Monthly Archives: August 2016

Othella Jean Goodwin

June 7, 1923 – August 30, 2016


Othella Jean Goodwin, 93, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at IHM Senior Living Community, in Monroe.

Born Othella Jean Besore on June 7, 1923, to Otha and Nora Besore in Sheldon, MI. She was the youngest of six siblings, three of whom lived to be over 100!

She grew up in Ypsilanti, MI, where she met her husband, John Goodwin. They married in 1944 and made their home Monroe, where they raised two children. He preceded her in death in 1996. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Clarence; brothers, Robert and Frank Besore; sister, Arvilla Sattler; and nephews, Joe Swope, Bill and Richard Sattler.

Jean was the proud grandmother of three girls. She took great delight in watching them grow, supported them in obtaining a Christian education, and was proud of all of their accomplishments. She was also the great-grandmother of three.

Jean was independent and was able to live in her own home until just the past few months when her health declined. She set a strong example of patient endurance during her health challenges and she expressed appreciation toward everyone involved in her care.

She is survived by son, Rick (Karyn) Goodwin of Glen Ellyn. Illinois; daughter, Linda (Randy) Workman of Toledo, Ohio; granddaughters, Ruth (Austin) Shields of Kettering, Ohio, Faith Workman of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mary (Hasan) Jarrar, of Toledo, Ohio. She is also survived by great-grandchildren, April Shields, Jude and Jenna Jarrar.

Other Survivors include: sister, Gladys Swope of Ypsilanti, MI; nephews, Mike (Shelley) Swope of Sterling Heights, MI, Ed (Cindy) Swope of Milan, MI and Tim (Gail) Swope of Grayling, MI; nieces, Barbara (Sam) Brabant of Ypsilanti, MI, Bonnie (Frank) Schramm of Pinckney, MI, Barbara Grussing, Nancy Morris and Susan Nichols, all of Florida.

At this time, Jean’s family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the following for all of their compassionate, loving, and respectful care of Jean: the staff and caregivers of the IHM Senior Living Community, ProMedica Hospice and ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.

At Jean’s request, there will he no visitation or funeral services. Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family with cremation arrangements, and burial will take place in Grand Haven, MI at a later date.

2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

Memorial donations may be made to any cancer, heart, or hospice organization of the donor’s choice.

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JonesShelby B. Jones

March 15, 1930 – August 29, 2016


Shelby Brit Jones, 86, of Monroe, passed away at 1:12 a.m. Monday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home.  He will lie instate at 1 p.m. Thursday at North Monroe Street Church of God with services at 2 p.m.  The church pastor, Rev. Rick Massingill, Rev. Heath Hunter, Rev. Garry Barton, and former pastor, Rev. Fred Cornelius, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery, Monroe.


Shelby was born March 15, 1930 in Clio, Kentucky.  He was the son of Jim and Mollie (Waldon) Jones.  He married Marie Evans July 3, 1954.


He worked for Consolidated Paper for 26 years and then for Monroe Public Schools for 12 years before retiring.


Shelby attended North Monroe Street Church of God.


He is survived by his wife of 62 years Marie; a son Eddie (Kimberly) Jones of Monroe; a daughter, Karen (Jerry) Barton of Onsted; a brother, Clarence (Wanda) Jones of Corbin, Kentucky; three grandchildren, Andrea (Warren) Wei, Eric (Elizabeth) Barton and Garrett (Kathryn) Barton and a great granddaughter, Loretta Barton.


He is preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, Jesse, Simon, Albert, Crit, Ben, Jason and Edgar Jones and three sisters, Minnie Allen, Delphia Cupp and Ethel Murphy.


Memorial contributions may be made to the North Monroe Street Church of God.


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FLEMING Sister Suzanne Fleming, IHM, 89, died Saturday, Aug. 27, in the IHM Health Care Center, Monroe.


