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Eleanore Hyman Marcus

Photo Eleanore Hyman Marcus 83, of Menlo Park, CA, died December 25, 2006, of heart failure. Elie, as she was known to all, was born in San Francisco, on July 2, 1923, the daughter of the architect Samuel Hyman and Helen Hyman, and the younger sister of Elizabeth Meyerhoff, who died on December 4, 2006. She was a graduate of Lowell High School and attended Stanford University before marrying Lt. Greil Gerstley in 1944, with whom she had a son, Greil David Gerstley. Lt. Gerstley, an officer on the U.S.S. Hull, died in December 1944 when his ship went down in a typhoon near the Philippines. In 1948 she married Gerald Dodd Marcus "Gerry," her husband of 58 years, who survives her with all five of her children: Greil Marcus of Berkeley; Bill, of Canoga Park, CA; Anne Vronski, of Kibbutz Eilon, Israel; Steven, of Sebastopol, California; and Daniel, of Montclair, NJ. Elie is survived by 10 grandchildren: Emily, Cecily, Berek, Ben, Robin, Zoe and Samuel Marcus and Yonatan, Yaniv, and Ayelet Vronski; and daughters-in-law, Jenelle Marcus, Sophie Rosenberg, and Laura Stanzcyk; and son-in-law Shlomo Vronski. In addition to devoting herself to her children and to the support of her husband's legal career, she excelled in drawing, pottery and photography; her mosaics still decorate the house she shared with Gerry for over 50 years. She loved Hawaii, where her family, both on her father's and mother's sides, had ties going back to the 1840s. A woman of intelligence and beauty, she battled a lifelong depression with courage, grace and humor and could break out at any moment with a neatly rhymed comic poem or a demurely danced Hula. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Elie's name to the Gerald D. Marcus fellowship Fund, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley CA, 94720-7200 or the charity of your choice.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 3 to Jan. 5, 2007
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