Thursday, July 19, 2018
11:00 AM EDT
St. Francis Catholic Chruch
The family will greet friends starting at 10 am.
At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.
Life Story / Obituary
Rosalie L. (Larabell) Cook--the second child of six children-- was born September 12, 1930, in Tecumseh, MI to Francis and Ethel (Hoagland) Larabell. She attended Quincy schools and like so many of her generation, left school early to work during those difficult War years. When her parents returned to Brownstown Township, MI in 1946, she met the love of her life, P.F.C. Fred W. Cook and soon they were married at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rockwood, MI --a marriage that would last until Fred's death 66 years later. She and Fred settled in the Flat Rock area and through the next 20 years, she became the mother of five children--David (1947), Barbara (1948), James (1952), Teresa (1964) and Fred (1966).
A quintessential mid-century wife, she enjoyed raising her children and managing the household. She lived in Flat Rock until 1971, when the family relocated to Traverse City. It was there that Rosalie entered the work world, eventually earning a "Certificate of Completion" in Food Service Supervision from the University of North Dakota. She held several management positions at institutions and establishments such as Traverse City Governmental Center, Camp Haya-Went-Ha in Torch Lake, and Jackson State Prison in Jackson, MI. In later years, she worked part-time for K-Mart in Traverse City and was in charge of the jewelry department.
Recognized by several awards and letters of commendation, Rosalie was particularly fond of the WCCW "Good Gal" award she received in 1983 for her work at the Grand Traverse Governmental Center.
After their retirements in the mid nineties, Rosalie and Fred travelled throughout the country and lived in various Michigan communities including Trufant and Harrison. For several years they spent the winters in Tavares, FL. And then they returned to Traverse City to spend the rest of their lives.
Rosalie loved to read--often several books a week. In addition, she liked gaming at casinos, participating in family events, and visiting neighbors and friends. She loved life, she loved her work, she loved people, and --above all-- she loved her family.
She was preceded in death by her brother Gerald in August 2013, her daughter Barbara in December 2017, and her husband Fred, who died on Friday July 13--exactly six years to the day of her own death.
Rosalie is survived by her children-Teresa (Allen) Claypool from Indiana, PA; Fred (Jill) Cook of Interlochen, MI; James (Helen) Cook and David (Denise) Cook of Traverse City, MI; eleven grandchildren and five --soon to be six--great grandchildren. Other survivors include Theresa Thomas of Traverse City, Bernice (Robert) Hammermaster of Highland, MI, Joan (Tom) Kopec of
West Branch, MI and Linda (Russell) Ferguson of New Boston, MI.
Memorial contributions may be made in Rosalie's name to Hospice of Michigan.
A memorial mass will be held 11am Thursday, July 19, 2018 at St. Francis Catholic Church; where the family will greet friends one hour prior. A funeral luncheon will follow the funeral mass. Burial will take place at 2pm at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guestbook and share your thoughts with the family. The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City.