Born in Detroit on Feb. 4, 1927, Suzanne Marie Fleming was one of two daughters of Albert and Rose (Smiley) Fleming. She was baptized at St. Brigid Church, Detroit, and attended elementary school at St. Brigid and St. Mary of Redford; she graduated from St. Mary of Redford. She entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1945 and received the religious name, Sister Mary Albert. 


In 1948, Sister Suzanne began a career in education that would span more than 45 years. She taught and ministered in administration at Annunciation and Gesu, Detroit; St. John and St. Mary Academy, Monroe; St. Thomas, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Marygrove College, Detroit; Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mich.; Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill.; University of Wisconsin, Eau Clair, Wis.; and University of Michigan (U of M), Ann Arbor. For another 20 years, Sister Suzanne resided in Ann Arbor, continuing her ministry as a visiting scholar and researcher at U of M.


Sister Suzanne earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College in 1957 and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1960 and 1963 respectively. She co-authored and published several publications in chemistry studies and research, and assisted in editing Building Sisterhood: A Feminist History of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


Retiring to the IHM Motherhouse in 2013, Sister Suzanne entered the Health Care Center in 2015, where she resided until her death.


Sister Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Patricia Donaldson. She is survived by several nephews and a niece; 11 grand-nephews and nieces; and 10 great grand-nephews and nieces.


Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, beginning at 9 a.m. A Remembering and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Chapel at 10 a.m. Cremation will follow, with burial at a later date. 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. 

MeierDiana M. Meier

May 26, 1926 – August 23, 2016


Diana Upjohn Meier of Monroe, Michigan died Tuesday August 23, 2016 at Fountain View Nursing Home, at age 90.

Diana was born May 26, 1926 in San Diego, California.  She was the daughter of James Robert and Margaret Aline (Osler) Upjohn.  She married Frederick B. Meier June 17, 1950 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, he passed away in 1984.

She was a student at Monroe High School, received her Bachelor’s Degree from Connecticut College, and a Master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University.  She taught Kindergarten at Lincoln and Hollywood schools, First through third grade, and ran the Gifted and Talented Program for the Monroe Public School System.  She was an avid bird watcher and a member of Eire Shore Birding Association.  She was a member of the Monroe Retired Teachers Association, a board member of the Linswood Condominium Association, and a member at the Monroe Senior Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband Fred, a granddaughter and a brother.

She is survived by both her children Frederick “Rick” Meier and Margaret “Mardi” (Gordon) Dunkley, her three grandchildren James Robert “Bob” Meier, Michelle Kristen “Shelly” Gouin, and Amanda Tillman, three great grandchildren, Jacob, Caleb and Luke and a sister, Margaret Kole.

A memorial service will be at Trinity Episcopal Church on Thursday September 8, 2016 at 1 p.m. Rev. Carol Ann Bullard, rector of the church, will officiate. The Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Rochelle R. BasingerBasinger

January 8, 1988 – August 24, 2016



Rochelle Basinger, formerly of Bedford, died on August 24, 2016. Rochelle was born on January 8, 1988 to parents Leanne (Tomasik) Nichols and Jeffrey Basinger. She was a 2006 High School Graduate of Bedford High School. She was employed at Claddagh’s Irish Pub in Toledo, OH.

Rochelle is survived by her mother, two brothers Brandon and Bradley Nichols, a sister Riley Nichols all of Bedford; grandparents, Dorothy and Larry Tomasik of Monroe, and Barbara Basinger of Newport; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Rochelle was preceded in death by her father, an uncle Tim Tomasik, and a grandfather Jack Basinger.

Rochelle was always a shining star among her family and friends. She loved hanging out with friends and her siblings Brandon and “the little kids” Bradley and Riley watching movies. Rochelle also loved dancing in her living room with her “little mommy” on Throw-back Thursdays. She loved scary movies, music and concerts, art projects, cooking, food, her collection of cute shoes, her cat Diamond Princess and dressing up her fur child Ella.

Rochelle and her smile will be missed by all.

