Denise Raeder

Obituary of Denise Joanne Raeder

Denise Joanne Liebert was born in Charleston, West Virginia on November 12, 1929.   She was the daughter of Maurice Liebert and Catherine (Pierson) Liebert-Kroll.   After Maurice’s passing from Rheumatic Fever, she was raised by her stepfather:  Fred Kroll.    Denise was a graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic School in Clarksburg, West Virginia.  

As a young girl, Denise, fondly remembered visiting family.  At many of these events the family spoke French to each other.  

She married Richard R. Ruehle and from this marriage came the birth of a daughter:  Lezli.   After Richard’s passing, Denise, would meet Dr. Nathaniel Fredrick “Fred” Raeder II.   The couple would be joined in marriage on November 4, 1967.   The couple would blend his three children.

For thirty-nine years, Denise was employed by the West Virginia Department of Highways.   She served as an accounting and billing payroll manager retiring in 2007.   In 2008, Denise and Fred would move to Michigan to be closer to Lezli during their retirement.

Denise Joanne Raeder, age 91, of Monroe, Michigan, passed away peacefully under hospice care on Monday, April 5, 2021. She was preceded by her parents; son-in-law:  Michael John Barron; brother: Maurice Liebert; sister-in-law: Jeanne Liebert; brother in-law: Dr. David Riley; nephew: Greg Riley; husband: Nathaniel Fredrick “Fred” Raeder II; stepdaughter: Paula L. Raeder; and sister-in-law:  Crystal Kroll.

Left to cherish her memory, Denise, leaves one daughter:  Lezli (Merel F.) Keck of Monroe; two stepchildren:  Nancy Raeder-McKenzie and Nathaniel Fredrick “Rick” (Rebecca) Raeder III; one sister: Victoria Riley; two brothers:  Fred (Shelby) Kroll and Michael G. (Maryanne) Kroll, two granddaughters: Lindsay J. (Jordan) Lonchayna of Westerville, Ohio and Katherine I. Barron of Columbus, Ohio; two great-grandsons:  Jordan Michael Jr. and Matthew John Lonchayna; eight step grandchildren: Blair, Brandon (Vanessa), Chelsea, Jonathan (Ashleigh), Jeffrey (Christina), Josh, Michael “Mike” Keck and Jonathan “Jon” (Andrea) Keck; ten step-great grandchildren; and five nieces and two nephews.

A private Celebration of Life will be held for immediate family only. Then a private inurnment will take place in Clarksburg, West Virginia, the home of Denise and Fred. Arrangements have been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162, (734) 384-5185.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to The Humane Society of the United States, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450 Washington DC  20037 or by visiting and Boys Town, P.O Box 6000, Boys Town, Nebraska 68010. Online guests may leave words of comfort or share a photo by visiting


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