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Alicia Martin was born unto Lorenzo and Alice (Sewell) Wiley on July 28, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan. Alicia met and married James R. Martin on May 18, 1991 in Florida.

Alicia Martin was a free spirited, sweet, kind, loving and strong woman who always had a smile for everyone who came in contact with her. Alicia always sacrificed and put her family first, she did whatever it took to make everyone happy. We thank her for the soft spoken words of love and understanding that she gave each and everyone of us.

In addition to these qualities, Alicia was also noted for her generosity. For example, if you needed a shirt to wear, but none were available, she would give you the one off her back in order that you may keep warm. If you were hungry, but there was no food left, she would feed you a portion of food from her very own plate. If you needed a dollar, just give her a holler, and Alicia would come running to you with two dollars. During her lifetime, Alicia enjoyed many of life’s pleasures such as singing, dancing and cooking, but most of all traveling. Alicia was loved by many and will be missed by many, but will remain forever in our hearts.

Friends may call on Thursday, July 2, 2009 from 1 – 8PM at the Rupp Funeral Home, Inc., Monroe where funeral services will be on Friday at 11AM. Elder David Cherry will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, Michigan.

Alicia leaves to cherish her memory; husband, James; two sons, Jamil Martin of Monroe and Otis (Jennifer) Watson of Ypsilanti; two daughters, Tracie (Virgil) Canty of Belleville and Jasmine (Brian) Timm of North Carolina; two brothers, Lorenzo (Deirdre) Wiley Jr., and Dr. Michael (Yvonne) Wiley; nine sisters, Bridgett Wiley, Karen Wiley, Beverly Elder, Sharon Young, Pamela Elder, Diane (Robert) Park, Renee (Charlie Jr.) Gordon, Bonnie (Randy) Harvey, Chavella (Curtis) Knight; seven grandchildren, Martrey, Jaylin, Alexis, Kuajan, Eric, Torin, and Jacob Daniel.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials may be made to the Martin family.

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

Thomas Lynn Bross, 53 of LaSalle died at 5:06 p.m. Saturday at Mercy Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit where he had been since Friday. He had been in poor health for 5 years.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. He will lie in state 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michael Catholic Church where the Mass of Resurrection, celebrating his life will be at 10 a.m. Rev. Stephen Vileo, pastor of the church will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.
Born July 9, 1955 in Millersburg, Ohio he was the son of Clifford Charles and Lucille Frances (Boeshart) Bross. He married Deborah J. Presto July 25, 1975 in St. Michael Church, Monroe.
Tom had worked for Solomon Collision and Monroe Piston Service, taking a disability retirement in 1981.
Tom came to Monroe in 1969 and was a 1973 graduate of Monroe High School. He had attended St. Michael Catholic Church.
Surviving is his wife, Deborah J. Bross of LaSalle; his mother, Lucille F. Bross of Monroe; four brothers, Nelson (Pat) Bross of Mentor, Oh, Terry (Donna) Bross of Ann Arbor, Larry (Linda) Bross of Monroe and Michael (Catherine) Bross of Monroe; two sisters, Linda (Daniel) Masys of San Diego, CA. and Dianne Schroeder of Plain City, OH.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1994.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Medical University of Ohio, Organ Donation Program.
On line condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Loving husband and father, Ervin A. Schafer, left to be with his heavenly Father on June 27, 2009. He was 84 years old and had been in failing health the past year.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate at 12 noon Tuesday at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church with services at 1 p.m. The Rev. Larry K. Lorre, Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery.

Born July 29, 1924 in Southgate, he was the son of Louis and Matilda (Porath) Schafer. He married Jean E. McMath May 10, 1947 in Trinity Lutheran Church, Wyandotte.

A lifelong farmer, he was also employed by Panhandle Eastern Pacific Co. and BSAF Railroad chemical plant, Wyandotte, retiring in 1983.

He was a member of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church and had served on its Board of Trustees for several years.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years Jean; four sons, Gary (Diane) Schafer of Swanton, OH, Tom (Sally) Schafer of Ida, Ervin M. Schafer of Carleton, Mark (Marlo) Schafer of Brownstown; four daughters, Marjorie (Elton) Hedges of Monroe, Katherine (Michael) Jones of Lansing, Jeanne (Michael) Zdanowski of Monroe, Jennifer (Gary) Connelly of Monroe; a brother, Floyd (Jean) Schafer of Southgate; two sisters, Loretta Gebhard of Southgate, Geraldine Johnson of Romulus; eighteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Ghost Lutheran Church and School Foundation or the Lutheran Home.

Online condolences may me made through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Luther J. Fultz, 65, of Carleton, died at 8:44 a.m. Friday in his home.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Earnest Fultz, Rev. Johnny Bussell and Rev. Ralph Treece will co-officiate. Burial will be in LaSalle Twp. Cemetery, LaSalle under the auspices of Monroe Post #1138 VFW.

Born November 14, 1943 in Ypsilanti, he was the son Robert and Mary Ada (Hammac) Fultz. He married Reba Doty in 1980 in Monroe.

He worked at Detroit Buffalo Tank for 30 years as a superintendent.

