Ellen Rae Phelan
Died: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Ellen Rae Phelan of Leonard and formerly of Royal Oak, passed away peacefully on Jan. 24 at the age of 80.
She was born August 2, 1932, to Raymond and Winifred Gorrell in Detroit. She graduated from Visitation Catholic High School in Detroit. She married John J. “Jack” Phelan on April 28th, 1951 who preceded her in death in 2007.
She taught piano at Sparks Music School in Royal Oak and then gave private music lessons from her home in Leonard. Ellen also worked at Community Hospital in Almont for many years.
Some of her other interests were golf, politics and ceramics. She was active in the Women’s Auxiliary at St. Cornelius Church in Dryden.
She was a wonderful cook, a dedicated mother, grandmother, spouse and home maker. Her personality was warm and engaging, her laughter legendary, and her smile quick.
She leaves to mourn her passing: four children and their spouses; Raymond J. (Jeannine) Phelan of Rochester Hills, Mi., Theresa A. (John) Hart of Lake Orion, Mi., John P. Phelan of Leonard, Mi., and Andrew J. (Michelle) Phelan of North Branch, Mi., and four beloved grand children; Paul (Catherine) Phelan, Brian J. Hart, Emily (Ricky) Thompson, and Kevin S.Hart. She was also a dear grandmother to five wonderful great-grand children.
Ellen was also preceded in death by an adult son, Kevin P. Phelan and a sister, Colleen O’Halloran, both in 2003.
The viewing is to be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the Roth-Muir Funeral Home on South Main Street in Romeo. A Mass service will be held Jan. 30 at at St Cornelius Church (3834 North Mill Road in Dryden, MI).
Internment is to be at Lakeville Cemetery. Drahner Rd., Leonard, MI. Luncheon to follow church services at St Cornelius Church.