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Gerald Wilford Sherman, 94 of Monroe died at 6:20 a.m. Thursday at FountainView of Monroe where he had been the last 10 days.

In accordance with his wishes his body has been cremated. No services are planned. Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe is assisting the family.

Born October 18, 1916 in Yorkshire, New York he was the son of Donald L. and Grace (Freeman) Sherman. He married Norma H. Kline June 3, 1939 at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in Attica, New York.

Gerald was a purchasing agent for Westinghouse Electric Corporation for 17 years until moving to the Monroe area to become purchasing agent for Detroit Stoker from May 3, 1953 until he retired December 31, 1978.

Besides his family Gerald loved his dogs and collecting guns. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and sports enthusiast most of his life. He was a former Fire Chief for Attica (N.Y.) Volunteer Fire Department and former Fire Chief of Carleton Volunteer Fire Department.

Surviving is his wife of 71 years, Norma H. Sherman of Monroe; six sons, Donald R. (Connie) Sherman of Huntsville, Alabama, James F. (Pam) Sherman of Monroe, Gerald W. (Gloria) Sherman of Lapeer, Michigan, David C. (Diane) Sherman of Dallas, Texas, Robert M. Sherman of Monroe and Thomas J. Sherman of San Diego, California; a daughter, Cheryl L. (Charles) Lynn of St. Louis, Missouri; twenty three grandchildren; twenty six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard Sherman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

John Leo Hammer, 57 of Monroe died at 7:27 a.m. Thursday at the home of his sister Mary Therese Hammer in Royal Oak. He had been in poor health since September 2.
Friends may call from 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. He will lie instate 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maybee with funeral service at 11 a.m. Rev. Rich Luberti, pastor will officiate and burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Maybee.
Born November 10, 1952 in Monroe, he was the son of Leo and Elizabeth (Borck) Hammer. He married Roxanna Cook on December 5, 1980 in Tipton, Michigan.
John was a 1970 graduate of Monroe Catholic Central High School and attended the University of Michigan.
He was employed for thirty-three years by DTE Monroe Power Plant as a plant engineer.
John was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maybee, Parents Without Partners, the historical Old Mill Museum in Dundee, the Monroe Community Players, and a DTE Volunteer at the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade. For fifteen years John walked the Mackinaw Bridge on Labor Day and was an active supporter of Relay For Life.
Surviving are his daughters, Jennifer L. (Mike) Callahan of Seattle, Washington and Katherine T. Hammer of Perrysburg, Ohio; one brother, Mike Hammer of Monroe and a sister, Mary Therese (Edward Jelonek Jr.) Hammer of Royal Oak, Michigan.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

James E. Shappee, 81 of Monroe passed away peacefully at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family.

Jim was born November 24, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of the late Edward and Mae (Harrington) Shappee. Jim grew up in Detroit and graduated from St. Cecelia High School. On June 10, 1950, Jim married the love of his life, the former Lois P. Smith. She preceded him in death of December 8, 1992.

Jim was employed for 25 years as a station manager for the Detroit Free Press. He then joined the AAA Insurance Company in Dearborn, Michigan as an insurance agent for 15 years before leaving to purchase The Dubay-Dorner and Harold Steward Insurance Agencies and combining them to form The Insurance Center of Monroe. He retired from the business in 2000.

Jim’s passions were his family, friends and golf. He was a member of the Monroe Golf and Country Club and the Carrington Golf Club for many years. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and Monroe Council #1266 Knights of Columbus.

Surviving are his eight children; June (James) Crawford of Monroe, James F. Shappee of Monroe, Joseph (Deborah) Shappee of Madison Heights, Michigan, Jay T. (Donna) Shappee of South Lyon, Michigan, Jeffrey M. (Christine) Shappee of Monroe, John R. “Jack” Shappee of Monroe, Jerome “Scott” (Betsy) Shappee of Monroe and Jennifer A. Kimpe of Oakland, California; sixteen grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and his sister, Margaret (Robert) Williams of Farmington Hills, Michigan.

In addition to his wife, Lois, he was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, June (John) Williams.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe where a rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. He will lie instate 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church where the Mass of the Resurrection, celebrating his life will be at 10 a.m. The Rev. Marc Gawronski, pastor of church will officiate. Entombment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Memorials contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association, The Leukemia-Lymphoma Society or Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

