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Our Obituaries

Geraldine Lake

October 29, 1929 - September 24, 2016

Born in Huntsville, Tennessee, Geraldine was the daughter of Leamon and Bertie (Strunk) Botts. She married the love of her life, Venzel Lake, on October 13, 1951. Sadly he preceded her in death October 25, 1983. A dedicated homemaker Geraldine enjoyed cooking for family and friends, but her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren. Geraldine leaves to cherish her memory her children: Jean ...
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Kenneth Dean Kuhlman

April 20, 1938 - September 17, 2016

Born in Monroe, Kenneth was the son of Dean "Gobby" and Hazel (Jeffs) Kuhlman. A 1956 graduate of Monroe High School he also attended Monroe County Community College. Throughout his life Ken worked for Jim Spas Standard on North Dixie Highway, 20 years as a Trailer Mechanic for Jones Transfer, and later at Ace Union Fire in Monroe. Ken was a member of the Brest Bay Gun Club for 51 years and...
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Martha Ann Harris

February 18, 1957 - August 23, 2016

Martha A. Harris—February 18, 1957 – August 23, 2016. Martha was a sassy woman, with an infectious laugh and a love for chocolate, comfy slippers, and four-legged friends. And she was one hell of a warrior. She battled Multiple Sclerosis for over 30 years and made the decision to survive using grace, humor and courage. Martha married her first love, David, over 42 years ago and was the mother...
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Chance W. Furrow

October 25, 1974 - August 22, 2016

Born in Monroe, Chance was the son of Lonnie Furrow and Judith Prajzner. A graduate of Dundee High School, he had worked as a Meat Cutter at one time. Chance also worked as a Police Officer in Elmore, Ohio, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, but his greatest joy in life was spending time with his son. Chance leaves to cherish his memory his son Brendan Furrow of Flat Rock; as well as his siblings...
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Verneal E. Carr

July 23, 1929 - August 12, 2016

Born in Lorain, Ohio, Verneal was the daughter of Ralph and Esther (Campbell) Beal. She married the love of her life, John Carr, on November 23, 1948. Sadly he preceded her in death May 13, 2003. A dedicated homemaker, Verneal also had worked various positions throughout her life, including Glazier Gifts in Orlando, Florida for some 15 years, retiring in 1995. She enjoyed crocheting,...
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Jesse Lathan

December 7, 1967 - August 12, 2016

Born in Monroe, Jesse was the son of James and Ruthie (Littleton) Lathan. A 1987 graduate of Monroe High School, he worked as a laborer at various factories. He was a member of the Spiritual Israel Church Monroe Mission where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent. Jesse leaves to cherish his memory, Lorette, his wife of the past 15 years; children: Jessica Lucas of Monroe,...
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Ernest Harold Prather

July 30, 1923 - August 10, 2016

Prather, Ernest Harold, age 93 of Newport, passed away under the care of ProMedica Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania, OH, August 10, 2016 after a long battle with Dementia. Born July 30, 1923 in Detroit, MI. Ernest married Kathleen Ida Shoemaker of Newport October 25, 1946. They would have celebrated their 70th anniversary this October. Ernest is also survived by his three daughters Jeani (John) Campbell...
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Daniel E. Riley

September 22, 1958 - August 7, 2016

Born in Dearborn, Daniel was the son of Ellis and Patricia (Brubaker) Riley. Daniel worked as a Custodian at Flat Rock High School and as a Security Guard. He enjoyed Bowling, doing Word Search Puzzles and Instant Lottery Tickets, as well as a good cup of coffee and a donut. Daniel leaves to cherish his memory his siblings: Pamela (Rex) Gilbert of Monroe, Jeffrey (Jeanne) Riley of Sumpter...
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Grace E. Johnson

December 7, 1928 - July 28, 2016

Born in Monroe, Grace was the daughter of Joseph and Flossie (Cogan) Duby. She married Robert Livernois, sadly he preceded her in death. She then was married to Charles Johnson who also preceded her in death. A dedicated homemaker, Grace also owned and operated Grace's Diner on Front Street in Monroe as well as a bakery on US-12 in the Irish Hills. She loved online shopping, QVC and Baking. ...
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Eleanor M. Rise

July 26, 1930 - July 26, 2016

Born in Newton, Illinois, Eleanor was the daughter of Everett and Martha (Woodard) Mitchell. A 1948 graduate of St. Mary Academy, she married Joseph Rise on June 6, 1968. Sadly he preceded her in death March 15, 1985. Eleanor worked various positions throughout her life: as a secretary for St. Mary's Rectory, Monroe Senior Center and Monroe County Senior Legal Services as well as a number of...
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Garry Dean Harter

March 25, 1945 - July 23, 2016

Born in Toledo, Garry was the son of Robert and Viola (Loomis) Harter. He honorably served his country with the United States Army during the Vietnam War from July 22, 1963 until July 9, 1966. Garry received the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. He married Lynn McCloskey on September 16, 1972. Garry was a Self Employed Mechanic and...
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Michael Lee Potter

October 20, 1960 - July 22, 2016

Born October 20, 1960 in Hudson, Michael was the son of Richard and Priscilla (Goodrich) Potter. A 1979 graduate of Monroe High School and 1983 graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Business Administration, he was a Purchasing Agent for US Silica in Rockwood for over 25 years, retiring in 2013. An avid MSU Spartan fan as well as a Detroit Tiger Baseball fan, Michael recently...
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Tina Ann Giarmo

