Monthly Archives: December 2010

Sister Alice Flanagan, IHM, 79, died Friday, Dec. 31, at her home, the IHM Sisters’ Motherhouse in Monroe. She has been under Mercy Memorial Hospice Care of Monroe.

Sister Alice was one of six children, four girls and two boys, of Harry and Anna (Everett) Flanagan. She was born Nov. 28, 1931 in Detroit and given the name Alice. Sister Alice attended several elementary schools in Detroit, including St. Martin, and graduated from St. Martin High School. She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1949, taking the religious name of Sister Marie Kyran.

Sister Alice earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a master’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. She taught in formal education for 25 years at St. Mary, Monroe; St. Raymond, St. Charles, Holy Redeemer and Our Lady of Good Counsel, Detroit; St. Mary Wayne; St. Philip, Battle Creek; St. Peter Claver, Mobile, Ala.; and Holy Ghost, Albuquerque, N.M.

Sister Alice’s teaching was interrupted from 1970 to 1980 when she returned to the IHM Motherhouse and ministered for the IHM community as a driver for the sisters, along with secretarial work. Sister Alice returned to teaching and after eight years at Our Lady of Good Counsel, returned to the Motherhouse as director of transportation. In 1990 she actively retired, assisting in areas around the Motherhouse. In 2007 Sister Alice entered the Health Care Center, where she resided until her death.

Sister Alice is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Rosemary Rieschl, Sister Geraldine (Patricia Ann) and Anne, and her brothers, Charles and Harry.

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe on Wednesday, Jan. 5, from 2 until 7:30 p.m. with a Remembering at 3 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel on Thursday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Marc Gawronski, 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.

Richard E. Kaiser

March 21, 1931 – December 30, 2010

   Richard E. Kaiser, 79 of Monroe died at 6:22 p.m. Thursday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. He had been in poor health since Thanksgiving.

   Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Rev. Marc Gawronski, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church will officiate. A Luncheon will be served immediately following the service at St. Mary Parish Life Center. Private burial will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

   Born March 21, 1931 in Erie he was the son of Thomas W. and Mary A. (Lietzke) Kaiser. He married Marion D. Urbanick on April 21, 1956 at St. Mary Catholic Church.

   Mr. Kaiser was employed at Meier Office Equipment Company, Monroe and retired from the Monroe County Sheriff Department on February 28, 1993.

   He served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953 and was stationed in Germany. He was a 1948 graduate of Monroe High School and attended Eastern Michigan University.

   His memberships included St. Mary Catholic Church and the Dundee Golf Club where he was an avid golfer and had three holes in one. He enjoyed spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

   Surviving are his wife Marion, sons Jeff W. (Julie) Kaiser of Waukesha, Wisconsin and Brad J. (Terri) Kaiser of Tampa, Florida; brother, Marvin “Barney” (Marilyn) Kaiser of Monroe; sister Charlotte (Roy) Wright of Erie; grandchildren Corey R. Kaiser, Bryan T. Kaiser and Megan E. Kaiser.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Christian Ladies, St. Mary’s School or St. Mary’s Church.

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James K. Morse, age 76 of Monroe, died at 4:39 a.m. Thursday, December 30, 2010 in his home.  He had been ill for three weeks.

Friends may call from 3 – 8 p.m. Monday in the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.  Rev. Von Loop will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, Michigan.

Born February 15, 1934 in Toledo, Ohio, he was the son of John and Lottie (Gibson) Morse.  He married Nancy Hogan on May 7, 1955 in Toledo.  She died June 15, 1974.  He then married Cladis I. (Cupp) Keller on November 29, 1974 in Monroe.

James was employed as a machine operator with General Motors at the Hydramatic/Powertrain plant in Toledo, retiring in 1999.

James is survived by his wife Cladis of Monroe; two daughters, Sue Morse of Toledo and Roxanne (Dennis) Hidecker of Vincennes, Indiana; two step-sons, Ual (Charlotte) Keller of Monroe and Roy (Linda) Keller of Camdenton, Missouri; two step-daughters, Shirley (Arthur) Gysin and Bonnie (Lee) Tomkinson, both of Monroe; a sister, Doris Price of Toledo; 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his first wife, James is preceded in death by his parents; a grandson; a great-granddaughter; a brother Harold Morse; and a sister, Mary Kronberg.

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Eileen A. Hatfield

June 6, 1922 – December 29, 2010

   Eileen A. Hatfield, 88 of Monroe died at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the home of her grandson in Dundee. She had been in poor health since March.

   Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday and 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

   Born June 6, 1922 in Ida Township she was the daughter of Arthur H. and Florence B. (Todd) Gensler. She married Herman R. Hatfield on March 9, 1940 at Dundee United Methodist Church he preceded her in death on November 4, 1989.

   She was employed by Howard Ternes Packaging Company in Monroe from 1976 to 1985 when she retired.

   A member of Trinity Lutheran Church since 1950, she was also a member of the Monroe Senior Citizens Center and volunteered at the Mercy Memorial Hospital Guild.

