Marika Ver Barnett
January 28, 1934 – April 6, 2021
Marika (Marianne Schweitzer) Vér Barnett passed away at home with both her sons by her side after a yearlong battle with cancer. Marika was born in Budapest, Hungary on January 28, 1934 to Kornél and Lenke Schweitzer. As a child, she survived the Holocaust during WW II, but mourned her many family members who were deported to Auschwitz and Dachau never to return. After the war, she and her parents watched as the Soviets brutally crushed the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. At age 22, determined to raise a family in a free society, Marika said goodbye to her parents and escaped to Vienna until she could affect passage to the United States where her half sister lived in Bethlehem, PA. She eventually moved to New York City and while working at Albert Einstein Medical School met her future husband, Dr. Joshua (Frederic Coppola) Barnett, with whom she had two sons.
As her sons got older, she decided to pursue her interest in logic through computer programming, and her 25 year career included positions at Honeywell, Digital and Oracle. She enjoyed her retirement by Lake Boon in Stow with her second husband, the late István L. Vér. Marika was an award winning playwright and also accomplished photographer, creating her own “Fifth Image” compositions, one of which is on permanent display at the new World Trade Center in New York and another hanging in the residence of the Hungarian ambassador to the United States.
Marika’s family was her ultimate pride and joy, and nothing made her happier than to see them around the dining room table altogether, enjoying her Hungarian specialties while listening to her stories. She is survived by her sons and their families: Alexander, Sharon, and Eden Barnett of Framingham, MA; Erik, Claudia, Sam, and Julia Barnett of London, England.
Graveside service will be held on Sunday, April 11, promptly at 11 AM, Brookside Cemetery, 36 Gleasondale Road in Stow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Marika’s memory to Facing History and Ourselves, a group for whom Marika spent many years travelling to schools around New England and telling 7thgrade students about how she survived the Holocaust.
Donate online at https://give.facinghistory.org/secure/give or by mail: PO Box 470749, Brookline, MA 02447.
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Marika Ver Barnett
April 14, 2021
I was very sorry to hear the sad news. I first met Marika when she was ten years old. She was a wonderful young girl and grew into a wonderful woman, always upbeat, cheerful and ready to help.
I share your sorrow. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
April 13, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Barnett family. It is hard to believe that Marika is not with us anymore.
I met Marika 28 years ago through Hungarian friends and from that day she kept surprising me how she always contributed to our society here.
She volunteered her time for decades on a board to help Hungarian researchers to achieve their goals. Marika shared her beautiful home for fundraisers.
She was a diligent talented photographer on the monthly meetings of a literary club. She had an exquisite taste in fine Hungarian food and shared it with the guests there.
All those years Marika came up with new ways to entertain us, like with her travel and art photos.
She invited us to her theater plays and I witnessed how much, even young people understood and enjoyed her work. Her stylish, elegant petite figure had a great personality with a big heart.
We all forgot her age as she was the first to jump in when help needed at our Science Club meetings. Marika was smart, funny and a true entertainer.
Her love for Istvan and the devotion she cared for him was another inspiration for all of us.
She was so proud of her sons and grandchildren.
During our last conversation, just weeks ago, Marika consoled me that she is ready and took care of everything. She was so strong that somehow I truly hoped in a miracle.
Marika was a remarkable woman and a great friend, she will be truly missed.
George and Sue Sasdi
April 10, 2021
Dear Marika Barnett Family,
We are George and Sue Sasdi longtime friends of Marika. We heard with great sadness the death of our dear friend. Please accept our deeply felt sincere condolences, and know that our thought and sympathies are with your family during these difficult times. Marika will continue to live in our memories from all the way back when we first met her. We have always enjoyed her company, her intellect, candor, straight forwardness and her fun loving hospitality.
May the passing of time sooth your sorrow, and be comforted by the knowledge that Marika’s memory will continue to live as we fondly remember her. No matter how much one anticipates death, the finality is always very hard to accept. We learned that grief is not an event that you get over, but it is a journey. The memories conjured up by a photo, a scent, a special occasion or word can catch you unaware, but they are also wonderful reminders of a very special person. We hope your journey will have many sunny places to help to ease the sadness of losing someone so special and so dear as Marika. She will continue to live in our minds and hearts.
Death ends life, but not the impact one’s life has had on others.
Wishing you peace,
George and Sue Sasdi