He served in the Navy from September 25, 1961 to September 8, 1964.

He was a member of Petersburg Missionary Baptist Church and was a 32nd degree Mason.

He is survived by his wife, Reba; three sons, Kevin (Dianne) Fultz of Tazewell, TN, Joshua (Jeannie) Fultz of S. Rockwood, Luther (Bethany) Fultz II of Carleton; two daughters, Amy Fultz of Tazewell, TN, Melanie (Danny) Rice of Carleton; four brothers, Rev Earnest (Norma) Fultz of Petersburg, Robert (Lois) Fultz of LaFollette, TN, Rev. John (Rita) Fultz of Carleton, Rev. Danny (Penny) Fultz of Estral Beach; five sisters, Lucille Blakesley of Monroe, Elaine West of Florida, Bernice (Dewey) Cunningham of Virginia, Mary (Tom) Wethington of Tazewell, TN, Anita (David) Douglas of LaFollette, TN, nine grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Irene E. Lofberg, 92 of Monroe died at 10 p.m. Tuesday at Elderly Solutions assisted living.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. She will be taken Friday to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where a Mass of Resurrection celebrating her life will be at 11 a.m. Rev. Jack Quinlan, pastor of the church will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.
Born August 5, 1916 in Carleton, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Hoffman) Livernois. She married E. Stuart Lofberg September 24, 1955 in Miami, Florida. Irene spent most of her life in Miami, Florida and returned to Monroe after Stuart’s death on October 14, 2005.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monroe and had been an avid painter most of her life.
Surviving is a sister, Viola Vandaele of Monroe and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Ethel Nadeau, Helen McGowan-Grodi and Luella Livernois.
Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Monroe, Mich. – Sister Bernadelle Thompson, IHM, 87, died Sunday, June 21, at the IHM Health Care Center in Monroe. She has been under the care of Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

Sister Bernadelle was one of nine children, five girls and four boys, of James and Gertrude (Goodrich) Thompson. She was born in Detroit Jan. 14, 1922, and given the name Margaret. Sister Bernadelle attended elementary school at St. Vincent Home in Detroit and graduated from St. Charles High School in Detroit. She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1939, taking the religious name of Sister Bernadelle.

Sister Bernadelle earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a master’s degree from Wayne State University. She ministered in formal education for 22 years at St. John, Benton Harbor; St. Michael, Flint; St. Mary Elementary, Monroe; St. Frederick, Pontiac; Sacred Heart, Roseville; St. Mary of Redford and St. Vincent, Detroit; St. Bede, Southfield; St. Mary, Mt. Clemens; and St. Philip, Battle Creek. At St. Vincent’s Sister Bernadelle became involved in library work and ministered for 26 years as librarian at St Vincent; St. Philip, Battle Creek; St. Thomas High School, Ann Arbor; St. John, Monroe; St. Michael, Miami; St. Mary Star of the Sea, Key West; Academy of the Holy Name, Tampa; St. Lawrence, North Miami; and Madonna Academy Hollywood, Florida.

From 1990 to 1998 Sister Bernadelle lived at Rocky Creek Village in Tampa and volunteered as a receptionist and media specialist. She retired to the Motherhouse in Monroe in 1998. She became a patient in the Health Care Center in 2004 where she remained until her death.

Sister Bernadelle was preceded in death by her brothers, James, Donald, Robert and Francis, and her sisters, Mrs. Bernadine Wilds, Mrs. Helen Furbacher, Mrs. Mary Wilson and Sister Patricia Thompson, DC. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, on Wednesday, June 24, from 2 until 7:30 p.m. with a Remembering at 3 p.m. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in the Chapel on Thursday, June 25, at 10 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. Memorials may be made to the IHM Retirement Fund, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, MI 48162-7909.

Robert Dean Howe, 69; of Petersburg died Friday June 19 at 7:46 p.m. in Flower Hospital, Sylvania, Ohio. He had been in poor health for two and a half years, seriously ill for three weeks.
Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. He will lie instate Tuesday June 23, 10 a.m. at the West Ida Immanuel Lutheran Church with services at 11:30 a.m. Diaconal Minister Mr. Timothy Freund will officiate.
Born November 21, 1939 in LaSalle, he was the son of Norman and Lillian (Leininger) Howe. He married Sue Ferguson, then Patricia Ann Colpaert, she died in 1978; then on August 27, 1983 he married Barbara L. Jackson in Monroe.
He was employed by Kuhlman Concrete Inc. in Monroe, Adrian and Toledo as a diesel mechanic, retiring in 2002.
He was a member of West Ida Immanuel Lutheran Church and a graduate of Monroe High School.
Surviving are his wife Barbara; sons Jeff (Nancy) Howe of Dundee; Robert Howe of LaSalle; Kirk Howe of Petersburg and Timothy Howe of Ida; daughters Sherri (Paul) Iacoangeli and Christine (Scott) Klug both of Monroe; sister Jean (Bob) Lovejoy of Florida; grandchildren Michael and Brittany Iacoangeli, Josh Howe, Cody, Ashley and Seth Klug,Timothy Howe, Jr. and Kirsten, Matthew and Luke.
He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Ann Howe and brothers; Phillip and James Howe.
Memorials may be made to West Ida Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Wanda Mae Snavely, 59; of Monroe died Friday June 19, at her home.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 12 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church will officiate and burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born May 16, 1950 in Middlesboro, Kentucky she was the daughter of James L. and Pearlie (Massengill) Revels. She married Ronald E. Snavely on June 27, 1969 at the Mary Martha Chapel in Dearborn.
She was employed by John Freud M.D. for many years, by and the Monroe County Community College as a computer lab tech, retiring in 2008.
She was a member of the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church, and enjoyed playing piano and organ at many church functions around Monroe. She was a 1968 graduate of Jefferson High School and also was a graduate of Monroe County Community College. She served as a sign language interpreter and was a member of the Waterloo PTA.
Surviving are her husband Ronald E. Snavely of Monroe; daughters Ronda R. (Rodney) Harper of Dundee and Chandra D. (Chad) Davidson of Monroe; sister Kathleen (Ronald) Wright of Biloxi, Mississippi and grandchildren Ethan Harper, Gavin Harper and Trent Harper.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be made to the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Gladys I. Mason, 71, of Monroe died at 9:20 p.m. Thursday at St. Luke’s Hospital, Toledo.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday. The Rev Roy Southerland, pastor of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Monroe.

