Marilyn (Broder) Shavelson
Marilyn (Broder) Shavelson of Farmington, CT passed away September 19, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Marilyn was born on July 21, 1925 in Newark, New Jersey. She was the daughter of the late Helen (Sobel) and Abraham Broder. She is survived by her son, Allen Berger and his wife Rebecca, Richard Berger, Helen Kronman and her husband Bruce and Ruth Sigal and her husband Michael. She is also survived by her grandchildren Rachel Berger, Josh Berger and his wife Celia, Marsha Ackerman and her husband Bryan, Sara Riedinger and her husband Jason, Eric Kronman and his wife Jamie, Moriah Allen and her husband Travis, Mark Kronman, Michael Berger, Amy Sigal and Stacey Sigal, as well as her great-grandchildren Ariana Riedinger, Elizabeth Kronman, Sadie Ackerman, Caroline Kronman, Hayden Ackerman, Willow Riedinger and Eleana Berger. Marilyn is also survived by her sister Renee Parvin and her brother Robert Broder. She was predeceased by her husband, Marvin Shavelson, her brother, Stanley Broder, and her daughter-in-law Rebecca Berger.

Marilyn grew up in West Orange, New Jersey and lived in Maplewood for 23 years and in Florham Park for 36 years. She then moved to CT in 2014 to be closer to her daughter Ruth.

Marilyn received a BS in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and an MA in Educational Administration and Supervision from Montclair State College. She taught Physics for two years at RPI, taught Mathematics and Science in the West Orange Public Schools for 5 ½ years and taught Mathematics and Computer Science for 20 years at Livingston High School when she retired in 1990. She was the Livingston High School Computer Coordinator. Marilyn was a tutor of the mathematically gifted for the Madison Board of Education from 1999 to 2005.

Marilyn learned the skill of hand weaving on an 8-shaft loom in 2001, making towels, scarves and exquisite cotton and silk prayer shawls (tallitos) with needlepoint cases for family members for their bat mitzvahs and other occasions. Marilyn served on the New Jersey State Scholarship Commission from 1974 to 1977, appointed by Governor Brendan Byrne. She was a lifetime member of the National Education Association and the New Jersey Education Association. She was a member of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, NJ, a member of the Newark Museum and Lincoln Center. Marilyn served as a Patient Liaison Volunteer in the Emergency Department of Morristown Memorial from 1990 to 2002. From 1997 through 2013 she served as a volunteer in the Carol Simon Cancer Center of Morristown Memorial Hospital and as a Patient Advocate on Franklin IV, the in-patient oncology floor.

Marilyn’s family is extremely grateful to the entire staff at Arden Courts of Farmington, CT who were so kind and compassionate to Marilyn. Also, the family wants to thank the hospice staff from Beacon Hospice, East Hartford, CT for all their loving care of Marilyn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Boulevard, Suite 48, Southington, CT 06489.

Shiva will be observed at the home of Ruth and Mike Sigal, 5 Copper Knoll Lane, Cromwell, CT on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00. To sign the guestbook for Marilyn, please visit online at

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