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Kenneth R. Colpaert

March 10, 1950 – December 30, 2011

Kenneth R. Colpaert passed away at home on Friday of complications following a bone marrow transplant in August for myelodysplastic syndrome.  He had been ill since March.  He was under the care of Mercy Memorial Hospice, Monroe.

Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church.  Rev. James Jacobs will officiate.

He was born in Monroe on March 10, 1950 to Raymond M. and Alverta L. (Bishop) Colpaert.  On July 30, 1971 he married Nancy Jo Colpaert.  They celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary in July.

He was a 1968 graduate of Monroe High School and a 1970 graduate of Monroe County Community College.  He continued his studies at Christ for the Nations Institute, Dallas, Texas and graduated from Siena Heights University in 1993.  He was employed by the County of Monroe in the Employment and Training Department for over thirty years, retiring in 2006.  Following retirement, he completed coursework in Clinical Pastoral Care and served as a contingent caregiver in the Pastoral Care Department at Mercy Memorial Hospital.

He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe where he served as an Elder, Deacon, choir member and soloist.  He was the Stephen Ministry leader at the church for many years.  He served as a representative to the Monroe Council of Churches and volunteered with the CROP Walk.  His faith was important to him; he shared it by encouraging others and offering his love, comfort and support.

He had been a member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and has remained in touch with his “little brother” throughout the years.  Ken and Nancy hosted three foreign exchange students from South America in the 1990s and traveled to Colombia to visit two of them.  Ken had also volunteered with Gabby’s Ladder and was a Friend of Ellis Library.

He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, vocal music, shopping and collecting Howdy Doody memorabilia.

Ken is survived by his wife, Nancy, daughter Kathryn “Katie” (Jeremy) Bourbina, two grandchildren Chloe and Micah, a sister, Karen (Richard) Burkett and a brother, Richard (Kathy) Colpaert,  eleven nieces and nephews, several aunts and uncles and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials in Ken’s name may be given to the Pastoral Care Department, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Gabby’s Ladder, or Mercy Memorial Hospice.

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

Stanley R. Czarniewski
April 8, 1930 – December 29, 2011
   Stanley R. Czarniewski, 81 of Monroe died at 11:15 p.m. Thursday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. He had been in poor health for six weeks.
   Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Nancy Carle, pastor will officiate.
   Born April 8, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio he was the son of Peter M. and Mary M. (Bedzieski) Czarniewski. He married Barbara J. McRae on October 6, 1951 at Sacred Heart Church Dearborn.
   Stanley was employed by the Ford Motor Company, Monroe & Rouge plants for 38 ½ years as a plant engineer. He retired in 1991.
    Stanley served his country in the U.S. Army Company A 127th Airborne Engineer Battalion from April 14, 1947 to January 20, 1950 and received the Occupation Medal (Japan) and the Parachute and Glider Badge. He was a life member of V.F.W. Post #1138 Monroe.
   He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, and served as a deacon, elder, usher, trustee and assistant scout master. He was an early organizer of the Community of Need Meals and the Habitat for Humanity. He enjoyed woodworking, glass working, softball, bowling and golf.
   Surviving are his wife Barbara, children Donald V. Czarniewski and Nancy L. Ferguson both of Monroe; grandchildren Ian M. Ferguson, Kirk B. Ferguson and Glen G. Ferguson and great granddaughter Madelyn Mayes.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Vincent, Anthony, Joseph, Raymond and John Czarniewski; sisters, Hedwig Berger and Adeline Russell.
   Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Fund or a veteran organization.
   Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

James O. Barron

May 24, 1926 – December 28, 2011

   James O. Barron, 85 of Monroe died at 10:28 p.m. Wednesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. He had been in poor health for four months.

   Friend may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe.

   Born May 24, 1926 in Monroe he was the son of Orion P. and Nora R. (Trombley) Barron. He married Margaret R. Price on September 15, 1945 at St. Mary Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on July 14, 2002.

