Mariann B. Ticatch

by | Mar 30, 2023 | Obituaries

Norfolk—Mariann B. Ticatch, 87, passed away on March 25, 2023.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Dora and Nathan Bear.

Mariann grew up in a flat over her parents’ store, Nathan Bear’s Mens Wear at 1307 Hull Street with her older siblings Marvin and Nada. One of her fondest memories (she spoke of it just before her passing) was her daily afternoon walks hand in hand with her father to make the bank deposit. This was their special time to talk. Mariann took after her mother and was therefore energetic, gregarious, philanthropic, and intensely committed to making Judaism the foundation of her family’s life. She ensured that the same would be true of her children.

Mariann was also a trailblazer becoming an insurance and financial planning professional in the mid-1970s when it was rare for a woman to do so. Mariann had a long and accomplished career, retiring just a few years ago. Some of her most significant accomplishments included serving as president of Ticatch Financial Management, receiving the Lincoln National Stuart Smith Award, being the first woman president of the Norfolk Life Underwriters Association, serving as president of the Estate Planning Council, president of Lee’s Friends, president of Beth Sholom Village, and as president of Norfolk Chapter of Hadassah. She was also a board member of Congregation Beth El, Tidewater Jewish Foundation, YWCA, and United Way Foundation. Amazingly, this list is only a fraction of her accomplishments.

Mariann was preceded in death by her brother Marvin Bear and by her former husband Melvin Ticatch, with whom she had four children.

Survivors include a sister Nada Ottenstein (Daniel) of New Haven Conn.; a daughter, Natalie Guld (Michael) of Raleigh, N.C.; three sons, Larry Ticatch (Brenda) of Yorktown, Va., Joel Ticatch (Elaine) of Fairfax, Va., and Nathan Ticatch (Paula) of Houston, Texas; eight grandchildren; Eli (Shannon), Micah (Nerissa), Spencer (Laura), Stephanie (Maxwell), Avi, Justin (Taylor), Harlan (Ashley), and Jillian; and seven great grandchildren; Keret, Aaron, Nava, Asher, Drew, Shiloh, and Ber.

A graveside funeral service was held in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Beth Sholom Village or a charity of choice. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel.