Mardell Laverne Blaufarb Kindness, generosity, insight, curiosity, and deep caring for people characterized the life of Mardell Blaufarb (neé Aronson), inspiring and delighting all who knew her. She was born on May 28, 1928, and passed away on September 2, 2016. Mardell was born and raised on a farm in Lakeville, Minnesota. Her early education was in a one-room schoolhouse with eight grades under one roof. At Lakeville High School Mardell was one of the first female students to attend agriculture classes and join the local Future Farmers of America and 4H clubs. After earning a teaching credential at Mankato State Teachers College, Mardell taught at elementary schools in Sacred Heart and Rushford, Minnesota. In 1951 while taking summer classes at University of Colorado, Boulder, Mardell met U of C grad student, Gerard (Gerry) Blaufarb. In 1952 they eloped. After Gerry had graduated from law school, the couple moved to Alexandria, Virginia, where Mardell gave birth to Jonathan in 1957. In 1960 they moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where Ross was born. In 1966, they moved to Los Altos, California. A loving, nurturing, dedicated, engaged parent, Mardell volunteered her talents to numerous organizations—PTA, Little League, Los Altos High School Marching Band, Sigma Phi Society Mothers' Club. Mardell's welcoming presence caused many of Jon and Ross's friends to consider the Blaufarbs' their second home. Mardell devoted herself to granddaughters Ali and Nicky. She and Gerry took them on many adventures in the US and abroad. Through her volunteer work, Mardell had many friends at Los Altos History Museum and Sister Cities (receiving a Los Altos Community Foundation service award). She also enjoyed the fellowship of Vasa Order Of America (Swedish-American Society). Mardell loved local theater, opera, and ballet. She donated her body to UCSF's Willed Body Program. Mardell's parents, Richard and Sophie Aronson, and her sister, Mary Lou Ruh preceded her in death. Surviving Mardell are husband, Gerry; sons, Jonathan and Ross; granddaughters, Alexandra and Nicole; great-grandson, Theodore; sister, Betty; brother, Glenn; Sister-in-law, Claire, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws in Minnesota, Massachusetts, New York and California. Please make charitable contributions in Mardell Blaufarb's name to Los Altos History Museum, Los Altos Stage Company, Los Altos Community Foundation or organizations and charities of your choice.
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