MONFORTON, Clara (nee Soulliere)
Age 86 of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI passed away Nov. 6, 2012 at home surrounded by her family. The cause of death was cancer.
Clara Elizabeth Soulliere was born Sept. 23, 1926 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada the daughter of Margaret and Alphonse Soulliere and sister of Earl Soulliere. On May 8th, 1948 she married Paul R. Monforton. On May 27th of the following year they had their first son Douglas Alphonse Monforton. In 1952 with one in tow and their first daughter, Mary-Ann, on the way Paul got a job at the Automobile Club of Michigan and they moved to Detroit.
In Detroit, Clara and Paul had the pleasure of living in a wonderful neighborhood, on Corbett, for 10 years, making lifelong friends with many of their neighbors. They welcomed two more children, Janet Frances and Paul Martin, "Marty". In 1964 after the birth of their son, Toby Louis, Clara and Paul and their five children moved to Grosse Pointe Woods which was her home until her death.
Known for her beautiful smile, sense of humor, joie de vivre, and an occasional Manhattan or two, Clara was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was an accomplished flower arranger, enjoyed golf (had a pretty mean putting stroke) and playing her penny slots at the local Casinos.
Clara Monforton is survived by her spouse of 65 years, Paul Monforton, and her five children and their spouses Douglas and Jan Monforton, Mary-Ann Monforton and Morris Shuman, Janet (Monforton) deBoer and Klaas deBoer, Marty and Paula Monforton and Toby and Janice Monforton; fifteen grandchildren Michelle, Joseph, Caroline, Jennifer, Jeremy, Dana, Cristina, Hazel, Nicole, Nick, Paige, Cara, Marissa, Nolan and Jack and three great-grandchildren August, Margaret and Beau.
She is also survived by Paul's loving sisters who adopted her as their own: Miriam Page, Maxine Huggard, Rosalie Gignac and Jeanette Byrne, their spouses Don Huggard and Ernie Gignac, Roger and Theresa Monforton, Ginny Monforton and many wonderful nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents Margaret and Alphonse Soulliere, her brother Earl Soulliere, her nephew Paul Soulliere and brothers-in-law Ernest Page, Hank Byrne and Frank Monforton.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at twelve noon at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms. The family will receive friends from 11:30am to 12:00pm at the Church. Officiating will be Archbishop Joe Tobin. Donations to St. Johns Hospice or the Capuchin Monastery are greatly appreciated. Share memories with the family at their "On-Line Guest Book" @

Published in The Windsor Star on Nov. 10, 2012