Family and friends may gather at Rupp Funeral Home for visitation on Wednesday August 31st from 3pm-8pm and on Thursday September 1st, from 10am until 2pm with a service immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations will be collected by her mother Leanne to be donated to a charity of the family’s choice.

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Marie E. (McKelvey) StandiferStandifer


Marie E. (McKelvey) Standifer, 77, of Monroe, passed away at 4:24 p.m. Friday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.


Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 1 pm Wednesday. Rev. Bruce Leaman will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Marie was born April 17, 1939 in Belleville , Michigan. She was the daughter of Leo and Pearl (Wright) Faltyne. She married Norman Lee McKelvey, he preceded her in death in 1979. She then married Pete Standifer and he also precedes her in death.


She worked for many years at the laundry mat and flash cleaners in Flat Rock and Monroe. She had also worked as a ranch hand taking care of animals and had worked at Kresge in Monroe.


Marie loved flower gardening and Christmas. She also sponsored a girl overseas through Compassion International for several years.


She is survived y her children; Norman McKelvey, Wanda McKelvey and Ruth (Clyde “Butch”) Robbins all of Monroe; eight grandchildren, Jarrell Ramsey, Clyde “B.J.” Robbins, Jr., Britianey McKelvey, Norman McKelvey IV, Whitney Robbins, Coty McKelvey, Michael Robbins and Zachary Robbins and 10 great grandchildren, Kylie, Zachary, Ryan, Colton, Dylan, Jaxon, McKayla, Blake, Brantley and Danielle “Dani”.


She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Norman Lee McKelvey and Pete Standifer and longtime companion, Scott Crail.


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Douglas H. Ayers

March 17, 1958 – August 13, 2016


AyersDouglas Herman Ayers, age 58 of Monroe, Michigan passed away Saturday, August 13, 2016 in St. Joseph Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Doug was born March 17, 1958 at Monroe Hospital in Monroe, the son of Herman and Betty Ruth (Pendleton) Ayers.


Doug graduated from Monroe High School.


Doug was married to Gayla Gentry on April 25, 1980. He was the father of Jared D. Ayers and Jessica Marie Ayers of Monroe.


Doug was a retired skilled tradesman with Chrysler Corporation. He had been a member of Local 3000 UAW in Woodhaven, Michigan.


Doug was affectionately referred to as “PaPa” by his two grandchildren, Aurora & Ainsleigh whom he parented on and off during their lives.


Doug is survived by two grandchildren, Aurora Ferdin and Ainsleigh Patterson both of Monroe, a brother-in-law, Jerry Fortner Sr. of Monroe, a niece, Stacy (Mike) Foerster, a nephew, Jerry (“Bo”) (Stephanie) Fortner, a stepson from his wife’s previous marriage, Jason Scott Gentry of Monroe, and some great nieces and nephews.


He is preceded in death by his wife, Gayla Leigh Ayers (Willson) (Gentry), his brother, Daniel Alan Ayers, his daughter, Jessica Marie Ayers, his Mother, Betty Ruth Pendleton, his Father, Herman Ayers, his son, Jared D. Ayers, and his sister, Deborah J. (“Sis”) Fortner.


A Memorial Service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, 318 Riley Street, Dundee, Michigan. Time and Date to be determined and will be posted on this website. Pastor Don A. Brown of the Calvary Baptist Church will officiate the memorial service.


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Anna Maria Probst


April 19, 1970 – August 18, 2016



ProbstAnna Maria Probst, age 46 of Wayne, formerly of Monroe, passed away unexpectedly in her home on Thursday, August 18th. 

Anna is survived by her daughter, Chelsea Michelle Corwin of Colorado Springs, CO, formerly of Monroe; two sisters, Jeanette (Christopher) Jackson of Newport and Jennie Maurine (Daniel) Zoldan of Ann Arbor; and foster parents, James and Lanna Kay Lemerand of South Branch. 

Anna is preceded in death by her parents, Charles Robert Probst and Geneva (Miracle) Probst, and a sister, Connie Michelle Probst, all of Newport. 

