Marcelle Dorothy Kleinzahler Furchgott

  • Born: April 5, 1922
  • Died: April 29, 2019
  • Location: Charleston, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel

232 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Tel. (843) 723.2524

Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

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Marcelle Dorothy (nee Kleinzahler) Furchgott, lifelong resident of Charleston, SC, widow of Max Furchgott, passed away at Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community on Monday, April 29, 2019.

Mother of David (Fetneh Askari Fleischmann) of Washington, DC, Gene of Summerville, SC, and Joan (Brad Sourdiffe) of Lincoln, VT; grandmother of Shirin Salerno (Benny) of New York, NY, Seth Milling-Furchgott of Charleston, SC, Asa Furchgott Sourdiffe of Seattle, WA, and Jozie Furchgott Sourdiffe of Miami, FL, and great grandmother to Luca and Elio Salerno.

Born in Charleston on April 5, 1922 to Irving and Josephine Kleinzahler, she married Max in 1940. Together they started and successfully operated Furchgott Studio, Charleston's premiere portrait photography business, for 43 years. At the time of his death, she and Max were devotedly married 58 years, enjoying all aspects of visual and performing arts in Charleston, and worldwide travel with their lifelong friends. In her younger days Marcelle was a Mayor's appointee to the board of the Carolina Art Association at the Gibbes Museum of Art as well as a docent there. Marcelle and Max were also active board members of Print Studio South. A child of the Great Depression, Marcelle had a flair for life and never took her good fortune for granted. She loved, and was greatly loved by, her family and wide circle of friends.

A reception in celebration of her life, for family and friends, will be held at Gage Sun Porch, Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3rd. A graveside service will be held for family members.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gibbes Museum of Art, Department of Development, 135 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 or to a local art organization of your choosing.