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Danny J. Bomia, 60; of Monroe died at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at his home.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church will officiate, and burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born December 3, 1948 in Monroe, he was the son of Joseph G. and Violet E. (Orick) Bomia. He married Sheryl R. Marion on August 17, 1990 in Chicago.
He was employed by Tenneco Automotive for thirty-seven years retiring June 30, 2008.
A 1967 graduate of Monroe High School, and a 1970 graduate of Monroe County Community College, he was also very active in hunting and fishing, and enjoyed trap and skeet shooting. He was the charter boat captain of the SherylRose Fishing Charters, and a member of the Monroe County Rod and Gun Club and Pheasants Forever.
Surviving are his wife Sheryl R. Bomia of Monroe, and a sister Elizabeth A. (James Edward) McNew of Franklin, Tennessee; nephews Ryan (Emily) McNew and Brett (Becca) McNew, great nieces and nephew Emilie, Madeline, Jessie, Tristan, Ryan II, and Juliana McNew.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Margaret E. Samons, age 60 of Dundee, Michigan, died 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in her home.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday in the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe, Michigan. Cremation will follow.

Born April 22, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan, she was the daughter of Cecil and Leona (Bondy) Hinkle.

A graduate of Chelsea High School, Margaret was employed for twenty years by Quality Container in Ypsilanti, MI as a machine operator.

She is survived by a daughter, Tracey (Steven) Riggs of Dundee, MI; three brothers, Dale (Theresa) Ayers and Bruce (Shirley) Hinkle both of Milan, MI, Cecil (Mary Jo) Hinkle of Capac, MI; two sisters, Audrey Ayers of Taylor, MI, Joann Graves of South Lyon, MI; five grandchildren, Heaven Riggs, Ashley Riggs, Misty Riggs, Danielle Gillespie, Alicia Gillespie; two great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Perez and Keara Leonard.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Larry and Gene Bretzloff, and a sister Joyce Sloan.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the funeral home for consideration of expenses.

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Ann Szeveczyk, 84 of Monroe died at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tendercare of Monroe where she had been since October 2008. She had been in poor health the last four years.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel. The Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of First Church of God will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe. Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe is assisting the family.
Born July 29, 1924 in Pulgram, Czechoslovakia she was the daughter of Franz and Anna Viktoria (Herrman) Rinder. She married Joseph Szeveczyk April 27, 1956 in Germany. He preceded her in death March 23, 1991.
A homemaker, Ann came to the Monroe area in 1957 and became a United States Citizen May 19, 1961. An avid bowler for many years she bowled on several leagues in Monroe.
Surviving is a niece, Heidi (Michael) Smallwood of Monroe; four great-nieces, Carly (Steve) Mullins of Monroe and Lindsay (Johnnie) Smallwood of Monroe, Tanya Rinder and Christine Rinder both of Pennsylvania; two great-great niece, Cameron Mullins of Monroe and Claudia Rinder of Pennsylvania; two great-great nephews, Nicholas and Michael Smallwood both of Monroe.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Josephine Rinder, Therese Perri and Margaret Matteson; two brothers, Josef and Louis Rinder.
Memorials may be made to Tendercare of Monroe.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Vincent Frederick Cousino, 85 of Monroe died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday at FountainView of Monroe where he had been for two weeks. He had been in poor health for seven years.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where a scripture service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday. He will lie instate at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church where services will be at 10 a.m. The Rev. Marc Gawronski, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Rev. John LaCasse will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Ida under of the auspices of Monroe Post # 1138 VFW.
Born December 24, 1923 in Erie he was the son of Clarence H. and Stella (Navarre) Cousino. He married Martha E. Thoma August 21, 1965 in Angola, Indiana.
Vincent served with the US Army during WWII from February 1945 to December 1946. Among his awards are the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
He worked for Ford Motor Company for thirty years as an Overhead Crane Operator, retiring December 1, 1980.
A member of St. Mary Catholic Church, he was a member of the UAW Local #723, Monroe. He was a member of Monroe Post # 1138 VFW and the Lynn C. Weeman Post #514 American Legion, Ida. A member of Frenchtown and Monroe Senior Citizens, he was a member of the Monroe YMCA from 1983 to 2003 where he was well known for his daily swims.
Surviving is his wife, Martha E. Cousino of Monroe; two daughters, Jeanine (George) Ashley of Columbus, Ohio and Kathy Kurth of Monroe; two sisters, Marie Agnew of Erie and Roselyn Sagan of Monroe; nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Sandra Kramer; two brothers, Woodrow and Wallace Cousino and a sister, Virginia Domansky.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or the Charity of Donor’s Choice.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

