Letters to the editor
Knowing 'Mother Marjorie'
To the editor:
I loved Jessica LaPole's prize-winning Commission for Women essay about our local living legend, Mrs. Marjorie Grumbacher. A Herald-Mail article last year told me Mrs. Grumbacher owned and operated a dress store, but she modestly declines to reveal the story of her community activism. I was especially fascinated to learn the details of Mrs. Grumbacher's long history of innovative volunteerism, and am grateful to Ms. LaPole for sharing this with us.
The subject of LaPole's story is revered by hundreds of prisoners at MCIH and hundreds of successful ex-cons around the state, who became familiar with Mrs. Grumbacher as they progressed through Alternatives to Violence (in which she served as a facilitator) and Lifestyles (in which she served as an advisor to the self-help group). We do not begrudge India their Mother Theresa, since we have "Mother Marjorie" here!
One necessary update for the essay is Marjorie's current involvement with MCI-H. To say "taught," implying the past tense, is not quite fair. "Mindful Marjorie" is a major force in the Community Correctional Services Committee, which supports every treatment program in the prison, and she still charges into MCI-H on a regular basis with her husband, Delegate Grumbacher (retired).