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Dennis E. Thomas, 60 of Monroe died at 8:49 a.m. Monday in his home. He had been in poor health the last two months.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where funeral services celebrating his life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Larry Head, pastor of Lakeside Missionary Baptist Church, Newport will officiate. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery, Monroe.

Born August 30, 1949 he was the son of Charles V. and Jewell (Clark) Thomas.

Dennis was a carpenter and worked at Fermi. He also had been a truck driver and was employed by Empire Refractory.

He was a 1967 graduate of Jefferson High School and was a member of the Carpenters Union. Dennis enjoyed traveling, canoeing and his motorcycle.

Surviving are his mother, Jewell Thomas of Monroe; a brother, Clayton V. Thomas of Monroe and a sister, Karen A. (Gary) Kwiatkowski of Carleton.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1997, and his sister-in-law, Phyllis “Jill” Thomas in 2003.

Memorial may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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

Harold P. Batway, age 81 of LaFeria, Texas, formerly of Carleton, died at 8 a.m. Friday, June 25, 2010 in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ypsilanti. He had been ill for a week.
Friends may call from 12 – 9 p.m. Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home. A Masonic Lodge service will be held at 7 p.m. He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church where services will begin at 11 a.m. Rev. Roy Southerland, Pastor, will officiate. Cremation will follow with interment at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born October 24, 1928 in Waltz, Michigan, he was the son of Dewey and Lucy (Younglove) Batway. He married Martha M. Sharp on November 13, 1948 in Romulus, Michigan. She died January 29, 2005.
Harold was employed as a tool and die maker for Ford Motor Company in Woodhaven. He retired on November 1, 1990 after working there for 26 years.
Harold was a 1946 graduate of Carleton High School, served in the National Guard, and was an avid golfer. He was a member and Past Master of Hiram Lodge # 110 Free and Accepted Masons in Flat Rock. He was a life member and Worthy Patron of Tawas Bay Eastern Stars Chapter #71 in East Tawas, Michigan. Harold was also a member of the Elks Lodge #1889 in Harlingen, Texas and the Carleton Merchants golf and bowling leagues.
He is survived by six children, Harold (Christine) Batway of Monroe, Dennis (Diane) Batway of LaSalle, Linda (Richard) Welsh of Grosse Ile, Donna (Gregory) Elmore of Monroe, Barbara (Ron) DuRoss of Onsted, and Mary (Kenneth) Pickett of Monroe; two brothers, Charles (Carol) Batway of Waters, Michigan and Gene Batway of Tennessee; one sister, Ellenor (Clayton) Heiss of Monroe; 21 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife Martha, Harold is preceded by his parents; a grandson, Dennis Elmore, and an infant sister.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Mildred J. Turner-Stone, 83 of Monroe died at 2:26 p.m. Thursday at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo in the Palliative Care Unit where she had been there for 2 weeks.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where funeral services celebrating her life will be at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. Louie Barnett, pastor of Eagle’s Nest Community Church will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born February 27, 1927 in Monroe she was the daughter of Oscar E. and Mable (Williams-Gross) Baker. She married Edwin E. “Fats” Turner July 30, 1949 in Monroe. He preceded her in death September 11, 1986. She then married Stanley V. Stone April 6, 1990 in Monroe.

Mildred had worked for Monroe Auto Equipment Company and Michigan Bell Telephone Company. She retired in 1967 from Michigan Gas Utilities where she was the switchboard operator and receptionist.

She was a life member of Monroe Post #1138 VFW Ladies Auxiliary and she had attended Monroe Missionary Baptist Church. She graduated in 1945 from Monroe High School.

Surviving are her husband, Stanley V. Stone of Monroe; a son, Michael O. Turner of Monroe; three step-sons, Paul (Kathy) Stone of Monroe, Stephen (Dawn) Stone of Tucson, Arizona and John (Eileen) Stone, PhD of Howell, Michigan; a step-daughter, Sandra (Don) Wells of Jerome, Michigan; two sisters, Terri (Terry) Berry of Erie and Juanita Gatz of Rainsville, Alabama; two special nephews and a niece, Russell Watrous of LasVegas, Nevada, Christopher Watrous of Monroe and Kathleen Heising of Wyandotte; ten step-grandchildren and nine step-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, William Gross and Jessie F. Baker and a son in infancy

Memorials may be made to the Palliative Care Unit at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, 2213 Cherry St., Toledo, Ohio 43608 or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Frank M. Kekes, 67, of Dundee, died at 4:22 p.m. Wednesday in his home.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Stanley AuBuchon, pastor emeritus of Trinity Lutheran Church will officiate. Entombment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Born February 10, 1943 in Monroe, he was the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Zahoran) Kekes.

