Marjorie R. Wickstrom-Chapel
- July 20, 1944 - January 16, 2012
- Chassell, Michigan
of Marjorie R.'s Passing
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“Margie made such an impact on all she touched. Her kind and gentle nature was an instant hug. I'll forever think of her sitting on her swing,...Read More »
1 of 34 | Posted by: Cheryl Naasko - Wauwatosa, WI
“Bill, Jeff, Julie & Roger - I'm saddened to hear of Marge's death. I will always remember her smile, and her gentleness that was so genuine. And of...Read More »
2 of 34 | Posted by: Kenny - Dayton, OH - Friend
I never had the privilege of knowing and meeting
Marjorie, but, I am certain she was very special as you
pick the best.
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3 of 34 | Posted by: Dawn Tuovila
“Bill, Roger and other siblings, Alan and I are so sorry for your loss. We are also 6sorry we could not make the funeral. I had great pleasure getting...Read More »
4 of 34 | Posted by: Alan & Bennie Dase - Bath , MI
“Dear Bill, Jeffrey, Julie, and Roger,
I was so saddened to hear of Marge's passing. I remember sitting across from Marge and Bill at Uncle Art,s...Read More »
5 of 34 | Posted by: Lorna Rowley - Calumet, MI
“I was so sorry to hear of Margie's passing, I will always remember her smiling face, when I seen her. I have so many fond memories of her in our...Read More »
6 of 34 | Posted by: Janet (Naasko) Pelton - Cousin
“I have many fond memories of Margie from our childhood. I remember when she lived at the old place behind the farm and we'd walk down to play and...Read More »
7 of 34 | Posted by: Marilyn Naasko Turcotte - Cousin
“I was saddened to hear from my sister-in-law Melba Niva, about Margie. We haven't seen each other in years but I remember our realy young years in...Read More »
8 of 34 | Posted by: shaaron lLanctot Weber - Jackson, MI
“Dear Bill, Jeffrey, Julie, Roger and Families, I am so sorry for your devastating loss. I am one of Margie's cousins and have such precious memories...Read More »
9 of 34 | Posted by: Maureen D. Lahti - Tom Bean, TX
“To Julie and the entire Wickstrom/Chapel family:
I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Your mother was always such a kind and wonderful woman, and...Read More »
10 of 34 | Posted by: Tracy (Stromer) Vozheiko
“Our deepest sympathy is with you all. Marge will be missed by us and at our DAV meetings. She was our DAV Auxilary Commander and she was very...Read More »
11 of 34 | Posted by: Rick & Pat Hayrynen
“We are deeply sorry to hear of Marge's sudden passing. Our family has grown very close to the Wickstrom's, after many decades as guests of Northern...Read More »
12 of 34 | Posted by: Erik Bartz Family
“Our sincere condolences go out to Margie's entire family. May the Good Lord bless her soul and may the angels treat her as well as she treated others...Read More »
13 of 34 | Posted by: John H. Maki - Sterling Heights, MI
“Rog-I am so sorry for your loss!! Your mom was such a sweet lady! I used to chat with her after Tuesday morning WW meetings. My sympathy to you and...Read More »
14 of 34 | Posted by: Pam Givens - Friend
“Roger and entire family-- My sincere sympathies and prayer for comfort at the passing of your mom. I did have the opportunity to meet her and chat...Read More »
15 of 34 | Posted by: Cindy Cowell - Chassell, MI
“We are so sorry for your loss! Marge was a wonderful lady and she will be greatly missed. My family has been going "up north" to the cabins for my...Read More »
16 of 34 | Posted by: Anne & Chris Davenport - Wildwood, IL
“To the family of Margie,(Jeff,Julie and Roger)Sorry to hear the loss of your dear loved one, precious Mom.She was a wonderful,loving lady and sure...Read More »
17 of 34 | Posted by: Jennifer Valitalo - Lake Worth, FL
“We are deeply saddened with the loss of cousin Margie for she was truly loved by our entire family. We were always warmly welcomed on our trips to...Read More »
18 of 34 | Posted by: John V. Maki - Shelby Twp., MI
“We are so sorry for your loss. Marge always had a gentle caring spirit about her and always had a smile on her face.
