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Marcia L. Bohnsack

February 6, 1946 – November 8, 2022

Wife of Pastor Benjamin Bohnsack, Marcia Lynn (Miller) Bohnsack, 76, a resident of Marquette, Michigan passed away on November 8, 2022, in Ann Arbor from long-term complications of a bone marrow transplant ten years ago.

Marcia was born on February 6, 1946, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was a daughter of the late Edward and Miriam Miller.

On December 28, 1968, she married Benjamin Bohnsack who survives.

Also surviving are her son, Kevin Bohnsack, married to Tabitha with grandchildren Natalie and Sadie; son, Todd Bohnsack, married to Alicia with grandchildren Ross, Marin, Frances, and Sylvan; and daughter, Brenda Bohnsack, married to Blair Shaman with grandchildren Evan and Leah. Siblings include Jim Miller and the late Irene; the late Sandra (Sandy) Thompson and her husband, Frank; Suzanne White and her husband, Steven; Robert (Bob) Miller and his wife, Charlotte; and Janice Olson and her husband, Darrell. She loved and was loved by numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends, as well as those from the United Methodist Church parishes of Newburg in Livonia, Hardy in Howell, First in Brighton, Nardin Park in Farmington Hills, and the Marquette Hope faith community during both a pastoral assignment and in retirement.

After growing up in Wisconsin and graduating from Greenfield High School, Marcia attended North Central College in Naperville, IL to become a teacher. Over the course of her career, she taught in public schools in Illinois and Michigan. Marcia served as a dental educator in Marquette and a Senior Adult Care director in Brighton. After receiving a Master in Guidance and Counseling from Northern Michigan University, she worked in the Brighton High School counseling department where she finished a total of 17 years of service. With her background in education, Marcia was an active member of the sisterhood of PEO in Brighton and Marquette chapters including a statewide role as their PEO Fund treasurer. Ben and Marcia retired to Sand River near Marquette in 2006.

Marcia was very active in the communities where she and Ben lived over their 54 years of marriage. The couple met in college where she played French horn and he played trumpet. She continued her passion for music by performing in both the Livingston County Concert and Marquette City bands. She sang alto in every church’s sanctuary choir and led several prayer groups, circles, Vacation Bible School and United Methodist Women events. Her artistic talents included weaving and quilting in mats, rugs, blankets and quilts for many of her friends and relatives. She loved dachshunds, especially the five in her lifetime. Friends also relished her cookies, especially when they were fresh from the oven.

The Bohnsack family enjoyed travel and camping, instilling in their children the value of exploring places and experiencing other cultures. They hosted guests, visitors and exchange students from countries including Germany, Poland, France, and Argentina, creating an especially close relationship with Lima Sayed and her family. Subsequent trips in retirement included visiting each of these people and their families as well as journeys with relatives or friends to Mexico, Canada, China, Brazil and trips to Europe. Marcia and Ben led mission trips to Kentucky, Haiti and the Indian Missionary Conference in Kansas and Oklahoma. In recent years, Marcia has been a constant fan of her children and grandchildren, attending music performances, athletic competitions and school events. Her gracious spirit and kind words will be missed by all who knew her.

Pastors Kristi and Christopher Hintz will conduct a memorial service on Saturday, December 3rd, 12 pm at Marquette Hope First Campus at 111 East Ridge Street. Visitation with the family will begin prior to the service at 10 am and a luncheon will follow in the church Social Room. Ashes will be interred privately. The service will be accessible online at YouTube.com/marquettehope   

Memorial contributions are encouraged in her honor to North Central College (https://brilliantfuture.northcentralcollege.edu/ways-give/) or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (https://www.lls.org/) or Marquette Hope (http://www.mqthope.com/giving.html).

Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderswansonhansen.com.

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