Marvin Calo Weinberg of Yonkers passed away peacefully at his home, on his own terms, on Tuesday, April 21, at age 89. He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy, in January.
Marvin was born Feb. 2, 1931 in Manhattan to Edward and Sylvia (Calo) Weinberg. As a child he was active in Scouting, advanced to Eagle Scout, and developed lifelong friendships.
Early on, his family spent summers in Danbury, Conn. (Pleasant Acres). He owned the second motorboat and first water skis on Candlewood Lake. In Danbury, he met Annabelle Nancy Warmflash of Brooklyn. Their summer romance led to marriage in 1955 and a lifelong love.
In 1958, the Weinbergs moved to Hastings, where they raised three sons and were active in the community. They were founding members of Temple Beth Shalom in Hastings in the early 1960s. They were also leaders in the Westchester Young Republicans. Marvin and two of his sons were avid amateur radio operators. Marvin served on the Hastings Planning Board in the 1970s and 1980s, including five years as chair.
Marvin graduated from the NYU School of Commerce. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked at Century Letter Co., founded by his late father in 1932. Over 25 years he progressed to become the lead sales rep.
In 1978, Marvin left Century to launch a new direct-mail marketing and fundraising company, Quality Letter Service, with Nancy. Sons Robert and Gary later joined the firm. At Quality Letter, he innovated new techniques for using databases and producing personalized laser letters, marketing for commercial ventures, and fundraising for charities.
Marvin served on the board of the Mail Advertising Service Association (MASA) New York Chapter and the national board. His father had previously served, and his sons Robert and Gary later continued the legacy as association leaders. He was also active in the National Society of Fundraising Executives (later Association of Fundraising Professionals)
In the mid-1980s the Weinbergs moved to Irvington, and then Yonkers. They also purchased a second home in Quechee, Vt., where they pursued their passion for skiing and became founding members of Congregation Shir Shalom in Woodstock, Vt.
After retirement they took numerous tours and cruises, traveling the world.
In his last few years, Marvin was challenged by the impacts of myasthenia gravis, but he refused to let it stop him. He continued to enjoy life with the credo, “I’m going to live as long as I am alive.”
Marvin is survived by sons Edward, Robert, and Gary; grandsons Stephen and Jeremy; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents, wife, and brother, Jerald Weinberg.
Private services were held on April 24 at Maimonides Cemetery in Brooklyn. In lieu of flowers, send memorial donations to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (www.myasthenia.org).