Featured Compass Members

Compass Featured Member

Margie-Gendler-Marks Margie Gendler Marks

Margie was born in Austin, MN, and lived there until she was 12. She moved to St. Louis Park where she attended St. Louis Park schools. She graduated from the College of Home Economics at the University of Minnesota, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Housing, with an emphasis on housing for the elderly, and minored in Social Work. She lived in Houston, TX for three and a half years and found out very quickly that there are much worse climates than Minnesota! The grass was not greener on the other side, and she returned to Minnesota to get married.

Margie has been married to Mike Marks for almost 39 years. They have two beautiful, wonderful, kind, caring, talented daughters and one equally wonderful son-in-law, along with two grandsons. Being a grandmother is her very favorite “job” ever.

Margie started volunteering as a candy-striper at age 14 at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and continued until she graduated high school. The experience gave her the foundation to keep on volunteering, which she has done ever since. Some of her favorites were: being the coordinator of the needlepoint torah cover project at Temple Israel; volunteering at the University of Minnesota Hospital as a playroom coordinator for seriously and terminally ill children; being a volunteer shopper and wrapping gifts for JFCS for the Hag Sameach program. She also volunteered for Children’s Hospital in conjunction with her last employer, particularly being “The Elf” and shopping for and organizing holiday gifts; and volunteering for Hats and Mittens. Margie considers herself a great bargain shopper, finding perfect gifts at rock-bottom prices, and people trust her to wisely spend the money collected.

Margie has several hobbies, especially needlepoint, and has made countless pieces over the years, including for those who don’t needlepoint, but want kipot, tallit bags and ataras for their bar or bat mitzvahs and weddings. This past winter she folded 1,000 paper origami cranes for a non-profit in Denver! She likes to garden (with metal flowers, animals, birds, etc.; she can’t get a real garden to grow—except for hostas!). Margie also enjoys people of all ages and helping them when they need it.

Margie shares that she is thrilled to be a part of BOND, and she is now acknowledging and tracking donations.