Monthly Archives: April 2011

Joseph M. Engel

May 15, 1927 – April 30, 2011

Joseph M. Engel, 83, of Monroe, died at 1:05 a.m. Saturday at Medilodge of Monroe.

Friend may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home.  He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church with Mass celebrating his life at 11 a.m.  Rev. Marc Gawronski, pastor of the church, will officiate.  Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe under the auspices of the VFW Post 1138 Monroe.

Born May 15, 1927 in Monroe, he was the son of Anthony and Isabele (Smith) Engel.  He was married to Edith L. Russeau April 22, 1950 at St. Michael Church by Rev. Fedewa.

At one time, he had worked for Gould Battery and then for Ford Motor Company, Woodhaven Plant as a skilled carpenter for 25 years; retiring in 1990.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corp. during World War II.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, had attended the grade school there and was a 1998 graduate of Monroe Senior Adult Education.

He enjoyed playing bingo and going to casinos.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Edith Engel of Monroe; a son, Gerald W. Engel of Newport; a daughter, Elaine A. (Marvin) Culverhouse of Monroe; two sisters, Isabele Pillette and Theresa (Robert) LaBoe both of Monroe and four grandchildren, Brian Pierce, LaLainia Allison Engel, Livia Ann Engel and Lacee Althea Engel.

He is preceded in death by five brothers, Michael, Walter, James, Charles and Daniel Engel and a sister, Clara Cloum.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Monroe County Humane Society, Alzheimer Association or Mercy Memorial Hospice.

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Sister Agnes Louise Murray, IHM, 77, died Wednesday, April 27, at her home, the IHM Sisters’ Motherhouse in Monroe , Mich.   She had been under the care of Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

Sister Agnes Louise was one of five children, two boys and three girls, of Thomas and Agnes (Dougherty) Murray. She was born July 26, 1933 in Cuyahoga Falls , Ohio , and given the name Margaret. Sister Agnes Louise attended St. Joseph Elementary School in Cuyahoga Falls and St. Mary High School in Akron , Ohio . She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1951, taking the religious name of Sister Agnes Louise.

Sister Agnes Louise earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a master’s degree from the University of Texas . She taught in formal education for 25 years at St. Patrick, Wyandotte; St. Catherine, Epiphany and Immaculata, Detroit; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Emmett; Our Lady of Lourdes, River Rouge and for 11 years at St. Edward University, Austin Texas.

In 1980 Sister Agnes Louise served on the pastoral team and as director of adult education at St. Ignatius Parish in Austin . She left St. Ignatius in 1990, participated in a renewal program and began ministering as a consultant at the Cedarbrake Renewal Center in Belton , Texas , as a spiritual director and pastoral assistant and then pastoral assistant for marriage, at San Jose Parish in Austin .

In 1995 Sister Agnes Louise returned to St. Ignatius Parish in Austin and for the next 12 years served as director of adult education, director of the RCIA program and as parish advocate for the tribunal calling parishioners to their own depth of commitment to Christ and the community in which they lived. In 2007, she retired to the IHM Motherhouse in Monroe . She spent the last 18 months in the Health Care Center where she resided until her death.

Sister Agnes Louise is survived by her sisters in the IHM community, her brother, Paul, her sisters, Mrs. Mary Agnes Zindle and Mrs. Ann Finnerty, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, James.

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue , Monroe , on Monday, May 2, from 2 until 7:30 p.m., with a Remembering at 3 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Motherhouse Chapel on Tuesday, May 3, at 10:15 a.m., with the Rev. Robert Mossett, OSFS, presiding. Burial will take place 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 . 

Keith Escobar Saum

March 19, 1978 – April 27, 2011

Keith Escobar Saum entered into God’s Merciful Hands suddenly with his family and friends by his side April 27th, 2011 after spending 33 short years on this Earth. Keith was given by God to his parents, Gordon and Ana Saum March 19, 1978 he was born in Monroe.