July 18, 1949 - July 12, 2016

Tina Ann Giarmo, age 67 of Monroe, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Magnum Care of Monroe. Born June 18, 1949 in Monroe, Tina was the daughter of Samuel and Theresa (Grego) Giarmo. She had married Elwood Gay in 1971. Tina worked as a Nurse's Aide at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor for over 20 years, retiring in 2009. A member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monroe, Tina was an...
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Donald Clifton Brown

October 5, 1936 - July 7, 2016

Donald C. Brown, age 79 of Monroe, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016 at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. Born October 5, 1936 in Toledo, Donald was the son of Clifton and Elenor (Pierce) Brown. For many years, Donald work construction, building Butler Buildings. He also farmed and worked for a period of time at a box factory in Dundee. He enjoyed playing billiards, going to auctions and...
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Gunnar E. Johnson

August 16, 1938 - July 7, 2016

Johnson, Gunnar E., age 77 of Newport, Michigan, formerly of Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, passed away July 7, 2016. Loving husband of Carole. Dear father of Michele (Donald) Meade of Logan, West Virginia, Gregory of Beloit, Wisconsin, Kirsten (Mark) Huff of Britton, MI, Jeffrey of Fremont, OH, Eric of Franklin, OH, and Mark (Jennifer) of Trenton, MI. Proud grandfather of 12 and great...
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Antoinette M. Bomia

September 13, 1923 - July 3, 2016

Antoinette M. Bomia, age 92 of Monroe, passed away peacefully into heaven Sunday, July 3, 2016 at MediLodge of Monroe with her family by her side. Born in Monroe, Antoinette was the daughter of Vincensio and Rosina (Mariano) Rossi. At the young age of four, Antoinette's mother passed away and with her sister Mary were raised by the Sisters of IHM until their mid teens when they were reunited...
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Raymond C. Allore

May 28, 1944 - July 1, 2016

Born in Toledo, Raymond was the son of Peter and Marjorie (Miller) Allore. A 1963 graduate of Monroe High School he married the love of his life, Claire Kenney, on June 26, 1965. Raymond worked as a Millwright with Local 1102 for over 30 years, retiring in 2000. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As an avid outdoorsman and hunter Raymond was a life member of...
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Frances A. Winland

June 7, 1928 - June 26, 2016

Born in Brooklyn, West Virginia, Frances was the daughter of Asa and Lucy (Murner) Kimble. She married the love of her life, Clem Winland, on June 20, 1946. Sadly he preceded her in death November 18, 1988. A dedicated homemaker, Frances also had worked at various restaurants as a cook and as a waitress. Frances also was well known for playing the Bass in country bands until just last year;...
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Leona Foster

May 15, 1929 - June 16, 2016

Leona Foster, 87, of Monroe, passed away at 11:35pm Thursday at Fountainview of Monroe. Leona was born May 15, 1929 in Monroe, MI, the daughter of Clifford and Pearl (Nadeau) Frey. She married James Foster on November 3, 1951 at St. Charles Catholic Church, Newport. Together they had two children; Garry and Stella. Leona was a homemaker. A lifelong member of St. Charles Catholic Church, she...
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Gloria Ann Bell

November 23, 1940 - June 9, 2016

Gloria Ann Bell had been a Monroe resident for the past five years. She passed away at Promedica Nursing Facility on Thursday June 9 at 4:15 a.m. She was proceeded in death by her husband Charles (Bud) Bell Sr. Gloria was a loving mother to Bonnie Ellison, a mother in-law to Jeff Ellison and a grandmother to Justin, Makailyn and Hannah Ellison. Gloria was a pass resident of Delray Beach,...
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Vincente "Vinnie" Amaya

September 8, 1962 - June 2, 2016

Born in Saline, Vincente was the son of Eluterio Falcon and Maria Olivia (Valadez) Amaya. He attended Mason Consolidated Schools and played various sports, being given the nickname of " The Bumblebee". Vincente very much enjoyed spending time with his family, having bonfires and cookouts. People were amused by the stories that he told, most of which started out "many, many moons ago", and...
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Helen E. Cesnulis

November 5, 1919 - May 28, 2016

Helen Cesnulis, a long-time resident of Monroe passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the age of 96 at ProMedica Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania, Ohio. Born on November 5, 1919 in Lorain, Ohio; Helen was the daughter of Walter and Domicele. She married Antanas Cesnulis in 1948 after a lengthy eight year separation due to World War II. Despite impossible odds, these two spirits separated by distance...
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Rick Greiner

September 10, 1968 - May 26, 2016

Rick was born on September 10, 1968 in Toledo, Ohio and died on May 26, 2016 at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital in Monroe, Michigan at the age of 47; he was of Monroe. Beloved husband of Barbara. Loving dad of Rachel of Monroe, Danielle of Monroe, Keyton of Monroe and the late Norman Richard Grenier, III. Proud grandfather of Audrey, Drake and Ryane. Cherished son of Sharon Wrege of Monroe...
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Margaret L. Lechy

September 20, 1924 - May 22, 2016

Born September 20, 1924 Margaret was the daughter of William and Louisa (Fischer) Reinhardt. She married the love of her life, James Lechy, on May 12, 1950. Sadly he preceded her in death May 27, 1991. Margaret was an Accountant Clerk for Shoreline Railroad (now Grand Trunk Railroad) for over 38 years, retiring in 1981. She was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church, as well as member...
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Edith (Stella) Philomena Priest

October 2, 1917 - May 19, 2016

Edith was born October 2, 1917 in Lake Leelanau, Michigan to Ferdinand and Ellen Brow, the last of the couple's 12 children. She married the love of her life, Alfred Priest, on August 28, 1934; the two lived in Traverse City for many years. She worked at Bayview Studios as a hand-coloring artist as well as a seamstress at Willham's Department Store during her life in Traverse City. After her...
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Neil A. Mack

