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Marcia Lee Arend
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Marcia Lee Arend passed peacefully on Aug 8, 2018 after a short illness. She is survived by her beloved husband Earl Arend, daughter Jeanine Lugo (Nobel) of Indianapolis, IN; son David Arend (Telka) of Lansing, MI; granddaughter Saige Arend, step-grandchildren Robert Lugo (Leslie) and Melissa Ervin (Bryan), step-great grandchildren Joseph Lookabaugh; Jacob, Jarrin and Jacen Ervin; Austin, Olivia and Carmen Lugo; and step-great-great grandchildren Carson and Casey Lookabaugh. She is also survived by her sister Margo Albright (Dan), brother Keith Tollas, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father Emil Tollas, mother Rose Tollas, brother Ken Tollas and sister-in-law Nancy Tollas.
Marcia was born in Benton Harbor, MI on August 6, 1933 and grew up in Baroda, Michigan, which she affectionately referred to as “God’s Country.” She married Earl, her high school sweetheart, on June 28, 1953. She worked as a clerk/stenographer at Whirlpool Corporation, a secretary at the Coldwater State Home, and a Receptionist at KVP Sutherland in Sturgis. She returned to college to finish her Bachelor of Science Degree and her Masters in the teaching of English at Western Michigan University.
Most notably she will be remembered as a teacher of English and Composition for 22 years at Sturgis High School, where she had a positive influence on the lives of so many of her students. She also enjoyed writing free-lance articles for the South Bend Tribune, Sturgis Journal, Michigan English Journal and other publications.
Marcia was very active in her church community, as well as the Sturgis Community. She was an Elder and Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church, serving on the Banner, Mission, Worship and Music, and Library Committees and was noted for her “centerfold” interviews of church members. She very much enjoyed her years as a Picture Lady for the Great Art Program. As a 20 year survivor of Breast Cancer, she was active as the secretary for the Survivors’ Sisterhood. Marcia also enjoyed her work with the Sturgis Sister City Committee.
In 2005 Marcia was honored as the Sturgis Citizen of the Year and in 2006 she was honored by the Sturgis Exchange Club with their Book of Golden Deeds. She enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, sewing, reading, writing, classical music, genealogy and travel. She and Earl traveled to many states and countries with Elderhostel, as well as welcoming exchange students from around the world into their home.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date to be announced by the Rosenberg Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091 who has been entrusted with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Marcia’s name can be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Sturgis, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Sturgis Foundation/Sturgis Neighborhood Program, or the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation.

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