Marilyn Susan Teresa (“Ima”) Prever, 77, on March 12, 2021, at the Sullivan County Health Care nursing home, after a long illness.
Ima was born on July 12, 1943 to Thelma (Kline) and Louis (“Lenny”) Oguss in Brooklyn, NY. She was a housewife, writer, self-taught intellectual (with a taste for quantum physics and eclectic theology), and lifelong spiritual adventurer, one who brought us all along with her. Jewish by birth, she embarked as a young mother on a search for truth that led her to Jerusalem and back, through Buddhism and Evangelicalsm, and, in 1978, to the Catholic Church.
She was “Ima”—“Mama” in Hebrew—to her own children because she was living in Jerusalem when her first two began talking, but she was also “Ima” throughout her life to generations of friends and neighbors who gravitated to her and were warmly welcomed (though she was naturally shy) and well fed (though she had no great love for cooking).
She was preceded in death by her husband, Phil Prever, whom she met while cutting class at Brooklyn College and married when they were both 19.
She is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Lloyd Fredericks of Lawrenceville, NJ; a nephew, Joshua Fredericks of Sunnyvale, CA; eight children (Devra Torres of Hyattsville, MD, Abigail Tardiff and Sarah Johnson of Coventry, RI, Simcha Fisher of Marlborough, NH, Jacob Prever of Fitchburg, MA, Joseph Prever of Boston, MA, Rosie Herreid of East Providence, RI, and Isaiah Prever of Claremont, NH); and 42 grandchildren: Esther, Baron, Miriam, Rachel, Susanna, Juan Diego, Jopa and Gabriel Torres; Augustine, Anna, John, Peter, Mary, David and Abraham Tardiff; Margaret, Rose, Clara, Sonia, Josie, Reggie, Mercy and Naomi Johnson; Lena, Dora, Clara, Moses, Elijah, Sophia, Lucy, Irene, Benny and Corrie Fisher; Emma, Georgiana, Charlie, Benny and Danny Richards-Prever; and Michael, Tovah, Marta and Grace Herreid. She also leaves four great-grandchildren: Juniper, Anastasia, and Killian O’Neil and Georgiana Torres.
A private funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Church in Claremont, followed by the Rite of Christian Burial at Old St. Mary’s Cemetery.
The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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