Marlene (Miller) Epstein passed away peacefully on August 8, 2023, at her residence, Horsham Center for Jewish Life in North Wales, PA. Marlene was born in Philadelphia, PA on November 15, 1937. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Selma Miller, and sister of the late David Miller and Shelly Miller. Marlene graduated 2nd in her class from Germantown High School. She then attended Temple University graduating with a degree in Music Education. Marlene later went on to earn her Master’s degree from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). She worked as a K-8 Music teacher for the Philadelphia School District for 25 years. Marlene loved all kinds of music: choral, orchestra, opera, and most of all classical. Throughout her life, Marlene surrounded herself in music. You could often find her singing along to opera, showtunes, and children’s songs to her children and grandchildren. It was quite fitting that when she passed away, she had been listening to music. Marlene traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Israel. She loved celebrating Jewish holidays, singing in Congregation Beth El’s choir, and holding Passover seders every year for as many as 40 people. Her famous “Number Soup” (with no numbers) was a specialty passed down by her mother-in-law Lillian Weiss and was enjoyed by several generations.
Marlene is preceded in death by her granddaughter Maggie. She is survived by her daughter Susan Flexner (Alan), her daughter Cindy Harry (Lou), her son Larry Weiss (Stephanie Sweet) and her stepson Lewis Freed (Lisa). She was a loving “Bubby” to her grandchildren Emily Orlansky, Ashley Maister, Katie Bower, Shayne Maister, Lauren Weiss, Trent Weiss, Jonah Harry, Melanie Flexner, Justin Weiss, and Taylor Weiss. Her great grandsons are Maxwell, Ezra, and Elliott.
Marlene touched so many lives. She will be forever remembered and greatly missed by her students, friends, and family. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Relatives and friends are invited to Funeral Services on Friday, August 11, 2023, 1:30pm, at Joseph Levine & Sons Memorial Chapels, 1002 West Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422. Services can be viewed on our website (https://www.levinefuneral.com/trevose-webcam.html) Following services shiva will take place at the residence of Dr. Lawrence Weiss and Dr. Stephanie Sweet.
Additional condolence calls will be received at the home of Susan and Alan Flexner: