Jacqueline Stern Marten, 90, died peacefully on October 9, 2013. Born in New York City on May 3, 1923, Jacqueline was predeceased by her beloved husband Albert with whom she shared 52 years of a marriage filled with extraordinary love and devotion. Jacqueline’s greatest love was her family and she is survived by four sons, Richard and wife Nancy Loewenberg, Jonathan and wife Tanya, Seth and wife April Vail, and Ethan; grandchildren Joshua and wife Christine Driscoll, Jacob, Hannah, Lucas and Angel as well as great-grandchildren Cia and Calen. She is also survived by her sister Stephanie Stern, several generations of nieces, nephews, cousins and life-long friend Anita Sigel.
Jacqueline graduated from Hunter College in New York City and received a master’s degree in English from the University of Michigan. She was a best-selling author who started a stellar career writing confession stories, eventually creating twenty unforgettable novels of historical romance that delighted a legion of fans with her strong heroines, colorful and meticulously researched period details, and a healthy dose of spice. Jacqueline’s greatest inspiration was Jane Austen whose novels she devoured countless times and she was an active member of the Jane Austen Society of North America.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 11th at Forest Lawn Cemetery at 11 AM with Cantor Elihu Flax officiating. The family would like to thank the entire staff at the Beth Sholom Home and Medi Hospice for the loving care they gave to Jacqueline in the last two years and final days of her life. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia or to a charity of your choice. Altmeyer Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyer.com