Marilyn Jean (Pezzulo) Bauer, age 74, passed away on Friday, March
12, 2021 at Saratoga Hospital. She was born on August 21, 1946 in Albany, NY, daughter of the late Ralph and Marion (Luther) Pezzulo. She grew up in Albany and graduated from Cardinal McCloskey Memorial High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the College of Saint Rose. Marilyn worked throughout her life in the human service field and retired from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. She raised two children, Michael and Renée. Marilyn was a fiercely independent woman who maintained an active lifestyle. She loved her adopted hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY – bicycling around town summer, spring and fall, and cross-country skiing in the state park during the winter. Marilyn was an avid supporter of the performing arts and volunteered at both the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and the Home Made Theater for many years. She was a woman who embraced nature and intellectual pursuits. She was a free spirit who filled her downtime hiking the Adirondacks, downhill skiing, going to Saratoga Race Track to see the horses run, and just being outdoors.
In equal measures, she was a furious reader of historic novels, newspapers and magazines. She loved museums of all kinds, kept up with current events, took continuing education courses at Skidmore College and exercise classes with principal ballet instructors. She was our family historian, rich in knowledge about those who came before us. Most of all, Marilyn loved her family and friends and was up to any activity that included spending time with them. She did not like to be the center of attention, rather she preferred to support the people, places, and things that she loved. Her granddaughter, Hailey Morgan was the light of her life. She never missed an opportunity to hear her sing, perform or talk for hours on the phone while she was away at college. Her pride in Hailey, her children, and her nephews and nieces was evident to all who met her.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Marion Pezzulo, and her sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Gil Munroe. Marilyn is survived by her son, Michael Bauer (Sarah Macinski), daughter, Renée Morgan (Pete), and granddaughter, Hailey Morgan; sisters Natalie Monjoy (Christopher) and Christina Pezzulo (Ken Bobrycki), and brothers, Ralph Pezzulo (Rebecca Hathaway) and John Pezzulo; and her nephews and nieces Richard Mazzaferro (Olga Davgel), Jeffrey Mazzaferro (Colleen), Christopher Monjoy (Cynthia), Laura Monjoy, Shane Bobrycki (Ania Dabrowski), Max Bobrycki (Breana), Jake Pezzulo, and Eric and Caterina Monjoy.
Memorial services will be announced in the near future. Arrangements are under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care, Inc, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
A celebration of her life will be scheduled for later this summer.
Donations in memory of Marilyn may be sent to SPAC at https://spac.org and/or the Home Made Theater at https://homemadetheater.org.
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