May 23, 2013


Marcia Lynné (Klepinger) Pringle died peacefully Monday, May 20, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway, 3601 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. Celebration of life service will be held for family and friends at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, with a lunch afterwards. Cremation will follow the service. Donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House and John Stoddard Cancer Center, Care Coordinator Program.

Marcia's legacy is exemplified by one of the many sayings that she followed in her life: "Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle." -James M Barrie

Born Jan. 2, 1953, to Leona and Lowell Klepinger, Marcia grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa. It was during her young years that Marcia learned the values she would carry throughout her life: optimism, caring, listening and a strong will to live life to its fullest. During her time working at a doctor's office, she met John Pringle, whom she married May 28, 1983. She was a teacher's associate with special-needs children for 18 years at Westridge Elementary School.

During her free time, Marcia enjoyed music, dancing, cooking, and being with family and friends.

Her diagnosis of renal cell carcinoma in February 2007 took her through a challenging six years. Throughout this time, she endured surgeries, hospitalizations and healing time with God. Marcia continually mentioned how blessed she was to not struggle with pain or side effects. During this time, Marcia overcame obstacles with her positive and beautiful attitude, determined to beat it.

She is survived by her loving family, husband, John Pringle; daughter, Lisa Pringle-Chmelka; daughter, Ashley Pringle; son-in-law, Joseph Chmelka; granddaughter, Isabella Root; grandsons, Jacob and Jared Chmelka; mother, Leona Klepinger; sister, Jana Mitchem; brother-in-law, Ray Mitchem; various cousins, nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lowell Klepinger.