Marielle Beth Nagler

Marielle Beth Nagler was born in La Jolla on July 10, 1987. On October 28, 2021, at age 34, she passed away at Sharp Coronado Hospital. 

What made Marielle unique was her curiosity, precociousness, and kindness, all from the time she was 3 years old. As Marielle became older, it was clear that she was an old soul in her level of wisdom and her range of interests. When she was 7, Marielle asked for a microscope for Christmas so that she could dissect various plants, insects, and sea life. By the age of 8, she was a voracious reader. She was reading Machiavelli’s “The Prince,” among other college-level works, and spent countless hours consuming a wide range of literature and poetry, ranging from Shakespeare to Ezra Pound to the latest witch and vampire sagas. When she was 9, Marielle co authored a children’s book which gained national acclaim.

After graduating from Coronado High School in 2004, Marielle went on to study anthropology and English literature at San Diego State University. She was incredibly intellectual, and loved dissecting a wide range of subject matters with a vast depth of knowledge. 

During their college years, Marielle and her sister Marissa, who is 15 months younger, studied abroad together in Europe, and traveled throughout six countries. Travel quickly became one of Marielle’s passions, and she loved exploring different cultures, cuisines, and peoples. She especially loved the culture of the Irish people, and soon after her European studies, took on Gaelic as a language course. Throughout her life, she continued her love of literature and poetry, her favorites being Oscar Wilde, Lord Byron, and Keats. She also continued her exploration of foreign languages, studying Latin and German.

After college, Marielle pursued a variety of passions. The principal two career paths that she followed were in computer development and the hospitality industry. In computer development, Marielle built and designed websites for small businesses, specifically targeting women-owned businesses. In the hospitality industry, Marielle specialized in restaurant customer service, becoming a manager at most of the companies she worked for throughout her career. 

Marielle’s last and favorite role was at the Brigantine restaurants at Portside Pier on San Diego Bay, where she quickly rose in the ranks to become both manager and lead trainer. As lead trainer, she created the restaurant-wide training program, and was honored as Employee of the Month in August of this year. Marielle’s coworkers describe her as a leader, a role model, their rock, and irreplaceable. They also talk about her strength, her light, and how she made work and the world a better place.

Marielle followed her passion for animals in her free time, volunteering at the San Diego Zoo. She also spent the past year helping her sister foster abandoned litters of kittens, a tradition continued from their childhood. 

Marielle was a true Renaissance woman, having a broad range of intellectual interests in both the arts and sciences and she seemed to excel at anything she put her mind to. Marielle was a unique, kind-hearted person, and was well loved by all who met her. The world has lost a beautiful person. Marielle will be very missed.

Marielle is predeceased by her father, Richard Nagler; and is survived by her mother Karen Lafferty and stepfather Michael Lafferty of Coronado; and sister Marissa Nagler of San Diego. 

A celebration of life will be held for Marielle at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, at St. Paul’s Methodist Church on 700 D Avenue, Coronado. There will be a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance in memory of Marielle Nagler, sent to San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, P.O. Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112, or online at

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