December 8, 1952 - May 11, 2016

Neil A. Mack, age 63 of Monroe, passed away peacefully in his home May 11, 2016. Born December 8, 1952 in London England, Neil was the son of the late Ronald and Phyllis Mack. Loving husband of Michele. Dear father of Rebecca, Andrew, Mathew, Adam (Angela), Brent, and Bailey. Proud grandfather of Trinity, Justice, Landon, and Sophia. Also survived by a sister Janice Cox of Florida. For over...
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Angela Rose Wright

January 3, 1984 - May 6, 2016

Born in Monroe, Angela was the daughter of Ollie and Rosemary (Roof) Wright Jr. A graduate of Monroe High School, Angela worked as a Manager at Burger King, a Leasing Specialist with JRK Residential and most recently as a Direct Care Worker doing home care. She enjoyed writing, especially poems and songs; singing and was a talented softball player; but most of all she cherished time spent with...
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Elizabeth Robinson

November 20, 1936 - May 4, 2016

Born in Monroe, Elizabeth was the daughter of Alex and Laura (Marino) Kush. She married the love of her life, Donald Robinson, on September 29, 1956. A dedicated homemaker, Elizabeth also worked for over 31 years at Mercy-Memorial Hospital, retiring in 2003. She was a faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and its Altar Society and later St. Michael Catholic Church. Her hobbies...
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Donna J. Dufour

December 4, 1937 - April 16, 2016

Donna was born on December 4, 1937 to Wesley J. and Cula M. (Stiles) Hanna at home in LaSalle Twp., Michigan. On March 3, 1956 she was married to Joseph D. Dufour by Arnold Lajiness who was the LaSalle Twp. Justice of the peace. Joseph died on January 23, 2009. She was preceded in death by her children Joseph D. Dufour, Jr. and Daniel H. Dufour, her sister Beatrice E. Geiman of Taylor,...
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Nelda "Judy" Boltz

August 17, 1930 - April 7, 2016

Born in Maybee, Judy was the daughter of Luke and Henrietta (Baum) Liedel. She married the love of her life, Howard C. Boltz on October 21, 1950 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Sadly he preceded her in death June 27, 2014. A dedicated and loving homemaker, Judy worked at Monroe Rubber and Plastic for over 25 years, retiring in 1990. Her favorite activities were taking care of her home and family;...
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Susan L. Fields

June 3, 1945 - April 5, 2016

Born in Detroit, Susan was the daughter of Allen and Virginia (McCarthy) Steinert. She had been married to William "Bill" Fields who sadly preceded her in death. Susan worked as a Deli/Bakery Clerk at Meijer here in Monroe for over 20 years, retiring in 2011. She enjoyed cooking and watching cooking shows on television, but she especially enjoyed watching NCIS. Susan leaves to cherish her...
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Dorothy M. Behnke

April 15, 1928 - March 25, 2016

Born in Newport, Dorothy was the daughter of Raymond and Isabel (Baron) Anteau. She married the love of her life, Donald Behnke, on March 17, 1945 in Detroit. Sadly he preceded her in death October 11, 1975. Dorothy dedicated her life to being a homemaker. Dorothy leaves to cherish her memory a grandson Mike (Karen) Mucker of Flat Rock; 4 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren;...
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Ronnie Wayne Liford

May 29, 1943 - March 16, 2016

Ronnie Wayne Liford, age 72, of Newport, MI died on March 15, 2016 after a bravely fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Born May 29, 1943 in Monroe, Ronnie was the son of Hubert and Ellen (Owens) Liford. He faithfully served his country with the United States Air Force. Ronnie then worked for the railroad as a Welding Foreman, retiring in 1984 Ronnie is survived by his wife, Sherry...
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William J. Hombrink

November 25, 1958 - March 15, 2016

Born in Detroit, William was the son of William and Olive (Bartell) Hombrink. William worked as a Truck Driver for most of his career, having driven for Landstar Trucking, Roadrunner Trucking and most recently Gorski Trucking. He enjoyed Playing Pool, Hunting, Drag Racing and Working on Cars. William leaves to cherish his memory his daughter Christine (Gregory) Allen of Taylor; two...
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Dennis J. Toburen

December 14, 1950 - March 14, 2016

Born in Monroe, Dennis was the son of John and Mary Ann (Lupke) Toburen. A graduate of Bedford High School in Walton Hills, Ohio, Dennis continued his education in the Tool and Die trade going on to retire from Massey Ferguson. He enjoyed working with his hands, especially working on cars, specializing in building race cars. Dennis is survived by his two sons: Nicholas Toburen and Daniel...
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John Francis "Jack" Fitzpatrick

July 31, 1930 - March 5, 2016

Fitzpatrick John Francis "Jack"; age 85 of Newport passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 5, 2016 while watching his beloved Fighting Irish basketball team on television. Jack was born on July 3, 1930 to Joseph and Gertrude Fitzpatrick. He attended St. Mary grade school and graduated in 1949 from Monroe Catholic Central; after high school he served his country in the United States Army from...
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Mildred A. Crawford

January 23, 1921 - March 5, 2016

Crawford, Mildred A; of Monroe was born on January 23, 1921 in Graham, Kentucky and died on March 5, 2016 at the age of 95. She married John T. Crawford on May 18, 1943 in San Antonio, Texas and he preceded her in death in 1981. Loving mom of Judy Crawford of Leesburg, FL, Ginny Farrington of Tipp City, OH, Jim Crawford of Monroe, MI, Jerry Crawford of Salem Twp., MI and John Crawford of...
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Charles E. Payne

