Marci Bloch

Marci Lisa Bloch of Wayland, passed away peacefully at home, at the age of 61, on Oct. 22. Beloved wife of Andrew Bloch for 33 years. Devoted mother of Lauren Bloch and cherished mother-in-law of Kerran Flanagan. Marci was considered a “second mom” to her adored and adoring nieces and nephews Michael Langer and Alexis Langer, Jane Langer and Graham Rubin, Jillian and AJ Pattison, Michelle Kirsh, and Daniel Kirsh. Marci grew up in Needham, the younger child of the late Saul and Phyllis Hyman and sister of the late Ellen Langer. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Dietetics, and shortly after, received her Master’s degree in Public Health from Case Western Reserve University. She earned many admirers and professional accolades during her career as a Director of Learning and Organizational Development at many organizations, most recently at Trip Adviser, Boston University, Genzyme and Fresenius Medical Care. Marci was never one to waste time or opportunities. But after her diagnosis of breast cancer in 2007, she really got down to business, completing four triathlons and eight Pan Mass challenges. An avid bicyclist, runner, and exerciser, Marci’s energy was exceeded only by her generosity. In recent weeks, Marci’s daughter, Lauren, reached out to friends and family members asking them to write memories that she could share with her mom. Scores of submissions arrived from people whose lives were touched by Marci’s characteristic optimism, frankness, and cheerfulness. This ‘book of life’ grew daily with descriptions of this remarkable woman who was part family matriarch and part “energizer bunny.” She travelled extensively visiting Nepal, Tanzania, Kenya, Machu Picchu, Galapagos Islands, and Europe. She spread cheer wherever she went, sometimes via her favorite mode of transportation –the bicycle. Just one day after a chemo treatment, Marci could be found working out on her spin bike. She was nothing shy of indomitable. Marci is also survived by: parents-in-law Ellen and Donald Bloch; siblings-in-law David Bloch, Linda Bloch and Lisa Rosica, and Scott Langer and Karen Wise. Funeral services at Temple Shir Tikva, Wednesday, October 24 at 10:30 am. Interment at the Beit Olam East Cemetery. Following interment family and friends are invited for Shiva at the Bloch home until 4 pm continuing 6-8pm. Shiva will resume Thursday from 1-4 pm and 6-8 pm and on Friday from 1-4 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Marci’s memory to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in support of Doctor Tung’s Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Acct. 010-38774. Donations can be mailed via check to: Kim O’Loughlin, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Office of Development, 330 Brookline Avenue (OV 5th Floor) Boston, MA 02215.

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