Marion and Theo on their wedding day,
April 7, 1966 in Linden, NJ.

Tree marker and memorial plaque at
Frank Melville Park in Setauket, NY.

The tree in March 2021 May 2021
December 2021 October 2022 May 2023

Marion passed away on February 1, 2021. She was the most loving wife of Theo Pavlidis for 55 years, the devoted mother of Paul (Ingrid), Karen, and Harry (Kris), and the adoring grandmother of Micah, Kira, Anya, and Ben. She was born Marion Mehrman in Elizabeth, New Jersey and graduated with a degree in Music from Douglass College. Later she received a Masters degree in Education from Rutgers University. She taught music for several years in her hometown of Linden, NJ (photo) and later she taught fifth grade at the Mountainside, NJ school district. After she married Theo she moved to Princeton, NJ and then to nearby Lawrenceville when they bought their first house. By that time she had given up full time teaching to devote herself to their children but continued to work as a highly sought-after substitute teacher. She also ran a successful Avon business on the side. In 1986 the family moved to Long Island after Theo joined the faculty of Stony Brook University. By this time, their children were old enough so Marion could join Theo in his many travels. She went twice to Japan, one of them to the old Samurai capital of Aizu. Marion was particularly enchanted by the charm of old Japan. She also enjoyed the concerts of Staller Center. She was an animal lover and took care not only of their dogs but also of the stray cats in the neighborhood. She loved gardening and kept at it until the last few years when the infirmities of old age slowed her down. Her loving and kind nature impressed all those who met her. She was the epitome of kindness.

Because of the pandemic there was only a zoom funeral on February 4 conducted by Rabbi Paul Sidlofsky of Temple Isaiah at Stony Brook. There will be a memorial service to celebrate her life once the pandemic has abated.

(The above text is similar to her obituary published in Newsday on 2/9/21)


Donations in her memory may be made to animal welfare organizations