Marti J. Watchel

by | Jun 10, 2021 | Obituaries

Portsmouth—Marti J. Watchel died on May 22, 2021.

She is predeceased by a son, David William Silverstein.

She is remembered by her children, Rabbi Lauren Silverstein Cohn and husband Matt Ruggles, and Jon Steven Silverstein and wife Jodie Knight, and her grandchildren, Micah Cohn, Tali Cohn, Grace Silverstein, and Debbie Silverstein.

The only child of the late Beatrice and Louis Watchel, Marti was born on June 1 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was lucky to have her maternal grandparents very close by and loved spending summers at the shores of New Jersey.

Marti was a smart, passionate, complicated woman, and mother. She taught her children a lot about life, both through her example and through her instruction. Marti’s path through life was not always easy, and those who knew her could tell you that she was always yearning for a brighter horizon. Looking forward meant imagining the next new chapter while at times forgetting the important task of writing the current chapters of her daily life. Her “one day; not too far away” life always included her favorite cat, Suki, sunny days at the beach, and lots of books.

Condolences may be left online at