19 of 34 | Posted by: Kim and Darlene Van Wert
“We are all shocked at the uneventful death of our precious Margie. She will always be remembered in our hearts as the quiet,smiling loving wife...Read More »
20 of 34 | Posted by: Barbara Wilson - Dayton, OH
“margie's sudden death leaves me saddened for all who loved and appreciated her. she and i were neighbors and friends in our teen years. i remember...Read More »
21 of 34 | Posted by: margie drake
“I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I always will remember her gentleness and kindness. You will be in my prayers. May God give you comfort...Read More »
22 of 34 | Posted by: Marie Kayser (Soumis) - Cloquet , MN
“Bill - We are all so sorry to hear of Marj's sudden passing. She was a wonderful woman and all of what I wrote to the children should have also...Read More »
23 of 34 | Posted by: Paula & Jason Coyle and Martha Hill - MN
“We were saddened to learn of Marj's passing and condolences go out to her husband Bill and her family.
24 of 34 | Posted by: Chris and Jim Lauluma - Chassell, MI
“Marge was the life of our DAV meetings she will always be missed. Not one meeting went by when she did not make someone laugh. What a large loss.
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25 of 34 | Posted by: Rick and Pat Jansen - Hubbell, MI
“Julie, Roger, Jeff,
We are so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was such a good warm heart and she will be so missed.
Jeff when you...Read More »
26 of 34 | Posted by: Paula & Jason Coyle & Martha Hill - MN
“I am so sorry for your loss. Marge was a very kind lady.
27 of 34 | Posted by: Daryl Usitalo - Houghton, MI
“We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We have so many fond memories of Marge and her gentle spirit and kind smile. You are all in our thoughts and...Read More »
28 of 34 | Posted by: Richard & Jeanne Bezotte - MI
“My deepest sympathies to Margie's family, you are all in my prayers. Margie and I were lifelong friends, I have so many memories of our family visits...Read More »
29 of 34 | Posted by: Melba Niva Weber - Daytona Beach, FL
“Dear Jeffrey,Julie,Roger, Bill and your families!
We relatives here in Finland were deeply sorrowed, when we received the message telling, that...Read More »
30 of 34 | Posted by: Hannu and Kerttu Rouru
“Bill, we want to extend our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your wife. She was a pleasant lady and know that she will be missed by many....Read More »
31 of 34 | Posted by: Clarence&Yvonne Fisher - Hancock, MI
“I knew Margie from the time I was born. We were a year apart in age. Her family lived just down the road from us. We walked to the bus stop every...Read More »
32 of 34 | Posted by: Carol Naasko Edwards - Livonia, MI
“Bill, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during these difficult times. God will provide you strength.
33 of 34 | Posted by: Jim & Cindy Jo Wheeler - Hancock, MI
“I am so very sorry to hear of Marge's death. I have known her since we were young. Our mothers were friends. She was a gentle and kind spirit. I...Read More »
34 of 34 | Posted by: Naomi & Eliot Haycock - chassell, MI
Marjorie Ruth (Wickstrom) Chapel, 67, of Chassell went suddenly to be with the Lord on Monday, January 16, 2012, in Mission, Texas, where she was a winter resident.
Marjorie was born on July 20, 1944, in Hancock, the daughter of Charles and Esther (Maki) Naasko. Her earliest years were spent on the Naasko family homestead in Toivola, picking berries and churning butter by hand with her mother, searching for agates along the shores of Lake Superior with her father, playing in the woods and fields with siblings, cousins and friends, and enjoying a simple and honest life that was poor by material standards but rich in love.
Marjorie loved learning from an early age, earning the playful nickname of "Quiz Kid" from a favorite uncle for her steady stream of questions. She was a voracious reader, often whisking through several books per week as a youth and continuing with in-depth studies of scripture as an adult.
