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Marsha Kay Olrich

December 2, 1932 April 15, 2015
Marsha Kay Olrich
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Obituary for Marsha Kay Olrich

Marsha Kay Olrich, age 82 of Oxford, died peacefully at St. Joseph’s hospital in Pontiac, Michigan on April 15, 2015 after a long illness.

Marsha Kay Van Alstine was born to Lyman Warner Van Alstine and Lucille Marie VanAlstine in Byron, Michigan on December 2, 1932. She graduated from Byron Agricultural High School in 1950 where she received letters in basketball and cheerleading and served as her senior class Treasurer. She and her family enjoyed spending time at their cabin at the Hiawatha Club in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, developing a love for the area she passed on to her friends and family. Marsha married Gerald C. Olrich (Jerry), her high school sweetheart in Byron on July 14, 1951 after completing two years of studies at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University). Marsha and Jerry moved to Oxford, Michigan in 1953, where they developed many wonderful long lasting friendships, ultimately enjoying over 50 years of marriage. Marsha was a great hostess and entertained regularly for their friends and family.

Marsha is survived by her three daughters, Dianne Offer (Tom Offer), Denise Olrich and Devona Wassil (Mike Wassil), as well as four grandchildren, who are Tim Offer (Ann Offer), Ben Offer, Christine Leahy and Julia Welch, and two great grandchildren, Alivia Offer and Abigail Offer. She was predeceased by her husband Jerry and granddaughter Jessica Leahy.

Marsha was a wonderful mother and homemaker. Her skill with a needle and thread was unsurpassed and she made clothing not only for herself, but for her three daughters throughout their school years. She later worked with Jerry at their business, the Oxford Lumber Company, located on Mill St. and later on Burdick Street in Oxford, Michigan.

Marsha loved to travel, and she and Jerry enjoyed many trips, not only all around the USA but around the world, including travels to China, Russia, throughout Europe and golfing trips to the Bahamas and Scotland. She kept her camera in hand and loved to photograph the places and people she met all over the world. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing in a number of golf leagues as well as playing during her travels over the years.

A private graveside ceremony was held at Ridgelawn Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (25200 Telegraph Rd. Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033) or St. Joseph Mercy Home Care & Hospice (1111 W. Long Lake Rd. Suite 102, Troy, MI 48098).


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