In Memory

Erica Weiss

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08/27/09 08:33 PM #1    

Deborah Bernick

Erica Weiss Marsden passed away from lung cancer (non-smokers) in 2007. She had just retired from her job as a senior lawyer in the Michigan Department of Social Services and was looking forward to future travels with her husband, Harry Marsden.

Erica and I were good friends at Lewis, along with Jane Bailowitz, Steve Goode, and many others . . . the three (or more) of us we went to see Barbra Steisand and Simon & Garfunkel in Central Park, along with thousands of other fans. We travelled to Expo '67 in Montreal along with a few dozen Lewis classmates. And Erica and I shared a lotta laughs in the back of Mr. Shafter's chemistry class, barely paying attention to the periodic tables but often poking fun at his Southern drawl and unusual ears (oh dear, a bit of mischief there!)

Erica, Steve Goode and Gene Nathan represented Lewis on the "It's Academic" program as I recall. They just barely lost out to Stuyvesant High School in a tight match.

After Erica married Harry, her former English section leader at U. Michigan, they settled in Ann Arbor and had two sons, Adam (now 26) and Peter (22). Our families spent two vacations together on Block Island and Martha's Vineyard when our kids were small, and Erica even agreed to let my mom tag along! (I think in her second life, Erica would have liked to be a travel agent, planning fabulous adventure trips.)

Erica was smart, funny, compassionate, bubbly, with a giggle that was absolutely contagious. She fought valiantly for one year after her diagnosis, with exceptional grace. I visited her in February, 2007, a couple of months before she passed on. She told me to give her warm hello to all past friends from Lewis, and to "give my regards to Broadway."

She loved her high school years, and pretty much all that followed after. We'll miss you, old friend!

Debbie Bernick

08/30/09 11:43 AM #2    

Penny Gilbert (Powders)

I was good friends with Erica in high school and was devastated to learn of her death. She was smart, funny and just great to be around. Remember when she ordered "marijuana" sauce for her spaghetti? I am so sorry she is gone.

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