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Marilyn Baum

June 2, 1939 — May 29, 2023

Marilyn Baum

June 2, 1939 — May 29, 2023

Marilyn Audrey Baum, of Palm Desert, formerly of Los Angeles, passed away on May 29, 2023. Although she was 4 days short of her 84th birthday, she was always a teenager at heart. Born and raised in Chicago, her family moved to California in 1955 where she attended L.A. High School and then earned a Master’s degree in education from UCLA. If there was leader of the social butterflies, Marilyn was the one. From volunteering at places like her Temple, the McCallum Theater and Gilda’s Club, to chaperoning trips from her boys’ school, Marilyn was always beaming with joy and bursting with laughter. She couldn’t wait to go square dancing with friends, work out and have coffee and gossip with the Trim-N-Tone gals, or go on her next worldly adventure. Her greatest joys were her wonderful family and her extraordinary friends including the “gang of eight”. She was wise, clever and always kind. She taught many life lessons in and out of the classroom. She lead through her actions, and was a friend to everyone. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sybil and Jerome Karlsberg. She is survived by her husband Bruce, children Joel Mandel (Peggy), Ron Mandel (Lisa), Stepson Fred Baum, and first husband, Ira Mandel. She is also survived by her grandchildren who she cherished and adored beyond expression, Sasha, Robyn, Brianna, Aleeza, Margo, Wesley (Natalia) Brooke (Bryan) and Jake. Great-grandchildren, Neveah, Malkah, Charlie, Colton and Jasper. Funeral services and interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cathedral City, California on Thursday, June 1st at 1:00 PST. A video link is available by visiting

A gathering will follow the internment at the home of Joni and Paul Migdal in Palm Desert. Shiva will take place on Sunday, June 4th at Knollwood Place Apartments in St. Louis Park, MN at 7:00 p.m., and Monday June 5th and Tuesday June 6th at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park, MN at 7:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday Shiva will be on Zoom at: Memorials are preferred to Sholom Foundation, 3610 Phillips Parkway, St. Louis Park, MN 55426, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, 5905 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55422, Beth El Synagogue, 5225 Barry Street West, St. Louis Park, MN 55416,,or The Living Desert, 47900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Service Schedule

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Funeral Service of Marilyn Baum

Thursday, June 1, 2023

1:00 - 2:00pm (Pacific time)

Forest Lawn - Cathedral City - Ramon Chapel

69855 Ramon Road, Cathedral City, CA 92234

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