Irene M. Flewelling

March 9, 1918 – February 4, 2016


FlewellingIrene M. Flewelling, age 97 of Monroe, died at 2:51 p.m. Thursday, February 4th at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.

Born March 9, 1918 in Fargo, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Blanche (Heck) Dunn. She married Clarence A. Flewelling on January 5, 1940 in Port Huron. He preceded her in death on November 3, 1980.

Irene was a member of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church where she was active in its JOY program. She came to Monroe in 1981 and received her high school diploma in 1987 through Senior Adult Education. Formerly, Irene was active in the Foster Grandparent Program through Monroe Public Schools. As an avid sports fan, she was especially fond of the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings, and Pistons.

Irene is survived by two daughters, Carol (Charles) Leachman of Monroe and Lois (Randy Fields) Lynch of Dawsonville, Georgia; 3 grandchildren, David (Diana) Leachman, Lisa Leachman, and Linda (Daniel) Grogan; 7 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband Clarence, Irene was also preceded in death by two brothers, James and Russell Dunn, and a sister, Helen James.

Family and friends may visit Monday at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church at 6 p.m. where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The church pastor, Rev. Roy Southerland will officiate. Irene will be cremated in accordance with her wishes. Her remains will be laid to rest next to her husband at Springhill Cemetery, Avoca, Michigan. Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral, cremation, and interment services.

Memorial contributions in memory of Irene may be made to Monroe Missionary Baptist Church.

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FarmerMillicent Farmer

June 5, 1925 – February 4, 2016


Millicent Farmer, 90, of Monroe, passed away at 10:52 a.m. Thursday at Alice Loraine Care Center.


Friends may call from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Millicent was born June 5, 1925 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She was the daughter of Denver and Leona (Reisig) Holloway.  She married Thomas Farmer April 14, 1951; he preceded her in death February 29, 2012.


She had worked at the Willow Run Bomber Plant.  She was also a deputy for the Monroe County Sheriff Department and also worked in the licensing bureau there until she retired when she had her son. She also was a licensed beautician.


Millicent was a member of St. John Church,Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1503, VFW Post 1138 Ladies Auxiliary, Ladies Knights, Monroe County Women’s Bowling Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 113. She was also a member of the Monroe Thrift Shop and had volunteered at the Mercy Hospital Gift Shop.  She was a past member of the Monroe Boat Club.


She enjoyed word searches and playing cards and bingo.  She loved to garden and being outside working on her flowers.  She and her husband also enjoyed spending the winters in Florida.


Millicent is survived by her son, Joseph (Christine) Farmer of Monroe; two sisters, Joann Morwood of Denver, Colorado and Virginia Duffey of Monroe and two grandchildren, Thomas and Nicole Farmer.


In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Bill and Jack Holloway and a sister, Barb Jennings.


Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.


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Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Martell

July 21, 1921 – February 3, 2016


MartellElizabeth “Betty” Jane Martell entered eternal life on Wednesday, Feb. 3rd at the SSIHM Health Care Center after a brief illness.

Services will be held at St. Mary Church, Monroe, on Monday Feb. 8th where the family will receive relatives and friends from 9am till 11am. A funeral Mass of the Resurrection will be offered by Father David Burgard, Pastor of St. Mary Church. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

An only child, Betty was born July 21, 1921 in Monroe to James and Elizabeth (Larrow) Rosselle. A graduate of St. Mary Grade School and St. Mary Academy Class of 1940, she celebrated her 75th class reunion in May of 2015.

Betty had plans to become an I.H.M. nun until she met the love of her life, Raymond Lawrence Martell, and married on November 27, 1948 at St. Mary Church where they were lifelong members. Their 60th wedding anniversary was celebrated in 2008. Her beloved husband died in March of 2010.

During World War II, Betty worked in the bomber plant. Later she worked for Dr. Dorner in his dental office. She retired after many years as a resource room aide for Monroe Public Schools.

Betty was a Red Cross volunteer, and very active in the church. She sang in two church choirs at St. Mary’s, was a lector, minister of the Eucharist and was devoted to daily mass and prayer. Her memberships included Comboni Missionary Ladies Auxiliary of Monroe, St. Mary Christian Women, the YMCA and Monroe Community Players. Betty enjoyed performing on stage, especially in musicals. Reading, baking and maintaining her beautiful garden were just a few of her hobbies.

