JondroGermaine M. Jondro

May 3, 1938 – May 23, 2015


Germaine M. Jondro, 77, of Monroe, passed away Saturday at 7:05 a.m. at the SSIHM Health Care Center.


Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m.  She will lie instate at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Charles Church, Newport with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Rev. Victor Roman, pastor of the Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Charles Cemetery, Newport.


Germaine was born May 3, 1938 in Monroe. She was the daughter of Chester R. and Beulah T. (Chinavare) Gaynier. She married Robert T. Reed June 22, 1957 at St. Charles Church with Fr. Anthony King presiding; he preceded her in death June 26, 2000. She then married Carl B. Jondro October 19, 2002 at St. Charles Church with Fr. Bill Tindall presiding; he preceded her in death July 1, 2007.


She had worked for Mercy Memorial Hospital and Jefferson Schools as the cafeteria manager for 24 years. At Jefferson Middle School she was known as “Mrs. Kitchen”.


Germaine enjoyed cooking and baking. She was also a snowbird spending winters in Florida.


She was a 1956 graduate of St. Mary Academy and a member of St. Charles Church, where she served as a Eucharistic minister and was also active in the Altar Society.


She is survived by two sons, Timothy (Debbie) Reed of Monroe and Eric (Dawn) Reed of Ann Arbor; three daughters, Lori (Richard) Deuby of Livonia, Amy (Mark) Kowalinski of Sylvania and Jody (Paul) Fritz of Cambridge, Ontario; four step-sons, George (Debbie) Jondro of Monroe, Jerry (Robyn) Jondro of Newport, Warren (Bonnie) Jondro of Monroe and Michael (Denise) Jondro of Monroe; one step-daughter, Sheila Perchard of Monroe; two brothers, Dan (Suzanne) Gaynier of Carleton and Duane Gaynier of Wyandotte; eight grandchildren, eighteen step-grandchildren, three great grandchildren, twenty nine step-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.


In addition to her two husbands, she is preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law, Alverene Gaynier.


Memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Church, American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.


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Roy Woody McElvany

April 24, 1928 – May 21, 2015


McElvanyRoy Woody McElvany, age 87 of Coldwater and Blissfield, formerly of Monroe, died 11:45 p.m. Thursday at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor. He had been in declining health for a year.

Family and friends may visit from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 7 p.m. Rev. Lawrence Detruf will officiate. Burial with graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at East Gilead Cemetery, Bronson, Michigan.

Born April 24, 1928 in Johnsonville, South Carolina, he was the son of the late Duncan and Edith (Cattles) McElvany. He married Ruth Vera Anderson on July 10, 1951 in Florida. He later married Emily H. Watkins on September 10, 1983 in Marine City, Michigan. She preceded him in death on July 14, 2009.

Roy served his country in the United States Navy from April 30, 1946 to March 2, 1948, doing maintenance work on aircraft carriers during World War II.

Roy was employed as a Boilermaker for 38 years and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 169, Dearborn. He was blessed to work along side of his two sons, Marty and Dale, as their work as boilermakers often had them traveling across the U.S. He moved from Monroe to Coldwater following his retirement in 1990.

Roy was a member of East Gilead Missionary Church and was a fan of Classic Muscle Cars. He enjoyed playing poker, watching T.V., and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by four children, Penny (Ted) Dwornik of Maumee, Ohio, Marty (Chris) McElvany, Dale (Cheryl) McElvany, and Angela (David) Eagle, all of Monroe; two step-children, Mary Jane Lefler of Willoughby, Ohio and William (Kate) Lefler of Kaukauna, Wisconsin; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

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

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RobideauCyril L. “Mick” Robideau

August 27, 1934 – May 20, 2015


Cyril L. “Mick” Robideau, 80, of LaSalle, passed away at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in his home.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Rev. James Smalarz, pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe with military honors provided by the VFW Post 1138, Monroe.


Mick was born August 27, 1934 in Monroe. He was the son of Leo and Clela (Simpson) Robideau. He married Dolores A. “Lori” Castello January 20, 1962.


