In loving memory of

February 28, 1934 - November 14, 2021

Arlene "Tillie" Fluette, 87, of Marquette died Sunday morning, November 14, 2021 under the care of Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice.

Tillie was born on February 28, 1934 in Marquette to the late Bernard and Louise (Diedrich) Richards and was a lifelong area resident. She was a 1951 graduate of Graveraet High School.

On November 28, 1951 she married Leonard Fluette at St. Peter's Cathedral in Marquette and together they raised their four children. They also opened their home to any relatives and friends who needed help or a place to stay which was many over the course of years.

Tillie was formerly employed at Marquette General Hospital first as a switchboard operator, later as an EKG technician and finally retired from there working in the heart Cath lab.

In her free time, Tillie enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. She much enjoyed time on Lake Independence at the family camp as well as boating on Lake Superior. She was an avid Green Bay Packers and Detroit Tigers fan and attended many Packer games over the years. She also enjoyed spending winters in Florida after her retirement.

She is survived by three children, Patrick (Sharon) Fluette of Marquette, Susan Beerman of Battle Creek and Marilyn Libick of Big Bay; nine grandchildren, Brian Fluette, Garret Guidebeck, Adam Guidebeck, Tom Fure, Charlie Burridge, Elizabeth Beerman, Dirk Fluette, Tiffany Fluette, and Jessica Fluette; several great grandchildren; also several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death besides her parents was her husband of 66 years. Leonard; a son, Michael Fluette; sister, Bonnie Elleby; sons-in-laws, Jack Libick and Michael Beerman.

A private service will be held with burial to follow alongside her husband at the Holy Cross Cemetery.

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


Marquette Area Public Schools wrote on Nov 29, 2021:

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

Tricia LaFave-Guidebeck wrote on Nov 29, 2021:

"Pat and Sharon - So sorry to read of your Mom's passing. Thinking of you.. "

Claudia Jamieson wrote on Nov 27, 2021:

"I worked with Tillie when the Cath lab first opened, along with John, Steve, Jeanie and Tom - what a team. We worked hard, laughed hard, and loved what we did. She was a gem to work with, always a smile on her face, gentle, caring, fun, and dependable - she always gave her all. God?s blessings on her and her family. Love, Claudia Jamieson"

Audrey Johnson wrote on Nov 27, 2021:

"I will always remember when I worked with Tillie in the cath lab. She was a hard worker and we did have our fun times too. God bless her and your family. Love Audrey Johnson"

Jim & Sharon Petrella wrote on Nov 26, 2021:

"We send our deepest sympathies to the family.Tillie was such a great person. We loved her so much. She helped my mother so much when she was having her heart treatment. And we sure enjoyed many happy hours together at "Flannigans" . RIP Tillie we will miss you."

Jim & Deb Diedrich wrote on Nov 23, 2021:

"Pat, Sue & Marilyn - So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all and your families."

Diane Botsford-Kuhn wrote on Nov 16, 2021:

"So sorry for your loss. Tillie was one of a kind. Lots of memories. "