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Wilma R. Miller, 85, of Monroe, died at 4:20 p.m. Friday at Medilodge of Monroe.

Friends mat call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday and 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Ida, where funeral service will be at 11 a.m. The Rev. Paul Kerr, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in Maplegrove Cemetery, Dundee.

Born November 2, 1923 in Ida, she was the daughter of Hugo and Amanda (Eggert) Stotz. She married Allison “Al” J. Miller October 9, 1943 in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Ida. They had just celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on October 9, 2009.

She was a 1941 graduate of Ida High School, a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and Monroe Senior Center.

She is survived by her husband Al of Monroe; two sons, Larry (Pat) Miller of Lambertville and Gary Miller of Ida; a sister Marie Marquardt of Toledo; nine grandchildren, Darlene, Teresa, Amy, Michelle, Becky, Danielle, Nathan, Eric, Troy; fifteen great grandchildren, Ashley, Brittney, Alexis, Ryan, Emily, Dalton, Kayla, Michaela, Selena, Louis, Kesi, Lexi, Remington, Andrew and Xander.

She is preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence, Arthur and Howard Stotz.

Memorial contributions may be made to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

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

Alta Dora Basile, 91 of Monroe died at 9:48 a.m. Friday in her home. She had been in poor health for several years and seriously ill for three months.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. William Fisher, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church will officiate. Entombment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born October 3, 1918 in Peru, Indiana she was the daughter of William and Berta (Robinson) Huey. She married Ignatius James Basile February 2, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois.

Alta was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Monroe. She was a member of Monroe Senior Center Deaf.

Surviving are her husband, Ignatius, J. Basile of Monroe, two daughters, Teena Wilson of Pensacola, Florida and Irene Moore of Lincoln Park; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Richard I. Basile and a daughter, Eleanor Huey.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Church.

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

James E. “Jim” Hoffman, 84 of Haines City, Florida formerly of Newport went to be with the Lord Friday, October 30, 2009 at Winter Haven Hospital, Winter Haven, Florida.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where a prayer services will be at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. John Hedges, pastor of St. Stephens Catholic Church, New Boston will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born November 3, 1924 in Newport he was the son of Edward L. and Gladys (Cousino) Hoffman. He married Hazel R. Grummel June 21, 1947 in St. Charles Catholic Church, Newport. He was so very proud to have recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.

A life long farmer in Newport, Jim was a truck driver for many years.

He served with the US Army during WWII. He served in Japan.

Jim was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Haines City, Florida and was a founding member of Knights of Columbus Council #10484, Haines City of which he was a 4th degree member. He moved to Florida in 1982. He was a retired member of the Teamsters Union, active with a Florida retiree group. He was also a member of a group of veterans who had served duty at the Sugamo Prison in Japan.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Hazel R. Hoffman; a son, Ronald J. (Roxann) Hoffman of Monroe; two daughters, Lynda Rowan of Cleveland, Texas and Lois Schafer Lisowski (Martin Lisowski) of Monroe; a sister Mary Saum of Monroe; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Thomas Hoffman and a great-granddaughter, Tiffany Johnson.

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

Helen R. Knapp, 95 of Monroe died at 8:05 a.m. Sunday at Brookdale Senior Living, Clare Bridge of Monroe where she had been since June 2001. She had been in declining health for several years.

Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. She will lie in state at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church where the Mass of the Resurrection will be at 10 am. The Rev. Marc Gawronski, pastor of the church will officiate. Entombment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born November 27, 1913 in LaPorte, Indiana she was the daughter of James and Nettie (Palen) Kelley. She married Edwin S. Knapp January 1930 in Toledo, Ohio. He preceded her in death on March 19, 1986.

Helen was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, its Christian Women and the Resurrection Choir. She was a member of RSVP and Monroe Center for Healthy Aging. For several years she had done volunteer work for the Michigan Cancer Foundation and the Monroe County Chapter of the American Red Cross. She had attended Monroe High School.

