L. Marlene (Zuidema) Goff

April 07, 1937 - July 27, 2018

L. Marlene (Zuidema) Goff passed away Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Samaritas Senior Living Center in Cadillac, MI, from severe Dementia. She was 81.

Marlene was born April 7, 1937 in Grand Rapids, MI to Karel and Lillian Zuidema who have preceded her in passing. The family moved to Holt, MI where Marlene attended Elementary through High School graduating in 1955. She attended Lansing Community College, later performing secretarial work at Gulf Oil Company in Lansing, MI. She spent most of her working time as a Legal Secretary for the Sinus Law Firm.

On July 9, 1960 she married her husband of 58 years, Kenneth L. Goff of Lansing, MI. They were married at the Holt Presbyterian Church where Marlene had been a member since childhood.
Surviving is her husband, Ken, her son Ken Jr. and daughter Lisa Thompson. She leaves 5 loving grandchildren; Matthew, Adam and Meagan Goff, Everett and Ian Thompson. Also, surviving are two sisters, Dean Hefty and Saundra Jones and two brothers Carl and Jake Zuidema.

Marlene was a stay at home mother until the children finished school. After that she worked as a Part Time Merchandiser for the Wrigley Company until Ken and Marlene retired together.
Due to a company transfer in 1971 the family moved to Hudsonville, MI, where they were members of Fellowship Reformed Church for 43 years.

In 2014, Marlene and Ken moved to a condo on Lake Cadillac. Marlene loved fishing and has a trophy 15 1/2 lb Northern Pike hanging on the wall. She also loved going to the family property by Tustin, MI walking or riding the ATV in the woods.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Monday, July 30, 2018 at Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services, 205 East Cass Street, Cadillac, Michigan with the Cadillac Area Honor Guard Chaplain, Pastor James Helmboldt officiating. Marlene’s final resting place will be Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan. Friends may meet the family from 3-5 PM Sunday at the funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cadillac Area Honor Guard. An online guestbook is available at www.petersonfh.com.


Guest Book

Jilaine and Gary Bauer - Jul 27th, 2018 8:58 pm

"Ken Jr is our brother in law. We remember Marlene's beautiful smile. She was an elegant lady full of grace wnd charm. Her fishing trophy reflects the joy she found in living."

Tim & Mary ONeill - Jul 28th, 2018 7:15 am

"A sweet and gentle person, Marlene will be missed. Thinking of you and your family, Ken, at this heartbreaking time."

Mary Kay Potyraj - Jul 28th, 2018 9:00 am

"To Lisa and an and Everett.Hugs and prayers for you and all your family. Your memories are treasures. Mom/ Grandma's spirit remains in your heart- Love Never Dies and God Never Leaves your side. Peace!9bb"

Wilma and Bob Groenleer - Jul 28th, 2018 12:51 pm

"Marlene and I (Wilma) were friends throughout our school days. We are glad we were able to be friends with Marlene and Ken over the past 60+ years. We send our condolences to Ken and the rest of the family."

clete van nocker - Jul 28th, 2018 4:05 pm

"my condolences to ken & family.marlene was a wonderful and dear friend"

Galen and Ilah Rosher - Jul 28th, 2018 4:38 pm

"Heaven just got another Angel, will miss our talks on the phone and card playing. Ken and Family our condolences toeveryone."

Joan Irvine - Jul 31st, 2018 10:40 pm

"God be with you at this difficult time. You have my sincere sympathy. Joan"

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