Monthly Archives: June 2016

Frederick N. Rossi

September 8, 1940 – June 28, 2016


RossiFrederick N. Rossi, age 75 of Monroe, died at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 28th at Detroit Receiving Hospital. He had been seriously ill for two weeks.

Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where a Scripture Service will be held 6:30 p.m. He will lie instate at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by the church pastor, Rev. Philip Ching. Cremation will follow in accordance with his wishes. Inurnment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery at a later date.

Born September 8. 1940 in Monroe, Fred was the son of the late Pasquale “Pat” and Frances (Salva) Rossi. He married Theresa A. (Opaczewski) O’Rourke on May 12, 2000 in St. Michael Church. They were joined in Holy Matrimony by then pastor, Rev. Stephen Rooney.

Fred was employed by Ace Paper in Monroe for 17 years, Guardian Industries in Carleton for 7 years, and retired from Bay Corrugated in Monroe after 7 years.

Fred was a 1958 graduate of Monroe and member of St. Michael Church where he served as a cantor and member of its choir. He was also active in the church Christian Service Commission and its “Giving Tree” program.

Fred is survived by his wife Terrie; four children, Connie (Greg) Burkey of Monroe, Beth Ann Caswell of Monroe, Keith (Sarah) Rossi of Newport, and Janell Hardenburg of Newport; two step-sons, Brian (Pamela) O’Rourke of Carleton and Kevin (Angela) O’Rourke of Temperance; three brothers, Vincent (Mary) Rossi of Monroe, Joseph (Janet) Rossi of Saline, and John (Charlene DiCarlo) Rossi of Bedford; two sisters, Roseann (Edward) Ready and Kathleen (Robert) Oetjens, both of Monroe; 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael Catholic Church or the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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Brian L. McKeeverMcKeever (2)

January 8, 1964 – June 27, 2016


Brian L. McKeever, 52 of Monroe died at 9:54 am Monday in his home while under the care of Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Family and friends may call from 3 to 8 pm Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate Saturday 10 am at St. Mary Catholic Church with the Mass of the Resurrection at 11 am. Rev. Louis Lapeyre, associate of the church will officiate with burial to follow at Lulu Cemetery, Ida.

Born January 8, 1964 in Toledo, Ohio he was the son of Donald F. and Barbara E. (Moyer) McKeever. He married Charmaine M. Griffin on October 9, 2009 in Sauk Village, Illinois.

Brian was employed by Verbrigghe Farms, Rock, Michigan, Daco Machine Shop, Aurora, Illinois and Target as a facilities manager retiring in 2012.

He was a member St. Mary Catholic Church, a graduate of Mid Pen High School, Rock, Michigan and enjoyed fishing, hunting, landscaping and building model cars.

Surviving are his wife Charmaine M. McKeever; siblings Dale (Ann) McKeever of Saumico, Wisconsin, Mark (Kim) McKeever of Plano, Illinois, Jeffrey McKeever of Monroe, Timothy (Ellen) McKeever of Monroe, Douglas McKeever of Escanaba, Michigan, Leonard (Shelley) McKeever of Escanaba, Michigan, David (Becky) McKeever of Marinette, Wisconsin, Patrick McKeever of Rock, Michigan, Sherrie (Randy) Taft of Rock, Michigan, Donnavon (Danielle) McKeever of Blissfield, Michigan and Jon McKeever of Blissfield, Michigan; twenty nieces and Nephews and nine great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother James McKeever.


JohnsonLorri L. (Unsworth) Johnson

August 17, 1963 – June 17, 2016


Lorri Leanne (Unsworth) Johnson, 52, of Monroe, passed away Friday in her home.


Lorri was born August 17, 1963 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was the daughter of Norman and Lois Johnson. She married William Unsworth in November 1982.


