Rosemary “Rosie” Fonger

09/22/1928   —   07/31/2021

Memorial Contributions:

Fallasburg Historical Society

14029 Covered Bridge Rd NE, Lowell, MI 49331


Lowell Area History Museum

325 W Main St, Lowell, MI 49331

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  • Sue DeBruyn

    So sorry to hear of Rosie’s passing – I lived in Lowell for 25 yrs- I think it was through golf I remember her the best – that was many years ago RIP Rosie l

  • Janet Fonger Dillaman

    I will always remember working in her restaurant so many years ago. Aunt Rosie was fun, energetic, friendly to all who came in. Blessings on her life that was uniquely lived.

  • Sondra Lee

    Aunt Rosie was always fun to be around and I will certainly never forget her Rosie’s Drive-In with her broasted chicken and Nick and Neal burgers. I remember a Thanksgiving that we had at her restaurant and there was a blizzard that day and some couple traveling stopped as they thought she was open and Aunt Rosie had them come in and have coffee. That was Aunt Rosie always helping. Aunt Rosie will be missed by her family.

  • Bob Thaler

    During the late 1940s and early 1950s our family lived right next door (south) to Mac and Rosie Fonger’s house at 619 N. Monroe Street in Lowell. Our houses shared a common driveway and an old concrete barn-foundation in the backyard, as well as adjacent vegetable gardens at the back of our properties. A huge sprawling silver maple tree provided abundant backyard shade for both families.

    Her sons Rick and Tom were regular playmates for the five Thaler kids, with backyard carnivals, ball games, sandbox, swings, and frequent evening games of hide-and-seek and kick-the-can. There were lots of kids within a one or two block radius in those “Baby Boom” years.

    In the early 1950s. Mac and Rosie had the first TV set (expensive, small black and white) in the neighborhood. On-air programs only began at 4 pm until 10 pm weekdays and all day Saturday. So us neighbor kids were often in Fongers’ house to watch the late afternoon and Saturday morning children’s shows like the Howdy Doody, and Kukla Fran and Ollie puppet shows, and lots of cowboy westerns and old movies.

    Rosie and Mac graciously welcomed the frequent “extra” kids in their house, even sharing snacks or kool-aid drinks. About a year or so later, other families finally got their own smallTVs– but we always remembered Mac and Rosie’kindness to us kids. They were wonderful neighbors and special people.

  • Denise

    My condolences to the Fonger family. I went to high school with Rosie’s son Andy and our group of friends frequently hung out at Rosie’s restaurant. She never hustled us out, even though we stayed for hours after only ordering a coke and basket of fries. If asked about notable people I remember from Lowell, Rosie is always on the list.

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