veteran   Marvin B. Schpeiser

Schpeiser- Marvin ,97, of Newton Upper Falls and Mashpee (New Seabury), MA, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2018 after a brief illness. Born in Brooklyn, NY, to Joseph and Katie Schpeiser on November 2, 1920, Marvin grew up in Brooklyn where he became a life-long Dodgers fan. After graduation from Thomas Jefferson High School, Marvin earned a BA in 1942  from New York University where he starred on the varsity tennis team.  He attended Boston University where he received graduate training in Social work.  After Marvin served in the army for three years in World War II, earning a Bronze Star, he married the love of his life, Rona Raphan, on April 6, 1946, to whom he was married for 64 years.  He loved spending time with his family at their home on Cape Cod, shopping for bargains, reading, and playing tennis (which he did into his 80’s). Rona preceded him in death on February 28, 2010.  His sister, Edith Weinberger (Robert), died at age 100 in 2016.  He is survived by his three children, Karen Fairbank (St. Louis, MO), Robert Schpeiser (Newton Upper Falls, MA), and James Schpeiser (Patty Tully) (Newton, MA), and four grandchildren, Olivia, Isobel, Estee, and Levon all of Boston, MA. Marvin is also survived by his sister Mildred Druss (Abe) (San Francisco) who turned 101 on February 2, 2018. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews.  Marvin spent his entire career as a Jewish Federation professional in Detroit, Milwaukee, Boston (the Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the North Shore Federation), and Atlanta (the Atlanta Jewish Federation).  He was a career fundraiser and worked in community relations.  Marvin had a unique sense of humor and never met a pun he didn’t like.  Services at Wilson Chapel 234 Herrick Rd., Newton Center, MA, Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Remembrances may be made to Combined Jewish Philanthropies, 126 High St. Boston, MA  02110, or to a charity of your choice.

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