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Marilyn Julia Wierenga

August 20, 1933 — August 22, 2022

Grand Rapids

Marilyn Julia (Hassett) Wierenga
August 20, 1933 – August 22, 2022


Marilyn, 89, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on Monday, August 22nd. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Ray Wierenga; Grandaughter Rebecca Swope; her parents Nate & Ina Tarr; Sister Diane Leidy; Brother In Law Chuck Leidy; Mother-In-Law Jennie Wierenga. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Rich (Kim) Wierenga; Barb (Dennis) Harig; Lorrie Vosick; Randy (Jackie) Wierenga; Bev Williams; siblings Fred Hassett; Joey (Ron) O’neill; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

“Sweet Marilyn” was born in Keane, NH. After graduating from Braintree High School in Braintree MA, she joined the Navy where she was stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois. There she met the love of her life Ray. Ray & Marilyn settled in Byron Center, MI where they raised their 5 children in a home filled with love, laughter and music. Ray and Marilyn enjoyed traveling to the U.P, trips to the Wisconsin Dells, as well many trips to Florida to visit family.

Marilyn worked for Center Mfg. and retired after 34 years of service in 1998. After the passing of her husband, Marilyn found another love. She joined the American Legion (Post 208) and AmVets (Post 23), where she was known as the “dancing
queen” and loved her Karaoke! She absolutely loved being a part of these veteran organizations. The family would like to extend their love and appreciation to all the friends she has made over the years. She cherishes you all!

A celebration of life will be held at the AmVets, Post 23, 98 52 nd St SE, Kentwood, MI 49548, September, 24th from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. with military honors at 1:45. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Barb Harig via cash or check where the money will go toward purchasing a new double marker for Ray & Marilyn’s plot.

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