Roger Dale Jelsma

1 mars 194820 juillet 2021

Roger Dale Jelsma, 73, of Rochester Hills, Michigan, passed away on July 20, 2021.

He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 1, 1948. Roger graduated from Oakland University with a degree in business. He began a career in software engineering for ACT Computing, co-founded Fastech Corporation, and retired from Lear Corporation.

He was married to Margaret (Vickers) on June 18, 1972. They built a home in Rochester Hills where they raised their daughter Amy and enjoyed 49 years together. He was proud to be a silly grandfather to his two granddaughters, Maggie and Tess.

Roger was a kind, generous, and loving man. His life was focused on loving his family, welcoming others into his home, and traveling often. He enjoyed boat rides and bonfires on Torch Lake, motorcycle bike weeks with his buddies, and laughing with a great circle of family and friends.

He leaves behind wife Margaret, daughter Amy, son-in-law Dan Chenoweth and granddaughters Maggie and Tess of White Lake, his brother Gordon Lee Jelsma of Grand Rapids, mother-in-law Dorothy Walter of Alden, a large extended family, the Torch Lake Group, and a great number of close friends.

A visitation will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, at Pixley Funeral Home. A eulogy will be at 2 p.m. Following the visitation, a Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Roger’s home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Roger’s honor to the Rochester Area Neighborhood House (ranh.org) or the Grass River Natural Area Preserve in Bellaire, Michigan (GrassRiver.org).


  • Margaret (Vickers) Jelsma, Wife
  • Amy, Daughter
  • Dan Chenoweth, Son-in-law
  • Maggie & Tess, Granddaughters
  • Gordon Lee Jelsma, Brother
  • Dorothy Walter, Mother-in-law
  • In addition, Roger leaves behind a large extended family, the Torch Lake Group, and a great number of close friends.


  • Memorial Visitation

    samedi, 31 juillet , 2021

  • Eulogy

    samedi, 31 juillet , 2021


Roger Dale Jelsma


Michelle Zeeman

30 juillet , 2021

Dear Margaret and family: It will never be the same here without Roger; we miss his ready smile and cheerful greetings, seeing your car pull in the drive and catching up over-the-fence. And of course, his fierce determination to win the ongoing summer battle with his “Mackinaw Bridge”. He was a lovely soul who should have had a longer time here in this beautiful place.
We are so terribly sorry for your tremendous loss.
Berry & Michelle Zeeman

Cassie Withers

30 juillet , 2021

It was late spring of 1970 when I was walking over to a friend’s apartment for lunch when two rambunctious blond surfer dudes on a balcony started yelling at us. My companion warned me not to pay any attention to them because they were trouble. And back then, people liked to add “And I mean trouble w a capital T!”

But they were both adorable!! And what were two surfer dudes doing at Oakland U? Come to find out, Roger and Mike were into scuba diving and not surfing unless it was trying to cross Beer Lake. Oh well.

One year later, at a somewhat local year round October Fest, Margaret and I each became engaged to our fun loving, yet hard working, “dudes” between polka dancing. It’s still a humorous memory that happened 50 years ago.

Not surprising, the Jelsma’s and the Withers’ were married only a week apart, one year later. Each anniversary we are reminded of the youthful times we’ve shared and the importance of enduring love and friendships.

Roger will always be an important part of our life story, as will Margaret. Roger’s life will always reminds us “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong doing…It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. ( 1Cor 13).

Roger leaves a legacy in which we could all aspire.

ted/diann chwalibog

29 juillet , 2021

we have always looked forward to our summer visit with Roger and Margaret and the sharing of memories and talks of family,Roger ALWAYS was the best attentive listener with a smile and hug. will treasure his friendship for always in our hearts., Ted and Diann

Mary Jelsma

24 juillet , 2021

My uncle Rog was the best. He was kind and caring toward everyone and fun to be around. Torch Lake won’t be the same without him. I will have to help Margaret drink the gin. I will see u again someday Uncle Rog. Love and miss u already

Dana Walker

23 juillet , 2021

I always admired Roger’s ability to sit and listen to Margaret’s teaching friends when we gathered. Chat would quickly turn to teaching stories but Roger would always listen. He was one of the most caring people I knew. Love to all. Dana