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Donna M. Stanfill

October 9, 1938 – April 29, 2012

Donna M. Stanfill, 73 of Monroe, died at 6:30 a.m. Sunday in her home.

Friends may call from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. until services at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home.  The Rev. Karl Fuhlbrigge will officiate.  Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Donna was born October 9, 1938 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Ronald “Pat” and Ollivette (Hensley) Sayles.  She married Bill J. Stanfill in 1963 at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Through the years she had worked at Kline’s, Sally’s Dress Shop and The Hallmark Store.

She was part of a devoted group of women who have met regularly since high school that they referred to as “club”.  She loved to spend time with her friends and especially enjoyed going to lunch with her golf group.  She also enjoyed going to the casino, playing the slots and wintering in Florida.

She was a loving grandmother and who was always more then happy to spend time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Bill J. Stanfill of Monroe; three daughters, Dawn (Frank) McAuliffe of Ann Arbor, Kim (Tom) LaBarre of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Robin (Richard) Cox of Stockbridge, Michigan; a brother, John (Carol) Sayles of Monroe and seven grandchildren, Frank, Maris, Chelsea, Lindsay, Saoirse, Poppy and Will.

She is preceded in death by her parents, a son, Patrick Riley Stanfill and two brothers, Thomas and Ronald Sayles.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

 Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Catherine E. Moosman

August 1, 1919 – April 28, 2012

Catherine E. “Katy” Moosman, 92 died April 28, 2012 at 2:15 a.m. while in Fountain View of Monroe.  She had been in declining health for the past year.

Friends may call Wednesday May 2, 2012 from 1 to 8 p.m. at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held Thursday May 3, 2012 at 11 a.m.  The Rev. Daniel Complo will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born August 1, 1919 in Beckly, West Virginia; she was the daughter of Matthew and Mary Ellen (Maloney) Binns.  She married William Moosman October 24, 1953; he died November 11, 1983.

Katy was employed at J.C. Penney’s during the 1940’s and was an inspection supervisor of bomb shells at the Monroe Auto Equipment plant. 

Katy was one of the original members of ARC of Monroe, which was formed in the 1960’s.  She answered their phone in her home for years and also served as their memorial fund treasurer.

Katy loved kids and was involved with many activities such as: Camp Fire Girls leader and day camp director during the 1960’s and early 1970’s and cookie chairperson for the Monroe chapter of Huron Valley Girl Scouts 1977-1979.  She also served on the Title II Chapter III committee of Monroe Public Schools in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Katy enjoyed her “rocks”, flowers, collecting things and talking to people!  She loved to make cornbread and slider noodles and making sure no one left her house hungry!

There was always a special place in her heart for children.  She would always have time to watch and play with them. No matter what their age they were “my kids”.

Surviving are three daughters, Mollie (Chuck) Wood, Jeanette (John) Beeler and Jamie (Rich) Hurley; nine grandchildren, Jennifer M. Wood, Elizabeth Moosman, Andreya Stackhouse, Alicia Ostrander, Monica Beeler, Tara Hurley, Kyle and Johnny Beeler and Leah Hurley and seven great-grandchildren.

Katy was preceded in death by her husband, son Ernie, her parents, three brothers and four sisters.

Memorials may be made to Fountain View activities, Heartland Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Special thanks to the staff of Fountain View for all their caring and love the last three years.

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

Susan E. Evans

April 2, 1956 – April 27, 2012

Susan E. Evans, 56 of Monroe, died at 11:23 p.m. Friday in her home.

In accordance to her wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no services.  Rupp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Susan was born April 2, 1956 in Trenton, Michigan; she was the daughter of Francis and Maureen (Watters) Arquette.

She was a free spirit who loved the internet, traveling, spending time with her family and in nature and cared for all animals.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt giving her unconditional love and support no matter what the situation.

She is survived by her daughter Christina (Jay) Miller of Monroe; two brothers, Martin (Barbara) Arquette of Canadian Lakes, Michigan, Robert (Laura) Arquette of Allen Park, Michigan; a sister, Connie (Richard) Hudson of Charlevoix, Michigan and two grandchildren, Shelby and Jake Miller.

She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Thomas and Patrick Arquette and a grandson Jay Miller, Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to your local chapter of the ASPCA.

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

Charles Barron, Jr.

April 4, 1925 – April 27, 2012

                Charles “Chuck” Barron, Jr., 87, a life-time resident of Newport, Michigan, went to be with the Lord on April 27, 2012 in the comfort of his home at 8:24 p.m.. He was surrounded by his loving family and in the care of Heartland Hospice.

                  Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.  He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Charles Church, Newport, with a Mass celebrating his life at 11 a.m.  Rev. Victor Roman, pastor of the church, will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Charles Cemetery, Newport.

