Marcia Rojem

Obituary of Marcia Mae Rojem

Marcia Mae “Marty” Baker was born on May 11, 1954 in Romulus.   She was one of eight children born to the late James Earl and Mildred Eloise (Blackburn) Baker.   Marty proudly became the first of her siblings to earn her high school diploma from Jefferson in 1979.   She would later study accounting at Monroe County Community College.

As a single mother for many years, Marty worked hard to support her family.   She was employed by local restaurants:  McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Flags to name a few.   Marty also spent several years as an environmental aide at Mercy Memorial Nursing Center before medically retiring in 2005 due to complications from a massive stroke.

A die-hard Tigers fan, she never missed a game.   She loved music, dancing, and going to the casino.   Marty was a free spirit, quite the “firecracker” who, though small in stature, was very big in her beliefs.   She was strong-willed and unyielding in her ways.    

Marty made her home with nine cats and two dogs, but more than anything loved to provide for her children and grandchildren.   She enjoyed taking road trips with friends, always referring to themselves as the “weekend warriors”.   Her green-eyed stare and constant smile will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Marty, age 64, of Newport, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Promedica Monroe Regional Hospital.   Not only a stroke survivor she had also battled cancer since October.  Her passing in addition to her parents was preceded by siblings: Sandra Yinger, Peggy Snyder, and Ernie Baker; and grandson Noel Noble.

To cherish her memory, she leaves children: Matt Rojem (Cinnamon Mayes) of Dundee, Mistie Rojem (Ray Noble, Jr.) of Flat Rock, and Frankie Gonzalez (Kevin Smith) of Newport; sisters: Vickie Tank of Taylor and Melanie (Roger) Wickenheiser of Monroe; brothers: Michael (Marlene) Baker of Florida and David Baker of Portland, Oregon; brother-in-law:  Michael Yinger; grandchildren: Dustin (Miranda) Dayvolt, Douglas Rojem, Brittani Rojem, Breanna Rojem, Drake Chaffin, Ray Noble III, Katie Ray, Patrick Maupas, and Jonathon Sheldon; and five great grandchildren.

No public services are planned and a private service are being arranged.   Arrangements have been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe; 14567 South Dixie (734) 241-7070.

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