Keith and his sister, Jessica Flint, were raised in Monroe; he graduated from St. Charles Catholic School and Airport High School, in 1996, before attending Lake Superior State University earning a degree in Paramedic Technology and Fire Science.

After acquiring his paramedic license, Keith began work at Kinross EMS in the Upper Peninsula. He relocated to Phoenix, Arizona where he worked as a paramedic. Keith returned to his family and friends in Traverse City, Michigan working as a paramedic for North Flight EMS. He met his soon-to-be wife, Jennifer Canright, they exchanged vows in October 2007 at Saint Francis of Assisi Church, Traverse City. Keith and Jen then celebrated the birth of their child Gabriel Emmett Saum March 10 2009 at Munson Medical Center.

His life’s devotion to family, friends and saving others culminated with his ultimate gift of self through the Gift of Life organ donation process, ending his time with us so that others could continue theirs.

Keith was very passionate about his career, but spent his free time with those he loved. His eyes would sparkle with child-like enthusiasm at the mention of golf or food, never missing an opportunity for either. He enjoyed cooking, playing poker, snowmobiling, downhill skiing and outdoor activities in and near the water, including boating and jet skiing. In all of this, Keith was most excited accompanied by his family or friends, never leaving a moment without an unforgettable memory.

Keith will be most remembered for his witty one-liners, infectious smile and engulfing hugs, embracing you completely.

Survived by his wife, son, mother, father, sister and brother-in-law, Rodney Flint, three nephews, a niece and grandmother, Jessie Escobar.

He will always be loved and remembered.

Friends may call from 3-9p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home with a Chaplet of Devine Mercy service at 3 p.m. and Rosary at 7 p.m.  He will lie instate at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Charles Catholic Church, Newport with services at 10 a.m, luncheon will follow at the church hall.

Donations could be made to the Gabriel Saum Education Fund through MB&T or to the family at 3603 Evergreen, Newport, MI 48166.

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Eleanor M. Decker

September 30, 1934 – April 26, 2011

   Eleanor M. Decker, 76 of Monroe died at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday at the home of her daughter Debra A. Mallery in Erie. She had been in poor health for one month.

   Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 12 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday.  Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church will officiate and burial will be at Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock.

   Born September 30, 1934 in Detroit, Eleanor was the daughter of Howard and Mildred (DuFour) Cooper. She married Charles W. Decker on September 1, 1951 in Inkster. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2005.

   Eleanor was employed as the manager of the Inverness Community in Temperance until retiring in 2006.

   Surviving are her children Charles F. (Donna) Decker of Deerfield; William H. Decker of Milan; Charles F. “Butchie” Decker of Monroe; Constance M. (James) Cox of Romulus; Sherry L. (August) DuBois of Monroe and Debra A. (John) Mallery of Erie; brother James H. (Utonia) Cooper of Belleville; thirteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and her poodle Fifi.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Charles, sons, Daniel A. Decker in 2007 and Frank J. Decker in 1987.

   Memorials may be made to the Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

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Raymond V. Albain, age 90 of Monroe, passed away peacefully at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, April 24, 2011 at the S.S.I.H.M. Health Care Center.

Friends may call from 3 – 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Rupp Funeral Home.  He will lie instate at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church where services will be at 2 p.m.  Rev. Larry K. Loree, Jr., pastor of Holy Ghost will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle with military honors provided by V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe.

Born September 27, 1920 in LaSalle, he was the son of Talcott and Sadie (Bissonett) Albain.  He married Arlene J. McKelley on December 13, 1947 in Monroe.

