Barbara E. Monroe, 75, of White Pigeon, Mich., passed away Friday evening, Oct. 30, 2009, at Sturgis Hospital.
She was born June 23, 1934, in Philadelphia, Pa., a daughter to the late Charles and Alberta (Taschner) Garton.
Barbara had resided in White Pigeon for the past 10 years. Prior to that she lived in Sturgis and her early life was lived in Philadelphia, where she graduated from German Town High School and continued her education in X-Ray Technology at Temple University.
In 1994, she retired from Sturgis Hospital following 35 years of dedicated employment as an E-Ray Technician. Barbara also worked in Dr. Olin L. Lepard’s office in Sturgis and received her training and began her career at the German Town Hospital.
On Oct. 15, 1955, she married Charles Monroe in Philadelphia.
Barbara was an active member of the Three Rivers Bible Church in Three Rivers and enjoyed word games, especially Scrabble.
She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Charles; one daughter, Jan (David) Adamson of Sturgis; two sons, Mark (Patricia) Monroe of LaGrange, Ind., and Tim (Kris) Monroe of Manitou Springs, Colo.; 12 grandchildren, Scott Adamson, Rachel Brittin, Kirsten Schipper, Summer Adamson, Candice Adamson, Shelemiah Blood, Joshua Monroe, Bethel Monroe, Rebecca Monroe, Anna Monroe, Sarah Monroe and Ben Monroe; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia Hale of Tulsa, Okla. and Norma Bucia of Brigantine, NJ; one brother, David (Dorothy) Garton of East Greenville, Pa.; and one niece and several nephews.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091, (269) 651-3284. Funeral services celebrating the life of Barbara E. Monroe will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. James Bailey of the Three Rivers Bible Church will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Monroe’s memory consider the Bair Lake Bible Camp, 12500 Prang St., Jones, MI 49061-9739.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.