Marjorie C. 'Marge' Strasburger, educator who later performed as 'Cookie the Clown'

Marjorie C. “Marge” Strasburger, a former nursery school educator who later performed as “Cookie the Clown,” died Oct. 15 of heart failure at the John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Calif. The longtime Baltimore resident was 97.

The daughter of Mendel Cohen, a peanut salesman, and Miriam Cohen, a homemaker, Marjorie Cohen was born in Baltimore and raised on Chauncey Avenue near Druid Hill Park.

She was a 1937 graduate of Western High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from what is now Towson University in 1940.

A nursery school teacher, she had been director of the Loch Raven Cooperative Nursery School and later taught music at the Chizuk Amuno Preschool. For more than 30 years, she was a Sunday school teacher at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

The former Forest Park resident, who later moved to Northwest Baltimore, enjoyed travel and playing golf, tennis and bridge. She also performed in sisterhood musicals.

Mrs. Strasburger, who moved to Walnut Creek in 2007, was a former member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra board.

At the age of 62, she entered clown school and created the persona of “Cookie the Clown.” She enjoyed performing before a variety of audiences and continued clowning until a month before her death, said her son, Dr. Victor Strasburger of Bennington, Vt.

She was married in 1943 to Victor A.Strasburger, a jewelry salesman, who died in 1950. She married his brother, Arthur C. Strasburger, a tax lawyer, in 1952. He died in 1987.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Old Firehouse School, 984 Moraga Road, Lafayette, Calif.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Strasburger is survived by two daughters, Margie Ryerson of Orinda, Calif., and Susan Strasburger of Emeryville, Calif.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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