Monthly Archives: January 2016

Larry P. Cox, Jr.

February 4, 1976 – January 28, 2016


CoxLarry P. Cox, Jr., age 39 of Monroe, died at 2:20 p.m. Thursday, January 28th at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. Larry had been in declining health since being diagnosed with cancer twelve years ago.

Larry was born February 4, 1976 in Trenton to Larry and Judith (Souders) Cox, Sr. He was previously employed by H & N Manufacturing in Dundee as a press operator.

Larry is survived by a daughter, Heaven Ann Cooper-Cox of Monroe; father, Larry Cox, Sr. of Monroe; mother, Judy Cox of Monroe; three sisters, Melinda Stewart and Margaret (Leonard) Adkins, both of Kansas, and Kimberly (David) Rigsby of Monroe.


RandazzoFrances H. Randazzo

December 10, 1922 – January 27, 2016


Frances Helen Randazzo, 93, of Monroe, passed away at 10:38 a.m. Wednesday in her home under the care of hospice and her daughter, daughter-in-law and granddaughter.


Friends may visit from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Anne Church with Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. Rev. Anthony Camilleri, of St. Anne Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.


Frances was born December 10, 1922 in Port Huron, Michigan. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Catanzaro) Castello. She married Peter M. Randazzo October 10, 1953 in Port Huron; he preceded her in death December 15, 1996.


Frances live her early years in Port Huron and completed her schooling there. After her marriage she and Peter moved to Monroe, where she devoted her life to caring for her family.


She loved Michigan football, playing Yahtzee and cards and babysitting for her grandchildren. She was also an occasional world traveler.


She is survived by her four children, Julia Wells Randazzo of Monroe, Pete Randazzo, Jr. of Marietta, Georgia, Louis Randazzzo of Harper Woods and Ben (Louise) Randazzo of Monroe; a sister, Jenny Rich and three grandchildren, Nicole (Wayne M.) Gross, Natosha Randazzo and Victor Randazzo all of Monroe.


In addition to her husband she is preceded in death by her parents and five siblings, Annie Curiale, Josie Thompson, Vincent Castello, Peter Castello and Nicholas Castello.


The family would like to thank the staff of Great Lakes Caring Hospice for their care and support during this difficult time.


Memorial contributions in Frances’ memory may be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice.


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FrancesMaedelFrances Maedel, 93, passed away peacefully in her home after a brief illness on January 27, 2016. She was born at home on July 24, 1922, in Bangor, Pennsylvania, to Arthur Elwood Mack and Alice Maud Amy. Her father was a high school teacher and her mother a housewife and caregiver. Both of her parents traced their lineage to England and there is even a claim that the family may have been descended from the famous Elizabethan sea captain Sir Francis Drake.

After her father’s death in 1931, Fran’s mother moved with her two daughters to Bangor, Pennsylvania, to live near her parents, and then later to Indiana, Pennsylvania where Fran attended her last year of high school. After her high school graduation, she enrolled at the Indiana State Teacher’s College where she graduated with honors in 1944 with a degree in art education.

She met her future husband, Robert Maedel Sr. in 1942 while boarding a bus in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and he asked her to marry him on every date after that until she finally accepted and they were wed on October 7, 1944, at the Lutheran parsonage in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. For their honeymoon, neither owning a car, they took a street car to Scranton, Pennsylvania.

After her marriage, Fran accepted a position teaching art in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, until her husband was discharged from the Army in 1946, after which they moved to Monroe, Michigan, to be near Robert’s father who was a professional photographer. Their first home was at Woodland Beach on Elmwood Drive which Fran described as ”a snug little cottage with a huge yard.” As a young mother she enjoyed taking care of her babies, fixing up her home, and working in her yard and garden.

