Monthly Archives: April 2009

Rosella R. Langton, 91 of Monroe passed away at 6:09 a.m. Thursday at Mercy Memorial Nursing Center where she had been since April 10. She had been in poor health for the past three months.
Rosella was born February 26, 1918 in Lulu, Michigan to Joseph and Blanche (Bolster) Kiefer. On April 14, 1936 she married James “Clint” Langton in Angola, Indiana. He preceded her in death on November 26, 1990.
Rosella was foremost a devoted wife and mother, but prior to her marriage, she had worked for the River Raisin Paper Company in Monroe. Her best times were when she was with family and friends, and she also enjoyed cooking, hunting mushrooms and playing cards. She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, a life member of Brest Bay Gun Club’s Women’s Auxiliary
Rosella is survived by her son, Richard (Kathleen) Langton; and her daughter, Diane (William) Groulx, both of Newport; son-in-law, Hubert “Mac” McLaughlin of Newport; a sister, Dorothy Hile of Monroe; seven grandchildren, Karrie (Scott) Marks, Michael (Carrie) Langton, Laura Hill, Richard (Lori) Hill, Kristen (Michael) Hake, Robin Groulx and Amy Groulx; eight great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Jacob, Brooke, Ryan, Delaney, Grant, Jami and Justin.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Karen Hill-McLaughlin; four sisters, Hazel Bennett, Lola Lazenby, Bernice Leonard and Hilda Stiffler; three brothers, Clyde, Russell and Wayne Kiefer.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at the Rupp Funeral Home, 2345 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m., with a rosary at 7 p.m. Her funeral will be on Monday May 4, at St. Charles Catholic Church where she will lie in state from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with services beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Fred Misiolek, pastor of the church officiating. Interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Memorials may be to St. Charles Catholic Church, Newport; Logan Autism Center, 2505 East Jefferson St., South Bend, Indiana 46615 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Memorial Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105.
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Ann Liparoto Losey
11/13/1939 – 4/28/2009

Ann Liparoto Losey, 69, passed away peacefully April 28th In Fleming Island Florida from complications of diabetes. Loved by many and admired by all she was born in Monroe, Michigan and had previously been a long term resident of Alexandria, VA.

Ann was a 1957 graduate of Monroe High School and later worked for the Ford Motor Company in Monroe and TMB Clothing in Lancaster PA where she was a sales consultant.

In 1960 she married her Monroe High School classmate Michael R. Losey; the now retired President & CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management in Alexandria, VA. She is survived by three children, Debra Jaycox of Highlands Ranch, CO, Scott Losey of Fleming Island, FL and Robert Losey of Las Vegas and five grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Losey was the daughter of the late Joseph and Lena Liparoto and sister of Sam Liparoto and her late brother Bill Liparoto also of Monroe. Her sister, Fran Liparoto Johnson of Novi, Michigan was also previously a long-time resident of Monroe.

Mrs. Losey was active as a volunteer for the American Diabetes Association and other community based organizations for many years in states ranging from Michigan to Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia prior to relocating recently to Florida.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Mrs. Losey’s name to: The Diabetes National Research Group, 3550 General Atomics Court, Suite 2-138 San Diego, CA, 92121

Family and friends are respectfully invited to a public viewing at the Rupp Funeral Home, 2345 S Custer Monroe, MI Friday, May 1st from 1 to 8 PM and Saturday from 9 to 11:30 AM, Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 PM at the Saint Joseph Catholic Church 924 E Second Street, Monroe.

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Gerard “Gary” Becker, 52; of Monroe died at 8:47 p.m. Thursday at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, he had been in poor health.
Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where a prayer service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sr. Dorothy Jayne Krupp officiating. He will lie instate Monday 9 a.m. at St. Michaels Catholic Church with services at 10 a.m. Rev. Stephen Vileo, pastor officiating and burial will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Brownstown Twp. Michigan.
Born December 22, 1956 in Detroit he was the son of Paul and Margaret (Hildebrandt) Becker. He married Debra L. Hamilton on February 9, 1979 in Melvindale, Michigan.
He was employed as a tool maker machinist by American Axel Mfg. in Detroit.
A 1975 graduate of St. Florians High School in Hamtramck he also attended Wayne County Community College and St. Michaels Catholic Church.
Surviving is his wife, son CPL Shawn M. (Nichole) Becker of San Diego, California; daughter Melissa D. Becker of Woodhaven, Michigan; brother Raymond (Iris) Becker of Smithfield, Virginia; Sisters; Diana A. (Ralph) Steinhebel of Pinckney, Michigan and Beverly J. (Filiberto) Bortolin of Ontario Canada.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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Carly Jo Chambers, new born daughter of John Grant and Jaime Lynn (Bashaw) Chambers died shortly after birth at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle. Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Arrangements by Rupp Funeral Home.
Surviving are her parents, brother; Ashton G. Chambers, sisters; Brittany L. Hindbaugh, Breeanna L. Chambers, Ashlea J. Hindbaugh and Caitlyn F. Chambers; grandparents Bernie and Leon Bashaw and Mary Beaudry; honorary grandparents Chuck and Laverne Vandercook; aunt and uncle Steven and Christian Nowitzke; uncle Jared Bashaw.
She was preceded in death by grandmother Sandra Jo Beal; great grandfather Milton Beaudry, great grandparents Hoyt and Thelma Chambers and Joe and Faye Collingsworth; great aunt Michelle Ann Beaudry.
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Marcelle A. Proskie, age 80 of Monroe, died 4:55 p.m. Tuesday at Mercy Memorial Nursing Center. She had been seriously ill for two weeks.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday in the Rupp Funeral Home. Sr. Dorothy Jane Krupp, O.S.F. of St. Michael Catholic Church will conduct a wake service at 4 p.m. immediately followed by the Lady Knights of Monroe Council Knights of Columbus 1266. She will lie instate 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Church with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Rev. Stephen Vileo, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery, LaSalle.

