Honoring Tradition.
Celebrating Life.

Marilyn Heibel

January 11, 2021
Grand Rapids, MI



At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

East Grand Rapids Library
746 Lakeside Drive SE
East Grand Rapids Michigan, MI 49506
Web Site


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Ball Park Floral
8 Valley Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 459-3409
Driving Directions
Web Site

Life Story / Obituary


Marilyn Joy Heibel (Bersie) passed away peacefully after a 2 week battle with Covid-19. Marilyn went to dance with her Lord Jesus on Monday, January 11, 2021.

Marilyn was born in 1926 in Evanston IL to the late Hugh and Susie Bersie. Marilyn grew up in the Wilmette IL area and moved with her family to East Grand Rapids, MI during her high school years. She graduated from East Grand Rapids High School.

Marilyn had a love of books and learning, and she took classes from both the Kendall School of Design and Michigan State University.

Marilyn enjoyed gardening, reading, swimming, biking, classical music, painting, and activities at the Grand Rapids Women’s City Club. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. Marilyn was a member of Park Congregational / UCC church where she participated in women’s groups and Bible studies. She greatly enjoyed the East Grand Rapids library and East Grand Rapids pool where she worked and visited often.

Along with her parents, Marilyn was preceded in death by her first husband of 59 years, Paul Hagerup, second husband of 10 years, Lloyd Heibel as well as her brother, James Bersie. She is survived by her dear sister-in-law, Gwyn Bersie (of IL), her two sons Bill Hagerup (of IL), Jim and Cindy (Thorndill) Hagerup (of Michigan), grandchildren Andrea (of Colorado), Mitch (of Michigan), Cheney (of California) and Isabel (of Illinois), as well as four great grandchildren, Hannah, Miles, Mara (of Michigan) and Reuben (of Colorado). Also, step children, Jody (Heibel) Linkfield, George (Randy) and Jeanine Heibel, their children and grandchildren. Most had an opportunity to say their goodbyes via Zoom calls only hours before she passed.

A private (immediate family only) gathering will be held this week to be followed by a memorial service to celebrate her life later in the summer.

Contributions in her honor may be made to the East Grand Rapids Library: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E330495&id=12

To read more about Marilyn’s life, visit https://heritagelifestory.com/obituaries/marilyn-heibel.134536