GAASTRA - Marguerite "Maggie" Christine Nelson, 58, of Gaastra, passed away Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital following a courageous five year battle with pulmonary hypertension.
She was born June 7, 1954, in Iron River, daughter of the late Ernest and Marie (LaForge) DeRoche. She attended West Iron County High School and was a 1972 graduate.
Maggie was an avid crafter and enjoyed reading and crochet.
She is survived by her husband, Gary Nelson of Gaastra; children, Michelle (David) Hoiem of Grand Rapids, Christopher Karnack of Grand Rapids, and Nicholas (Kelsie Christenson) Karnack of Iron River; grandchildren, Bryce and Lyric Karnack, and soon to arrive, Jonas Hoiem; sisters, Theresa DeRoche, Kay Ghidorzi and Collette Kocinski; and brothers, David, Joel and Mark DeRoche.
Maggie was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Paul and Daniel.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Caspian with a luncheon to follow in the church hall.
The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home in Marquette is assisting the family.