2018-03-15 / News

Flushing Depot hosting local author Ralph Rossell at upcoming meeting

By Sam Tunningley
810-452-2661 • stunningley@mihomepaper.com


Photo Courtesy of the Flushing Area Historical Society. “The Life of Death: The Bare Bones of Undertaking” by Ralph Rossell. Photo Courtesy of the Flushing Area Historical Society. “The Life of Death: The Bare Bones of Undertaking” by Ralph Rossell. FLUSHING — Ralph Rossell, a Flushing author who recently released his memoir “The Life of Death: The Bare Bones of Undertaking,” is the Flushing Area Historical Society’s guest speaker at their meeting at 7 p.m. on March 19.

Rossell’s book can be bought online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and in e-book format.

The presentation is not the first time Rossell has visited the depot – years ago, he presented items from the museum he built inside of his funeral home business to a large turnout of interested community members. His book has also seen a wave of enthusiasm following its release in January.

The Life of Death is a “collection of stories about Ralph’s memories of the funeral home, both growing up and then working there as a licensed funeral director for more than 45 years. His tales range from the ironic – such as a widow learns of a secret windfall only after selling the item at a garage sale – to the inspired, when a hard-hearted minister gets an earful about preaching to those who need it and reaches out to the family,” said the FAHS announcement.

Ralph’s stories include “a power outage that causes a minister to be late to the funeral of a man who was never on time, a family concerned about the smell of smoke before later requesting an area to smoke cigarettes and a funeral service that is over almost before it begins.” The book also details few paranormal experiences.

Since the book’s release, it has received positive reviews from both professional book magazines and comments on the “You know you grew up in Flushing if…” Facebook page from which the ideas and stories began to take shape. Kirkus Reviews, a major book magazine based out of New York City, praised Rossell’s book as “a candid, sensitive, and occasionally humorous account of life as a funeral director.”

According to the announcement, Rossell holds a Mortuary Science degree from Wayne State University.

The Flushing Area Museum is located at 431 W. Main St.

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