By Tara Mathews
HOWARD LAKE, MN Marnie Glessing has been a teacher at St. James Lutheran School for more than 36 years. She has taught third, fourth, seventh, and eighth grades in the past, and currently teaches second grade.
In June, Glessing went to the doctor because she noticed a lump.
The doctor diagnosed her with melanoma, which usually shows itself through marks on the skin, but not in her case.
“It’s very unique that I don’t have any marks on my skin, which is why I went to the Mayo Clinic for testing,” Glessing commented. “They are big in skin cancer research.”
The cancer has spread to a lymph node, which puzzles doctors, she said.
“Since I show no signs or symptoms on the outside, the doctors wonder how it spread to my lymph node,” Glessing noted.
The cancer had progressed enough by July to require surgery.
“I had surgery July 15, just about a month after finding out I had melanoma,” Glessing said.
“Everyone has trials, it all depends on how you handle them,” she added. “I trust in God.”
Glessing has tremendous support from her husband, Neil, and their son, David.
“They are my good helpers,” Marnie commented.
Marnie was raised in Fari-bault, where she graduated in 1973.
She attended Concordia St. Paul College for elementary education before moving to Howard Lake in 1978.
There will be a lasagna dinner benefit for Marnie Friday, Sept. 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. James Lutheran School in Howard Lake.
The dinner will include lasagna, cole slaw, garlic bread, and beverages. There will be hot dogs served as an alternative, for children or those who do not like lasagna.
There will be no ticket charge, but there will be a box for free will offerings.
“I really appreciate all the support. The community has been awesome!” Marnie said.