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Marianna Wertz
Schiller Institute Vice President
1948 — 2003

Photo Album: Celebrating
Marianna's Life and Work

"...And when love speaks, the voice of all the gods
makes heaven drowsy with the harmony ."

Text of article:

Council candidate takes time out for wedding

Marianna Stapel, a U.S. Labor Party candidate for the City Council, detoured briefly from the campaign trail to get married last night.

Ms. Stapel said her marriage in the final week of the campaign was "an expression of her commitment to human development and progress." She defended monogamy and attacked the "bestiality" of the zero-population-growth movement.

Ms. Stapel and William F. Wertz, Jr., the party's candidate for United States Senate, were married by Justice Court Judge Bill Lewis in his Wallingford home.

THE NEWLYWEDS said they will spend their honeymoon campaigning in support of striking City Light electrical workers and safeguarding the Labor Party vote next Tuesday.

"Rockefeller (Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller) and his drug-pushing austerity agents are sabotaging the future capacity of humanity to reproduce itself," Ms. Stapel said.

"We, on the other hand, are thoroughly committed in our love to defending the fundamental right of labor to implement its own program of expanded trade and production," Ms. Stapel said.

WERTZ SAID HE and his wife would stress in their public appearances the need for a debt moratorium, which would allow City Light to increase production and pay workers a better wage.

Wertz said they will also be recruiting observers to watch at polls next Tuesday to prevent computer fraud by checking procedures and obtaining affadavits from those voting for Labor Party candidates.

"We're going to guarantee the computer is not able to defraud us as it did in the Primary," Wertz said. "We'll be able to compare our results to the computer this time."

This photo and an accompanying article entitled "City Council candidate Takes Time Out For Wedding,'' appeared on page 10 of the Seattle Times.

Marianna had won the primary election for an unexpired City Council seat. Will was running for U.S. Senate against then U.S. Senator Henry Jackson. Will and Marianna were married on Oct. 29, 1975.


The Highest:
Seeks't thou the highest, the greatest? The plant is't able to teach thee:
What it unwillfuly is, be thou that willfully- that's it!

Marianna, who attended Alexander Hamilton elementary school in Pasadena, California, graduated from UCLA with a major in political science. This photo was taken in her youth.


Musical Art:
Life is breath'd by the formative art, bards I ask for spirit,
Yet the soul doth give but Polyhymnia voice.

Marianna conducts the chorus of German associates of Lyndon and Helga LaRouche in the city of Duesseldorf in the Ruhr district of West Germany in November 1983.

She had also organized and conducted the first Los Angeles local ICLC Chorus

This picture was taken in 1986, when Marianna was in Germany She loved to play the violin, but had to give it up due to the after-effects of chemotherapy on her shoulders.


Breadth and Depth

There glitter many in the world,
Who all things respond to so witting,
And where what's charming, and where pleasure- filled,
One ascertains answers quite fitting;
You'd think, had you heard them 'loud confide,
That they had actually conquered the bride.

Yet go they from the world quite still,
Their lives were wasted sadly;
Who any excellence gaineth will,
Who'd bring forth greatness so gladly,
Must concentrate so still and tight
In tiniest point the highest might.

The trunk doth rise into the air
With uppish branches in splendor,
The glitt'ring leaves breathe a scent so fair,
Yet they can the fruit not engender;
The seed alone i'th' space so wee
Conceals the pride o'th' forest, the tree.

Friedrich Schiller,
translated by Marianna Wertz

In 1990, while her husband was in prison, Marianna had a hip replacement operation. After the operation, she recuperated at the home of her brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Janice Chaitkin. Here she is proclaiming victory with her brother Tony.

When her husband, Will, was in prison in connection with the frame-up of Lyndon LaRouche, Marianna wore this sweat shirt emblazoned with the words--Free Will.

The Most Beautiful Appearance

Sawest thou ne'er the beautiful in a moment of suff'ring
Never has the the beautiful seen.
Saw'st thou the joyful not e'er in a a beautiful visage,
Never hast thou the joyful seen!

Marianna visited her husband Will in Federal prison weekly for over 3 years. She always wore dresses with flower patterns to bring cheer and optimism with her.
...It is no empty, fawning deceit
Begot in the brain of a jester,
roclaimed aloud in the heart is it:
We are born for that which is better!

Marianna and her husband Will both translated the poetry and drama of Friedrich Schiller. Here they are reciting Schiller's poem Shakespeare's Shade. Marianna is explaining the meaning of the poem she translated.

Marianna presents Amelia Boynton Robinson with a framed print of a statue of Friedrich Schiller on Aug. 18, 1992, Amelia's 81st birthday in Leesburg, Va. at the home of Susan and Bob Bowen.

And what the innermost voice conveys
the hoping spirit ne'er that betrays.

In Sept. 1995, Marianna underwent a hip revision after her previous hip replacement collapsed during a fall. Here she is recovering at home with her husband, Will, and Tony and Janice Chaitkin.

In May 1996, she and Sheila Jones of Chicago travelled to Alabama to take care of Amelia Boynton Robinson after she also had a hip operation. Here Mrs. Robinson and Marianna are raising cane together.
"...A good marriage is like a good Classical artistic composition. It starts with an intention, and if the intention is valid, the composition works out. It's that simple!

Will and Marianna in the Bavarian Alps

"...There are ironies, there're interaction, in a marriage, which make it strong. It's not strong, because of something, or this or that. It's because it's a process of collaboration; it's a process of work. It's the unfolding of an intention.... And, you approach it, the way you would approach a serious, Classical musical composition. And, think of it in those terms. And it will work--I mean, if you got the right notes, to begin with.

