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Joseph Charles 76, of Monroe, died at 7:31 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room. He had been in poor health for three months.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where the rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. He will lie instate at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael Catholic Church with services at 10 a.m. Rev. Stephen Vileo, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born February 26, 1934 in Monroe, he was the son of Frank and Antoinette (Colucci) Charles. He married Antoinette E. “Toni” Balk April 15, 1961; she preceded him in death on November 18, 1999.

He worked for the City of Monroe Water Department and Michigan Gas and Utlities Company, retiring in 1990.

He served in the US Army, was a 1959 graduate of Monroe High School and a member of St. Michael Catholic Church.

He enjoyed golfing at Green Meadows Golf Course and bowling where he served as the secretary of the Independent Boewling League at Nortel Lanes for 49 years.

He is survived by a son, Joseph (Laurena) Charles II of Newport; two daughters, Lisa M. Biundo of Grosse Isle, Lori A. (Matt) Ratz of Monroe; two brothers, Dominic (Evelyn) Charles and John (Agnes) Charles both of Monroe; six grandchildren, Nunzio Biundo, Caterina Biundo, Francesca Biundo, McKenzie Ratz, Matthew Ratz II and Ashley Charles.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a son-in-law Tony Biundo.

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

Clayton C. Elrod
February 3, 1919 – February 28, 2010

Clayton C. Elrod, 91, of Monroe died at 10:45 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where St. Anne’s Men’s Club will recite the rosary at 7 p.m. He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Anne’s Catholic Church with services at 11 a.m. Rev. Robert Mossett, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Maybee with VFW Post 1138, Monroe, providing military honors.

Born February 3, 1919 in Tazewell, Tennessee he was the son of Charlie and Hattie (Epperson) Elrod. He married Mary E. Horney on September 6, 1954 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church; she preceded him in death on December 31, 1998.

He was employed at River Raisin Paper Company, Midwest Trucking and the DT&I Railroad retiring in 1982.

He served in the US Army from December 11, 1940 to January 7, 1945 and received the Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, American Defense Service Ribbon and the Bronze Star.

An active member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church and Men’s Club, he also helped start St. Anne’s Food Closet. He was a member of VFW Post 1138, Monroe and the Knights of Columbus #1266, Monroe. He was a 1938 graduate of Claiborne High School.

He is survived by two sons, Joseph L. Elrod of San Clemente and Robert L. (Lauri) Elrod of Glendale, Arizona; two daughters, Anne M. (Greg) Goins and Kathryn L. (Richard) Bezeau both of Monroe; nine grandchildren, Michelle (Michael) Zabriskie, Jeffrey (Becky) Goins, Nick (Stacey) Goins, Levi Elrod, Kyle Simpson, Grace Elrod, Rachel Elrod, Chad Bezeau, Derek Bezeau and six great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Oscar and Buster Elrod; four sisters, Lilly Cox, Ida Jackson, Bobbie Patterson and Monette Girard.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anne’s Food Closet or Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

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

Eva G. Wood, 89, of Monroe died at 7:31 p.m. Thursday at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe she had been in poor health for 6 months.
Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. Rev. Paul C. Roemer, pastor of the First Wesleyan Church of Monroe will officiate and entombment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born February 1, 1921 in Monroe she was the daughter of Joel and Eva (Johnson) Mallicoat. She was married to J.T. Wood for over fifty-five years he preceded her in death on May 14, 1996.
She was employed at Consolidated Paper Company, south side plant for over thirty six years, retiring when the plant closed.
Her memberships included the First Wesleyan Church of Monroe, VFW Post 1138 Ladies Auxiliary, Monroe Senior Citizens Center, Frenchtown Senior Citizens and the RSVP. She volunteered for twenty-nine years at Mercy Memorial Hospital, the Lutheran Home and Medilodge of Monroe. She and J. T. loved to travel and visited Alaska, Hawaii and Australia.
Surviving is a niece Sherry Lynn Beck who took care of her for several years and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband J. T. sisters Jean Kostoff, Bertha Mallicoat and Dorothy McNutt, brothers Earl, Hollis, Lester and Eugene Mallicoat.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Wesleyan Church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