                 Charles was one of four children from the union of the late Charles Sr. and Emma (Emerich) Barron. Born April 4, 1925 in Newport, Michigan, Charles was employed by Standard Oil Company of Indiana as an agent from 1949 until June 1976. He subsequently founded C. Barron & Sons, Inc., a fuel distributor for Monroe County. Charles retired in 1989 after 40 years in the fuel business. He remained an integral part of the business until his recent illness.

                Charles was a member of St. Charles Church and its Ushers Club, Knights of Columbus #1266, Michigan Petroleum Association and a life member of the Swan Boat Club. Charles was one of the original founders of the Newport Volunteer Fire Department and a life member of the Newport Firefighters Association. Charles enjoyed hunting, fishing, travel and golf. He spent 28 winters with his wife at their second home in Ft. Myers, FL. His many accomplishments included being the original organizer of the “Muskrat and Chicken Dinners” at St. Charles Church festivals and the Newport Fire Department. He was an avid softball player and participated in the Senior World Series Softball Tournament in 1990 in Arizona.

                On June 9, 1945, Charles married the love of his life, Olive Marie Langton. From their 67 year union came five children: Linda L. (Salvatore) Caltagirone of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, Thomas M (Betty) Barron of Monroe, Paul C (Linda) Barron of Newport, Patricia A (James L.) Arnold of Monroe and Karen S. (Kenyon) Calender of Monroe. He was blessed with 11 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

                He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers Earl and Elmer and a sister Marcella.

                In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Charles Changing Lives Together Project and SMCC School.

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

J.D. Moody

December 29, 1924 – April 27, 2012

J.D. Moody, 87 of Monroe, died at 9:18 a.m. Friday in his home.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.  Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

J.D. Was born December 29, 1924 in Heber Springs, Arkansas; he was the son of John F. and Ora (Carr) Moody.  He married Etta Stone July 11, 1943 in Arkansas.

He served his country in the U.S. Army from February 26, 1944 to April 29, 1946.

J.D. was a machinist for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria, Illinois; until retiring in 1981.

He was a member of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years Etta Moody of Monroe; a son, James Moody of Monroe; five grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, David Moody; a daughter-in-law, Susan Moody and two sisters, Nadine Hampton and Lorene Thomas.

Memorial contributions may be made to Monroe Missionary Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Sister Kathleen Houlihan, IHM, 91, died Thursday, April 26, in the Health Care Center of the IHM Motherhouse in Monroe. She had been under Mercy Memorial Hospice Care of Monroe.

Sister Kathleen was one of eight children, three boys, and five girls, of Simon and Marie (Beck) Houlihan. She was born July 3, 1920, in Detroit and given the name Kathleen. She graduated from St. Mary of Redford High School in Detroit and became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1939, taking the religious name of Sister Ansbert.

Sister Kathleen earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a master’s degree from Wayne State University. She taught and ministered in administration in formal education for 50 years at Hall of the Divine Child, Monroe; Blessed Sacrament, St. Gregory, Epiphany and Gesu, Detroit; Sacred Heart, Roseville; St. Frederick, Pontiac; SS. Peter and Paul, Ionia; St. Felicitas, Chicago; St. Monica, Mobile, Ala.; St. Joseph, Trenton, St. John, Fenton; Our Lady of Lourdes, River Rouge; and St. Norbert, Inkster. Sister Kathleen also taught at Daniel O’Sullivan School in Flint, the Human Resource Center in Monroe and the Reading Clinic at Marygrove College. 

In 1991 Sister Kathleen returned to Monroe to become the assistant director of the Literary, Arts, Resource Center (LARC) located in St. Mary’s Center and also ministered for two year on the Hospitality staff at St. Mary Center. She retired to the IHM Motherhouse and volunteered in the IHM Gift Shop until she entered the Health Care Center, where she remained until her death.

Sister Kathleen is survived by her sisters, Ruth, Sister Eileen (Mary Gael), IHM, Mother Mary Simon, FMM, her brothers, Simon and Michael, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas, and her twin sister, Mrs. Edward Petras.

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe on Monday, April 30, from 2 until 7:30 p.m. with a Remembering at 3 p.m. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in the Chapel on Tuesday, May 1 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Gil Enderle, CSsR, 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. 