Surviving are two daughters, Evelyn R. Brown of Monroe and Kathy M. (Larry) Haynes of Monroe; two grandchildren, Steven (Micah) Brown and Christine (Hector) Deroque; five great-grandchildren, Alec Haynes, Avery Haynes, Allan Haynes, Thea A. (Nate) Brown and William E. Brown; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Albert and Jack Kelley and a sister, Gertrude Coffman.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary Grade School.

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

Paul R. Osborne, age 73 of Monroe, died 2:34 p.m. Saturday October 24, 2009 at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe. He had been ill since September 20th.
Friends may call from 12 – 8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. till time of service at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Bruce Crabtree, Associate Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Monroe will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery, LaSalle under the auspices of V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe.
Born January 20, 1936 in Middlesboro, Kentucky, he was the son of Hagen King and Bertha (Sutton) Osborne. Paul was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church, Monroe. He attended Lincoln Elementary School, was a graduate of Monroe High School, and attended Wayne State University in Detroit. He married Delores M. McLeod May 9, 1959 in Monroe and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Paul Served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War from July 23, 1954 to December 19, 1957 receiving the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Paul worked for thirty-one years at General Motors Willow Run Plant and seven years in the transportation department at MCOP.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, V.F.W. Post 1138, U.A.W. Local 1776 Detroit, and Placers Car Club of Pointe Place in Toledo owning two classic cars.
Paul enjoyed traveling, fishing, boating, deer hunting, attending classic car shows, blues music and attending blues concerts with his wife. He loved spending time with family and friends and will be dearly missed by all.
Paul is survived by his wife Delores; son, Paul V. Osborne of Monroe; daughters, Rebecca J. Owens of Monroe and Samantha K. Osborne of Woodhaven; brother, Wayne King (Nancy) Osborne of Orlando, Florida; sisters, Joann (William) Johnson of St. Cloud, Florida and Sandra (Bob) Goltz of Orlando, Florida; grandchildren, Jonathan (Tasha) Osborne, Marina Osborne, Vanessa Burkey, Ariana Burkey, and Kaelyn Owens.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Cynthia Kay Osborne.
Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or a charity of the donors choice.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Carl C. Ellison, age 90 of Dundee, Michigan, died 1:08 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2009 in his home.
Friends may call from 5 – 8 p.m. Monday and 1 – 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. He will lie instate 10 a.m. Wednesday at North Monroe Street Church of God where services will begin at 11 a.m. Rev. Rick Massingill, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery.
Born April 22, 1919 in Speedwell, Tennessee, he was the son of William and Emma (Tinnel) Ellison. He married Ruth M. Wylie on February 6, 1940 in Angola, Indiana. She died March 7, 2007.
Carl served in the U.S. Army during WWII and then worked for thirty-eight years in the maintenance department at Time Container and Jefferson Smurfit in Monroe until he retired in 1984. He attended Monroe High School and was a longtime member of North Monroe Street Church of God.
Surviving are two sons, Chuck (Karen) Ellison of LaPorte, Indiana and Tom Ellison of Dundee, Michigan; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife Ruth, he was preceded by a daughter, Patricia Marie Bastien; a brother, Clyde Ellison; and five sisters, Bertha Ellison, Lelia Evans, Maggie Robertson, Edna Braden, and Leona Robertson.
Carl was a wonderful husband and father. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Tiger baseball, Michigan football, woodworking including building his own home, gardening, working in the yard, coaching little league baseball, and bird watching.
Memorial donations may be made to North Monroe Street Church of God.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Betty J. Melich, 85 peacefully passed away on October 21, 2009. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, with military honors by VFW Post 1138, Monroe.
Betty was born March 22, 1924 in Monroe, Michigan, to Dewey and Lula (Norton) Fogle. Betty married Clayton W. Melich on January 31, 1953 in Monroe, Michigan. He preceded her in death on October 25, 1970.
A proud Marine, Betty honorably served with the United States Marine Corps. from May 1944 to March 1945. She was employed at Ford Motor Co.’s Rawsonville plant for 22 years, retiring in 1988.
She will be missed by her daughter, Terrie S. (James) Vanderpool, sons, Jamie (Kelli) Melich and Mark (Liz) Melich; grandchildren Megan, McKenna, Nicholas, Jay, Sean and great-grandsons, Jack and Jamie.
Betty is survived by her sister, Mary Bellestri and several nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by a daughter Katherine, her parents and her sister Lora Riddle.
Memorials may be made to God Works.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Nancy Lee Guthrie, of Temperance, formerly of Monroe, died at 7:34 a.m. Saturday at Toledo Hospital Emergency Room.

