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Sam P. Joseph, 90, of Monroe, died at 1:30 a.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Nursing Center.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. He will lie instate at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church with services at 10 a.m. The Rev. Marc Gawronski, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery under the auspices of V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe.

Born April 10, 1920 in Monroe, he was the son of George and Amelia (Betrus) Joseph. He married Beatrice E. Cole February 14, 1942 in Ft. Riley, Kansas.

He was President of Joseph Brothers Co. from 1946 to 1980. Joseph Brothers Co., a wholesale tobacco and candy business, was established in 1910 by his father and uncle, George Joseph Sr. and Anthony Joseph. In 1946 Sam and his two brothers, George, Jr. and Philip, assumed control of the small confectionary store and built it into a multimillion dollar a year wholesale operation, selling out to Fontana Brothers in November 1980. They assisted many small local businesses with financial support and were advisors to Michigan Legislators on revisions to the cigarette Tax Act.

Sam served in the U.S. Army from January 9, 1942 to November 13, 1945; 24 of his 46 months of service were spent overseas. He was a member of the First Cavalry Division when it was still a horse unit, and attended its NCO school. When the Calvary was mechanized, Sam transferred to the Ordinance Department. He was assigned to the European Theater of Operations Headquarters in 1943. At a ceremony held in Paris, France, in July 1945, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for activities related to the D-Day invasion of France. He was also awarded an American Theater Service Medal, European-African Medal with two bronze battles stars, Good Conduct Medal and five overseas services bars.

In September 1944 while traveling to his military post, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, he escaped injury during a train wreck near Fredicksburg, Maryland, 46 people were killed in the rear end collision of two Red Arrow Express Trains.

He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Church, where he was baptized, confirmed and educated; a 1937 graduate of Monroe High School, he served as their Reunion Committee Chairman, and was a 1939 graduate of Monroe Business College. He was a former member and past president of both the Monroe Golf and Country Club and Monroe Optimist Club. He was a life member of V.F.W. Post 1138; past treasurer and member of board of directors Ravenwood Park Homeowners Assn.; Disabled American Veterans Post 42, Dundee; National Assn. of Wholesale Candy Distributors; National Tobacco Wholesalers Assn.; Michigan Tobacco and Candy Distributors, and the First Cavalry Division Assn.. He was a former member of the Monroe Community Players, and driver for Meals on Wheels. He also was on the Custer Monument Rededication Committee.

He was an avid golfer and bowler. He bowled on the Monroe County Catholic Bowling League for 33 years and was named Bowler of the Year by the Greater Monroe Bowling Assn. in 1981. He also loved to grow roses.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years Beatrice; two sons, Sam P. (Karen) Joseph, II of Big Rapids, Michigan, Thomas M. (Diana) Joseph of Covington, Georgia; a brother, Philip D. Joseph of Monroe; a sister, Mary Ann Byers of Monroe, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, George and James and a sister, Margaret Joseph.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church.

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

Leo F. Stoddard, 69, of South Rockwood, died at 12:35 a.m. Saturday at Mercy Memorial Hospital.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Dwight Hazard will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Flat Rock.

Born September 30, 1940 in Monroe, he was the son of William and Alza (Jaworski) Stoddard. He married Kathleen J. Burns July 13, 1963 in Ecorse; she preceded him in death on September 27, 1990.

He was a retired pipefitter with Detroit Edison.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by three daughters, Lisa (Rob) Wilhelm of Oak Harbor, Ohio, Michelle (Jeffrey) Kecskes of Monroe, Denise Stoddard of Commerce Twp.; a brother William (Patricia) Stoddard of Atlanta, Michigan; a sister, Irma Heim of Taylor; three grandchildren, Nikki Wilhelm, Nate Wilhelm and Kyle Kecskes.

In addition to his wife; he is preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ervin Stoddard.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Monroe County Humane Society.

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

Ruby Mable Sandifer, age 81 of Monroe, died 9 p.m. Saturday, May 29, 2010 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.

Friends may call from 2 – 9 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Rev. B.J. McDaniel, pastor of Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church and Rev. Butch Carver will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery, LaSalle, Michigan.

