Marlene Bass

by | Jan 16, 2020 | Obituaries

NORFOLK—Marlene Herer Bass died on December 24, 2019. She was born in Brooklyn New York, Sept. 21, 1934 to the late parents, Regina Herer and Irving Herer of Buffalo, N.Y. and step-father, the late Jack Cisenfeld of Miami Beach, Fla.

Marlene was the mother to the late Deborah Bass Sadoff of Buffalo, N.Y. and the late Richard J. Bass, ddS. of Norfolk.

At age five, her family moved to Buffalo where she grew up and met the love of her life, the late Mel Bass. They were married for 49 years. Marlene and her family moved to Tidewater in 1972.

She is survived by her grandsons Philip Bass (Stephanie) and Benjamin Bass both of Norfolk; sister-in-law Marilyn Bass Buxbaum (Stuart) of Norfolk; and nieces Jodi Herer Levine (Mitchell), of Buffalo and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Amy Beth Herer Morris (Miles) of Weston, Conn., Shari Dozoretz of Virginia Beach, Renee Dozoretz Strelitz (John) of Virginia Beach; and nephews David Herer (Ava) of Buffalo, Daniel (Dana) Herer and Barry Herer of Los Angeles, Calif, and Mark Herer of Portland, Or.

Marlene worked at several jobs throughout her life, but the one she was most proud of was being a Standardized Patient at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Marlene was a Life Member of Hadassah and served on the board of the Women’s Cabinet of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Jewish Family Service of Norfolk, and Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia.

Marlene was a member of Congregation Beth El of Norfolk. Contributions may be made to Bass Memorial Restricted Fund of the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Foundation, Congregation Beth El, Chabad of Tidewater, or the charity of your choice.

Funeral Services were held in the Norfolk chapel of H.d. Oliver Funeral Apts. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at