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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Muriel Schwartz, 87

Muriel “Micki” Schwartz of Westport died Dec. 23 at home. She was 87.

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Muriel Schwartz: world traveler. Contributed photo

Born in the Bronx, N.Y., she grew up in New York City with her parents Isidor “Eddie” and Eva Laks, her late brother Henry and sister Sandra. She and her husband, the late Hilton Schwartz, both graduated from NYU.

She continued her schooling at the Bank Street College of Education. The newlyweds moved to Fresh Meadows, Queens, where they had two children, Donna and Evan, and made many lifelong friends.

In the late 1950s, Micki and Hilton followed Hilton’s best friend and cousin Herbert Abrams to Westport, where they lived the rest of their lives. Their third child, Ellen, was born a few years after their move to Westport.

Micki had a variety of careers including schoolteacher, homemaker and travel agent, but her true profession was world traveler. She wanted to see everyplace in the world, and came mighty close to succeeding.

Hiking on the glaciers in Argentina? Check. China in the 1980s? Check. Galapagos? Paris-London-Barcelona-all-of-Europe? Treed by rhinos in Nepal? Of course. She also loved all things cultural: music, theater, art, performances of all manner. And in-between all of this, she was a great cook, a tennis player, and threw terrific, fun parties.

She somehow managed to have the energy, eagerness, determination and adventurousness to pack 36 hours of activity into every 24-hour day.

She was also stylish, compassionate and generous, active throughout her life in numerous political and community organizations. She seemed to live her life in accordance with a quotation from Horace Mann that she kept prominently posted in her home, “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

Besides Hilton, her greatest love was for her grandchildren: Oscar, Marcel, Elsa, Elissa and Brooke. She is survived by her children and grandchildren, her adored sister, and many, many cousins, nieces, nephews and beyond, all of whom she cherished.

A farewell gathering was held at her home on Dec. 28. If desired, donations in her name would be appreciated by the Westport Public Library, the National MS Society or NephCure.

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