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Herbert Robert “Bob” Smith, 82, of Monroe died at 11:30 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Nursing Center. He had been in poor health for three years and seriously ill since enter the nursing home in January.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 12 noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate at 12 noon Friday at North Monroe Street Church of God until services at 1 p.m. The Rev. Rick Massingill, pastor, and Rev. Fred Cornelius, pastor emeritus of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, under the auspices of V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe.

Born April 1, 1927 in Hazard, Kentucky, he was the son of John Edward and Maude (Steele) Smith. He married Irene Burkhart December 31, 1949 in Harlan, Kentucky.

He worked in the coal mines of Kentucky for 22 years before moving to Monroe in 1968. He then began working for the Woodhaven Stamping Plant of the Ford Motor Company until he retired in 1988.

He was a member of the North Monroe Street Church of God, UAW #387 Woodhaven and United Mine Workers.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years Irene; a son, Robert F. “Smitty” (Nalda) Smith of Monroe; three daughters, Vickie L. Hawks, Janie D. (Bob) Howard and Brenda L. (Charlie) Hopper all of Monroe; a brother, John E. (Gladys) Smith of Reseda, CA; a sister, E. Christine Noe of Cleveland, TN; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Ancil M. Smith, Harold E. Smith; two sisters, Mildred M. Jobst and Virginia L. Collison.

Memorial contributions may be made to North Monroe Street Church of God.

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

Elizabeth A. Braunlich, 76, of Monroe died at 8:08 p.m. Saturday at Mercy Memorial Hospital’s emergency room.

In accordance to her wishes private family funeral services will be held.

Born August 12, 1932 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Katherine (Meyer) Cooley. She married Bernard H. Braunlich May 23, 1953 at St. Mary’s Church, Monroe. He preceded her in death on February 22, 1991.

Before her marriage she worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Bachoven and Dr. Scott.

She is a 1950 graduate of Monroe High School and a member of St. Mary’s Church.

She is survived by two sons, Timothy J. (Carol) Braunlich of Monroe, Steven (Amy) Braunlich of Red River, New Mexico; a daughter, Paula (Frank) Furnari; two brothers, Raymond (Mary) Cooley of Monroe, Edward (Jan) Cooley of Rochester Hills; five grandchildren, Eric (Sara) Reau, Ashley Reau, Steven Braunlich, Jr., Kayleigh Braunlich, Stephanie R. Braunlich and a great-granddaughter, Mira Reau.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church.

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Sister Judith Dutka IHM, 63, died Saturday, May 30, 2009 in the IHM Health Care Center, Monroe, Michigan. She has been under Mercy Memorial Hospice Care of Monroe.
Sister Judy was one of four children, one boy, and three girls, of Henry and Mary (Williams) Dutka. She was born on March 22, 1946 and given the name Judith. Sister Judy attended Epiphany Elementary School and graduated from Immaculata High School in Detroit. She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in Monroe, in 1964, taking the religious name of Sister Marie Jerome.
Sister Judy earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and her master’s degree from Wayne State University, Detroit. She taught in formal education for 36 years at SS. Peter and Paul, Ionia; St. Bede, Southfield; St. Mary Redford, and East Catholic High School, Detroit. After a year’s Internship in Administration in the Detroit Schools, Sister Judy returned to East Catholic High School where she ministered as principal/co-principal for the next 10 years. From 1993 to 1995 she was College Administrator at Marygrove College, Detroit.
After leaving Marygrove in 1995, Sister Judy became Principal, Assistant to the principal, Teacher and Counselor at Loyola Academy in Detroit. She loved to minister with adolescents and their families in the city of Detroit. She ministered for 34 years in the city of Detroit. Sister Judy served on the board of Our Lady of Guadalupe School for girls in Detroit as secretary. Because of her health, Sister Judy returned to the IHM Motherhouse Health Care Center in 2009, where she resided until her death.
Sister Judy is survived by her twin brother, Jerome; her sisters, Loretta O’Reilly and Fay Zavitz; and nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe on Tuesday June 2 from 2:00 until 7:30 p.m. with a Remembering at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in the Chapel on Wednesday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery on the Motherhouse Campus. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe; MI. Memorials may be made to the IHM Retirement Fund, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, MI 48162-7909.

Monroe, MI– Sister Luanne Yocke, IHM, 90, died Friday, May 29, in the IHM Health Care Center, Monroe , Mich. She has been under Mercy Memorial Hospice Care of Monroe.

