Marcia K. Schaupp, 68, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 following an extended illness.
Marcia was born on November 26, 1952 in Clintonville, Wisconsin to the late Marshall and Mae (Halverson) Taylor. With her younger brother Mitch, she split her childhood between West Allis and Wausau. After graduating high school, she attended St. Olaf College, where she sang in the St. Olaf Choir, eventually graduating in 1975 with degrees in English and Norwegian. Retracing her Scandinavian heritage, Marcia then moved to Norway, where she took her nursing degree (in Norwegian) and lived for over 13 years. She often reminisced about the natural beauty of the country and its welcoming people.
In the late-1980s, Marcia returned to Wausau and met her husband of 32 years, Michael Schaupp. They were married in November 1988. In 1989, she gave birth to her only son, Christopher, to whom she was devoted. Marcia enjoyed nurturing young minds, a passion she pursued as a substitute teacher for many years in the Wausau area.
Among her many interests, Marcia was a staunch advocate for the Arts. She was enthusiastic about music and could always be heard singing along to whatever she was listening to at the time. An unflinchingly kind and generous person, Marcia worked tirelessly to support those in need. One of her favorite activities was volunteering at the Jubilee House in Wausau to provide free meals for the less fortunate in the community. Her generosity was not limited to people, however. Marcia loved all animals and was committed to helping the local humane society; she firmly believed that the way someone treated an animal reflected a lot about their character.
Marcia loved traveling and was fortunate enough to visit many beautiful places around the world. She took pleasure in learning all she could about cultures and traditions, which shaped her humility and perspective on life. Despite hardships, Marcia maintained a positive outlook and, as many can attest, her laugh was infectious.
Marcia is survived by her husband, Michael, of Wausau; son, Christopher (Ellyn) of Orrock, Minnesota; grandchild, Cora; nephew, Marshall Taylor, of Los Angeles, California; niece, Clare Taylor, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and sister-in-law, Kristine, of Plover. She is also survived by many other loving relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, Marcia was preceded in death by her brother, Mitchell Taylor.
A private memorial service will be held on October 22, 2021 at Northland Lutheran Church in Iola, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, Marcia’s family asks that you consider a donation to Monk Botanical Gardens of Wausau, The Nature Conservancy, or the Public Broadcasting Service. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family.