He worked for the Ford Motor Company at the Monroe Plant until he retired.

He was a 1961 graduate of Monroe High School and was a member of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church.

He is survived by a brother, Robert A. Kekes; a sister, Helen Roselee Rubel, Jody Cantwell; nieces, Elizabeth (Ken) Jopp, Becky Meyer; great nieces and great nephews, Brandon Pope, Adam Pope, Andy Meyer, David Pope, Jonathon Meyer and Kenny Jopp.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

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

James E. “Ed” Narramore, 77 of Monroe died at 8:05 p.m. Sunday at his home. He had been in poor health for six months.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 12 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Rev. Rex Jones, pastor of Bethany Baptist Church will officiate and entombment will be at Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock.
Born June 8, 1933 in Dunlap, Tennessee he was the son of Oscar and Bessie (Graham) Narramore. He married Jacqueline J. Yeoman on September 22, 1953 in Garden City, Michigan. She preceded him in death on November 26, 2006.
Ed served in the US Army 11th airborne division and was employed for forty-four years at Teledyne CAE in Toledo, retiring in 1995.
He was a life member of the Brest Bay Gun Club and UAW Local 12, Toledo. He enjoyed NASCAR and doing small engine repair.
Surviving are his children Katherine J. Moss of Deland, Florida; David J. (Janice) Narramore of Monroe and Cynthia J. (Kevin) Behrens of Port Orange, Florida; grandchildren Mitzi Sworden, Crystal Moss, Brian Behrens, Baylee Behrens, Jeremy Ausmus, Jennifer Dykhouse, Sara Ausmus, and three great grandchildren; brothers Louis, Richard and Benny Narramore; sisters Nola Mae, Lucille, Ruth, Nan, Ethel, Edna and Wanda.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jacqueline.
In Lieu of flowers memorial may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Violet R. Grams, 56 of Dundee died at 2:36 p.m. Thursday at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe.
Memorial services will be held Saturday 10 a.m. at St. Irene’s Catholic Church, Dundee. Rev. Rich Luberti CSSR will officiate.
Born March 27, 1954 in Wayne County she was the daughter of George and Pearl (Walters) Copp. She married Gary W. Grams on July 7, 1970 at St. Irene’s Catholic Church, Dundee.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Irene’s Church.
Surviving is her husband Gary, daughters Christine I. Grams, Lisa M. (Robert) Kuhlman and Katie L. (David) McGovern, grandson Benjamin McGovern, brother, George (Mickie) Copp, brother-in-law Wesley A. Smith, sisters Alice Smith, Jeannie Lee, Liz Mandelka and Margaret (Ron) Haines.
She was preceded by her parents, sister Thelma Smith and brother-in-law Robert Smith.
Memorials may be sent to St. Irene’s Catholic Church, Dundee.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Delphine E. Franzen, 88, of Monroe, formerly of Maybee, died at 12:23 p.m. Wednesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. She had been seriously ill for six months.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. She will lie instate at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church, Maybee, with services at 11 a.m. The Rev. Rich Lamberti will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Maybee.

Born October 18, 1921 in Detroit, she was the daughter of Joseph and Genevieve (Suwinska) Rusch. She married Harold W. Franzen September 17, 1949 in St. Joseph Church, Maybee; he preceded her in death on January 29, 2002.

She was a member of St. Joseph Church and its Christian Mothers.

She is survived by two sons, Kenneth (Kathy) Franzen of Monroe, Donald (Sandra) Franzen of Brownstown Twp.; two daughters, Sharon (Robert) Richardson of Newport, Donna (David) Theisen of Carleton; eleven grandchildren, Kenneth Franzen, Jason Franzen, David Franzen, Kari Theisen, Brianne Theisen, Greg Franzen, Kimberly Franzen, Julianne Smith, Christine Franzen, Jenna Wheeler, Brian Richardson and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Joseph Rusch; two sisters, Blanche Golaszewski and Dorothy Shankleton.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross.

