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Peter C. Beauvais, age 76 of Monroe, MI, peacefully and surrounded by his family went into the arms of the Lord at 3:00 PM, the hour of our Lord’s death, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center on February 28, 2009. Born April 25, 1932 in Detroit, MI he was the son of Clarence and Veronica (Britz) Beauvais. He married Mary J. Bacarella on September 3, 1955 in a ceremony conducted by the Rev. Fr. Justin Beauvais at St. Joseph Church in Monroe, MI. Peter worked at Ford Motor Co., Monroe as a tool and die general foreman until his retirement in 1983. He proudly served from 1950-1958 in the U.S. Navy and Naval Air reserve. He graduated from Milford High School in 1951. He also attended Monroe County Community College, Wayne State University, and the Ford Motor Company apprenticeship program in Dearborn, MI. Peter’s many memberships included St. John the Baptist Church, American Legion Post 40, Jr. Achievement advisor, Boy Scouts of America-Scout Master for Troop 47, Ducks Unlimited, Monroe County Rod and Gun Club lifetime member, founding member of the River Raisin Woodcarvers, active YMCA member, volunteer life enrichment teacher for Monroe Public Schools, Maumee Bay Carvers, Y-Condo Assoc. Port Clinton, OH and Moose Lodge 1610 of Port Clinton. He will be remembered by his friends and family as a carpenter, pilot, world class carver, avid sailor and boater, hunter, fisherman, musician, artist, magician, pee wee baseball coach, and wonderful Santa Claus with a zest for life. Peter instilled this value in his family: “Be a giver, not a taker.” He lived up to this motto through his love of life. He is especially known for being a devoted husband, loving father, joyful grandfather and Papa Duck of 13, and playful great-grandfather of 4 and 2 on the way. Left to hold his memories are his beloved wife of 53 years, Mary. Children, Peter M. Beauvais of Monroe, Marie (David Joseph I) McLaughlin of Monroe, Paul Beauvais of Murfreesboro, TN, Angela (Todd) Riggs of Monroe, Patrick (Katie) Beauvais of Monroe, and Carol (Mark) Brewster of Columbus, OH. Grandchildren David McLaughlin II, Nicole (Rick) Kidd, Heather (Jesus) Ortiz, Jessica (Edward) Harrison, Jason, Joshua and Jenna Beauvais, Chavis, Challon and Chandyn Riggs, Gabriel Beauvais, and Taylor and Madison Brewster. Great-Grandchildren McKenzie and Cameron Kidd, Laylah, Noah, and Baby Ortiz, and Baby Boy Harrison. Sisters Maryann (Ralph) Soleau of Monroe, Joan (John) Toth of Monroe, Suzanne Beechler of Indianapolis, IN, Jeanette (Joseph) Mlynek of Oregon, OH, and Joyce (Jude) Schumaker of Monroe, MI. Visitation will be at Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe, MI Monday 4-8 p.m., Tuesday 12-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.. He will lie in state Wednesday 10-11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church with a celebratory mass at 11 a.m.. Graveside services will be under the auspices of VFW Post 1138 ritual team at St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Church Food Closet, Monroe. Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Patricia A. Johnson October 5, 1941 – February 28, 2009 Patricia A. Johnson, 67, of Monroe, died at 10 p.m. Saturday at Mercy Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family and friends. Friends may call 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with service at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park. Born October 5, 1941 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Charles and Rose (Cebina) Malik. She was an instructional assistant and Kids Club Caregiver with Monroe Public Schools until retiring in 2005. She was known for her wonderful heart and caring attitude toward children. Pat was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church where she served on the Altar Society and was a member of the Parish Council. She was a 1959 Graduate of Monroe High School. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and will fondly be remembered as “Grandma Tootsie”. Surviving are her children Valerie (Ron) Ruff of Carmel, IN, Clayton “Chip” Johnson, III of Monroe, Todd (Crista) Johnson of Temperance, Vicky (Steve) Loveland of Monroe; nine grandchildren, Christopher Ruff, Elise Ruff, Olivia Johnson, Samantha Johnson, Isabella Johnson, Jack Johnson, Alex Johnson, Logan Loveland, Landon Loveland; two brothers, Tom (Alice) Malik of Monroe, Chuck (Janet) Malik of Santa Maria, CA; a sister Theresa Raymond of Monroe; her lifelong friend Rita Jarrait and a special Aunt Vicky Vallade. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorial contributions may be made to Area Agency on Aging 1B or Monroe County Opportunity Program (MCOP). Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Patricia A. Johnson
October 5, 1941 – February 28, 2009

