Marina Vainer was a whirlwind of joy. Always smiling, laughing, inventing adventures for her grandkids, cheering up her friends, finding ways to help her family, singing for absolutely no reason.
Born in the Soviet Union, she spent nine years as a refusenik with her husband and two daughters (both of whom refused to sleep until they were three), then moved to America with four suitcases and a few hundred dollars. She had to start over completely: new language, new profession, new everything.
Somehow she never complained. She leaned into the things she loved the most - family, friends, art, plants, travel, books, funky jewelry, and really weird furniture. She was the heart of every party and the soul of her family. She was graceful and smart and kind and resilient and funny and adventurous and beautiful.
She died far too young and will be desperately missed by everyone who knew her, but especially by her husband, parents, daughters, in-laws, four grandchildren, and the wonderful friends who supported her until her last days.
Marina Vainer died at 64 of pancreatic cancer, holding her husband’s hand. When asked about her life she simply said, “I have been very lucky.”
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