Surviving are her daughter, Fae (Eric) Flotow of Monroe; three sons, Michael (Lorna) Martell of Crestview, FL, David (Janice) Martell of Maybee, MI, and Robert Martell of Monroe. She is also survived by daughter-in-law Crystal Morgan of Fairview, TN; 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Comboni Missionary Ladies Auxiliary of Monroe, c/o 107 Standish, Monroe, MI 48162; St. Mary Grade School; or ProMedica Monroe Hospice, 1070B N. Monroe St., Monroe, MI 48162.

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Hasley2Patricia M. Hasley

August 7, 1923 – February 3, 2016


Patricia M. Hasley, 92, of Monroe, passed away at 1:36 a.m. Wednesday at the home of her daughter in Covington, Kentucky.


Friends may call from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home.  She will lie instate at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Church with Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Rev. Philip Ching, of St. Michael Church, will officiate.  In accordance with Patricia’s wishes cremation will follow the services and inurnment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Patricia was born August 7, 1923 in Monroe.  She was the daughter of William and Rosetta (Weiss) Osborne.  She married William M. Hasley December 29, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio; he preceded her in death February 8, 2011.


She was a savings counselor at Peoples Federal Savings and Loan for 13 years, retiring in 1989.


Patricia was a 1941 graduate of St. Mary Academy.  She was a member of St. Michael Church, Comboni Missionaries Auxiliary and had been a volunteer at Monroe Center. After her husband’s death she moved to Covington to live with her daughter and became a member of the Taylor Mill Seniors in Tayor Mill, Kentucky.


She enjoyed sewing, knitting reading and doing crossword puzzles.


Patricia is survived by four sons, W. Mark (Judy) Hasley of Lambertville, Brian Hasley of Monroe, Gerald “Jeb” (Sherry) Hasley of Monroe and Hugh (Ann) Hasley of Grand Junction, Colorado; a daughter, Elise (Chad) Seibt of Covington, Kentucky; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Nolan of Monroe; two brothers, William (Lisa) Osborne of Manitou Beach, Michigan and Joseph Osborne of Sarasota, Florida; a sister, Florence Hollinger of Boynton Beach, Florida; eighteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.


In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by a brother, Robert Osborne and grandson, Brian Hasley.


Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Church, Comboni Missionaries or Hospice of the Bluegrass.


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BreggerJames J. “Jamie” Bregger

November 16, 1983 – January 28, 2016


James J. “Jamie” Bregger, 32, formerly of Monroe, passed away Thursday January 28, 2016.


Friends may call from 12 noon until funeral services at 4 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home. His cousin Nicole Jones will lead the celebration of his life.


Jamie was born November 16, 1983 in Rochester, Michigan.  He was the son of Lisa Bregger.


He had worked at Bordine Nursery in Rochester.  He had also worked at several restaurants and he looked forward to the Halloween season when he could work at a haunted house.


Jamie had a big heart and loved his family, friends and animals.  He had an artistic soul and loved music, writing poetry and reading books.


He is survived by his mother, Lisa Hinskey of Monroe; his grandfather, Calvin Bregger of Rochester; a brother, Colin Hinskey of Monroe; two sisters, Catie (Joshua) Reese of Monroe and Victoria (Andrew) Schultz of Point Place in Toledo; aunt Laurie Jones and aunt and uncle, Godmother Roberta and her husband Vincent Fisher.  He will also be greatly missed by his two beloved nieces Kennedy and Ava.


He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Cathy Bregger and step-father, Ronald Hinskey and his uncle Brent Jones who passed away just last week.


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Sharon K. Calkins

August 19, 1958 – February 1, 2016


CalkinsSharon K. Calkins, age 57 of Monroe, died at 8:55 a.m. Monday in her home.

Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Her cousin, Rev. Michael Beeler, Pastor of Faith Gospel Tabernacle Church, Bad Axe, Michigan, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born August 19, 1958 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Harry Paul and Harriet (Zurschmit) Welch. Sharon graduated from Monroe High School in 1976 and married James P. Calkins later that year on October 22nd in Monroe.

Sharon was employed for 16 years at Wicks Lumber and then by Baker’s Ace Hardware for 8 years. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed reading and being with her grandchildren.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Jim Calkins; three daughters, Michele (David Spurr) Spreeman of Monroe, Melissa (Chad) Towne of Maybee, and Mandy (Robert) Sikes of Monroe; mother, Harriett Welch of Monroe; brother, Paul Welch of Monroe; sister, Cindy (Gary) Klemz of Monroe; four grandchildren, Justin Gramlich, Avery Towne, and twins, Kelsie and Delanie Sikes.

Sharon was preceded in death by her father and infant twin granddaughters, Brooklynn and Brittany Gramlich.

Memorial donations may be made to the Karmanos Cancer Institute.

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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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