She was a graduate of Mira Mesa High School San Diego, California. She also earned her certificate as a dental hygienist and worked for Great Expressions Dental Center in Ann Arbor. She also served as a Navy ombudsmen while she and her family were living in Virginia Beach, Virginia where her husband was stationed in the Navy.


Lorri loved her children and grandchildren. She went above and beyond to care for her family and continually gave of herself to ensure their happiness.


Lorri was naturally a kind hearted and compassionate soul. She loved life, always wanted to help others and people were drawn to her for that.


Lorri enjoyed doing crafts in her free time and making stain glass designs. When Lorri wasn’t creating beauty she was an avid fan of the San Diego Charges, University of Michigan and Detroit Tigers Baseball.


She attended the Stewart Church of God and enjoyed singing in the choir.


Friends may call from 12 noon until a memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday June 25, 2016 at Rupp Funeral Home. In accordance with Lorri’s wishes cremation has taken place.


She is survived by her two children, Nicole M. (Matthew) Smith of Monroe and Trevor Unsworth of Monroe; four brothers, Rick (Donell) Johnson of Glen Burnie, Maryland, Jeffrey (Kelly) Johnson of San Diego, California, Craig McMahon of San Diego, California and David Oatman of Dallas, Texas; a sister, Pamela Smart of Havre De Grace, Maryland, three grandchildren, Seth Needham, Arianna Smith and Dominic Smith and many nieces and nephews


She is preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Carla Peters.


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CHARRON-ANN-CHRISTIN-189Sister Ann Christine Charron, 88, died Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at her home, the IHM Motherhouse in Monroe. 


Sister Ann Christine was the 12th of 13 children in the family of Paul and Julia (Lozon) Charron.  She was born on Aug. 4, 1927, in Dover Township, Ontario, Canada. Being of French descent, she was baptized Marie Edesse, understood as “Marie Edith” in English. Marie Edith attended Holy Cross grade and high schools in Marine City, Mich. After graduation, she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1945 and received the religious name, Sister Ann Christine. She recently celebrated her 70th Jubilee as an IHM. 


Sister Ann Christine earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a master’s degree in education from Wayne State University, Detroit. She served as an elementary school teacher at Christ the King, Detroit; St. Michael, Monroe, Mich.; St. Thomas, Ann Arbor, Mich.; St. Mark, Cleveland; and Colegio de la Merced, Cayey, Puerto Rico. She served as principal of St. Michael the Archangel in Miami for five years before returning to Michigan.


In Port Huron, Mich., Sister Ann Christine entered a new ministry as manager, administrator and then co-director of Marydale Center, a home for senior citizens. Marydale was a ministry she thoroughly enjoyed and was proud of the staff’s accomplishments under her direction. This ministry lasted 25 years. Sister Ann Christine retired in Port Huron in 2004 and continued to work part-time at Marydale and also as a pastoral minister for St. Mary Parish, Port Huron. She retired to the IHM Motherhouse in 2009 and volunteered her services as able. 


Sister Ann Christine is survived by her sister, Anna Bonser, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers Leo, Ernest, Daniel and Bert; and by her sisters Rose, Beatrice, Alma, Marie, Anna, Delore and Julia. 


Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, on Friday, June 24, from 9 a.m. until the Remembering and Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery. 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.  

Sandra Rose DockterDockter

June 17, 1938 – June 21, 2016


Sandra R. Dockter, 78 of Temperance died at 2:33 am Tuesday at her home.

Chapel services will be held at 10 am Friday at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle with Rev. Rick Hogan of Faith Lutheran Church, Flat Rock officiating.

Born June 17, 1938 in Detroit she was the daughter of Norman P. and Helen V. (Seeloff) Sutton. She married M. Glen Brown in 1964. He preceded her in death on May 18, 1979. She then married Marvin L. Dockter on March 5, 1981 at St. Paul United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on November 11, 2001.

Sandra was employed by Ford Motor Company, Dearborn in Central Accounting retiring in July 1993.