Marjorie graduated with the class of 1962 from Jeffers High School, where she received the Outstanding Business Student award and was a member of the National Honor Society. She earned a diploma from the Business Institute of Milwaukee and worked at Standard Electric Supply and Mortgage Associates in Wisconsin before returning to the Copper Country in 1965 to work in the registrar's office at Michigan Tech. It was there that she met her first husband, Gary Wickstrom, who preceded her in death in 2004. Marge and Gary raised three children, Jeffrey, Julie and Roger, each of whom they loved dearly. They owned and operated Northern Light Cottages in Chassell for nearly four decades, forming lifelong friendships with numerous guests over the years.
In addition to managing the cottages and raising a family, Marjorie performed secretarial and bookkeeping work for two years at Manninen Welding in Chassell. She then earned her certified nurses' assistant credential and worked in the field for nearly 20 years at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility, Superior Home Nursing, Portage Pointe and in private home care. Her competent care and compassion touched the lives of hundreds of seniors in the area. Marjorie later graduated as a certified massage therapist from the Institute of Natural Therapies and enjoyed easing the aches, pains and "rustu" of others with her strong Finnish hands. She also cared deeply for veterans of the armed forces, serving loyally for decades as a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Unit 115 of Chassell, most recently as commander.
With the gentle encouragement of her church family at Maranatha Free Lutheran Church, Marjorie married William Chapel in 2010 after years of developing a loving friendship from opposite ends of the same pew on Sundays. Marge and Bill enjoyed a strong, loving companionship built on their mutual love of the Lord and respect for one another. They enjoyed attending church services and get-togethers with their friends at the Maranatha and the Grace Free Lutheran churches as well as evenings together chatting, laughing and working crossword puzzles.
Love, honesty and goodness were pillars in Marjorie's life, reflective of her sincere, steadfast faith in the mercy and salvation of her beloved Savior, Jesus Christ. She quietly and consistently ministered to others throughout her life, and she supported many efforts to spread the gospel. Her heart was especially drawn to the people who lived in the small colonia across the Mexican border in Reynosa.
Marjorie loved to visit and chat with family, friends and neighbors – and to make sure they were well fed. Her cooking and baking skills resulted in innumerable tasty and hearty meals and snacks, including many time-honored Finnish family treats. Her jams, nisu, apple bar, pannukakku and pasties were without compare. For years she hosted twice-annual Pasty Fests – one in Texas and one in Chassell – at which she would almost single-handedly prepare 50 to 100 steaming-hot pasties, some with garlic, for throngs of eager family and friends.
Marjorie also enjoyed making arts and crafts in many forms, including weaving baskets, sewing and knitting, working with stained glass, origami and most recently painting with water colors. She enjoyed sharing her talents with others, including fellow snow-birds at the retirement park in Mission as well as neighborhood children who stopped by to visit her, Bill and their feisty but precious Pomeranian, Sami, at home in Chassell.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her first husband, Gary; parents, Charles and Esther; niece, Karen Durocher; mother-in-law, Elsie Wickstrom; and brothers-in-law, Gene Penzien and Joe Christie.
She is survived by her husband, William Chapel; children, Jeffrey (Marian), Julie (Brock Smith), and Roger (Shannon Brodeur); step-children Andrea (Chapel) Guerrero and Katherine (Chapel) Johnson; grandchildren Kayla, Colton, Tiara, Josiah and Zachariah; step-grandchildren Michelle, Aaron, Amber, Shane, Ryan, Leslie and Alex; special young friends, Tate and Mia; brothers Charles, David (Jane), and Thomas (Janet Mattson); sister Arbutus (Ray) Durocher; sister-in-law Nancy (Chapel) Sutton; forever-in-laws, Arthur Wickstrom, Gail and Linda Wickstrom, Judy Christie, Mary Penzien, Fay and Ron Jones, Phyllis and Bob Gorski, and Joy and Jim Ziemnick; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends here in the Copper Country and around the state, nation and world, including many extended family members in Finland.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Chassell. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at the Grace Free Lutheran Church in Pelkie with Pastor Dean Franz to officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Maranatha or Grace Free Lutheran Churches in Marjorie's name for the Mexican mission. Spring burial will be conducted at Lakeview Cemetery in Calumet.
"For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but shall have everlasting life."
To view Marjorie's obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit www.memorialchapel.net.
The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Chassell has been assisting the family with the arrangements.