Marion P. Lebendig

Dec. 6, 1924 - Feb. 7, 2019

Marion P. Lebendig, 94, Hollidays­burg, passed away Thursday at her residence.

She was born in Passaic, N.J., daughter of the late Louis and Lottie Preiskel.

Surviving are her sons: Stephen Ellis of Virginia Beach, Va., and David Andrew of Altoona; a daughter, Sue Ellen in California; six grandchildren: Joshua, Robert, Craig, Aaron, Adam and Brian; and great-granddaughter, Hailey.

Marion was a graduate of Passaic High School, where she was president of her sorority. She attended New York University. Upon completion of her studies, she was employed by the Federal Liquor Board as a private secretary to the director. During World War II, she trained as a Red Cross nurse’s aide, graduating in 1945. She worked as a volunteer Red Cross nurse’s aide in the Passaic General Hospital for the duration of the war and for many more years following the war while continuing her professional work.

On June 23, 1946, she married Robert Lebendig of Shenandoah, where their son Stephen was born. She served as president of the local chapter of Hadassah in Shenandoah and was present at the Hadassah Convention in Atlantic City the day that Israel was declared a state. The family later moved to Pottstown, where their son David was born, and in 1958, they moved to Altoona, where their daughter Sue Ellen was born.

She worked as office manager at Tritex Sportswear at its inception and was employed by J. C. Penney in the fine jewelry department. She was the assistant banquet manager at the Casino in Lakemont and was secretary to Howard Levinson at the Energy Savings Center.

Marion was a member of Temple Beth Israel and a past member of Agudath Achim Synagogue. As an active member of the Jewish Community Center, she was instrumental in writing and producing many of the musical shows presented there. She was a board member of Family and Children’s Service, receiving a Recognition of Service Award, and trained as a worker with the Literary Council. She served as president of the Altoona Chapter of Hadassah and received the National Leadership Award from National Hadassah.

She enjoyed reading, music and hobbies such as knitting children’s sweaters, which she sold commercially. She was an avid cook and baker and was very interested in politics. She also worked as a volunteer during national elections.

Marion’s children and her extended family and many friends were what was most important and always a source of happiness to her.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at Temple Beth Israel, 3004 Union Ave., Altoona, Rabbi Audrey Korotkin officiating.

Arrangements are by E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home, Inc.

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