Born December 5, 1935, Marcia J. Werkema was the 1st of 4 children of Marinus “Rene” VanDenBerg and Emma Jean (Stryker) in Imlay City, MI. After growing up in Imlay City and working at the large family vegetable farm, Marcia met Douglas Werkema, the love of her life at Calvin College and they were married for 68 years.

They lived in Kalamazoo, St. Clair Shores, Grosse Pointe Park, Holly, and Fenton while wintering in Henderson, NV. Marcia was a seamstress, a sailmaker, Sunday school teacher, and an active member of her church community. She taught her kids and many grandkids the gift of sewing. She regularly penned letters to several of her 91 cousins, other family, and friends.

Marcia is survived by her 4 children, Cynthia Jean Bond and spouse Andre (Birmingham, MI), Cathleen Sue Zylman and her spouse Ted (Las Vega,s NV), Julie Ann Garrison and her spouse Steven (Jerome, MI), and Douglas Dale Werkema Jr. and his spouse Stephanie (Henderson, NV); her eleven grandchildren and eighteen great- grandchildren; and her brothers, James (Rena) VanDenBerg and Robert (Dolores ‘Do’) VanDenBerg.

She was pre-deceased by her younger brother Roger (Bonnie) VanDenBerg.

She left a legacy of caring, kindness, firmness, and a myriad of people who can alter, modify, and repair any article of clothing. Moreover, she made this world a better place.

Family greeted friends and loved ones on Friday, May 17, 2024 at Grace Chapel of Waterford, 2515 N. Williams Lake Rd, Waterford Twp, MI. A graveside burial was held at Imlay Cemetery, 671 Fairgrounds Lane, Imlay City, MI.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Kalamazoo Christian High School here: https://kcsa.org/ in Marcia’s memory.