Thomas J. Miazgowicz

March 17, 1937 – January 17, 2017


MiazgowiczThomas J. Miazgowicz, age 79 of Monroe, died at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17th at the home of his daughter. He had been in declining health for 1 1/2 years since being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be rected at 7 p.m. He will lie in state at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Newport. Rev. John Chinnappa will celebrate Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Burial with committal services will be held at 12 p.m. Monday at Camden Cemetery, Camden, Michigan.

Born March 17, 1937 in Wyandotte, Michigan, Tom was the son of the late Joseph and Jennie (Lapinski) Miazgowicz. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1955 and married Marguerite L. Thompson on November 16, 1957 at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Monroe. She preceded him in death on April 6, 2001.

Tom was employed by General Motors at their Hydra-Matic Plant in Toledo, retiring as Supervisor after 28 years. He was a member of St. Charles Church and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed golfing and bowling.

Tom is survived by seven children, Anthony (Kelley) Miazgowicz of Wolverine, Michigan, Thomas (Debra) Miazgowicz, Jr. of Temperance, Catherine (David) Masserant of Monroe, Stephen (Julie) Miazgowicz of Lambertville, Jeffery Miazgowicz of Auburn, Indiana, Diane (Keith) Nolan of Manitou Beach, Michigan, and Karen (Wyett) Lemke of Camden, Michigan; a brother, Joseph (Jean) Miazgowicz of Rohnert Park, California; two sisters, Theresa March and Mary Miazgowicz, both of Monroe; 25 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, Tom was also preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Oliver; a brother, David Miazgowicz; and two sisters, Patricia Weckerly and Caroline Boyno.

Memorial donations in Tom’s memory may be made to St. Charles School Building Fund.

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Mary Jane (Holesko) MarkovitzMarkovitz2

December 19, 1927 – January 15, 2017


Mary Jane (Holesko) Markovitz, 89 formerly of North Tonawanda, New York passed away peacefully at Fountain View of Monroe after a brief illness on Sunday.

Beloved wife of the late Robert L. Markovitz, loving mother of Barbara (Fritz) Thompson and Susan Markovitz (Joan Schrader).

Dear sister of Stephen (Joan) Holesko and the late Elvira Holesko. Beloved grandmother of Casey Thompson and the late Sara Thompson. She was a devoted godmother of the late Stephen Peter Holesko, and also dear aunt to Patrick Holesko.

Mary Jane’s family would like to thank the employees of Fountain View for ensuring that her final years on earth were filled with genuine kindness, care and love. Mary Jane loved where she lived for the last seven years and built true friendships with so many there.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 pm Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, 2345 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, Michigan., with a Prayer service at 5 pm.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be to the Salem Church Endowment Fund, 114 Morgan St. Tonawanda, New York 14150 or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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HarrispicErnest L. Harris

September 1, 1932 – January 14, 2017


Ernest L. Harris, 84, of Monroe, passed away at 9 a.m. Saturday at Magnum Care of Monroe.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday.  Rev. Lawrence Detruf will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Ernest was born September 1, 1932 in Columbus, Ohio.  He was the son of John and Zelma Harris.  He married Kathleen Demko April 11, 1953.


He worked in the tool and die department at the Ford Motor Company Woodhaven Stamping Plant until his retirement in 2000.


Ernest had an infectious sense of humor and enjoyed bowling, watching golf and going to his cabin.  In his younger days he enjoyed his Goldwing motorcycle.


He is survived by his wife Kathleen Harris of Monroe; two sons, Paul (Darlene) Harris and Patrick (Kristie) Harris both of Monroe; a daughter, Dorothy (Duane) Slaughterback of Monroe, twelve grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.


He is preceded in death by a son, Phillip Harris; a daughter, Karleen Harris; a brother John and a sister Marie.


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Arthur Anthony “Tony” Gagne

March 17, 1941 – January 11, 2017

gagneArthur Anthony “Tony” Gagne Jr. age 75 of Mancelona MI went home to be with the Lord in Fort Myers, Florida at Hope Hospice House at 11:15 p.m. on January 11, 2017 from double pneumonia. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother Robert Gagne, sister and brother-in-laws, Mary Lou and George Baker, Wilma and Russ LaBeau; and Bill Cvengros; a nephew Ronald (BR) Vore Jr. and a great niece Jenny (Baker) Hunley.

To cherish his memory Tony leaves his beloved wife of 50 years, Judy (Cvengros) Gagne; his three daughters Tracy (Jay) Arntzen of Acworth Georgia, Andrea (Allan) Woggon of Erie, and Patricia (Chad) Dubke of Newport; Papa Tone adored his 6 grandchildren Joshua, Jared, Mason Arntzen, Carl Woggon, Shelby and Connor Dubke; Sisters and Brothers Janice Gagne Trudeau, Richard “Rick” (Linda) Gagne, John (Marilyn) Gagne, Mary Denise “Dee Dee” (Ronald) Vore Sr., and Mary Dolores (Dola) Gagne; sister-in-laws Joann (William) Minney, Linda Gagne, and Christina Cvengros, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends that were family.

