Marcia Metz, 81

Marcia Metz, 81, of Wabash, made her journey to Heaven at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Parkview Wabash Hospital in Wabash. 

She was born Dec. 23, 1936, in Shelbyville, to Kenneth and Hazel (Barnes) Cherry.  After losing her mother to diphtheria at the age of 2, Marcia was raised by her beloved grandparents Rol and Pearl Cherry.  She shared many stories and life lessons from her Grandma Cherry who was her much-loved role model.  Her father later married Frances Chafee.  They all preceded her in death. 

Marcia was a 1955 graudate of Shelbyville High School, and attended Indiana University in Bloomington.  She married the only man she ever loved, Donald Metz, in Shelbyville on Feb. 13, 1955.  While Don attended Franklin College, Marcia worked and cared for their two young sons, David and Ron.  The family moved to Bloomington, in 1959 where Don attended law school.  In 1962 the family moved to Indianapolis so Don could begin his law career. Marcia lovingly cared for the boys and soon Trisha and Greg joined the family. The growing family settled for good in Wabash in 1966 where Leigh and Beth were born.

Marcia was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She doted on Don, who passed away January 29, 2006 after 51 years of marriage.  She spent many years working as a full-time mom, returning to the workforce at Bucheri, McCarty and Metz, CPAs after her children were raised. Once her grandchildren began arriving, she retired to again focus on her family.  Marcia also helped establish the Eric Metz "Win This Battle Fund" at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis.  Marcia, who was warmly known as Mom, Grandma, and GG, loved to read and would have been thrilled to know she passed on Harry Potter’s birthday. She also enjoyed gardening, traveling and fishing with Don. She was fun, had a wonderful sense of humor and a kind, gentle soul.

Marcia was treasured and will be deeply missed by her six children, Dave (Suzie) Metz of Wabash, Ronald (Lisa) Metz of Kokomo, Trisha (Bill) Licari, and Gregory (Anita) Metz, both of Wabash, Leigh (Peter) Todd of Elkhart, and Beth Metz-Phillipy of Wabash; 17 grandchildren, Ross Phillipy, Corey Phillipy, Josie Phillipy, Abby Atkins, Emily Licari, Julie Licari, Natalie (Taleb) Monsoori, Alex Todd, Grace Todd, Elise (Sunshine) Metz, Katie (Galen Clavio) Metz, Daniel Metz, Eric Metz, Riley Metz, Kelsey Metz, Mindy Metz, Steve Metz; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, James (Judy) Cherry of Farmington, Conn., and Jay (Nancy) Cherry of Seymour; and several nieces and nephews.  She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call 4-7 pm Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash. 

Services, officiated by Brad Wright, will be private to the family. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Wabash.

Preferred memorial is Eric Metz "Win This Battle Fund" at Riley Hospital.

The memorial guest book for Marcia may be signed at

Posted on 2018 Aug 02