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Denise S. Janus, 52, of Monroe died at 6:28 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ypsilanti. She had been in poor health for two years.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Rev. Stephen Rooney, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Temperance will officiate.
Born September 8, 1957 in Monroe she was the daughter of Albert and Lorine (Liedel) Kush. She married Daniel Michael Janus on October 8, 1982 at St. Michaels Church he preceded her in death on May 15, 2009.
She was employed at the Lutheran Home, Industrial Steel of Monroe, Federal-Mogal of Milan and TRW of Toledo.
She was a 1975 graduate of Monroe High School and enjoyed wildlife and Hummingbird watching from her back yard.
Surviving is her daughter Kimberly A. Janus of Monroe; step-daughter Cheryl Lynn (Marty) Mayville of Rockwood; brothers, Mark A. (Gayle) Kush of Monroe and Tom C. (Joy) Kush of Monroe and sister, Cheryl A. (Larry) Rhodes of Carleton; and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made for the family wishes.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Douglas John Miller, 66, of Monroe died at 9:34 p.m. Monday at St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center, Toledo. He had been in poor health for six years.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate 10 a.m. Friday October 2, 2003 at Grace Lutheran Church with services at 11 a.m. Rev. Ronald Schultz, pastor will officiate and burial will follow at Northside Cemetery, Maybee.
Born July 24, 1943 in Monroe he was the son of John Peter and Irene (O’Connell) Miller. He married Judith Ann Short on March 31, 1967 at Grace Lutheran Church, Monroe with Rev. Paul O. Richert officiating.
He was employed for many years at the Hi-Lite Supermarket in Monroe and then at G M Powertrain in Toledo as a supervisor retiring October 1, 1998.
He was an active life member of Grace Lutheran Church serving as an elder and on many committees. He was a 1961 graduate Monroe High School and a 1973 graduate of Eastern Michigan University and for many years served on both the Frenchtown Charter Township and Monroe County Planning Commissions.
Surviving is his wife Judith, and son John Douglas Miller of Canton, Michigan.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Alan Robert Laming, 57 of Monroe died at 6:58 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital where he had been for nine days. He had battled Multiple Sclerosis for the last twenty years.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. He will lie in state 9 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Carleton where services will be at 10 a.m. Rev. Robert Bauer, pastor of the church will officiate. Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.
Born November 6, 1951 in Trenton, Michigan he was the son of Robert G. and Virginia R. (Bruck) Laming. He married Janet M. Allen September 7, 1970 in Monroe. She preceded him in death October 21, 1986.
Alan was a machine repairman at GM Hydromatics, Willow Run Plant for 23 years taking a medical retirement in 1992.
He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, UAW Local #735 Canton. He was a 1969 graduate of Monroe High School and had attended Washtenaw County Community College. An avid hunter and fisherman, Alan enjoyed antique cars, restoring a 1969 Camaro. He enjoyed family functions and visiting with family and friends.
Surviving are his parents, Robert and Virginia Laming of Carleton; a son, Steven Alan Laming of Monroe; two daughters, Christina Marie (Joseph Drennen) Laming of Paisley, Florida and Jennifer Leigh Laming of Elkmont, Alabama; four brothers, Gerald W. (Sue) Laming of Tallahassee, Florida, Carl G. (Joyce) Laming of Petersburg, David J. (Sharon) Laming of Carleton and James E. (Kolleen) Laming of LaSalle; a sister, Diane M. (Dale) McCormick of Petersburg; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

