While husband Erich Louis Wilfinger, 66, sits in jail, charged with killing his wife, Marsha (Sargent) Wilfinger on June 20, her friends remember her with great fondness.
For many years, Marsha Wilfinger lived on Lobdell Lake in Argentine Township with her first husband and their children.
Flushing resident Sally York graduated from Flushing High School with Marsha in 1978.
“I remember in high school, Marsha was the kind of cute and sexy girl all the boys were in love with,” said York. “But the girls never held it against her because she was so nice and fun to be with. She had a smile that could take your breath away, and I can still hear her joyful laugh, which she did so easily and often.
“Marsha was a wonderful mother, always putting her kids first,” York added. “She was their biggest supporter and champion. If any of them got into trouble in school, she would defend them fiercely.
“I have no doubt that she defended herself fiercely on the last day of her life,” she said. “That gives me a little consolation.”
Another friend, Jill Finch, also of Argentine Township, said Marsha and Erich Wilfinger were married for about seven or eight years.
“He (Erich) was her brother’s best friend and Marsha admired him a lot when they first met.
“He wasn’t always a nice man, but she did love him.”
Finch said Marsha lit up a room, she was that much fun.
“I loved her dearly,” Finch added. “Marsha said people need to laugh more. She would tell funny story after funny story until everyone was laughing. “
Finch said Wilfinger was comfortable with whomever she was with. “She could hang out with bikers as easily as she could with business people,” said Finch. “She was a beautiful person. The world has really lost someone special.”