Born August 29, 1928 in Harrogate, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Jessie and Dora (Lingar) Burke. She married Carson G. Carroll on May 3, 1947 in Napoleon, Ohio. He died September 17, 1982. Ruby later married Hubert Sandifer on May 3, 1991 in Monroe. He died November 19, 1998.

Ruby had been employed by the former Triangle Lunch and Reisig Cleaners in Monroe and retired from Monroe Housing Commission.

Ruby was a member of Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church. She was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, enjoyed word search puzzles and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved Gospel music, quilting and embroidering. Ruby had a huge heart and was always helping others in need.

She is survived by her daughter, Dympna Carlene (Dennis) Farley with whom she made her home with; two granddaughters, Shana (Daniel) White and Rianna Lynch, both of Monroe; three brothers, Roy (Mildred) Burke of Dundee, Michigan, J.C. (Bobby) Burke and George Burke, both of Monroe; three sisters, Bea (Cliff) Friar and Bessie (Howard) Cosby, both of Monroe and Bobby (Bud) Fortner of Temperance, Michigan; four great-grandchildren, Ethan, Lizzie, Gabbie, and Danie.

In addition to her husbands and her parents, she is preceded by two sisters, Billie Burke and Thelma Bratcher; a brother Dewey Burke, and three grandchildren, Carson Scott Bryson, twins Charles Lee and Chad Lynn Bryson.

Memorial gifts may be made to the family.

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

Gerald A. “Jeb” Lajiness, 79 of Monroe passed away at 12:45 a.m. Friday at FountainView of Monroe where he had been for six days. He had been seriously ill for six weeks.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where funeral services celebrating his life will be at 12 p.m. Monday. The Rev. William Fisher, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born April 26, 1931 in Monroe he was the son of Sylvester P. and Lucille (Powell) Lajiness. He married Mary J. Osborne June 30, 1950 in Monroe.

Gerald was a lifelong commercial fisherman, learning the trade from his father, uncle and brother. He also owned Lajiness Fish and Bait in Monroe from 1970 to 1982. He also operated a charter service from his boat “The Drifter”. He was always the happiest when he was on the lake.

He was a member of St. Joseph Church, Monroe where he was baptized and confirmed. He had attended Monroe Public Schools. He was also a member of St. Joseph Church, East Tawas. An avid fisherman and hunter, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Mary J. Lajiness of Monroe; three daughters, Donna J. Lajiness, Diana (David) Cupp and Debi (Eugene) Bezeau all of Monroe; two sisters, Rlene (Lyle) Everingham of Cincinnati, Ohio and Betty (Duane) Bunge of Lake Orion, Michigan; six grandchildren, Melissa (Spencer) Maniaci, David Cupp, II, Tristin (John) McGee, Gerald “Jebbe” Lajiness, III, Jacob Bezeau and Jerid Bezeau; eight great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Gerald A. “Jeb” Lajiness, II on February 6, 2010, brothers, Robert (Margaret) Lajiness and James in infancy, sister, Juanita (Ralph) Griffiths; a grandson Joshua Bezeau and a niece, Joan Griffiths.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Church or its Food Closet or Relay for Life.

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

Timothy Jay Boyer, 42 of Monroe, lovingly known as “Faja” by his daughters, died at 5:07 p.m. Friday at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo following a courageous battle with cancer. He was an inspiration to many for his positive outlook on life and seemingly endless energy. He had been in poor health for 1 ½ years and seriously ill 1 week.

Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where services celebrating his life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Randy Pierce, pastor of Bible Fellowship Church, Monroe will officiate. Cremation will follow.

Born November 22, 1967 in Rockford, Illinois he was the son of Bobby Jack and Janice (James) Glovier. He married Robin K. Mitchell October 15, 1994 in Livonia, Michigan.

He served with the US Navy during Desert Storm from Jan. 1987 to January 1990. He served aboard the USS John F. Kennedy. Among his awards, are the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

After being honorably discharged, Tim worked for Chrysler Corporation, Trenton Engine Plant as an assembly line worker for Department #638. He later joined National Freight Handlers as a Warehouse Support Tech for eight years.

