Monthly Archives: March 2011

Margaret A. Foley

October 9, 1938 – March 27, 2011

  Margaret A. Foley, 72 of Romulus, formerly of Monroe died Sunday afternoon at University Hospital, Ann Arbor, where she was admitted Thursday.  She had been in poor health since November.

  Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where funeral services celebrating her life will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday.  The Rev. Stephen Rooney, pastor of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Temperance will officiate.  Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

  Born October 9, 1938 in Scranton, Pennsylvania she was the daughter of Russell and Mary (Haggerty) Major.  She married Marvin G. Foley January 12, 1963 in Dearborn Heights.

  Margaret was employed by Ford Motor Company, Dearborn.  She held a clerical job in the benefits room, retiring after 32 years.

  She was a member of St. Mary Church, Wayne and a former member of St. Michael Church, Monroe where she had been an active member. She was also a member of its Altar Society.  Margaret was a 1958 graduate of Edsel Ford High School and graduated from Henry Ford Community College.  She was a member of Monroe Senior Citizens and the Red Hat Society.

  Surviving is her son, Glenn Foley of Romulus; two daughters, Mary Denton of Romulus and Donna Foley of Monroe; a step son, Gregg (Delilah) Haddox of Melvindale; two brothers, Bill Major of Dearborn Heights and Robert Major of Mesa, Arizona; two sisters, Katherine Ferintine of Dearborn and Muriel Overley of Wickenburg, Arizona; ten grandchildren, Jamie Maddux, Roger (Madeline) Prayther, Blake Foley, Rachel Sonoras, Stephanie Foley, Kevin Bilyea, Spencer Foley, Cymanthia Foley, John Denton, Jr. and Harley Haddox.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Marilyn Bilyea, a granddaughter, Heather Bilyea and a brother, Thomas Major.

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Mabel H. Lambert, age 82 of Monroe, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27, 2011 surrounded by her family at Mercy Memorial Hospital.  She had been in poor health for a year and seriously ill for two weeks.

Friends may call from 1 – 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Rupp Funeral Home.  She will lie instate at 12 noon Wednesday at Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church where services will begin at 1 p.m.  The pastor of the church, Rev. B.J. McDaniel will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born December 8, 1928 in Tazewell, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Ulysses and Hazel (Rains) Henegar.  She married Otis G. Lambert on January 30, 1948.  They were united by Rev. E.E. Patterson at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church.  They recently celebrated 63 years of marriage.

Mabel was a member of Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church.  She loved her family and especially enjoyed being a mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She will be dearly missed by all.

Mabel is survived by her husband Otis; five children, Beverly (Wayne) Sandifer of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, Vicky (Dale) Hill of Monroe, Bill (Gayle) Lambert of LaSalle, Phillip (Deanna) Lambert of Monroe, and Marna (Domenic) Maviglia of Monroe; a daughter in law, Denise Lambert of Monroe; a brother, Jack (Helen) Henegar of Monroe; two sisters, Pearl Rowland of Monroe and Thelma McDonald of Vista, California; 14 grandchildren, Randy (Sherie) Sandifer, Derek (Heidi) Sandifer, Chad (Becca) Cochran, Brandon Hill, Matt (Tara) Lambert, Melissa Lambert, Kari (Travis) Lusky, Erica Lambert, Tyler Lambert, Blake Lambert, Emilee Ickes, Ty Ickes, Domenic Maviglia, and Kaleigh Maviglia; and 9 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Mark B. Lambert, and a brother in law Henry Rowland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church building fund.

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Mary J. Beauvais

December 17, 1931 – March 26, 2011

Mary J. Beauvais, 79 of Monroe went to be with The Lord at 12:33 p.m. Saturday at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Monday and 12-8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, with prayer services at 7 p.m. She will lie instate at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with services at 11 a.m.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born December 17, 1931 in Monroe, daughter of Joseph and Concetta (Marchese) Bacarella.  She married Peter Beauvais September 3, 1955 at St. Joseph Church by Rev. Justin Beauvais.

She worked for Michigan Bell Telephone.

