In loving memory of

April 3, 1933 - September 10, 2021

Marlene Jane Bell, 88, of Marquette, died Friday morning, September 10, 2021, at UP Health System-Marquette after a short illness.

Marlene was born on April 3, 1933 at Princeton Location, Michigan, a daughter of the late Frank and Marie (Parent) Versailles and was a lifelong Marquette County resident. She was a graduate of Graveraet High School.

On August 31, 1957, Marlene was married to Robert W. Bell at the former St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Marquette and together they enjoyed nearly 64 years of marriage.

Marlene enjoyed traveling and she was the person who orchestrated family trips every summer. In their retirement years, Marlene and Bob enjoyed wintering in Naples, Florida. She was a great cook and enjoyed caring for her flowers at their East Bass lake home in Gwinn.

Survivors include four children, Cindy (Mike) Menucci of Gwinn, Rob Bell of Marquette, Kathy (Loren) Drake of Negaunee Township and Mike Bell of Suamico, WI; six grandchildren, Tony and Tyler Menucci, Ian (Morgan Jacoby) Bell and Haylee (Bryce) Muller, Cam and Nick Drake; three siblings, Marie "Swede" Hawke, Jeanette Carlson and John (Barbara) Versailles; also several nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding her in death beside her parents was her loving husband, Bob Bell, on April 6, 2021; also four siblings, Ernestine (Vince) McCarthy, Cecelia (Paul) Crowley, Jim (Gloria) Versailles, and Donna (Art) Aartila.

A graveside service will take place at the Holy Cross Cemetery on Friday, September 17th at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Gregory Heikkala officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to a charity of the donor's choice.

Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the Bell family where memories of Marlene may be shared at


Sandy Caviani wrote on Sep 15, 2021:

"My deepest sympathy and prayers for the Bell family. Your family has experienced great loss these past few months. May the arms of family and friends hold you up and their love carry your sorrow."

Marquette Area Public Schools wrote on Sep 14, 2021:

"Extending to you and your family this heartfelt assurance of deep sympathy, Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education and Employees"

David Aartila wrote on Sep 14, 2021:

"Auntie Mar always treated me like I was one of the Bells. Such a loving, nurturing spirit. I feel blessed to be a Versailles and be a part of such a big, wonderful family. I will cherish her memory. I love you Auntie Mar!"

Rose moreau wrote on Sep 13, 2021:

"Marlene will be missed by all who new her she was a great mother and grandmother Rest in Peace Marlene"

JoAnn Moon wrote on Sep 13, 2021:

"Marlene was such a classy lady. She and Bob will be able to resume their happy hours in Heaven while resting in peace. They were loved by so many and will be missed. Condolences to the wonderful family they left behind. Steve and JoAnn Moon"