Monica Leza (Garret) Rhodes, 50, passed away on Wednesday, September 20

Monica Leza (Garret) Rhodes, 50, of Buchanan, MI, passed away at Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville, MI, on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Arrangements entrusted to Starks and Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI 269-556-9450.  No service or visitation has been planned. Private burial will take place at a later date. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

Monica was born on December 24, 1966 in Berrien Center, MI. She married the love of her life, Gregory Scott Rhodes, on December 18, 1990 in St. Joseph, MI.  Monica was an excellent homemaker and gardener.  She enjoyed crocheting afghans and playing guitar in her spare time.  Monica possessed knowledge one of her relatives was a dog soldier with Geronimo.  She was very proud of her children.  Her daughter, Erica, works alongside her dad as a mechanic at his business and Gregory, is currently serving his country in the Army.  She especially loved spending time with her husband, children, family and friends.

Monica is survived by her husband, Gregory; daughter, Erica; son, Gregory Scott; and sisters, Stephanie Brown and Debbie Nash.


A poem to Monica


As I sit here watching you sleep

I memorize your beauty, a memory for me to keep


A soft kiss on your lips, the feel of your hair

Are some of the things I will miss when you are no longer there.


You and I have done so much together

And I always thought we would have forever


The sound of your voice, and a big heart that would always care

Are some of the things I will miss when you are no longer there


Our children are grown and off exploring life

I want you to know I am so proud to call you my wife


The feel of you in my arms our eyes locked in a glossy eyed star

Are some of the things I will miss when you are no longer there


We lived life as if we were one

Hand in hand it was you and I against the world even if it was just for fun.


I know life is not always fair

But in my mind, heart and soul you will always be there.


When all is over and done, our ashes will be mixed together

We will be placed in an urn where we will be together forever.


From her husband Gregory….

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