June 23, 1943 - February 22, 2016

Born in Monroe, Charles was the son of Claude and Martha (St. Bernard) Payne. Charles leaves to cherish his memory his sister Catherine Evoe of Monroe as well as many nieces and nephews. Sadly he was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Eugene Payne and Larry Payne; and a sister Virginia Gillet.
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Dane Michael Christensen

May 10, 1989 - February 12, 2016

Born May 10, 1989 at Wyandotte General Hospital. Dane was the son of James Christensen and Julie (Jenkins) Christensen, both of Monroe. A 2008 graduate of St. Mary Catholic Central High School, Dane went on to pursue a career as a Drug Rehabilitation Counselor at Summit Detox Center in Boynton Beach, Florida. Having overcome that life previously, he was able to guide others from that dark back to...
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Sue W. Riggs

May 27, 1942 - February 8, 2016

Born in Lafollette, Tennessee, Sue was the daughter of Walter and Lucy (Broyles) Powell. She married Wilburn R. Hager in 1960. She then married Arvel R. Riggs in 1977. Sadly he preceded her in death in 1984. Sue worked at General Motors Hydromatic Plant in Toledo for over 29 years, retiring in 2002. She was a member of the UAW Local 14, LaSalle Missionary Baptist Church and attended Monroe...
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Steven Kenneth Bates

July 9, 1960 - January 31, 2016

Steven Kenneth Bates, age 55 of Taylor, passed away January 30, 2016. Loving son of the late Clifton and Mary Bates. Father of Steven, Thomas, and Amanda Martin. Dear brother of Thomas (Diana), Ronald, Clifton, the late Mary Sue Templeton, Linda (William) Ball, and Patricia Spolgaric. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
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Patti Sue Stroshine

November 6, 1958 - January 30, 2016

Stroshine, Patti Sue., age 57, January 30, 2016 of New Boston, Michigan. Beloved mother of Stanley (Nada Nosrati). Loving daughter of Zena and the late George Stroshine. Dear sister of Curt Stroshine. There will not be any visitation or services.
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Ernie F. Myles

April 10, 1943 - January 23, 2016

Born April 10, 1943 in Clinton, Mississippi, Ernie was youngest of 5 children born to Fred and Eva (Johnson) Myles. A graduate of Monroe High School, Ernie played Clarinet in the Marching Band. He was married the love of his life, Carol Martyn. Sadly she preceded him in death in 1995. Ernie worked for over 30 years with the City of Monroe Water Department, from which he retired. Ernie leaves...
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Juston J. Sears

March 29, 1987 - January 23, 2016

Born in Monroe, Juston was the son of John Sears and Rachael Box. A talented Handyman, Juston worked remodeling homes. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed playing golf. Juston leaves to cherish his memory his children: Jayce Sears of Redford and Maryah Sears of Redford; parents: John and Michelle Sears of Gray, Kentucky and Rachael and Greg Standridge of Temperance; grandparents: Lowell...
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David Wayne Ammerman

July 27, 1947 - January 19, 2016

Born in Cynthiana, Kentucky, David was the son of George and Sara (Gillespie) Ammerman. He proudly served his country with the United States Army, having served as a Paratrooper in Vietnam. He married the love of his life, Connie Eileen Piekacz, on December 8, 1989. David worked as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic with the Operating Engineers Union for over 30 years, retiring in 1998. He was past...
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Elizabeth Mae Pete

September 22, 1925 - January 16, 2016

Elizabeth Mae Pete of LaSalle, born September 22, 1925 in Dundee, passed away peacefully January 16, 2016 at the age of 90. Loving wife of the late Earl whom she married September 6, 1947 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Erie. Dear mother of Dennis (Kathleen) and Brenda (Thomas) Rassel. Proud grandmother of Joshua (Melissa), Adam, and Ryan Pete of Monroe. Elizabeth and Nathan Rassel of Dundee....
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Charles "Bud" Runyon

July 4, 1937 - January 4, 2016

Born in Monroe, Charles was the son of Joseph and Marcille (Nixon) Runyon. A graduate of Monroe High School, he faithfully served his country with the United States Army. Charles married the love of his life, Christine Swanson, in August of 1975. Charles spent most of his career as Store Manager with Runyon's Carpet for over 45 years, retiring just 2 months ago. An avid sports fan, Charles...
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Anita Louise Reese

July 18, 1939 - December 29, 2015

Anita Louise (Parkison) Reese of Monroe, was born July 18, 1939 in Colorado Springs, Colorado and departed suddenly but peacefully in her sleep December 29, 2015 at her daughter and son-in-law's home in Parker, Colorado. Anita and Harold Brent Reese were married August 19, 1956 in Englewood, Colorado. They settled in Detroit and raised four children: Brent, Shari, Susan and Daniel. Anita was...
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Russell E. Waugh

August 8, 1941 - December 28, 2015

Born August 8, 1941 in Detroit, he was the son of Russell E. and Laura Waugh. Russell was a 1959 graduate of Monroe High School and a graduate of Eastern Michigan University. He was a lifelong teacher in the Dundee School District. He led his students to several state championships in history. Russell loved history and politics, college football and, of course, the Detroit Tigers. In his youth he...
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Rita Mae Radosevich

May 15, 1932 - December 18, 2015

Rita Mae Radosevich, age 83, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 18, 2015 at the IHM Health Care Center in Monroe. The daughter of Roland and Irma (Salow) Boos, she was born May 15, 1932 in Monroe. She married Harry Radosevich. He preceded her in death April of 1986. Rita graduated in 1950 from St. Mary Academy. She had a very giving heart and strong work ethic, which she passed on...
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Helen June Kozlowski

