Marilyn Sorce Klumpp
2 July, 1934 – 13 October, 2020
Marilyn Sorce Klumpp, age 86, passed away peacefully October 13, 2020 from a sudden stroke. She was born July 2, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois to Sam and Josephine Sorce. She married the love of her life, Elmer Klumpp, in March 1978. She was a loving mother to her daughters Cathy and Carol Klumpp, and devoted grandmother to Cathy’s sons Ryan and Scott McCabe. She also treasured her three dear sisters, Dolores, Jeannie and Pam.
Marilyn earned a BA from Westhampton College, University of Richmond in 1956 and was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma honors society for women educators. She earned her M. Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from University of Virginia in 1961. She worked for many years as a guidance counselor in the Alexandria City Public Schools, achieving the “Young Educator of the Year” honor in 1969. Marilyn cared deeply for all her students and was particularly proud of helping so many gain college acceptances during her years as a counselor at TC Williams High School.
She was an active member of Burke Presbyterian Church, serving as a current Deacon and a member of the women’s circle. Formerly, she was a member of Arlington Presbyterian Church for decades. She served in roles as diverse as money teller, coffee hour hospitality and home communion provider, and as a longstanding member of the team ensuring care for members of the congregation. She volunteered at the Ronda Gilliam Clothing Bank for many years.
After moving to the Greenspring Retirement community in 2011, Marilyn participated in many activities – square dancing, water aerobics, yoga and other exercise classes, singing in choral performances, resident meals committee member, visiting and sending cards to residents in the Rehab center.
Marilyn is survived by her husband Elmer Klumpp; her sisters and their husbands Jeannie and Al Smith, Pam and Joe Heisler; her daughter and son-in-law Cathy and Rich McCabe; her grandsons Ryan and Scott McCabe; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sister Dolores Drumheller and daughter Carol Klumpp.
Memorial contributions can be made to Burke Presbyterian Church, 5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke, VA 22015; OR Philanthropy Department Greenspring, 7430 Spring Village Drive, Springfield, VA 22150 (checks to “Greenspring Scholars Fund”).
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Marilyn Sorce Klumpp
November 9, 2020
The Klumpps have been very close friends...like family...to my family...Sandy and Will Blanchard and Robert, Tom, Ann, and me...Linda. We did so many lovely things together, and even visited relatives of Elmer's in MI! We all are connected!! While I did not know Marilyn's family, I am learning how close she is to them and how much she loved them and loved spending time with them! I know she came into Elmer's life as a guidance counselor I believe at the school where Carol and Cathy were. She loved those twins, and knew about their own struggles with having to deal with their own dysfunctional mother. Elmer had to part with their mother, and Marilyn took over in their life, as did my own mother, Sandy, and our entire family! We loved the Klumpps, and were delighted when Elmer married Marilyn!! As I read about Marilyn, she said she married the love of her life! I believe it!! They both are GREAT people! They came together to help with the girls and to help each other! We loved every minute spent with them, and there are MANY of those moments that truly were full of love for us and for our families, and just general curiosity about our daily lives!! They genuinely were interested in us!! They continued to share in our lives through the passing of Robert and Carol, which was, and still is, a difficult passing of two beautiful people, along with our beloved Will, over a year ago. They have been there for us every day by phone, letter/card, and actual visits! We were invited to stop and visit there, but my mother told me that Marilyn had had several strokes, so we did not do it, as a result. Every Christmas, we swap cards with Elmer and Marilyn and Cathy and Rich and their boys. That is how we keep up yearly! I miss them all, and send many prayers to Elmer, Cathy, and all of their family members, as well as members of Marilyn's family. Heaven has welcomed another great soul, and we all will meet again!! Much love to all of you from all of us here...xoxoxoxo
November 1, 2020
When I was bedridden after ankle replacement surgery, Marilyn offered to check up on me on a Sunday when Gene had to go to the University of Virginia to see our son. She came to visit three times and stayed for long conversations. Her company was greatly appreciated. We talked about religion and how faith guided her life. She was a thoughtful, spiritual person whom we shall miss dearly.
Joan and Gene Kelly
October 23, 2020
I will always remember Marilyn. She had more energy than anyone I have ever met. She used all her energy being a good person. I admired her for that and other reasons.
Cathey & Ed Parker
October 22, 2020
Marilyn was a wonderful person, generous with her time and talents to many at Burke Presbyterian Church. The breadth of her volunteer efforts are heart-warming and an example to all. We will miss her.
October 20, 2020
Marilyn showed her kindness and delight in life for many years together with Elmer. She was an energetic and enthusiastic volunteer at the clothing bank. From her experience as a counselor and personal faith, she was a great comfort when my mother died and she recalled caring for her own mother during her last years. We will miss her and cherish her memory.