Patricia A. Johnson, 67, of Monroe, died at 10 p.m. Saturday at Mercy Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family and friends.

Friends may call 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with service at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park.

Born October 5, 1941 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Charles and Rose (Cebina) Malik.

She was an instructional assistant and Kids Club Caregiver with Monroe Public Schools until retiring in 2005. She was known for her wonderful heart and caring attitude toward children.

Pat was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church where she served on the Altar Society and was a member of the Parish Council. She was a 1959 Graduate of Monroe High School. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and will fondly be remembered as “Grandma Tootsie”.

Surviving are her children Valerie (Ron) Ruff of Carmel, IN, Clayton “Chip” Johnson, III of Monroe, Todd (Crista) Johnson of Temperance, Vicky (Steve) Loveland of Monroe; nine grandchildren, Christopher Ruff, Elise Ruff, Olivia Johnson, Samantha Johnson, Isabella Johnson, Jack Johnson, Alex Johnson, Logan Loveland, Landon Loveland; two brothers, Tom (Alice) Malik of Monroe, Chuck (Janet) Malik of Santa Maria, CA; a sister Theresa Raymond of Monroe; her lifelong friend Rita Jarrait and a special Aunt Vicky Vallade.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to Area Agency on Aging 1B or Monroe County Opportunity Program (MCOP).

