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Thomas J. Farmer

September 3, 1927 – February 29, 2012

Thomas J. Farmer, 84 of Monroe died at 6:44 a.m. Wednesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a scripture service will be held at 6 p.m.  He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John Church with a Mass celebrating his life at 11 a.m.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Tom was born September 3, 1927 in Monroe, he was the son of Joseph and Genevieve (Stein) Farmer.  He married Millicent Holloway April 14, 1951.

He served his country in the Navy on the USS Santa Fe during World War II obtaining the rank of Seaman 2nd Class V-6.

He worked as a repairman for Detroit Edison for 43 years and owned and operated Thomas J. Farmer Taxidermy for more then 50 years.

He was a member of St. John Church, Knights of Columbus Monroe Council 1266, Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Monroe Lodge 1503, Veterans of Foreign Wars Monroe Post 1138 and Monroe Rod and Gun Club. 

In his younger days Tom was an avid duck hunter. He ran dog trials at Pointe Mouillee with his dog Brady and they won several awards.  He was also a member of Ducks Unlimited.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Millicent; a son, Joseph (Christine) Farmer of Monroe; a brother, Robert (Joy) Farmer of Aurora, Illinois; a sister, Margery Case of Monroe; two grandchildren, Thomas and Nicole Farmer.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister Maxine Larrow.

Memorial contributions may be made to Veteran’s Hospital or American Cancer Society.

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

Linda M. Schaefer, age 63 of Perrysburg, Ohio, formerly of Monroe, died 7:20 p.m. Wednesday at Toledo Hospital.  She had been in critical condition for two days. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday.  Rev. James Smalarz, pastor of St. John Catholic Church will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle. Linda was born August 10, 1948 in Toledo, she was the daughter of Thomas and Violet (Scheich) Manak.  She married Dennis Schaefer May 6, 1967 at St. John Catholic Church. Linda was a 1966 graduate of St. Mary Academy and manager of Monroe County and Municipalities Employees Credit Union for four years. She enjoyed playing bingo, going to casinos, playing cards, especially bridge and euchre, watching every Days of Our Lives episode, and buying and selling antiques and collectibles.  Linda absolutely adored cats and was well known for her Christmas decorations and displays. Linda is survived by her daughter, Denise D. (Tony Wright) Winger of Monroe and a grandson, Charles Dennis (Ashley Satkowski) Toles. She was preceded in death by her parents. Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

“A Happy Heart Is Generally Great” Edward F. Cousineau, Jr. of Monroe, died Tuesday, February 28th. A longtime Monroe resident, he had lived at Creekside Village, 1400 S. Monroe St., since 2008. Ed was 92. The youngest child of Edward F. Cousino and Keziah Dusseau Cousino of Erie, Ed was born in Toledo on June 7, 1919. He attended both St. John Jesuit High School and Toledo Central Catholic High School, lettering in baseball and football. Ed was a 1941 cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame. During World War II he was an army Captain and served as an assistant supply officer and company commander at the Port of Southampton, England.  As an officer in the Quartermaster Corps, he helped stage personnel, supplies and vehicles for the D-day invasion of France.  In the summer of 1942, while assigned to the Port of Seattle, he had been dared by fellow junior officers to speak to a young woman in a red suit.  After the war, he married her–the love of his life, Laura Jean Webster of Spokane, Washington–in January 1946 at St. Joseph’s Church in Erie.  He owned and operated the family business Cousino Lumber in Erie with his brother Emmanuel until the late 1960’s.  Mr. Cousineau was also a licensed real estate agent and co-owner of C & W Foods, Toledo. As a man of faith and deep religious conviction, Ed was a member of St. John Parish for more than 65 years.  He served on the Parish Board of Trustees, its Ushers Club, the Holy Name Society and was an officer in the First Friday Club of Monroe.  He also served on the board of Monroe Catholic Central High School during the 1950’s. Ed is survived by sons Edward (Laura) of Hanover, NH, John, Los Angeles, CA, and Patrick (Delfey), Washougal, WA and daughter Mary Ellen Cousineau, San Francisco, CA.  He had six grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and four sisters.  An infant daughter, Mary Kelly Cousineau, was stillborn in 1948.  His wife Laura Webster Cousineau died in 2006. Along with Ed’s many friends at Creekside Village, the Cousineau family wishes to make special thanks to John and Melody Spillson for their loving friendship and vigilant care to Ed in recent years. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where a Scripture Service is scheduled for 7 p.m.  He will lie instate 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church.  Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by Rev. James Smalarz, Pastor, immediately followed by a luncheon at the Creekside Village Clubhouse.  A committal service including military honors provided by Monroe Post 1138 Veteran’s of Foreign Wars will be at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Cemetery, Erie, Michigan. Memorial donations may be made to St. John Church, the American Cancer Society, The Lutheran Home or the Alzheimer’s Association Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Rose M. Mariano