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

It has pleased our Almighty God to call home his faithful servant Pastor Carlton Harry Palenske, age 78, retired WELS Lutheran pastor, passed away at his home Sunday October 24th, in Winona, Minnesota. He was born December 5, 1931 in Toledo, Ohio to Louis Palenske and Florence (nee) Hagen.
He attended Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Michigan (1950), Concordia College, Fort Wayne, Indiana (1952), Northwestern College, Watertown, Wisconsin (1954), and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin (1957).
Following Seminary graduation, he was assigned to Our Savior Lutheran Apache Mission in Bylas, Arizona. He was then called to the following congregations: Trinity Lutheran Church, Johnson, Minnesota; Immanuel Lutheran Church, Findlay, Ohio; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Monroe, Michigan; Christ Lutheran Church, Saginaw (Shields), Michigan; Peace Lutheran Church, Cape Girardeau, Missouri; and First Lutheran Church, Minnesota City, Minnesota.
He retired from the Lutheran ministry January 1, 1991. In retirement, he was employed part-time by the Developmental Achievement Center and The Winona Transit Service, as a bus driver. In retirement he continued to live in Winona County.
On September 16, 1989, he was joined in holy matrimony with Geraldine Hilgert-Broring in Pickwick, Minnesota. They were blessed with 21 years of marriage.
He is survived by his wife Geraldine, son Stephen (Francis) of Las Vegas, NV; daughters Sandra (Enrique) Arevalos of Brentwood, TN; Rhonda (Jorge) Martinez of Las Vegas, NV; Linda (Jorge) Sasieta of Seminole, FL. Stepsons William Broring of Rochester, MN; Robert (Karen) Broring of Rochester, MN; Stepdaughters Natalie (Albert) Siok of Winona; Nancy (Micheal) Aldinger of Winona; and Julie (Kevin) Finnestad of Winona, 21 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, JoAnn McBride, Toledo, Ohio; two brothers, Milton Palenske, Toledo, Ohio; and Robert (Anna) Palenske, Toledo, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son David Karl, and a brother, Donald Palenske.
Pastor Palenske found great pleasure in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His hobbies included stain-glass work and playing the piano.
Funeral services will be held at 11AM, Thursday, October 28th at the old St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, Michigan or Goodview Trinity Lutheran Church in Goodview, Minnesota.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Vernon A. Scheich, 82 of Monroe died at 3:23 p.m. Sunday at his home.
Friends may call 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate Friday at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church with services at 11 a.m. Rev. James Smalarz, pastor will officiate. Cremation will follow and burial of the ashes will take place at the Rath Cemetery, Monroe.
Born May 11, 1928 in Monroe, Vernon was the son of Albert T. and Elizabeth (Holzer) Scheich. He married Ida Mary Baker on April 20, 1959 in Monroe. She preceded him in death on April 30, 2002.
He was employed for thirty-two years at the McLouth Steel Gibraltar Plant as a pipefitter.
He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, the Frenchtown and Luna Pier Senior Citizens, and enjoyed dancing.
Surviving are his children Julie (Mark) Goodan of Somerset, Kentucky, Vernajean M. (Benjamin) Wood, Jr.of Monroe and Sherri Lynn (Stan) Grames of Newport; brother Dennis (June) Scheich of Monroe, sister Marjorie Hotchkiss of Monroe; eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, sisters Violet Manak, Geraldine Bowers, Audrey Haddix, Helen Kurtz and Ruth Reynolds and a brother Raymond Scheich.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Donna L. Noland, age 48 of Indianapolis, Indiana formerly of Monroe, died Saturday, October 23, 2010 in her home.

Friends may call from 4 – 8 p.m. Friday in the Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. She will lie instate at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church where Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Rev. Stephen Vileo, pastor of St. Michael’s Church will officiate and Rev. Thomas Vermiglio will concelebrate. Cremation will take place afterward followed by interment at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born November 10, 1961 in Monroe, she is the daughter of William and Therese (Klimek) Noland.

Donna attended St. Michael’s Grade School and graduated from the former St. Mary Academy and Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti.

She was an executive secretary and member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Indianapolis, on house staff for Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, member of the Professional Indy Car Fan Club, and a volunteer for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. When previously residing in California, Donna was also a volunteer for Almeda Meals on Wheels.

Donna is survived by her parents, Bill and Terrie Noland of Monroe; two brothers, David (Anne) Noland of Monroe and Bruce Noland of Rochester, Michigan; three sisters, Christina (Dr. Richard) Roehl of Santa Rosa, California, Amy (Ian) Cooke of Monroe, and Renee Noland of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church 4217 N. Central Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46205.

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

Deborah E. Patterson, age 52 of Marblehead, Ohio formerly of Monroe, died at 8:30 p.m. Friday, October 22, 2010 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center,Toledo, where she had been in serious condition since Thursday.

Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Dale Kaufman, pastor of Monroe Free Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born September 6, 1958 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Arlie and Juanita Elsie (Welch) Patterson.

Debbie is survived by her mother, Elsie St. Bernard of Dorr, Michigan; two grandchildren, Taelor and Jordan Killingback; her longtime companion, Joe Plute; a sister Shelly Patterson of Monroe; several aunts and uncles, including Hobert Patterson who was a special part of her life, and her pet dog “Bailey”.

