Marlene Frances Edema

July 4, 1961February 3, 2021

Marlene Edema, age 59, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, February 3, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents Dale Sr. and Mary Deverman; in-laws James and Karen Edema. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 29 years, Jim Edema; children Katelynn Edema, Kendralyn (Trent) Vela, Karolyne Edema, Brandon (Anna) Miller, Lane (Emily) Carpenter; grandsons Payton Barth, Buckley Vela; siblings Denise (Cam) Chalmers, Dale (Mary) Deverman Jr., Kevin (LuAnne) Deverman, Tamara (Ken) Waayenberg, Tyson (Nikki) Deverman, Heath (Jessica) Deverman, Marcie (Dylan) Stark; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Road runner Marlene always enjoyed helping everyone. She loved to swim, sit in the sun with her husband, and enjoyed the tractor pulls. Marlene loved her dog, Balue. She always knew where the best sales and garage sales were.

A private family Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 13, 2021 with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Visitation, 2459 146th Ave., Byron Center. (A livestream will be available:

In honor of Marlene and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Edema family for funeral expenses. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


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Doug Rosendall

February 19, 2021

Sorry for your loss loved her!!

Sally Brown

February 13, 2021

I will forever be grateful for the “exceptional care” that Marlene provided for my father over the years! Jimi and Marlene opened up their home to him on several occasions for weeks at a time. Marlene visited our dad numerous times while in the hospital with many overnight stays and she generously catered to his many needs - truly a selfless and giving act of love! Marlene is dearly loved and will be greatly missed! My thoughts, heartfelt prayers and deepest sympathies to Jimi, Katelynn, Kendralyn, Karolyne and family! God bless you and yours! XOXOXO With much love, ♥ ♥ ♥ Sally Marie Brown, Scottsdale, Arizona

Jere Gwilt

February 12, 2021

I can think of so many times I got to spend with Marlene over the years. Nothing but smiles as I think of those times. She always made me feel like family, even though I was Kevin’s friend. LOL! Love to Jimmy and the family.

Bruce Gabala

February 9, 2021


I only met her once and instantly liked her and thought “Jimmy’s a lucky man.” I am so sorry for your loss.

Nora Tyler

February 9, 2021

I will miss Marlene at the pool. Marlene would come and did the ladies cheered -- as she was good player with the beach ball. It seem we always needed her. When she brought the dog, it was cute and the rest of the ladies made a fuss over it. I am so sorry for your lost, I pray for you all during this tough time. Nora Tyler

Jamie Martin

February 9, 2021

Marlene made everyone feel like family. She was such a true extension of both her parents Dale and Mary. There was always a hug and a kiss from her and she had a way of looking you right in the eyes to tell you how much she loved you. She had a fierce and beautiful love for her family and her siblings were her pride and joy from what I have observed over the last 25 years of knowing her. May all of you find peace in knowing how truly loved your wife, mother, sister and friend was. God Bless you all.

Joycelin Denstone

February 8, 2021

I hadn't known Marlene long, but instantly liked her when we met as election workers. She was experienced and was so helpful. She was very fun to work with and I looked forward to seeing her every election. She was taken much too soon and will be missed. Cherish your memories.

Jean Bodo

February 8, 2021

We always had to chuckle when her dogs would come and visit our pole barn for some cat food. I would call her and she would drive over and pick them up. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Dewey Danz

February 8, 2021

May God be with you and your family at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dew & Mary

Mary Kaczanowski (Walton)

February 7, 2021

Jim, I'm so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family.❤