He was a proud and honored to have served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953 to 1955. He served his county in the Korean War obtaining the rank of Corporal E3. Mick was always eager to meet other Marines, young or not so young and had a sincere interest in talking to them about their experiences while in the Corp. He was also member of the Marine Corp. League.


Mick worked in the maintenance department at the SSIHM Motherhouse campus for 39 years, retiring in 1994. Though he might not remember every person he met while working but people always remembered him for his wide smile and for being a genuinely happy person.


Mick was a simple man who enjoyed taking care of his yard, large vegetable garden and home. He loved animals especially his cats.


His is survived by his wife of 53 years Lori Robideau of LaSalle; two daughters, Lisa Robideau of Newport and Julie Robideau of Kelso, Washington; a grandson, Kenny Kiefer of Massachusetts and two great grandchildren, Adriana and Nicholas.


He is preceded in death by his parents and his only sister, Barbara.


Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Companion Animals 14500 LaPlaisance Rd. Monroe, MI 48161.


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Brian J. Fitzgerald

October 29, 1956 – May 20, 2015


FitzgeraldBrian J. Fitzgerald, age 58 of LaSalle, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday morning in his home.

Born October 29, 1956 in Detroit, he was the son of the late Walter and Anne (Solon) Fitzgerald. He married Amy M. Blanchfield on March 16, 1984 in Dearborn.

Brian was a 1974 graduate of Annapolis High School in Dearborn Heights and was currently employed by Ohio Pickling & Processing in Toledo as Quality Control Manager. He enjoyed golfing and maintaining his lawn and landscaping, taking great pride in its appearance.

Brian is survived by his wife Amy of LaSalle; two sons, Trevor of Royal Oak and Scott of LaSalle; three brothers, Michael (Mary Jane) Fitzgerald of Riverview, Patrick (Mary) Fitzgerald of Texas, and Neil (Connie) Fitzgerald of Michigan; two sisters, Lisa (Jim McMullen) Fitzgerald of Dearborn and Anne (Craig) McKay of Farmington Hills.

Cremation will take place in accordance with his wishes. Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. until services at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Zbigniew Grankowski, Pastor of St. Barbara Catholic Church in Dearborn will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Barbara Catholic Church. 13534 Colson St., Dearborn, MI 48126.

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JOHNS-BARBARASister Barbara Johns, IHM, 70, died Thursday, May 14, at the IHM Health Care Center.


Sister Barbara was one of three children born to Ernest and Catherine (Cunningham) Johns of Barberton, Ohio. She was born Oct. 26, 1944, and named Barbara. She attended St. Augustine School in Barberton and graduated from St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. She entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe in 1966.


She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marygrove College and a Masters of Arts at the University of Maryland. Upon graduation, she accepted a teaching assignment in the English department at Lorain Catholic High School, Lorain, Ohio. She eventually served as Chairperson of the English Department there. Sister Barbara returned to Michigan in 1975 to pursue a doctorate degree at the University of Detroit. During this time, she worked as a graduate assistant, senior teaching fellow and as an instructor at Marygrove College. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English in 1979.


She continued her teaching ministry at Marygrove College as faculty and associate professor of English for more than 20 years. In the next chapter of her ministry, she served as grants & research coordinator and as special assistant to the president under Dr. Glenda Price for almost 10 years.  Her teaching inspired many students, colleagues and her sisters in the IHM community. Sister Barbara was a frequent contributor to the Colby College Library Quarterly, editor of “Spinnaker” (IHM community newsletter) and “MarygroveContact,” founder of the Contemporary American Author Lecture Series (Marygrove College) and numerous other projects for Marygrove, the Detroit community and the IHM community. 


In 2002, Sister Barbara was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or Charcot disease. She continued her ministry valiantly, working around the difficulties of ALS. Sister Barbara continued to inspire others in her courageous struggle. She moved to the Motherhouse in 2009.


Sister Barbara is survived by her sisters in community; and her brothers, Karl of Sanibel Island, Florida and Paul of Hudson, Ohio; a niece and 3 nephews; and several grandnieces and -nephews.  