Tim was a 1986 graduate of Harlem High School in Machesney Park, Illinois. He was a member of UAW Local #372 Trenton and came to Monroe in July 1995 from Southgate.

Surviving are his “Pretties”, Kayla L. and Molly R. Boyer both of Monroe, his mother,
Norma J. Boyer of Machesney Park, Illinois, his best friend and caregiver, Robin K. Boyer of Monroe; two brothers, Todd (Lisa) Boyer of Loves Park, Illinois and Troy (Kelly) Boyer of Machesney Park, Illinois; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Janice Glovier, father, Alfred F. Boyer and half brother, Rod Glovier.

Special thanks to Hospice of Northwest Ohio and his nurse, Mark for their excellence in providing comfort, care and support of Tim and his family. Also thanks to Tim’s Facebook Friends who have followed and supported Tim throughout his ordeal.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 800 S. Detroit Ave., Toledo, Ohio.

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

Thomas J. Phelan 56, of Toledo formerly of Monroe died at 10:27 p.m. Wednesday at University of Toledo Medical Center. He had been in poor health for two weeks.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home where VFW Post 1138, Monroe will have military honors at 2 p.m. He will lie instate Tuesday 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Historic Church, 130 Avondale Toledo, OH 43604 with services at 11 a.m. Rev. Dennis Hartigan, pastor will officiate.
Born February 15, 1954 in Monroe he was the son of Myron James and Joann Virginia (Bastien) Phelan. He married Julie Pickens on September 17, 1976 he then married Rosemary Vasquez on September 7, 1990 in Toledo.
Tom was employed at Ford Motor Company, Maumee, OH for thirty years retiring in 2007. He served in the US Army from October 1, 1971 to October 1, 1974.
He attended Jefferson High School and St. Patrick’s Historic Church and enjoyed motorcycle riding, fishing and hunting up north at his cabin. His favorite past time was spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife Rosemary, mother Joann V. Lefevre of Monroe; daughters Tanya L. Trometer of Monroe; and Andrea (Robert) Garber of Toledo; brothers Kenneth Phelan and James (Belinda) Phelan both of Monroe; sisters Ginny (Kevin) Smith, Sharon (Randy) Vanderpool, Gail Sanders, Michelle Thomas and Kimberly (Michael) O’Brien all of Monroe; grandchildren Donald Garber, Robert Garber, McKenzie Garber, Jenna Hustwayte, Abbie Garber, Ricky Trometer, Jackson Garber and Sheridan Garber.
He was preceded in death by his father, sister, Kerry Ann Phelan, grandparents Howard and Alta Bastien, Myron and Elizabeth Phelan and Genevieve Phelan.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Patricia Rose Nadeau, 73 of Roscommon, formerly of Monroe died at 12:43 a.m. Wednesday at Ebeid Hospice Residence, Sylvania, Ohio where she had been since April 9.

Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. She will lie instate at 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church where services celebrating her life will be at 11 a.m. The Rev. Ronald Schultz, pastor of the church will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born August 11, 1936 in Monroe she was the daughter of Lester J. and Irma A. (Diroff) Blohm. She married Thomas E. Nadeau October 19, 1957 in River Rouge, Michigan. He preceded her in death on February 9, 2004.

Pat was a homemaker most of her life, but for five years she worked as a Beautician in Monroe.

A member of Grace Lutheran Church, Monroe she was very active at the church. She was a member of Ladies Aid, Altar Guild, Sunday School Secretary, Choir and the Youth Group Consolers. She was a 1954 graduate of Monroe High School and a member of Wild Turkey Federation. Other memberships included the National Red Hat Society and Mt. Hope Lutheran Church, Grayling, Michigan.

Surviving are two sons, Timothy J. (Sandra) Nadeau of Augusta, Kentucky and Edward T. Nadeau of Monroe; a daughter, Kay Lynn Ball of Sylvania, Ohio; three brothers, Lester F. (Rose Ann) Blohm of Monroe, LaVerne (Carolyn) Blohm of Florence, South Carolina and Melvin (Bonnie) Blohm of Roscommon, Michigan; three grandchildren, Scott Ball, Ashly McCarver-Nadeau and Thomas Nadeau; two great-grandchildren, Madison and Mackenzie McCarver.

