by | Jan 30, 2017 | Obituaries

NEWPORT NEWS—Marilyn Lewitt Nochimson passed away Tuesday January 24, 2017.

She is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 56 years, Dr. Robert M. Nochimson, her son, Dr. Geofrey Nochimson (Lisa) of Williamsburg, daughter Debbie Wilson (Ken) of Norfolk, and grandchildren Joel and Benjamin Nochimson, Yaakov, Miriam and Sima Wilson.

She was predeceased by her parents, Mr. Louis and Mrs. Fannie Lewitt, her twin brother Irwin, her older brother Herbert Lewitt and her sister Jean Lippman.

She was born on April 13, 1938 in Thomasville, Georgia. She attended the University of Alabama and then transferred to the University of Georgia where she graduated with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education in 1960.

Marilyn was a wonderful and caring wife, mother and grandmother. She married Bob in 1960 and moved to Tidewater in 1964. Marilyn and Bob raised their family in the Denbigh section of Newport News. She was an outstanding teacher and taught at the Jewish Community Center preschool, Newport News Public Schools, and eventually taught 14 years at Paul Burbank Elementary School in Hampton. In all these positions, she nurtured hundreds of pre-school students. Bob and Marilyn often ran into former students and parents who expressed their gratitude to Marilyn for the wonderful start to their education. Among her many awards, she was chosen as Teacher of the Year at Paul Burbank. However, her greatest accomplishment was her family. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and was so proud of everything they did.

Bob and Marilyn were devoted members of the Rodef Sholom Temple. Marilyn was a stalwart member of the Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education, National Council of Jewish Women, and the Rodef Sholom Temple Sisterhood. Marilyn was a charming, warm and beautiful “Southern belle” and will be remembered for her sweetness, tenacity, and always having a kind word and bright smile for anyone she met.

Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association—Southeastern Virginia Chapter, The Sarfan Early Childhood Center—United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula, or Rodef Sholom Temple. Graveside services were at the Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula.