Marvel Jean Rogers, 80, of Onaway, died Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. The daughter of Otto and Gladys (Clementson) Ballard, Marvel was born January 1, 1936 in Tower. She married Jackie L. Rogers in Onaway August 15, 1953. They made their home in Brighton for 18 years before buying a farm west of Onaway and moving back to northern Michigan.
Marvel worked for nearly 20 years as a linotype machine operator for the Plymouth Mail Newspaper. She later worked for the Onaway Outlook, but her most important work was done in her home and on the Rogers Dairy Farm. A hard worker, Marvel loved good, clean farm living and raising her family. Her joy came from simple pleasures, working in Jack’s enormous garden, picking, cleaning, and canning fruits and vegetables and cooking her family the most amazing meals on her wood cook stove. She enjoyed horseback riding with Jack and her girls in the Milligan Hills and as a young woman enjoyed fishing and hunting deer and birds. Marvel always looked forward to visiting with her extended family at the Ballard family reunion held each summer at Aloha State Park.
Devoted to her children and grandchildren, Marvel always had a sporting event or school function to attend. She loved watching her Onaway Cardinals and at one time was very active with the Onaway Sports Boosters. Marvel had a strong Christian faith and was a longtime member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. She served as the church secretary and was a member of the Altar Guild. Quiet with a loving, giving heart, Marvel had the patience of a saint. Her kind smile and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts.
Surviving Marvel is her husband of 63 years, Jack Rogers, of Onaway; three daughters, LeeAnn (Tom) Albrecht, Sally (Todd) Friday and Becky (John) Sellke, all of Onaway; her grandchildren, Travis, Andrew, Cody, Mallorie, Tyler, Katie, Lindsey, Carmen and Jackie; and great-granddaughter, Khloe Grace. She also leaves her sister, June Mason of Onaway; and brother, Virgil (Carol) Steward of Clare.
Marvel was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Lloyd Mason; and sister-in-law, Helen Steward.
Cremation arrangements were in care of the Chagnon Funeral Home. Marvel’s family received friends at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Onaway Friday until the time of the memorial service with the Rev. Roger Kilponen officiating. Marvel’s final resting place is at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Tower. Those planning an expression of sympathy please consider a donation in memory of Marvel to Holy Cross Lutheran Church or the Onaway Sports Boosters. Please share condolences with Marvel’s family at www.chagnonfh.com.