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Barbara Jean Kehrer, 60 of Flat Rock died at 8:40 p.m. Monday at her home, she had been in poor health for ten years.
Friends may call Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rupp Funeral Home where memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Rev. Stephen Rooney, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church will officiate.
Born December 11, 1949 in Knoxville, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Gordon R. and Wilma (Kitts) Chesney.
Barb was employed as the manager of Countryside Apartments in Monroe for many years.
She attended St. Roch Catholic Church in Flat Rock.
Surviving are her mother Wilma Chesney of LaSalle; son Johnnie A. Moore of Monroe; daughter Tracey R. Cavins of Monroe; sisters, Betty Durbin of LaSalle; Rexine Langford of Monroe; Johnnie Tooley of LaSalle; Trisha Simmons of LaSalle and Cathy Vandercook of Monroe; 6 grandchildren; Jeremy Moore, Johnnie Moore, Jr., Jarret Moore, Dustin Cavins, Joseph Cavins and J.T.Lapalme, and a great grandson Michael Moore.
She was preceded in death by her father, brother, Gordon C. Chesney and daughters Heather Drewior and Jennifer Ray Drewior.
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Jack L. Bomia, 70 of Monroe died at 7:54 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital; he had been in poor health for five years.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Elder Jerry Zibbell of the LaSalle First Presbyterian Church will officiate. VFW Post 1138 Monroe will provide military honors. Cremation will follow, and burial will take place at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born November 28, 1939 in Monroe, Jack was the son of Clayton H. and Vernetta R. (Short) Bomia. He married Betty L. Harris on April 4, 1962 in Monroe.
Jack was employed at the Ford Motor Company, Monroe plant for thirty years, and served as a committee man for local 723. He was also a special deputy for the Monroe County Sheriff Department.
Jack was an avid bowler and camper; he loved to travel and watch baseball games with his brother; but most of all he adored his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife Betty, sons John L. Bomia and Rick A, (Deborah) Bomia both of Enterprise, Kansas; a daughter Marilyn S. (James) Prince of Ida; brothers James Bomia of California and Donald D. Bomia of Point Place, Ohio; a sister Patricia McPhil of Monroe; eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers William and Thomas Bomia, and a granddaughter Heather Bomia.
In lieu of flowers memorials maybe made to the wishes of the Bomia family.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

J. Darrold Bussell, age 83 of Monroe, died 10:45 p.m. Sunday at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. He had been in poor health since January.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev Tyson Nofzinger, Restore Pastor of Crossroads Community Church, Ottawa Lake, will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, under the auspices of the V.F.W. Post #1138, Mon roe.

Born September 7, 1926 in Harrogate, Tennessee, he was the son of Dallard J. and Malicy (Carter) Bussell. He married Annie B. Placko October 24, 1953. She preceded him in death on October 4, 2004.

He worked for General Motors Powertrain, Toledo for more then 30 years before retiring in 1987.

He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp., first serving his country during WWII from April 1944 to August 1946 and again during the Korean War from January 1951 to October 1952. Among his awards were one Pacific Theater Ribbon, two European Theater Ribbons, the Purple Heart, Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

He was a 1944 graduate of Monroe High School, a life member of V.F.W. Post 1138, Marine League and Monroe Fist Downers.

Mr. Bussell was the dedicated chairman of the Toys for Tots of Monroe for over 40 years. He was an avid collector of coins, stamps, beer cans and a published author of his collectables.

He is survived by two sons, Gregory M. (Keisha) Bussell of Lambertville and Donald S. Bussell of Monroe; six grandchildren, Derrick (Bree), Dustin, Sean, Kendra, Teagan, and Spencer Bussell; and four great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his parents, a son, Steven Bussell and a grandson Chad Bussell.

Memorial contributions may be made to Toys for Tots or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

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Virgil Hunt, 79 of Monroe died at 6:17 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital; he had been in poor health for two years.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Dr. Tony Lynn, pastor of Raisinville Baptist Church will officiate, and burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born June 20, 1930 in Estill, Kentucky Virgil was the son of Johnny and Norcie (Gibson) Hunt. He married Waunita Straggs on June 3, 1967 in Monroe; she preceded him in death on May 25, 1993.
He was employed in construction for many years, and enjoyed talking on the CB radio.
Surviving are his children Johnny G. Hunt, Denise Hunt, Michelle (Dan) Santucci and Renee Hunt all of Pearland, Texas; brother, Linzie Hunt of Monroe; sister, Dorothy Hayes of Columbus, Ohio; eight grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, sister, Alkie Scott, and brother Lloyd Hunt.
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Sylvester J. Anteau, 94 of Monroe died at 7:28 a.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital, he had been in poor health since November.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Rev. Stephen Vileo, pastor of St. Michael’s Catholic Church will officiate. Cremation will be held, and burial will take place at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born March 8, 1916 in Monroe, he was the son of George J. and Otilia (Strimpel) Anteau.
He was employed by the River Raisin Paper Company (Union Camp) for thirty-nine years as a boiler operator.
A member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, he also enjoyed travel, dining out, playing cards, and bowling.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his three wives, Delores, Harriet and Margaret; a daughter Rita Jackson, and a son Russell Anteau.
Memorials may be made to Michigan Diabetes Association, or American Cancer Society.
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Magdalena Korpas, 88 0f Wyandotte died at 9:05 a.m. Thursday at her home.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where funeral services will be held at noon. Rev. Geza Herjeczki will officiate and burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born July 11, 1921 in Budapest, Hungary she was the daughter of Frank and Terez (Borbas) Ilyes. She married Emery Korpas on April 6, 1940 he preceded her in death on January 22, 1998.
She was employed for many years as a seamstress for Jacobson’s Department Store.
Surviving are her children Emery (Nancy) Korpas of Livonia; Maria Cornett of Wyandotte and Magdalena Korpas of Dearborn; seven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother Frank Ilyes.
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William A. “Lonnie” Gesell, 70 of Monroe died at 11:36 a.m. Wednesday in his home. He had been seriously ill for the last 6 months.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of First Church of God, will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Monroe.