Sister Luanne was one of seven children, three boys and four girls, of Gustave and Mary (Haid) Yocke. She was born on April 1, 1919, in Wheeling , W.Va. Sister Luanne attended St. Mary and St. Vincent Elementary Schools in Ohio and St. Vincent High School in Akron , Ohio . She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in Monroe , in 1936 taking the religious name of Sister Luanne.

Sister Luanne earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a master’s degree from the University of Detroit . Her 30 years as a teacher in formal education was at St. Gregory, Detroit ; St. Mary, Mt. Morris; Sacred Heart, Roseville; St. Stephen, Port Huron; Hall of the Divine Child, Monroe; Sacred Heart, Roseville; Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe and St. Mary Akron, Ohio.

In 1968 Sister Luanne became secretary for the Northeast Province and then Provincial for the next six years. After two years as an executive board member of the Northeast Province , Sister Luanne went to Port Huron where she spent 28 years. She served in St. Stephen Parish as Minister of Social Services/Christian Services and Pastoral Assistant; at Holy Cross High School in Marine City as a counselor and teacher; and at the Blue River Hospice as Bereavement Coordinator. Sister Luanne retired in 1996 staying in the Port Huron area as a Peace Pilgrim. She returned to the IHM Motherhouse in Monroe in 2005, entering the Health Care Center where she resided until her death.

Sister Luanne loved her many years as an IHM and as an educator. It really did not matter where she lived or taught; only that she loved her students and companions. They will remember Sister Luanne when she was a part of their lives. She was especially interested and dedicated to initiating reunions for the Hall of the Divine Child. At the time of her death she was involved in planning a HDC reunion later this month.

Sister Luanne is survived by her sister in law, Mrs. Mary Scott and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Floyd, Edwin, and Raymond and her sisters Edna (Mrs. Frank Smith) Adelaide (Mrs. Gene Schmierer) and Catherine (Mrs. Lee T. Jenkins).

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue , Monroe , on Thursday, June 4, from 2 until 7:30 p.m. with a Remembering at 7 p.m. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in the Chapel on Friday June 5, at 10 a.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe; Mich. Memorials may be made to the IHM Retirement Fund, 610 W. Elm Ave. , Monroe, Mich. 48162-7909

Robert R. Lehr, age 69 of Paw Paw, Michigan, formerly of Monroe, died 1:05 a.m. Thursday at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Mr. Lehr will lie instate Monday from 9:30 a.m. till time of service at 11 a.m. at Heritage Christian Church in Kalamazoo. On Tuesday, friends may visit at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in LaSalle at 10:30 a.m. where a chapel service will be held at 11 a.m. followed by burial. Rupp Funeral Home of Monroe is in charge of arrangements.

Born July 3, 1939 in Monroe, he was the son of Charles and Margaret (Linenfelser) Lehr.

Robert is survived by two children, Robert Lehr, Jr. and Louanne Lehr, both of Kalamazoo; a sister, Nancy (Floyd) Sachs of Monroe; two grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins in the Monroe area.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Howard and George Lehr; and a nephew, Howard James Lehr.

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Floyd J. “Smitty” Schmitz, 77, of Monroe, died peacefully at 3:44 p.m. Thursday at Ebeid Residence, Sylvania. After a courageous battle with cancer.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. He will lie instate Monday from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. The Rev. Gary Tryggestad, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Monroe, with military honors conducted by V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe.

Born February 17, 1932 in Erie, he was the son of Floyd M. and Anna (Karmol) Schmitz. He married Grace Kull May 21, 1955 in Angola, Indiana. They had just celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, July 28, 1952 until July 15, 1954. He was awarded the United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Korean Service Ribbon with 1 bronze service star. He also served in the Army National Guard for several years.

He had worked for C & M Trucking Co. before retiring. He had also worked at several different jobs over the years including Nike Missile Base.

He was a 1950 graduate of Monroe High School, a life member of V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe and had joined Zion Lutheran Church in 2004.

He enjoyed old cars, hot rods and motorcycles. He was a member of Monroe Area Street Rods.

