Thank you all for sharing Mrs. West with the rest of us. She truly impacted lives for many generations to come by sharing her passion for excellence in all of her endeavors. I thought of her wall of fame for graduating seniors a few years ago while attending my niece's PHS graduation. The numbers of scholarships and dollar amounts presented to those recent students for higher education opportunities was unbelievable. Well, unbelievable for some, but not for Mrs. West. I can still hear her saying, "if you want to go (to college/vo-tech), we will find a way". Like Christy said, she had it going on. We always knew if we had Mrs. West's "MW " sign-off on a project that it was going to be a success. It saddened me not to be able to attend her service and celebrate a life lived well, surrounded by all of her favorites. Her Michael, her boys and their families, lots of orange and black, laughter, stars and stripes, Scottie dogs and school pride to name only a few. She will always be missed, and certainly not forgotten. Blessings to you all.
~ Marcy (Brunskill) Wolfe
Rochester, MN (5/20/2017)
Dear Mike and family. I lack adequate words for how much Mrs.West means to me. As a,young teacher at Philip High School her guidance and counsel was invaluable to me. She,did so much to make me a better educator and contributed a great deal to my career. I know she made a positive impact in the live's of so many. I'm saddened that I wasn't able to attend her service. My love to all of you.
~ Bob Dolezal
Ely NV (5/20/2017)
Mike and the West family, we were saddened to learn of Marcia's passing. She was a very special lady and part of a lovely family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
~ Kurt & Laurie Pfeifle
Miller, Sf (5/20/2017)
I remember seeing Lorna Wheeler and Marcia and numerous school events. They were two very classy ladies doing an excellent job and they looked as if they enjoyed it immensely. Thoughts and prayers for the family.
~ Justin and Joyce Wheeler
This is such sad news. I send my deepest sympathies to Mike, Doug and JoAnn and all the family. She was lovely.
~ Susan Shearn
Prescott AZ (5/18/2017)
Our deepest sympathies to the West family. Dale has fond memories of Marsha. He always considered her a cousin. I know she will be missed by her loved ones.
~ Dale Ostlien and Family
Abilene Texas (5/18/2017)
So very sorry to hear of Marcia's passing. She was a wonderful, kind person and will be deeply missed by many. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
~ Michael Rotzien
Gibbon, MN (5/17/2017)
Mike and Family,
So sorry for your loss. What a pillar Marcia was in the Education Community and also the Community in general. Cherish all those memories. The loss is always hard but the memories keep us all going. May God comfort all of you during this time. Thoughts and prayers.
~ Jean Holzkamp
Thinking of you and sending our sympathy to all of you as you go through this difficult time. May God Bless each of you and wrap His loving arms around you.
~ Larry and Vicki Neiderworder
Philip, SD (5/17/2017)
So sorry to hear of the loss of such an amazing woman. She will be greatly missed. May you find peace and comfort in the kind loving words of those who knew her.
~ Craig and janice Heigh
Rapid City SD (5/17/2017)
Mrs. West will be dearly missed. Im sorry for ur loss.
~ Nicole (Miller) High Horse
Wall, SD (5/17/2017)
Sorry for the loss of a great lady. She was very helpful to a lot of kids in our area when they needed it the most. Regards to the entire family.
~ Shaun & Brandie Slovek
Black Hawk (5/17/2017)
Mike, sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time. With our sincere sympathies, Myles & Jeanette Kennedy
~ Myles Kennedy
Spearfish, SD (5/17/2017)
Mike and family,
After all these years I can still see Mrs. West standing by her door at school asking every student how their day was going, congratulating them on a great game or concert or just a huge hi! She made such a huge impact on my life and pushed me to reach my goals, even if that means moving 1500 miles away. I owe her so many thanks and I am so sorry that you and your family will be missing her.
~ Cindy Pfeifle Coughlin
Manahawkin New Jersey (5/17/2017)
Mike and family ,
Our deepest sympathies go out to you all . Marcia was one-of-a-kind . We all had a lot of respect and love for her . Being family friends and having the joy of working with Mike, Rick and I both have come to respect you both very much . Brynn spent many hours with her . I remember when I was little, you guys gave me my first bunny. I named the beautiful little white bunny Snowball . I remember
going to the ranch with Marcia to see Charlotte . Mike and Doug refereeing basketball games that we played in . Probably our most fun memory is when Rick and all the guys played softball, Mike and Marcia were at the games. She always had a smile on her
face and a hello for everyone . She will be greatly missed but know that she has touched many many lives and we won't forget her .