In addition to her husband, her parents preceded her in death.

Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, Mt. Hope Lutheran Church or Ebeid Hospice Residence.

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

Michael E. Craig, age 58 of Petersburg, died Tuesday at the University of Toledo Medical Center, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Friends may call from 2 – 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Pastor Joe Koprowski of Southpoint Community Christian Church in Trenton will officiate. Burial will be at Cadillac Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Westland.

Born December 3, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of Aaron and Marguerite (Young) Craig. He married Nancy G. McGhie on May 1, 1976 in Trenton, Michigan. She died December 14, 1996.

Michael was employed by Ford Motor Company in Flat Rock for 23 years. He was a big fan of University of Michigan football, “Muscle” cars, and enjoyed the outdoors. He attended Southpoint Community Christian Church and was a member of Free and Accepted Masons.

He is survived by two sons, Aaron Craig of Erie, Michigan and Matthew Craig of Monroe; a daughter, Kelly Craig of Monroe; four grandchildren, Hannah Craig, Gabrielle Craig, Colton Roy, and Rylee Roy.

In addition to his wife Nancy, Michael is preceded by his parents.

Memorials may be made to the Craig family.

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

Richard C. Terrasi
April 30, 1948 – May 24, 2010

Richard C. Terrasi, 62 of Monroe died at 7:02 a.m. Monday at his home after a long battle with cancer. He had been in poor health since December.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with services at 11 a.m. Rev. William Fisher, pastor will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 1138 Monroe.
Born April 30, 1948 in Monroe he was the son of Angelo and Angeline (Darin) Terrasi. He married Deanna M. Strimpel in Ann Arbor on May 16, 2010.
He was employed by Reed Vision, Monroe and Star Force National Corporation as a military transport driver.
He was a 1966 graduate of Jefferson High School, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and served in the US Army from January 24, 1969 to March 4, 1971.
Surviving are his wife Deanna, mother Angeline of Monroe; children Dana M. Clark of Monroe; Bradley R. Terrasi of Monroe; Jennifer S. (Robert) Zuttermeister of Plano. IL; Stephanie L. Terrasi of Adrian and Stacy N. Terrasi of Monroe; sisters Joann (Mike) Rhodes, Judy (Chip) Greene, Denise (Mike) Germain, Jaynie Eppler and Dori (Rick) Goltowski all of Monroe; grandchildren Matthew P. Clark-Marut, Felisha R. Clark, Phillip J. Hollingsworth, Kaden M. Terrasi and Lukas J. Zuttermeister.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

William L. Chapman, 85 of Dundee died at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at his home. He had been in poor health for 2 years.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday. Rev. Donald L. Kirk will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle with military honors by VFW Post 1138 Monroe.
Born April 13, 1925 in Louisa, Kentucky he was the son of Robert C. and Jessie O. (Fitzpatrick) Chapman. He married Delores D. Ford on February 26, 1966 in Woodville, Ohio.
He was a carpenter with local 1301 retiring in 1975.
He served in the US Navy during World War II.
Surviving are his wife Delores, children David L. Chapman of Silver Springs, NV; Dennis J. (Alice) Chapman of Willows, CA; Gregory (Bonnie) Chapman of South Lake Tahoe, CA; Kim T. Chapman of St. Petersburg, FL; Robert W. (Kim) Chapman of Galesburg, MI; Randy Jess Chapman of Temperance; MI; Debra D. (Gary) Malinowsky of Perrysburg, OH and Cheri L. (Larry) Petit of Durand, MI; brother Frank (Mae) Chapman of Freemont, OH; grandchildren Shawn; Scott; Christina; Justin; John; Jesstin; Mellisa; Austin; Matthew; Dina; Vaughn; Sarah; Cody; Abigail; Zachary: Sean; Madison and nine great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son James W. Hurd, daughter Janice Chapman, brothers Henry Lindsey, Robert, Chuck and Carl Chapman, sisters Hazel Peters, Dolly Chapman, Sarah Hammond, Gypsy Hall, Goldie Kirk, Inez Piddock and Evelyn Marie Chapman.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.