Born September 6, 1937 in Pineville, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Ed and Dessie (Fuson) Gibson. She married Austin J. Mason April 21, 1956 in Monroe.

She was employed as a fuel supply operator for Detroit Edison until retiring in 1994.

She was a member of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Austin; a son, Alan Mason of Monroe; two daughters, Pamela Herrera of Monroe, Sheila (Eric) Dettloff of Leroy, Michigan; two brothers, Dexter Gibson of Taylor, Fred Gibson of Taylor; seven sisters, Lucille Davis of Corbin, Kentucky, Bessie Pridemore of Monroe, Wilma (Kenneth) Jaggers of Columbia, Indiana, Juanita Cooley of Monroe, Deloris (Kenneth) Evanski of Culleko Tennessee, Janice “Sue” (Boyd) Freeman of Pineville, Kentucky, Vicky (Doug) Lee of Columbus, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Josh Herrera, Sable Herrera, Jessica Herrera, James Mason and a great granddaughter, Nova Miller.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother J. Harve Gibson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

William Edward Rupp, age 74 of Monroe, died 8:41 p.m. Tuesday at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home. Monroe Council 1266 Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 7 p.m. Sunday followed by Raisin River General Assembly #0488 4th Degree Chalice Presentation. He will lie instate 9 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Catholic Church with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. The Rev Russell E. Kohler, longtime family friend and pastor of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Detroit, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born May 4, 1935 in Monroe, he was the son of Edward W. and Alma M. (Linenfelser) Rupp. On June 29, 1957 Rev. Stanley Fedewa married Bill and Donna Jean Cousino in St. Michael Church.

He was baptized, confirmed and educated at St. Mary’s Church and grade school. Bill was a member of the1953 graduating class of Monroe Catholic Central High School of which he remained as an active alumni and supporter. He attended St. Joseph College, Rensselaer, Indiana and was a 1957 graduate of Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science, Detroit.

Bill was the fourth generation owner and operator of Rupp Funeral Home, one of the oldest businesses in the state of Michigan. In March 2007 he was honored by the Michigan Funeral Directors Association for fifty years of dedicated service to the funeral profession. In addition, he owned and operated an ambulance service for many years and served two elected terms as Coroner of Monroe County.

As a member and usher of St. Michael’s Church, he was active in its parish council, building committee, school board and stewardship committee. For over thirty years, he served on the board of directors of the Monroe County Historical Society. Bill also served on the Mercy Memorial Hospital Corporate Board of Trustees, its Finance and Audit Committee, and its Philanthropy Advisory Committee. As a member of Monroe Council 1266 Knights of Columbus, he served two terms as Grand Knight and was active and former chairman of its charitable Goodfellow program. In addition, he was a member of Raisin River General Assembly #0488, Michigan Historical Society, Monroe Club, a charter member of the Monroe Sertoma Club, Michigan Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Little Big Horn Association, President and Commodore of the Sunken Sail Yacht Club, former St. Michael Boy Scout Troop #47, Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow, former disaster committee chairman of Monroe County Chapter, American Red Cross and former campaign director of the March of Dimes.

He enjoyed fishing, being outdoors and vacationing in Mackinaw City and Mackinaw Island.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; three sons, Gregory (Beth) Rupp, Jeffrey (Marlena) Rupp and Bryan Rupp all of Monroe; a daughter, Polly Rupp of Monroe; five grandchildren, Andrew, Lauren, Ryan, Jessica and Chelsea; a brother, Bernard Rupp of Ormond Beach, Florida; sister-in-law, Dixie (Roger) Dunmyer of Mesquite, Nevada; and an aunt, Cecelia Anderson of Monroe.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a son, William E. Rupp, Jr. in 1998.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Church, Knights of Columbus Goodfellow program, or Mercy Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Center.

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