March 19: Marsha Ann Friberg Shinkman (2012)
A native of Jamestown, New York, Marsha Shinkman’s career in education spanned 47 years. Following her graduation from college, she taught at elementary schools in Pennsylvania and New York. Later, she became public relations director at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Connecticut. While in Hartford, she earned a Master’s Degree in English from Trinity College. An opportunity at Stanford University’s development office took Marsha to Palo Alto, California. She later transferred to Washington, D.C. when she became assistant director of Stanford’s Washington program, which welcomed students to the nation’s capital.
Upon arriving in Washington in the early 1990’s, Marsha was no stranger to Epiphany. Her husband, Chris, was one of three sons of long-time parishioners Paul and Elizabeth Shinkman. Marsha served on Epiphany’s vestry. She was an active volunteer throughout the city supporting the Shakespeare Theatre, the Kennedy Center and Washington Cathedral. Marsha is remembered for her “bubbly, outgoing personality.” As a lasting tribute of her spirit of hospitality, one of the movable chairs added in Epiphany’s most recent renovation was given in Marsha’s memory.