Born June 11, 1928 in Monroe, MI, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Anna (Mashek) Gabriel. She married Wallace L. Proskie February 7, 1948 in St. Patrick Catholic Church, Carleton. She was a homemaker and a teacher’s aide for fourteen years at Lincoln Elementary School.

Marcelle was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, a founding member and two-term past president of the Lady Knights of Monroe Council 1266 Knights of Columbus, and the Monroe County Rod and Gun Club of which she was a past vice-president and a member of its three-time ladies state champion trapshooting team.

She is survived by her husband Wallace; one son, Timothy (Joyce) Proskie of Hillsdale, MI; two daughters, Linda (Edward) Roelant of Troy, MI and Andrea (James) Risk of Farmington Hills, MI; two sisters, Muriel Southworth of Carleton, MI and Betty Jane (Fred) Harris of Minneapolis, MN; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Marcelle was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, William and Lawrence “Gabe” Gabriel; an infant sister, Mary Jane Gabriel; and a granddaughter, Angie Farris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lady Knights of Monroe Council 1266 Knights of Columbus.

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Vito Michael “Bill” Giarmo, 76 of Monroe died at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday in his home. He had been in poor health since January.
Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where a rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. He will lie instate 10 a.m. Friday at St. John Catholic Church where services will begin at 11 a.m. The Rev. Jack Quinlan, pastor of the church and Rev. James Scheick will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe under the auspices of Monroe Post #1138 VFW.
Born September 14, 1932 in New York, New York he was the son of Frank and Anna (Costelli) Giarmo. He married Marlene F. Padot September 6, 1958 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Monroe. They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary 2008.
Bill served with the US Army during the Korean Conflict from December 1952 to December 1954. Among his awards are the Korean Service Medal with one bronze service bar, United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and the National Defense Service Medal.
He worked for Monroe Stamping Plant of the Ford Motor Company for 34 ½ years, retiring May 1, 1986.
A member of St. John Church, he had been an usher for 42 years. After his retirement he served as custodian at the church for two years. A 1951 graduate of Monroe Catholic Central High School, Bill had been Chaplain of Monroe County Veterans Trust Fund; Life member of the DAV, member of Monroe Post #1138 VFW, UAW Local # 723, Monroe and a telethon member of Monroe Catholic Central High School for 5 years. Bill bowled in the Senior Citizens League at Monroe Sport Center for many years and was an active Bingo player at Monroe and Frenchtown Senior Centers.
Surviving are his wife, Marlene Giarmo of Monroe; two sons, Michael J. (Donna) Giarmo of Carleton and Thomas L. (Fina) Giarmo of Monroe; a daughter, Denise (William) Twiggs of Monroe; a brother, Joseph (Rose Mary) Giarmo of Monroe; a sister, Mary Anne (Stafford) Friday of Monroe; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Sam Giarmo and two sisters, Vincena and Mary Anne Giarmo.
Memorials may be made to St. John’s Church, Mercy Memorial Hospice or charity of donor’s choice.
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Ruby J. Hensley
August 25, 1924 – April 19, 2009

Ruby J. Hensley, 84; of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee formerly of Monroe died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Claiborne County Hospital, Tazewell, Tennessee.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday. Rev. Joe Bryant, Pastor of Union Street Missionary Baptist Church will officiate and burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born August 25, 1924 in Claiborne County, Tennessee she was the daughter of Samuel and Mary (Beeler) Johnson. She married Luther W. Hensley on March 16, 1941 in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee he preceded her in death on March 3, 1998.
She was a homemaker and a member of Underwood Grove Missionary Baptist Church and a former member of the Union Street Missionary Baptist Church.
Surviving are her sons; Charles R. Hensley of Middlesboro, Kentucky and Glenn W. (Lucille) Hensley of Cookeville, Tennessee; one half-brother, nine half-sisters, eight grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, three half-sisters and 1 half-brother.
Memorials may be made to the Union Street Missionary Baptist Church.
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Sister Mary Ann Szmania, IHM, 76, died Tuesday, April 14, in Warren, Mich.