He is survived by his wife Grace of Monroe; a daughter, Julie (David) Ciacelli of LaSalle; two brothers, Clarence “Larry” (Jeri) Schmitz and Leland “Lee” (Pat) Schmitz both of Monroe.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Joseph and Alan Schmitz and one sister, Angela Diehl- Heinl.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Louise A. Spas, age 79 of Monroe, died 9:27 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Nursing Center, Monroe. She had been seriously ill for two months.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. She will lie instate 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church where services will begin at 10 a.m. Rev. Marc Gawronski, pastor of St. Mary’s Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery, LaSalle, Michigan.

Born October 10, 1929 in Newton Falls, Ohio, she was the daughter of John and Anna (Pavlick) Marenchin. She married George R. Spas on January 27, 1951 in St. Mary’s Church. He preceded her in death on August 9, 2005.

Louise had been employed as a secretary at Leake Stamping Co. in Monroe and as a food preparer for ARA Food Services at Monroe High School before retiring in 1991. She was a member of St. Michael Church, a 1947 graduate of Monroe High School, a volunteer at Mercy Memorial Hospital and past president of its hospital guild.

Surviving are her two children, Thomas G. (Alice) Spas of Newport and Cindy (John) Sieb of Monroe; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband George, Louise is preceded in death by her parents and five sisters.

On behalf of the family, kindly consider a memorial donation to St. Mary Catholic Central High School’s Athletic Department or St. Michael Church in lieu of flowers.

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

Betty J. Vandercook, 85; of Newport died at 3:17 p.m. Saturday at her home she had been in poor health for six months.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Rev. James Jacobs, Mercy Memorial Hospital Chaplain will officiate and burial will follow at Monroe Twp. Cemetery.
Born March 22, 1924 in Monroe she was the daughter of Emery and Catherine (Shinavarre) Miller. She married Edwin C. (Eddie) Vandercook on March 22, 1965 in Monroe.
Surviving are her husband Eddie of Newport; children Linda L. (William) Jenkins of Monroe; Silas J. (Vickie) Roberts of Monroe; Elaine K. (William) McMullen of LaSalle; Ricky E. (Nanette) Roberts of Reading, MI; Cathy D. (Richard) Burchette of Flat Rock; Tammie L Laswell of Newport; thirty grandchildren, forty three great grandchildren and her beloved dogs Rocky and Taco.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Morris W. Roberts, daughter Penny Sue Vandercook, grandchildren Matthew Joseph Roberts and Laurie Sue McMullen, brother William N. Miller and sister Fern L. Drewior.
Memorials may be made to Michigan Cancer Foundation or Mercy Memorial Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Kenneth C. Boylan, 75, of Monroe, died at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Regency Hospital, Toledo. He had been in poor health for 2 months.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and 12 noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Catholic Church with services at 11 a.m. The Rev. Jack Quinlan, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, with military honors conducted by V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe.
Born January 25, 1934 in Monroe, he was the son of Frank and Marie (Weiss) Boylan. He married Eleanor M. Snapp March 8, 1958 at St. John Catholic Church. She preceded him in death September 7, 2007.
He was a quality control engineer at General Motors Power Train Plant, Toledo. He retired in 1988.
He served in the US Army during the Korean War from June 23, 1953 to June 22, 1956.
He was a 1952 graduate of Monroe Catholic Central High School and a member of St. John The Baptist Catholic Church.
He is survived by four sons, David (Carrie) Boylan of Leslie, Matt Boylan of Trenton, Craig (Rosemary) Boylan of Ida, Chris (Jeanette) Boylan of Monroe; five daughters, Julie (Bill) Strimpel of Monroe, Renee (Jim) Morris of Reed City, Kelly (David) Stiles of Monroe, Ann Kaminski of Mornoe, Elizabeth (Mark) McLaughlin of Monroe; forty-one grandchildren and thirty great grandchildren.
In addition to his wife Eleanor, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Victoria Boylan, two brothers, William and Robert Boylan.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Hilda H. Collins, 78; of Monroe died at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor. She had been in poor health for two months.
Private funeral services where held at noon Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home with burial at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born September 30, 1930 in LaFollette, Tennessee she was the daughter of Edgar and Bertha (Stiner) Heatherly. She married John L. Collins on January 2, 1950 in Toledo; he preceded her in death on September 25, 2006.
Hilda was the owner and operator of Collins Cutery of Monroe in the 1980’s and enjoyed crocheting, quilting and bingo.
Surviving are her children John E. Collins and Tonya (Dean) Jordan both of Monroe; two grandchildren, six great grandchildren and two great-great grandsons.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.