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1938 Marcia 2017

Marcia Lea Tornrose

November 6, 1938 — May 17, 2017

Marcia Lea Sadler Tornrose was born on Nov 6, 1939 in Lynn, MA. She was the eldest of three children born to Henry and Priscilla Sadler. She spent her childhood growing up with her brother Henry Allen, and sister Linda (Curtis) in Swampscott , MA, and graduated from Swampscott High School.

Marcia married William (Bill) Tornrose on August 11, 1957 in Tamworth, NH. Marcia and Bill moved to the Chicago area, where they lived for over 40 years and raised three children, William, Gregory, and Tamara (Najarian).

Over the years, Marcia was an avid encourager and active supporter of her family’s activities. She supported the Cub Scouts as a den mother, volunteered her time with the Brownies and Girl Scouts and frequently could be found cheering for her children’s athletic teams. She was a member in the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) organizations, as well as being active in church activities for St Mary's Episcopal church in Park Ridge, IL. It was her joy to welcome family and friends through hosting gatherings with her delicious and creative cooking.

Marcia had a lifelong passion for interior design and decorating. After raising her family, she studied at The International Academy of Merchandising and Design in Chicago, earning her degree in Interior Design in 1986. Degree in hand, she then was employed by Walter E Smithe Furniture as an Interior Designer, where she enjoyed helping her many clients and customers with designing, selecting furnishings, colors and finishes for their homes in the North and Northwest suburban Chicago area.

In 2002, Marcia and Bill moved to Williamsburg, VA in order to enjoy a more moderate climate during the winter months, along with the colonial architecture and historic character of the area. In Williamsburg, she was active in her church life, volunteering at the Bruton Parish Church gift shop and supporting the preservation of the local community.

Marcia loved and found great joy in spending time with her four grandchildren, Allison (Yeaman), William, Madeline, and Lauren; and her great-grandson John Henry Yeaman, all of whom reside near Charlottesville, VA.

Marcia departed this life on May 17, 2017 at her home in Charlottesville, VA. at the age of 78 after a long illness. Preceding her in death were her parents, Henry and Priscilla (Ulman) Sadler, her sister Linda (Curtis), and her grandson, Richard Henry Najarian.

The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life to honor Marcia on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 3:00PM at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in Earlysville, VA. Memorial gifts can be made to the Alzheimer's Association (

An online guestbook is available at

Ryan Funeral Home of Ruckersville, Virginia is in charge of arrangements.
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