One of my closest friends, someone many of you know, has passed away. Rehabber’s Club founder & fellow REALTORÂ® Marti Frumhoff died earlier today at her home in Tower Grove South. I don’t know the details, please don’t ask (update: it was natural causes, most likely a heart attack)
Marti and I both celebrated birthdays in February, my 40th and her 50th. We just had brunch a week ago.
Marti was one of St. Louis’ greatest champions, working tirelessly to see that building after building was renovated. Marti founded the Rehabber’s Club many years ago as a project within the group Metropolis and eventually spinning it off on its own. Recently Marti was working on a new project to be known as Main Street St. Louis — an online means of promoting St. Louis’ many commercial districts and storefront real estate.
I will personally miss Marti’s optimistic outlook on the future of St. Louis. Marti never lost sight of the potential that could be realized in the city of St. Louis. Marti always saw the good in people. Although we were technically competitors she was always willing to share her knowledge and experience in real estate.
When I’d get too down on St. Louis she’d be one of the people to lift me up. In fact, Marti was one of the individuals that convinced me to work on getting a masters degree in Urban Planning. Marti took a course with me last Fall at SLU and she planned to begin working on her masters degree full time next year (also in Urban Planning). Marti had aspirations of pursuing a Ph.D. as well.
Few people have had such a positive impact on the City of St. Louis as my friend Marti Frumhoff, she will be missed greatly. My condolences to her family. If you have some fond memories of Marti please feel free to share with us in the comments section below.
Condolences to CRC members Carol and Marvin Frumhoff on the sudden death yesterday of their daughter, and our member, Marti Frumhoff. Services will be held at CRC tomorrow, Friday, May 18 at 1:00 pm. Shiva information will be available at the funeral.
UPDATE 5/17/07 @ 1pm – Special Rehabber’s Club this Saturday morning:
This Saturday is the third Saturday of the month. ReVitalize St. Louis will be holding a special Rehabbers Club meeting this Saturday in honor of Marti.
When: Saturday, May 19, 2007
Time: 9:30 to 11:00
Where: MoKaBe’s (at the corner of Grand and Arsenal)
MoKaBe’s is the birthplace of the Rehabbers Club, the site Marti organized the very first meeting many years ago. Perhaps she knew at the time the group would grow into such a positive force, but it is perhaps just as likely she simply enjoyed helping individuals recognize the treasure we have in St. Louis’ built environment.
Please come to this special informal Rehabbers Club meeting and share stories and memories of Marti – she touched so many lives both personally and professionally.
UPDATE 5/18/07 @ 6:45pm – The services this afternoon were wonderful. Rabbi Randy Fleisher did a great job making the huge crowd of people feel welcomed into the synogogue. Although the various yiddish words escape me the message was clear, although we may have buried Marti’s vessel (body) her spirit will live on in us as we celebrate her life. At the cemetary we all took our turn lovingly covering her casket with the earth.
Marti had a long interest in saving animals and the family asked that any memorial contributions to go Diana’s Grove Dog Rescue at www.takeafriendhome.org Remember, Saturday morning (5/19/07) is a very special Rehabber’s Club at the place where Marti started the group – MoKaBe’s Coffeehouse at Arsenal & Grand, 9:30am-11:00am.