When her husband opened his new business, Maedel Cameras, in 1949, in downtown Monroe, they moved to a house attached to the store and Fran collaborated in the enterprise by helping with the processing, tinting, and printing of photographs. She also devoted her creative energy for the next 65 years to her family and the Monroe community. She was instrumental in founding the Monroe Art League in 1959 and became a contributing member of the Toledo Art Club, the Toledo Women’s Artists’ League, the Bedford Artist’s Club, the Women’s Center at the Sawyer House, and the Monroe Spinner’s Guild. She accepted paid commissions from area businesses and donated her time and talent on numerous projects for many non-profit organizations in the area, including the Monroe Historical Society, The Monroe Library System, and the River Raisin National Battlefield for whom she recently researched, designed, painted, and donated three large educational canvases of early Monroe historical sites. Over the years Fran also participated in numerous art shows, winning over 100 awards for her watercolors, acrylics, oils, and pastels.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and expressed to her family her belief in her Savior, Jesus Christ. She is preceded in death by both her parents, her husband, Robert C. Maedel Sr. (Nov. 27, 1995), a son Robert Maedel Jr. (Dec. 16, 1998), and another son at childbirth. She is survived by one sister, Joyce Duvo of Nazareth, Pennsylvania; two children, John H. (Jack) (Kathy) Maedel of Monroe and Constance (Connie) (Thomas) Diehl of Alger, Michigan; ten grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and five nieces and nephews.

Friends may pay their respects at a memorial service on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Stewart Road Church of God. Visitation will be at the church at 10 a.m. followed by the service at 11 a.m. Donations may be made to the Monroe ProMedica Hospice, Suite B, at 1070 North Monroe St., Monroe, Michigan 48162.

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CosbyBennie A. Cosby

December 24, 1927 – January 27, 2016


Bennie A. Cosby, 88, of Monroe,died peacefully Wednesday afternoon January 27, 2016 at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.


Born on December 24, 1927 in Harrogate, Tennessee. He was the son of Jerry and Doxie (Davis) Cosby. He married Betty McDaniel on June 28, 1957; they were married 58 years. They were blessed with two children Thomas Cosby and Cathy (Cosby) Lewis.


Bennie was an employee of River Raisin Paper Company and Union Camp, retiring in 1989 after 42 years. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1950 – 1952.


He enjoyed gardening, buying and repairing old cars and tinkering with things in the garage. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.


Surviving are his wife, Betty; son, Thomas S. (Linda) Cosby of Monroe; daughter, Cathy (Cosby) Lewis of Charleston, Tennessee; brothers, Howard (Bessie) Cosby of Monroe, Jack (Carol) Cosby of Monroe, Clyde (Louise) Cosby of Tazewell, Tennessee, Elmer Cosby of Knoxville, Tennessee and Pete (Joan) Cosby of Shawanee, Tennessee; sisters, Marie Josephine (John) Massengill of Flat Rock, Sue (Glenn) Allen of Knoxville, Tennessee and Ruby Jean (James) Essary of Tazewell, Tennessee; grandchildren, Jacob Lewis, Jenna Harness, Courtney Huntington, Larissa Brown, Shelby Cosby and Justus Cosby and great grandchildren, Parker Brown and Aubree Brown.


He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Charlie Cosby and Ernest Cosby and three sisters, Glessie Jewell, Molly Ferguson and Phyllis Allen.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Saturday at Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church with services at 11 a.m. Rev. B.J. McDaniel, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle with military honors performed by VFW Post 1138, Monroe.


Memorial contributions in Bennie’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association.


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Theisen_MaryLouSister Mary Louise Theisen, IHM, 86, died Sunday, Jan. 24, at her home, the IHM Motherhouse. 


Born May 27, 1929 in Detroit, Mary Louise Theisen was one of 13 children born to Edward and Agnes (Kreucher) Theisen. She attended St. Boniface and St. Cecilia Elementary Schools and graduated from St. Cecilia High School. Mary Lou entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1947, and received the religious name, Sister Agnes Patrice.


As an undergraduate, she attended Catholic University of Puerto Rico and earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College. Sister Mary Lou studied at Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, and earned a master of arts degree in French.

She began her teaching career with the elementary grades at St. Mary, Marshall, Mich., and San Joaquin, Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. She taught high school French and Latin for 10 years at Immaculata and St. Catherine, Detroit; St. Mary, Lorain, Ohio; and Immaculate Heart of Mary in Westchester, Ill. 


