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Sister Monica Marie Ruoff, CSJ

May 7, 1927 - February 3, 2022
Nazareth, MI


Mass of Christian Burial Live Streamed

Monday, February 7, 2022
10:00 AM EST
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Meeting ID: 833 4709 6026
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Sisters of St. Joseph
2929 Nazareth Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
(269) 381-6290


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1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
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Taylor's Florist and Gifts
215 E. Michigan Ave.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 657-6256
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Life Story / Obituary


Elizabeth Ann Ruoff was born in Ferndale, Michigan on May 7, 1927 the daughter of Joseph Ruoff and Edith Julia (Pajot) Ruoff. Elizabeth Ann was a member of Transfiguration Parish in Detroit, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on January 2, 1948. She received the name Sister Monica Marie at her reception on July 2, 1948. Sister Monica Marie pronounced first vows on July 2, 1950 and final vows on July 2, 1953.

Sister Monica Marie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nazareth College in 1966 with a major in Art. She continued her education at the University of Detroit where she majored in Theology.

Sister Monica Marie was in teaching ministry for 29 years in seven different schools. She was part-time principal for 13 years at St. Mary’s, Niles and St. Margaret’s in Otsego. Following this, she was assigned the position of DRE and Pastoral Associate at Immaculate Conception Parish in Three Rivers, Michigan. From 1985-2002 she took the position as non-canonical Pastoral Minister at Sacred Heart Parish near Dowagiac, Michigan. In August of 2002, Sister Monica Marie moved to Nazareth Center where she ministered in Pastoral Care at Nazareth and Borgess Nursing Home.

Sr. Monica Marie was a gifted but humble artist whose love for Jesus was demonstrated by her care of the weak and vulnerable. She participated as fully as possible in community activities, and served her Sisters as a presider at Communion services and even more regularly as a Eucharistic minister. Sister was well loved among her own. May she find herself welcomed warmly by the God she faithfully served and among the saints she now joins.

May She Rest In Peace!