was vibrant, generous, and ever curious. She was wise and kind. She was never at an event where she did not know someone related to or a good friend to the person she had just met. She could literally connect the world! She was passionate about The State of Israel and numerous Jewish philanthropies. She was a founding member of The Palm Beach Chapter of AKIM USA. She was troubled by the recurring hostilities in the world and she hoped that we would not forget the tragedies that her generation had so painfully suffered. Her family joins her in that prayer. Most of all, she loved her family: her husband, Isidor; their two children and spouses, Bert (Alexandra Aline Brookshire), Jacqueline (John A. I. Grossman); and five adoring grandchildren: Mamie, Sophia, and Will Green, Aggie and Lucy Grossman, with whom she had so many cherished years. Our families are deeply grateful for years of care and love she received from Beth Kline and Mirelle Devil, as well as, Kerlande Devil and Yrma Gonzalez. We are sincerely appreciative for the wonderful care she received from Vitas Healthcare. Donations may be made in her memory to AKIM USA or The Shoah Foundation. The family will be sitting Shiva after the internment in NYC Thursday evening and Friday afternoon at The Mark Hotel. Shiva will continue at Jackie's home in Miami, Sunday through Tuesday, and at Bert's home in Seattle, Tuesday evening.

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 9, 2018