John E. Hayter, Sr. 73 of Alpena formerly of Monroe died at 3:25 p.m. Sunday at the home of his daughter. He had been in poor health since April 2008.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Pastor John Schott of the Petersburg Church of God Seventh Day will officiate and burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 1138, Monroe.
Born January 25, 1936 in Monroe he was the son of Keith and Anna Maude (Burt) Hayter. He married Mary Lou Godfried on December 4, 1954 at Grace Lutheran Church.
He was a Senior Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force retiring in 1976 with twenty-two years of service then he served as the director of CETA in Monroe until retiring in 1982.
A 1954 graduate of Monroe High School and a 1972 graduate of the University of Nebraska, he volunteered eighteen years at the Monroe County Jail Ministries and twenty years as a member of the Gideon’s.
Surviving is his wife Mary Lou, sons John E. (Wenying) Hayter, Jr. of Canton; Craig S. Hayter of Temperance and Mathew A. (Maryann) Hayter of St. Louis, MO; daughter Casandra M. (Jeffery) Gilliam of Monroe; brothers, Eugene Hayter of Erie and David (Mary) Hayter of Monroe; sisters, Joann (Clayton) Bailey of Monroe and Beverly (Rolland) Laura of Monroe; eleven grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Robert, Richard, William and Charles Hayter, three sisters Maryann Hayter, Dora Green and Agnes Stump.
Memorials may be made to the donor choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Jolinda S. Linn, age 62 of Monroe, died unexpectedly Saturday due to sudden illness at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe.
Friends may call from 2 – 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate from 10 a.m. till time of service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Rev. Evans Bentley, Pastor, will officiate. Additional services and burial will follow in Fairmont, West Virginia.
Born September 12, 1947 in Fairmont, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late James and Mary (Whisler) Sparks. She married William D. Linn in 1966 in Oakland, Maryland.
Jolinda earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University in 1970. For thirty years she was employed by Monroe County Health Department as a Home Health Care Supervisor. Most recently she was employed by Mercy Memorial Hospital System, Home Care Connection as a visiting nurse for the past four years.
Her special interests include her grandchildren and being an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
Jolinda is survived by a daughter, Jennifer (Herman) Brey of Ypsilanti; a son, Jeffrey (Julie) Linn of Carleton and her two grandchildren, Griffin and Sydney Linn.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Joanne Covert, age 75 of Monroe, passed away peacefully Saturday at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo surrounded by her family.
Friends may call from 1 – 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. She will lie instate 10 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church where services will be held at 11 a.m. Rev.’s Dean and Ellen McGormley, Co-Pastors, will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Born October 19, 1933 in Toledo, Ohio, she was the daughter of George and Betsy Lee (Pridemore) Shaw. She was a 1950 graduate of Libbey High School in Toledo. Joanne married William J. Bacarella on June 1, 1968 in Maumee, Ohio. He died July 9, 1986. She later married William C. Covert on December 2, 1990 in the First Presbyterian Church. Sadly, on June 28, 1999 he too passed away.
Joanne was a member of First Presbyterian Church and enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends.
She is survived by three daughters, Jacquelyn (Bill) Martin of Monroe, Kathryn (Robert) Wasserman of Millbury, Ohio, and Crista (Todd) Johnson of Temperance, Michigan; a sister, Connie (Bob) Davis of Nacona, Texas; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husbands, Joanne was preceded in death by her father, George Shaw; her mother, Betty Dober; and a brother, Robert Shaw.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Helen E. Branion, 87, of Dearborn formerly of Monroe died Wednesday 10:30 a.m. at home.
Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church with services at 11 a.m. Rev. Larry K. Loree, Jr. will officiate and burial will be at Grand Lawn Cemetery, Detroit.
Born June 16, 1922 in Monroe she was the daughter of Theodore and Helen (Fiedler) Drinkhahn. She married Homer C. Branion in June 1946 and he preceded her in death in April 1961.
She was employed by Ford Motor Company, Dearborn for thirty years in labor relations and retired in 1979.
She was a graduate of Carleton High School, a member of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, Monroe and the Ford Motor Company Women’s Club.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, sister, Edna Drinkhahn, brother, Ernest Drinkhahn and nephew Marc Drinkhahn.
Memorials may be made to Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, Monroe.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Marie Savage, 91, of Temperance, died at 11:00 p.m. Sunday at Granby Group Home.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until services at 1 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. Kate O’Brien, I.H.M., chaplain of Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe, will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Marie was born October 16, 1917 in Ida, Michigan.

