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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Mary T. Sturn

December 13, 1924 – June 8, 2016


    SturnMary Teresa Sturn, who faithfully served our Lord and others, joyfully joined her husband Warren and son Eddie around the table of our Lord on Wednesday, June 8th at 9:30 p.m.  She passed away peacefully at Wellspring Lutheran Home surrounded by her loving family.  She was 91 and had been in declining health for six months.

    Family and friends may visit from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home. Deacon Michael Stewart of St. John Church will lead a Scripture Service at 6 p.m.  She will lie instate at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church where Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 12 p.m. by Rev. Timothy Babcock. The church pastor, Rev. David Burgard will concelebrate.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

    Born December 13, 1924 in Beckley, West Virginia, she was the daughter of John Albert and Mary Veronica (Binns) Rappold.  She married Warren J. Sturn on September 19, 1945 in St. Mary Church.  They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversity on September 19, 1995.  He preceded Mary in death on September 9, 2003.

    Many years ago, Mary was employed by the former S.S. Kresge store in downtown Monroe and later worked for 20+ years as an accountant at her son’s business, Jack’s Lawn Service.

    Mary was a life-long member of St. Mary Church, its Christian Women’s group, and served as a funeral luncheon coordinator for over 40 years.  A devout Catholic, reciting the Rosary regularly was very important to Mary.   She was known for being sociable and would often frequent the downtown Big Boy Restaurant after daily Mass.  While residing at Wellspring Lutheran Home, Mary looked forward to her spa and auction days, and enjoyed playing bingo and cards.  Mary was a regular at the Farmer’s Market, helping out the vendors wherever she could.

    Mary’s three grandchildren were her pride and joy.  Her great-granddaughter, Miss Daisy, was her greatest treasure.

    Mary is survived by two children, Jack (Chris) Sturn and Martha (Tom Warner) Sturn, both of Monroe; three grandchildren, Paula (Ernie) Owens of Monroe, Jason Sturn of LaSalle, and Anna (Matt Liesinger) Sturn of LaSalle; great-grandchild, Daisy Marie Liesinger; and daughter-in-law, Karen Sturn of Lilburn, Georgia.

    In addition to her husband Warren, Mary was also preceded in death by a son, Edward Sturn on December 22, 2015; and two brothers, John and David Rappold.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to St. Mary Catholic Church or the Activities Center at Wellspring Lutheran Home.

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Lannen_SallySister Sally Lannen, IHM, 94, died Saturday, June 4 in the IHM Health Care Center where she had been a resident since 2010.


Sister Sally was born on Feb. 13, 1922, in Detroit to Joseph and Irene (Kralek) Lannen.  She graduated from St. Mary of Redford Grade and High Schools and entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1941 and received the religious name, Sister Josanne. This year she was to observe her 75th Jubilee as an IHM Sister.


Sister Sally earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a master’s degree from Marquette University, Milwaukee. Her early teaching ministry focused on the junior and high school grade levels in a variety of subjects at St. Felicitas, Chicago; St. Michael, Flint, Mich.; Holy Redeemer, Detroit and St. Patrick, Wyandotte, Mich. She spent several years in Puerto Rico, teaching at La Merced and Santa Teresita and also at Stella Maris International School in Kobe, Japan. Returning to the United States, she served at Lumen Cristi High School, Jackson, Mich.; and also at Immaculate Heart of Mary High School and St. Felicitas in Illinois. Her continued studies in Michigan took her to Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, University of Detroit and St. John Seminary. She also studied in Chicago at De Paul University and the University of Scranton and Westminster College, both in Pennsylvania.


In 1993 Sister Sally returned to Michigan and ministered in several positions at Lumen Cristi High School in Jackson. She enjoyed her retirement and volunteer years spent in the Jackson community. Declining health brought her home to the IHM Motherhouse and Health Care Center in 2010.


Sister Sally was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Robert; and her sisters, Aileen Mueller and Kathleen Barlum. She is survived by her sisters, Patricia (Mrs. Edward Harmon) and Jean (Mrs. David Wholihan); and nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, on Wednesday, June 8, beginning at 9 a.m. A Remembering and Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery on the Motherhouse Campus. 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.