Tony was born on March 17, 1941 in Wyandotte Michigan. He was the oldest of seven children born from the union of the late Arthur and the late Pauline (Trudeau) Gagne. Tony attended St. Mary’s grade school and Monroe High school, he earned his GED when serving in the US Navy.

He hired in at General Motors Willow Run Assembly Plant in 1959 as an hourly employee and a member of UAW Local 1776. While working he also served in the US Navy from 1964-1967. He attended Wayne State University as he furthered his education for his career. Tony become a supervisor in 1978 and continued to work diligently to provide for his family until his retirement in 1993. Tony was a member of the American Legion Ida, Eagles Gaylord, Moose Mancelona, Men’s Auxiliary VFW Kalkaska, lifetime member of Swan Boat Club, past President of St. Charles Dads club, a volunteer Newport Fireman and Monroe Street Rods Car Club.

Tony’s love for cooking, including anything on the grill was something he shared with just about everyone he knew. He always took great measure to be sure his grilling was done to perfection. It was obvious Tony received more joy in feeding others what he prepared then he did for himself. Tony led an active full life with his family and friends. He enjoyed boating on Lake Erie, snowmobiling in Northern Michigan, traveling thru many states in their RV, and attending many car shows with his 1957 Ford Fairlane.  Tony and his wife, Judy relocated from Newport to Mancelona Michigan for retirement in 2002. They would then spend winters at Sun and Fun Mobile home park in Fort Myers, Florida where he enjoyed playing bocci ball.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1998 and later with Rheumatoid arthritis. He fought these battles daily but never gave up fighting.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday.  Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate.  A Mass in Tony’s memory will be said at St. Anne Church on Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in Tony’s memory to Michigan Brain Bank for Parkinson’s Research.

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Pauline K. FiskFisk

May 29, 1922 – January 12, 2017


Pauline K. Fisk 92, of Monroe died at 8:52 am Thursday at Regency Hospital, Sylvania, Ohio. She had been in poor health for a month.

Family and friends may call from 3 to 8 pm Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 1 pm Monday. Rev. Jennifer Kiefer will officiate with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born May 29, 1922 in Hamler, Ohio she was the daughter of Fred and Nettie (Nagel) Kossow. She married James W. Fisk on June 20, 1942 in Toledo. He preceded her in death on October 7, 1995.

Pauline was employed by the Detroit Toledo Shoreline Railroad for many years as a clerk. She then was employed by Mercy Memorial Hospital in the Physical Therapy Department.

Pauline was a member of Christ Lutheran Church.

Surviving are nieces and nephews Carol (Mike) Toomey, James (Karen) Fisk, Randy Fisk, Timothy (Pinky) Fisk, Lynn Kossow and Alan (Jackie) Kossow; several great nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law Jean Kossow and Wanda Fisk.

Pauline was preceded in death her husband; brothers Wayne and Norman Kossow.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

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William “Wild Bill” Naida

December 15, 1925 – January 12, 2017


NaidaWilliam “Wild Bill” Naida, age 91 of Monroe, formerly of Carleton, died at 8:29 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12th at Fountain View of Monroe. He had been in declining health for four weeks.

Family and friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Sunday. He will lie in state at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick Catholic Church (Divine Grace Parish) Carleton. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by the church pastor, Rev. Steven Mateja. Cremation and interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born December 15, 1925 in Detroit, Bill was the son of the late William and Nettie (Winisky) Naida. He married Anna D. Puricy on February 8, 1947 at Saints Peter and Paul Romanian Orthodox Church in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. She preceded him in death on December 4, 2014.

Bill was a truck driver during his working life. He was employed by Norwalk Truck Lines from 1943 – 1968, then by Rau Cartage Trucking for three years, and then by Time Container from 1971 until his retirement in 1983.

Naida2In his younger years, Bill’s passion was racing stock cars. He raced from 1947 – 1957 at various tracks in Michigan, Ohio, and Florida. In 1952, he won the Michigan Modified Championship and was inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.

Bill was a member of Moose Lodge 884 in Monroe; St. Patrick Church and its Men’s Club; Monroe, Frenchtown, and Ash Senior Citizens. He also volunteered his time as a transport driver for Karmanos Cancer Institute and RSVP.

Bill is survived by two sons, John (Kathleen) Naida of Erie and William (Patricia) Naida of Temperance; two daughters, Anita C. Hoffman of Monroe and Suzanne Naida of Taylor, MI; a sister, Virginia Oliver of Carleton; daughter-in-law, Jennifer (Alex) Young of Monroe; 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, Bill was also preceded in death by a son, Leon, and two sisters, Olga (Joseph) Milliman and Anna (Frank) Fisher.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County, Salvation Army, or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

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Ronda L. Minton

August 8, 1959-January 11, 2017


Ronda L. Minton, 57 of Monroe, died Wednesday at 1:18 a.m. at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.


Family and friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at noon on Tuesday. Rev. Rick Massingill, pastor of North Monroe Street Church of God, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Born August 8, 1959 in Monroe, Ronda was the daughter of Tommy and Bonnie (Steinbrecher) Riggs. She married Dan Minton on February 7, 1988 in Monroe. He preceded her in death on September 15, 2014.


