Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 


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Service Information

Marianne Potts
Visitation: Saturday, August 7, from 11 AM - 12 PM prior to the service starting at 12 PM, Carlisle UMC
Service: Saturday, 12 PM at Carlisle United Methodist Church, 1084 76th St. SW, Byron Center, MI 49315

Cemetery: Winchester 
Memorials: Carlisle UMC Helping Hands Program 1084 76th St SW, Byron Center, MI 49315, Faith Hospice 8214 Pfeiffer Farms Dr SW, Byron Center, MI 49315 


Marianne Potts (Case) passed away on August 1, 2021 in her home in Byron Center, MI at the age of 74. She was surrounded by her family. Marianne is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Larry; her children and their spouses, John and Tracy Naklizki, Greg and Tricia Potts; and her six grandchildren, Alaina, Carson, Colin, Connor, Kacey, and Kyle. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilfred and Martha, and her younger sister, Becky.  

There will be a celebration of Marianne’s life on Saturday, August 7 at noon at Carlisle United Methodist Church‚Äč, 1084 - 76th St. SW, Byron Center, MI. A visitation will be held an hour before the service. 

Marianne was born on December 8, 1946 in southeastern Ohio. The family relocated to Brook Park, OH when she was young, but she never gave up her love of Kennedy’s Bakery in Cambridge. In 1968, she met Larry, a young service advisor from William’s Ford, who used his customer service skills to get a date with her. Their whirlwind courtship resulted in a wedding the day before her 22rd birthday & their courtship continued throughout the decades. Soon after the wedding, she met Jean. Unbeknownst to them at the time, their friendship would endure and grow for more than 50 years.

Marianne and Larry raised their family in Berea, OH. It was there that she passed on her love of “Days of Our Lives” to Greg and Tracy. She never missed attending one of her kid’s concerts or sporting events and was frequently the chaperone. Her work for Bridgestone/Firestone didn’t prevent her from turning their home into the hang out place for all the neighborhood kids. 

While most people choose to retire to warmer weather, Marianne wanted to be close to her last grand baby, Kyle, so up to Michigan she went. Her grandparenting skills are legendary. She would show up at the airport over an hour early to meet Alaina and Carson when they would fly in for an extended summer stay. She also famously spoiled the Naklizki kids running a made-to-order breakfast bar before she got them off to school. The grandkids could count on Grandma being there for all their big moments, whether it was down the street or across the country.

Marianne’s 25-year cancer battle didn’t define her. Instead, her life was defined by her fierce loyalty to her faith, her family, and her friends. All who knew Marianne are better because of it.  

Memorial donations can be made to Faith Hospice or the Helping Hands program at Carlisle UMC.  

1095 68TH ST SE
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