   James was employed by the Monroe County Sheriff Department for twenty eight years and retired as a detective.

   He served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard from November 4, 1944 to November 15, 1945.

   James was a 1944 graduate of Monroe High School and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He attended St. Mary Catholic Church and St. Mary Grade School.

   Surviving are his children J. Michael Barron of Sylvania, Ohio, Steve P. Barron of Monroe and Catherine A. (James) Amazeen of Monroe; brother, Daniel Barron of Charlevoix, Michigan, sisters, Nancy (Ernest) Burkman of Tallahassee, Florida and Kathleen Adduci of Falls Church, Virginia; grandchildren Jennifer Amazeen, Tim (Amanda) Amazeen, Carrie Cupp, Chris Amazeen, Brendan Amazeen, Brandon Amazeen, Michele Barron, Jon Barron and Engrid Sheets and thirteen great grandchildren.

   He was preceded in death by his wife, brothers, Jack and Clair Barron and sister, Betty Morris.

   Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Francine J. Lassey

March 19, 1946 – December 27, 2011

   Francine J. Lassey, 65 of Monroe died at 11:36 p.m. Tuesday in her home.

   Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home where a Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. She will lie instate Saturday 10 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church with funeral services at 11 a.m. Rev. Stephen Vileo, pastor will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

   Born March 19, 1946 in Wevelgem, Belgium she was the daughter of Oscar and Rachel (Vandenberghe) Ingels. She came to the United States in 1955 with her family and settled in Monroe. She married David R. Lassey on November 17, 1972 at St. Michael Catholic Church.

   Francine attended St. Michael Catholic School St. Mary’s Academy and graduated from the Ann Arbor Beauty College as a licensed beautician.

   Francine was employed by Michigan Gas Utilities, La-Z-Boy, Monroe Bank & Trust and Monroe Public Schools where she served as a lunch room aide, a bus aide and then a bus driver. She retired in 2010.

   Surviving are her husband David, children, Brenda D. (Dean) Bressler of Monroe, Brian K. (Carrie) Lassey of Howell and Timothy A. Lassey of Monroe; brothers, Michael M. Ingels and Lionel O.(Janet) Ingels both of Monroe, sister Jeannine F. (Walter) Schwartz of Monroe; grandchildren Erin Bressler, Erika Bressler, Colin Lassey, Leah Lassey, Ava Lassey, Alexa Lassey and Jillian Lassey.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, grandchild Gabriel Lassey, brother Henri Ingels and two infant brothers.

   Memorials may be made to St. Michael Church Capital Fund.

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

Sister Frances Ryan, IHM, 73, died Monday, Dec. 26, at her home, the IHM Sisters Motherhouse, in Monroe. She had been under the care of Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

Sister Frances was one of three children, one boy and two girls, of John Albert and Frances (Baker) Ryan. She was born Jan. 25, 1938 in Detroit and given the name Frances Ann. Sister Frances attended St. Michael (Livonia) and Epiphany (Detroit) elementary schools and graduated from St. Cecilia High School in Detroit. She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1956 and was given the name Frances Regina.

Sister Frances earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and her master’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. She taught in formal education for 16 years at Holy Redeemer, Detroit; St. Patrick, Carleton; St. Joseph, Erie; and St. Hugo of the Hills, Bloomfield Hills. After a year of renewal, Sister Frances began her ministry in religious education at St. Blase Parish in Sterling Heights as religious education section head. After three years at St. Blase she went to St. Martin de Porres Parish in Warren for the next eight years as director of religious education and the CCD Program.

In 1989 Sister Frances became the director of the IHM Associate Program. She held this position for eight years. Her next ministry was parish minister at St. Louise Parish in Warren. She retired in 2001, and in 2007, because of health reasons she retired to the IHM Health Care Center at the Motherhouse, where she resided until her death.