In accordance to her wishes cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until a memorial service at 7 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Bauer, pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Carleton, will officiate.

Born January 7, 1936 in Monroe she was the daughter of Louis and Eva (Levitt) Schrader. She married Norman Guthrie November 22, 1952 in Monroe.

She had worked at Audaras, the Wigwam, the Laundry Room and the Sportmen’s Bar through out the years.

She attended Monroe High School, was a member of Monroe Rod and Gun Club. She had coached softball and loved to bowl.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 57 years, Norman of Temperance; a son, Timothy L. (Kathy) Guthrie of Westland, Michigan; three daughters, Terry (Charles) Hayes of Newport, Tammy (Alan) Liparoto of Monroe, Trudy (Raymond) Robinson of Monroe; nine grandchildren, Ty Guthrie, Jeffrey Watterson, Alan Liparoto, Ashley Lugari, Norman Watterson, Michael Polley, Kayla Sizemore, Brock L. Guthrie, Hunter Guthrie; five great grandchildren, Dylan Meiring, Taylor Tekeili, Alexia Lugari, Averey Watterson and Aubrey Watterson.

She is preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Richard Schrader; four sisters, Alberta Stanley, Helen Durdik, Bernie Grunow and Dorothy Arvay.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the Lion’s Club.

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

Marie L. Tourangeau, 88, of Monroe died at 1:40 p.m. Thursday at the St. Mary Health Care Center.

In accordance to her wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday October 22, 2009 at the I.H.M. Motherhouse Chapel. Rev. Marc Gawronski, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, will officiate. Inurnment will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born November 25, 1920 in Ontario, Canada, she was the daughter of Albert and Eliza (Menard) Tourangeau.

She worked for Borrough’s Corporation, Detroit as a product controller.

She is survived by her good friend Elena Meconi of Monroe; a sister, Louise Cazabon of Port St. Luci, Florida; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Tourangeau of New Boston and thirty six nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and six sisters.

Memorials may be made to the I.H.M. Retirement Fund.

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

Edna F. Curtiss, 90, of Monroe died at 6:05 p.m. Saturday at Mercy Memorial Nursing Center, Monroe.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday October 17, 2009 at the Rupp Funeral Home where a memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. Elder Brian Skidmore of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness’s officiating.
Born January 2, 1919 in Claiborne County, Tennessee she was the daughter of Floyd and Flora (Seale) Brown. She married Fred D. Curtiss, Sr. in Middlesboro, Kentucky in 1937. He preceded her in death in 1951. She then married Bill Curtiss in 1965 and he also preceded her in death.
She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness’s for most of her life and enjoyed sharing with others the hope and comfort she found in the Holy Bible.
Surviving are her son Fred D. (Velma) Lipps of Harrogate, Tennessee; grandson Michael W. Lipps formerly of Monroe; three great-grandchildren; nieces Lolita F. Dunn of Monroe, Coleen Hagen of Monroe, Teresa Teague of Monroe and Jennifer M. Brown of Middlesboro, Kentucky; nephews Jerry W. Brown of Ewing, Virginia and Daniel Iacoangeli of Petersburg, Michigan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; brothers, Jesse F. Brown, William G. Brown, Paris H. Brown and Shelby Brown; sisters, Oma M. Dunn and Mary F. Brown; niece Karen A. Brown.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.