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In memoriam Mara Radzvickas 1941-2023

Our dearly loved friend Mara Radzvickas 1941-2023 Oberons are saddened by the loss of our fellow Oberon,  Mara Radzvickas . Mara was a beautiful, brilliant, and delightful friend; we will not know her like again. A funeral mass will be held May 26, 2023 at St. Regis Church in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Fellow Oberon member Tom Townsend remembers Mara here.  by Tom Townsend Our wonderful friend, Marilyn “Mara” Radzvickas, passed away April 14, 2023. She was a dynamic and energetic woman all her life. Mara came to work in the Detroit area from Chicago. She loved her work at the agency: She was the Associated Director of Consumer Insights for a large advertising agency. Mara was loved by all her work associates, clients, and suppliers. In fact, there were few, if any, who were ‘simply neutral’ about Mara. As her friend, I enjoyed working with Mara. We both worked in an agency research department where we had a great working relationship and were highly productive. Mara read constantly on
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Winkler drops the mic

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