Marvin S. Krasney, age 91, passed peacefully in Newport Beach, Calif., on Dec. 24, 2013, in the company of his children. Marvin, beloved husband of the late Marian (nee Wasserman), was happily married for 60 years.
He was the loving father of Melvin (Laura) Krasney of Stamford, Conn., Robert (Annika) Krasney of Los Angeles, and Debra (Adrian Shandling) Krasney Kornswiet-Shandling of Newport Coast, Calif.; devoted grandfather of Cara, Melissa and Daniel Krasney, Nicholas and Erik Krasney, Matthew (Alyssa) Kornswiet, Bryan (Alexandra) Kornswiet and Jennifer Kornswiet; adored uncle and granduncle to his many nieces and nephews; dear son of Benjamin and Frieda Krasney; and caring brother of the late Harvey and Samuel Krasney.
Marvin was born on July 16, 1922, in Cleveland, grew up in the Kinsman area and graduated from John Adams High School. He proudly served his country in the Pacific Theater during World War II as an ace radio operator in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Marv loved music, was a brilliant clarinetist and entertained the troops with his jazz band.
After the war, Marvin returned to Cleveland, married Marian and started their family. He owned a supermarket and then a delicatessen before finding his career passion in the insurance industry. He earned the CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) designation, won numerous industry national sales awards as an agent and division manager for Prudential Insurance, then moved to Toledo to become the regional manager for Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan and Eastern Indiana.
After 25 outstanding years with Prudential, he opened his own insurance and financial services consultancy in Beachwood. For the next 35-plus years, he dedicated himself to helping thousands of individuals secure their family’s financial future and prepare for retirement as well as assisting countless organizations solve their insurance needs. Integrity, empathy and helping others drove Marv in his successful career and in life.
Marvin (and Marian’s) warmth and sincerity made everyone feel like they were family and, as a result, they were loved by all that knew them. He was a charming, optimistic, classy man who exuded an amazing zest for life. Although Marv couldn’t swim a stroke, boating was his passion, and he would spend most of his free time on the Yensark entertaining friends and family. His love of ice cream and salami was legendary, and nary a day went by when he didn’t enjoy them both. He loved the fun and action of Las Vegas and was a “macher” there. Marv and Marian enjoyed traveling the world and shared their many global experiences with family and friends. Throughout his adult life, Marvin actively supported Israel and numerous Jewish charities.
Above all, family was of paramount importance to Marv, and his entire family loved and adored him. A lifelong Cleveland resident, after the passing of his beloved Marian in 2005 he spent much time with all of his children, often congregating at Debi’s home, where she doted over him and provided for his every need.
We, his family and his many friends, cherish Marvin’s life and legacy and will carry his spirit with us always.
Friends who wish may contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association or a Jewish charity of choice.
Anyone wanting contact information may reach the family by email at MarvinKrasney@aol.com.