December 29, 1931 - December 18, 2015

Kozlowski, Helen June, age 83 of Monroe, passed away December 18, 2015. Born in Harrisburg, PA to Trumaine and Helen Baumbach, where she would later marry her husband, John T., and reside until moving with her family to Monroe in 1965. As a homemaker in Monroe, she would raise her children Gary (Liz) of Monroe, and Gay (Elden) Looker of La Salle. Proud grandmother of Kasey (Jay) Gottschalk,...
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Scott E. Driggett

March 26, 1958 - December 10, 2015

Born in Monroe, Scott was the son of Harry and Marilyn (Allen) Driggett. Scott attended Airport Community Schools. He then worked in the Automotive Manufacturing Industry, having worked for Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Chrysler Corporation and Plastech. His hobbies included working on cars, building models and remote control airplanes and cars. Scott was known for being somewhat of a...
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Kavion J. Copelin

June 22, 1983 - December 9, 2015

Kavion was born in Davie, Florida. He worked in the Construction Industry as a Concrete Cutter, having worked for Speedy Concrete Cutting and ABC Concrete Cutting. Kavion also had worked very hard to obtain his CDL License, riding his bicycle 70 miles round trip 5 days a week to classes. He married the love of his life, Jennifer Boyd on September 22, 2015 in Texas. Kavion was baptized by...
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Gerald L. Mansfield, Sr.

January 8, 1946 - December 6, 2015

Born in Barberton, Ohio, Jerry was the son of Harold E. and Gloria (Welch) Mansfield. He married Sharon M. Polger, on January 19, 1971 here in Monroe. Jerry worked as a Model Maker for Tenneco Incorporated for over 25 years, retiring in 2006. His memberships included: St. Joseph Catholic Church, Monroe(where he cantored 5pm Mass for many years), Floral City Harmonizers, and past member of...
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Katherine Marie Reed

December 22, 1969 - December 2, 2015

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Katherine was the daughter of Robert and AnnaMarie (McDowell) Kurilla. She worked as a Manager at various restaurants in the area throughout her life. Katherine very much enjoyed spending time with her family and especially cherished the time with her grandchildren. Katherine leaves to cherish her memory her parents: AnnaMarie Lechner of Arizona, Robert Kurilla of...
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Howard J. Morrin

September 13, 1942 - November 29, 2015

Howard J. Morrin of the Erie clan of Woodrow and Angela McCarty Morrin passed into eternal life on Sunday, November 29, attended by his supportive family. Howard was born on September 13, 1942 on wartime. He was the oldest of six siblings; four sisters: Jan Martin, Joyce Wiseman, Annette Morrin, and Susan Christy and a brother, Kevin Morrin. He graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School in Erie...
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Mary Beth Paterson

April 28, 1922 - November 26, 2015

Born in Detroit, Mary Beth was the daughter of William and Irma (Stringer) Starret. She married the love of her life, Robert Paterson, on November 28, 1942. A dedicated homemaker, Mary Beth also worked at the Monroe Evening News for 10+ years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. Mary Beth leaves to cherish her memory, Robert...
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Billy K. Moody

October 15, 1941 - November 23, 2015

Born Middlesboro, Kentucky, Billy was the son of Willard and Dorothy (Sutton) Moody. A veteran of the United States Army, he married to love of his life, Donna Fortner in 1963. Sadly she preceded him in death in 2004. Billy worked as a Laborer for over 45 years with both Laborer's Local 465 Monroe and Laborer's Local 334 Detroit, retiring in 1992. He enjoyed spending time with family,...
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Frederick Kurtycz

September 1, 1932 - November 16, 2015

Born in Detroit, Frederick was the son of Thaddaeus and Katherine (Fic) Kurtycz. He graduated from Chadsey High School in Detroit. Frederick faithfully served his country with the United States Air Force. He married the love of his life, Patricia Massey,on March 5, 1966. Sadly she preceded him in death November 28, 2008. Frederick furthered his education, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree...
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Charles W. Neihoff, Jr.

August 12, 1960 - November 11, 2015

Born in Detroit, Charles was the son of Charles and Mary (Brock) Neihoff. He married Kathy Maliszewski who sadly preceded him in death in 2010. Charles last worked for Mercy-Memorial Hospital as a Switchboard Operator. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he served with the Military Police. Charles volunteered for the Veteran's Administration. He was an avid gun collector and loved...
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Robert C. Henderson

June 8, 1944 - November 1, 2015

Born in Monroe, Robert was the son of Robert and Lela (Cawood) Henderson. He married the love of his life, Orella "Midge" Ewing, on August 23, 1974 here in Monroe. Robert worked as the Supervisor of Grounds and Maintenance for General Automotive Corporation in Ann Arbor until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe. Robert's hobbies included hunting...
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Tommy Lee Caudill

December 19, 1949 - October 31, 2015

Born in Hartley, Kentucky, Tommy was the son of Tersel and Westina (Tackett) Caudill. He faithfully served his country in the United States Navy. Tommy worked for over 40 years for Ford Motor Company's Dearborn Truck Plant as a Welder. He enjoyed fishing, camping, four-wheeling and going up north "stompin around". Tommy leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife Madalene; four children:...
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Charles J. Meyer

October 18, 1942 - October 26, 2015

Survived by loving wife of 48 years, Rose; son, Charles; daughter, Anne (Salum); brother, Tom (Norma); other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by brother, Roger; parents, Charles and Angela. Charles was a graduate of Monroe Catholic Central and Eastern Michigan University. He taught geography for 3 years at Purdue University. He and Rose lived in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan before...
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Angeline M. Terrasi

