Marcia Kovalsky passed away suddenly on Friday, November 24, 2017. She enjoyed a rich and fulfilling life. Marcia will be remembered by those who knew her as a vivacious, loving, and proud woman with an infectious smile. The matriarch of her family, her loved ones knew her as a dear wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend.
Marcia was born in Detroit, Michigan to parents Lewis and Bertha Hendin. She met the love of her life, Al Kovalsky, when she was 17 and Al was 19. Marcia married Al two years later, in 1955. Their first trip on an airplane was for their honeymoon, and over the course of 62 happy years of marriage, they visited 74 countries together. During that time they raised three sons and ran a successful business. Marcia also taught piano, at one time having nearly 40 students. This led her to get a degree in Music Education from California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in 1986. In 1988, she and Al co-founded Ultralum, a manufacturer of hi-tech ultraviolet light products for genetic research and optical products. Marcia served as the Vice President of Administration for the company.
In recent years, Marcia became an accomplished artist, and many friends and family cherish her beautiful oil paintings of landscapes and portraits. Marcia was also very active in the local synagogue community at Temple Ner Tamid and Temple Beth El. She kept a very busy social calendar, and she and Al travelled extensively together over the years. They passed on the “Kovalsky travel bug” and organized cruise trips every few years to celebrate their wedding anniversary with their children and grandchildren. Marcia loved to explore new places, tell stories, and visit with others, whether it was over mah-jongg or her husband’s magic tricks.
Marcia took great pride in her family and proudly celebrated each of their successes. She is survived by her adoring husband, Al Kovalsky; three sons, Robert Kovalsky (Sharon Weintraub), Bruce Kovalsky (JoLynn), and Marty Kovalsky (Myriam Van Zeebroeck); and five grandchildren, Jenna, Shane, Sara, Jason, and Laura. She is also survived by her two nieces in Michigan, Beth Dwoskin (Bob Blumenthal) and Sue Green (Jim Marks).
Friends and family will celebrate Marcia’s wonderful life with a memorial service at Temple Beth El (1435 W 7th St, San Pedro, CA) on Wednesday, November 29th at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be made in Marcia Kovalsky’s name to Temple Beth El, or the charity of your choice.