Raymond served in the U.S. Army during WWII, stationed in Rhineland and Central Europe.  He received the American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Battle Stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

He returned to civilian life and resumed his occupation as a carpenter with local 1301 and local 687, both in Monroe.  He was a union carpenter for over 70 years.  His children cherish many of his hand made items that he made for them over the years.  His artistic ability with wood was well known throughout the community.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 64 years, Arlene Albain; two daughters, Judy (Hugo) Klungler and A. Carol (Donald) Copi, both of Monroe; a son Wayne (Janice) Albain of Cincinnati, Ohio; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Raymond is preceded in death by three brothers, Wilfred, Charles, and Clifford Albain; two sisters, Erma Geyman and Alma Carter; and grandson, Andrew McGovern.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Ghost Lutheran Church or Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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Elizabeth A. DeSloover

February 12, 1924 – April 23, 2011

   Elizabeth A. (Betty) DeSloover, 87 of LaSalle passed away Saturday April 23 in her home. She had been in poor health for 3 weeks.

   Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

   Betty was born February 12, 1924 in Monroe to Charles and Anna (Bitz) Mentel. She married Frank A, DeSloover on October 19, 1946 at St. Michael Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on January 12, 2005.

   Before her marriage Betty worked at Monroe Auto Equipment in the payroll department, and later in life at Consolidated Credit Union.

   She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Erie, a 1942 graduate of Monroe High School, and was a den mother for Cub Scout Pack 26 for twenty years.

   Surviving are her eight children; Raymond (Jan) DeSloover, Louise (Jerry) Bauerschmidt, Nancy (Tom) Scaggs, Marilyn Rogers, Michael (Kathy) DeSloover, Bonnie (Scott) Holbrook, Timothy (Sherrie) DeSloover and Pamela (John) Rogers.

   She is also survived by Seventeen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren with two on the way.

   Betty was preceded in death by her husband Frank; grandson John Thomas Scaggs, brothers, Charles Mentel and Merle Joseph Mentel, sisters, Kathleen Straub, Dorothy St. Bernard, Helen Philo, JoAnn Hardy and Barbara Siffer.

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Philip Michael Halstead, age 21 of Temperance, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Friday, April 22, 2011 in the emergency room at Toledo Hospital. Friends may call from 5 – 8 p.m. Monday and 1 – 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Rupp Funeral Home where a memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday.  He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church.  Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m.  Rev. Marc Gawronski, pastor of St. Mary’s will officiate. Born June 19, 1989 in Sylvania, Ohio, he was the son of Michael and Grace (Sottile) Halstead.  He was a 2007 graduate of Ida High School. Philip was a member of St. Mary’s Church and was currently enrolled at Monroe County Community College.  He also attended services at Redeemer Fellowship Church and enjoyed hunting, playing his guitar, and Frisbee golf. He is survived by his parents, Michael and Grace Halstead of Temperance; two sisters, Meghanne Halstead and Mandi (fiance Jacob Hill) Halstead, both of Temperance; Grandparents, Elaine Halstead and Joseph Sottile, Sr., both of Monroe; a niece Khloe’ Noelle Halstead of Temperance; and many aunts, uncles, and loving friends.  Philip was preceded in death by grandparents, Ronald Halstead and Sheila Sottile. Memorial contributions may be made to “Young Life” of S.E. Michigan  P.O. Box 94  Ida, MI 48140. Online condolences may be sent through

Richard J. Croley

April 4, 1940 – April 22, 2011

Richard Jake Croley, 71, of Newport, died at 9:15 a.m. Friday in his home.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a Masonic Service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Rev. Fred Smith officiating.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born April 4, 1940 in Whitley County, Kentucky, he was the son of Benjamin and Mossie (Manning) Croley.  He married Nancy June Dillard July 29, 1958; she preceded him in death May 19, 1987.  He then married Kay (Walker) Braden December 26, 1996.

He was a 45 year member of Operating Engineer Local 324.  He retired February 2000.

He was one of the founding members of Calvary Free will Baptist, Detroit, a member of True Gospel Missionary Baptist Church, where he taught adult Sunday School; the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Flat Rock, Free and Accepted Masons Monroe Lodge 27, past high priest Royal Arch Masons, Knights Templar, Shirner and 32 Degree Mason.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Kay Croley of Newport; four children, Arnold (Vickie) Croley of Newport, David (Nora) Croley of LaSalle, Donna (Chris) Croley-Vandercook of Dundee, Christine Croley of Monroe; step-children, Roy (Dawn) Braden and Tammy Fletcher both of Monroe; a brother, Bill (Nelda) Croley of Williamsburg, Kentucky; five sisters, Maxine Bundy of Williamsburg, Kentucky, Joy (Eddie) Charles of Dayton, Ohio, Mildred Croley, Thelma (Wendel) Hammons and Lois Wilson all of Chicago, Illinios; eight grandchildren, Jennifer (Derek) Dusseau, David Croley II, Ben Croley, Holly Fletcher, Nathan Fletcher, Nicholas Braden, Christopher Braden, Heather Fletcher; seven great grandchildren, Derek Dusseau, Alexis Whiteside, Kimberly Dusseau, Michael Richard Dusseau, Kehgan Heck, Karson Petita, Hailey McLaughlin and a niece Phyllis Mays.

In addition to his first wife, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Rev. George Croley, John Croley; a sister, Iva Croley; a nephew, Chris Croley; a niece, Nancy Ann Croley; three brothers-in-law, Joe Bundy, Paul Wilson and Michael Walker.

Memorial contributions may be made to True Gospel Missionary Baptist Church.

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Ronnie Nyitray, age 32 of Monroe, died at 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Detroit Receiving Hospital due to injuries he sustained in an automobile accident a week prior.

Friends may call Monday from 2 p.m. till time of service at 7 p.m. at the Rupp Funeral Home.  Rev. Dr. Judy Shipman, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Saline will officiate.  Cremation will follow and interment will be at Woodland Cemetery, Monroe.

Ronnie was born April 13, 1979 in Monroe.  He was a 1997 graduate of Milan High School where he was active in sports.  He was currently employed at Rainbow Auto Wash and was formerly employed at Pete’s Garage and Michigan Bar and Grill.

Ronnie is survived by his parents, Chad and Rachelle Nyitray of Saline; four children, Alyssa, Shiann, Hailey, and Kameron, all of Monroe; his biological mother, Carol Waldroup of Monroe; four brothers, David Richter, Richard Brighton, Robert Cromer, all of Monroe, and Kyle Nyitray, of Saline; four sisters, Davina Waldroup of Monroe, Amber Waldroup of Lincoln Park, Kara Nyitray and Lauren Nyitray, both of Saline.

Ronnie was recently preceded in death by his biological father, David Waldroup.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ron Nyitray Memorial Benefit Fund c/o Monroe Bank & Trust for the benefit of Ronnie’s children.

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Alice M. Nofziger

April 20, 1923 – April 15, 2011

Alice M. Nofziger, 87, of Monroe, died at 5:35 p.m. Friday at Fountain View of Monroe.

Friends may call from 3 p.m. until services at 6 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home.  The Rev. Rich Luberti, pastor of St. Joseph Church, Maybee, will officiate.  Private interment will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born April 20, 1923 in Toledo, Ohio, she was the daughter of Edward and Hazel (Gouipell) Bush.  She married George Nofziger February 14, 1953 in Angola, Indiana.

She worked at Keidan’s Jewelery from 1962 to 1974.

She is survived by her husband, George of Monroe; a son, Michael (Barbara) Dupler of Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania; a daughter, Leslie (John) Eby of Monroe; a step-daughter, Diana Nofziger of Madison Heights, Michigan; six grandchildren, Michael Dupler, Deborah (Rick) Kinsey, Terry (Larry) Liedel, Cheryl (Mike) Bartolo, Dawn Nofziger, Erica Lamoreux; eight great grandchildren, Nicole (Ken) Walters, Joshua Liedel, John (Mary) Kinsey, Alex Kinsey, Rachel Bartolo, Nicholas Bartolo, Paige Bartolo, soon to be arriving “Baby” Krasselt; three great-great grandchildren, Nicholas Walters, Kadynce Walters and soon to be arriving “Baby” Kinsey.

She is preceded in death by a brother, Nelson Bush and a step-son George Nofziger, Jr.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maybee.

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