In 1970, Sister Mary Lou began retreat work and spiritual direction that spanned 20 years at Visitation House of Prayer, Monroe. She served her community as a Northwest Provincial Team member and as assistant to the provincial. She ministered as a nurse’s aide at the Monroe Care Center and as house manager for mentally and physically disabled adults with H.O.M.E. Inc. in Monroe and Temperance. 


Sister Mary Lou also held counseling positions at Misericordia Home (Chicago) and Hill Manor (Hermando, Miss.). Returning to work at Visitation before becoming assistant coordinator at Crawfton, a community retreat facility in Kingsville, Ont. Over 10 years, she provided prayer and hospitality for those seeking respite at Crawfton. Sister Mary Lou retired to the Motherhouse in 2008 and volunteered prayer and presence ministry to the residents. 


She is survived by her sisters, Elizabeth Theisen, Rita McNulty and Leona Tobias; brother, Edward; nieces and nephews; friends; and sisters in community.  She was preceded in death by her brothers, Eugene, Donald, Leo, Harold, Vincent and Robert,and sister, Patricia. 


Green burial has taken place. A Remembering and Memorial Mass will be held at the IHM Motherhouse Chapel, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe on Friday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m. 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. 

Rev. Dennis W. Conway

January 11, 1941-January 23, 2016


Rev. Dennis W. Conway, age 75, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016.


Fr. Dennis was born on January 11, 1941 to the late Edward and Margaret Conway.


In 1968, Fr. Dennis was ordained a priest of the Comboni Missionaries, and his mission work took him to Uganda, the Philippines, Italy, and Canada.


He is survived by his dear brother, Kenneth Conway, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and devoted friend Wayne. He also leaves behind his religious community and many friends.


He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Eileen Purath, and sister-in-law Sharon Conway.


Mass of Christian Burial took place this morning at the Comboni Mission Center in Cincinnati, OH. Committal services will be held in the chapel at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe, tomorrow morning, Friday, at 11 am. Rupp Funeral Home assisted his religious order with local arrangements.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Comboni Missionaries.

Leona K. Angerer

April 13, 1949 – January 26, 2016


angererLeona K. Angerer, age 66 of Monroe, died at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, January 26th at Medilodge of Monroe. She had been seriously ill for a month.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Rev. Joel Walther, pastor of Zion United Methodist Church, LaSalle, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born April 13, 1949 in Monroe, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Leona (Neimann) Johnson. She married Duane R. Angerer on May 16, 1970 in Zion United Methodist Church, LaSalle. He preceded her in death on December 8, 2015.

Leona was a 1967 graduate of Monroe High School and enjoyed doll collecting and shopping.

Leona is survived by three brothers, Robert (Polly) Johnson of Haines City, Florida, James (Linda) Johnson of Carleton, and Richard (Sandy) Johnson of Monroe; five sisters, Betty (Edward) Sweeney of Maybee, Margaret Rehberg, Beverly (Elmer) Turrill, Nancy (Larry) DeBoodt, and Darlene (Tony) Pello, all of Monroe; two brothers-in-law, Lyle (Margene) Angerer of Brooklyn, Michigan and Marvin Angerer of Ida; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Leona is also preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Clayton Rehberg.

Memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation (

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LEAR-M-CORITASister Corita Lear, 92, died Saturday, Jan. 23, at her home, the IHM Motherhouse in Monroe, Mich. 


Sister Corita was one of six children, four boys and two girls, born to Joseph and Catherine (Tuschinger) Lear. She was born on March 17, 1923, in Ford City, Pa., and given the name Mildred. She attended St. Paul and St. Mary Elementary Schools and St. Mary High School all in Akron, Ohio. She completed her high school education and graduated from St. Mary Academy, Monroe. Mildred entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in Monroe in 1939, and received the religious name, Sister Corita.


