The Spondyville Chamber of Commerce presents: "Get to know your Spondyville residents"
Marie Strumpell
Marie Strumpell, the Queen of Spondyville society, is NOT to be confused with the noted doctors Pierre Marie and Adolph Strumpell, who, working about the same time as Dr. Bechterew, were, in the early part of the twentieth century, responsible for chronicling the symptoms of AS, and establishing Ankylosing Spondylitis as a distinct and separate rheumatic disease.

No, Spondyville's Marie Strumpell is actually the grand-daughter of one of the founders of Spondyville, Uriah Stoop and his similarly afflicted bride, the beautiful, (and resourceful), Minerva Thruit.   Marie's father, Uriah Stoop Jr. was a star baseball player for the Spondyville Fusers from 1899 to 1918, and a one-term mayor of Spondyville (1920-24). Her mother was the former Agnes Adelia ("Addie") Adkins (1877-1950), a grade school teacher fondly remembered by her students for her love of Geography and Ginger Snaps.

(Note: As a very young girl, Marie filled in as a pitcher for the Fusers baseball team during World War II and was known for her pigtails, her surprisingly 'salty' language (especially for a 13 year old), and a devastating 'knuckleball' ... )

Marie Stoop met her future husband Tobias Strumpell just after the end of World War II, and it was love at first sight.  They married in 1949 and were very much in love, although no children resulted from their union. 

Marie's interest in the town's origins and her own genealogy lead her to devote much of her time to the Spondyville Historical Society, of which she was eventually named Chair-person.   Her first book was published in 1957 entitled, "The Early Days of Spondyville". It was both a critical and financial success and was a mixture of stories told to her by her parents and grandparents and fond reminiscences from her own childhood. This led to a series of books, all chronicling Spondyville's illustrious history.

Marie's husband, Tobias Strumpell, amassed a large fortune through saavy stock investments and timely real estate deals, often putting his wife's name on his properties.  His tragic death on the first day of his retirement from a paper cut he received while opening the envelope of his first social security check was ruled ironic.  Tobias' will left everything to his beloved Marie and she immediately became the richest woman in town.

Since that time, Marie Strumpell has gone on to become the biggest single philanthropist in the tri-state area and the Grande Dame of Spondyville society.  The Marie Strumpell Foundation donates millions of dollars each year to worthy causes, both artistic and sociological.

While there have been rumors of Marie having an ongoing romance with the town handyman, "Pops" DeMaupassant, both parties insist they are "just friends".

Tragedy seemingly struck in the early 1980's when Marie Strumpell went missing and was presumed dead. For almost 20 years, everyone thought Marie Strumpell was deceased, although her Victorian era house remained a somewhat ghostly landmark on the outskirts of town.  Then, through a complicated and thoroughly confusing series of events chronicled elsewhere on the Spondyville site, it was revealed that Marie Strumpell was still alive, the kidnap victim of a mad scientist.  (The story of her rescue, entitled,
"Stiffy2K", takes place at the turn of the millennium.  You can read it HERE.)

In August of 2008, her long-time friend and now Presidential candidate, Stiffy the Snowspondy, asked her to be his running mate on the Fusion ticket.  She accepted with the grace and humility characteristic of someone who is ready to lead not only Spondyville, but all of America, back to greatness.
Like any good politician, Marie Strumpell knows you have to court the baby constituency ...
Keeping with the campaign's old- fashioned values theme, Candidate Strumpell arrives in a vintage pick-up truck to accept her nomination for Vice-President.