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Obituary: Hazel Juliet Amols Marcus

Hazel Juliet Amols Marcus
Hazel Juliet Amols Marcus died June 12, 2010 at the age of 97 at Penobscot Nursing Home, Penobscot, ME.

Born May 31, 1913 in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of Nathaniel William Amols and Frances Amols. Her father owned The Arlington Dry Goods Store with his sister, Sarah Amols Beinfield (Messing).

Hazel attended P.S. 3 in Brooklyn, a one-room schoolhouse. In 1929 she graduated from Girls High where she was a member of the honor society, Arista.

An enthusiastic camper, she won a silver trophy as best all-around camper, 1928, Camp Reena in Palmer, MA.

Hazel entered New York University at age 16 and was a member of the sorority Delta Phi Epsilon. Later she transferred to Hunter College, a tuition-free school during the Great Depression, and graduated in 1933 with a bachelor of arts degree in English literature.

After college she received a senior lifesaver certificate and worked as a camp counselor at Camp Tabor for Girls in Lake Como, PA.

Through camp counseling she met her future husband, Joseph Marcus. The couple married in 1938.

In 1941 the Marcuses moved to Great Neck, where they raised their family. Joseph was a CEO of a family textiles business in New York an avid chamber musician.

Mrs. Marcus was a vice president of the Great Neck Symphony Orchestra, founded in the basement of the Marcus home in the 1940s, on the board of the Great Neck Chapter of the AAUN and a member of the Congregation of Temple Beth-El.

In 1964 the Marcuses assembled and exhibited an antique schoolroom for the 150th anniversary celebration of the Great Neck school system.

In the mid-1960s the couple moved to Union, ME, where they renovated an historic home and sold antiques.

In Union Mrs. Marcus was a member of the Union Historical Society, an honorary member of the Maine Historical Society and a member on Zonta.

In collaboration with other members of The Woman’s Community Club of Union, Mrs. Marcus was responsible for the 1970 reprinting of Sibley’s History of Union (1851), a limited edition of 750 copies reprinted by The Cambridge Herald Publishing Company. John Langdon Sibly was a 19th century assistant librarian at Harvard University and editor of the Triennial Catalogues of Harvard University.

The Marcuses moved to a retirement home in Blue Hill, ME, and finally to a nursing home in Penobscot, ME, where they were the only nonagenarian couple.

Mrs. Marcus was an accomplished cook and pastry chef, a fine needleworker and an avid reader.

She was predeceased by a son, Daniel William Marcus, 1947-1967, an artist, musician, scholar and athlete; a brother, Dr. William Amols, a neurologist and primary drug researcher; and her husband of 70 years Joseph Marcus, 1913-2008.

Mrs. Marcus is survived by a son, Jonathan Marcus of Long Beach, CA, and a daughter Elizabeth Dowling of Ellsworth, ME.