Monthly Archives: November 2010

Davien J. Rice – Overstreet

November 30, 2010

   Davien J. Rice – Overstreet the son of Ronald C. Overstreet and Recile E. Rice was stillborn on Tuesday November 30, 2010 at Toledo Hospital.

   Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 p.m.  Rev. G. Cliff Irvin, pastor of the First Christian Baptist Church will officiate and burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.

   Surviving are his parents, brother, Damien L. Ferdin, sister, Naveh N. Overstreet, grandfather, Arbie F. Rice, Jr., Grandmothers, Cindy S. Estes and Tracy Overstreet and great-grandparents Arby F. and Dorothy Rice, Sr.

   He was preceded in death by great-grandparents William L. and Recile Estes.

   Memorials are suggested to the family.

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LeRoy Southworth, Jr., of Alger, Michigan, was born on December 29, 1941.  He was the son of the late LeRoy and Frances (Himes) Southworth.  LeRoy attended Airport High School where he met his wife, Madonna Lambrix.  On November 3, 1962 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockwood, Michigan, LeRoy and Madonna were joined in marriage.

LeRoy Southworth, Jr., 68, passed away peacefully on Tuesday November 30, 2010 at the Medilodge of Sterling, Michigan with his wife by his side.  LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents LeRoy (father) and Frances (mother) and Michael (brother).

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where funeral services celebrating his life will be at 10 a.m. Friday.  The Rev. Stephen Vileo, pastor of St. Michael Catholic Church will officiate.  Cremation will follow the service.

LeRoy was a wonderful provider to his family by working several jobs at one time to help ensure his family’s happiness.  After 32 years of working for Chrysler Trenton Engine, LeRoy retired in 1997.

LeRoy was also the facilitator of many events for the community of Forest Lake.  Some of the events he spearheaded were the Doughnut Club, the Valentine’s Day Dance and the Corn Roast to help further celebrate friendship and life.

LeRoy enjoyed listening to all genres of music as well as debating with friends and family until they would concede to agree with his point of view.  He especially enjoyed telling and retelling stories to friends and family.  LeRoy was extremely fond of playing pranks on his grandchildren.  Because of his great sense of humor life’s curve balls were always made easier to go through.

To cherish his memory LeRoy leaves his beloved wife, Madonna; three children, Lee (Donna) Southworth, Rita (Ken) Wendler both of Monroe, Benjamin (Sandra) Southworth of Maumee, Ohio; three grandchildren, Rodney Wendler, LeeAnna and Julie Southworth; two brothers, Paul (Sally) Southworth  of Carleton and David (Irene) Southworth of Taylor.

The Southworth family wishes to thank the medical staffs of Mercy Memorial, The University of Michigan Hospitals as well as Dr. Joseph Hunt for all of the care and support.

In lieu of flowers the family requests a memorial donation to be made to St. Michael’s School Tuition Assistance Program in the name of LeRoy Southworth, Jr.

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Jeanette “Becky” Stoner passed away November 30, 2010 at the Lutheran Home of Monroe.


She was born to C. William and Zaida (Kolb) Beck in Monroe, Michigan, on December 26, 1915. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1933, and earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Michigan. She was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority and Pi Lambda Theta honorary society. She attended Merrill Palmer Institute as a graduate student.


She taught kindergarten for the Melvindale Public Schools and Monroe Public Schools. She was affiliated with the Detroit Girl Scout Council and the Monroe County Bureau of Social Aid.


On February 1, 1942, she married John D. Stoner of Monroe. He preceded her in death July 21, 1988.


In 1943, Mrs. Stoner became a member of the faculty of Randolph Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She organized the first pre-school and preschool training program in a southern women’s college.


While residing in Hillsdale, Michigan, from 1947-1960, she served on the boards of the Hillsdale Y.W.C.A., the United Fund, and the Jackson-Hillsdale Child Guidance Clinic. She was also a member of the Hillsdale County Health Department Advisory Committee.


She was elected to the Board of Women Commissioners of Hillsdale College in 1951, and served as its president from 1966-1970. During her presidency, the Randall Preschool, sponsored by the Board of Women Commissioners, was constructed and dedicated on the Hillsdale College Campus. She became an honorary member of the board in 2009.


She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe, where she served as deacon, elder, Clerk of Session and member of the Endowment Fund Board. She was a past president of Friends in Council; a member of the Monroe Thrift Shop and the Monroe County Historical Society. She was on the Woodland Cemetery Board, and the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of Monroe County. In 1995 she received the Merit Citation from the Michigan Library Association Trustee Roundtable for her service to the Monroe County Library Board from 1990-1995.


She traveled around the world, including Europe, Africa, South America, the Pacific and Southeast Asia.


She is survived by two sons, John (Martha) of Monroe and William (Mary) of Austin, Texas; three grandchildren, Margaret (Ben) Gonzalez, Frank (Jessica) Stoner and Jennifer (Aaron) Weckstein; and three great granddaughters, Beck Gonzalez and Emma and Maya Weckstein.


Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. She will lie in state at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, Monroe where funeral services celebrating her life will be at 11 a.m. The Rev. Nancy Carle. pastor of the church will officiate. Private burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Memorials may be to an organization of the donor’s choice.


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Loretta Ann Homrich, 85 of Maybee, passed away on November 30, 2010 at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor surrounded by her loving family.


Friends may call from 5 – 9 p.m. Thursday and 3 – 9 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Friday evening. She will lie instate at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maybee, where services will begin at 11 a.m. The Rev. Richard Luberti will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Maybee.


Loretta was born January 8, 1925, in Carleton, Michigan. She was the daughter of William and Appolonia (Wolf) Bruck. She married Ivan R. Homrich on November 24, 1945 in North Dorr, Michigan. He preceded her in death on July 15, 2008.


She is survived by her children, Lonnie (Ron) Brant of Maybee, Randall (Gerry) Homrich of Maybee, Roger (Norma) Homrich of LaSalle, Mary (Pat) Leach of Pueblo, CO, Tina (Matt) Schultz of Dundee, and Marg (Jeff) Karner of Port Clinton, OH. She is also survived by her sisters, Ruth Day and Virginia (Robert) Laming of Carleton, MI and one brother John Bruck of Monroe. She was dearly cherished by her 21 grandchildren, Becky (Lee) Karner, Paul (Racheal) Brant, Ryan Brant, David Brant, Julie (Chuck) Boomus, Jodie (David) Moore, Kris Rzepa, Jason (Amy) Homrich, Jennifer Homrich, Michelle Homrich, Scott (Kelly) Homrich, Tim (Jenny) Homrich, Roger L. (Erin) Homrich, Melanie (Tom) Cahill, Jamie Leach, Michael Leach, Rachel Schultz, Mandy Schultz, Heather Schultz, Steven Karner, Kristina Karner and 14 great grandchildren Joshua, Jenna, Scott, Jonathan, Brendan, Matthew, Jacob, Megan, Alex, Alyssa, Lucas, Lydia, Addisyn, Aaron and one great-great grandchild, Adriaunna. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ivan, her parents, her daughter Lora Rzepa, her sister Mildred Owens, and two grandchildren.


Loretta’s greatest joy was her family. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She had a passion for canning, gardening, and baking. She was known for baking a minimum of ten Dutch apple pies which she hand delivered to her children and grandchildren. She spent most of her winters with her husband in Lake Okeechobee, FL in their motor home. They also took each grandchild to Colorado on a memorable trip. She loved spending time at Lake LeAnn with her children and grandchildren. She was a long time, active member of St. Joseph Church, Maybee. She was involved with the CYO. She was President of Christian Mothers, member of the Parish Council, and was chairman of numerous church festivals. She was a cub scout den mother for many years. She was also very involved with Downtown Maybee Days. There were many other organizations and activities she was involved with in her younger years.


She graduated from Carleton High School in 1942. She enjoyed her time working at the Willow Run Bomber Plant during World War II. She was co-founder and office manager of Homrich Wrecking Company which began in 1965. While raising her seven children, she oversaw the recovery of reusable and historic building materials from the demolition projects performed by Homrich Inc.


Loretta, you will forever be remembered for your kindness, your enduring spirit, great sense of humor, and never quit attitude. You were loved by all and will never be forgotten.


The Homrich family would like to extend their gratitude to those who gave special care to their mom the past five years.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maybee.


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Ralph Russell

July 15, 1932 – November 28, 2010


   Ralph Russell, 78 of Monroe passed away Sunday November 28 at Medilodge of Monroe surrounded by his loving family.

   Born July 15, 1932 in Speedwell, Tennessee he was the son of Ditsy and Hallie (Pierce) Russell. He married Carrie Cornelia Sowder sixty years ago on November 16, 1950 in Middlesboro, Kentucky.

   He is survived by his wife Cornelia, son Jonathon (Michele) Russell of Grand Rapids; daughter Diane (Jay) Sopko of Temperance; grandchildren Lindy (Alan) Heymann, Jonathon Russell, Ryan Sopko, Taylor Sopko, Morgan Sopko, Bennan Russell and Joshua Russell, sister Helen Ruth (Jim) Branscomb of Speedwell, Tennessee and several nieces and nephews.

   Ralph was a member of local 723 UAW and worked for Ford Motor Company, Monroe for over twenty-seven years. Ralph had many hobbies but one of his favorites was trout fishing. Friends and family remember him as kind and generous man.

   Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate 10 a.m. Thursday at the Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church with funeral services at 11 a.m. Rev. B.J. McDaniel, pastor will officiate and burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

   The family will receive quest at the Fellowship hall of the church following burial.

   In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church or Heartland Hospice.

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  Eva Louise Grabowski, 100 of Monroe died at 4:10 p.m. Saturday at the IHM Health Care Center where she had been a resident for 7 ½ years.   Friends may call from 2 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the IHM Motherhouse, Monroe where prayers will be at 3 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the IHM Motherhouse. The Rev. Marc Gawronski, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church, Monroe will officiate. Burial will be at New Calvary Cemetery, Flint. Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe is in charge of arrangements.   Born October 12, 1910 in Lake Linden, Michigan she was the daughter of Felix and Exilda (Daniels) Galerneau. She married Charles Agasian in 1940 and together they operated Charley’s Cut Rate in Flint. Charles preceded her in death in 1954. She then married Frank Grabowski and they lived in Hayward, California. Frank died a short sic years after their marriage.   Eva remained in California until 1994 when her vision worsened and she returned to Michigan to reside with her sister, Elizabeth. After Elizabeth’s death, her eyesight worsened and she became a resident of the Motherhouse of the SSIHM.   Surviving is a step daughter, Rose Marie Grabowski of Portland, Oregon; a sister in law Leona Galerneau of Flint; several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, including, Sr. Joan Glisky, IHM of Taylor.   She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Henry, Ulric, Emil, Delia Mayer, Elizabeth Glisky and Genevieve Jerome.   Memorials may be made to the IHM Retirement Fund.   Online condolences may be sent through    


Shirley Angeline Simmons, 84 of Monroe died at 6:34 p.m. Saturday at her daughter’s home. She had been in poor health since February and under the care of Angela Hospice.


Shirley requested that no services be held and that cremation is to take place. The Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe is assisting the family.


Born November 21, 1926 in Detroit she was the daughter of Ernest and Augusta (Martin) Romska. She married Benjamin Franklin Simmons June 24, 1950 in Stuben, Indiana. He preceded her in death on March 19, 1975. She then married Arthur Ducharme June 19, 1981 in St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, Detroit. He preceded her in death on November 14, 1992.


Surviving is a son, Craig Simmons of Westland; six daughters, Cherryl (Charles) Chapman of Inkster, Charise (Alan) Pajot of Monroe, Claudia Spinella of Westland, Wanda (Robert) Pearson of Livonia, Celeste Simmons of Dearborn Heights and Colleen (Angelo) Guiffre of Dearborn; former daughter in law, Lori Aldis of Detroit; seventeen grandchildren and twenty eight great grandchildren.


In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Chrisann Fuller, eight brothers and three sisters.


Memorials may be made to Angela Hospice, Livonia.


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Dora Lands, 91 of Monroe died at 2:41 a.m. Saturday at Mercy Memorial Hospital where she had been since Monday. She had been under the care of Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe for the last three weeks.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where funeral services celebrating her life will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Roger Lands, pastor of Glad Tidings Church of God, Ypsilanti will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Born October 19, 1919 in St. Charles, Virginia she was the daughter of Charlie and Peggy (Hall) Neff. She married Roger H. Lands November 18, 1939 in Harlan, Kentucky. He preceded her in death March 21, 1982.


A homemaker most of her life, Dora was a Lunch Aide for 15 years at Custer School until retiring in 1989.


She had attended North Monroe Street Church of God.


Surviving is a son, Jerry L. (Ruth Ann) Lands of Monroe and a granddaughter, Jill Lands of Warren.


Dora’s family would like to give  a special thank you to the staff at Sterling House and Kelliann Hume for the loving care they provided.


She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Ada Pike and Georgia Wilson; three brothers, Bradley, Bud and William Neff; a step brother, Zale Capps; two step sisters, Elizabeth Garrett and Laura Thompson.


Memorials may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe, Glad Tidings Church of God Ypsilanti or the Charity of the Donors Choice.


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  Kenneth Ralph Ridner, 77 of Monroe died at 8:45 a.m. Saturday at Liberty West Nursing Center of Toledo, where he had been a resident for two years. He had been in poor health for several years.   Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 12 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where funeral services celebrating his life will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Mark Wellhousen will officiate. Burial will be private.   Born September 19, 1933 in Monroe he was the son of Ralph and LaSallia (Slatten) Ridner. He married Mary Joan Shavalia May 9, 1959 in St. Michael Catholic Church, Monroe. She preceded him in death on April 22, 2006.   He served with the US Army Reserve from March 1955 until June 1962.   Ken had been a night watchman for Consolidated Packaging Corporation for many years, until taking a medical retirement in 1990.   Simple things made Ken happy, a piece of apple pie, a cup of coffee, etc. A Christian, he had deep rooted religious beliefs. He was an avid supporter of his children’s education. One of Ken’s hobbies was rebuilding lawnmowers. However of all the things he enjoyed, the most important thing in his life was being a grandfather to Nick.   Surviving is a son, James Ridner of Santa Cruz, California; three daughters, Patricia (Kenneth) Pikor of Columbus, Ohio, Kathryn Ridner of Ann Arbor and Michelle Ridner of Monroe; a brother, Albert Ridner of Kenosha, Wisconsin; three sisters, Virginia Heiskell, Lori (John) Root of Petersburg and Louise Kottke of Blissfield; a grandson, Nicholas Ridner of Monroe.   He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Herbert, Earl, Donald and Clyde Ridner.   Online condolences may be sent through  

Megan Nicole Miller, 17, died Friday morning from injuries sustained from a automobile accident.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 12 noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Ryan Wright, pastor of Bedford Alliance Church, will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born October 12, 1993 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Marty Miller and Tracy (Vigneux) Shuck.

Megan worked for Dianne’s Catering, which was her grandmother’s business.

She attended Ida High School, where she had been a member of the basketball team.

Always with quick wit and a big smile, Megan was the one that made everyone laugh and was the life of the party. She was a huge music fan and loved all types of music.

She is survived by her father, Marty Miller of Dundee; her mother, Tracy Shuck of Temperance; a sister, Katie Miller of Temperance; grandparents, Jack and Dianne Marsh of Temperance, Andrew Vigneux of Pointe Place, Pierson and Vera Miller of Monroe; two uncles, Mark Miller of Dallas, Texas, Brad Marsh of Lambertville; two cousins, Corey and Cassie Miller and a large extended family.

Memorial contributions may be made to a memorial fund being created in Megan’s name. More information regarding the fund will be available through the funeral home.