Monthly Archives: September 2010

Ethel M. Lechy, 91 of Grosse Pointe Woods formerly of Monroe died at 4:40 a.m. Tuesday at Henry Ford
Belmont Nursing Center, Harper Woods. She had been in poor health for ten years.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. service time on Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Rev. Marc Gawronski pastor will officiate and burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.
Born September 26, 1919 in Monroe she was the daughter of Andrew and Anna Fountain. She married
Robert M. Lechy on February 25, 1939 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Monroe. He preceded her in death on September 5, 2005.
She was employed as a nurse’s aide at Mercy Hospital for five years and the Lutheran Home for fourteen years.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a 1937 graduate of St. Mary’s Academy.
Surviving is her son Robert M. (Kathleen) Lechy Jr. MD of Grosse Pointe Woods; Grandson Robert M. (Emily) Lechy III of Troy, Illinois; granddaughter Jennifer M. Lechy of Toronto and a great granddaughter Abigail N. Lechy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, daughter Diane K. Lechy, brother, Cletus Fountain and sister Betty Sanglier.
Memorials may be made to the Futures Foundation P O Box 380710 Clinton Township, Michigan 48038.
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Cletus Jenkins, 55 of Monroe died at 9:13 a.m. Monday at his home.
Friends may call from 4 – 8 p.m. Thursday and 1 –8 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Rev. Randy Pierce will officiate and cremation will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Born March 20, 1955 in Monroe he was the son of Clyde and Dolores (Bogedain) Jenkins.
Cletus worked at Floral City Glass Company since he was eleven years old with Miles Snyder and bought the company after Miles death.
He was a 1973 graduate of Monroe High School, a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2254, Monroe. He was an avid golfer and a life member of Green Meadows where he had a hole in one.
Surviving are his mother Dolores Jenkins of Monroe; brothers Thomas (Sylvia) Jenkins, his twin Clyde (Barbara) Jenkins and Eric (Sharon) Jenkins all of Monroe; sisters Susie Jenkins of Monroe and Christie Jenkins and her husband Troy Schramn of Perrysburg, Ohio; seven nieces and nephews and eight great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his Father.
Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Humane Society.
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Lillian A. Stoll, 93 of South Lyon formerly of Monroe died at 3:42 p.m. Sunday at St. Jude Nursing Center, Livonia. She had been in poor health for three years.
Friends may call from 10 am until services at 11 a.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Bruce Crabtree, associate pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church will officiate with burial at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.
Born March 31, 1917 in Monroe she was the daughter Carl and Lucretia (Wilson) Roggelin. She married Edward D. Stoll on June 27, 1946 in Monroe. He preceded her in death on October 29, 1996.
She was employed at one time by the S.S. Kresge Co. at the Monroe store.
Surviving is her daughter Margaret H. (Kevin) Hale of South Lyon; grandsons Robert Leis and Jason Newlon, great grandsons Robert Leis and Christopher Leis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, son William E. Stoll, brother Richard Roggelin and sister Helen Venzke.
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Robert H. Haynes, 80 of Newport, died at 7:50 a.m. Sunday in his home. He had been in poor health for three months.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of the First Church of God will officiate and burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Born December 16, 1929 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he was the son of J. W. and Helen (Hadix) Haynes. He married Elsie A. Garrison on December 16, 1988 in Hawaii. She preceded him in death on July 28, 2002.
Robert was a millwright with local 1102 and retired from General Motors, Detroit.
He was a graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Surviving are his children, Gloria (Rick) Estes of Newport; Greg (Cindy) Haynes of Monroe, Bonnie Sciba of Ortonville and Jimmie (Sharon) Holderness of Mikado, Michigan; brothers Leroy Oberhelman of Council Bluffs, Iowa and John Haynes of Melvindale, Michigan; sisters Joan Yoakum of Raleigh North Carolina, Rodna Nelson of Sunland, California and Norma Sarten of Council Bluffs, Iowa; fourteen grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife Elsie, he was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.
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June M. Sylvester, age 93 of Monroe, died 3:40 p.m. Saturday, September 25, 2010 at The Lutheran Home. She had been in poor health for two years.

