106 West Main Street
P.O. Box 146
Phone: 906-475-4631
Fax: 906-475-5561


Saturday, October 16th, 1926 - Friday, January 24th, 2020
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Francis William Rose, 93, longtime Negaunee resident, passed away Friday morning, January 24, 2020 at the Iron County Medical Care Facility.

Fran was born October 16, 1926 in Marquette to Joseph and Rose (Yshinski) Rose, Jr. and graduated from Bishop Baraga High School, Class of 1944. After school, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving until his honorable discharge in 1947. Following his service to his country, he attended Michigan Technological University for three years before beginning working on the ships of the Great Lakes. Fran went on to work most of his working career with UPPCO, retiring as a supervisor in 1988 after 34 years of service with the company.

Mr. Rose was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Negaunee, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Fran was also a member of American Legion Post’s in Marquette, Crystal Falls and Gulf Shores, AL.

Surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; companion, Patricia Robichaud of Crystal Falls; and many friends, including Mike Starrine of Negaunee and Bill Maki of Negaunee Township. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Laura in 2002; a son, Greg in 2004; and his daughter, Marta Ann Rose in 2011.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the spring at St. Paul Catholic Church, Negaunee, with the date and time to be announced by the Koskey Funeral Home.

Fran’s memorial page may be viewed at koskeyfuneralhome.com.
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Tracey West

Posted at 12:29pm
I will always cherish our friendship. I met Fran when he was a resident at The Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls. Pat and I would always gab about things, being from the same hometown but it was when I noticed Fran's cribbage board that made me say, "want to play a game of cribbage sometime?" It was a start of a very unique friendship. I was amazed on how well he played that game. He would say things to me (that still crack me up) "you know how to deal yet?" or "give up?". I always hoped that I could have dealt him a 29 hand, or at least a 28 hand but that never happened. Of all the years of him playing, he said that he never got a 29 hand. That makes me sorta sad that it didn't come true for him. That being said, I know he respected me very much and vice versa. I am so thankful for have ever met him, much less be there for him til the very end. After I found out about his death, it was on a Friday and I watch my 2 grandsons on Fridays. Well, I started crying and my 3 year old grandson has never seen me cry before. He looked at me funny & asked if I was hungry. I said no sweetheart, grandma's sad because her friend is up in the sky with God. After saying that, I put my chin to my chest & started crying more. All of a sudden I feel his little arms around my neck. Things like my friendship with Fran, our grandsons, family and friends, thank God for love. I will miss him deeply.

Tracey West
Dining Assistant
Iron County Medical Care Facility
Crystal Falls, MI

Elizabeth Clark

Posted at 02:08pm
Uncle Fran, I will always cherish my childhood memories of spending the summers with you and Aunt Laura, Greg and Marta. I could not have asked for better memories. You are already so very missed. I am so blessed to have grown up with you as a big part of my life and then getting to share that with my daughter as she grew up was so special.
You were a remarkable man and wonderful uncle. You are a part of my heart and who I am.
- Elizabeth Anne Clark (atwell family)

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