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Peter C. Beauvais, age 76 of Monroe, MI, peacefully and surrounded by his family went into the arms of the Lord at 3:00 PM, the hour of our Lord’s death, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center on February 28, 2009.
Born April 25, 1932 in Detroit, MI he was the son of Clarence and Veronica (Britz) Beauvais. He married Mary J. Bacarella on September 3, 1955 in a ceremony conducted by the Rev. Fr. Justin Beauvais at St. Joseph Church in Monroe, MI.
Peter worked at Ford Motor Co., Monroe as a tool and die general foreman until his retirement in 1983.
He proudly served from 1950-1958 in the U.S. Navy and Naval Air reserve.
He graduated from Milford High School in 1951. He also attended Monroe County Community College, Wayne State University, and the Ford Motor Company apprenticeship program in Dearborn, MI.
Peter’s many memberships included St. John the Baptist Church, American Legion Post 40, Jr. Achievement advisor, Boy Scouts of America-Scout Master for Troop 47, Ducks Unlimited, Monroe County Rod and Gun Club lifetime member, founding member of the River Raisin Woodcarvers, active YMCA member, volunteer life enrichment teacher for Monroe Public Schools, Maumee Bay Carvers, Y-Condo Assoc. Port Clinton, OH and Moose Lodge 1610 of Port Clinton.
He will be remembered by his friends and family as a carpenter, pilot, world class carver, avid sailor and boater, hunter, fisherman, musician, artist, magician, pee wee baseball coach, and wonderful Santa Claus with a zest for life.
Peter instilled this value in his family: “Be a giver, not a taker.” He lived up to this motto through his love of life. He is especially known for being a devoted husband, loving father, joyful grandfather and Papa Duck of 13, and playful great-grandfather of 4 and 2 on the way.
Left to hold his memories are his beloved wife of 53 years, Mary. Children, Peter M. Beauvais of Monroe, Marie (David Joseph I) McLaughlin of Monroe, Paul Beauvais of Murfreesboro, TN, Angela (Todd) Riggs of Monroe, Patrick (Katie) Beauvais of Monroe, and Carol (Mark) Brewster of Columbus, OH. Grandchildren David McLaughlin II, Nicole (Rick) Kidd, Heather (Jesus) Ortiz, Jessica (Edward) Harrison, Jason, Joshua and Jenna Beauvais, Chavis, Challon and Chandyn Riggs, Gabriel Beauvais, and Taylor and Madison Brewster. Great-Grandchildren McKenzie and Cameron Kidd, Laylah, Noah, and Baby Ortiz, and Baby Boy Harrison. Sisters Maryann (Ralph) Soleau of Monroe, Joan (John) Toth of Monroe, Suzanne Beechler of Indianapolis, IN, Jeanette (Joseph) Mlynek of Oregon, OH, and Joyce (Jude) Schumaker of Monroe, MI.
Visitation will be at Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe, MI Monday 4-8 p.m., Tuesday 12-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.. He will lie in state Wednesday 10-11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church with a celebratory mass at 11 a.m.. Graveside services will be under the auspices of VFW Post 1138 ritual team at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Church Food Closet, Monroe.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Dian Skidmore, 59 of Monroe died at 1:03 p.m. Tuesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital where she had been for one week. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Kenneth Goins, pastor of Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Monroe and the Rev. Earnest Fultz, pastor of Petersburg Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle. Born April 21, 1949 in Monroe she was the daughter of Rev. William and Ruby (Hammack) Burchett. She married Elmer Skidmore July 13, 1984 in Monroe. Dian worked for Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe for nine years in the housekeeping department. A life long resident of Monroe, she was a life member of Hope Missionary Baptist Church, where she had played the piano for many years. She was a 1967 graduate of Monroe High School. Surviving are her husband, Elmer Skidmore of Monroe; two sons, W. Randy (Judith) Skidmore of Monroe and Todd (Corrie) Skidmore of Monroe; a brother, Troy (Sissy) Burchett of Harrogate, TN; three grandchildren, Phillip E. Skidmore, Crystal B. (Brandon) Woods and Logan M. Skidmore and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Wesley Leon Coyle on September 7, 2006, and a brother, Leon Burchett. Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Dian Skidmore, 59 of Monroe died at 1:03 p.m. Tuesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital where she had been for one week.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Kenneth Goins, pastor of Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Monroe and the Rev. Earnest Fultz, pastor of Petersburg Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born April 21, 1949 in Monroe she was the daughter of Rev. William and Ruby (Hammack) Burchett. She married Elmer Skidmore July 13, 1984 in Monroe.
Dian worked for Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe for nine years in the housekeeping department.
A life long resident of Monroe, she was a life member of Hope Missionary Baptist Church, where she had played the piano for many years. She was a 1967 graduate of Monroe High School.
