The Comboni Missionaries Ladies Auxiliary held a special tribute this fall for Jackie Larner, formerly of Monroe, and other longtime members and supporters of the auxiliary who died this past year.
Larner, who died Sept. 22 at age 72, was featured in the auxiliary’s fall newsletter. She was “a special missionary herself,” the newsletter said. “Jackie and her husband, Ed, were married 51 years, raising three daughters and three sons. Her spirit and love for the missions were passed on to her children and grandchildren.”
Larner joined the auxiliary following the 1978 fire that destroyed the mission chapel in Frenchtown Township. “I was completely drawn into the spirit of St. Daniel Comboni and his missionary work around the world,” the newsletter quoted her at the time. She and her family volunteered at many auxiliary activities to raise funds for the missions, including festivals, craft shows, and bake, candy and rummage sales held in Monroe. She baked 320 dozen cookies, or 3,840 cookies, in her own kitchen for one sale. The family also hosted a flower sale every spring at their home for 14 years before moving to Bay City in 2003.
Other supporters and benefactors of the auxiliary who died this past year included Patricia Schmitz, Addie Drotar, Greg Calkins, Dolores Peltier, Ellen Wickenheiser, Pascal Flameygh, Jean Waybright, Mary Lou Smith, Audrey Padot and the Rev. William F. Fisher, OSFS, former pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Monroe.
A Mass to commemorate the memory of those who died was held Oct. 26 at the home of Gerald and Sue DeBuck and celebrated by the Rev. Louie Gasparini, a member of the Comboni Missionaries. During the liturgy, votive candles were lit and brought up to the Table of Remembrance. As each name was announced, memories were shared about that person. After the Mass, a dinner and dessert were served followed by the praying of the Rosary.
Further information about the auxiliary is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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