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Louis J. Sanglier, age 88 of Lewiston, MI, formerly of Monroe, passed away Friday, July 31, 2009 in Gaylord, MI. He was born on June 28, 1921 to Louis and Myrtle (Wehner) Sanglier in Toledo, OH. He married the former Elizabeth Fountain on November 27, 1943 in Monroe, Michigan. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. As a press operator, he retired from Ford Motor Company after thirty years of employment. He also did custodial work at Peoples Federal Savings Bank, now known as Bank of America for twelve years. Louis is survived by a son, Chuck Sanglier of Lewiston; daughter, Karen (Al) Trouten of Monroe; grandchildren, Terri Blakeman, C. Eddie (Tracy) Blakeman, Jr., Sherri (Bill) Suter, Shelly (Shawn) Rodriguez, and Dennis (Lori) Trouten; great-grandchildren, Michael and Seth Roy, Amber Hebert, Victoria Winn, Dalton Rodriguez, and Rachel Jennings; great-great-grandson, Levi Winn; brother, Tom (Diane) Sanglier of Grand Blanc, MI; and sister, Margaret (Tim) DiSabatino of Monroe. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty; parents; brothers, Francis and Kenneth; and a grandchild, Anne Blakeman. Friends may call from 2 – 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Rupp Funeral Home. Services and burial will follow on Thursday in Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Virginia A. Mehregan, 72, of Monroe, died at 8:25 p.m. Thursday at University Hospitals, Ann Arbor. She had been in poor health since December.

Friends may call from 12 noon until services at 5 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home. The Rev Ronald Schultz, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, will officiate. Entombment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born December 14, 1936 in Wausau, Wisconsin, she was the daughter of Albert and Ida (Banik) Sahr. She married Amir H. Mehregan November 11, 1959 in Madison, Wisconsin; he preceded her in death September 2, 2000. She then married David Olson May 29, 2004 in Monroe; he preceded her in death on November 7, 2008.

At one time, she was a registered nurse for the Wisconsin National Guard.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Sawyer House, board member of Family Counseling and Shelter Services and past-president of Michigan State Medical Auxiliary.

She is survived by three sons, Dr. David A. (Susan) Mehregan of Monroe, Dr. Darius R. (Rebecca) Mehregan of Monroe, Robert H. (Rebecca) Mehregan of East Bethel, Minnesota; a daughter, Suzanne M. (James) Altiere of Monroe; a sister, Margaret Olson of Minocqua, Wisconsin and thirteen grandchildren.

In addition to her two husbands she is preceded in death by a sister Mary Prigge.

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

Angelina E. Terrasi, 80, of Monroe, died at 8:20 p.m. Thursday in her home. She had been ill since April.

Friends may call from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a Scriptural Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. She will lie instate at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Church with a Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. Rev. Stephen Vileo, Pastor will officiate. Entombment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born March 23, 1929 in Palermo, Italy, she was the daughter of Salvatore and Guiseppina (Giro) Rotolo. She married John Terrasi on October 29, 1956 in Palermo.

She was a housekeeper at the I.H.M. Motherhouse for 15 years, retiring in 1987.

She and her family moved to the United States in 1970. She was a member of St. Michael Church.

She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and her dog Nica. In addition she enjoyed crocheting, knitting and singing.

She is survived by her husband, John; her five children, Orsola (Carlo) Rotolo of Palermo, Italy, Rosa Amato of Monroe, Josephine (John) Chlipala of Monroe, Salvatore (Vicky) Terrasi of Monroe, Francesca (Dean) Johnson of Monroe; a brother, Carlo Rotolo of Palermo, Italy; three sisters, Enza (Rocco) Ferrante of Milan, Italy, Pierina Amato of Palermo, Italy, Maria Guidera of Palermo, Italy; twelve grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren

She is preceded in death by a brother Paolo Rotolo, two sisters, Rosa Caverna and Adele Rao.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

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

Ray Everett Gee, 76; of LaSalle died at 2:08 p.m. Monday July 27, 2009 at Mercy Memorial Hospital of Monroe. He had been in poor health for two years.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday. Rev. Guy (Cliff) Irvin, pastor of First Christian Baptist Church will officiate and burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born August 27, 1932 in Jackson, Ohio, he was the son of John W. and Edna M. (Burt) (Bunch) Gee. He married Gerline A. Rice on July 2, 1964 in Columbus, Ohio. He was a retired assistant manager at Kmart Tire and Auto, and a veteran of the US Army.