On Sunday, May 17, family and friends are welcome to gather at 6 p.m.  A Remembering will be given at 7 p.m.  Burial will take place on Monday, May 18 at 9 a.m. in St. Mary Cemetery.  A Memorial Mass will follow at 10 a.m. in the Motherhouse Chapel with Bishop Thomas Gumbleton presiding.  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. 

KING-MARY-264Sister Mary King, IHM, 73, died Friday, May 15, at the IHM Health Care Center. Sister Mary was a resident of St. Clair Shores, Mich. 

Sister Mary was one of twin daughters born to Edward and Mary (Cynowa) King. She was born on Feb. 5, 1942, in Detroit and given the name Mary. Sister Mary attended St. Matthew Grade and Dominican High School in Detroit. She entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1960 and received the name of Sister Edward Mary.

Sister Mary earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a Master of Arts in education from Wayne State University. Her teaching career centered on elementary student for almost 40 years, ministering at St. Joseph, Erie; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Emmett; Holy Trinity, Detroit, and most recently at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe Woods. She began at Our Lady Star of the Sea in 1998 and was on the faculty until her recent illness compelled her to enter the IHM Health Care Center. 

Sister Mary survived by her sister Rose Wilson, cousins, a niece and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, on Tuesday, May 19 from 2 p.m. until a Remembering at 7 p.m. The Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20 at the Motherhouse Chapel. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery on the Motherhouse Campus. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. Memorials may be made to the IHM Retirement Fund, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, MI 48162-7909. 

Donna M. Weier

November 10, 1930 – May 16, 2015


WeierDonna M. Weier, age 84 of Monroe, died 11:43 a.m. Saturday in her home. She had been in declining health for several months.

Family and friends may visit from 1 – 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home where a Scripture Service will be held at 7 p.m. She will lie instate 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by Rev. Louis Lapeyre, Associate Pastor of St. Mary Church. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born November 10, 1930 in Monroe, she was the daughter of James and Frankie (Holcomb) Clark. She married Russell Edward Weier on August 13, 1949 in Monroe. He preceded Donna in death on June 25, 1993.

Donna was baptized and confirmed at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church where she was a member for most of her life.

She was a 1949 graduate of Monroe High School and took several classes at Monroe County Community College. Always giving of her time and abilities, she mentored many children and adults in their personal lives and academics needs.

Donna was employed by The Verona Father’s in Monroe as a cook and housekeeper for fifteen years and then worked for Monroe’s Original Hot Dog Drive-In for fifteen years. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and was an award winning porcelain doll maker.

Donna is survived by four daughters, Susan (William) Miller, Jr., Marilyn (Anthony) Donofrio, Teresa Oualline, all of Monroe, and Frankie (Thomas) Rouleau of Wichita, Kansas; two sisters, Arlene (Frank) Geso of Clarksburg, West Virginia and Rita (John) Ganallis of Monroe; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband Russell, she was also preceded by a daughter, Patricia Reaume and a great-granddaughter, Mikayla Marie Angel.

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GruthEsther Gruhl

December 16, 1911 – April 19, 2015


Esther Eleanor Marie Gruhl, age 103, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, died Sunday, April 19, 2015. 


Mrs. Gruhl was a long time resident of Monroe, Michigan until moving in 2007 to Director’s Hall, Heritage Community of Kalamazoo to be near her daughter, Marilyn Gruhl Brownell. 


She was born in Monroe on December 16, 1911 and was the only child of William and Bertha Peppler.  She graduated from Monroe High School in 1930 as salutatorian of her senior class.  She married Herbert Gruhl of Chicago on June 18th, 1935.  After living in Detroit, they moved to Monroe in 1944.  Esther was a longtime member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and active in the Ladies Aid at Trinity, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Bible Study Group, Mercy Memorial Hospital Guild, Garden Circle and Dorsch Book Club. 


