Margaret Elizabeth McKersie, age 95, of Grand Rapids Michigan, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 7, 2023 of natural causes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Verne McKersie; and son, Michael James McKersie. She is survived by daughter, Patricia Ann (Frank) Pennell; and son, Mark Daniel McKersie; along with grandchildren, Matthew (Julia) Pennell, Nathan (Julie) Pennell, Cherith Pennell, Corrie Pennell, Katie (Joel) Hamilton, Vincent (Keri) Pennell, Frank Chay Pennell, Molly Jeanne McKersie and Michael David McKersie; great-grandchildren, Seth, Katherine, Elizabeth, Michelle, Anna, Shane, DeAnna, Taylor, Savanna, Carson, Joshua, Anthony, Myah, Benjamin, Haley, Grant, Jared, Jemima, Maverick, Kandye, Hannah, Dakota, Jack, Griffin, Kensley, Christopher; and great-great grandchild, Jaxon.
Margaret also known as “Marge” was born June 24, 1927 in Reece Kansas. As a young child her family moved to Grand Rapids. She attended South High School and met the love of her life Donald McKersie shortly after WWII outside a movie theater in Burton Heights. They were married on August 30, 1946. While being a full-time homemaker raising three kids, she helped her husband start two new business ventures, Telephone Answering Service and Telephone Power Incorporated. In 1981 she joined her husband and youngest son Mark forming First Telecommunications working as a bookkeeper and telephone system trainer. Always a good card player she enjoyed playing Bridge, Cribbage, and Hearts with family and friends. She was an avid golfer playing golf with her husband across the world and was a member of Cascade Hills Country Club for over 50 years. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who was always there whenever needed. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her husband of 66 years, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and lifelong friends. She was well loved by all whom she touched and will be sorely missed.
All funeral services will be held Friday January 13 at the O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE, Pastor Frank Pennell, officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM with funeral services starting at 11:00 AM.
Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Hospice, 401 Hall St SW #263, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
So sorry to hear this; but she’ll now be joining Don in heavenly eternity. Prayers for comfort and healing to the McKersie family. I was fortunate to have worked at First Tel several years ago with her, Don & Mark.