In Memory Of
*****THE VISITATION WILL BE TAKING PLACE ON 9/13/2019 FROM 3-5 & 7-9PM******
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: the Lustgarten Foundation: Pancreatic Cancer Research
Marilyn Huth Hult died at home in Garden City, NY at 9:30 am on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 after a fifteen month struggle with pancreatic cancer. Her family surrounded her with love while friends’ visits buoyed her spirits.
Marilyn was born on December 29, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY to father Andrew Adolf Huth and mother Anita Pace. Her family then moved early on to Garden City.She received her primary and secondary education there.. She particularly enjoyed Masquers, the high school theatre group, where she formed some of her lifetime friendships. She attended Washington College during her freshman and sophomore years. She then transferred to Penn State, graduating with a BS degree in mathematics. Marilyn then moved back to Garden City.
Royal Globe Insurance Company, downtown Manhattan, offered her a position programming IBM mainframes with punch cards. She accepted. This started an accomplished data processing career.
She enjoyed commuting on the Long Island Rail Road with friends over coffee. She also taught Sunday School at the Garden City Community Church and danced in Annie Get Your Gun in an amateur theatre production in Glen Head.
She and Drew Hult, a fellow commuter, renewed their acquaintance at the Howard Johnson’s ice cream stand in Penn Station. Previously they knew each other as students and as members of the Pilgrim Fellowship at the Garden City Community Church.
She and Drew married on February 4, 1967. At the time Drew was completing an MBA prior to joining the Navy. When on active duty, Marilyn and he moved to his duty stations in Athens, Georgia and Seattle, Washington. David, their first son, was born in Seattle.
On his discharge, Drew and Marilyn would have stayed in Seattle if not for a thirty percent unemployment rate there at the end of the Vietnamese War. Instead, they bought a camper to travel back to Garden City. During their month-long return, while caring for six month old David, they stayed in numerous National Parks and visited friends.
Their second son, Christopher, arrived in 1972 and they bought a home in Garden City. They then were further blessed with the arrival of daughter Allison. Marilyn focused full-time on her preeminent mission - motherhood.
Once Allison started first grade, Marilyn resumed her professional career. She climbed the corporate ladder, retiring as Director of Information Technology for the New York insurance subsidiary for ING.
Following retirement she worked part time as Office Manager with Drew in his accounting practice. Two days per week, for eleven (TBC) years, she devoted to grandchildren. She drove to Danbury, Connecticut to care for Justin and later Kylie. Later each week she commuted to Long Beach for a day with Maya and Keira.
When Justin was born in 2000, Marilyn and Drew bought a house on Candlewood Lake. They stayed there each August with family and friends. The Candlewood house (aka the Lakehouse) came alive with waterfront activities. And they started a tradition called “Cousins’ Weekend”.
The latter has happened annually for almost twenty years. It is a four day tumult of children and cousins, nieces and nephews, and progeny. The top of Marilyn’s bucket list included living long enough to host the 2019 “Cousins’ Weekend” .She made 2019 the best.
Allison married Frank Gozukizil. The couple enjoyed the arrival of their first child, Zoey, in 2017 and their second, Luke, this year. Marilyn traveled often to their home in Boca Raton to spend time with her newest grandchildren. And, when Frank and Allison learned about Marilyn’s cancer, they left their jobs, rented out their Boca home, and temporarily moved in with Marilyn and Drew so that Marilyn could share every remaining second with grandkids.
Marilyn loved to play bridge at the Casino, at Cherry Valley a guest, and weekly with friends. Her defense was especially skillful. She also was a capable tennis player with a notable backhand. She was a great cook and hostess. And she had this welcoming smile.
She is survived by her husband Drew and by her three children, David (wife Sara and children Justin and Kylie), Christopher (wife Chrissie and children Maya and Keira), Allison (husband Frank and children Zoey and Luke), and by her sister Janice (sons Rob, Jon, and their families).
Marilyn was cocooned in the love of family and friends. During the later stages of her illness, New York and then Connecticut home hospice provided her with some respite.
On Friday, September 13, 2019, at Fairchild Sons Funeral Home in Garden City, visitation will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 14, at 10:00 am at the Garden City Community Church where she was confirmed and later married.
At her request, she was cremated. Her ashes will be scattered from the dock, during the next Cousins’ Weekend, from the Lakehouse dock where Zoey and Luke were baptized.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in her name to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research at https://www.lustgarten.org/donate
Her favorite quote? “You’re only as happy as your least happy kid…”