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Rose F. Marra

June 15, 1924 January 7, 2021
Rose F. Marra
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Obituary for Rose F. Marra

Rose Frances Marra, age 96 of West Bloomfield, passed away on January 7 at home surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Visitation and service will be held on Saturday, January 9 at 9:30AM at Lynch and Sons Funeral Home of Clawson for immediate family only. Burial will follow at 12:00PM at White Chapel of Troy.

Rose was born in Anmoore, WV to Frank and Mary Lopez on June 15, 1924. She went to school in Detroit and graduated from Pershing High School. She married Anthony Marra on August 17, 1946 in Detroit, whom she met at Chevrolet Gear and Axel. She worked as the school secretary at Saint Bartholomew for many years, then at Cranbrook Schools in the human resource department.

Rose is preceded in death by her mother and father, Mary and Frank Lopez, and her brother, Marcellino Lopez.

Rose is survived by her husband of 74 years of marriage. She is also survived by her children, Frank Marra (Susan), Nancy Beers (Matt), Anthony T. Marra II (Dannielle); several grandchildren, Frank Marra Jr. (Lisa), Cristina McMinn (Mark), Ariana Vacketta (Thomas), Jonathan Beers, and Isabella Marra; and by many great-grandchildren, Adeline Rose McMinn, Emmary Sue McMinn, Juliana Rose Vacketta, Jameson Vacketta, Josephine Marra, and Anthony T. Marra III.

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Rose was the softer, tender half of Tony, who affectionately called her “The Chick” for 74 years of marriage. A relationship of fate that developed from many shared family experiences, their love was rich with Italian tradition, fierce devotion, and a true balance of personalities. As the treasured matriarch of the Marras, Rose stressed the togetherness of family and instilled a passion for literacy to three generations of avid readers, crossword enthusiasts, and Scrabble challengers. Her regard for education was evident in her work at St. Bartholomew’s and Cranbrook, as well as time spent around word game tables with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rose spread comfort through her meals, healing any troubles at the table with homemade pasta sauce or sending her famous cheesecake as a token of her thoughts. Little Gram’s love was big and her memory will last forever.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Mercy High School, or University of Detroit Jesuit High School. Due to current restrictions and precautions, a celebration of life will take place this summer to share cherished memories and commemorate Rose’s impact on widespread family and friends.

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