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.
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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.