Henry Matthew Marien, 85, a retired printer and area resident since the early 1930s, died Jan. 1 in a Berkeley, Calif., hospital after a stroke. Mr. Marien was visiting relatives in California when he was stricken.

He was a native of Indiana and served with the Army in France during World War I. He was a printer in Washington until retiring about 1970. He worked for the Government Printing Office and, from about 1960 until retiring, for The Washington Post. He was a member of Local No. 101 of the Columbia Typographical Union.

Mr. Marien starred in a local film, "The Whidjit Maker," in which he played an aging violin maker. It was his first acting endeavor, and the film won the Gold Medal at the 1978 Washington Film Festival.

After retiring, Mr. Marien was active in conservation organizations, including the Sierra Club and the Wilderness and Audubon societies. He also did volunteer work for the World Future Society and was a member of the Palisades Garden Club.

Mr. Marien had contributed articles on conservation to the Washington Conservationist and the defunct Washington Star.

Survivors include his wife, Ida Silver Marien of Washington; a son, Michael, of La Fayette, N.Y.; a daughter, Rose Black of Oakland, Calif., and one grandchild