Rose Marie Flanders

Rose Marie (Lesenyie) Flanders, 98 of Eau Claire passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015 with her children at her side.

Rose was born in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and lived there until 1926, when they moved to Gary, Indiana. She met and married Melvin Flanders on January 21, 1939. They moved around before settling in Eau Claire in 1967.

Rose enjoyed gardening, canning, and doing embroidery work for her grandkids. She loved reading and spending time with her family and friends. One of her great pleasures was traveling with her daughters to visit family and friends.

Rose is survived by her children, Carol Blades, Virginia Richardson, Marshall (Carolyn) Flanders, Irene (Jerald) Nickels, Melvin (Debra) Flanders, and Mary (Ricky) Thorson; nine grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and seven great-great grandchildren.

Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Flanders; her parents; six brothers; three sisters; one son-in-law, Billy Blades; and one granddaughter, Amy Rose Richardson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel with Father Donald Meuret officiating. Visitation will start at noon until the time of service at the funeral home on Sunday. Burial will be at 3:00 pm on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at Rest Haven Cemetery


  1. Ginny –
    Just read of your Mother’s passing and want to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Even though this is a difficult time for those left to mourn, she is at peace now. You will always have your wonderful memories. God Bless you.

  2. I’m sorry to hear about your mother. She was a very sweet lady. We’ve had some good times together with her I send you with all my love take care love you Mary and Ginny

  3. Virginia, Carol & Families, We are so very sorry for the loss of your dear mother. Virginia, thank you for letting us know. We are sorry we will not be able to attend the service but all of you are in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve the loss of your mother. Jerry & Connie Harmon

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