January 1, 1925 - October 22, 2015

Born in Detroit, Angeline was the daughter of Peter and Jiavanina (DeLorenzo) Darin. She was raised and grew up in Italy until returning to the United States when she was 17 years old. Angeline then married the love of her life, Angelo Terrasi, on June 30, 1946. Sadly he preceded her in death November of 1986. A dedicated homemaker, Angeline's family was the center and full focus of her life...
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Robert "Bob" Trouten

October 19, 1934 - October 19, 2015

Born in Erie, Bob was the son of William and Jessie Ruth (Garnett) Trouten. He faithfully served his country with the United States Army from December 11, 1951 until December 11, 1954. Bob received the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, the Combat Infantry Badge, United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries received in...
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Harriett Elaine Gambill

June 26, 1950 - October 18, 2015

Born in Detroit, Elaine was the daughter of Van and Pauline (Melton) Francis. She worked as a Billing Clerk for Tower Group for many years. Elaine was a faithful member of Dunbar Road Church of Christ, where she enjoyed attending the Bible Study and participating in Church Functions. Her hobbies included shopping and reading, especially the bible. Elaine leaves to cherish her memory two...
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Pamela A. Valley

January 16, 1957 - October 17, 2015

Born in Wyandotte, Pamela was the daughter of Walter and Nellie (Esslie) Dober. Pamela is survived by a son Charles Valley; a daughter Katie Guyor; 2 grandchildren; as well as her siblings Ronald Dober, Donald (Steph) Dober, Cathy (Phil) Gearhart, Cheryl (Dick) Eder and Debbie Schroeder. Sadly she was preceded in death by her parents.
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Keith J. Golembiewski

November 15, 1956 - October 8, 2015

Golembiewski, Keith J, 58 of Lambertville, MI passed in his home on October 8, 2015. Keith is at peace now watching the most spectacular Oceanside sunset with the Lord at his side. Born November 15, 1956, Keith was the son of Edward and Patricia (Kosmider) Golembiewski. He was a 1974 graduate of Central Catholic High School. Keith attended the University of Toledo and graduated from Bowling...
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Ruth K. Wilson-Johnson

September 15, 1916 - October 4, 2015

Ruth Wilson-Johnson, age 99 of Monroe left Medilodge Nursing Home to be with the Lord on October 4, 2015. Friends may call on Thursday from 5 – 8 pm at the Allore Chapel of The Martenson Family of Funeral Homes, 203 E. Elm Ave. She will lie in state Friday from 11 am until time of service at 12 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 312 Harrison St. Rev. Katie Waggoner will officiate. ...
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James Harold Van Brunt

November 8, 1939 - October 4, 2015

Born November 8, 1939 in Omak, Washington, James was the son of Bill and Margaret Van Brunt. He married the love of his life, Carol Sheppard, October 28, 1965. James was a Mathematics Teacher for District #1 in Yuma until his retirement. In his younger years James had taken singing lessons and loved to sing. More recently he enjoyed working on his computer and strategy games, but most...
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Gary J. Provencher

May 17, 1946 - October 1, 2015

Provencher, Gary J. Age 69 of Carleton was born May 17, 1946 in Hamtramck, MI to Albert I. and Geraldine L. (nee: Spanka) Provencher who preceded him in death. Gary is the beloved husband of DeLaney who he married in Fairfax, VA on September 19, 1980. Loving dad of John (Grace) Provencher, Tobie (Loraine) Delaney, Michael (Melanie) Provencher and Dora Provencher. Proud grandpa of 10. Also...
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Lorraine H. Kriekaard

December 11, 1944 - September 29, 2015

Born December 11, 1944 in Lansing, Lorraine was the daughter of Arthur and Irene Glanz. A 1962 graduate of East Lansing High School, Lorraine married Timothy McFarland on January 4, 1964. She then married Steve Kriekaard in 1986. He preceded her in death in 2004. Lorraine worked as a Key Punch Operator for Wohlert Corporation. Her hobbies included playing the piano. Lorraine was known for...
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Michael A. DeSilvis

January 19, 1946 - September 24, 2015

Born in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Michael was the son of Nicholas and Willie Mae (Isabell) DeSilvis. He married the love of his life, Connie Roush, on March 23, 1968. Michael worked for Holly Carburetor for many years. From 1982 until 2005 he worked in Car Sales, most recently with Taylor Ford. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus 1266, and had been on the Monroe...
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Karen Elaine (Russow) Hollerbach

November 27, 1943 - September 21, 2015

Born the daughter of Robert and Helen (Hopf) Russow on November 27, 1943 in Monroe, Michigan, she was a graduate of St. Mary Academy in Monroe. Karen dedicated her life to her family as a full time homemaker before rejoining the work force at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She moved to Rosharon, Texas to be closer to her children and worked at Memorial Hermann Hospital in...
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Virginia M. Hertzsch

May 17, 1926 - September 16, 2015

Born May 17, 1926 in Toledo, Virginia was the daughter of Tracy and Bernadine (Morrin) Soleau. She married the love of her life, Carl "Skip" Hertzsch on June 26, 1948 in Maumee, Ohio. Sadly he preceded her in death April 2, 2015. A graduate of Monroe High School, Virginia dedicated her life to her family as a full time homemaker. Virginia leaves to cherish her memory a daughter: Kathy ...
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Shrilda "Shirley" Townsend

