Merle Rebecca Baum
January 30, 1926 ~ March 5, 20 15
Merle Rebecca Baum passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, March 5, 20 15, after a short illness, with her two sons tending to her. She was the mother to Winthrop Emanual Baum (and his wife Stefanie) of Fairfield, and Mark Alexander Baum (and his wife, Carol) of New York City, and grandmother to Lauren Marissa Baum of Boston. She was predeceased by her husband of 63-years, Walter. The family would like to acknowledge the exceptional love and care she received for years from her care givers, Judy, Tiffany and Merriam, with additional thanks to the exceptional staff at Norwalk Hospital.
Born in Ada, Michigan on January 30, 1926, Merle learned to play the violin at an early age and that gave her an appreciation for music which carried to her adult life. One of her keen interests was the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, an organization she served as benefactor to for many years, right up to the time of her passing. It is fitting that the day of her funeral would also be the day of a scheduled concert.
When she arrived in Norwalk, after marrying Walter on June 26, 1949, she immediately got involved in building the family apparel business, which she helped her husband and father-in-law build, first in the Twin Cities building (where Fat Cat Pizza is now located) on Wall Street, then at Rail road Avenue, where the current Klaff’s store is located. She managed the company store, i n addition to being a great mom to Winthrop and Mark.
Her later years were consumed with volunteer work and philanthropy, constantly busy doing for others, a friend to many.
She was a member of Congregation Beth El, a lifetime member of Hadassah, the Norwalk Women’s Club and an avid attendee at events at the Norwalk Senior Center.
Her funeral will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, at 1:00 PM. Following her funeral, she will be laid to rest at Beth Israel Cemetery. The family will receive guests following burial at the family home, 4-12 Singing Woods Road, Norwalk. Shiva minyan will be observed at the family home Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, starting at 7:30 PM each evening. All who knew her are welcome to come.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, in honor of Merle Baum.