She was a current resident of the Granby Group Home and at one time had been a resident of Greenbrook Manor.

Marie is survived by her family and friends at the Granby Group Home.

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

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

Joseph H. Bagnall, 89, of Onsted, formerly of Monroe, died late Saturday afternoon at Lenawee County Medical Center in Adrian. He had been in ill health for several years.

Friends may call at from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Kelly Smith of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, MI and the Rev. Joseph Adams of Fort Wayne, IN, will officiate. Burial will be at the Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Born Dec. 21, 1919, in Conneaut, Ohio, Joe was the son of Thomas and Mary Hanna (Thompson) Bagnall.

He married Mildred C. Powell of Monroe in Toledo on June 7, 1941. She died November 13, 1988. He married Betty L. (Escot) Kukral of Onsted on February 14, 1990, in Adrian.

Joe moved to Monroe in 1942 while working on The Ralph H. Watson, one of the iron ore boats that sailed the Great Lakes and for years docked at the Port of Monroe. He later worked for Monroe Steel Castings and then retired in 1983 from the former Union Camp Corporation in Monroe where he was employed as a machine operator for 32 years.

Joe also worked as the caretaker at Colonial Garden Apartments in Monroe for nearly 20 years. After retiring from Union Camp, he and his late wife, Mildred, moved to their family cottage on Middle Lake near Onsted in Lenawee County.

While in Monroe, Joe was a member of the First Baptist Church and most recently was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Brooklyn.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons, J. David (Joy) Bagnall of Monroe, James E. (Linda) Bagnall of Monroe; two step-sons, William (Nancy) Kukral of Onsted, Joseph (Stephanie) Kukral of Long Island, NY; a daughter, Sandy Bagnall of Adrian; two step-daughters, Wanda (Ralph) Saylor of Adrian, Bonnie Kukral of Adrian; 20 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers and seven sisters; his first wife, Mildred; a son, Robert M. Bagnall in 1993; and a step-daughter, Ida M. Dermyer of Brooklyn in 2009.

Memorial contributions are suggested for the Lenawee County Medical Center, Adrian. Online condolences may be made at www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Ollie W. Wright, Jr., 56, of Monroe died at 4:44 a.m. Saturday at his daughter’s home in Ypsilanti.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Lawrence Detruf will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Maybee.

Born August 15, 1953 in Miami, Florida, he was the son of Ollie W. and Betty J. (Burchfield) Wright, Sr. He married Rosemary Roof August 8, 1978; she preceded him in death on March 14, 1991.

He was a Hi-lo operator for Pepsi Cola Company, until taking a disability retirement in 1999.

He is survived by three sons, Ollie Wright III (Noel) of Monroe, Tony Wright (Denise) of Monroe, Joseph Wright (Debbie) of Prescott,MI.; three daughters, Holly Wright (Ralph), Angela Wright (Randall) and Faith Wright all of Ypsilanti; seven grandchildren, Elijah, Jared, Hannah, Autumn and Joseph Wright, Jr., Jhered Smallwood, Jayden and Layna Letellier; three brothers, Bobby Wright (Rhonda) and Don King (Barbara) of Lakeland, Florida, John Wright (Sheri) of Lake Wales, Florida; six sisters, Nancy Wright of W. Miami, Florida, Shirley Dawson and Donna McAdams (Roy) both of Lakeland, Florida, Judy Wilkerson (Ron) of Dawsonville, Georgia, Carolyn Ware of Daytona, Florida, Darlene Pauley (Mark) of Tiffin, Ohio and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he is preceded In death by his parents, Ollie Wright, Sr. and Betty Waldron; his longtime companion, Kim Hundley and a niece Kim Heacox.

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