Marian leaves a rich legacy to the Crescenta Valley. Born and raised in Minnesota, she moved to California in the 1950s. It was here that she met and married her husband Joe. Living across the street from Crescenta Valley High School, Joe and Marian became an integral part of the CVHS community. They could be found often at sports activities, performances and other events on the campus, earning the title of “honorary grandparents of Crescenta Valley High School.”
When a CVHS senior was killed at an unsupervised post-prom hotel party in 1991, Marian was part of the core group that responded by creating Prom Plus. Today, Prom Plus has become part of the after prom events for a majority of prom attendees and has given birth to a student-led organization – Prom Plus Club – that, through its intense volunteerism, is a reflection of Marian’s principles.
Marian was also a supporter of the boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams at CVHS, even successfully writing a grant for them. She could be found often in the school’s concession stand, making quesadillas or serving hot dogs. During volleyball season, the concession stand is renamed Grandma’s Kitchen for her and her friend Phyllis Nelson who oversaw its operations during volleyball games. Over the last few years, Marian distributed funds from an account established by she and Joe to a deserving graduating boy and girl from the volleyball teams for their college expenses.
The high school was not the only beneficiary of Marian’s generous spirit. She was at Lincoln Elementary School every week, helping in the classroom as needed. Her hugs and words of encouragement were always welcome.
Her love of children and passion for them is perhaps more astounding when one considers that she and Joe never had children of their own, though she considered the student body at CVHS as “her kids.”
In addition to her work in the schools, Marian was a longtime volunteer at the office of the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce. Whether stuffing envelopes or answering the phone, she was always willing to lend a hand and was typically found manning the volunteer booth at any one of the chamber’s many functions. She was named the chamber’s volunteer of the year in 2000.
Marian enjoyed bowling and was on a weekly league at Verdugo Hills Bowl for many years. As part of the bowling seniors, she would provide finger sandwiches every year for their Christmas party.
Marian leaves behind four nieces and three nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother Virgil and her husband Joe. She will be dearly missed.
Funeral services are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Forest Lawn Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale. To learn more information, visit www.forestlawn.com, call Forest Lawn at (888) 204-3131 or call the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce at (818) 248-4957.
A scholarship fund is being established in memory of the Mirskys. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to it.