Sister Mary Ann was one of two children, one boy and one girl of Leo and Virginia (Anderson) Szmania. She was born April 13, 1933 in Grafton, Ohio, and given the name Mary Ann. Sister Mary Ann attended St. Catherine Elementary and High Schools. She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1952, taking the religious name of Sister Michael Marie.

Sister Mary Ann earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and master’s degree from Wayne State University. She taught in formal education for 49 years at St. John, Monroe; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Detroit; St. John, Fenton, Holy Cross, Marine City; Our Lady of Miracles, Gustine, Calif.; Hall of the Divine Child, Monroe; Bishop Gallagher High School, Harper Woods; Marian High, Bloomfield Hills; St. Peter, Harper Woods; St. Germaine, St. Clair Shores; and Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe Woods.

With her love of teaching, she touched many lives. A quote which meant much to her is a good summary of her life, “Be kinder than necessary for everyone is fighting some kind of battle. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.” Sister Mary Ann taught all subjects and in every grade with an emphasis on social studies/history. She started a “Young Catholic Students” group in California for high school girls. Sister Mary Ann retired in 2004, and did volunteer work while residing in Warren, Mich., where she died.

Sister Mary Ann is preceded in death by her parents and her brother.

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, on Thursday, April 16, from 2 until 7:30 p.m., with a Remembering at 3 p.m. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in the Motherhouse Chapel on Friday, April 17, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Robert Keller as presider. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery on the Motherhouse Campus. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. Memorials may be made to the IHM Retirement Fund, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, MI 48162-7909.

Clarence E. “Whitey” Reisig, 84; of Monroe died at 6:54 p.m. Tuesday at his home, he had been in poor health since November.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home where service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday. Rev. Alice Morse, pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church will officiate, and burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle with military honors by VFW Post 1138; Monroe.
Born April 14, 1925 in Monroe, he was the son of Harmon and Rosetta (Reisig) Myers. He married Monica Lee Webb on January 6, 1994 at Wailea Beach, Hawaii.
Whitey was the long time owner and operator of the Duck Inn, Monroe that was founded by his grandfather Clarence “Pappy” Leonard.
He served in the US Marines during WW II from August 10, 1943 to December 6, 1945, and was in the Pacific Area; Marshall Islands; Guam; Marianas Island; Okinawa, and the Ryukya Islands.
He was a member of the VFW Post 1138, Monroe; American Legion Post 40, Monroe; Loyal order of the Moose Monroe Lodge 884; Fraternal Order of Police Monroe Lodge 113; BPOE Monroe Lodge 1503; Monroe County Rod and Gun Club; Ducks Unlimited, and the Amateur Softball Association. He enjoyed golf, fishing, hunting and travel. He attended the Hall of Divine Child, graduated from Howe Military School, and attended Michigan State University.
Surviving are his wife; sons Douglas E. (Brenda) Reisig of Plantville, Texas; Craig E. (Frances) Reisig of Navasota, Texas, and Jon J. (Debra) Reisig of Rockwood, Michigan; step children Dawn M. (Todd) Herrera, LeAnn R (Harold) Siech, and Robert C. (Tonia) Johnson all of Monroe; a half brother Marion (Flora) Myers of San Antonio, Texas; half sisters Helen Goetz of Dundee; Louann (Donald) Hatch of Palm Harbor, Florida and Linda Myers of Monroe; ten grandchildren Charles Mudge II, Hunter M. Mudge, Haley R. Herrera, Ryann M. Herrera, Sydney A. Herrera, Tyler C. Siech, Abigail L. Siech, Julia M. Siech, Owen R. Johnson and Evan A. Johnson, and a great grandson Aden M. Herrera.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Lisa L. Mudge, step daughter Heather A. Krueger and Half sister Phyllis Myers.
Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice.

Linda Kay Dewilde, 43, of Monroe, died at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. She had been in poor health for three months.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. until services at 7 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home. A private burial will take place Monday at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born January 11, 1966 in Anderson Indiana, she was the daughter of Charles L. and Kathleen P. (Smith) Whited. She married Kevin C. Dewilde June 2, 2001 in Monroe.

Linda had been the director of quality control at Bay Corrugated Container.

She attended and studied with the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin; her mother, Kathy Whited of Monroe; two step-daughters, Kayla Dewilde and Brittany Dewilde both of Monroe; a brother Charles F. Whited of Monroe and a sister Lisa (Greg) Martin of Monroe; a nephew and two nieces.

She is preceded in death by her father.

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