A private memorial service will be held at The Lutheran Home. Interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, June’s wishes were for memorial contributions to be made to Heartland Hospice.

Born June 7, 1917 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, she was the daughter of Alphonse and Nellie (LeMay) Lamprecht. She attended the former Boyd Elementary School and Monroe High School. This past July, June and her husband Carl W. Sylvester, whom she married on July 25, 1934 in Bowling Green, Ohio, celebrated 76 years of marriage.

June was a homemaker and had previously been employed by Bush Heating and Cooling. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, and most of all her biggest hobby was her family.

She is survived by her husband Carl of Monroe; two sons, Carl (Joan) Sylvester of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Kenneth Sylvester of Fort Collins, Colorado; two daughters, Marjorie (Samuel) Modica of Monroe and Mary (Charles) Bush of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a brother, Robert (Wanda) Anderson of Carleton; a sister, Janette Hehl of Monroe; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

June was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret Sylvester; her father, Alphonse Lamprecht; her mother and step-father, Nellie and Arthur Anderson; two brothers, Arthur and William Anderson; and a sister, Juanita Anderson.

June’s family extends their heartfelt thanks to Heartland Hospice for the dedicated care June received the past two years.

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Basil Sitto, 65 of Monroe, died at 7 a.m. Saturday at University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor. He had been in poor health since June 2009.
Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with funeral services at 11 a.m. Rev. Jim Smalarz, pastor will officiate and interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Born May 2, 1945 in Mosul, Iraq, he was the son of Simon and Warana (Najor) Sitto.
He has been the owner and operator of the Monroe Liquor Plaza since August 1985.
Basil came to the United States in 1961 and is a member of St. John the Baptist Church and the Monroe Club. He enjoyed playing cards, cooking, gardening and all television sports but most of all he loved gathering with family and friends to have a good time. He enjoyed being with people and was a genuine person.
Surviving is his longtime companion and soul mate Barbara A. Hemry and her daughter Brooke Hemry, sons Christopher J. Sitto of Monroe; Lawrence C. (Darlene) Sitto of Ida and Neal S. (Amanda) Sitto of Monroe; daughter Bethany J. (Ryan Black) Sitto of Ypsilanti; brothers Paul (Lori) Sitto of Farmington Hills and Emil Sitto of West Bloomfield Hills; sisters Violet (Ramsey) Yousif of Troy; Kamila Sitto of Farmington Hills and Hedil (Saad) Habba of Farmington Hills; grandchildren Sydney Sitto, Jerick Sitto, Drew Sitto, Nicklas Black, Aiden Black and Kyndal Rogers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two bothers, Semir and Joseph Sitto; and a sister Caroline Hado.
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Theresa Marie Ann Kenyon, age 57, died unexpectedly of natural causes at her home in Monroe, Michigan on September 24, 2010. The daughter of Alice and Eugene Kenyon of Monroe, she was born on December 21, 1952. A lifelong member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Monroe, she completed her primary education at St. Anne’s Elementary School. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy (1971). She graduated from Wayne State University (1975) with a B.S. in Geology. She was due to complete her Master’s degree in Divinity at Sacred Heart Seminary in December 2010.

Theresa held many positions throughout her long career. She was a substitute teacher for the county of Monroe, as well as a science instructor for elementary school students at several different facilities. She was a technical information specialist at the Defense Mapping Agency in Washington, DC tracking materials used by the U.S. Department of Defense. For the past 13 years she was employed by the Bartech Group as a business technician at the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Power Plant.

Theresa was a member of MENSA, the Michigan Mineralogical Society, and a longtime member and supporter of The Nature Conservancy. She served as secretary for the Monroe Toastmasters Club. She also served as treasurer of the Friends of Ellis. She was involved in the Blues Festival, Writers on the River, and was an avid supporter of the library. She was active in St. Anne’s Catholic Parish, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Catechist, member of the choir, in addition to many other responsibilities. In addition to living her Catholic faith, her true passion was for genealogy. She worked extensively to compile genealogic histories for her own family as well as for several friends and clients.

