Isabelle Lucille DeRosia

Isabelle Lucille DeRosia, known as “Lou”, 95, of Onaway, died Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Golden Beach Manor. The daughter of John Robert and Martha Catherine (Latsch) Mason, Isabelle was born in Onaway April 23, 1921. She married Richard F. DeRosia at St. Paul Catholic Church December 19, 1942 and they made their home in Onaway.

During World War II Isabelle worked in Pontiac building and welding Amphibious Ducks for the military.  A lifelong resident of Onaway, she worked for many years as a clerk at the Gamble’s Store and later at Tom’s IGA, as well as the movie theater and the Dairy Bar.  Isabelle’s work suited her well as she was friendly, well-liked, and knew just about everyone in town. Isabelle was a longtime member of St. Paul Catholic Church and the Onaway VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Being quite artistic, Isabelle was a skilled carver and painter.  Blessed with good health, she was able to enjoy her passion for carving detailed sculptures until she was 94 years old. An avid traveler, Isabelle had been all over the United States and Mexico.


Surviving Isabelle are two sons, Donald of Onaway and Russell (Patricia) of Shreveport, Louisiana; daughters, Barbara Mombar of Grand Rapids, Mary Haas of Gaylord and Patty (Dale) St. Germain of Onaway; as well as 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Isabelle was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Dick DeRosia, January 2, 1988; sisters, Melba Covell, Maben Gage, Helen Waldie and Renetta Ganske; and brothers, Lloyd, Owen, Delano “Fats”, Marvin, Edward, Earl and Franklin Mason.

Cremation arrangements were in care of the Chagnon Funeral Home. There will be a memorial service in the spring.  Condolences may be shared with Isabelle’s family at