After a brief illness, Marjorie Ellen “Margie” Shulman passed away at the Suncoast Hospice in St. Petersburg, FL on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Her loving husband, Frank Bonnevie, and family were by her side. She was born in Pittsfield on December 31, 1949 where she grew up. She and her husband resided in Lee, MA, but recently moved to be with other family members in Gulfport, FL.
Margie is survived by her children and their families: David Finkelstein, wife, Valerie Sugiyama, and their daughter Lily of Pleasanton, CA; Jamie Lacroix and her daughter, Emmy of Stoughton, MA; Jesse Shulman of Pittsfield, MA; Erika Bonnevie, partner, Cam Wiley and son, Anderson of San Diego, CA; and Frank Bonnevie III, wife Kate and their son, Frank, IV. of El Paso, TX. She also leaves her two siblings and their families, Jim Shulman and wife, Jackie of Galena, OH and Nancy Shulman of Gulfport, FL.; her Aunt Cecily Levine who was like a second mother; her cousin, Amy Levine who was like a sister and many other cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her parents Irving and Helen Lenhoff Shulman.
Margie graduated Pittsfield (MA) High School in 1967 and Northeastern University in 1971 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature. She also earned a Master's degree in Education from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Following undergraduate college, she was a store manager at Jim’s House of Shoes, the family business in Pittsfield, and became co-owner of the business. After thirty years at Jim's she took a position with Pittsfield's Helen Berube Teen Parent Program where she taught high school students.
Margie was a member of Temple Anshe Amunim in Pittsfield where she served as a Vice President and a religious school teacher. In addition, she was an ordained minister in the non-denominational Alliance of Divine Love Ministry and had performed numerous weddings. She was also a member of Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg, FL.
Margie enjoyed participating in new age and meditative programs as Tai Chi. She loved being with her husband Frank and especially traveling and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Margie was an avid reader and an extraordinary communicator in keeping in touch with many people while also caring for her own family. She was a good listener, problem solver and catalyst for change. Marjorie Shulman will always be remembered for her warmth and her love of life.
Private gathering was held for immediate family with funeral arrangements by the David Gross Funeral Parlor in St. Petersburg, FL. Donations can be made in memory of Marjorie Shulman to Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 or to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445.
The care of Mrs. Shulman and her family has been entrusted to David C. Gross Funeral Home in St. Petersburg.