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Monica Betty Laske
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“Dear Barb and Ken and your wonderfully growing families, You all brought out that beautiful, loving smile whenever any of the family was mentioned....Read More »
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“Thank you for being a part of my legacy. You were there for us when my dad, your loving brother, passed away way too soon, and when my mom, not only...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Nancy (Fleming)Rutledge - Macomb, MI

“Monica was one of what we lovingly called "Millie's Mailers". A group of ladies who worked on the various mailing and projects at St. Clement Parish....Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Lynne Rheker - center line, MI

“I will fondly remember Monica as being someone who was always interested in whomever she was engaged in talking to. She was kind, understanding and...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Lee Borycz - Westland, MI

“I am grateful to God to have had an Aunt like you for all these years, always gentle and smiling. I have many fond memories of our family events and...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Dan Moylan - Farmington Hills, MI

“Monica was a sweet lady i loved her laugh i only knew Monica a few months she will be missed prayers to the family god bless ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Sherry Wilson - Lapeer, MI

“Grandma Laske is amazing. I remember going to visit her and going swimming. She made amazing muffins. I will always remember the stories she told and...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Alivia Askew - Richmond, MI

Monica Betty Laske (nee: Fleming), age 94, formerly a longtime resident of Center Line, died Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the Stonegate Healthcare Facility in Lapeer, Michigan surrounded by her loving family. Monica was born November 12, 1922, in Detroit, Michigan, daughter of the late Frank(the late Della) and the late Johanna (nee: Bobrowski) Fleming.

Monica was raised in Detroit and attended Catholic school until her eighth-grade graduation when it was customary for the young woman to join the workforce. Monica followed in her step-mother's footsteps as a hairstylist and beautician, and worked side by side with her step-mother at their in-home salon.

As fate would have it...a client of her step-mother's had a handsome son which the two mothers hatched a plan to connect the couple on a date. The courtship began, would blossom, and eventually led Monica and Leonard to the altar where they were married on June 3, 1944. Because of Leonard's military service, the young couple moved to Annapolis, Maryland. Following Leonard's military service the young couple moved home to Detroit and later built a new home in Center Line, Michigan.

Monica became the consummate "stay at home" Mom tending to her children and home, all the while volunteering much of her time with her children's activities. She devoted herself to her family and church. While her children attended St. Clement Catholic School, Monica acted as a chaperone and volunteer for just about any activity which she was asked to contribute. Additionally, she was a member of the Women's Guild and the Altar Society. When the children came home from school, the house was always clean and their mother was often cooking or canning in the kitchen.

During the summers, Monica and her family enjoyed many occasions at their Caseville cottage. After the cottage was sold the family put a new pool in the backyard of their Center Line home. The Laske home became a spot for many of the neighborhood children to play, along with the nuns and priest from St. Clement to take a cool dip in the pool as well.

After the children were raised and Leonard retired from the workforce, Monica and her husband wintered in Florida and traveled much of the world including such destinations as Mexico, Hawaii, Spain, and Rome, Italy where the couple met the Pope. Monica cherished the arrivals of all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She never missed a birthday without sending a card. Along with her deep devotion to her Catholic faith, her greatest achievement in life was her wonderful family.

Monica was the beloved wife of the late Leonard Laske and the dear mother of Barbara (Kenneth) Kostendt, Lorraine (LeRoy) Boza, and Timothy (Karen) Laske. She was the loving grandmother of Eric (Diana) Kostendt, Rebecca (Kevin) Borycz, Todd Boza, Corinn (Christopher) VanWyck, Dionne Boza, Elizabeth (Michael) Deshone, Christopher (Cheryl) Thompson, Terri (Duane) Askew, Scott Laske, Adam (Jackie) Laske, Lindsay (Adam) Denoyer, Kristina Essenmacher, Jennifer Frederick, Kenneth Frederick, and great-grandmother of Jacob, Andrew, Dawson, Riley Lynn, Carson, Joseph, Emma, Ethan, Isabella, Gabriella, Eva, Amelia, Dominic, Steven, Brittany, Alivia, Hunter, Julia, Hayden, Liam, Ali Mae, Paige, Kaylie, Liliana, Danyella, Addison, and Bentley.

Mrs. Laske was predeceased by her parents and siblings; Richard (Mary Catherine) Fleming, Francis (Jean) Fleming, Margaret (Harry) Pochmara, Ruth (Don) Moylan, and Gerald (Nancy) Fleming.

Visitation for Mrs. Laske will be held Sunday, August 27th from 3-9 pm, with a 7 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road). Mrs. Laske will lie in state on Monday from 9:30 am at St. Mary, Our Lady Queen of Families Catholic Church – St. Clement Campus in Center Line, until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10 am. Entombment will follow the Funeral Liturgy at St. Clement Cemetery. Celebrating the Funeral Mass will be Reverend Fr. Raymond Stadmeyer.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the Multiple Sclerosis Society – Michigan Chapter, 21311 Civic Center Drive, Southfield, MI 48076,,...or to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 24359 Northwestern Hwy #125, Southfield, MI 48075,

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