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Marian Kay Roetman

Marian Kay “Mama” Roetman first born and only daughter of the union between the late Roger P. Beukema and Tilia (Damstra) – born April 20, 1950, heard the voice as her Lord and Savior say: “Your getting oh so tired, and a cure is not to be”, so He put His arms around her and whispered, “Child come with me” on April 5, 2019 in the comfort of her home and beloved family at her side. Marian was a lover of many things, but most importantly her husband and caregiver, Chuck; children and grandchildren: Alan and Amanda (Taylor, Jacob, Brandon), Chad and Kim (Brinsley, Tenley), Marcus (Ethan). She oh so loved flowers of all types, sunsets over Lake Michigan, sparklers, fireworks, Sunday afternoon drives to no where special, a clean house, an occasional Saturday outing with Gayle and her special nieces, bonfires, “Paw Burgers”, boat rides with dad through the waters of Les Cheneaux Islands in his Chris Craft “Woody” named the “Marian Kay”. She was uniquely blessed with spiritual gift of hospitality which she exhibited often as a “Cookie Mom”, the original “Meals on Wheels” for those having a baby or suffering through a loss, or just in some sort of need.  She was “Ma” to many of the boy’s friends and her kitchen was always open and welcomed them to help themselves to an abundance of intentional homemade leftovers. She loved drop in guests and no one EVER left hungry. She was a huge supporter of whatever her sons and grandchildren were involved in even after her diagnosis of congestive heart failure and MS. She very seldom missed an event or activity which her family was involved. A graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, she sang in all the choirs. Throughout her life she enjoyed many songs which uplifted her and gave her solace on any given day. In the last few months of her journey home, the song 10,000 Reasons became especially meaningful to her as she navigated through what was to be, in total peace, trusting Him in all things. She was called to served and did so through her work as an executive assistant to the pastor at Wyoming Park United Methodist Church and as a financial assistant at Disability Advocates of Kent Co. for 13 years until her medical issues forced her into early retirement. Her love of numbers then led her to the position of CFO of the newly formed family business, Priority Med Transportation, which is the wheels for Gift of Life Michigan and Spectrum DeVos organ transplant programs. She was blessed and humbled to play a crucial role in helping to save lives through organ donations. A time of gathering to share thoughts and memories together to honor Marian’s life and in keeping with her spiritual gift, a luncheon will be available during the gathering on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 11 am to 1 pm at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home, 4646 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Kentwood. A celebration and thanksgiving of her life will follow at 1 pm at the funeral home. As much as Marian loved flowers, but now no longer here to enjoy them, please consider instead a memorial contribution in her memory to Kent County Sheriff’s Department Victim Advocate Fund, Attn: Sandi Jones, 701 Ball Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the entire staff of Meijer Heart Center and Spectrum Heart Failure Clinic for all their continued efforts and loving care of Marian over the last 10 years.

  1. May your family find peace at this hard time. I understand and am with you all. If there is something I can do to help with anything, I would be proud to. Again, I am very sorry.

    - Joseph Firestone
  2. Chuck, Alan, Chad, and Marc. and all the rest of the family. Please know how sad I am for all of you. Along with Sadness comes happiness for Marian. She is no longer suffering. she is singing in the choir of all the saints gone before her. reunited with her dad whom she love. We all know she did not want to leave Chuck or her boys, daughter in laws and grandchildren. They were her life. Marian and I shared a lot of good memories together. I will miss her and her beautiful smile and kind heart of giving when she could.
    May all of you feel Gods arms around you in the days ahead. Please know we are here for you.
    Nancy and Loren

  3. Chuck, Alan, Chad, Marc and family, We are so sad to hear of Marian’s passing and hope that all of you will be able to always remember what a beautiful, strong woman she was. Our hearts are with you. -Marcia & Mike Thompson

    - Marcia & Mike Thompson
  4. I was one of Marian’s boyfriends, in the summer of 1966 on Pine Lake in Cedar Springs, while I was a Counselor at Jack and Jill Camp. How could you not love her?
    Marian was loved by everyone. Besides sunshine, love and laughter, she was one of God’s greatest gifts. She will be remembered by hundreds, perhaps thousands of the people who have had the great gift of knowing and loving her, even if that was a brief joy in their loves. Farewell to a loving, joyous soul. For now.

    - Roger Allen Hofstra
  5. Chuck, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    - Brad and Andrea Keech
  6. Chuck Alan Chad Marcus and loved ones
    We are sending our sincere sympathy to your family ! We just learned of Marian passing. May it comfort you to know friends are thinking of you and remembering you in our prayers. Your many memories of Marian are your Keep Sake! “NO” God has Marian safe in his keeping and you have her safe in your Heart !

    - Wayne sallie Hulst
  7. Mr Roetman , Alan , Chad and Mark you have my deepest sympathy and you are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.
    Scott Kloosterman and family

    - scott kloosterman

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