Marcia Harriet (Sortland) Strom died on February 6, 2021, surrounded by her four daughters. Marcia was born on August 4, 1926, to Samuel and Gertrude (Kluvers) Sortland in Litchville, North Dakota.
Growing up in North Dakota, Marcia attended Svea Public School and graduated from New Salem High School. In 1946, she earned a degree in Elementary Education from State Teachers College, Valley City, and taught elementary school in Finley and Fargo.
In 1950, Marcia met Arnold Strom from Moorhead, Minnesota, and on July 6th, 1951, they embarked on a marriage that was to last 65 years. Together they raised four daughters: Leanne (Steve) Homa; Julie (Mike) Smith; Kris Pladson (Bruce Due); and Linda (Joel) Pladson. They were loving grandparents to 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, with another on the way.
Throughout her life, Marcia enriched the lives of those around her with her beautiful piano playing and love of music. She accompanied many musicians throughout her early life and continued to play for Arnold, her children and grandchildren. She also played for church services at Eventide.
Marcia also passed along her love of baking, especially her legendary pie-making. Fresh cookies always appeared from her magical supply to her grandchildren.
Marcia’s grace, quiet elegance, intelligence and sense of humor made her an inspiring matriarch. Stylish yet understated, she said, “There’s always time for a little lipstick.”
Her life was filled with church, family, and friends. Membership at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead gave Marcia opportunities for teaching, Bible study, and volunteering. Arnold and Marcia’s married years were filled with lively bridge clubs, traveling with family and friends, and visits to children and grandchildren.
Marcia was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold, her parents, and her three brothers, Jerrold, Robert (Boots) and Erle. She is survived by her four daughters, 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and sister, Pat Arthur (Verona, Wisconsin).
Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Red River Valley; Eventide Charitable Foundation; or Trinity Lutheran Church of Moorhead – Music / Worship Fund.