A 1948 graduate of St. Mary’s Academy, member of St. John Church, where Mary taught Religious Education, participated in RCIA and Altar Society.  She volunteered at the Thrift Shop and Mercy Memorial Hospital Guild in the gift shop.  A member of  River Raisin and Maumee Bay Wood Carvers, ODCCA, Monroe YMCA, Y condo club, Moose Lodge, Port Clinton, a Den Mother and lifetime member of the (Grand)Mother of the Year Club.

Mary was an avid baker best known for her Sicilian cookies and bread, winning first place in the 2010 Mercy Memorial Hospital Guild’s bake off; she had recipes published in various magazines.

Mary and Peter, avid woodcarvers, received numerous awards at all levels of competition.

Survived by her children, Peter M. Beauvais, Patrick (Katie) Beauvais, Marie (David) McLaughlin, Angela (Todd) Riggs all of Monroe, Paul (Christy) Beauvais of Smyrna, Tennessee and Carol (Mark) Brewster of Columbus, Ohio; brothers, Sam (Tina) Bacarella, John (Ann) Bacarella, sister, Rose Mariano; “Cookie Granma” to 13 1/2    grandchildren, David McLaughlin II, Nicole (Rick) Kidd, Heather (Jesus) Ortiz, Jessica (Edward) Harrison, Jason, Joshua and Jenna Beauvais, Chavis, Challon and Chandyn Riggs, Gabriel and baby Beauvais, and Taylor and Madison Brewster; six great-grandchildren McKenzie and Cameron Kidd, Laylah, Noah and Loghan Ortiz and Bennett Harrison.

She was preceded in death by her husband February 28, 2009, her parents, brothers Gaspar and Pasquale.

Proverbs 31: Her children arise and call her blessed.

All of her children were her olive branches around her table.  A woman of faith, she displayed the Grace and Love of God.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Food Closet or Joe’s Boxing.

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James Ellison

April 30, 1932 – March 26, 2011

   James Ellison, 78 of Monroe, formerly of Tazewell, Tennessee died at 3:30 a.m. Saturday at the Magnum Care and Rehab Center, Monroe.

   Born April 30, 1932 in Tazewell, Tennessee he was the son of Floyd and Elizabeth (Rowland) Ellison. He was a farmer in Tennessee most of his life.

   Family will recieve friends from 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday April 2 at the Coffey Funeral Home, Tazewell with funeral services at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Cave Springs Cemetery.

   Surviving are several nieces and nephews

    He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Eppie Hurst, Ethel Baker, Gladys Campbell and Thelma Burchett; brothers, Oscar Ellison and Ray Ellison.


Dale E. Moran

August 2, 1954 – March 24, 2011

   Dale E. Moran, 56 of Monroe died at 8:50 a.m. Thursday at Mercy Memorial Hospital of Monroe. He had been in poor health for one and a half years.

   Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where a prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. He will lie instate Monday at 9 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with the funeral mass at 10 a.m. Rev. James Smalarz, pastor of the church, will officiate.

   Born August 2, 1954 in Monroe he was the son of George E. and Ruth D. (Porter) Moran. He married Denise M. Silipini on April 28, 1978 at St. John Church.

   Dale was employed by Vanex Fire Systems for twenty-two years as a service technician, a 1972 graduate of Monroe High School he attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and was a member of VFW Post 1138 Monroe Auxiliary.

   Dale enjoyed gardening, coin collecting, working on cars, NASCAR, Tiger baseball and deer watching.

   He is survived by his wife Denise, sons Derek J. (Erika Gee) Moran and Douglas G. (Amber Bourbina) Moran both of Monroe; brother Bill (Jackie) Moran of Lantana, FL; sisters, Diane Moran and Nancy Redmon both of Monroe; grandchildren Peyton Moran, Bianca Moran and Gianna Moran.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Memorials may be sent to American Lung Association or Mercy Memorial Hospice.

   The Moran family would like to send a special thanks to VFW Post 1138 Monroe and to the stall of Mercy Memorial Hospital ICU for Dales care.

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Jay R. Finley, age 85 of Monroe, passed away in his home at 12:01 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011.

