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Mary K. Wiersma

Mary passed away Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Holland Hospital.

She was born October 29, 1951 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of Myron and Darlene (Sherer) Wiersma. Mary attended Otsego High School. For many years she worked at Zales Jewelers and retired from Shifrin Jewelers in Portage.

Mary enjoyed being outdoors, working in her flower gardens, spending time at Rupert Lake, swimming and fishing. She was an excellent hunter and took the largest boar in Tennessee in 37 years. Mary loved holidays especially Christmas. She never passed up a garage sale and liked antiquing.

Surviving are her children, Gerold (Dena) Waldon of Otsego, Thomas (Gina Franzone-Brown) Waldon of Texas and Nicole Waldon (William) Wagner of Oshtemo; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert (Dee) Wiersma of Kalamazoo along with 6 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Myron “Mike” Wiersma II.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Mary’s life will be held later this spring.

Contributions in memory of Mary may be made to

Michigan Great Dane Rescue



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Mike & Chris VanDenBerg

March 28, 2023 at 11:45 am

Nikki and Devin sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers for you and her family.



April 3, 2023 at 5:03 pm

Thank you so very much. We appreciate your kind words.


Cathy F

March 28, 2023 at 5:03 pm

Nicole, Tommy, Gerry, I am deeply saddened to read of your mom’s passing. She was a wonderful lady with a good sense of humor, feisty spirit and determination and deep love for her family. I hope in the days to come you find comfort in fond memories.

RIP Mary.



April 3, 2023 at 5:06 pm

Cathy, Thank you for taking the time to write a message to us. We love to hear from her friends. Have a blessed day.



Jeanne Myers

March 29, 2023 at 7:54 pm

Our prayers are with all the family. Maryvwas so good at keeping in touch with those of us from OHS. She will be sorely missed.



April 3, 2023 at 5:07 pm

Thank you. She loved keeping in touch with so many people. She will be missed greatly.



LaRayne Sweet

April 10, 2023 at 12:36 pm

I am so sorry for all of you, I loved your Mother, Hugs, my Love and Prayers to all of you.



April 10, 2023 at 10:03 pm

Devastating news. I am saddened. Mary was so kind, funny and such a loving person. We shared our love of horses and she was a good friend of my sister Mary.


Karen Callens

April 10, 2023 at 10:04 pm

Devastating news. I am saddened. Mary was so kind, funny and such a loving person. We shared our love of horses and she was a good friend of my sister Mary.


Gerry Waldon

May 15, 2023 at 1:27 am

Mom ,

This is our first Mother’s Day without you here with us . I haven’t found interest in anything much at all . I want to cry slot still and do – alone . I don’t think people can understand why without experiencing such a loss themselves .

I am so sad today . I’m always expected to rattle on – maybe write some heartfelt

Poem or something. I can’t .I tried to .For many hours .

I just haven’t the words . If It were possible to hurt more deeply than I do today I pray to never experience it .

I’m anxious to have the celebration my siblings spoke of . I still avoid the radio . It seems to take me back to the moments I had left you in your bedroom alone to try and chase, afford a future that we all could enjoy more . Now your gone and right now I don’t want to chase anything but you . I love my children . I love my sister , brother and father . I love my mom . I feel lost inside a nightmare .

I wish I could hold you in my arms and say nothing at all . Just feel your heartbeat . There were nights i would come to your bedside and look for you breathing or feel for the beat of your heart . I would look at you and thank God you were okay .

Now , are you okay ?

I’m not . I’m so sorry Mom .

You deserved more . I’ll miss you every moment of every day , night , seasons change and year hereinafter til the Good Lord calls me home too . I don’t fear that moment anymore the way I had .

When you know your mom is waiting and the missing her – will end .

I love , love ,love you mom .

Kross misses you .

Dena misses you

Ash , K , Brandy Dev,


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