Obituary of Marcia Glazer Shapiro
January 6, 1925 to January 4, 2020. Predeceased by her loving husband Sidney Shapiro; daughter Suzanne Presser; parents Abraham and Hannah Glazer; siblings Rosalind Klein, Jeanette Goldstein, Evelyn Krovetz, Malcolm Glazer, and Dorothea Chazen.
Survived by her sons Dr. Arnold (Ela) Shapiro, James (Robin) Shapiro; brother Dr. Jerome Glazer; and son in law Dr. Steve Presser; grandchildren Rachel Shapiro, Sara Shapiro, Anna Shapiro, Daniel Shapiro, Leah Shapiro, Annie Shapiro, Shifra DeCoursey, and Hillel Presser. Great Grandchildren Mira and Simon Harris, Talia, and Noah Decoursey and Sebastian Presser.
Marcia was the fourth child of seven and lived in Rochester for almost her entire life. She grew up during the Depression and was very close to her father and unfortunately he died when she was 18 years old in 1943. She was from a family of go-getters and higher achievers. She was smart and a great businesswoman. No one gave her anything. After her father died she helped out in the family business Glazer Jewelry for several years. She attended the University of Rochester. After getting married to Sidney and living in Utica, New York for a while, she and Sidney decided to move back home to be near her siblings and mother and she worked hard with her husband to build a nice life for themselves and their 3 children. She spent her time as a homemaker. Her husband Sidney was a well-respected attorney in Rochester for 50 years. He co-founded the law firm of Shapiro and Shapiro with son James Shapiro in the 1980s.
Marcia was very active in Temple Beth El. She was a past president of the women’s sisterhood and ran the yearly nearly new sale fundraisers and ran the gift shop. Marcia was a long-time member of the Irondequoit Country Club and loved playing Bridge and other card games in the ladies' card room and at the houses of her friends. She was a good baker and cook and some of her recipes were included in the local Rochester Hadassah cookbook. She loved doing needlepoint and knitting. She loved investing her money in stocks and bonds and managing her properties. When it came to selling her house or an apartment building, she was able to sell them by herself for top dollar.
Marcia loved gardening. She definitely had a green thumb and she grew beautiful perennials in her garden every year and even had a cactus garden right behind her house. Inside she grew beautiful orchids and African violets.
She pushed her children to succeed and was proud of their accomplishments. Arnold became a doctor, James became a lawyer and Suzanne got a Masters Degree in social work and later graduated with a law degree from Syracuse University.
She was devoted to her siblings. She happily hosted large family meals for Rosh Hashanah at her house for many years. She took good care of her sister Evelyn Krovetz when she was dying with cancer and came daily to cook for her and comfort her.
A special thanks to the amazing and dedicated caregivers Maxine Wellington, Aldith Tomlinson, Donna Hastings, and Arrion Armstrong who loved her and preserved her dignity. They took great care of her and allowed her to be happy for the last 7 years of her life.
A special thanks to Debbie Campanella and Julian Goldstein who kept her life going smoothly up until the end.
Marcia always said that she had a good life and was a lucky girl. If she was feeling bad she would say that she was feeling” ecky Pecky poo!”
Funeral Services will be held on TUESDAY, January 7, 2020, at 12 Noon in the sanctuary of Temple Beth El, 139 Winton Rd. S. Interment, Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Following the service, Shiva will be observed at the Summit at Brighton from 3-9 PM. Contributions can be made to Temple Beth-El [LINK] in her memory.
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