Marcia Gnadt, 75

Marcia Gnadt, 75

Marcia Faye Gnadt, 75, of Garretson, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, with her family guiding her on at her home. A celebration of her life will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2024, at Zion Lutheran Church in Garretson. A time to greet the family will begin one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Zion Lutheran Church building fund.

Marcia Faye Foster Gnadt was born on Sept. 6, 1948, to Charles Donald and Lenore (Smemoe) Foster. She grew up at Buffalo Trading Post west of Colton and graduated from Colton High School. She married Arlen Lee “Woody” Gnadt on Sept. 2, 1967, at St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church. They moved to Garretson in 1968 where they proceeded to create their dream home and build a family. They had three children, Markell, Aaron, and Marissa. Marcia worked at Palisade Manor for years before earning her bachelor’s degree in teaching from Dakota State College in Madison. From 1980-2002 she worked as the Split Rock Clinic Manager for Dr. Wingert and then worked at the family business, Family Floors & Furniture until 2023. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Garretson where she was very active in the church choir and served on several boards.

Marcia had the gift of empowering people to try the fine arts and helped turn many people in the Garretson community into actors. She could make you believe that you could do anything. She directed and produced over 50 plays throughout her time with the Jesse James Players. She was so proud of the quality of shows that she was able to bring to the community.

Marcia was the epitome of a classy lady. She had a flare for fashion and showmanship. To Marcia, everything was viewed as a production or performance complete with what to wear and accessories and making every situation a beautiful time. Her eternal optimism and selflessness are something anyone who met her could see. Her family was spoiled with her unconditional love. She had the ability to make anyone who spent time with her think that you were the most important or her favorite person in the world. You know who Marcia is when she would smile – her eyes saying: “I love you”.

Survivors include her husband, Arlen “Woody” Gnadt, Garretson; Markell (Julie) Gnadt, Garretson, Aaron Gnadt, Colorado, and Marissa (Tim) Wollmann, Garretson; grandchildren, Kaitlin Ode, Bryce Wollmann, Siri Wollmann, Rakell Gnadt, Isaiah Gnadt, Addison Gnadt and Jakob Gnadt; great-grandchildren, Beckett, Beau, and Baron Ode, Grayson Gnadt, and Billie Ann Bonnett.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Lenore Foster; and her brothers, Judson, Faryl, Donald, and Richard Foster; and an infant sister, Rosalie Jill Foster.

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