Marsha Eger, musician and meditation leader from Trumansburg, dies in Florida accident

February 23, 2016 by Mark H. Anbinder

Marsha K. Eger, from Trumansburg, was one of two people killed in an accident in Florida when a driver lost consciousness and hit two golf carts on Friday.

According to Steven Lemongello of the Orlando Sentinel, police say SUV driver David McCurry of Fruitland Park "suffered a medical emergency and became unconscious." Lemongello says "The SUV traveled into the outside lane, struck a curb, drove onto the grass shoulder, struck a speed limit sign, and began to accelerate as it drove onto a designated golf cart/pedestrian lane."

Marsha Eger, killed in a Florida accident. Photo from Facebook.Marsha Eger, killed in a Florida accident. Photo from Facebook.The 68-year-old Eger and Nancy Ann Vonnostitz, of The Villages, who had been driving the golf cart, were both thrown from the cart when they were struck by the SUV, and both died of their injuries. The driver of another golf cart struck by the vehicle was not injured, but a pedestrian hit by Vonnostitz's cart "suffered serious injuries and was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center."

Eger had retired from Ithaca College's development office "to study music in Ireland," according to a former coworker, and had been leading chanting and meditation classes at the Foundation of Light in Dryden and at other nearby locales. The Ithaca College graduate of the Class of 1970 left in the spring of 2010 to pursue a Master's Degree in ritual chant and song at the University of Limerick. Since completing her degree in 2012, she offered workshops in Australia, Poland, and Ireland, before returning to Central New York.

“It’s been like this flowing journey,” she told IC View Magazine last year, looking back at her career. “I learned very quickly that everything that you do builds for the next thing that you do, even if you don’t know what the next thing is. And therein lies the adventure.”

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