Surviving are his wife Gerline, children Terry R. (Nancy) Gee of Toledo; Jimmy D. (Julie) Gee of Monroe; John W. (Julie) Gee of Monroe and Randy D. Gee of Monroe; stepdaughters, Margaret E. (Larry) Miller of Monroe and Dianna R. (Kevin) Fultz of Tazewell, Tennessee and a stepson Lucky E. Harmon of Toledo; a sister Wanda Proctor of Milan; sixteen grandchildren, sixteen step-grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, John W. Gee, sister, Helen M. Smith, grandson Terry (TJ) Gee and Step-grandson Timothy Bird.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Barbara J. Bates, age 61 of Monroe, died of cancer Sunday July 26, 2009 at 1:15 p.m. in her home.

Friends may call Tuesday in the Rupp Funeral Home from 2 p.m. till time of funeral service at 7 p.m. Rev. David Cornwell, chaplain of Great Lakes Hospice will officiate. Cremation will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in accordance to her wishes.

Born October 21, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan, she was the daughter of Ronald and Dorothy (Brouch) Green. She married Samuel C. Bates August 27, 1995 in Toledo, Ohio.

As a foster parent for the past ten years, Barb has been a mother to many. She was helping children most all of her life. She will be missed by many friends and family.

Barbara leaves behind her husband Sam; three sons, Gary Darnell of Grosse Ile, Andrew Darnell of Dearborn Heights, Marcus Bates of Monroe; daughter, Sara Parkinson of River Rouge; and five grandchildren including Brittany Doss whom she was raising. Sadly, she was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Darnell.

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

Ruth A. Brancheau, 97, of Monroe, died at 4:55 a.m. Saturday at Tendercare of Monroe.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a rosary will be recited at p.m. She will lie instate at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ida with services at 11 a.m. The Rev. Robert Bauer, pastor of St. Patrick Church, Carleton, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Maybee.

Born Marh 1, 1912 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Mae (McLaughlin) Goodnough. She married Harvey Brancheau May 18, 1935 in Monroe. He preceded her in death on January 15, 1986.

As a loving wife, mother, grandmother and domestic engineer, she was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Monroe. Ruth had been baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maybee and had attended its school. She was a member of Monroe Senior Citizens.

She loved working in her vegetable and flower gardens, playing organ, being with her family and friends, playing cards and crocheting.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth (Mary Ann) Brancheau of Monroe; six grandchildren, Donna (Dale) Younglove, Alan (Jeannette) Brancheau, Tammy (Doug) Oberski, Connie (Frank) Hymore, Joan Brancheau and John (Barbara) Sions; eleven great grandchildren and one great great grandson.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert Brancheau, daughter-in-law, Frances Brancheau, a grandson, James Brancheau, a great granddaughter, Nicole, her parents and three brothers, Harold, Clayton and Melvin Goodnough.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

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

Dale Michael Uden, 41, of Yume Arizona, formerly of LaSalle, died July 24, 2009.
Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a. m. Monday. Rev Jack Quinlan, pastor of St. John the Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will take place at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, Yuma, Arizona.
Born December 13, 1967 in Monroe, he was the son of Donald and Joyce (Johnson) Uden. He married Carol Simons May 20, 1989 in Yuma.
He was an owner and operator of a Sara Lee Bread route.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corp. from 1986 to 1990.
He was a 1986 graduate of Ida High School and was active with the Boy Scout Troop in Yuma.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Since 1996 he has held the record for catching the largest large mouth bass in both the state of Arizona and in the Colorado River. He was a well liked man that could make friends with anyone he met.
He is survived by his wife, Carol of Yuma; his mother, Joyce Uden of LaSalle; an eight year old son, Daniel Uden at home; a nineteen year old daughter, Emily Uden at home; two sisters, Sherry (Brian) Guy of Erie, Laura (Douglas Hartong) Uden of Newport; two nieces Stephanie and Melanie Guy; many aunts and uncles and several cousins.
He is preceded in death by his father, an infant brother Steve, grandparents Clarence and Mildred Uden and Harold and Violet Johnson.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Bernard D. Allen, 86; of Monroe died at 11:45 p.m. Monday July 20, 2009 at Mercy Memorial Nursing Center of Monroe.