Sister Frances is survived by her sister, Mary Agnes (John Michael) IHM, and nieces and nephews.  Her brother, John A., died in March 2010.

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe on Wednesday Dec. 28, from 2 until 7:30 p.m. with a Remembering service at 3 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Chapel on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Larry Kaiser, 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.

Joseph F. Scorziello

August 2, 1917 – December 26, 2011

   Joseph F. Scorziello, 94 of Monroe died at 5 a.m. Monday at the Mercy Memorial Nursing Center. He had been in poor health for one month.

   Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where a Prayer Service will be held at 6 p.m. He will lie instate 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the funeral mass at 11 a.m. Rev. James Smalarz, pastor of St. John Catholic Church will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by V.F.W. Post 1138 Monroe.

   Born August 2, 1917 in Bristol, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Daniel and Maryanne (Bazzo) Scorziello. He married Frances Marie DiSabatino on February 19, 1944 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

   Joseph was employed for twenty-nine years by the Monroe Auto Equipment Company, and for eighteen years by the Ford Motor Company, Woodhaven, retiring in 1983.

   He served in the U.S. Army from December 17, 1941 to August 18, 1943 and earned the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, the Order of the Purple Heart and the Good Conduct Medal.

   Joseph was a founding member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Christian Men’s Association, and served as an usher for seventy years. He was a life member of V.F.W Post 1138 Monroe, the Knights of Columbus 1266 Monroe, and served on the board of directors of St. Joseph Cemetery Monroe.

   Joseph was a star athlete in his youth lettering in football, baseball, basketball and track, and in 1935 he was drafted by the New York Yankee’s. He enjoyed reading Western books, and watching Western programs; golf, bowling and pool, and was  a life long New York Yankee fan. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, and enjoyed time spent with his family.

   Surviving are his wife of Sixty-seven years; a son Daniel J. (Lynne) Scorziello of LaSalle; daughter Patricia A. (Daniel) Schmick of Sturgis; grandchildren Anthony Scorziello, Sarah Scorziello, Kristen (Jeff) Earl and David Schmick; great grandchildren Kaylyn, Nathan and Jacob Earl.

   He was preceded in death his parents Daniel and Maryanne Scorziello; sisters Mary, Louise and Margaret Scorziello, Helen Greer, and Josephine DiSabatino; and a brother Michael Scorziello.

   Memorials may be made to the Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society.

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

Evelyn L. Dooley

June 1, 1952 – December 25, 2011

   Evelyn L. Dooley, 59 of Monroe died at 4:33 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. She had been in poor health for ten years.

   Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Rev. Lawrence E. Detruf, pastor of the First Church of God will officiate.

   Born June 1, 1952 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Harry and Elizabeth (Marlow) Abrams. She has a long time friend and companion Carson Jester.

   Evelyn was a homemaker and attended the Church of God.

   Surviving are her children Ross E. (Kareen) Higgins, Jr. of Lincoln Park, Peggy S. (Timothy) Diaz of Monroe and Susan (Ed) Workman of Monroe; brothers, Jack Abrams of Temperance and Junior Marlow of Ida;  sisters, Naoma (Herbert) Braden of Monroe and Mary (Allen) Newsome of Maybee; grandchildren Cassidy and Riley Diaz and Brian and Ada Workman.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Harry, Basil, Earl and Carl Abrams.

   In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family.

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

Donna M. Soleau White

February 14, 1927 – December 23, 2011

Donna M. Soleau White, 84, of Monroe died at 9:45 p.m. Friday at Mercy Memorial Hospital.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a scripture service will be held at 6 p.m.  She will lie instate at 12 noon Wednesday at St Mary’s Church with Mass celebrating her life at 1 p.m.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born February 14, 1927, she was the daughter of D. A. and Martha (McCormick) Soleau.  She married George D. White June 18, 1949 at St. John Catholic Church, Monroe.

