Marva Evelyn Ziesman of Seffner, Florida, formerly of Ossineke and Alpena, Michigan was called to heaven on Thursday, February 10, 2022 in Seffner, Florida after a long and well lived life. She passed away peacefully in the arms of her grandson Marcus, surrounded by her family. Marva was born in Lansing, Michigan, but has always made her home in the Ossineke/Alpena area. She married the love of her life, Wilbert Ziesman in 1960 and they purchased the Ziesman family property where they built their home and began their life together.

Marva had an infectious laugh and brought joy to those around her. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker. Although she had to deal with seemingly insurmountable health problems. Marva treasured her years when she worked with Wilbert and his daughter Brenda to create the “Triple Z Ranch”. Although it started when Brenda was in 4-H, Marva and Wilbert continued to be involved with the Alpena County Horsemen’s Club, the North East Michigan Horseman’s Club, the Northeastern Michigan Association of Quarter Horses, the Michigan Quarter Horse Assoc., and The American Quarter Horse Association. They have spent 25 years breeding, showing and traveling to exciting places with their championship horses, including Canada. Additionally, they began a breeding program during the years their grandson Marcus lived with them and taught him the joys of competition and excellence in work ethic. Due to her health, Marva could not ride, but she made sure their horses were beautifully cared for and ready to show off. She had some amazing horse grooming tricks, including putting cornstarch on the horse’s white socks to make them whiter. An award and trophy was created for Marva for “Groom of the Year”. This prize continues to be awarded to this day. Marva and Wilbert also enjoyed hunting, raising and processing their own livestock and playing cards with family and friends, as well as participating in many euchre evenings in the community. In 2013, Marva moved to her grandson’s home in Florida where time and the love of her great-grandchildren kept her warm and busy. She was also a wonderful singer and could naturally play any instrument in front of her. She spent her final years teaching her great-granddaughters Grace and Faith to play the piano, cherishing her time with them.

Marva was a life member of Hope Lutheran Church, where she faithfully attended and served until moving to Florida. There she became a member of the Reformation Church where her grandson and wife served, helping to make this small country church the fastest growing congregation within the Southern Baptist Convention in all of America. State of Florida. She quickly became known as the “Gram” to everyone, including pastors and several nationally known speakers. She continued to spread her love and acts of service to many other homes.

She is survived by her daughter Brenda Hatley, her son-in-law Steve, her grandson Marcus and his wife Tiffany Simmons, four great-grandchildren, William, Grace, Faith and David, sisters-in-law Emma Liske and Bertha Ortlieb, sisters, Shirley LaBrecque, Beverly Spleet, Linda Cusick, Sharon Bruce and brothers, James Fleck and Raymond Fleck.

Preceding Marva in death was the love of her life and her husband, Wilbert Ziesman, her beloved mother and stepfather, Adolph and Alvina Ziesman, her mother and father Allen Fleck and Melba Prezslawski, her brothers-in-law , Rudy Ziesman, Carl Ziesman, Arnold Liske, Emil Ortleib, sisters-in-law, Francis Ziesman and Caroline Ziesman, sister, Ruby Babcock, brothers Dan, Allen, Thomas Fleck and brother-in-law John Cusick.

Interment will be at Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery in Ossineke, Michigan. A private celebration of life honoring Marva was held at Hope Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.


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