~ Rick, Rhonda and Brynn & family
Philip and Spearfish (5/17/2017)
Mike, you have my profound sympathy. It was a privilege to have worked with both you. Marcia was a brilliant person and a tremendous asset to the school district and a wonderfully helpful to all she came in contact with during her career.
~ Brian Jandahl
Elkton, SD (5/17/2017)
Mike and family, I was so saddened to hear of Marcia's passing. She was such a special lady that set examples for family and community. I pray that God will be with you during this sad time. Memories of her and her work will be with all of us forever.
~ Marcia Jackson
Spearfish, SD (5/17/2017)
Thoughts and Prayers go out to the West family. Marcia was a sweet, nice ,caring women who helped out and did so many great things for many People. She truly will be missed by many.
~ Leslie O'Connell
Rapid City SD (5/17/2017)
Our deepest sympathy to the West and Roseth families. So sad to lose
such a special person as Marcia. She was an important part of hundreds of kids during their high school years. God bless.
~ Tony and LaVon Nemec
Gillette, WY (5/17/2017)
Mike and family: So sorry to learn of Marcia's passing. May the love of family and friends help comfort you all in the days ahead.
~ Dave & Karen Webb
Rapid City, SD (5/16/2017)
I met Mike and Marsha while working for the American Cancer Society. They both worked so very hard when the Relay For Life event was held in Philip. Always made it fun. I am blessed to have known Marsha and I will think of you often, Mike.
~ Patty Neumiller
Black Hawk SD (5/16/2017)
I am so sorry to hear of Marcia's sudden passing. She was a mentor to me and many other West River counselors. She was a light that shone brightly when days were dark. I grieve with you... Many prayers and blessings.
~ JoAnne Gauer
Mesa, AZ (5/16/2017)
Marcia's talents were evident even in High School. The many comments from her friends and students from all over the United States demonstrate what an influential person she was.
She worked hard and gave generously to her family, students and community.
May her legacy live on.
~ Mary Ann Kruke Shaw
Los Angeles, CA (5/16/2017)
Mike and family, I am so sorry to hear about Marcia's passing. I will always remember her smile and kind words. I am so glad we got to visit with you at my parents anniversary party. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
~ Lee and Karla Baumberger Aga
Lakewood CO (5/16/2017)
We were very sorry to hear of Marcia's passing. Remember the good times and always keep them in your heart.
~ Jim and Vonnie O'Dea
Howes, SD (5/16/2017)
Marcia was a very special lady. We have known Marcia since our high school years, also all three of our kids were in school under Mrs. West. Hold onto all your wonderful memories, she will be missed.
~ Les & Joann Pearson
Philip, S.D. (5/16/2017)
Marcia was such a radiant person! Always a smile and a hug when our paths crossed. She was so welcoming when we moved to town and always took time to visit with us and get to know us. She would always ask about the kids if they weren't with us. Her love for people and the world around her was evident in her daily life. She passes on so many wonderful traits to those who were blessed to have met her.
Our thoughts and prayers to all of Marcia's family in this time of loss. May fond memories of her bring a smile to your face and joy in your heart.
God's blessings to you all
David, Michelle, Kelcey, Katie and Lukas Butler
~ David & Michelle Butler
Philip SD (5/16/2017)
I will miss you my friend, until we meet again! Our hearts go out to you Mike and the entire family during this tough time. May you find strength, comfort and peace in all the days to come.
~ Hallie Konst & Family
Philip SD (5/16/2017)
I am so sorry for your loss. She was a great immigration for so many of us. She was a great person and helped so many. She will be missed.
~ Dawn Knight
Philip so dak (5/16/2017)
I am so sorry to hear about Marcias's passing, she was an amazing lady, close friend and classmate and part of our Red Hats of the 50's and always had such good visits with her and Mike. Mike you and all of your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
~ Mary Keyser
Rapid City, SD (5/16/2017)
A beacon of light has gone out but what a wonderful swath of love, education, patriotism, and a spirit of encouragement and fun she has left and that lit the way for others to follow. We are all better people for having known her, and her love of red, white, and blue attire and Scottie décor!! A simply magnificent lady.
