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Marion Elizabeth Flees, 88, of Lake Leelanau, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at home with her loving family at her side.
Marion was born on June 28, 1928 to Albert and Rose (Linguar) Priest on the family farm in Lake Leelanau. Marion was the fifth eldest of seven children.
On Oct. 1, 1949 at St. Mary's Church of Lake Leelanau, she married LaVern "Zip" Flees who survives.
She was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Church and graduated from St. Mary's School.
Marion's first job was working as a secretary for the court system in Leland. After a couple of years she left to work at Fountain Point Resort as a housekeeper, then a cook (an excellent cook) for over 45 years.
Marion is survived by her husband of 67 years, LaVern; her nine children, Diane Kurina, of Maple City, Gloria (Glenn) Huntley, of Lake Leelanau, Dennis (Melinda) Flees, of Suttons Bay, Carolyn "Kiki" Flees, of Northport, Jane Scranton, of Cedar, Allen (Lori), of Omena, Bruce (Grace) Flees, of Warren, Ron (Rachelle) Flees, of Lake Ann, and Rebecca (Nate) Kalchik, of Omena; a sister, Helen Polhamus, of Lake Leelanau; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Alice, Lucy and Margaret; and her brothers, Alfred and Richard.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, with the rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m., at St. Mary's Church of Lake Leelanau. The Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 2, with the family greeting friends at 9 a.m., also at the church. Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary's Cemetery. Father Michael Janowski will serve as celebrant.
Memorials may be directed to St. Mary's Church, PO Box 340, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653 and/or Hospice of Michigan, 10850 E. Traverse Highway, Traverse City, MI 49686.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the Flees family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on May 28, 2017
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