Surviving are her sons Ronald G. (Suzanne) Molter of South Rockwood, Roy A. (Lorrie) Molter of Wyoming, Michigan and Jeffrey G. (Marie E.) Brown; daughter Joy L. (William) Hooten of Newport; stepson Lance (Debbie) Dockter of Flat Rock; stepdaughters Bonnie (Tony) Atkinson of Clayton, North Carolina and Candy Sovlansky of Allen Park; eighteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husbands.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice.

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FinleyRoy L. Finley

April 22, 1923 – June 19, 2016


Roy L. Finley, 93, of Monroe, passed away at 5:06 a.m. Sunday at Medilodge of Monroe.


Friends may call from 2 to 8p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, with military honors at VFW Post 1138. He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Wednesday until services at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church. Rev. Galen Lowery will officiate. Private burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Roy was born April 22, 1923 in Monroe. He was the son of James and Josie (Bollinger) Finley. He married Irene Gardner October 4, 1946 at First Baptist Church, Monroe.


He served in the Army from 1943-1945.


Roy was a barber for over 20 years and retired in 1987 from Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant after 19 years.


Roy was a member American Legion and UAW Local 372 and a lifetime member DAV. He also was an election inspector.


Roy was a member of First Baptist Church for over 70 years. He had served the church as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and sang in the choir.


His love for music continued until the very end. For the last year, while in Medilodge, residents and staff would enjoy his singing of gospel hymns and “Happy Birthday”. He also enjoyed the violin and harmonica.


Roy loved gardening and working around the house. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards and family gatherings. He loved a good joke and never met a stranger. He treasured the time he spent with family. Roy will be remembered as a man of God.


He is survived by his wife of over 69 years Irene; three children, James Finley of Port Charlotte, Florida, Carol (Charlie) Foshag of Newport and John (Susie) Finley of Toledo; two brothers, Rev. Carl Finley of Zanesville, Ohio and Gene (Joan) Finley of Monroe; three sisters, Hannah O’Neil and Donna Crook both of Monroe and Shirley (LeRoy) Simpson LaSalle; eight grandchildren, Brian Foster, Steve Finley, April (Jim) Stewart, Kenny (Melissa) Foshag, Mark (Sarah) Foshag, Angie Finley, Jaime Finley and Josh (Sarah Schaber) Finley; six great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.


He is preceded in death by two brothers, Rev. Edward Finley and J.R. Finley.


Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church.


The family wishes to thank the staff of Medilodge and Great Lakes Hospice for loving and taking care of Roy or “Beautiful Blue Eyes” as they called him.


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Sophia Mae KingKing

February 22, 1924 – June 13, 2016


Sophia Mae King, 92, of Monroe, passed away at 5:05 a.m. Monday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.


Sophia was born February 22, 1924 in Macomb, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of Albert and Stella (Cathey) Pittendrigh. She moved to California and was blessed to have met and married the “best man to ever walk in shoe leather”, James L. King on September 12, 1953; he preceded her in death July 27, 1966.


During WWII, Sophia served her country in support of the war effort as a “Rosie the Riveter” in an aircraft factory. She spread joy as a waitress for many years. She also served as the kitchen manager at Montclair College Prep School in Van Nuys, CA. During this time, her sister Alma and brother-in-law Perry worked alongside her and made school meals the best! Being around the students and working with her family was so much fun.


Sophia’s love for the Lord opened up wonderful opportunities to meet and serve people. While living in California she was a member of Faith Tabernacle in West Los Angeles and later a member of Northridge Assembly of God in Northridge. Friends from these churches remained life-long treasures to her. After moving to Monroe, MI, she attended Stewart Road Church of God. She was blessed to gain more life-long friends during this time. When she was no longer able to attend church regularly she was thankful the church services from Steward Road Church of God and Monroe Missionary Baptist were televised.


