Marcia Althoen

Marcia Althoen

November 21, 1945 October 1, 2019

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Obituary for Marcia Althoen

Marcia was born on November 21, 1945, in Spring Valley, Illinois, the first child of Melvin James Warrick and Ann Martens Warrick. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Osborn, Ohio (which became Fairborn in 1950). Marcia attended Fairborn schools, where she met her husband-to-be, Steven Althoen, in seventh grade, and graduated in 1964. She obtained a B.S. degree in education from Ohio State in 1969 and later a Masters and Educational Specialist Degree from Michigan State in 1983.

Marcia began her careers as a Head Start teacher in Knox County, Ohio. She later became the first Special Education teacher ever in the Mt. Vernon, Ohio, public schools. Moving to Queens, New York, Marcia taught first grade for two years before a forced “retirement” for raising children. After eleven years at home, Marcia began her 25-year career as a school psychologist for the Rochester, Michigan public schools.

As a girl and young adult, Marcia was very active in Girl Scouts, attending the national Roundup in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 1965 and serving as a Brownie leader in Queens, New York. She was an accomplished flutist in high school and beyond. Marcia was active in the youth group at the Presbyterian Church in Fairborn and sang there in the choir as well as the FHS chorus. While raising her own children, she was active in the Flint area Parent-Child Nurseries at both the local and state level, and was a Cub Scout den mother and pack leader.

With husband, Steve, Marcia was active in the Flint Area Newcomers Club – mostly playing bridge. Later, they managed the physical property of four ancestral estates. They lived for eight months in Wales where their young children attended a Welch school. Besides extensive travel in Wales, they completed many cruises and side trips which took them to Australia, China, Alaska, and South America. The most memorable trip took them to Paris in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. In retirement, Steve and Marcia took up ballroom dancing and Zumba. They were fortunate to have their three grandchildren close by and were able to interact with them on almost a daily basis and enrich their lives with educational and cultural experiences and field trips.

Marcia is survived by her loving husband, Steve; her son Michael (Andria) Althoen, of Dexter, Michigan; her daughter, Tosca Trowt, of Otisville, Michigan; and three grandchildren, Alec Althoen, Eve Trowt, and Clara Althoen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the World Wildlife Fund (online here: or mail to 1250 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037) or to the Habitat for Humanity (online here: or mail to Habitat for Humanity International, 270 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 1300, Atlanta, GA 30303).

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  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday October 13, 2019 | 11:00am
    Weber's Restaurant
    3050 Jackson Avenue
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
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    Sunday October 13, 2019
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Brenda Ball

Dear Steve, I remember Marcia so well. She was so special. I am so glad I had the time with you both at the reunion. I know how devoted you were to each other. You have my utmost condolences and prayers. Brenda Ball
Comment | Posted at 12:12pm via Condolence

Rose Steck

I worked with Marcia for many years at Rochester Schools. Marcia's warm, positive attitude was an inspiration. She was a very special lady.
Rose Steck
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Paula Pritchard

I had the pleasure of working with Marcia in Rochester. She is a wonderful person, always entered the room with a smile. May she Rest In Peace. Her family are in my thoughts and prayers. 💚 Paula Pritchard
Comment | Posted at 07:10pm via Condolence

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