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Dean J. Frazer, 75 of Monroe died at 12:45 p.m. Saturday at his home he had been in poor health for two years.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Rev Katherine Kolodzieczyk, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will officiate. Military Honors by VFW Post 1138, Monroe.
Born October 19, 1934 in Monroe he was the son of Andrew and Edna (Pickard) Frazer. He married Betty L. Hamm on July 17, 1962 in Holland, Michigan.
Dean was employed by Allied Chemical Co. of Romulus, Jefferson Smurfitt of Monroe and Pharmor of Monroe taking a medical retirement in 1993. He served in the US Navy from January 5, 1955 to December 12, 1958.
He was a 1953 graduate of Monroe High School, a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, the Geological Society and volunteered at the Monroe County Library and the Monroe County Historical Commission Museum. He enjoyed fishing, lighthouses, model trains and spending time with his family.
Surviving is his wife Betty, children Benjamin L. (Carol) Frazer of Maybee; John S. (Marla) Frazer and Matt D. (Alison) Frazer both of Monroe; daughter Debbie J. (Michael) Kelly of Saginaw; sisters Fonda Brady of Tecumseh and Vida (Jim) Saylor of Deer Park, Texas; grandchildren Michael, Brittany, Brianna, Tara, Eric, Brooke, Sydney and Connor Frazer, Andrew, Amanda and Paul Kelly.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or Mercy Memorial Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Beulah O. Sweet, age 88 of Monroe, died 4:10 a.m. Saturday January 30, 2010 at Tendercare of Monroe. She had been in poor health for a year.
Friends may call from 3 – 8 p.m. Monday in the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Rev. Robert Baltrip, pastor of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born December 31, 1921 in Maybee, Michigan, she was the daughter of John and Muriel (James) Bodine. Beulah married Carl B. Sweet June 14, 1941 in Milan, Michigan. He died November 12, 1988. She was a graduate of Airport High School and a member of East Raisinville United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Keith (Diane) Sweet of Maybee and Jeffrey (Jennifer) Sweet of Newport; four daughters, Janet (Douglas) Crego of Maybee, Karen (Greg) Murphy of Carleton, LeeAnn (Marcus) Wells of Monroe, and Marilyn (Richard) Angerer of Carleton; a brother, Charles (Shirley) Bodine of Monroe; a daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Sweet of Milan; fourteen grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband Carl, Beulah was preceded in death by a son Gary Sweet; two brothers, John and Harold Bodine; a sister, JoAnn Francisco; and three grandsons, Mark, Keith, and Jason Sweet.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Roy E. Dorris, age 69, passed away at his home in Monroe, Michigan on January 29, 2010, surrounded by his loving family. He had been ill for four months.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a funeral service will be held at 12 noon Monday. Rev. Michael Stein, his brother-in-law, will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Roy was born on November 13, 1940 in Cross Plaines, Tennessee to Thomas E. and Laura E. (Woodall) Dorris. He moved to Michigan in his early life and that is where he met and married the love of his life, Beverly Coffer on July 1, 1959. Last July they celebrated their 50th Anniversary with family and friends.
Roy was a truck driver 48 years and for the past fifteen years he had been the owner of Roy E. Dorris Transport.
Roy had the ability to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger just as easily as he could a family member or an old friend due to his kind heart and magnetic personality.
He is survived by his wife Beverly of Monroe; a daughter, Julia (Robert) Brothers of Bellevue, Washington; two sons, Troy (Carlene) Dorris of Calcutta, Ohio, Timothy (Denise) Dorris of Monroe; three brothers, Everett (Diane) Dorris of Delavan, Illinois, Russell Dorris of Bloomington, Illinois, Thomas (Laura) Dorris of Jerseyville, Illinois; five sisters, Helen (Ron) Anson of Monroe, Lola (Greg) Goekin of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, Linda Dorris, Shirley Woodrum and Patricia (Mike) Stein all of Tremont, Illinois; five granddaughters, Shannon Horner, Angela Smith, Katrina Dorris, Carlie Dorris, and Tamara Dorris; two grandsons, Traviss Dorris and Nicolas Brothers; two great-grandchildren, Taylor Horner and Isabella Smith.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe or Soroptimist International of Monroe County.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Jack D. Ryder, 82 of Monroe Passed away at 5:22 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at Brookdale Senior Living Clare Bridge, where he had been since November 2008.

Jack was born May 28, 1927 in Bucyrus, Ohio he was the son of Nial and Eva (Bachar) Ryder. Jack was married to Naomi E. Dible May 27, 1950 in Angola, Indiana.