Ronda attended Trinity Lutheran Elementary and Monroe High School as part of the Class of 1977. She loved watching boxing, spending time with her grandkids, and shopping. And, Ronda was always known as “the woman with the high heels on.”


She worked diligently for Laborers Local 465, until her retirement in 2012.


She is survived by her mother; two sons, Derrick (Blair Solomon) Minton and Dustin (Stacey Rascon) Hopper, both of Monroe; a daughter, Shalyn (Ryran) Young of Monroe; two brothers, Todd (Angela) Riggs and Eric Riggs, both of Monroe; a sister, Regan (John) Taormina of Monroe; and six grandchildren, Darika Minton, Dylon Minton, Dextin Ellison, Dayton Steffey, Jayla Keith, and Rylan Young.


In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her father, and a brother, Thomas Scott Riggs.


Memorial contributions may be made to Joe’s ALCC Boxing Club.


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Thomas J. Dwornik

March 23, 1950 – January 10, 2017


   Dwornik Thomas J. Dwornik, age 66 of LaSalle, died at 5:29 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10th in his home.  He had been battling cancer for two years.

    Family and friends may visit from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday.  Rev. Lawrence Detruf will officiate with military honors provided by VFW Post 1138 Monroe.

    Born March 23, 1950 in Monroe, Tom was the son of Theodore and Mary (DeBlair) Dwornik, Sr.  He graduated from Monroe High School in 1968 and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  He served from August 6, 1969 to July 31, 1971 and received the National Defense Service Medal.  Tom served as a medic while stationed in Okinawa, Japan during the same time his brother Ted was in Vietnam.

    A few years after being discharged, Tom married Sharon M. Richter on September 21, 1974 in Trinity Lutheran Church. 

    He began his working career in the family business, Dwornik Bricklayers in Monroe, which he eventually owned and operated.  In 1990, Tom went to work for Ford Motor Co., again as a bricklayer, until his retirement in 2007.

    Tom enjoyed fishing and was a life member of VFW Post 1138.  His interest in working on a variety of vehicles was fueled by his son Jason’s involvement in demolition derbies.  He built a larger pole barn that he enjoyed being in daily so that he was involved with everything that was going on.  He loved to watch and talk to everyone that came and went during whatever project was being worked on. 

    When Tom got his driver’s license in 1966, he wanted a Mustang of the same year.  When he finally got one, he assisted Jason in restoring it and went to a few car shows to show off his son’s work, and that he finally owned the car of his dreams.

    Tom is survived by his wife, Sharon; son Jason of LaSalle; siblings, Sandra (James) Craft of LaSalle, Mary (Raymond) Munson of New Port Ritchey, Florida, Theodore (Penny) Dwornik, Jr. of Maumee, Ohio, and Karen (Kendall) Troutman of Waxhaw, North Carolina; and granddaughter, Kacy Gies.

    Tom was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Brandie Dwornik.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to VFW Post 1138.

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Robert W. Behrendt

November 22, 1955 – January 10, 2017


BehrendtRobert W. Behrendt, 61, of Monroe, passed away at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville.


Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church with services at 11 a.m. Rev. Dennis Wenzel, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church Plymouth, Indiana, will officiate.


Bob was born November 22, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the son of William and Nancy (Hartland) Behrendt. He married Peggy L. Fisher on August 11, 1979.


He had worked as a civil engineer for various employers before his retirement.


Bob was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, where he was a past president of the church council and a founding member of the men’s golf league. He was also a member of the Society of Professional Engineers and Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Flat Rock Lodge 1731.


He was a vibrant man who enjoyed golfing, traveling, laughing with his family, and spending time at the cottage at Lake George. He was also an avid Cleveland sports fan, especially the Browns.


Bob is survived by his wife, Peggy Behrendt of Monroe; a son Robert W. Behrendt and his wife Elizabeth Resovsky of Riverview; a daughter, Rebecca Behrendt and her husband Joseph Fralick of St. Joseph; a brother, Bradley Behrendt and his wife Lisa Behrendt of Perrysburg and a sister Bonnie Zellers and her husband Thomas Zellers of Maumee.


He is preceded in death by his parents.


Memorial contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to the family, to make a special purchase for the IHM Senior Living Community where Bob received care for a year, or to Christ Lutheran Church.


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Matthew David Korodi

September 16, 1986 – December 30, 2016


korodiMatthew David Korodi, age 30 of Temperance, Michigan, died Friday, December 30, 2016 in Toledo, Ohio.

Born September 16, 1986 in Lincoln Park, Michigan, Matt was the son of Justin Syck and Mary Korodi. He had been employed by Midwest II, Inc. in Ottawa Lake, MI where he did auto parts painting and powder coating.

Matt is survived by two children, Jayden and Kaylee Korodi of Toledo; his mother, Mary Collins of Temperance; his father, Justin Syck of Atlanta, MI; half-brother, Jedd Syck of Atlanta, MI; and two half-sisters, Nicole Collins of Grosse Ile, MI and Tracy Syck of Atlanta, MI.

No services will be held. Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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