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Abby Schonier-Marcuse

Posted By West Georgia Crematory On April 8, 2021 @ 2:45 pm In Obituaries | 12 Comments

Abby Schonier-Marcuse left this world on Saturday, April 3, 2021, aged 55, after losing a hard-fought battle with breast cancer that metastasized to her brain. Abby was loved by everyone who knew her, and will be greatly missed. She’s survived by her husband of 14 years, Michel Marcuse, who will love her until the word “forever” loses its meaning, her mother, Nancy Hodgsdon, her sister Andrea Hauglie and brother Paul Schonier, her stepmothers Melanie Schonier and Shirley Schonier, her two dogs, Dexter and Stella who still roam around the house looking for her, and by the countless friends and lives she touched who considered her a sister, daughter, mother, mentor, student, or simply a kindred soul.

Abby was born on December 27, 1965 in Dallas, Texas. She got a business degree from the University of Texas, Austin, but after a couple of stints in Corporate America, she found her true passion and became a fitness trainer and business owner. She sacrificed much to get there, but after the countless gigs as a waitress and other thankless jobs she took while getting the necessary certifications, she reached her dream of becoming a fitness instructor and owning her own fitness studio, first as Abby Schonier Fitness in Sandy Springs, and later as Tiny House Fitness in Avondale Estates.

In addition to the personal training and group classes she offered at her studio, Abby also was known for her Yoga and Indoor Cycling classes at the YMCA and other locations. She developed a devout following, and her classes were always full. Abby was well known as an avid music lover. She always came up with original and appropriate playlists for her classes. She would hear a song and always tell you: “that’s my favorite band!”, regardless of the band playing.

Another passion of Abby’s was dogs. She used to say that she liked them better than people, and always found a way to have two very spoiled dogs around her.

In 2016, Abby was diagnosed with breast cancer. Not one to wallow in self-pity, she took it head-on. She endured the “death by a thousand cuts” that is cancer, never wavering in her determination to “get busy living or get busy dying”. She never succumbed to despair or worry, and wouldn’t have it from anyone else either. After enduring two rounds of chemotherapy, a double radical mastectomy (on Valentine’s day, to boot!), and radiation, she opened the Tiny House Fitness studio in Avondale Estates, which she operated until just weeks before her death.

Even though, at 55, she was taken from us too soon, she’s cheated death one last time by the countless lives that are better, fitter, and healthier because of her, and in whom her legacy will live on.

Because of the Covid pandemic, no memorial service has been planned as of yet. Her family requests that instead of flowers, consider making a donation in her name to a cause that would have been close to her heart, such as the LifeLine Animal Project (a no-kill shelter – lifelineanimal.org), or a reputable cancer non-profit (komen.org, cancer.org).


Condolences for the family of “Abby Schonier-Marcuse”

Condolence from Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste on April 9th, 2021 6:11 pm

I only got to know to Abby in the last few years, but it was enough to realize what a wonderful human being she was. We frequently spoke about our love for music and about how much she enjoyed being a fitness trainer. It was an honor and pleasure to know her. Please accept my condolences. May we honor her memory every single day for the rest of our lives.

Condolence from Jenny Norris on April 10th, 2021 2:23 am

I am truly sorry. My daughter, Grace, and I trained with Abby for the last 18 months or so. In that time, Abby became our friend. She was wonderful with Grace, who adored her. We had a lot of good laughs and rejoiced after the last election. Not only did I look forward to our Wednesday workouts, I also looked forward to talking with Abby every week. She often talked of her family, and I know how deeply she loved you all.

Jenny + Grace

Condolence from Kim Gelvin on April 10th, 2021 8:55 am

To my dear dear friend Abigail. So sorry you faced such pain. You had a smile that made everyone melt. I love that you loved puppies so will give to an organization dedicated to rescuing puppies and dogs. I love you always and will see you again. Much love and see you again in the heavens. Hugs from Kimmy G. I know you know we are all missing your infectiously beautiful spirit. Take care out there gorgeous.

Condolence from Elizabeth Valera on April 10th, 2021 1:19 pm

I knew Abby through the fitness world and have a great deal of respect for her knowledge and expertise. In my experience, she was a no-nonsense, down-to-earth, kind and fun person to be around. My heart goes out to Michael, all the family and close friends. I know she will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Patti fields on April 10th, 2021 3:41 pm

To Michel ,Nancy, Andria and Melanie especially and to the rest of the family my heartfelt condolences. I loved Abby because she was a straight shooter. I got to know her better unfortunately during Dons final battle with cancer. We communicated mostly thru texts. I will miss her.

Condolence from Beth Kurylo on April 10th, 2021 5:25 pm

Dear Michel and family,
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Abby was my coach at Tiny House Fitness in Avondale Estates. Twice a week, she guided me through the moves to get stronger and more balanced. But more than that, she taught me how to approach life head on, tackling challenges with power and always demanding the best. We shared a love of music (U2, The Talking Heads, Stevie Ray Vaughan), Netflix and Amazon movies (Nomadland, The Sound of Metal) and good takeout (Souper Jenny at North Decatur Plaza). I will never forget Abby and the ways in which she influenced me. I am a better person having known her.

Condolence from Michelle K on April 11th, 2021 7:48 pm

I’m so saddened and sorry to hear this. Going to Tiny House Fitness was definitely a highlight of my week. Abby always made it a place you wanted to go and was so great about building community. She talked about her family often, and though we knew about her fight with cancer she always kept a positive mindset. She was a wonderful person and I’ll miss her spirit and wise words. My thoughts are with your family.

Condolence from Renata Dennis on April 12th, 2021 7:37 pm

I am so sorry to hear this. I took a yoga class from Abby shortly after she opened the study. My deepest condolences.

Condolence from DeDe Craig-Clark on April 12th, 2021 7:47 pm

I am shocked and incredibly saddened to learn of Abby’s death. I was just thinking of returning to training post vaccine. She was gifted. (I’m glad she got to see the election results!)

Condolence from Joni Zeccola on April 12th, 2021 7:50 pm

I always looked forward to my Decatur Y Friday evening yoga with Abby. She made the headache of traffic worth it. She could ‘flow’ like no other yogi. Her love of cycling was infectious. I worked with her occasionally at Tiny House but mostly we talked dogs! She will be greatly missed in the YMCA community, Avondale Estates and everyone she touched.

Condolence from mary gresham on April 13th, 2021 12:34 am

I was so grateful to find a covid safe place to get personal training and so looked forward to my planks that RBG would have been proud of..Abby knew how to help her clients get stronger and have better balance. I have really missed her in the last month and so admire her for her spirit and love of life. I know that family will feel her absence keenly and send my compassion for your loss.

Condolence from Alex Gelb on June 30th, 2021 11:52 am

I just saw this and I’m heartbroken. Abby was a close friend during my time at UT Austin, and she was there for me during some hard times in my youth. She always had an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on. In recent years, we didn’t talk much…she moved away from Texas and we’d chat every now and then to catch up. Knowing that she’s not in the world anymore makes this a less happy place. My condolences to her husband, her family and her friends.

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