He was a 1945 graduate of Findlay High School. After graduation, Jack joined the US Army and served his country from July 1945 to January 1947. He was a corporal and served with the 813th Transportation Corps.

Jack received a bachelor’s degree in engineering for Ohio State University, where he graduated from in 1953. He was a member of the Ohio State Alumni.
He employed by Ford Motor Company as an engineer for 30 years. He retired in 1983.

He was a lifetime member of Canvasback Gun Club. He loved trap shooting and working on his home up north.

Surviving are his wife, Naomi E. Ryder of Monroe and their son, David (Dawn) Ryder of Brighton; two grandsons, Michael (Jamie) Ryder of Grand Rapids and Gary Ryder of Kalamazoo; two great-grandchildren, Juliana Marie and Corbin Michael; a sister, Joan Gohlke of Commerce Twp.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert Ryder.

In accordance with his wishes, Jack will be cremated and no memorial service is planned. Burial of his ashes will be at Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey, Ohio. The Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe is assisting the family with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe, 1070 N. Monroe St. Suite B Monroe, Michigan 48162.

The Ryder family extends their gratitude to Hospice and Clare Bridge staff for the care and compassion they have shown Jack over the last several months. A very special thank you to Debbie Thomas for all her compassion, care and support during Jack’s illness.

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

Ruth Beatrice VanBelle, 84, of Monroe died at 7 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital of Monroe.
Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Rev. Ron Morgan, pastor of Evergreen Acres Missionary Baptist Church will officiate, and burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born October 26, 1925 in Monroe, Ruth was the daughter of Tom and Serilda (Rudder) Trekow. She married Jerome E. VanBelle on August 18, 1943 in Wauseon, Ohio; he preceded her in death on December 10, 2000.
She was a member of the Monroe Senior Citizens Center, volunteered at the St. Joseph Soup Kitchen, and enjoyed playing cards with friends.
Surviving are her children Charles (Jane) VanBelle of Monroe; Mark (Debra) VanBelle of Monroe; Jerome K. (Gloria) VanBelle of Monroe; David (Joanna) VanBelle of Monroe; Sandra May (Carl)) Kroeger of Monroe; Holly Laberdee of Monroe; Sharon (Arthur) Hiett of Walnut, California, and Judith Hagar of Ypsilanti; thirty-eight grandchildren and fifty great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters Martha May VanBelle and Rose Mary VanBelle and a brother Willard Trekow.
In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe,
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Brandon Michael Reau, infant son of Ryan and Jessica (Vermillion) Reau of Monroe, died Saturday morning January 23rd in the emergency room at Mercy Memorial Hospital.
Private visitation and services for Brandon were held Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Steve Pilarsh, associate pastor at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church officiated. Burial followed at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery, LaSalle.
Brandon was born September 7, 2009 in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by grandparents, Lindsay and Tammy Reau, Lori Reau, Betty and Kelly St. Bernard, all of Monroe; Great-grandparents, Raymond and Carol Reau of Temperance, Constance and Melvin Sieler of Deerfield, Pamela Matthews of Carleton, Michael Matthews of Taylor, Ron and Jennifer St. Bernard of Flat Rock, and Bob and Kate Jones of Deerfield.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

John Anthony Kovacs, Sr. 74 of Monroe died at 1:55 a.m. Saturday at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo where he had been for one week.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Ronald Schultz, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Monroe will officiate. Entombment will be at Michigan Memorial Park, Huron Twp.

Born May 10, 1935 in Detroit, he was the son of Stephen and Stella (Zajac) Kovacs. He married Shirley A. Barck June 19, 1965 in St. Pius Catholic Church, Southgate.

John was employed by Ford Motor Company, Wayne for 34 ½ years as a line feeder. He retired January 1, 1992.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Monroe. John and Shirley moved to Monroe in July 2003. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus, Trenton Council #6721.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley A. Kovacs of Monroe; a son, John A. Kovacs, Jr. of Monroe; a daughter, Kathleen P. Turski of Monroe; three sister, Barbara (Pat) Hanlon of Homosassa, Florida, Irene Kovacs of Southgate and Mary Jane (Jim) O’Donnell of Dearborn; five grandchildren, Ashley (Jim) Vaughn, Brittany (Brandon Barth) Kovacs, Cameron Turski, Mallory Kovacs and Joshua Kovacs; two great-grandchildren, Lilliana Barth and Meagan Vaughn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Fred and a sister, Margaret.

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

Ruth Marion Nordstrom, 85 of Monroe died at 7:38 p.m. Wednesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe where she had been since Sunday. She had been in poor health since October.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 25, 2010 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Monroe. The Rev. Evans Bentley, pastor of the church will officiate. In accordance with her wishes, her body has been cremated. Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe is assisting the family.

