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Marilyn Judith Goldstein

June 12, 1946March 15, 2020

Marilyn Judith Goldstein, 73, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 15, 2020 at her home in Ashburn, VA. Marilyn was born June 12, 1946 in Toledo, OH, the daughter of Clarence and Freda Borgelt.

Surviving are her husband of fifty-two years, Arthur; sons Daniel (Shannon) and Randall (Katherine); grandchildren Sarah, Joshua and Ruby; a sister, Evelyn; a brother, Sheldon; and a half-brother, Jerry. She is preceded in death by her parents as well as her half-brothers Robert and James.

Marilyn enrolled in the University of Toledo in 1965 where she met her husband, Art. When her young family moved to Detroit, MI, she transferred to Wayne State University, graduating in 1975 with a 4.0 GPA.

In 1978, her family settled in Rockville, MD, which they called home for thirty-one years. It is here where Marilyn raised her family, a period she regarded as the best of her life. Once her boys were of school age, she matriculated at the University Of Maryland School Of Law, never missing a beat in her role as a mother and wife.

Marilyn’s professional tenure demonstrated a dedication to public service. For 12 years, she worked at the Department of Education where she was a contracting officer supervising a team of specialists. Subsequently, she worked at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Institute of Science and Technology as Director of Contracts and Grants Supervisor, respectively. No matter where she worked or however how many she managed, she was highly admired by her staff and colleagues.

While academically and professionally accomplished, the job at which she excelled the most was as a beloved mom and grandma. She happily attended every youth sports event, drove every carpool, cooked outstanding meals, and was the glue that held the broader family together while simultaneously juggling her career. She took great pleasure in spending time with her loved ones, particularly her grandchildren.

Marilyn’s kind spirit reflected her Midwestern values, with a devotion to family, friendship and the simpler things in life. Her husband Art’s life-long term of endearment, “Sweetie,” captures the essence of her being.

Her favorite leisure moments were spent in Bethany Beach, DE, enjoying the view of the Pepper Pond, reading on the beach, and floating in a kayak. Other passions included traveling; attending musicals, concerts and craft shows; and watching ice skating and DC United. Throughout her life, she was politically active and volunteered countless hours to campaigns. Her final act outside of her home was to vote in the 2020 Democratic primary.

A private graveside service for family will be held at King David Memorial Gardens in Falls Church, VA. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to your local PBS Member Station or the American Cancer Society.


  • Graveside Service Sunday, March 22, 2020


Marilyn Judith Goldstein

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Nancy Esterman

March 30, 2020

Arthur, I am so sorry to hear about Marilyn. Mike and I enjoyed being with her every time we saw you two. And, of course, you too. I remember seeing you and Marilyn at family celebrations. I think of her as warm, open and funny. We even stayed overnight at your house. We smiled when we saw you had a dish from the same crafter that we had. Please share my condolences with Daniel and Randy. Love, Nancy Esterman

Janice Mazur

March 23, 2020

While Bill and I were visiting the DC area, I have a fond memory of experiencing Maryland cracked crabs for the first time. Marilyn and Art arranged the get together with fellow Toledoans, Penny Maza, Joel Worshtil and his wife. We ate outside on tables covered in butcher paper and a hammer and fingers for utensils. Delicious and fun.

Arthur Goldstein

March 22, 2020

marcia conn

March 21, 2020

Wish we could be with you at this time
My deepest sympathies for you and your family
All our love
Marcia and Denny