She was well loved by the staff at Director’s Hall and took part in many of the offerings there.  She loved her children dearly and enjoyed her FaceTime chats with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. During her last few days, she smiled as she listened to music – including one of her favorites:  “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady


She was preceded in death by her husband in January 2000.  She is survived by her four children: Marilyn Brownell (Peter) of Kalamazoo, MI and Bradenton, FL; William (Bill) Gruhl of Littleton, CO; Robert (Bob) Gruhl  (Emily Paul) of Boston, MA and Quechee, VT; and Donald (Don) Gruhl (Anna) of San Diego, CA.  In addition, she is survived by 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


Her children remember fondly their mother’s dedication to her faith in the Lord and the gentle and loving spirit with which she raised them – giving strength, perseverance, and dedication in all they do.  Her unconditional love for her family, her friends, and for life will be remembered and passed on for generations.  


The family wishes to thank the staff, nurses, and nurses aides at Director’s Hall, especially Wilma Stewart, for their loving care of their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. 


A memorial service will be held at Rupp Funeral Home in Monroe on June 20, 2015.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to The Heritage Community of Kalamazoo Foundation, 2400 Portage St, Kalamazoo, MI  49001.

FloElla Valentine

August 29, 1930 – May 13, 2015


ValentineFloElla Valentine, age 84 of Monroe, died 6:54 a.m. Wednesday at ProMedica Monroe Skilled Care & Rehab Center. She had been ill for two months.

Family and friends may visit from 2 – 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Rev. Don Brown, Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Dundee will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery, Monroe.

Born August 29, 1930 in Dundee, she was the daughter of Delbert and Verdella (Rowland) Morgan. She married Merle “Skip” Valentine on December 11, 1959 in Toledo. He preceded FloElla in death on May 30, 1984.

FloElla received her High School Diploma in 1989 through the Monroe Adult Education program. Her greatest love in her life was her children followed by camping. She enjoyed entertaining family, singing, and listening to country music. Her favorite pass-times were attending Bible studies, picnics, and Blue Grass festivals.

FloElla is survived by five children, Mildred “Toni” Knapp of Monroe, Sally “Liz” Essary of Monroe, Nancy “Jean” (Jerry) King of Monroe, Anthony Jon (Carolyn) Valentine of Clinton Township, and Tina (Louis Stephenson) Valentine of Monroe; three brothers, William (Chyrel) Morgan of Monroe, Larry Morgan of Monroe, and James (Patty) Morgan of Lambertville; two sisters, Mildred Charlene (Ervin) Sauers and Dannie Mae (Lee) Younglove, both of Monroe; 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband Merle, she was also preceded by a daughter, Linda Sue Essary; a son, James Lee Essary; two great-grandsons, Michael Knapp and Braydon Beam; and brother, Delbert Lee “Junior” Morgan.

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

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Laura Edith Myers-Bray

November 27, 1925 – May 12, 2015


Myers-BrayLaura Edith Myers-Bray, 89 years young, passed away peacefully at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday in her home with her family at her side. Edith as she was known by most, had been seriously ill for two weeks.

Edith was a homemaker, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and was affectionately known to many who knew her as “Mother”. She was a member of Petersburg Missionary Baptist Church.

Born November 27, 1925 in Thorn Hill, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Enos and Hester (Scearce) Shockley. Edith married Rev. Ernest J. Myers on July 29, 1942 in Middlesboro, Kentucky. After his passing on October 31, 1979, she later married Charles H. Bray on November 17, 1991 in Monroe. He also preceded her in death on May 17, 2007.

Edith is survived by a son, Ernest J. Myers, Jr. of Monroe; three daughters, Doris Jean Ornosky, Deborah Ann (Monte) Carver, and Patricia Kay Russo, all of Monroe; six grandchildren, Melissa (Jon) Fisher, Kimberly Velker, Jennifer (Matthew) Fischer, Shawn Carver, Jeremy Carver, and Joey Russo; nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husbands, Edith was also preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

Family and friends can visit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 14th at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 p.m.   Rev. Ernest Fultz, Pastor of Petersburg Missionary Baptist Church will officiate.  Additional services will be held at Wolfenbarger Cemetery in Thorn Hill, Tennessee where she will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. Friday.

Memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans.

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