Marion Frances Schwartz Class died at her home on November 23. She was 93 years old. Born July 20, 1928 in Ogdensburg, New York, Marion attended the Ogdensburg Free Academy and was a valedictorian. She then attended Vassar College majoring in chemistry; graduated in 1950.
Ms. Class’s family was active in politics. His grandfather, Julius Frank, was involved in local, state, and federal politics, and he and his wife, Marion Sanger Frank, worked closely with Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1948, Mrs. Roosevelt invited their granddaughter, Marion, to lunch with her at their Hyde Park home, so she could get to know her better.
After graduating, she started working at Dupont, Textile fibers. She married Jay B. Class who worked for the competition, Hercules Chemical, and they settled in Wilmington, Delaware. Ms. Class left Dupont to raise a family there and was active in the local temple, Longwood Gardens, and other organizations. She returned to school in 1983 to become a Chartered Accountant (CPA) and worked for many years in general accounting, taxation and audit reviews. Upon retirement, she and Jay moved to St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Class was a master bridge player. She and Jay were very interested in the arts and in lifelong learning opportunities; they enrolled in the ASPEC program at Eckerd College and made many friends there. Marion was very active in the League of Women Voters and she volunteered for the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts where she especially enjoyed working in the Gift Shop, as well as the Westminster Shores store, where she worked. lived. his last years. While in Wilmington, she was active with the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia and was a director of Community Showcase Performances for many years. She was also a long time director and organizer of the Young Musicians Competition. She was an extraordinary person, graceful and elegant until the end.
She is predeceased by her husband, Jay, and is survived by her brother J. Frank Schwartz, daughter Julia Class and son David Class (Noriko Tateyama), grandson Ridgely Ritter, nieces Ellen Schwartz (John Poorman ) and Susan Schwartz (James Newell), cousins Abe, Nancy, David and Debra Ross. Currently, no service is planned.