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Marlene Ascherman

Marlene Ascherman

Saturday, February 16th, 2019
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Obituary

Ascherman, Marlene, age 77, of Brooklyn, N.Y. passed on February 16th after a courageous fight against pancreatic cancer. Marlene was born and raised in Fremont, Ohio. She earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Theater from UCLA. Marlene was named Best Actor and Best Director in her graduate program and was a proud member of both Screen Actors Guild and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She was most proud of her participation in a USO tour to Japan and Korea. Marlene also had a most productive and innovative 36 year career in New York City's Social Service Agency. She wrote and produced a weekly television program for eight years examining social issues on New York City's public access station. Her innovations addressed needs in senior programs, child welfare, and welfare to work programs.

She is survived by her loving life partner of forty years, Collwyn Butler. Marlene is thankful for the support of her many wonderful cousins and relatives, her classmates from Fremont Ross High School and from UCLA, her many friends from Brooklyn, and Collwyn's and her friends from New Jersey. A viewing will take place on Tuesday February 19th between 1 pm and 4 pm at Sherman's Flatbush Memorial Chapel, 1283 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230. The funeral will take place on Friday February 22, 2019 at the Berkowitz Kumin Bookatz funeral home in Cleveland heights, Ohio prior to burial in Mayfield Cemetery next to her father and proximate to many generations of her extended family. Charitable donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Venice Family Clinic in Venice Beach California or to a charity of your choice.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Sherman's Flatbush Memorial Chapel, Inc.
    Address
    1283 Coney Island Avenue
    Brooklyn, New York, NY 11230
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Mayfield Cemetery
    Address
    Cleveland Heights, OH

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Lonnie Burr

Posted at 06:37pm
Lonnie Burr

I met Marlene in 1962 at 19 when I entered UCLA for my MFA in Theater Arts. It was one of those rare connections you never forget: I fell in love with her and she with me. She exuded her joy and warmth and as we became more involved she cast me as Rostand’s Cyrano in a TV project she was directing. Our intimacy and wonder continued until after I finished my MFA. I was hit then with a personal, substantive conflict that was mandatory to resolve and in 1963 I dropped off with my close friends including Marlene. I moved to NYC in 1970 and began my 48+ years with Diane. Marlene and I met by accident in Manhattan and were together once more but not romantically. Eventually, she read and masterfully directed my play “Occam’s Razor” with her friend, character actor Danny Hedaya, in the lead. It was swell. After Diane and I moved to Southern California, M and I lost contact, yet we marvelously found each other in the 1990s online and via emails and phone calls we continued until her last days. Aware of the platoons of people she helped in theatre, in her synagogue, and in life, as well as her man Collwyn and her family, and a large contingent of most of the kitties in Brooklyn, I knew her time was filled with others with whom she was closer and our meetings were limited but we continued on our path together. In 2008 M had to come out to the southern CA coast to settle her mother’s home and estate and Diane and I happened to live nearby. Since the early 1970s, M and I finally saw each other in person while having a lovely lunch. To me it was as if no time had passed at all. Her beautiful, long locks and exquisite skin were intact. Her positivity was innate. Agnostics can have spirituality, as I do, so if there is a peace which surpasseth understanding, Marlene is there now for she deserves it. If I do not join her, she will always be with me. Excluding Diane, Marlene is the most merry yet complex, educated yet naïve, close and honest and truest woman I have ever known. Over those 50+ years she never lost that unique spark of having the soul of a child while very rarely being childish and always becoming anyone’s mother. I love you, Marlene and I always will.
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Claudia Hess Drake

Posted at 05:11am
Marlene was the star of our class of 59 and her radiance shone brightly for the 60 years since. Her warmth, intelligence, humor and kindness were a treasure that was shared with many but each of us was made to feel special. Although, after graduation, I only saw her at our high school reunions, our correspondence over the years made it a real and enduring friendship. I will miss her greatly. My condolences to all her friends and family , and especially Collwyn and Helen. May you rest in peace my friend.
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Gloria Carol Smith & Julissa French

Posted at 02:38pm
Dear Collwyn,
I know Marlene will be missed by
you and so many friends, family.
Time sometimes has a way to heal.
Peace and Love your way,
Carol and Julissa
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Kay Cassell

Posted at 09:29am
Marlene, I am so sad to know you are gone from this earth. It has been my privilege to know you and to keep in touch through the years. We met in high school and then both ended up in New York City. I got to see you continue to perform in plays which was so wonderful. You are a special person but you also made everyone you met feel special too. This is your lasting gift to so many people. I will remember you always.
NS

Nancy Newton Stoner

Posted at 09:15pm
Marlene . . . Why do I feel as though you hear me right now . . . I see your beautiful face and your kindness that was extended to all of us throughout our school years at Fremont Ross . . . Miss Forsythe's favorite! The star of both of our class plays "The Barretts of Wimpole Street and Our Hearts were Young and Gay . . . I was type cast as your French Maid in both productions! So blessed to watch your talents and see them grow . . . How I admired your bravery to leave high school and search to fulfill your dreams . . . No boundaries in your mind . . . Wish I could have been like you . . . Admired by everyone all through our lives . . . Your interest in the class reunions . . . Remember your calls with great ideas for the next reunion . . . Grand ideas . . . and when you arrived, you were always interested in us, how we were, and that beautiful smile on your face that let each of us know you loved us . . I hope that sometime we get to spend more time together . . . Until then, we will savor the memories . . . and continue loving you . . . Your friend Nancy Newton Stoner . . .
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