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Marion Letha (Van Polen) Wrook

1929 - 2021


Marion Letha (Van Polen) Wrook, age 91, of Portland, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2021.

Marion was born in Fowlerville, Michigan, the daughter of Gerrit and Bernice Van Polen on September 29, 1929.

She married Donald Edward Wrook of Holt, Michigan on March 17, 1956.  They shared 44 wonderful years of marriage until Don passed away in 2000.

Marion graduated from Portland High School in 1947.  She had a wonderful work ethic retiring from the State Department of Corrections in Lansing after 25 years of service.  

Marion loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and many friends.  She loved her farm that she helped work in her younger years and her cottage at Higgins Lake where she spent many enjoyable hours fishing and snowmobiling with family.  

Preceding Marion in death are her husband Donald, her parents, Gerrit and Bernice Van Polen, her brother, Bobby Van Polen, her sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and John Stewart and her niece, Johnnie Rae (Stewart) Latham.  Surviving her are sister, Sharon (Jack) Hill of Portland, son, Michael (Kathy) Wrook of Portland, grandchildren, Andrea Rank of Lake Orion, Keeley Wrook of Portland, Kristin (Tony) Ward of Portland, great-grandchildren, Tegan Rank, Addison and Jayce Ward, nephew, Todd (Carrie) Hill, nieces, Victoria (James) Kiser, Jackie (Howard) Evans, Vallorie (Andrew) Schlecht and many great grand nephews and nieces.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Kelly and her staff at Country Living AFC and to Hospice of Lansing/Ionia for the wonderful care and compassion they showed Marion. 

Per her wishes, no services will be held. 

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Victoria Kiser

April 5, 2021 5:01 PM

We went back to Portland for a family visit in June of 2015, my mom Beverly (or Wedge), my three sisters Johnnie Rae, Jackie, and Vallorie, and my niece Ellie.  We had such a wonderful visit with Kathy and Mike and Aunt Shoney and Uncle Jack, and Aunt Marion.  We took Aunt Marion to a market she especially liked, and she gave each of us a crisp new $50 bill so we could buy whatever we wanted, on her.  That was my quintessential Aunt Marion.  She was so loving and generous and full of fun throughout our lives.  Her middle name was Letha, but it should have been "Hospitality".  I'm so glad to have known her and Uncle Don.  They were keepers.  And I will keep the memories of them for my lifetime.  To be sure, she was greeted at the pearly gates by Don, John, Wedge, Johnnie Rae, Bernice, Grandpa Van, and Bobby.  And I can't wait until it's my turn to see them all again.  Rest in peace, Aunt Marion!

Laurel Manning

March 18, 2021 9:16 AM

So sorry for your loss Sheri, Mike and family. I have many fond memories of Marion. I think she and mom are probably partying now along with Don.

Julie Miller

March 17, 2021 7:14 PM

My deepest sympathy to the family.  I will always remember her fondly for her infectious smile and her kindness.  She was a special lady. Rest easy and peacefully Marion

Lu Hoffman

March 16, 2021 6:48 PM

Every Friday during my childhood, my family spent with Marion, Don, Jack, and Sharon. What wonderful memories I have of those days. The ladies were among my mother’s best friends. What a life Marion led...one of the funniest, most loving people I’ve ever met❣️Love to all the family.

Kristin Ward and Family

March 16, 2021 6:32 PM

I will always remember your whistling and singing as you went about your day. I will always remember our trips to the cottage and dance parties in your silk night gowns listening to the chipmunks Christmas album. I will always remember our sleep overs and falling through the cracks of the twin beds, doing bicycles moves in your bed, and making mud pies. So many more wonderful memories we have had with you grandma. We will never forget and we will love you always.

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