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Marsh, Edward

Ed Marsh


Marsh, Edward Graves 2/15/1939 - 1/31/2018 Ann Arbor Edward, 78, passed away on January 31, 2018 at Arbor Hospice Residence surrounded by the love of family and friends. Ed was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 15, 1939 to Margaret and Edward Graves Marsh. He graduated high school from Cascia Hall in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1956, and earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Education from Villanova University in 1962. Following four years of study in Rome, Ed received a Doctor in Sacred Theology from Pontifical Lateran University and he was ordained in the Augustinian priesthood in 1966. He served at the Vatican for two years before moving to Chicago, Illinois, where he taught at St. Rita of Cascia High School.

Ed then moved to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan School of Social Work where he received a Masters in Administration/Policy in 1972. Ed worked for the Illinois Institute for Social Policy before returning to Ann Arbor in 1973. From 1973 to 1986 he worked for United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and from 1986 to 1996 for Washtenaw United Way. In retirement, Ed taught at the U-M School of Social Work as an adjunct professor and shared his experience and expertise through his consulting work for a wide variety of health, human service and arts organizations, including Community Action Network, the American Red Cross, Hope Clinic, Peace Neighborhood Center, Ann Arbor Civic Theater, Boys and Girls Club, and Alzheimer's Association, South Central Michigan chapter. He served as pastor of Community of Faith in Saline for two years, and enjoyed volunteer work at 826Michigan, where he was appreciated for his sense of humor and verve. He married Marilyn Kooistra in May 1974, and his relationships with family and friends were of primary importance.In addition to Marilyn, he is survived by daughters Caron and Colette; sisters Mary Margaret, Elizabeth, Patricia, and Therese; and brothers Charles and Stephan. Ed enjoyed people, always laughing and joking. He sang in the choir at Ann Arbor Northside Community Church and First Baptist Church, and loved to golf--he was an active member of Inverness Country Club. He treasured his river boat trips with Marilyn and visits to Italy with family and friends. Ed's true calling was helping people through life passages. Baptisms, marriages, and funerals were deeply meaningful for him. If Ed were here, he would be taking charge, making arrangements and comforting us. He will be greatly missed. A Remembrance Service will be held on April 7, 2018 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Edward and Marilyn were longtime members of CORPUS and they especially enjoyed reading CORPUS REPORTS.


Marilyn Marsh

1706 Arbordale
Ann Arbor, MI 48103