Marla Beth Edelstein, 70, died Jan. 30, 2020 after a battle with cancer.
Mrs. Edelstein was born in Philadelphia on March 28, 1949 to Shirley and Jules Mechanic. She graduated from Northeast High School and Temple University, where she received her bachelor of science and master’s degrees in education and linguistics. On August 6, 1972, she married Mitchell, an aspiring physician, and her college sweetheart. They had two daughters. The family relocated to Tucson in 1985.
Mrs. Edelstein worked as both a teacher and an office manager. She also ran the local chapter of the NFIC, now the CCFA (Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation) in the late ’80s to early ’90s.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Dr. Mitchell Edelstein; daughters, Elana (Henrik) Helgesen of Burbank, California, and Jessica (Marc) Riesgo of Tucson; twin sister, Elisa (Toby) Simon of Albuquerque, New Mexico, brother-in-law, Joel (Ann) Edelstein, of Phoenix, and sister-in-law, Lynne (Mark) Gomez of Tucson; and one grandson.
Services were held at Adair Funeral Homes Avalon Chapel, with Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg of Temple Emanu-El officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and American Cancer Society.