We would like to thank the staff at Fountain View Nursing Home. During her stay for the last few years you helped to make her feel safe and comfortable. She was truly grateful to her Meadowview caregivers. To the doctors and nursing staff on the 4th floor of ProMedica Monroe, we also thank you for the wonderful care you took with Sophia during these last few days. Your gentle and generous spirits did not go unnoticed. We will be forever thankful you made her journey to Heaven an easier one.


She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca (Evan) Foley of Monroe and her two grandchildren – the center of her world – Lauren Foley and Justin Foley. She was profusely proud of the adults Lauren and Justin had become. Sophia was a priceless mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. She was a treasured aunt and loved her nieces and nephews as if they were her own children. She was very proud of each of them.


In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by her five siblings: Flora Posey, Cloyd Pittendrigh, Lloyd Pittendrigh, Alma Tate and Paul Pittendrigh. We know that she is having the greatest reunion with them now in Heaven.


In closing it is important that we share something that was close to her heart: Sophia would want you to know how much she loved God and how deeply He loves you. She would want to share John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”


Sophia Mae was kind, generous and full of life. She will always be remembered for her big bear hugs and laughter, her love for the Lord, family and friends.


A celebration of life service will be held at a later time. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery Santa Monica, California.


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Peter Curtis Isaac Soncrant

June 17, 1995 – June 12, 2016


Soncrant3Peter Curtis Isaac Soncrant, age 20 of Monroe, passed away at home Sunday afternoon.

Family and friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery.

Born June 17, 1995 in Monroe, he was the son of Peter Soncrant and Julie Viers. He graduated from Monroe High School in 2014, was an avid fan of University of Michigan sports, and was employed as a meat cutter with Hi-Lite, Krogers, Foodtown, and House of Meats. Pete supported the concept of anatomical donation and, through Gift of Life, he hoped he could make a difference by helping someone else in need.

Pete is survived by his father, Peter (Kim) Soncrant of Monroe; mother, Julie (John) Spry of Erie; sister, Kyla Spry of Erie; brother, Spencer Bacarella of Monroe; grandmothers, Helena Soncrant of Monroe and Dianna Dyke of LaSalle; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Pete was preceded in death by a grandfather, Peter Curtis Soncrant.

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

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MesserChristopher M. Messer

April 17, 1971 – June 4, 2016


Christopher “Bubs” Michael Messer passed away June 4th, 2016 in Monroe at the age of 45.

Chris was a charismatic and loving man who enjoyed cooking, carpentry work and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his father John Messer of Las Vegas, his mother Michele Wise of Orlando, a brother Chad Messer (Theresa) of Dundee, sisters Alexandria and Brittany Messer of Las Vegas, grandfather William Preston, grandmother Beverly Preston, both of Monroe, two nieces, one great nephew and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Chris was proceeded in death by his paternal grandparents Joe and Joyce Messer, and his cousins Jeff Niswender and Julia Niswender.

Private services for the family have been held under the director of Rupp Funeral Home.

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Herman Ross CrabtreeCrabtree

November 20, 1940 – June 9, 2016


Herman R. Crabtree, 75 of Monroe died at 11:04 am Thursday at his home.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 8 pm Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 am Tuesday. Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate with burial to follow at London Twp. Cemetery.

Born November 20, 1940 in Rochester, Pennsylvania he was the son of Herman Lester and Thelma Roberta (Doughty) Crabtree. He married Rosa May Hoeman on August 16, 1969 in Milan, Michigan; she preceded him in death on January 3, 1995.

Herman was employed for 30 years by G. M Powertrain, Willow Run retiring in 2004.

He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War in the United States Army from October 24, 1963 to October 23,1965.

He was a 1961 graduate of Lincoln High School in Midland, Pennsylvania and a life member of VFW Post 1138, Monroe.

Surviving are his children Dan R. Crabtree of Monroe, Mary E. Crabtree (Jeff Blaze) of Beaverton, Michigan and David A. Crabtree of Monroe and one grandson Billy Crabtree.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

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