 March 19, 1923 – February 28, 2012

Rose M. Mariano, 88, of Monroe died at 8:37 a.m. Tuesday at Fountain View of Monroe.

Friends may call from 1-9 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a scripture service will be held at 8 p.m..  She will lie instate at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church, with a Mass celebrating her life at 10 a.m.  Rev. Marc Gawronski, pastor of the church, will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Rose was born March 19, 1923 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Joseph and Concetta (Marchese) Bacarella.  She married Frank Mariano April 27, 1946; they were married for 56 years before her preceded he in death on February 27, 2002.

During World War II she worked at Monroe Auto Equipment making shells for the war.  Later, she worked at the I.H.M. Motherhouse in the kitchen; she retired in 1994.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church and the Altar Society and a 1942 graduate of Monroe High School.  She was also a member of the DAV auxiliary, Monroe sewing Club and the Red Hat Society at Fountain View. She enjoyed sewing, especially aprons for everyone she knew, reading, listening to music, cooking and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two sons, Joseph F. (Janice) Mariano of Grosse Ile, Nicholas A. (Michele) Mariano of Oregon, Ohio; a daughter, Theresa M. (Jan) Hook of Ada; two brothers, Sam (Tina) Bacarella of Monroe, John (Anne) Bacarella of South Rockwood; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Hook of Toledo, Ohio, Laura (Phillip) Crowder of Edmond, Oklahoma, Nicholas A. (Paula) Mariano II of Oregon, Ohio, Lisa (Kevin) Gwin of Chicago, Matthew Mariano of Oregon, Ohio, Alexandra Mariano of Oregon, Ohio; six great grandchildren, Shayna , Joshua and Matthew Gwin, Mikayla amd Marisa Mariano and Dominic DeFrank.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by two brothers, Gaspre and Pasquale Bacarella and a sister, Mary Beauvais.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice or Pursue Scholars.

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Byron F. Kosino

May 19, 1926 – Feb. 26, 2012

Byron F. Kosino, age 85 of Monroe, passed from this world to glory on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Fountain View of Monroe after a five year illness.

He was born on May 19, 1926 in Monroe to Frank and Marie (Maass) Kosino.  He graduated from Monroe High School in 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Army.  He completed basic training at Kessler Field, Biloxi, Mississippi and served his country during World War II.

Byron trained in airplane and engine mechanic schools in Buffalo, New York and Austin, Texas.  He was stationed at Neligen AFB, Germany where he was an instructor in propeller specialist schools.  He returned to Monroe in December of 1946 and was honorably discharged from the army in February of 1947.

He married Eunice L. Kraus February 1, 1947 in Trinity Lutheran Church.  He is survived by two children, Daryl Ann (Terry) Nels of Beavercreek, Ohio and Mark Kosino of Monroe; a daughter-in-law Jodie Kosino of Lakeland, Florida; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are a sister, Delores (Larry) Simmons of Monroe; a niece Leisa (Marty) Nadeau of Monroe and a loving friend and companion, Jean Knack of Walbridge, Ohio.

