Marlisse Marcus, age 62, was born in Bucharest, Romania, and emigrated to the United States as a teenager with her beloved parents, David and Benedetta (both of blessed memory). She completed high school in the Milwaukee area, and attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison where she received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
Her family grew tired of bitterly cold weather, and in the 1980s, they relocated to sunny Orange County, California. Marlisse worked as a Systems Analyst for many years, and then became a full-time caregiver to her mom in the early 2000s.
Around ten years ago, Marlisse began dating Peter Small, a Historical Impressionist and educator. They became life partners and travel companions, and were well known for bringing friends together. Events they hosted included hikes, picnics, concerts, and many terrific parties.
After Benedetta’s passing, Marlisse sought out a new career opportunity, and became an entrepreneur, hosting delightful chocolate parties and selling products from the Dove chocolate company.
Always community minded, Marlisse volunteered with the Relay for Life, the Jewish Community Center, and other organizations over the years, making many friends along the way. She never hesitated to take on leadership roles. She was an active member of Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America, and even served as its President for several years.
Marlisse was intelligent, outgoing, and always willing to help. She was passionate about many things, including Judaism, democracy, hiking, board games, and being a good friend. She was a courageous cancer survivor, and died after complications from a second battle with cancer only a year after being declared in remission.
Marlisse is survived by her cousin, Luiza Iancu, and family, her aunt Teresa, boyfriend Peter, and many friends of long standing. She will be greatly missed by many who deeply appreciated her warm hugs, her kind heart, and her often sarcastic sense of humor. Rest in peace, dear Marlisse.