Marjorie C. Soderstrom, 87

Published 12:13 pm Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Marjorie (Marge) Soderstrom passed away Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home. She was in the presence of loved ones.

Marjorie Soderstrom

Marge was born to Dingeman and Julia Catherine (Leffel) Waalwyk on Nov. 9, 1923, in Chicago, Ill. After graduating from Calumet High School, Marge worked as a bookkeeper until meeting Philip Soderstrom at Grace Baptist Church. The couple married on May 25, 1946, and moved to Park Forest, Ill, where their children, James and Linda, were born. The family moved to Lombard, Ill., in 1954. In 1977, Marge and Phil moved to Muskegon, Mich.

Marge was an avid volunteer in her community. She was a member and deaconess at Lakeside Baptist Church, volunteered with the Hume Home Committee, and donated her time and energy at the Muskegon Rescue Mission thrift store. After her husband passed away in 1986, Marge stayed busy working as a receptionist. She enjoyed cooking, baking, making crafts, and playing piano and organ.

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In 2005, Marge moved to Our House in Austin, Minn., to be near her son. In 2007, she moved to St. Mark’s Lutheran Home. She loved spending time with her family and could usually be found playing board games, working on puzzles or reading.

Marge is survived by her two children, Linda (Fred) Vestal and Jim (Pam) Soderstrom; four grandchildren, Ken Vestal, Rachel (Jonathan) Wu, Amy (William) McGuire, and Lauren Soderstrom; and two great-grandchildren, Samantha Wu and Madeline Wu.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dingeman and J. Catherine Waalwyk; husband, Philip Soderstrom; and brother, Richard Waalwyk.

Marge will be missed for her humor, strength, graciousness, fighting spirit, generosity and love of family.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Clock Funeral Home in Muskegon, Mich. Memorials can be sent to Lakeside Baptist Church, Muskegon.