Byron was preceded in death by his wife Eunice on October 21, 1988; his parents, Frank and Marie Kosino; a son Grant Kosino; and a nephew Chris Simmons.

Byron was a well known builder in the Monroe area.  He began as a finish carpenter and cabinet maker in 1947.  He started his own carpentry business in 1950 and formed Kosino Woodwork in 1966.  He built many fine homes for over 37 years and retired in 1992.  He is a former member and past chairman of the Frenchtown Township Zoning Board of Appeals.

Byron was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Monroe.  He had many hobbies including golf at the Monroe Golf and Country Club in his early years.  He was also a collector of classic cars including two amphicars, a Pantera, a “65” Mustang, a Ford Shelby, and a “56” T-Bird.  His great love however was boating.

He became active in power boating in 1970.  He became Commodore of Detroit Beach Boat Club in 1973, Commodore of Associated Yacht Clubs in 1977, Commodore of Inter-Lake Yachting Association in 1985 and is a Past President of the International Order of Blue Gavel District 9.

Byron loved people, had a wonderful sense of humor, a quick wit and often was the life of the party.  He will be sadly missed by all.  The family wants to thank the staff of Fountain View Nursing Home for their wonderful care and rehabilitation of Byron for the last two months.

Friends may call from 2 – 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where the International Order of Blue Gavel will give tribute to Byron at 6:30 p.m. followed by an opportunity for general sharing of remembrances.  He will lie instate 10 a.m. Friday at Zion Lutheran Church where services will begin at 11 a.m.  Rev. Ross Ulrich, Senior Pastor will officiate followed by a luncheon.  A committal service will be held in the chapel at Roselawn Memorial Park at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church general fund or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Mary H. Smith, age 88 of Monroe, died 8:08 p.m. Sunday at The Lutheran Home.  She had been ill for six weeks.

Friends may call from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at The Lutheran Home where services will be held at 2 p.m.  Rev. John Schinkel, Pastor of The Lutheran Home will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements by Rupp Funeral Home.

Born May 9, 1923 in Monroe, she was the daughter of John and Mary (Dragan) Pask.  She married Norman T. Smith June 16, 1954 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  He died Nov. 21, 1990.

Mary had been employed by Monroe Auto Equipment for 8 years, Floral City Furniture for 5 years, and The Monroe Evening News for 10 years.

She was a 1941 graduate of Monroe High School and a former member of the Monroe Golf and Country Club. 

Mary had a fondness of animals.  She had two dogs, “Kelly” and “Cookie Jar” that she dearly loved.  Whether she was at her previous home or the Lutheran Home, she enjoyed watching and feeding the squirrels.

She is survived by three step-daughters, Janet (Frank) Pacitti of Monroe, Jorda (James) Hutchison of Hendersonville, North Carolina, and Judith Jennings of Monroe; 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mary is preceded in death by a great-grandson, Luke Anthony Stohlmeyer

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Monroe County Humane Society or The Lutheran Home.

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

Shirley J. Laney

July 10, 1937 – February 26, 2012

Shirley J. Laney, 74, of Monroe, died at 11:45 p.m. Sunday at Fountain View of Monroe.

There will be no services, cremation has taken place.  The family will hold a celebration of her life at a later date.  Rupp Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Shirley was born July 10, 1937 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Frank and Edna (Thomas) Stockard.  She was married to Bert Laney.

She loved to take care of everyone, especially the children in the family.  Shirley enjoyed watching TV, particularly soap operas; cooking; joking and kidding around, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by a brother William Stockard of Monroe; four sisters, Bernice (Jess) Graves of Morristown, Tennessee, Margaret Black, Janice Claiborne and Joan Knight all of Monroe and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Harry A. Schassberger

April 8, 1936 – February 26, 2012

Harry A. Schassberger, 75, of Monroe, died 9:10 p.m. Sunday at The Lutheran Home.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 5 p.m.  He will lie in state at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Church, Monroe, with a Mass celebrating his life at 11 a.m.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, with military honors by VFW Post 1138, Monroe.