Anna was born on April 19, 1970 in Detroit, Michigan to Charles and Geneva Probst. After graduating from Jefferson High School in 1988, she enlisted in the United States Army and served her country for four years. Anna lived her life raising her daughter Chelsea Michelle, loving The Lord, writing and drawing, enjoying time spent with family and friends, and loving animals, especially her pets. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at Rupp Funeral Home with a reception to follow. Deacon Thomas Murphy will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Anna’s life. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

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Edward John McCormick, Jr.

June 18, 1942 – August 22, 2016


McCormickEdward John McCormick, Jr., age 74, of Monroe, died at 1:20 p.m. Monday at University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie in state at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by the church pastor, Rev. James Smalarz. Private interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born in Monroe on June 18, 1942, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Margaret (Grant) McCormick. He married Patricia E. Dorn on February 28, 1968 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. No one could have loved her more than John did.

John was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and a 1960 graduate of Monroe Catholic Central High School. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964 and Wayne State University Law School in 1967 where he received his Juris Doctorate degree. After law school graduation, he taught one year at Monroe Catholic Central High School and worked for two years in the Monroe County Prosecutor’s office before joining his father in the family law practice as a 5th generation attorney.

John was a member and past-President of the Monroe County Bar Association, a member and two-time past-President of the Monroe Golf and Country Club, a 40 year member of Monroe Club, and, following in his father’s footsteps, served as the Monroe Township attorney.

He was an avid golfer and University of Michigan fan and was a football season-ticket holder for more than 40 years. He never missed a home football game. A doting and proud grandfather, John also liked to be the family photographer, always ready with a camera in hand.

John is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patricia D. McCormick; five children, Tricia (J.P. Hayward) McCormick of Perrysburg, Ohio, E.J. McCormick, III of Monroe, Mark (Anya) McCormick of Monroe, Michael (Janel) McCormick of Monroe, and Karin (Bill) McLinden of Long Beach, Indiana; a brother, Mike (Gail) McCormick of Monroe; three sisters, Pam (Ron) LaBeau of Monroe, Mickey (Jim) Davies of Grand Rapids, and Katie (Steve) Bolhuis of Muskegon; and14 grandchildren, Emma, Grant, and Cecily Hayward, Johnny, Sammy, Alex, Levi, and Andrew McCormick, Claire and Carter McCormick, and Lizzie, Cormac, Maggie, and Bud McLinden.

Memorial donations may be made to the McCormick Family Scholarship Fund at St. Mary Catholic Central High School or the American Heart Association.

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SchultzRobert W. Schultz

October 17, 1930 – August 21, 2016


Robert Wayne Schultz, 85, formerly of Monroe, passed away Sunday at Huron Woods, Ann Arbor. He was born October 17, 1930, to Clarence and Florine (Schupman) Schultz of Dundee, Michigan. A 1949 graduate of Dundee High School, he continued his education at Eastern Michigan University earning both B.S. And M.A. Degrees in Education. He taught for 7 years at Lincoln School before becoming Principal at Manor Elementary School for the rest of his career in education, retiring in 1990.


He served in the US Army Signal Corps during the Korean War. He married Nadine Turner on February 7, 1953 in Monroe, Michigan. Robert and Nadine lived in Monroe over 40 years after his retirement they moved to their home at Sage Lake. He suffered the past several years with Lewy Body Dementia residing with his wife Nadine, at Huron Woods a Memory Support Assisted Living Community in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother William (Donna) Schultz all from Dundee.


He is survived by his wife Nadine; two sons, Michael (Linda) Schultz of Royal Oak, Michigan and Steven Schultz of Dunedin, Florida; a daughter, Kathleen (Dennis) Cline of Van Buren Township, Michigan, seven grandchildren and three great grandsons.


In accordance with Robert’s wishes cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be held at a later date. The Rupp Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.


Memorial contributions may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA.ORG)


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