Debbie loved the outdoors, was a homemaker and a great cook.

She was preceded in death by her son, Sean Killingback; father, Arlie Patterson; step-father, Darwin “Red” St. Bernard; grandparents, Willard and Martha Patterson and Amon and Vergie Welch.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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

Raymond A. Morrow, 81 of LaSalle, died at 9:35 p.m. Thursday at his home under the care of Mercy Memorial Hospice. He had been in poor health for one month.
In accordance with his wishes cremation has been held.
There will be a celebration of Rays life from 5:30 to 7 p.m.Wednesday at the Monroe Boat Club followed by a Blue Gavel Service.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Rev. Evans Bentley, pastor, will officiate.
Born May 19, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of Harry and Irene Morrow, He married Janice E. Dickson thirty-nine years ago on December 21, 1970 in Toledo, Ohio.
Ray was a teacher, tennis and swimming coach for many years at Sandusky Public Schools, Sandusky, Ohio. For one year he was an administrator at Alpena Public Schools before coming to Monroe and serving as director of Monroe Parks and Recreation Department and athletic director of Monroe Public Schools. He was part owner of B & M Roofing Company of Monroe and worked for Sieb Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning.
He was a 1952 graduate of Bowling Green State University where he earned Bachelor and Master Degrees in Education. Ray attended St. Paul’s United Methodist and enjoyed boating, swimming, family, and grandchildren. He very much enjoyed the camaraderie of the boating community, his friends at the Monroe Y.M.C.A and woodcarviving.
Ray volunteered at the American Red Cross as a water safety instructor for Monroe County. As a member of the Monroe Boat Club, he served as Commodore in 1987, past president of its Blue Gavel, and past president of district 9 Blue Gavel. Ray was also a member and historian of the Associated Yacht Clubs for several years.
Surviving are his wife Janice; children Susan (Mark) Mueller of Cleves, Ohio, Katherine Morrow of Sandusky, Ohio, Martha (James) Lozinak of Noblesville, Indiana, Jeffrey (Monica) Morrow of Newport, Michigan, Steven Morrow of Plymouth, Michigan, and Brian Morrow of Toledo, Ohio; one brother, Harry Morrow of Sandusky, Ohio; grandchildren, Katy, Joshua, Peter, Lauren, Lisa, Eric, Emily and Nathaniel.
He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife Martha J. (Pheiffer) Morrow.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church or Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Ruby L. Springer, age 78 of Dundee, died at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at Tender Care of Monroe.

Friends may call from 1 – 3 p.m. Sunday in the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 3 p.m.

Born July 4, 1932 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Terry and Helen (Simpson) Butler. She married Vernon H. Springer on November 10, 1950 in Mississippi.

Ruby was employed as a credit manager at the former Federal’s Department Store in Wyandotte, Michigan and Montgomery Ward in Toledo, Ohio. She enjoyed quilting and attending flea markets.

Ruby is survived by her husband Vernon; two sons, Herbert (Barbara) Springer of Tucson, Arizona and John (Pam) Springer of Willis, Michigan; a sister, Paulette Bedel of Boise Idaho; eight grandchildren, Michael Springer, Christina Springer, John R. Springer, II, Wendie Hagerman, Scott Boylan, Jamie Boylan, John Sykes, Jr., and Steven Springer; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Charles and Terry Butler, Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Parkinson Foundation 30400 Telegraph Rd. Suite 150 Bingham Farms, MI 48025.

The Springer family would like to express their gratitude to Tender Care of Monroe and Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe for the kind care they gave Ruby.

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

Gary L. Anteau, 51, of Monroe died at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday at University Hospital, Ann Arbor after a twenty-two year battle with kidney disease.
Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where a candle lighting ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Visitation will also be held Monday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a procession to follow to St. Joseph Cemetery where services and interment will take place.
Born September 16, 1959 in Monroe, he was the son of Jerry L. and Shirley (Kreps) Anteau. He married Angela L. Basile on December 13, 1982 in Toledo.
He was employed by Michelin Tire for twenty years as an inventory specialist and then by Kuhen & Agel Logistics in Temperance as a certified quality manager.
He was a 1977 graduate of Monroe High School and enjoyed woodworking, gardening and music.
Surviving are his wife Angela; parents Jerry and Shirley Anteau of Monroe; daughter Paige L. Anteau of Marquette; step-son Kyle R. Lajiness of Dania Beach, Florida; two brothers, Jeffery L. (Chris) Anteau of Chesterfield, Michigan and James A. Anteau of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his son, Derick L. Anteau on October 19, 1983.
Memorials may be made to Thrivent Financial, 12500 Minx Rd., LaSalle, Michigan 48145.
Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.