Marcia Joan (Sacks) Freedman passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family Aug. 21, 2020, in Sarasota, Fla., after a lengthy illness. She was born in Albany, N.Y., in 1934 to Florence and David Sacks, of blessed memory.
Marcia and her husband Arnold were teenage sweethearts, enjoying a love-filled marriage that would last 66 years, until Arnold’s death last year. Her husband’s 48-year broadcast career took them from Albany to Buffalo N.Y., New Haven, Conn., and Fresno, Calif., until they retired to Sarasota in 1997.
Marcia, a talented and prolific artist, established herself in the local art communities along the way. She graduated from high school at age of 16 and earned a degree in fine arts from Endicott College at just 18 years of age. She worked as a fashion illustrator for Whitney’s, Flah’s, and Jenss department stores, and as an art teacher for the Buffalo School District.
She studied watercolor with acclaimed artists at the Silvermine Guild in Connecticut and the Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota. Her artwork is displayed in private homes and businesses nationwide. During a juried art competition in Connecticut in the 1980s, one of the jurors, upon seeing Marcia’s entry, began his commentary with: “this artist has a love affair with color.”
Her artwork appeared in a 1995 calendar for the California Blood Bank, earning a first place ADDY award from the American Advertising Federation in California.
But as passionate as she was about her art, Marcia was above all else a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. With relentless perseverance, Marcia was a three-time ovarian cancer survivor and recognized the rare opportunity she had been given to live, to paint and to enjoy her family.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Wayne and Nancy Freedman of Atlanta, and Ken and Victoria Freedman of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren Joseph (Jessica), David (Brittany), Stanley, Eli, Eric (Blair), Scott, and Jennifer Freedman; great-grandson McIntyre Abraham Freedman; and brother Stuart Sacks. A private service was to be held. The family requested donations be made to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation, 700 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236, or to the charity of your choice.