Madelene E. "Sugar" Marcus, a retired bakery manager and former longtime Linthicum resident, died April 14 of colon cancer at Victory Special Care Center in El Cajon, Calif. She was 85.
Madelene Elizabeth Brown was born in Baltimore and raised in Curtis Bay. She attended city public schools.
She was married in 1943 to John Marcus, a Shell Oil Co. truck driver, who died in 1993.
"She was called 'Sugar' from the time she was very young because her sisters said she was so sweet," said her daughter, Jacqueline Whitney of West Palm Beach, Fla.
From 1960 to 1970, Mrs. Marcus was a manager for the old Silber's Bakery.
"She was also a good baker herself," her daughter said.
Mrs. Marcus had lived at the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville for six years until moving to San Diego in 2004.
She and her husband were world travelers.
Mrs. Marcus was a communicant of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. May 20.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Marcus is survived by two sons, Gerald Marcus of Pasadena and John Marcus of San Diego; two sisters, Shirley Kloid and Dorothy Wright, both of Baltimore; 13 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter. Another son, James W. Marcus, died in 2007.
An earlier version of this obituary incorrectly spelled Mrs. Marcus' first name. In addition, it misidentified the first name of her son who preceded her in death. The Baltimore Sun regrets the errors.