February 28, 1917 - September 12, 2015

Townsend, Shrilda "Shirley" age 98 of Monroe, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Promedica Monroe Regional Hospital. Loving grandmother of Dianna (Bill) Standifer, Paul Turner Jr. of Buford, Georgia, Judy Turner, James (Karan) Turner, Toni Bean, and James Butler Jr. of Kissimmee, Florida. Shirley is survived by her 16 great-grandchildren, many great-great-grandchildren, and...
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Dale E. Terry

July 25, 1943 - September 10, 2015

Born July 25, 1943 in Monroe, Dale was the son of Earl and Millie (Padgett) Terry. He faithfully served his country with the United States Army, Dale then became a Machine Operator with Ford Motor Company for over 20 years, retiring in 1988. Dale was an avid bowler at one time, with the pinnacle of his bowling career being that he bowled a 300 game at Nortel Lanes. He enjoyed Country Music,...
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Donna L. Seither

September 5, 1928 - September 8, 2015

Donna L. Seither, age 87 of Toledo, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2015 in her home surrounded by family. Born September 5, 1928 in Jamestown, New York, Donna was the daughter of Seibert and Esther (Carleson) Swanson. She married Richard Freiheit on June 23, 1947. She then was married to Donald Seither April 27, 1996. Sadly he preceded her in death December 23, 2013. Donna worked as a...
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Barbara L. Geddes

September 17, 1934 - September 2, 2015

Mrs. Barbara (Orr) Geddes, born September 17, 1934 in Port Huron, MI to Karl and Elizabeth Orr, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Barbara retired from the State of Michigan in 1994. She was a 45 year member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and was honored to serve as State Auxiliary President from 1994-1995. She is survived by two daughters; Terri (Don)...
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Walter R. Moore

January 9, 1924 - August 24, 2015

Born in Marion, Ohio, Walter was the son of Walter and Ida (Eichman) Moore. He faithfully served his country with the United States Marine Corps. He was an Inspector with U.S. Pipe and Casing in Irwindale, California. Walter married Jean Hustead in June of 1978. Walter attended Crossroads Community Church and was a member of the VFW Post 1138 in Monroe. He volunteered for R.S.V.P., and in...
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Joseph A. Gubala

December 8, 1951 - August 24, 2015

Born in Monroe, Joseph was the son of Leo and Carol (Boes) Gubala. Joseph is survived by his siblings: David Gubala of Temperance, Linn Gubala of Mansfield, Ohio and Susan (Dallas) Gilliland of Temperance; as well as nieces and nephews.
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Betty J. Souva

April 15, 1928 - August 24, 2015

Born in Del Ray, Betty was the daughter of Samuel and Agnes (Underwood) O'Hara. She married the love of her life, Peter Souva, on October 29, 1949. A dedicated homemaker, Betty cherished time spent with her family. Betty leaves to cherish her memory, Peter, her husband of the past 65 years; children: Chris (Toni) Souva of Carleton, Steven Souva of Newport, Patricia (Jack) Adams of Northville,...
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Paul Edward Steffy

February 2, 1984 - August 23, 2015

Born February 2, 1984 in Monroe, Paul was the son of Walter "Chip" Steffy III and Andrea (Poupard) Steffy. He married Rachel Probst on June 21, 2013 in Newport. Paul was a very talented and smart man who could accomplish anything he set his mind to. He was known for being a very hard worker enjoying Welding and Roofing. Paul seemed to do everything to the fullest and if he was attempting a...
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Martha E. Mazur

August 3, 1922 - August 19, 2015

Born in Lima, Ohio, Martha was the daughter of Paul and Elva Wagoner Barrett. Martha had worked as a clerk at K-Mart for a number of years. Martha leaves to cherish her memory her children: William (Karen) Uhlik of NewBoston and James (Jeannette) Uhlik of Cabot, Arkansas; four grandchildren: Terri, Karla, Brenda and Amy; seven great grandchildren: Shanna, Danielle, Raeanne, Dilyn, Paige,...
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Kenneth P. Tibai

March 20, 1957 - August 14, 2015

Born in Monroe, Kenneth was the son of Lawrence and Earlene (Vincent) Tibai. A 1976 Graduate of Monroe High School, he married the love of his life, Teresa Kasprowicz, on August 3, 1985. Ken was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Toledo, Loyal Order of the Moose in both Jackson and Albion, Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Michigan Center and the Sons of the American Legion. Ken also was...
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Donald Scott Barbier

January 22, 1973 - August 12, 2015

Born in Monroe, Donald was the son of Albert and MaryAnn (Berkowski) Barbier. He married Amy Hayter on August 18, 2010 here in Monroe. Donald was known for being a "jack of all trades" working various positions throughout his life. He enjoyed fishing and riding his bicycle. He had been attending the Petersburg Lower Lights Church. Donald leaves to cherish his memory his mother MaryAnn...
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Ronald L. Stokes

February 5, 1949 - August 10, 2015

Ronald L. Stokes, age 66 of Monroe, formerly of Fremont, Ohio passed away peacefully at University of Michigan Hospital following and extended illness at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, on August 10th 2015. He was born February 5th 1949 in Fremont, Ohio to Robert L. Stokes and Edna Lucille (Swerlein) Stokes (Lucy Johnson). He graduated from Ross High School in 1967, entered the US Navy in 1968...
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Clarence "Chuck" Chronister

January 14, 1933 - August 10, 2015

Clarence "Chuck" Chronister of Monroe and formerly of VanBuren, MO died after a lengthy illness at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital on August 10, 2015; he was 82 years old. Chuck was born in VanBuren, MO to Henry and Lenna (nee: House) Chronister on January 14, 1933; his parents preceded him in death. He proudly served his Country in the United States Army during Vietnam; on September 3, 1966...
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Gary Lee Larrow

