Marcia Spindell Lentz, 70


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Marcia Deborah Spindell Lentz (May 16, 1953 – Feb. 10, 2024) died in Providence after a brave year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. She had been visited by many close friends and family during hospice and was surrounded at the time of her death by her most beloved sons and their spouses, Joshua Lentz/Emma Lentz and Aaron Lentz/Abby Weltman. Additional survivors include brothers, Lawrence Ahvi Spindell/Jane Gabbert and Stephen D. Spindell; her former husband of 30 years, Jonathan Lentz; nephews, Daniel and Andrew Lentz; niece, Jessica Crosby/Joe Crosby, and great-niece, Peyton; nephew, Simon Spindell; cousins, Francine Clark, Stuart Chernack, Allan Kaplan, Andrea Lieberman/Dr. Michael Lieberman, Caryn Granofsky/Richard Granofsky, Stephanie Bleiweiss/Dr. Ira Bleiweiss, Andrew Spindell; aunt, Esther Kaplan; and step-siblings Faith Tobias, Julie Corwin and Chaim Cohen/Michal Cohen. Marcia was predeceased by her mother, Edith Koffler Spindell, and her father, Dr. Edward Spindell, and his wife, Judith Spindell.

Marcia graduated from Classical High School, Brown University (BA) and New York University (MA Dance Therapy). She was a board-certified Dance Movement Therapist and co-founder of the Expressive Therapy Center of RI. In her later career, she brought much joy to her patients at Eleanor Slater Hospital through arts. Marcia was a passionate worldwide traveler, an avid fine artist, devoted gardener, and lover of music and all the arts. She raised her family on Hope Street, in Providence, and retired to Kettle Point, in East Providence. She was an active member of Temple Emanu-El and former member of Temple Beth-El. She spent many happy summer days with family and her beloved dog, Jazz, on Cape Cod. Her dynamic presence and infectious joie de vivre will be missed by all.

Contributions may be made to the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, 401 Elmgrove Ave., Providence, RI 02906; the RI State Council on the Arts, 1 Capitol Hill, #3, Providence, RI 02908; or The Foundation to Combat Antisemitism (

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