Faith is important to Marcia. She and her brother and sister were raised on a farm in Navarino. There was no Catholic school in the area so their primary school years were spent in a one-room schoolhouse. By the time she was in third grade, Marcia knew she wanted to be a teacher. “I went to Bonduel High School. In the summertime the nuns would come to St. Lawrence Parish and I helped them with religion classes,” recalled Marcia.
“I went to Outagamie County Teachers College in Kaukauna for two years. I was a whole 19 years old when I started teaching. My dream when I first started teaching was to teach in a one-room school because I went to one.” She did so her first year of teaching in 1962. “That was the last year they were in existence. Then I taught at Holy Angels in Darboy for one year (and) St. Pat’s in Menasha for two years.”
While Marcia was always an active volunteer for things involving her two daughters, her volunteer activity increased when she retired. “As I was retiring, I thought about ‘What do I want to be? What do I want to become connected with?’ So that’s when I did things more strategically.”
At the time of her retirement, Marcia knew she wanted to continue teaching faith formation at her parish, something she had done since her oldest daughter first started taking classes. She is presently on the parish stewardship committee, is a lector, an extraordinary minister of the holy Eucharist, a volunteer secretary and was recently installed as a lay minister of prayer.
Your Catholic Neighbor
Name: Marcia Trentlage
Parish: Holy Spirit, Kimberly/Darboy
Favorite saint: Blessed Mother
Words to live by: “We are called by our baptism to carry out God’s mission on earth.”
As a person who always loved her profession, Marcia still subs in the Kimberly School District and is also a volunteer for the Literacy Coalition, teaching adults to read. A breast cancer survivor, Marcia gives back to the American Cancer Society by helping each year with the Sole Burner Run/Walk fund-raiser.
“I’m also involved with Make-A-Wish. It’s my gift that God has given me to communicate with children. I help with fund-raising, I’m a wish grantor, I’m on my 13th wish right now and I speak at events for Make-A-Wish,” she noted.
Marcia also serves on the Positive Youth Development Board. “We raise money for drug-free events at the middle school and high school and give money to organizations that promote that plus promote positive attitudinal things for life,” she explained.
Marcia is active in local, state and national retired educator organizations. “Mentally that keeps me in touch with teaching,” she said. Other civic duties include serving as village trustee in Kimberly, as a supervisor for the 20th District in Outagamie County, as well as the Little Chute/Kimberly library board.
“The library board is really important to me because it levels the youth in our community,” she said. “The youth who can’t afford a computer or who can’t afford some of the games can go to the library and have access to those things.”
With as much going in her life, Marcia does her best to discern what path the Lord wants her to take before taking on anything new. “When I hear about something that needs to be done I really try to listen and say, ‘Is it me Lord you want?’ I am perfectly healthy, that’s a gift. And here I am. I’m not required to take any medicines at this time. I do believe volunteering is part of (why I am healthy). It fills me every day.”