Service:11:00 AM on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Collins Funeral Home.Interment:Temple Shalom/ Independent Hebrew Society Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk.Contributions:In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, P.O. Box 489, Wilton, CT 06897.

Marjorie "Midge" Gottlieb Unger


January 10, 1922 ~ November 23, 2012

Marjorie Gottlieb Unger, “Midge”, 90 years old, passed away at home on November 23, 2012, surrounded by her family.

Midge was born on January 10, 1922, to the late David and Frances Gottlieb in Bronx, NY. She graduated from James Monroe High School in 1938 and received her undergraduate degree from Ohio University in 1942. She later earned a Masters degree in education from Western Connecticut State University and an Associates degree in paralegal studies from Sacred Heart University.

Midge met the love of her life, Dr. Bernard, “Bernie”, Unger at summer camp in 1941 and they were married for close to 70 years. Midge was an English teacher at Benajmin Franklin Middle School for many years. She then went on to teach paralegal studies at Sacred Heart University. She was the recipient of the Freedom Foundation award in recognition of her excellence in teaching.

An avid reader, Midge worked many years for the Norwalk Public Library system and was a long-time volunteer at the South Norwalk library. She was a Justice of the Peace for over 15 years, performing numerous marriage ceremonies and served as a member of the Norwalk Zoning Board of Appeals for over fifteen years. She and Bernie loved to travel, and spent many winters in Sarasota, Florida.

In addition to Bernie, Midge is survived by her three children, Laurie Unger of Norwalk, Hildy Guerrero of Norwalk, Dr. Henry Unger of Philadelphia. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Jordan, Lindsey and Jesse, and one great-grandchild, Hudson Bernabe. She is predeceased by her twin sister, Estelle Rosenfield, and her son-in-law, Bernie Guerrero.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. Interment will follow in the Temple Shalom Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, P.O. Box 489, Wilton, CT 06897.

  1. Dear Bernie and family,
    I was saddened to read of your loss in this morning’s Hour. A terrific family has lost a wonderful woman, but I hope you are able to interrupt your grief to recognize how fortunate you were to have had Midge for all these years. Cherish the memories.
    Stuart Garrelick

    November 24, 2012
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  • Dear Bernie,
    Working with Midge, and getting to know you both were highlights of my time in Norwalk. Midge would always stop in my office to say hello on your return from Sarasota, and it always brightened my day. My thoughts are with you.
    Les Kozerowitz

    November 24, 2012
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  • To Bernie, Heidi, Hank, Laurie and your families,
    A bright light in this world has gone out. I was so sorry to learn of Midge’s passing. I’m sure you need no one to tell you what a wonderful woman she was. But I hope it helps in some small way to know that she has touched so many lives with her wit, her warmth and her desire and abilities to make a difference in this world. She will be missed and I count myself lucky to have known her.
    Thinking of you all,
    Paul Keating

    November 24, 2012
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  • Dear Bernie,

    It was a pleasure to have known Midge. She served the Norwalk Public Library system the same way she lived her life, from the heart and with gusto. I enjoyed getting to know her when I began working with the system. She passionately spoke of the projects on which she had her students work when she taught middle school. It was apparent that her care for all types of people went beyond lip service. It was always wonderful to see the two of you upon your return from Florida. The love and friendship you two shared was simply beautiful.

    My heart is with you and your family.

    Sincerely,
    Sherelle Harris

    November 26, 2012
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  • Dear Bernie:

    I know I speak for my colleagues, past and present, on the Board of the Friends of the Norwalk Public Library System in saying that Midge was a cherished member of our team for many years. Whether working on book sales, managing the annual Staff Appreciation luncheon, or speaking up from her personal knowledge as a volunteer in South Norwalk, Midge was a thoughtful and compassionate advocate for the library community. Especially during the book sales, we had time to talk. She loved her life with you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Sincerely,

    Andrea Light

    November 26, 2012
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  • Dear Bernie,

    We were so saddened to hear about Midge’s passing. We were away for the holiday weekend and just heard the news today, or we would have made it to the services to pay our condolences. You were both such wonderful neighbors to us back in Silvermine, and we always look forward to seeing you by the Ledgebrook pool when we go to visit Dad and Maria during the Summer. Midge will be greatly missed, and we feel fortunate to have known her.

    Lots of love,

    Nora, Rob, Grace and Jay

    November 27, 2012
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  • To the Family,We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Midge. We hope your many fond and precious memories will help ease your pain.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Betty and Lou Grey

    November 30, 2012
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