Harry was born April 8, 1936 in Monroe, the son of Harry J. and Esther (Schwartz) Schassberger.  He married Patricia Meyer September 9, 1961 at St. Patrick Church, Carleton.

Harry entered the Navy in 1954 and was honorably discharged in1958, after serving on the destroyer U.S.S. Mansfield.  He worked at Sturm Implement in, Maybee and then worked for many years at The Lutheran Home, retiring in 1996.

He was a member of St. Joseph Church, Monroe.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years Patricia, a son, Christian J. (Debra) Schassberger of Monroe; two daughters, Sharon (Thomas) Burger of Delta, Ohio, Lori (William) Leicht of Monroe; a sister, Marie (Lavern) Meyer of Carleton; six grandchildren, Lauren Burger, Lauren, William and Olivia Leicht, Owen and Claire Schassberger.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Richard Schassberger; two sisters, Mary Lou Joyce and Norma Marshall.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Food Closet or Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Glenda M. Spainhower, age 84 of Monroe, died 2:22 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Nursing Center

Born October 16, 1927 in Balkan, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Sherman and Martha (Barnard) Rush.  She married Norris R. Spainhower August 20, 1949 in Toledo, Ohio.

Glenda and Norris co-owned and operated Spainhower Auction Company in Monroe from 1968 to 2003.

Glenda was extremely proud of her family.  She spoke often and always well of them to all who would listen.  She enjoyed meeting and making new friends. Outgoing and cheerful, no one remained a stranger for long.  Her pleasant disposition made everyone comfortable.  Glenda brightened the lives of all who knew her, and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband Norris; two daughters, Lisa (Thomas Gregg) Spainhower of Highland, New York and Rowena (Michael) Pelczynski of Hayward, California; a sister Willene Chalmers of Knoxville, Tennessee; grandson Staff Sergeant Lukas Blair and great-grandson Rush Nathaniel Blair, both of Augusta, Georgia; two nieces, Jessica Wood of Boone, North Carolina and Susan Ewing of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Glenda was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Neal and Doyle Rush; and a sister, Fern Wood.

Cremation has taken place in accordance with her wishes.  The family will receive visitors at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home where a memorial service will begin at 3 p.m.  Kate O’Brien, Chaplain at Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe will officiate.  Interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

The family greatly thanks Mercy Memorial Nursing Center and Mercy Memorial Hospice for the loving care they provided.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

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

Erma G. Masserant

Mar. 18, 1921 – Feb. 26, 2012

Erma G. Masserant, age 90 of Monroe, died 12:35 a.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital.  She had been seriously ill for a week.

Friends may call from 2 – 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m.  She will lie instate at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Charles Catholic Church, Newport.  Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m.  Rev. Victor Roman, Pastor, will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Charles Cemetery.

Born March 18, 1921 in Monroe, Michigan, she was the daughter of George and Anna (Oerther) Hoppert.  She married Earl F. Noel on November 15, 1936 at St. Charles Church.  He died July 10, 1958.  Erma later married Gordon F. “Gordie” Masserant on January 31, 1972 in New Port Ritchey, Florida where they resided for many years before returning to Monroe in 2006.  Gordie died November 19, 2009.

Erma was a member of St. Charles Church and enjoyed playing cards and bingo.

She is survived by a son, Dar (Mary) Noel of Monroe; three daughters, Shirley (Thomas) Jay of Newport, Grace (Gary) Coch of Monroe, and Linda LaVelle of Monroe; one brother, George Hoppert of Monroe; two sisters, Elsie Hogaboom of Coldwater, Michigan and Marion Kull of Monroe; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands, Erma was preceded in death by two sons, Frank and Donald Noel; stillborn infant twins Florence and Lawrence Noel; a brother Elmer Hoppert; two sisters, Ella DuVall and Alice Blanchette.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Church.

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