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Marian Louise Greenberg, 82

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Marian Louise (Zlotkin) Greenberg, 82, passed away on Jan. 11 from COVID-19, at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

A free spirit and a life-long beauty, Marian was born in Omaha, Neb. on Oct. 28, 1938, to Chuck and Lena (Rosenbloom) Zlotkin. She grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Fairfax High School, where she had been a popular member of the Tantras club and met the "love of her life," the late Tony Greenberg. After marrying Tony, and while pregnant, she studied art history at UCLA, attending classes with her late mother-in-law Edith B. Greenberg.

With her belief in self-help, the supernatural and all things spiritual, she wrote books and articles and led new-age workshops, taught yoga and turned people on to organic food and holistic medicine. She also had business sense, which combined with an eye for real estate and design enabled her to successfully renovate and flip homes. 

In her journey, she crisscrossed the country – from Sedona to Santa Fe, from Hanalei Bay to Old Greenwich, from Santa Monica Canyon to Marina del Rey. Wherever she traveled, her beloved mid-century furniture would follow; she could not bear to part with the iconic pieces.

Despite significant health challenges over the last decade, she remained a warm, loving, grateful, compassionate person, with a zest for life and a devotion to TV reruns of "Law and Order."

Marian spent her last year with her son Marco Greenberg and his family in Great Barrington enjoying the four seasons in the Berkshires, making new friends, and exploring the town she considered quaint and serene with one of her wonderful caretakers.

She is survived by her sister, Evelyn Zlotkin Weinstock; her son Marco of New York City and Great Barrington, and his wife, Stacey Nelkin; and daughter Lara Jo Kaplan, of Brentwood, Calif. She was an adoring grandmother to Antonia, Noah and Stella Greenberg and to Arianna, Bianca and Charlie Kaplan, (all of whom affectionately called her "Shasha").

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Berkshire Medical Center's Covid fund, COVID-19 relief Fund.

Socially distant memorial services (available via Zoom) will be held at Ahavath Shalom Cemetery in Great Barrington on Jan. 13 at 2:00 PM EST, with services led by Rabbi Levi Volovik of Chabad of Berkshire County. To find the Zoom service information or to send remembrances to her family go to

Obituary Provided By: Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home

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