Born On: January 26, 1941

Passed On: July 02, 2018

Marcia A. Aslakson

Marcia Aslakson, aged 77, passed away surrounded by loved ones at her home in Muskegon on Monday, July 2, 2018.

Marcia was born in East Grand Rapids to William and Ruth (Ferguson) Seelman on January 26, 1941. She graduated from Comstock Park High School and went on to earn her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Western Michigan University.

After beginning her work life as a telephone operator and a Keebler Elf Marcia went on to spend her life as a Social Justice Warrior working for the betterment of Muskegon and all who live here. Throughout the years Marcia worked for Child and Family Services of Michigan as well as the Muskegon Red Cross.  She was one of the first directors of the Muskegon Planned Parenthood and a tireless supporter of women’s reproductive rights, also having designed the first reproductive health program for Muskegon Public Schools in the 1980s.  Marcia served the people of Muskegon as the President of the Nelson Neighborhood Improvement Association and the Director of Muskegon Area Fair Housing.  During this time Marcia was instrumental in bringing the building of Nelson Place, an independent living senior community, to fruition of which she was very proud.

Marcia also served the community during her leisure hours. She was a member of the Civil Service Commission for several years.  She also worked tirelessly every Christmas for years on the Adopt-a-Family program at Samuel Lutheran Church ensuring that all children in and around the Nelson neighborhood would have special gifts to open Christmas morning.  In addition to these things Marcia was always willing to lend a hand.  She helped many people to overcome hardships, addictions, and bad luck reaching out to strangers and friends alike.

Marcia had a beautiful soprano voice and loved to sing. She performed at different times with the Sweet Adelines and the White Lake Chorale.  She enjoyed gardening and would spend hours caring for her flowers as well as the raspberries that she always let her grandkids pick and eat.  Marcia was an avid collector of teapots, dolls, and blue glass filling her home with a variety of beautiful objects.  She was a member of a dedicated group of women whom she loved to go away with for their women’s weekends every year for over 30 years.

A good friend once told Marcia that he knew a great guy that she should meet. She agreed and the two had a disastrous first date.  However, Marcia gave it another chance and soon she and John Aslakson fell in love.  They were married May 6, 1978 and spent many years as Fifth Street Irregulars throwing legendary block parties in the summer and Super Bowl parties every winter.

Marcia is preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Ruth Seelman, as well as her daughter, Chandra Page, and husband, John Aslakson, and their little dog Inga Lou. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Jamie Arnold Page, along with their children, Madison and Logan Page.  Marcia is also survived by her special cousin, Rochelle Cronk, and good friends, Marty Allen, Barb Stuart, and Pam Hassett, as well as her sisters- and brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

The family will be welcoming friends and family for visitation from 5:00-8:00 pm with a time of memory sharing at 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Hagar’s Hideaway, 3156 Lakeshore Drive, Muskegon, MI 49441.

If you are interested in making a charitable donation in Marcia’s name please consider either Planned Parenthood or the Kathy Page Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

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Memorial Gathering Information


Hagar's Hideaway
3156 Lakeshore Drive
Muskegon, Michigan 49441

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Time: 5:00 - 8:00

17 thoughts on “Marcia A. Aslakson

  1. bel

    To the family please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort give you peace at this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 for more encouraging words please see jw.org

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  2. Julianne Austin Hudgins

    Remembering Marcia (my second cousin) who was so close to our family. She spent time at the family farm in Conklin as a young child with my mom and aunts and uncles. As my mom spent time in hospice care and recalled time at the Ferguson farm, Marcia went with a few of us to find the farm and recall those memories. We took videos and shared them with mom. We took Marcia to the Ferguson reunion in Chicago after her Alzheimer’s diagnosis. I’m grateful for that weekend. We will miss her smile and intelligence.

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  3. Peg and Frosty Tazelaar

    Marsha was such a fun loving and dedicated person. She fought tirelessly for woman’s rights and was fiercely loyal to her friends, neighborhood and family. She was the patriarch of our Woman’s Weekend group for over thirty years being the oldest. I will always remember the fun rides to our get away every year with Marty laughing so much our jaws hurt.
    Frosty and I will always remember the party’s at Fifth Street with her and John playing volley ball on our knees in the dining room in the dead of winter in our shorts and t-shirts. They always had a great sense of humor and fun spirit while both being very intelligent. They were two of our oldest friends.
    We miss John to this day and will always remember and miss our friend Marsha gone way to soon,

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  4. Edward Schweifler

    Never saw Marcia without a smile. I first met her as my new neighbor. We were soon friends. Then one day in Lansing she shows up for a staff meeting at the Red Cross. We remained coworkers for several years. Met John at MCC in ‘68. Was happy to see these friends. Miss them both.

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  5. PATRICK CORBIN

    I was the good friend that introduced Marcia to John Aslakson….that meant I had to move out of John’s where I was living because before long…..they wanted to live together……..and a great couple they were…

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  6. Shirlee K Sodini

    I can never say enough about Marcia’s big heart. She was joyful and tireless while working for women, family, friends & neighbors. I will miss her sense of gratitude, humor, passion & her burst of giggles she shared so willingly through to the very end that came way to soon.

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  7. Jeani Davis

    Marsha was a great friend and a very special woman. I have so many fond memories of her and Big John, and they threw the best parties.🍷🍺Marsha is now in the best place, with her husband, daughter and Kevin, lucky woman! I will miss her laughter!

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  8. Tim and Marian Michalski

    Will miss a great neighbor and friend. So many memories. Marcia loved Tim’s cold duck especially when she was at the pig roast!!!

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  9. Marty and Randy Allen

    Marcia will be remembered as a special ray of sunshine. She was smart, witty, courageous and strong in her convictions, hardworking, big-hearted and fun loving. In both her personal and professional life, she worked to make the world a better place. She loved her family and close friends dearly. An original “5th St. Irregular”, she loved to cook/share great food with great conversation. Every time I make a salad, I’ll think of her. She loved the hunt for old collectibles and will be remembered for her dolls and teapots., rocks, etc. We will both miss Marcia, my mentor/sister/friend.

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  10. Jack & Marcia Lipps

    Our pal Marcia Seelman Aslakson, was dedicated to improving her community. She could always get us fired up while still managing to see the humor.
    I’ll miss her in a hundred different ways!
    Join us at Hagar’s Thursday night.

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  11. Gene & Barbara Greenwood

    Our prayers to the family. I remember when Marcia had a musical ensemble playing in her home. We were invited. I took some photos. Years later I saw Marcia & made a copy of the photos for her. We remember John & Marcia .

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  12. laura kolberg

    Miss you dear friend-always a smile and that sweet laugh. So hard to believe you are gone-our mighty 15 is now 14 way too soon. Love you Marica, thanks for the memories.
    Laura

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  13. Truman Forest

    As chairperson of the City of Muskegon’s Civil Service Commission during the 1980’s and 1990’s, Marcia was a tireless advocate for the fair implementation of the city’s employment practices and supported a broad community-based applicant testing program. During that time it was my pleasure to serve as the city’s Civil Service Director, reporting directly to Marcia and the other commissioners. Marcia will also be remembered as an effective. compassionate neighborhood activist and will be greatly missed.

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  14. Brenda Lawson

    Marcia was my boss at Red Cross and it is sad to see people you know pass. My GOD take care of you REST IN PEACE. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family

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    1. MaryKay VanLente

      Marcia will be sadly missed by her fellow sisters of the Women’s Weekend group. We will be sure to honor her in our upcoming weekend, this autumn.

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