Norma Jean (Howell) Markstrom, 94, passed away on October 4, 2018

Norma Jean (Howell) Markstrom, 94, of Stevensville passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2018 after a brief illness at Lakeland Medical Center.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, officiated by Pastor Tom Bird, with burial to follow at Lincoln Township Cemetery. Friends and family may visit at the funeral home from 10:00 to 11:00 AM prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to donor’s choice.  Friends wishing to leave an online condolence may do it at

Mrs. Markstrom was born on September 13, 1924 in Georgetown, Illinois to parents Ernest Edward Howell and Ruth Ellen (Tanner) Howell. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband Carl L. Markstrom on February 17, 2000. They were married on March 13, 1943 while Carl served in the US Navy.

Jean was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution having researched her family’s history for over 30 years. She was very adept on her computer and very proud of the fact her ancestors were pioneers and founders of the USA. Noted discoveries in her ancestral search were ties to Meriwether Lewis, Daniel Boone, and William Penn. Four family lines have been documented to having served in the Revolutionary War.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Left to cherish her memory are children Carl Markstrom, Dayton, OH; Keith (Barb) Markstrom, Essexville, MI and Rhonda (John) Kolaskey, Stevensville. Grandchildren include Michael, Jeffrey (Carmen) and Thomas Kolaskey; Elizabeth (Matt) O’Donnell; Emily (Andy) Robb and Adam Markstrom. Great-grandchildren Christian and Brayden Kolaskey; Mason, Collin, Jonathan and Caroline O’Donnell and Brett and Erik Robb. Many nieces and nephews. Special life-time friends are Richard and Phyllis VanDyke. She was preceded in death by a grandson Robbie Markstrom.

Mrs. Markstrom was the last of a family of eight siblings. Also preceding her in death were brothers Ernest, Keith and Herb; and sisters Beulah, Beryl, Ruth Hazel and Joyce.

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