Friends may call from 12 – 8 p.m. Sunday in the Rupp Funeral Home where a prayer service will be at 5:30 p.m.  He will lie instate Monday at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church at 1 p.m. where Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 2 p.m.  Rev. Stephen Vileo, pastor of St. Michael’s Church will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors provided by Lynn C. Weeman American Legion Post 514.

Born March 12, 1926 in Monroe, he was the son of James Houston and Josie Ann (Bollinger) Finley.  Jay attended Lincoln Elementary and Monroe High School.  He joined the Marine Corps at the age of seventeen.  He trained at Camp Pendleton and fought in battles throughout the Pacific including Iwo Jima, Saipan and Guadalcanal.  While in battle on Iwo Jima, Jay witnessed the now famous raising of the flag.  Just a few weeks after Jay was discharged from the Marines he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Philippines and Japan.  After the war, Jay worked in California for a year before he returned to Monroe.  He married Rose Marie McGowan on June 17, 1950 in St. Joseph Church, Monroe

Jay was employed by Consolidated Paper Company, Detroit Stoker, and finally Frederick and Company Conveyers where he worked as a welder and lay out man.  He retired from Frederick and Company Conveyers after 40 years of service.

Jay was a member of Lynn C. Weeman American Legion Post 514 in Ida, Michigan, AARP, and St. Michael’s Church.

Jay is survived by his wife of sixty years, Rose Marie; his son, Ronald Jay (Jan) Finley of Monroe; three daughters, Judy Ann (Henry) Johnson of LaSalle, Kathaleen Marie (David) Bruce of Erie, and Margaret Rose (John) Beavers of Monroe; three brothers, Roy (Irene) Finley of Monroe, Charles Eugene (Joan) Finley of Monroe, and Rev. Carl (Janet) Finley of Zanesville, Ohio; three sisters, Hannah O’Neil of Newport, Donna (Thomas) Crook of Monroe, and Shirley (Leroy) Simpson of Ida; 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Robert Reed Finley, a brother Rev. Edward Finley, and infant great-grandson Ronald James Urbanczyk.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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Sister Louise Daly, IHM, 91, died Thursday, March 24, 2011, at her home, the IHM Sisters’ Motherhouse in Monroe.  She had been under Mercy Memorial Hospice Care of Monroe.

Sister Louise was one of six children, three boys, and three girls, of Patrick and Beulah (Saunders) Daly. She was born Nov. 7, 1919 and given the name Louise. Sister Louise attended St. John Elementary School in Jackson, St. Vincent Orphanage for part of elementary school and high school and then graduated from St. Charles High School in Detroit. She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1938, taking the religious name of Sister Mary Samuel

Sister Louise earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a master’s degree from Marywood College, Scranton, Pa. She taught in formal education for 27 years at St. Mary, Monroe; St. Joseph, Erie; Gesu and Our Lady of Good Counsel, Detroit; St. Stephen, Port Huron and Our Lady of Fatima, DeLand, Fla. Sister Louise and Sister Marie Lenore Murphy opened Our Lady of Fatima mission in 1952.  

After obtaining her degree in library science, Sister Louise spent the next 22 years in the library at Marygrove College in Detroit as cataloger and archivist. She was an excellent seamstress and also did embroidery, crocheting and tatting. After taking some courses in cooking, she prepared many meals for various occasions. She retired in 1989 and lived in Rockwood, Mich., volunteering in many ways. Sister Louise retired to the Motherhouse in 2006 and entered the Health Care Center where she resided until her death.   

Sister Louise is survived by her sisters in the IHM community and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert, John and Thomas, and her sisters, Sister Ruth (Bernita,) IHM, and Bernadine (Mrs. Shane).

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe on Monday, March 28, from 2 until 7:30 p.m. with a Remembering at 3 p.m. The funeral Mass  will be celebrated in the Chapel on Tuesday, March 29 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

Clayton W. Southworth

April 5, 1929 – March 22, 2011

Clayton W. Southworth, 81, of Monroe, died at 7:48 p.m. Tuesday March 22, 2011 at Mercy Memorial Hospital.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 12 Noon Saturday.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born April 5, 1929 in Carleton, he was the son of Ben and Augusta (Winklemen) Southworth.  He married Bessie L. Shehane January 26, 1952 in Angola, Indiana; she preceded him in death on October 26, 2004.