   Surviving are her daughter Donna R, (Sam) Freimark of Monroe; brother, Virgil L. Gensler of Kentucky; sister, Marvilla Sivets of Canton, Ohio; ten grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Herman, sons Gary R. Hatfield in 1993 and Robert D. Hatfield in 2006, brother, Calvin Gensler and sisters Genevieve Hole and Ivadell Roscoe.

   Memorials may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church or Mercy Memorial Hospice.

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  Tammy Marie Isaacson, 44 of Dundee died at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital’s emergency room.

  Friends may call at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe from 12 to 2 p.m. Sunday.  Funeral services celebrating her life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  The Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church will officiate.  Private burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Dundee.

  Born December 2, 1966 in Monroe she was the daughter of Harry and Rose (Larkins) Harris.  She married Jon A. Isaacson December 27, 2004 at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church.

  A homemaker, Tammy attended Monroe Missionary Baptist Church.  She was a 1985 graduate of Morton High School, Berwin, Illinois.  She graduated from Morton College, Cicero, Illinois, receiving her Associates Degree.

  A loving wife and mother, she will be missed.

  She is survived by her loving husband, Jon; parents, Rose and David LaPrad of Hixon, Tennessee; daughter, Ryan Marie Isaacson of LaSalle, step mother, Audrey Harris of Dundee; three step brothers, Ron LaPrad of Erie, Tom Melcer of Toledo and Tim Melcer of Monroe; four step sisters, Denise (Brad) Whalen of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Tina Rambo of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Kristy LaPrad of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rona (Bill) Kouwenhoven of Florida; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Harry Harris, a brother, Troy Harris, grandparents, Donald and Ruby Larkins, Harry and Dollie Harris, Sr.

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Geraldine A. Johnson

June 9, 1920 – December 29, 2010

   Geraldine R. Johnson, 90 of Monroe died at 3:53 p.m. Wednesday at her home. She had been in poor health for the past few years.

   Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 12 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where a rosary service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday.  She will lie instate Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ida with funeral services at 11 a.m.  Rev. Robert Bauer, pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church will officiate with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, Ida.

   Born June 9, 1920 in Rockwood, Michigan she was the daughter of Eugene and Ida (Lajiness) Navarre. She married Henry S. Johnson on December 27, 1937 in Napoleon, Ohio and they renewed their wedding vows on November 28, 1954 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ida. He preceded her in death on January 24, 1982.

   She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ida.

   Surviving are her children Marilyn R. Bossick of Monroe; Ila M. (Larry) Revel of Monroe; Larry R. (Barbara) Johnson of Monroe; Judy M. (John) Coots of Harlan, Kentucky; Loretta I. (Gary) Daniels of Monroe; Brenda C. (David) Higby of Jackson, Michigan; Henry J. (Judy) Johnson of LaSalle; Timothy D. Johnson of Monroe and Tommy D. Johnson of Monroe; thirty-six grandchildren, eighty-seven great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Henry, two granddaughters Shannon Revel and Tammy Emerick, grandson Brian Lee Johnson and great grandson Ronnie Urbanczyk,  brothers Eugene and Oakley Navarre, sisters, Lucy Trouten, Ethel Keister, Loretta Quick, Mary Suzor, Pauline Dahl and Mabel Reschley.

    Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Church, Ida.

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  Joseph H. Stefanski, 90 of Monroe died at 2:51 p.m. Tuesday in his home.  He led a full and active life all the way to the end.

  Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where a rosary will be recited at 6 p.m.  He will lie in state 12 noon Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church where the Mass of the Resurrection, celebrating his life will be at 1 p.m. The Rev. William Fisher, pastor of the church will officiate.  Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle under the auspices of Monroe Post #1138 VFW.

  Born February 10, 1920 in Jasonville, Indiana he was the son of Paul and Anna (Ansorge) Stefanski.  He married Rosemary Bledsoe February 9, 1948 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church Jasonville, Indiana.  She preceded him in death May 11, 1990.

  Joseph served with the US Air Force from November 1942 to October 1945.  He served in Rhineland Ardennes and in Central Europe.  Among his many awards are the Air Medal and five Oak Leaf Clusters.

  He was employed by Ford Motor Company, Wayne as a Michigan Truck Quality Control Department Inspector.  Joseph retired from there in 1982.

  He was a member of St. Joseph Church and had been an active member of its food closet for over 20 years.  He was a member of Monroe Post #1138 VFW; RSVP; UAW Local #900, Wayne and the Monroe Senior Citizens.

  Surviving are three sons, Daniel W. (Leslie) Stefanski, Robert J. (Roseanne) Stefanski and Paul (Valerie) Stefanski all of Monroe; a daughter, Mary L. (Serge) Bourgeois of Monroe; a brother, Thomas Stefanski of Terra Haute, Indiana; nine grandchildren,

Susanne Stefanski, Adrianne Stefanski, William Bardwell, Kristy (Nate) Stefanski-McKibben, Patricia Stefanski, Jason Bourgeois, Jaclyn (Bryan) Wenneman, Courtney Pine and Jaylynn Stefanski; two great grandchildren, Ella Wenneman and Tanner Wenneman.


