Natalie Snider Marcus, philanthropist

Natalie Snider Marcus, philanthropist

Natalie Snider Marcus, 94, of New York City died Jan. 20, 2011. She was born in Brookline, Mass., and had also resided in Trenton; Rancho Mirage, Calif.; and Princeton.

Mrs. Marcus became an integral part of her husband Robert’s business, Amtico Flooring, spearheading the company’s design department and earning 15 awards from the Association of Interior design.

She graduated from Smith College in 1938 and received a master’s degree from McGill College, Montreal.

She was a philanthropist who headed the effort to refurbish Greenwood House in Ewing. Its skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, the Jewish Home for the Aged in Ewing, is now known as the Robert and Natalie Marcus Home for the Jewish Aged.

“Greenwood House as we know it today would not be here without Natalie Marcus,” said executive director Richard Goldstein. “In the late 1960s when talk began of relocating the home from Greenwood Avenue, Mrs. Marcus was told that the community was not large enough to support a Jewish Home. But she saw the need and moved forward with community members to pursue their dream of a new home. On Dec. 2, 1973, their dream was fulfilled with the dedication of the new Greenwood House on Walter Street.”

“Natalie Marcus’s passing is a loss not only to her family and personal friends, but to the Jewish community,” said Andrew Frank, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks. “She was generous with her donations, her time, her intelligence, and her passion. She was a leader whose presence will be missed.” Predeceased by her husband of 53 years in 1992, she is survived by two sons, Roger and Richard; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were held Jan. 23 at Har Sinai Temple, Pennington, with arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, Ewing. Memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood House Foundation, Inc., 53 Walter Street, Ewing, NJ 08628.

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