David Charles Wardrop, Sr., 85 of Monroe died at 6:20 a.m. at Mercy Memorial Nursing Center where he had been for two weeks. He had been in poor health since December.
In accordance with his wishes his body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial of his ashes will be at Berkey Cemetery, Windber, Pennsylvania. Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe is assisting the family.
Born October 18, 1923 in Portage, Pennsylvania he was the son of David and Olive (Rowley) Wardrop. He married Vera M. Wirick August 23, 1947 in Portage, Pennsylvania. She preceded him in death September 11, 2008.
He served with the US Navy during WWII from March 1943 to April 1946. Among his many awards are the Asiatic Pacific Medal with four stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one star, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Navy Unit Citation Ribbon and the American Theater Medal.
David had been a switchman for the C and O Railroad for 45 years. He retired in 1988.
A longtime member of First United Methodist Church, Monroe he came to this area in 1947.
Surviving are two sons, David (Shannon) Wardrop, Jr. of Beaverton, Oregon and Brian (Isabelle) Wardrop of Hillsboro, Oregon; a daughter, Joyce (Roy) Daniels of Monroe; a sister, Olive (Philip) Magnan of Carson, California; eleven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren and three great-great grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Jerry and Kenneth Wardrop; three brothers, Donald, Norman and James Wardrop; a sister, Ellen Poorman and a great-great grandson, Christopher Lewie.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Monroe.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralinc.com.

Vivian M. Atkinson, age 87 of Monroe, died 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Tendercare of Monroe.

Friends may call from 1 – 8 p.m. Sunday in the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. Rev. Stanley AuBuchon, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Monroe will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery, LaSalle, Michigan.

Born April 22, 1921 in Erie, Michigan, she was the daughter of John and Stella (Cousino) Knaggs. She married John E. Atkinson March 23, 1939 in Toledo, Ohio. He preceded her in death May 3, 1998.

Vivian was a homemaker, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Frenchtown Township Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by a daughter, Dorla Vajcner of Monroe; six grandchildren, Timothy (Tammy) Vajcner of Midland, MI, Terrence (Rebecca) Vajcner of Ida, MI, Theodore (Michelle) Vajcner of Monroe, MI, Todd (Jill) Vajcner of Dundee, MI, Becky Stadler of Monroe, MI, Bonnie Nygro of Newport, MI; fifteen great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband John, Vivian is preceded in death by two brothers, Herman and Raphael Knaggs; four sisters, Cecelia Burt, Flossie Laudenslager, Merel Palmer, Lena Mazo; and an infant brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Emily Dean Rodgers, 19 of Monroe died at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.
Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Delmar Moore, pastor of Grace Missionary Baptist Church and Rev. Terry Pierce of Kentucky Park Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born March 28, 1989 in New Bern, North Carolina she was the daughter of Wade and Tonya (Turner) Rodgers.
Emily attended Monroe Public Schools and Orchard School. She also attended Grace Missionary Baptist Church.
Surviving are her father, Wade Rodgers of Greenville, North Carolina; her mother, Tonya L. Rodgers of Monroe; a son, Gabriel D. Gonzales at home; a sister, Amanda “Kay” Kachold of Davenport, Iowa; grandparents, Carol (Larry) Moran of Monroe and Darrell Turner of the Carolina’s; great grandfather, James Edward Olson of Henderson, Nevada and a nephew, Julian Almandinger.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, George and Eula Rodgers.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Jason J. Sweet, age 26 of Maybee, Michigan died Tuesday in the emergency room at Doctor’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Friends may call from 1 – 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Rev. James Jacobs, Chaplain Mercy Memorial Hospital will officiate. Burial will follow at Northside Cemetery, Maybee, Michigan.

