Marcia Spiegel, 75, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008 after an inspirational battle with cancer.
Throughout her life ‚ÄúM‚Äù was an active, optimistic person who enjoyed taking on challenges and the opportunities life afforded her. In her final hours, Marcia was surrounded by family members in her home in Missoula, Montana.
Born November 20, 1932 to William Stanley and Marion (Auten) Munro in New Rochelle, Marcia grew up in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. She attended Northfield Academy but eventually graduated from Roxbury Central School in Roxbury. Marcia then attended Syracuse University for two years, before her marriage to Philip Corsi in 1952. They raised four children on Long Island. During that time Marcia finished her bachelor‚Äôs degree at New York University, was active in the PTA, and served on the Valley Stream School District School Board.
Marcia played an incredibly active role in her children‚Äôs lives, encouraging them in school, athletics and outdoor activities. The annual summer camping trips to Canada and across the United States, as much an educational exercise as they were a family getaway, are remembered with great fondness by her children, as well as cousins and friends who tagged along. Marcia was very much a neighborhood mom and always had an open door for her children‚Äôs friends.
In 1976 Marcia married Captain (USN retired) William Spiegel. From 1975 until 1982, she served as an aide to New York State Senator Norman Levy. In 1983 Marcia and Bill moved to North Carolina, where Marcia became very involved with the Federation of Republican Women. She later served as president of that organization, and earned a reputation among her many friends through the organization as being a ‚Äúdoer.‚Äù She and Bill also enjoyed volunteering, including for the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the North Carolina Maritime Museum. They were active in the United Methodist Church in Arapahoe. In their leisure time, ‚ÄúM‚Äù and Bill enjoyed sailing and traveling, including numerous trips around the United States in their RV to ‚Äúsee the sights‚Äù and visit their children and grandchildren. They also traveled to destinations in each of the seven continents. Bill passed away in December 2006. Shortly thereafter, Marcia moved to Missoula, Montana.
She leaves behind her four children, Martina O‚ÄôDonnell of Brookfield, VT, Charles Corsi of Rathdrum, ID, Philip Corsi of Irmo, SC and Chris Corsi of Missoula, MT; three stepchildren, Joanie Wachter, Bill Spiegel Jr. and Tom Spiegel, and 10 grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Robert Munro and two nieces, Denise Manning and Karen Munro and a nephew, William Munro and their families. She was preceded in death by her oldest brother, Bill, an Army aviator who was killed in action during World War II.
A formal service is planned for June 30 at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to local Hospice organizations. Marcia was dearly loved and will be missed.