He had served in the U. S. Marine Corp.

He was a shipping clerk at the Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant, retiring in 1983.

He is survived by a son, Floyd W. (Jane) Southworth of Largo, Florida; three daughters, Vicki D. (David) Thomas of Monroe, Kathy L. (Dale) Murray of Monroe, Nancy K. (Terry) Duvall of Venice, Florida; a sister, Marion Whitaker of Carleton; fourteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by a son, Frank Carr and six brothers, Floyd, Benny, Leroy, Claude, Wayne and Robert Southworth.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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Russell E. Matthews, Jr., age 84 of LaSalle, died at 12:52 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at Mercy Memorial Hospital.  He had been ill for three weeks.

Friends may call from 5 – 8 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday in the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.  Rev. George Fountain will officiate and military honors will be provided by V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born October 4, 1926 in Monroe, he was the son of Russell E. and Gertrude M. (Stiles) Matthews, Sr.  Russ married Hazel I. Ausmus on July 14, 1947 in Monroe.

Soon after graduating from Monroe High School in 1944, Russ joined the U.S. Navy and served his country during WWII from September 30, 1944 to June 18, 1946.  He was the lead gunner aboard the USS LSM 496, an amphibious assault vessel, earning the Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon, the American Area Ribbon, and the Victory Medal.

After being honorably discharged, Russ returned to Monroe and became a commercial fisherman in the family buisness, with his father and brother, Melvin.  They co-owned and operated Matthews Fishery in Bolles Harbor until 1970.  In 1975 Russ and his brother re-opened at Matthews Bait and Tackle.  Russ retired in 2000.  In addition, he also became a licensed Tug Boat Captain.

Russ was a life member of the USS LSM LSMR Association, an avid hunter, and enjoyed watching mixed martial art fighting.

He is survived by his wife Hazel; three children, Sharon (Donald) Gary of Muskegon, Michigan, Russell (Robin) Matthews, III of Brooklyn, Michigan, and Jack (Linda) Matthews of LaSalle; a sister, Pearl (Loren) Myers of Ida; a half-brother, Rick (Linda) Matthews of Monroe; 7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Brian Blessman; his brother Melvin; two sisters, Rozella Derback and Nova Weder; and four infant brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or the American Red Cross.

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Floyd A. Weier

August 22, 1925 – March 21, 2011

  Floyd A. Weier, 85 of Monroe died at 11:55 p.m. Monday at Mercy Memorial Nursing Center, where he had been since October.  He had been seriously ill for 1 month.

  Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where a rosary will be recited at 4 p.m.  He will lie in state at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Catholic Church where the Mass of the Resurrection celebrating his life will be at 10 a.m.  The Rev. Stephen Vileo, pastor of the church will officiate.  Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe under the auspices of Monroe Post #1138 VFW.

  Born August 22, 1925 in Monroe he was the son of Alfred and Verlie (Klein) Weier.  He married Geneva P. (Nelson) Perry April 27, 1968.  She preceded him in death of July 18, 1999.  Floyd’s grandmother was Zoe Navarre and Floyd always was interested in Monroe’s history.

  Floyd served with the US Navy during WWII.  His tour of duty was from November 1943 to April 1946.

  Floyd worked for Sealtest Dairy for several years and then for Monroe Public Schools for 22 years where he was a custodian.  He retired in 1986.

  He was a lifetime member of St. Michael Catholic Church, where he was baptized and confirmed.  He also served as a Eucharistic minister there.  He was a life member of Monroe Post #1138 VFW and a member of Michigan Retired School Personnel.

  Surviving is a step-son, Tim Perry of Utica, New York and a step daughter, Susan (Tom Hasz) Perry of Wentworth, S. Dakota.

  In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents.

  Memorials may be made to Living Independent For Everyone, P.O. Box 646, Monroe, Michigan 48161.

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