Born July 24, 1922 in Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois, Bernard was the son of Lewis G. and Mary E. (Davey) Allen; he married Evelyn L. Horton on September 8, 1958 in Monroe.

He came to Detroit in 1924 after the death of his mother, and was raised by his uncle and aunt George and Viola Davey I. He attended Southeastern High School and Cass Technical in Detroit. He graduated from the Locksmithing Institute, and was a bonded Locksmith which was his hobby.

Bernard farmed his uncle’s farm in Petersburg for a time, and was employed by Ford Motor Company, Dundee. He was a patrolman for the Detroit and Cleveland Navigation Company serving on the S.S. Western States, and various passenger liners; he also served on the S.S. Alpena stone and coal freighter. In Monroe he worked for the former Navarre Distributing Company hauling beer fron Cincinnati and Milwaukee to Monroe and Adrian, and then was employed by Rau Cartage Inc. of Monroe for twenty seven, years retiring in 1977.

He was a member, and Past Noble Grand, of the Monroe Lodge # 19 Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and a life member of Teamsters local 299 Detroit. He was a menber of AARP, the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America, and the Russell Rescue.

Surviving are his wife Evelyn of Monroe, and a nephew Thomas R. Spangler of Jasper, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his brother Lewis Gilbert Allen and sister Edna M. Allen.

Cremation and burial at Roselawn Memorial Park have been handled by the Rupp Funeral Home of Monroe.

Jacquelyn Renee Hutchison, 34; of Monroe died Sunday July 19, 2009 while visiting friends in Pearland, Texas.
Friends may call from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday July 25, 2009 at the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 6 p.m. Rev. Lawrence E. Detruf , Pastor of the First Church of God, Monroe will officiate and cremation will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born October 27, 1974 in Monroe to Janet R. Ford. She married Joseph K. Hutchison in Monroe on October 24, 1997.
She was employed as a nurse at Applewood Nursing Center, Riverview and at the Barix Clinic, Ypsilanti and enjoyed working as a professional nurse.
She graduated from Airport High School in 1993 and the Toledo School of Nursing.
She enjoyed the band The New Kids on the Block and was a life long fan who was visiting Texas for a concert. A memorial has been set up on the website nkotb.com.
Surviving are her husband Joseph, mother and stepfather Janet and Robert Piepsney of Newport; daughters Kayla R. Hutchison, Madisyn E. Hutchison and Emma-Jo M. Hutchison all at home; brothers Robert (Deb) Piepsney of Westland and William (Amy) Piepsney of Canton; Inlaws Kenneth and Joetta Hutchison of Carleton, sister in law Lisa (Jim) Vaughn, and grandmother Mildred Darby of Monroe.
She was preceded in death by her stillborn son Devin Hutchison, nephew Dustin Piepsney and brother David Piepsney.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Kenneth E. Heusman, 84 of Monroe died at 7:10 a.m. at Foundation Park, Toledo where he had been for sixteen months.
Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. He will lie in state at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church where funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. The Rev. Gary Tryggestad and Rev. Ross Ulrich, pastors of the church will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born February 21, 1925 in Floyd County, Iowa he was the son of Arthur and Matilda (Troge) Heusman. He married Irene A. Kurtz July 21, 1945 at Zion Lutheran Church, Monroe. She preceded him in death on June 2, 2001.
After his graduation from Monroe High School he worked for a short time in a grocery store and also in construction work. He then worked for Consolidated Paper Co. for 17 years, leaving there as Sales Manager for their specialty products area. He then worked for Colonial Board Co. for 10 years, being their assistant Vice President of their Automotive Division that he started. The last 10 years he started his own Sales Agency, retiring in September 1996.
Ken was active in his church duties at Zion Lutheran Church and St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Monroe. He and his wife enjoyed vacationing in Arizona, Florida and Michigan. They also enjoyed spending time with their sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
His retirement hobbies included bowling, golfing and working in the yard.
Surviving are two sons, Kenneth A. (Gail) Heusman of Carleton and Richard L. (Helen) Heusman of Monroe; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Charles Heusman and two sisters, Myrtle Sylvester and Cora Pesartic.
Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or the Charity of the Donor’s Choice.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.