Surviving are her husband, Elmer Skidmore of Monroe; two sons, W. Randy (Judith) Skidmore of Monroe and Todd (Corrie) Skidmore of Monroe; a brother, Troy (Sissy) Burchett of Harrogate, TN; three grandchildren, Phillip E. Skidmore, Crystal B. (Brandon) Woods and Logan M. Skidmore and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Wesley Leon Coyle on September 7, 2006, and a brother, Leon Burchett.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Nina E. Hagey (Murf) 83, beloved wife of Kenneth L. Hagey passed away February 21, 2009 at their winter home in Raymondville, Texas. She was born in Washington State to Arthur and Madge Murphy. She was a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II. She is survived by her loving husband of more then sixty-two years, her sons Dennis R. Hagey and wife Maryjo, Darryl R. Hagey and wife Trina, her daughter Donna E. Webb and husband Patrick, six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and a brother Wes Murphy and wife Dorothy. Visitation will be Friday February 27, 2009 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday February 28, 2009. Rev. Randy Pierce will officiate and her final resting place will be at Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock, Michigan. Memorials may be made to the Michigan Heart Association. Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Nina E. Hagey (Murf) 83, beloved wife of Kenneth L. Hagey passed away February 21, 2009 at their winter home in Raymondville, Texas. She was born in Washington State to Arthur and Madge Murphy. She was a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II.
She is survived by her loving husband of more then sixty-two years, her sons Dennis R. Hagey and wife Maryjo, Darryl R. Hagey and wife Trina, her daughter Donna E. Webb and husband Patrick, six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and a brother Wes Murphy and wife Dorothy.
Visitation will be Friday February 27, 2009 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday February 28, 2009. Rev. Randy Pierce will officiate and her final resting place will be at Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock, Michigan.
Memorials may be made to the Michigan Heart Association.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Byron Lee Langerman, 83 of Monroe died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in his home. He had been in poor health for the last three months. Born April 1, 1925 in Monroe he was the son of Christ and Beatrice (Klein) Langerman. He married Shirley B. Sterling September 19, 1953 in Trinity Episcopal Church, Monroe. He served in the US Army during World War II from July 1943 to March 1946. He served in the Rhineland Campaign and the Ardennes Campaign. Among his many awards are the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with Two Bronze Campaign Stars; Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster; Combat Infantry Badge and the Good Conduct Ribbon. A material handling and packaging engineer, he spent thirty years with Ford Motor Company. After retirement he did consulting with Ford’s Monroe plant and Dearborn plant for many years. A member of Trinity Episcopal Church and its Vestry, he was also a member of its Men’s Club. He was a member of Monroe Post # 1138 V.F.W; Disabled American Veterans #33 and Monroe Lodge #27 Free and Accepted Masons. Surviving is his wife, Shirley B. Langerman of Monroe; a son, Christ E. (Marlene) Langerman of Monroe; two daughters, Susan Lee Simmons of Monroe and Marjorie Elizabeth (William) Chickeral of Monroe, a brother Roger (Janice) Langerman of Higgins Lake, MI.; a sister, Marjorie Bondy of Monroe and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 28 at Trinity Episcopal Church. Visitation will precede the service at the Parish Hall entrance. The Rev. Alice Morse, pastor of the church will officiate. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church or Heartland Hospice of Ann Arbor. Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Byron Lee Langerman, 83 of Monroe died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in his home. He had been in poor health for the last three months.
Born April 1, 1925 in Monroe he was the son of Christ and Beatrice (Klein) Langerman. He married Shirley B. Sterling September 19, 1953 in Trinity Episcopal Church, Monroe.
He served in the US Army during World War II from July 1943 to March 1946. He served in the Rhineland Campaign and the Ardennes Campaign. Among his many awards are the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon with Two Bronze Campaign Stars; Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster; Combat Infantry Badge and the Good Conduct Ribbon.
A material handling and packaging engineer, he spent thirty years with Ford Motor Company. After retirement he did consulting with Ford’s Monroe plant and Dearborn plant for many years.
A member of Trinity Episcopal Church and its Vestry, he was also a member of its Men’s Club. He was a member of Monroe Post # 1138 V.F.W; Disabled American Veterans #33 and Monroe Lodge #27 Free and Accepted Masons.
Surviving is his wife, Shirley B. Langerman of Monroe; a son, Christ E. (Marlene) Langerman of Monroe; two daughters, Susan Lee Simmons of Monroe and Marjorie Elizabeth (William) Chickeral of Monroe, a brother Roger (Janice) Langerman of Higgins Lake, MI.; a sister, Marjorie Bondy of Monroe and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 28 at Trinity Episcopal Church. Visitation will precede the service at the Parish Hall entrance. The Rev. Alice Morse, pastor of the church will officiate. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church or Heartland Hospice of Ann Arbor.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.