William C. Taylor, 70 of Monroe died at 5:24 p.m. Thursday at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe. He had been in poor health since 1992.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where the Monroe Lodge #27 Free & Accepted Masons will conduct services at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Monday at the funeral home with Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of the First Church of God officiating, military honors will be provided by the Downriver Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will follow at Acacia Park Cemetery, Beverly Hills, Michigan.
Born April 29, 1939 in Detroit he was the son of Alfred and Violet (Caddy) Taylor. He married Patricia Everette. He later married Jacqueline A. Williamson on March 22, 1980 in Dearborn, Michigan.
He was employed by the Ford Motor Company, Dearborn Engineering retiring in 1992.
A US Navy veteran, he served from February 21, 1958 to February 20, 1964. He was also a member of the Dearborn Lodge # 172 Free &Accepted Masons, Monroe Rifle and Pistol Club and the National Rifle Association.
Surviving are his wife Jacqueline of Monroe; daughter Joan (Dick) Myers of Berkley Springs, West Virginia; son Alan (Tricia) Kinnell of Yuma, Arizona; grandchildren Catherine Myers, Ryan, Casey and Samantha Kinnell.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Edward Taylor.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Monroe County Humane Society.
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Grace Alzarus Evans, 96, of Monroe, died at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday in the home of her daughter Margaret.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Ronald Schultz, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born February 15, 1914 in Washington, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Charles E. and Henrietta (McGlumphy) Rush. She married Clarence F. Evans March 29, 1930 in Little Washington, Pennsylvania; he preceded her in death on November 14, 1997.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Margaret Bates and Susan (Allan) Cramer both of Monroe; a brother William Rush of Farwell, Michigan; eighteen grandchildren, forty five great grandchildren and forty two great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by a son, Clarence “Dick” Evans; a daughter, Jean Ann Pope; six brothers, Raymond, Marvin H., Edward, Elmer D., Charles and Jack Rush; a sister, Frances Tokarz; two granddaughters, Pamela Martell and Michaela Tedora and a great-great granddaughter Danica Marie Cox.

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

Leona Margaret Johnston, 95 ½ of Monroe died at 10:37 p.m. Tuesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital where she had been for one day.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Janet Lutz, pastor of Zion United Methodist Church, LaSalle and the Rev. Jack E. Johnston, pastor of Byron First United Methodist Church, her son, will officiate. Burial will be at Toledo Memorial Park, Sylvania.

Born June 16, 1914 in Toledo, Ohio she was the daughter of Silas and Edith L. (Peckham) Butler. She married Robert B. Johnston July 29, 1933 at the Maybee Congregational Church. He preceded her in death on July 2, 1995.

Leona had been the bookkeeper for Butler Farms for 40 years, from 1952 to 1992.

She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church, LaSalle and was a former board member of the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Leona also had been very active in fund raising for the Ida Band Boosters. She came to Monroe in 1942 from south county where she had been an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, Samaria. An avid bowler, her and her husband had bowled in several bowling leagues in Monroe for many years.

Surviving are two sons, James R. Johnston of Fraser, Michigan and Rev. Jack E. (Connie) Johnston of Byron, Michigan; two special care givers, Robin Margraves of Monroe and Julie Boomus of Monroe; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Joan R. Johnston on October 2, 2009, and twin sons in infancy.

Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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

Alice A. Yard, 88 of Monroe died at 9:58 a.m. Monday at Medilodge of Monroe she had been in poor health since January.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a. m. Thursday. Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of the First Church of God will officiate and burial will be at Woodland Cemetery.
Born April 24, 1921 in Wetumka, Oklahoma she was the daughter of Jess and Virginia (Awtrey) Irby. She married Russell A. Yard on November 1, 1937 in Monroe he preceded her in death on November 3, 2002.
She had been employed at Hadley’s Dress Shop in Monroe.
Surviving are her children, Russell A. (Donise) Yard, Jr. and William J. Yard both of Monroe; grandchildren Linda S. (Doug) Umfress of Monroe and Sheryl L. Yard of Temperance; great grandchildren Cory, Alicia and Matthew Umfress
She was preceded in death by a sister Lois Ameye and brothers Bill and Herb Irby.
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Sister Maura Morrissey, IHM, 95, died Monday, Feb. 22, in the IHM Health Care Center, Monroe, Mich.