Born August 12, 1982 in Monroe, he was the son of Keith L. and Diane M. (Gasper) Sweet.

Jason was employed as a salesperson in magazine distribution by Points Across America based in Whitesboro, Texas. He attended Monroe High School and enjoyed playing basketball, work related traveling, and card playing.

Surviving are his parents of Maybee; grandparents, George and Viola Gasper and Beulah Sweet all of Monroe.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Keith L. Sweet, II and a grandfather, Carl Sweet.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Mary K. Sims, 79 of Maybee died at 2:01 a.m. Tuesday at Elderly Solutions, Monroe where she had been for the last eight months. She had been in poor health since entering the facility.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where a scripture service will be held at 7 p.m. She will lie instate 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maybee where services will begin at 11 a.m. The Rev. Richard Luberti will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Maybee.
Born August 13, 1929 in Maybee, she was the daughter of Frank and Ursula (Bruck) Wickenheiser. She married John J. Sims September 30, 1950 in St. Patrick’s Church in Carleton. He preceded her in death on December 4, 1977.
Mary had worked for several years at Meiring’s Greenhouse and she was cafeteria manager at Raisinville Elementary School for many years. She then became a clerk at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti for five years, retiring from there.
A member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maybee she was a 1947 graduate of Carleton High School.
Mary’s family would like to thank Henry Ford Hospice and Elderly Solutions for their compassion and care extended to their mother.
Surviving are two sons, Joseph F. (Christine) Sims of Albuquerque, NM and Jeffrey R. (Donna) Sims of Kernersville, NC; two daughters, Kathleen M. Day of Kernersville, NC. and Susan (David) Shipe of Monroe; a daughter-in-law, Linda (Greg) Nisley of Gaylord; a brother, Herman (Marilyn) Wickenheiser; three sisters, Cordelia Szuma of Monroe, Frances Bowman of Carleton and Sarah Waterstradt of Carleton; twelve grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, John Sims III; son-in-law, David Day; Sister, Emma Hoffman and a brother-in-law, John Szuma.
Memorials may be made to Henry Ford Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Della J. Richardson, 81 of Monroe died at 9:10 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center, Trenton where she was admitted Friday.
Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of First Church of God will officiate. Cremation will follow with burial of the ashes at Woodland Cemetery, Monroe.
Born May 31, 1927 in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee she was the daughter of Quillen and Rettie (Webb) Neikirk. She married Robert Richardson April 23, 1947. He preceded her in death on May 17, 1968.
A homemaker, Della enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving are three sons, Robert (Sharon) Richardson of Newport, Dennis (Beverly) Richardson of Painesville, Ohio, Scott (Carol) Richardson of Madison, Ohio; three daughters, Brenda (Michael) McLaughlin of Newport, Jeleda Richardson of Temperance and Marla Richardson of Cameron, North Carolina; a brother-in-law, L.B. Richardson of Knoxville, Tennessee; two sister-in-laws, Louise Neikirk of Morristown, Tennessee and Dolly Richardson of Monroe; fourteen grandchildren, Michael, Jeffery, Brian, Jenna, Sara, Christina, Ronald, A.J., Nathan, Michael Scott, Kelsey, Madison, Denise and Kenn; eleven great-grandchildren, Shannon, Emma, Lucas, Nicholas, Claire, Braedan, Landon, Logan, Alahna, Tyler and Joseph. Della is also survived by several beloved nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Doyle Neikirk.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Michael’s We Care or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.