"You know, you have to have at least a couple, in any Classical musical composition. [laughing] And, once you've got that couple, you now can say, "Is there an idea here, in this couple?" For you to start, there is an idea, an intention-idea, which can be developed, into a full composition; then you've probably got a good case."

Marianna celebrates her 50th birthday with her husband Will on Aug. 14, 1998. Because she had first been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in 1975, Marianna felt completely blessed to have lived to be 50 years of age.

"Joy is not in things-- It's in us!"
Marianna is pictured here with Lyndon LaRouche and others at the 50th birthday celebration of Helga Zepp-LaRouche in Germany. Even though Marianna was Helga's "adopted'' little sister, Marianna was 11 days older than Helga.

Marianna adopted Helga as her sister. Both were born in August 1948. Here they are toasting each other in our backyard on Ibykus farm where we were neighbors from 1985-1989.

"...The stage is, more than any other public institution, a school of practical wisdom, a guide to our daily lives, an infallible key to the most secret accesses of the human soul."

In 1998, Marianna played Mary Stuart in Act 3, scene 4 at a Schiller birthday celebration in Reston, Va. This play, translated by her husband, Will, will appear in Friedrich Schiller, Poet of Freedom Vol. IV. In this scene between Mary and Queen Elizabeth, played by Mary Jane Freeman, Mary succumbs to a desire for vengeance. Later in the play, she achieves a sublime state of mind by overcoming her rage with forgiveness.

2000 - 2003

" "Beauty is truth, truth beauty."-- that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."

In September, 2000, at a birthday celebration for Lyndon LaRouche, the Leesburg Schiller Instutite Chorus presented Wer ein holdes Weib errungen from Beethoven's opera Fidelio. Marianna, front row, singing soprano, was the mainstay of the daily "early-bird" morning chorus.
Marianna also recited The Glove and Pegasus in Yoke, two poems of Schiller which she translated, at the birthday party here for Lyndon LaRouche, sitting with his wife Helga.

"...Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."

At the Sept. 2002 Schiller Institute conference, Marianna introduced Amelia Robinson. Marianna reported on the long-overdue recognition afforded Amelia and her husband, Sam Boynton, on Aug. 18, 2002, Amelia's 91st birthday, by the Selma City Council for their pioneering role in the fight for voting rights. Marianna considered it a great honor to have spoken at the event in Selma.

Helga Zepp LaRouche, Amelia Boynton Robinson, and Marianna Wertz, at the Schiller Institute Labor Day Conference, 2002.

"A purpose, which higher reason hath conceiv'd, that man's afflictions,
urge, ten thousand times defeated, may never be adandon'd!"
This picture was taken at the Wertz home on Thanksgiving 2002. Marianna had just come home from the hospital after suffering from pulmonary blood clots. She would soon return to the hospital with congestive heart failure. Despite the fact that she thought the turkey tasted "foul,'' (she was taking antibiotics) she was beaming with happiness.

'Fore the grave dost fear thou? Thou wishest, to live on immortal?
Live in the whole! And when thou long art foreby, it endures.

Quotations Cited Above

"And when love..."
is from William Shakespeare's "Love's Labours' Lost."

"The Highest" is an epigram by Friedrich Schiller.

"Musical Art"
is an epigram by Friedrich Schiller.

"Beautiful Appearance" is an epigram by Friedrich Schiller.
"It is no empty..." is the third verse from "Hope", a poem by Friedrich Schiller.
"And what the innermost..."
completes the 6 lines of the third verse of "Hope"
"A good marriage..." is excerpted from Lyndon LaRouche's dialogue at a Cadre School.
"Joy is not in things" is a saying by Benjamin Franklin.
"The Stage..." is from Friedrich Schiller's "Theater as a Moral Institution"

"Beauty is Truth..."
is from John Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn
"Many persons..."-- is from from Helen Keller's autobiography.
"A purpose..." is from Friedrich Schiller's from "Don Carlos."
"Immortality..." is an epigram by Friedrich Schiller.

The Epigrams are available in Volume I of "Friedrich Schiller, Poet of Freedom"

Read More About Marianna

Obituaries Page

Articles by Marianna Wertz

Conference Presentation:
Schiller Institute/ICLC Conference Panel II - Tribute to Amelia Boynton Robinson, September 1, 2001 (Read the Transcript, and also Watch the Audio-Video Webcast )

Selma, Alabama Celebrates "Boynton Weekend" Civil Rights Heroes Honored in Long Overdue Ceremony August 17-18, 2002

Why Classical Music Is Key to Education (Feb. 1998)

Humboldt's Education Reforms (Fidelio Magazine, Summer 1996)

Marianna's Translations of Poems and Ballads by Friedrich Schiller

Friedrich Schiller, Poet of Freedom, Vols I, II, III

Humboldt's Classical Education Curriculum (New Federalist, March 1993)

Supermax Prison Expose --( New Federalist, May 2000)

The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the LaRouche Campaign (2000)

Pope Brings `The Common Good' To Judge Globalization and War (EIR, May 2001)

Marianna's Articles on the Death Penalty are Forthcoming

Remembering Our Dear Friend,

If you are one of Marianna's many friends who would like to help celebrate her beautiful life, you can share your thoughts and memories through this website. Please send an email to schiller@schillerinstitute.org, and we will post your messages on this site, and print them later for her husband, William Wertz, Fidelio Magazine Editor and Schiller Institute President in the USA.

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