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Marcy Dolgenas Shapiro

Marcy Dolgenas Shapiro, 96, of South Orange died Jan. 20, 2013. Born in Manhattan, she moved to Irvington in 1945 and then to South Orange in 1950, where she remained until her death.

Mrs. Shapiro taught high school math, swimming, Hebrew, and piano in the 1940s. After receiving a grant from the Ford Foundation, she returned to teaching math at Rutgers University in Newark for 25 years, educating students in calculus, analytic geometry, linear algebra, and differential equations.

She graduated as a math major from Barnard College, class of 1936. She received advanced degrees from Columbia University and its Teachers College in mathematics and education. She was fluent in Hebrew and an accomplished pianist.

She was a past president of Irvington and South Orange Hadassah and the organization’s regional vice president of education.

After retiring she became a master bridge player, world traveler, golfer, patron of the arts and Spanish linguist. She presided over a successful investment group, The Stockettes, for many years. She was an active member of Congregation Beth El in South Orange and Crestmont Country Club in West Orange, both for 60 years. In her later years she was active in the JCC MetroWest’s senior group.

Predeceased by her husband, Sydney H., in 1979, and a daughter, Susan Martling of Marin County, Calif., she is survived by her son, Stephen R. (Elaine) of Bridgewater; a daughter, Sherry (Doron) Steger of Martinsville; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were held Jan. 21 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Beth El, South Orange.

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