Sister Maura was one of 11 children, four boys and seven girls, of John and Margaret (McIntyre) Morrissey. She was born May 20, 1914 in Jackson, Mich., and given the name Teresa. Sister Maura attended St. John Elementary and High Schools in Jackson. She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1930, taking the religious name of Sister Maura.

Sister Maura 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. Michael, Flint; Our Lady of the Lake, Harbor Beach; St. Patrick, Our Lady of Help, Holy Trinity and Holy Redeemer, Detroit, and Sacred Heart, Roseville, Mich.

Sister Maura ministered for 32 years at Holy Redeemer in Detroit. This time included two years of teaching, 20 years as principal and nine years ministering to older adults in the parish. If there was any extra time Sister Maura spent the time helping the poor. She retired at Holy Redeemer convent in 1992. Sister Maura returned to the Motherhouse in Monroe in 1995. She entered the Health Care Center in 2007 where she resided until her death.

Sister Maura is survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, John, Richard, Edward and Walter, and her sisters, Margaret (Mrs. Clement Berry), Frances (Mrs. James Cook), Alice (Mrs. Edward O’Shea), Mary, Virginia and Loretta.

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 2 until 7:30 p.m., with a Remembering at 3 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel on Friday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Ed Vela, CSsR, will be the 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.

Jean L. Troxell, 83 of Monroe died at 9:14 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital she had been in poor for two and a half years.
Cremation has been held and a memorial service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 5301 E. Albain Rd., Monroe. Elder John Wilhelm will officiate.
Born October 28, 1926 in Orlando, Florida she was the daughter of Robert Clarence and Blanche (Griffin) Sumner. She married Paul Hensley on December 23, 1944 in Middlesboro, Kentucky then to John Troxell on August 28, 1976 in Monroe he preceded her in death on May 17, 2000.
She was employed by the Beach Nursing Home in Monroe as a caregiver retiring in 1978.
She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Jean’s favorite scripture was Rev. 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry, nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
Surviving are her brothers, Floyd Sumner of San Antonio, Texas and Bob Lanham of Cincinnati, Ohio; sisters Dorothy Carmack of Monroe; Mae Sumner of Nickelsville, Virginia; Carolyn Wills of Knoxville, Tennessee and Lorraine Bussell of Middlesboro, Kentucky.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John, brothers, Robert Sumner and Carl Lanham.
Memorials may be made to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Elsie Lorena Jordan, 72 of Monroe died at 9:05 a.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Nursing Center where she had been for the last 4 ½ years. She had been in poor health for several years.

Friends may call from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where a memorial service will be at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ron Morgan, pastor of Evergreen Acres Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Burial of her ashes will be at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Born January 21, 1938 in Sneedville, Tennessee she was the daughter of Carrol and Lahoma (Shockley) Noe. She married James E. Jordan December 31, 1957 in Monroe. He preceded her in death on January 12, 2006.

Elsie had been employed by La-Z-Boy Chair Company as a stitcher for 14 years until the manufacturing plant closed. She then worked for Sharon Manufacturing until taking a medical retirement in 1990.

Elsie was a member of Evergreen Acres Missionary Baptist Church and had come to Monroe in 1956 from Tazewell, Tennessee.

Surviving is a son, Russell D. “Dean” (Tonya) Jordan of Monroe; a daughter, Angela M. Jordan of Monroe; a brother, Edward Noe of Tennessee and a granddaughter, Adeana (Chris) Wittkop.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Roger “David” Jordan in 1999.

Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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