  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Carl Stefanski, seven sisters, Gertrude Mason, Pauline Birch, Martha McKee, Ann Stefanski, Margaret Stefanski, Kathryn Wallace and Trudy Arcand.

  Memorial may be made to St. Joseph Food Closet or the Michigan Cancer Foundation.

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  Mary Alice Osgood, age 81 of Monroe, died at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday at Foundation Park Care Center, Toledo.  She had been seriously ill for nine months.

Friends may call from 3 – 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday.  Rev. Daniel Complo will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born October 31, 1929 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Wilbur H. and Loretta (Bomia) Cooper.  She married William H. Osgood January 17, 1953 in St. Michael Catholic Church, Monroe.

Mary Alice had been employed as a sales person by Kresge’s, Stadelman’s,  Kline’s and Lizbeth Shop.  She enjoyed ceramics, knitting and sewing.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, William H. Osgood of Monroe; a son, William J. Osgood of Wake Forest, North Carolina; a brother, Wilbur H. Cooper, Jr. of Monroe; and a sister, Joyce A. (Richard) Boberg of Monroe.

MaryAlice was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Jeanetta Williams.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Angela Emma McNeil, 97, of Monroe, died early Monday morning in the home of her daughter and son-in-law Debrah and Michael Cerelli of Ida, Michigan.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 5 p.m.  She will lie instate at 10 a.m. Friday at Saint Joseph Parish, Monroe, with funeral services at 11 a.m.  The Rev. William Fisher, pastor of the church, will officiate.  Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Emma is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Wayne Russell of Sandusky, Ohio, Debrah and Michael Cerelli of Ida, Michigan, her beloved grandchildren William McNeil and wife Deanna, Robyn Giles and husband David, Charles McNeil and wife Nancy, James Douglas McNeil and wife Alicia, Wayne Russell and wife Sherry, Darcy Russell, Karen Russell and David Cerelli, 19 great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter and by her sister-in-law Mary Marino.

The daughter of Antonio and Maria (Gensi) Marino, she was born in Monroe.  She married Charles Harold “Mac” McNeil on June 27, 1937 in Saint Joseph Parish of Monroe with the Rev. Edmund Perrin performing the ceremony.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Harold McNeil in 1962, her son William Henry McNeil in 2006.  Also preceding her in death were her sisters Lucille (Emile) Morelli, Pauline (Sam) Morelli, Augustine (Vito) DiCarlo and brother Daniel Marino.

A loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and aunt she was loved by all whose life she touched.  Emma loved her family and was happiest when surrounded by them, cooking for them, sharing her heart with them.

Emma was a life long parishioner of Saint Joseph Parish, Monroe and served on their Altar Society.

Emma worked for 32 years at Mercy Memorial Hospital Corp.  She started her career at the old Monroe Hospital on Maple Blvd. And Elm St. and was one of the first employees to start up the then new Memorial Hospital on Stewart Rd.  Emma retired in 1981 just before Memorial Hospital closed its doors.  Before working for the hospital she was employed by Monroe Auto Equipment.

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  George Richard “Rick” Zellman, Sr., who left us at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, December 26, 2010 to steer a course for ports unknown, have a safe passage.  Anchors aweigh, Sailor.   Rick was born January 3, 1944 in Detroit, to George and Jeanne Zellman.  He graduated from Redford High School and joined the Navy in 1962, serving on the USS Independence.  He received an honorable discharge in 1964.   From 1969 to 1996 he was employed by the City of Livonia Police Department and at the time of his retirement, he was assigned to the Patrol and Traffic Bureau.   He joined the VFW in 1978 and belonged to the Livonia Post #3941.  This last year, he was Department Inspector, District 4th Quartermaster, Post #3941 Quartermaster-Adjutant, Chairman of the 4th District Pool League.  He was also a past Allstate Post Commander.   He and wife, Dianne enjoyed boating and fishing in the summer and finding warm places in the winter.   He leaves his wife, Dianne; sons, George (Rick) Jr. and Scott Zellman, David (Denise) and Dennis Robison; grandsons Jacob and Colton Robison; brothers, Bob (Cheryl), Tom (Sue) and Mark (Patty).   He will miss his three wonderful and wacky nephews, and a niece, and a great niece and nephew, his one remaining aunt Evelyn and numerous cousins.  He also has four furry animal companions who are grieving him.   In keeping with his wishes, cremation will take place.  Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe assisted the family.   Family and friends are invited to share memories from 11 to 5 Sunday, January 9, 2011at the Romulus VFW Post #9568, 39270 Huron River Dr., Romulus, Michigan.  There will be a combined memorial ritual with the VFW Department of Michigan, District 4 and Livonia Police Department at 12 noon, followed by a luncheon and a lot of fellowship.   Go softly into that good night, darling.  I love you.   Online condolences may be sent through