Our prayers for great comfort and peace that passes understanding are with all of you that she loved best.
~ Rebecca and Rocky Williams
Marcia was my favorite teachers in High School. She instilled confidence in my that I never knew I had. I am so thankful that she was an inspiration in my life and I'm sure in the lives of many others.
~ Neal and Becky Drury
Rapid City, SD (5/15/2017)
Mike and Family,
So sorry to hear of Marsha's passing. She was an icon at PHS and Philip. She made a huge impression on many lives. She will always be remembered with spunk,love and kindness. May God be with all of you during this difficult time.
~ Theresa Pekron
Arvada, CO (5/15/2017)
All my sympathy
~ Sharon Green
Rapid City (5/15/2017)
Think of you in these difficult days, Mike.
~ Charles & Jeanine Sykora
Wall, SD (5/15/2017)
I was so sorry to learn of Mrs West's passing. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
~ Eugene May
Huntington, Texas (5/15/2017)
So sorry to hear of your loss, my deepest sympathy. You and your family are in my prayers
~ Sam Clark
Pierre SD (5/15/2017)
Mike and family sending prayers for you all as you face this sad times. Marsha was quite a woman whom left her mark in the Philip community. She will be missed greatly! ❤
~ Bonnie Moses
Mike and family,
We were saddened to hear of Marcia's passing. She was such a lovely woman and good friend. She will be mourned and missed by all who knew and loved her. Our sincere condolences from our entire family.
~ Kelly Penticoff
Philip, SD (5/14/2017)
Mike and the West Family,
I was so sad to hear about Marcia. She was such a great lady and cornerstone of our school and community. Growing up at PHS Mrs West had it going on. If she said it, we did it. No doubt in my mind who was running the school. She helped us learn the things we didn't get in class like responsibility and leadership through Student Council, setting goals and believing in ourselves and our future with the Senior "wall of fame" in her office, pride in our school and our community. She was a great example and encourager to so many. The endless time she spent with us rowdy kids at Luther League on Wednesday nights. She was tireless in her passion for kids and people in general. And she could rock gold lame and red, white and blue like nobody's business. When I think of Marcia I think strength and compassion. And when I say "Mike" it seems "and Marcia" just naturally follows. Your family has experienced quite a loss. I certainly understand what you are going through and I know that through laughter and tears you will keep this great lady with you. My prayers to all of you for comfort and great memories as you celebrate her well lived life. God bless.
~ Christy (Kennedy) Webley
Huntsville, AL (5/14/2017)
Mike, we are saddened to hear of Marcia's passing. You are in our prayers.
~ James Ridler
Buffalo MN (5/14/2017)
This is a shock to hear of Mrs West's passing. I spent many of my HS days visiting with her. She was and excellent guidance counselor and friend. My heart goes out to all of you. "If God brought you to it, he will get you through it" Thoughts and prayers to you all.
~ Crystal (Swift) Bruinsma
Corsica SD (5/14/2017)
So shocked to hear of Marcia passing. What a great person & friend With my deepest sympathy to you Mike your boys, grand kids & all your family my prayers go out to all of you..
~ Bea Williams
Missoula, Mt. (5/13/2017)
Sorry to read of Marcia's passing. She will be missed by her family and all the lives she has touched over the years. We are thinking of you and sending our prayers and sympathy at this time of sorrow.
~ Bev & Cork Jahner
Kerrville, Texas (5/13/2017)
Mike and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Marcia led a
cut a large path in this community and will be missed by all. My prayers are with you all. Shirly
~ Shirley N. Chin
Philip, SD (5/13/2017)
Marcia was the absolute best high school counselor that anyone could have ever asked for, I'm so very sorry Mike and family that you all have to go thru this pain of her passing she will be missed greatly by everyone who knew this wonderful women......R.I.P. Marcia
~ Beth Gartner
Box Elder (5/13/2017)
Mike & family, so sorry to hear of Marcia passing. Our deepest sympathy.
~ Ralph& Cathy Fiedler
Sturgis S. D. (5/13/2017)
So Sorry to hear of the loss of Marcia, very sad
~ Butch Amsden
Santa Rosa Ca (5/13/2017)