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Obituary: Isabel L. Marovich

Isabel L. Marovich, a longtime Kalamazoo, MI resident, died on September 21, 2011 at the Heartland Health Care Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan from complications due to Alzheimer's disease. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, retired Kalamazoo attorney, Milton J. Marovich '51; brother, Hal Dvorin of Palatine, IL; son, Scott Marovich of East Palo Alto, CA; son, Steve Marovich of Kenosha, WI; son, David Marovich; and grand-daughter, Beatrice Marovich of Madison, N.J. Marovich was born in Chicago on May 16, 1926 and graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1944. She attended Antioch College but received her bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University in 1970, followed by a master's in library science, also from Western Michigan, in 1975. She also studied at Oxford University. First certified as a librarian in 1970 while working her way through WMU, she served in the Kalamazoo Public Library's reference room, in interlibrary loans, on the bookmobile and with both the adult and children's readers' advisory boards for 18 years until she retired in 1988. Marovich received three State of Michigan professional certificates: a Librarian's Limited Certificate in 1970, a provisional Librarian's Professional Certificate in 1975 and a Librarian's Permanent Professional Certificate in 1979. Following her retirement in 1988, she served three terms on the Kalamazoo Public Library Board from 1991 to 1997. As a board member, Marovich was instrumental in the planning and design of the current central branch in downtown Kalamazoo, which underwent re-construction that was completed in 1998. One of her key contributions in that planning effort was the restoration of the stained-glass windows from the original downtown library. Marovich was a candidate for the Kalamazoo County Board of Supervisors in 1968, was active in the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women and was a longtime member of Peoples' Church. She read widely, enjoyed classical music, and traveled often with her husband and sometimes other family members. She and Milton made 35 trips to France and also toured England, Holland, Spain, Italy, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Canada. Memorial contributions may be made, in her name, to the Kalamazoo Public Library, the Alzheimer's Association or the Women's Education Coalition Fund at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation (151 Rose Street, Suite 332, Kalamazoo, MI 49007). A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.