Born February 4, 1924 in Highland Park, Michigan she was the daughter of William and Hattie (Cliff) Ludke. Her first marriage was to Ralph Glick, who preceded her in death. She then married Gerald Burke who also preceded her in death. On December 22, 2002 she married Walter A. Nordstrom at Bolles Harbor, Michigan.

For many years Ruth had been a secretary for the Highland Park Masonic Lodge.

She was a past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star and had attended St. Paul’s United Church while in Monroe and a member of Mayflower United Church of Christ in Naples, Florida where they had wintered. She was past president of the National Embroidery Association in Fairfield Glade, Tennessee and former member of Fairfield Glade Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Walter A. Nordstrom of Monroe; four step-sons, David (Chris) Burke of Westland, Thomas A. (Martha) Nordstrom of Monroe, Bruce A. (Patricia) Nordstrom of Grosse Isle and James D. (Deborah) Nordstrom of Monroe; a step-daughter, Kathleen (Gary) Korzeniewski of Redford; a step-daughter-in-law, Linda Burke of Westland; a brother, William (June) Ludke of Detroit; a sister Loretta Bagby of Seattle, Washington; five step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents and a step-son, Jerry Burke.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Monroe.

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Rev. William Aiken Bowen, 84, of Monroe died at 1:22AM Tuesday in his home. He had been in poor health since 2000 and seriously ill for five months.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 21, 2010, from 5:00-8:00PM at the Rupp Funeral Home, Inc. A memorial service will be on Friday at 10:00AM at the First Presbyterian Church, Monroe; Rev. Nancy Carle pastor of the church will officiate and Rev. James Jacobs will assist. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Sturgis, MI.

Born June 7, 1925 in Royal Oak, MI; he was the son of William and Ruth (Aiken) Bowen. He married Roberta K. Brumbaugh on August 31, 1970 at First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, MI.

Rev. Bowen was a graduate of Royal Oak High School, Alma College and McCormick Theological Seminary. He served in the United States Navy from July 1, 1943 to November 15, 1945. A former member of Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Alma College Representative to the Maumee Valley Presbytery, Council of Churches, Maumee Valley Presbytery and a volunteer with Mercy Memorial Hospice.

He served as pastor at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Milwaukee, WI, First Presbyterian Church, Loveland, OH, Walnut Hills First Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, OH (where he also taught New Testament Literature at University of Cincinnati, OH), First Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, OH, First Presbyterian Church, Sturgis, MI, St. Thomas Community Presbyterian Church, Utica, MI, First Presbyterian Church, Omro, WI, and First Presbyterian Church Monroe, MI from which he retired in 1991.

Surviving are his wife, Roberta; children, Kathleen Bowen of Riverside, CA, David Bowen of Phoenix, AZ, Amy (Stephen) Pace, of Monroe, Phillip (Tammy) Bowen of Toledo, OH, Emily (Bryan) Sears of Baltimore, MD; grandchildren, Andrew Bowen, Jarod Bowen, Rachel Pace, Rebecca Pace and William Sears.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a son Richard; brother Ronald; and sister Betty.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Monroe County Humane Society, Mercy Memorial Hospice or First Presbyterian Church of Monroe.

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

Louise Poupard, age 79 of Monroe, died 5:18 a.m. Tuesday in her home. She had been seriously ill for three months.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday in the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery, LaSalle.
Born Feb. 2, 1930 in Leslie, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Joe and Ethel (Saylor) Asher. Louise came to Monroe in 1950 and married Robert Poupard on December 18, 1954.
For 18 years, Louise managed the former Al’s Diner restaurant in Monroe. On January 1, 1971 Louise and Bob bought the Monroe Diner. Together they co-owned and operated the restaurant until he died November 13, 1993. Afterward, Louise and her family continued to operate the restaurant until February 2004.
Family was her #1 priority. Her doors were always open for a family gathering.
Louise is survived by two children, Jack (Debbie) Poupard of LaSalle and Janice (Bob) Copi of Monroe; two brothers, Frank (Mary Ann) Asher of Orchard Lake and Joe Neal (Barbara) Asher of Monroe; two sisters, Ruby (Uyless) Fisher of Baxter, Kentucky and Willine “Wink” Below of LaSalle; five grandchildren, Tammy Maus, Scott (Sara) Poupard, Robert Copi, Susan Copi, and Heather (Justin) Brescol; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband Bob, Louise is preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Doran Harris.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice of N.W. Ohio or Monroe Missionary Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.