Theresa was one of six children and is survived by Roger and Judy Kenyon(Crossville, Tennessee), Patricia Kenyon-Kush and Donald Kush(Southgate, Michigan), Mary Kenyon Kehoe and Patrick Kehoe(Carleton, Michigan), Eugene Kenyon(Portland, Oregon), and Thomas and Terry Kenyon(Laurel, Maryland), and many nieces and nephews. A memorial Mass will be held at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 2420 North Dixie Highway, Monroe, Michigan 48162 on Thursday September 30, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, Va. 22203.

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Chester B. Clark, age 92 of Dover, Florida, formerly of Carleton, died Thursday, September 23, 2010 in Florida.

Chester was born March 31, 1918 in Monroe. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during WWII and was employed by La-Z-Boy and Woodall Industries while living in Monroe.

He is survived by his wife Beulah Clark of Dover, Florida; two children, James Clark of Grosse Ile and Bonnie (William) Smith of Monroe; a brother Harold Clark of Sylvania, Ohio; a sister Jeanette (Norman) Selfe of Ida; a sister-in-law Bea Clark of Monroe; five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Chester was preceded in death by a brother Merlyn Clark.

A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date in Dover, Florida.

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Richard R. Rutledge, 68, of North Ft. Myers, Florida and formerly of Monroe, went home to be with his Heavenly Father Thursday, September 23 after suffering complications resulting from heart surgery.

A 1960 graduate of Monroe High School, Richard was a proud veteran who served his country with the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1966, and who also served the City of Monroe as a police officer.

After working for 40 years at the Monroe Plant of the Ford Motor Company he retired in 2006 and moved to Florida the following year. Richard enjoyed swimming, bowling, watching football and playing cards with his friends.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge of Cape Coral, Florida, and the McGregor Baptist Church of Ft. Myers and its Branches Sunday school class.

Richard was born August 26, 1942, to Frederick C. Rutledge and Lolas “Lola” Fortner, both who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, the former Janet Treece, also of N. Ft. Myers whom he married in 1962, daughter, Elizabeth Dawn “Lisa” (Jeff) Adams, son, Jeffrey (Jodi) Rutledge, granddaughters Heather Elizabeth Adams and Stephanie Raquel Adams, all of Monroe, and a sister, Donna Faye Friar of Chesapeake, Virginia.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00 PM till 8:00 PM at the Rupp Funeral Home. He will then lie in state at the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church from 10:00 AM Wednesday until a funeral celebration of his life at 11:00 AM conducted by Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of the church where Richard had been a lifelong member before moving. Burial with full military honors by Monroe VFW Post 1138 will be immediately following at the Roselawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, Janet has requested memorials be made to the D.O.V.E. Fund in support of the Kindergarten being added to the Pho Phong Elementary School in Vietnam built by her brother and sister-in-law, Tom & Renee Treece.

Ronald E. Riddle, age 75 of Monroe, died at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday at his home under the care of Mercy Memorial Hospice with his loving family by his side. He had been in poor health for six years.
A memorial mass will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Carleton on Saturday October 2, 2010 at 11 a.m. Rev. Robert Bauer, pastor of St. Patrick Church will officiate. Cremation has been held at Roselawn Memorial Park with the Rupp Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Born March 3, 1935 in Monroe, he was the son of Thurman and Clara (Chambers) Riddle. He married Marie C. Florian on July 29, 1959 in Monroe.
He was employed as a police officer by the Monroe Police Department for ten years and then by General Motors, Ypsilanti for twenty-two years before retiring.
Mr. Riddle was a 1952 graduate of Monroe High School, a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and served his country in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed boating, golfing, all televised sports, and his wife’s cooking, especially her meatloaf and homemade pies. But most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Ronald is survived by his wife Marie; a son Mark A. Riddle of Monroe; two daughters, Dawn M. (Rick) Becker and Lisa A. (Richard) Lucio both of Monroe; one brother, Dale (Betty) Riddle of Monroe; one sister, Barbara (Ronald) Colpaert of LaSalle; and five grandchildren, Dayna Lucio, Veronica Becker, Cara Lucio, Anthony Becker and Amanda Lucio.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister and brother-in-law Linda and John Cisco.
Memorials contributions may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.
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