Andrew Bernard Ely, 87 of Monroe, died at 5:50 a.m. Thursday in his home. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where a scripture service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday.  He will lie instate at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church where Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m.  Rev. Stephen Vileo, pastor of St. Michael Church will officiate.  Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe. Born November 2, 1924 in Lee County, Virginia, he was the son of Marion and Anne (Clouse) Ely.  He married Veta A. Brancheau on January 15, 1944 at St. Mary’s Church. She preceded him in death on February 8, 2007. Andrew was a 1943 graduate of Monroe High School, a member of St. Mary’s Church, American Legion, and a past member of Duck’s Unlimited. In July 1943, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines and attended Merchant Marine School in Sheepshead Bay, New York.  He obtained the rank of Ships Helmsman and continued to serve until the end of the war in 1946. He worked as a Machine Tender at Consolidated Paper, South Side for 35 years before retiring in 1978. Afterward, he worked for Centennial Homes in Ann Arbor, as a La-Z-Boy salesman for Durocher’s in Toledo, and finally for PJE Enterprises. Andrew was a softball pitcher in his early years and was a lifelong avid hunter and fisherman. His hunting interests led him to work at the Erie Shooting Club as a hunting guide for 15 years.  He also enjoyed golfing and carving duck decoys. He is survived by two children, Bernard “Barney” (Vicki) Ely of Plymouth and Andrea J. (Jere) Oetjens of Ypsilanti; three brothers, Kenneth Ely, Jack Ely and Leonard Ely all of Monroe; four grandchildren, Jason (Amy) Oetjens of Katy, Texas, Craig Oetjens of Chicago, Illinois, Michael (Michelle) Oetjens of Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts, and Patrick Ely of Plymouth, Michigan; seven great-grandchildren, Alec, Abbie, Lucas, Cailee, Austin, Kara and Jax Oetjens. In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Judy Ann Ely; a brother, Neal Ely and two sisters, Leah Treece and Vivian Goins. Memorial contributions may be made to L.I.F.E. Living Independence For Everyone (Meals on Wheels) P.O. Box 646 Monroe, Michigan 48161. Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Roger D. Lambert, age 60 of Monroe, died 4:55 a.m. Wednesday at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.  He had been in declining health for a year.

Friends may call from 1 – 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home.  He will lie instate 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church where services will be at 11 a.m.  Rev. Ronald Schultz, Pastor, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born July 28, 1951 in Monroe, he was the son of Troy David and Ellen (Short) Lambert.  He married Sheila A. Bodi on March 17, 1973 in Monroe

Roger was a central dispatch operator for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department for 15 years until his medical retirement in 2005.

Roger was a 1969 graduate of Monroe High School and member of Grace Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife Sheila; four children, Heide (Daryl) Setzler of LaSalle, Samantha (Scott) Bomia of Monroe, Jennifer Lambert of Monroe, and Adam (Corinne) Lambert of Warren; step-mother Edna Lambert of Ridgeland, Mississippi; brother Walt (Brenda) Lambert of Burlington, North Carolina; sister Audrey Musulin of Monroe; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Edna Brightbill.

Memorial donations are suggested to the family.

Shirley M. Bomia

February 5, 1935 – April 25, 2012

   Shirley M. Bomia, 77 of Maybee died at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. She had been in poor health for the last few years.

   Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Rev. Dale Hayford, pastor of the Crosswalk Community Church of Monroe will officiate, with burial to follow at Woodland Cemetery.

   Born February 5, 1935 in Toledo, Ohio she was the daughter of George and Elsie (Cannings) Phillips. She married Robert Stump on December 2, 1951 in Monroe. He preceded her in death on August 29, 1960. She then married Harold J. Bomia on April 14, 1961 in Monroe. He preceded her in death on December 19, 1992.

   Shirley was employed for many years as a cashier for Maybee Gas & Oil Company of Monroe.

   She was a member of the Monroe Senior Center.

   Surviving are her children Terry (Beth) Stump of Monroe, Dairl J. (Virginia) Stump of Maybee; Calvin (Deborah) Stump of Chesterfield Township, Michigan and Debra (Ricki) Smith of Maybee; sixteen grandchildren and thirty one great grandchildren.

   Shirley was preceded in death by her husbands, parents, son Harold Joseph Bomia, Jr., grandson Alfred Stump, great grandson Eric Barnier, brothers, Arthur and Paul Phillips and sister, Marguerite Robinson.

   Memorial may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

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Sophia R. Zdelarich, age 89 of Monroe, died 10:12 p.m. Tuesday at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.  She had been in declining health for two months. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place at Roselawn Memorial Park.  Friends may call from 2 – 4 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m.  Rev. Lawrence Detruf will officiate. Born April 22, 1923 in Detroit, she was the daughter of Theodore and Veronica (Vervakas) Zdelarich.  Sophia is a member of Frenchtown Senior Citizens and was employed at the Willow Run Bomber Plant during World War II, Reisig Cleaners, and Reisig Traveland. Sophia is survived by two sisters, Jennie M. Kachar and Anne V. Kachar, both of Monroe; two nieces, VeraAnn Zimmerman of Sandusky, Ohio and Karen McKeen of Fenton, Michigan; four nephews, Mark Kachar of Monroe, Daniel Kachar of Monroe, Stanley Kachar of Monroe, and Nicholas Kachar of Concord, Michigan; and many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Bernice Morris and Wanda Zdelarich; and a nephew James Kachar. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation. Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.