Salem Funeral Home
120 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Thursday, Mar 02, 2017
- 8 p.m.
St. Leo the Great Catholic Church
335 Springdale Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Friday, Mar 03, 2017
Jun 08, 1938 - Feb 25, 2017
Marian Ackerman passed away peacefully at her cherished lake home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in New York City to Felix and Mary (Wozniak) Jasiulewicz, with the family changing the surname to James when she was 10 years old. She graduated from Hofstra University in 1960 becoming the first in her family to do so. Marian met and married the love of her life, Richard Ackerman, that same year and like her parents before her laid the strong foundation for her family. Marian and Dick raised two children, Mary Lynn Ackerman Willis (Wade) and Richard F. Ackerman who survive.
Marian had a life full of adventure and enthusiasm. She and Dick embraced many different cities as he climbed the corporate ladder finally settling in Winston-Salem in 1979. She was a teacher in New York and Boston and helped initiate the Head Start program. She traveled extensively and was a delegate to the Women’s Conference in Bejing in 1995. Marian was the Executive Director for the Council on the Status of Women and was instrumental in passing legislation to fund job training for displaced homemakers and domestic violence victims. She also taught English in Poland.
In 2001 her grandchildren, Mikhaela Ackerman and Meleana Tisci who survive came to live with her. They were the joy of her later years and she relished in the raising of them. She was the quiet strength that gave them wings.Marian was always a champion for those in need and will always be remembered for her exquisite grace under pressure.
She was predeceased by her parents and brother William James and her beloved husband Richard Ackerman. She is survived by a sister, Janet James (Roger Smith), two special nephews Henry and Stephen Smith, cousins Diane (John) Morena, Charles Pizo, sister-in-law Verna Ackerman, Carol and Les Edgell, and a host of extended family and friends.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Leos at 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 3rd 2017. The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. Thursday, March 2nd at Salem Funeral Home a 120 S. Main St. Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Online condolences may be made to www.salemfh.com.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Rowan County, especially Angie Harrison, and Sarah Campbell for their unwavering care and friendship.
Am so sorry for your loss, will keep you all in my daily prayers.
Mikhaela and family:
I was so saddened to hear the news of your loved one passing. I will keep your family in my prayers, especially your Grandmother as she rests in heaven. It is never easy to let go of someone you love, but remember that this isn't goodbye, it's see-you-later.
Prochem jesteś i w proch się obrócisz, ale Pan Cię wskrzesi w dniu ostatecznym.
Please accept my most sincere condolences Richard. As I said yesterday, I wish I had some words of comfort for you. I do want you to know that I completely understand what you may be feeling. I'm here if you want to talk. I'm here if you want to hang out and not talk, just to have someone nearby. Whatever you need. Just call.
Richard I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, continued prayers in the days to come during this time
Catherine Lassiter and family
We are all so sorry for the trmendous loss of a very special mother and grandmother. We will always remember her enthusiasm and love for all around her. Your family is in our prayers.
Marian Ackerman gave me my life. She restored my broken self and gave me courage. I am so blessed that she took an interest in me and helped me to learn how to help many others. I am humbled.
Mark & Helen Sawyer Vasudevan
Mary Lynn, We are remembering you and your family in our prayers. So sorry for your loss.
I was so saddened to read that Marian had passed away. I worked with her for years at the Forsyth County Public Library. Marian was such a giving person. I remember how very proud she was of her grandchildren! We had a lot of talks about our children and grandchildren. I pray for God's grace and strength for the family as they face the difficult days ahead.
I am sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Was sad to hear that Marian passed. I know you folks have struggled over the past months. M L and girls, you have my thoughts and prayers that the peace of God will surround you in this time of sorrow.
Billy and family
Marian was such a special lady. She was always so positive, so sweet & so loving. We shall truly miss her presence at the pool. Love you so much Marian! Sending hugs to her family.
Maria & Angelina Bonilla
I never met Mrs Ackerman, but I knew of her amazing accomplishments as a supporter of women's rights. It is evident that she was a strong and supportive mother through one of my best friends, Rich. My love and prayers will continue for your family, Rich, as the first year after a great loss is difficult. My heart and my ears are open for you whenever you need someone to lean on. May be peace of Christ be with you now and always.
Bobby & Renee Mothershed
Richard, Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.Also may the comfort of God help you & your family during this difficult time. We love you!
Sorry for your loss. Pkease take comfort in God's word at Isaiah 25:8 where we are assured death will be swallowed up forever.
Ah, Marian - friend of my youth. We met at Hofstra and remained friends ever since. I just looked at a picture of you and Dick at my wedding. You recently told me that I could tell you anything since you were a good listener. How true. I miss you so much. My heart goes out to Mary Lynn, Richard, and your granddaughters.
Ellen and Karl Bergman
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of our dear friend, Marian. We had been sadly out of touch, but never out of our hearts and we so appreciate you letting us know, Mary Lynn, of this terrible loss. Your Mom and Dad were special to us and tho' you and Richard were "grown up" by the time we met, we surely enjoyed your girls when they were very young. Our sincere sympathy to you, Rich and Mary Lynn and to Marian's blessed granddaughters. Marian was always an advocate for those who others would treat badly. Anyone would be proud to call her Friend. Love and our arms around you, Ellen and Karl
My condolences to the family. There is a comforting hope found at John 5: 28, 29