She was a registered nurse and worked for Dr. Spencer H. Wagar and Dr. S. N. Kelso; she retired in 1989.

She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Catholic Church, graduated from St. Mary Academy in 1944 and from the Borgess School of Nursing, Kalamazoo in 1947.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church and its Christian Women, Thrift Shop Assoc., Sawyer House, Jayettes, Charter member of Mercy Round Robin Bridge Club, Monroe Senior Center and she had volunteered for Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe for 5 years.

She is survived by her husband George A. White of Monroe; four sons, David G. (Maryann) White of Englewood, Florida, Daniel S. (Vicki) White of Monroe, Dale A. (Sheree) White of Monroe, Christopher J. White of Brighton; seven grandchildren, Jason, Alexander, Lauren, Kayleigh, Kyle, Aiden, Ethan and one great granddaughter, Kayla.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Sr. Jan Soleau, IHM and Beth Pardon. 

Memorial contributions may  be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe or the I.H.M. Retirement Fund.

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

Sister Elizabeth Zeestraten, IHM, died on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at the IHM Health Care Center in Monroe, Mich. She would have turned 103 on Dec. 31.

Sister Elizabeth was one of 12 children, seven boys and five girls, of Cornelius and Cornelia (Stassan) Zeestraten. She was born Dec. 31, 1908, in Strausburg, N.D., and given the name Elizabeth. Sister Elizabeth attended the elementary school in Hollandville, Mont., and Precious Blood in Glidden, Wis. She graduated from high school at St. Mary Academy. She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe, in 1932 taking the religious name of Sister Alexia.

Sister Elizabeth taught at St. Michael, Flint; Our Lady of Help and All Saints, Detroit. In 1938 she began her ministry to the IHM community in domestic services. Sister Elizabeth worked in the diet kitchen at the Motherhouse for 12 years, followed by a year in the kitchen at the Hall of the Divine Child in Monroe. From 1951 to 1965 she directed operations at the community laundry in the powerhouse on the Monroe campus. Sister Elizabeth cooked at the convent in Christ the King Parish, Detroit, for the next 13 years. She returned to the Motherhouse in Monroe in 1978 and subsequently was buyer for the kitchen until 1983 and also worked in the Creativity Shoppe from 1978-1989, when she formally retired. She entered the Health Care Center in 2000 where she resided until her death.

Sister Elizabeth is survived by nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, on Tuesday, Dec. 27, from 2 until 7:30 p.m., with a Remembering at 3 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 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

Ruth L. Jones

October 12, 1915 – December 23, 2011

Ruth L. Jones, 96, of Monroe, died at 1:30 a.m. Friday at the I.H.M. Health Care Center.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home. A private burial will take place at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Monroe at 11 a.m. Tuesday.  The Rev. Nancy Carle will officiate.

Born October 12, 1915 in Lincoln, Illinios, she was the daughter of Christian and Esther (Rentschler) Leithauser.  She married Walter Jones June 24, 1938 in her parent’s home in Port Huron; he preceded her in death on November 7, 2003.

She was a teacher for Monroe Public Schools at both Lincoln School and Golden School.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Deacon and an Elder.  She was also a member of the Thrift Shop Association, Golf Crest Women’s Club, Monroe Women’s Club and a leader for the Girl Scouts and Campfire Girls.

She is survived by three sons, John W. (Judy) Jones of Grand Rapids, Chris A. (Sue) Jones of Monroe, William D. (Ann) Jones of Columbus, Indiana; a daughter, Jill J. (Randy) Grodi of Monroe; a sister, Francis Burley of Plantation, Florida; nine grandchildren, Leslie Muller, Steven Jones, Sheryl Schneider, Catherine Paciente, Bradley “Emmett” Jones, Marcy McDonough, Jeff Heck, Amanda Heck, Jennifer Grodi and seventeen great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and a brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Now I Lay Me Down Bed Ministry at First Presbyterian Church.

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