Sister Corita earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a masters’ degree from Wayne State University, Detroit. She ministered in formal education as a teacher for 35 years, in Michigan at St. Mary, Marshall; St. Patrick, Carleton; Holy Redeemer, All Saints, St. Catherine, St. Cecilia and St. Rose, Detroit; St. Joseph, Monroe; and St. Charles, Coldwater. She taught in Ohio at St. Mary, Akron; St. Mary, Lorain; St. Mark, Incarnate Word, Corpus Christi and St. John Nepomucene, Cleveland; Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Wickliffe; and St. Clare in Lyndhurst.


In 1977, Sister Corita began pastoral ministry of the sick and elderly through St. Gregory the Great Parish in South Euclid, Ohio. As a pastoral minister, she visited and cared for the sick and elderly for 10 years. She continued her ministry as a volunteer, caring for the aged, in-home health care and family care in Ohio and Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg, Fla. Sister Corita enjoyed reading, sewing and scrapbooking. In 2006, she retired to the IHM Motherhouse and entered the IHM Health Care Center in 2008.  


Sister Corita is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Raymond, Jerome, Armand and Wilbert, and sister, Winifred Yeager.


Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 9 a.m. until the Remembering and Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. 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.  

Donald R. Everly

October 17, 1942 – January 24, 2016


Donald R. Everly, 73, of Monroe, passed away Sunday at 1:30 a.m. at Medilodge of Monroe.


Friends may call from 3 p.m. until a memorial service and military honors service at 7 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Dr. Joseph Byrd, pastor of Stewart Road Church of God will officiate and military honors will be preformed by VFW Post 1138, Monroe. In accordance with Don’s wishes cremation has taken place.


Don was born October 17, 1942 in Middlesboro, Kentucky. He was the son of Fred C. and Helen (Kivett) Everly. He married Evelyn Baker February 18, 1967.


He served in the U.S. Army From 1962 to 1965.


Don worked for Ford Motor Company at the Woodhaven Plant until retiring January 31, 2001. He was also a member of UAW Local 387.


Don was a member of Stewart Road Church of God and the Moose Lodge 884.


He is survived by his wife Evelyn Everly of Monroe; three sons, Terry D. (Melanie) Everly of Newnan, Georgia, Michael R. Everly of Belleville and Chad E. (Elizabeth) Everly of Monroe; five siblings,Patsy (Levi Mitchell) Lewis of Monroe, Judy (W.C.) Johnson of Bainbridge, Georgia, Jack (Judy) Everly of Monroe, Donna (Phillip) Lueck of Monroe and Steven Everly of Monroe; five grandchildren, Kendra (Richard) Henry of Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota, Alexandra Everly and Rebecca Everly of McDonough, Georgia, Zachary Everly and Mallory Everly of Monroe and one great granddaughter, Karianna Henry of Gran Forks AFB, North Dakota.


He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Fred Everly and an infant Thomas Everly.


Memorial contributions may be made to Stewart Road Church of God Music Ministry.


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Elizabeth A. (DeWachter) Lauder

December 3, 1929 – January 21, 2016


LauderElizabeth A. (DeWachter) Lauder, age 86 of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, formerly of Monroe and Toledo, died Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the home of her daughter Pam.

Family and friends may visit from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home.  At 2 p.m., a procession will proceed to St. Joseph Cemetery where a chapel committal service will be held prior to interment. Deacon Mike Stewart of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will officiate.

Born December 3, 1929 in Monroe, she was the daughter of the late Emil and Esther (Hack) Brancheau.

After graduating from Monroe High School, Elizabeth was employed by Woodall Industries before working for many years at La-Z-Boy.

Elizabeth is survived by two daughters, Pam (Jack) Handegan of Mount Pleasant, SC and Cindy DeWachter of Monroe; three grandchildren, Jason (Darcie) Iacoangeli, Christopher Siterlet, and Ashley Siterlet; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Elizabeth was also preceded in death by four brothers, Donald, Francis, John, and William Brancheau; and five sisters, Loretta Bitz, Vita Ely, Veronica Newkirk, Evelyn Becker, and Martha Smith.

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