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

Richard H. Kleinert, 87 of Monroe died at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday in his home. He had been in poor health for six months and seriously ill for one month.
Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where funeral services celebrating his life will be at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Evans Bentley, pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery.
Born October 15, 1922 in Deerfield, Michigan he was the son of Jay Henry and Nettie (Gee) Kleinert. He married Ruby M. Hibbs October 15, 1943 in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. She preceded him in death on November 27, 1994.
He served with the US Army during WWII from April 1945 to October 1946. Among his awards are the Army of Occupation Ribbon Japan and the Army of Occupation Germany.
Richard worked at the Monroe Stamping Plant of the Ford Motor Company for over 30 years. He worked in the Chrome Plating Bumpers Department.
He had attended Dundee and Monroe Public Schools. He was also a former member of Monroe Senior Citizens.
Surviving is a son, Thomas R. (Linda K.) Kleinert of Taylor, a daughter, Janice L. Finley of Trenton; four grandchildren Scott (leigh) Kleinert, Steve Finley, April (Jim) Stewart and Angela Finley; five great granddaughters, Brynne, Baileigh, Katie, Maggie and Morriah.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Elaine Good.
Memorial may be made to Heartland Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

LaVerne D. Minton, age 74 of Monroe, died 1:41 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2010 in his home. He had been in poor health for 4 years.
Friends may call Thursday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. till time of service at 1 p.m. at Rupp Funeral Home. Tom Treece will officiate with interment following at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.
Born July 5, 1935 in Monroe, he was the son of George and Lucy (Schoch) Minton. He married Marianne B. Bentley on June 29, 1957. They were joined in holy matrimony by Fr. John Vanadia at St. Joseph’s Church Rectory.
LaVerne was employed by the Monroe Police Department beginning in 1963, obtaining the rank of sergeant. From 1970 till his retirement in 1992, he was a Liaison Officer at Monroe High School.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, was an avid Detroit Red Wings fan, and a 1953 graduate of Monroe High School. To LaVerne, family always came first. He enjoyed fishing and spending time at his cabin up north that he and his father built.
LaVerne is survived by his wife Marianne; two daughters, Lisa Anne (David) Friend of Ida and Mary Beth McClellan of Perrysburg, Ohio; three grandchildren, Joel (Angie) Burkey, Katie Friend, and Betsy Friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brothers Darrell and Earl; and sister Marie Holtz.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Monroe County Humane Society, St. Jude Childrens Hospital or Guided Ministries.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Arlene Selma (Kaper) Saul, 84, died of heart disease about 5:50 a.m. Saturday in her home in LaSalle.
Born Feb. 16, 1926, in Monroe, she was the daughter of Herman and Hulda (Grauf) Kaper. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church and attended school there. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1944.
She married Harvey G. Saul on May 10, 1947, at Trinity. They had met in high school. She had been a full-time homemaker and a volunteer at the Lutheran Home in Monroe. They are members of Zion Lutheran Church, Monroe.
Arlene’s life revolved around her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved her church, Club friends, reading and an extended group of family and friends.
Arlene is survived by her husband, Harvey; a daughter, Deborah J. of LaSalle; a son, Donald H. (Renee) of LaSalle; three grandchildren, Matthew (Mona) of Chicago, Ill., Michelle (John) Feaganes of Erie and Emily (Russell) Graham of Westfield, Ind.; eight great-grandchildren, Mikaela, Malayna and Macie Saul, Grace and Olivia Feaganes and Payton, Ashton and Emersyn Graham, and two sisters-in-law, Ruth Kaper of Monroe and Jeanette Doom of LaSalle.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, David W.; a brother, William H. Kaper, and a sister, Ludell Swan.
Friends may call at the Rupp Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. Monday. Arlene will lie in state at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church, 186 Cole Rd., where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. The Rev. Ross Ulrich and the Rev. Gary Tryggestad will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Mercy Memorial Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.