November 6, 1951 - August 7, 2015

Born in Monroe, Gary attended St Anne Grade School, was a 1969 graduate of Monroe Catholic Central High School and a 1972 graduate of Monroe County Community College. Gary was a Quality Control Professional and had worked in that capacity at Solar Machine in Romulus, Ford Motor Company in Livonia and North Star Steel in Monroe. In his younger years he enjoyed snowmobiling and more recently...
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Mary Helen Henry

May 22, 1934 - August 2, 2015

Born in Monroe, Mary was the daughter of Russell and Margaret (Luypen) Bomia. She married the love of her life, Bige Henry, on April 18, 1953. A dedicated homemaker, Mary enjoyed crocheting, embroidery and ceramics. She was a past member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and now a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Mary leaves to cherish her memory, Bige, her husband of the past 62...
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Theresa Ausmus

April 28, 1943 - August 1, 2015

Theresa Ausmus of Monroe, MI passed away August 1, 2015 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo at the age of 72. She was born April 28, 1943 in Monroe, MI to her parents Vincent and Anna (nee: Marino) DiJohn and graduated from St. Mary Academy in 1961; she married her husband James W. Ausmus on May 2, 1964 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Monroe, MI and he preceded her in death on January 14, 2013...
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Alfred Faye Pillarelli

June 19, 1920 - July 31, 2015

Al was born in Monroe to Nicholas and Victoria (Julian) Pillarelli; Dorothy, his devoted wife, was born on April 26th, 1922. They were joined together as one, united in marriage on February 3rd, 1940. Al (better known to many as Faye) and Dorothy had three children: Nicholas Faye, Alfred Miles, and Mrs. Geralyn (Leslie) Hubbell. He was preceded in death by his son Nick, daughters-in-law Sharon...
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Shirley Ann Burbo

March 26, 1946 - July 28, 2015

Born in Detroit, Shirley was the daughter of Joseph and Ella Oswick. Shirley was a Beautician for many years. She was a member of the Wyandotte VFW Post 1136 Auxilary. Shirley leaves to cherish her memory her companion Gary Fisher of Grosse Ile; her dear best friend Nancy Peabody; children: Tim (Sue Hyden) Spezia of Point Place and Tina DeCoster of Grosse Ile; Melanie Scott and Jeremy Fisher;...
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Wendy Sue Bray

March 22, 1975 - July 25, 2015

Born in Monroe, Wendy was the daughter of Dorothy and Arley Harris. Wendy worked at Tim Horton's Café and Bake Shop. She was a member of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church and the Kid's Club at the Monroe County Intermediate School District. Although Wendy's most favorite times were spent with her family, especially her children. Wendy leaves to cherish her memory her children: Clisite Gonyea,...
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Gary Wayne Luper

April 2, 1946 - July 23, 2015

Gary Wayne Luper, age 69, died of pneumonia on July 23, 2015. Although his last remaining years have been spent in Cherokee Village, Arkansas, he grew up in Wayne, MI. Gary is survived by his brother: Johnie Shipp (wife Faye) Luper Jr.; his three daughters: Jennifer Porter, Angela Meyer, and Lanita Miller; as well as his 8 grandchildren: Shane Brandow, Joshua Brandow, Jeremiah Brandow, Tabitha...
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Luella M. Lindner

September 24, 1922 - July 23, 2015

Born September 24, 1922 in Toledo, Luella was the daughter of Arthur and Ina (Bird) Wain. She married the love of her life, Norman A. Lindner, on January 27, 1945. Sadly he preceded her in death February 15, 1980. A dedicated homemaker, Luella also had worked at Autolite in Toledo, as a Maintenance Clerk at the University of Michigan and she had also done housekeeping after her husband's...
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Douglas Eugene Mierzwinski

August 28, 1947 - July 22, 2015

Born in Highland Park, Michigan, Douglas was the son of Eugene and Wanda (Jakniunas) Mierzwinski. He worked as a Foreman for the Wayne County Road Commission for over 32years, retiring in 1997. Douglas was a lifetime member of the Moose Lodge in Marco Island, Florida and a member of the Tennessee Squire. He enjoyed trips to Northern Michigan in RV. Douglas is survived by his daughter Candace...
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Gayle Ann Smith

June 27, 1953 - July 20, 2015

Born in Monroe, Gayle was the daughter of Ross and Hattie (Perry) Grodi. Gayle is survived by her children: David (Aimee Hudson) Grodi of Toledo, Chasity (Michael) Yensch of Newport and Patrick (Jennifer) Smith of Luna Pier; Kammy Cervantez (whom Gayle raised) of Luna Pier; nine grandchildren: David, Taylor, Brittany, Christopher, Ricky, Shauna, Kiara, Ajay and Sawsan; one great grandchild...
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Cecelia Sander

December 5, 1930 - July 19, 2015

Cecelia Sander, 84, of Sarasota, FL passed away peacefully on July 19, 2015 at the Doctors Hospital in Sarasota. The youngest of six children, she was born December 5, 1930 in Detroit to the late Stanislaw (Stanley) and Anna (Madej) Ziemba, both immigrants from Poland. Cecelia was a 1949 graduate of St. Andrews Catholic High School and then began work as a proofreader in the photographic...
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Helen Loonis

February 21, 1924 - July 10, 2015

Born in Ecorse, Helen was the daughter of Joseph and Katherine (Pieczyk) Babik. She married Elmer Loonis on September 26, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois. Sadly he preceded her in death July 27, 1987. A dedicated homemaker, Helen also had worked as a Nurse's Aide at the IHM Motherhouse for 27 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Frenchtown Senior Citizens and at...
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