Born October 24, 1939 in Monroe, he was the son of William and Marvel (Tooley) Gesell.

He had been a small engine mechanic at Rogers Equipment since 1962, before that he had worked at Valmassei Hardware and also as a small engine mechanic for Harvey Mudge.

Lonnie enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fishing, model airplanes and raising cats and dogs. He also repaired lawn mowers at home.

He is survived by a son, William; a daughter, Amanda; a cousin, June Knabusch-Taylor of Monroe and a longtime friend Cindy Smith of Monroe.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two step-sisters.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses from Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe and the staff of LaPrad Home Care. They would also like to thank Lonnie’s enduring friends from Rogers Equipment and his friends from the neighborhood, where he had lived for 70 years, who supported him during his illness.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe or the Monroe County Humane Society.

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

Atha C. Kinney, age 72 of Sevierville, Tennessee, formerly of Newport, Michigan died 6:37 p.m. at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
Friends may call from 6 – 9 p.m. Wednesday and 1 – 9 p.m. Thursday in the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.
Born August 26, 1937 in Pikeville, Kentucky, he was the son of Scott and Ruby (Damron) Kinney.
Atha served his country in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1957.
He married Thelma R. Thacker July 5, 1957 in Clintwood, Virginia.
Atha was employed by Chrysler Corporation at their Trenton Engine Plant where he also served as a union steward retiring June 12, 1978.
He is survived by his wife Thelma of Sevierville, Tennessee; one son, Donald (Denise) Kinney of Brownstown; two daughters, Athea (Tony) Clegg of Monroe and Debra (Steve) Porkarski of Temperance; one brother, Larry Kinney of Pikeville, Kentucky; two sisters, Elizabeth Clark of Raliegh, North Carolina and Margaret (Tommy) DeHart of Pikeville, Kentucky; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Atha was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation 1050 Wilshire Dr. Suite 302 Troy, Michigan 48084.
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Obituary – Sister Jeanne (Marie Austin) Garvin, IHM

MONROE, Mich. – Sister Jeanne Garvin, IHM, 82, died Sunday, March 21, at Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe , Mich.

Sister Jeanne was one of three girls of Austin and Edna (Todd) Garvin. She was born June 18, 1927 in Toledo , Ohio , and given the name Jeanne. Sister Jeanne attended several elementary schools and St. Cecilia High School in Detroit . She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1945, taking the religious name of Sister Marie Austin.

Sister Jeanne earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a master’s degree from Wayne State University . She taught in formal education for 38 years at St. Charles , St. Martin, Epiphany and Holy Trinity in Detroit ; St. Thomas , Ann Arbor ; and St. Mary Academy , Monroe. For nine of those years, Sister Jeanne was in administration at St. Patrick, Carleton and St. Cyprian, Riverview.

Sister Jeanne returned to the Motherhouse and for the next ten years was the director of Infirmary housekeepers. During this time she was also treasurer for the Overseas Mission Province . In December 1992, Sister Jeanne participated in the African Regional meeting, finding this a tremendous experience. In 1998 Sister Jeanne began volunteering in Southgate where she lived until she returned to the Motherhouse in 2004. She entered the Health Care Center in 2007 and resided there until her death.

Sister Jeanne’s life was centered on teaching, from preparing second-graders for their first Holy Communion to teaching in high school. Her specialty was mathematics. In her retirement, she tended flower boxes at the Motherhouse, made items for the Christmas sale and volunteered in many other ways.

Sister Jeanne is survived by her sister, Janet Marie Wright, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Lou Martin.

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue , Monroe , on Thursday, March 25, from 2 until 7:30 p.m., with a Remembering at 3 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel on Friday, March 26, 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 .

Domenico Perna, 65 of LaSalle died at 11:15 P.M. Saturday at Toledo Hospital where he had been since March 7. He had been in poor health for 15 years.

Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where a rosary wil be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday. He will lie in state at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael Catholic Church where the Mass of the Resurrection will be at 10 a.m. The Rev. Stephen Vileo, pastor of the church will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born April 7, 1944 in Partinico, Sicily he was the son of Ignazio and Caterina (Degregorio) Perna. He married Antonia LaPerna February 6, 1969 in Sicily.

A self employed builder, he owned and operated Dominic Perna Construction for more than 40 years.

He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Fraternal Order of Police and the Italian-American Club. He came to the United States in 1966.

Surviving is his wife of 41 years, Antonia Perna of LaSalle; two sons, Ignazio (Dina) Perna of Plymouth and Aldo (Lesa) Perna of Monroe; two sisters, Antonia (Sam) Mignano of Monroe and Maria (George) Cuccia of Monroe; a granddaughter, Bianca Perna.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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