Marion Bakoulis

Obituary of Marion Bakoulis

Marion Bergen Bakoulis, a native and longtime resident of Princeton, died peacefully at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro on April 3, 2015, at the age of 81. Marion was born in Princeton in 1933 to Stanley Silvers Bergen and Leah Johnson Bergen. She attended Princeton public schools and graduated in 1951 from the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA. She graduated from Vassar College in 1955 with a BA in child studies and received a masters in teaching from Columbia Teachers College in 1957. She and Demos Constantine Bakoulis were married at the Princeton University Chapel on August 24, 1957. Their loving union lasted 45 years, until his death in 2002. Marion taught at the Plainsboro School from 1957 until 1960. While raising her family, she was the director of the Princeton Cooperative Nursery School and a tutor at the Stuart Country Day School. In 1974 she returned to full-time teaching in the West-Windsor Plainsboro School system, teaching at the Wyckoff School and the Dutch Neck School. She retired in 1998. Marion was a deeply loved member of All Saints' Church of Princeton, where she served faithfully on the altar guild. She was active in Princeton community organizations, in recent years volunteering with GrandPals and taking many courses at the Princeton Senior Resource Center. Marion had a deep love of the visual and performing arts, regularly attending concerts and visiting museums locally and in Philadelphia and New York City. She traveled widely, even as her health declined, and cherished memories of visits to England, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cuba, Maui, and elsewhere. Marion is survived by her brother, Stanley Silvers Bergen Jr. of Stonington, ME; her daughters Gordon Bakoulis of New York City (and husband Alan Ruben), Anne Bakoulis of Haiku, HI (and partner Lesley Evans), and Julie Bakoulis of Princeton (and husband Kurt Kammerer); her grandchildren Joseph, Samuel, Daniel, Leah, Camille, and Wyatt, and a large and loving extended family. A memorial service will be held at All Saints' Church on Saturday, April 18, at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Nature Conservancy, Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, the Princeton Senior Resource Center, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home Princeton.
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