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Bonnie B. Whitman May 20, 1927 – May 30, 2011 Bonnie Bea Whitman, 84, of Monroe went to be with the Lord on Sunday May 30, 2011.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.  Rev. Tom Haynes will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Bonnie was born May 20, 1927 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Luther and Minnie (Fincher) Haynes.  She married Harold Whitman, the love of her life and husband for 67 years on November 6, 1943.

She attended Monroe High School, and graduated in 1975 from the Toledo Medical University, she was a Certified Medical Assistant.  She had also worked at Kline’s Department Store. Bonnie loved her home and family. 

She loved crocheting, sewing, canning, cooking, doing ceramics and fishing.  She had a computer and loved to play FreeCell and she enjoyed her Facebook page.

She is survived by her husband Harold Whitman of Monroe, five children, David Whitman and Dr. Paula Whitman both Monroe, Pauline Kaye (Jack) Absalom of Ringgold, Georgia, Mark (Kathy) Whitman of Monroe and Tracy (Ron) Mangold of Oceanside, California; a brother, Johnny Haynes of Pointe Place, Ohio; two sisters, Annette McDaniel of Indiana, Yvonne McBee of Monroe; twelve grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She loved and was loved. 

She will be missed by everyone who ever knew her.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Paul; a grandson, John R. Standifer, Jr., two sisters, Elsie Mallicoat and Mildred Lambert.

Memorial contributions may be made to Masonic Lodge #27, Monroe.

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

Linda D. (Kimberlin) Gallan, age 49 of Carleton, died at 10:57 a.m. Sunday at the University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor.  She had been in declining health for a year. Friends may call from 12 – 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday.  Rev. John E. Bussell will officiate. Born March 20, 1962, in Monroe, she was the daughter of Ovid and Aileen (White) Kimberlin.  She married Mark A. Gallan May 9, 2009 in Monroe. She was a 1981 graduate of Ida High School.  She enjoyed gospel music, arts and crafts, building doll houses, and making silk flower arrangements. She is survived by her husband, Mark A. Gallan of Carleton; one son, Branden Royston at home; one daughter Ashley Royston at home; two step-daughters, Anna Gallan of Monroe and Katherlyn (Calvin) Luttinen of Monroe; three brothers, Frank (Debra) Kimberlin of Monroe, Ovid R. Kimberlin of Grand Rapids, Roger (Jennifer) Kimberlin of Perrysburg, Ohio; one sister, Ann (Fred) Wood of Monroe and a granddaughter, Paeton Ball. She was preceded in death by her parents. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Merle J. Reichert

Oct 22, 1940 – May 26, 2011

Merle Joy Reichert, 70, of LaSalle died at 1:55 p.m. Thursday in her home surrounded by her family.

In accordance to her wishes cremation has taken place, there will be no visitation or services.  The family will have a memorial mass at a later date.

Born October 22, 1940 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, she was the daughter of Elmo K. and Viola (Ogden) Westlin.  She married Joseph T. Reichert December 19, 1964 in Newhall, California.

She was an assembler at GM Powertrain, Toledo for twenty years, retiring in 1989.

She came to Monroe in 1967 and was a member of UAW Local 14, Toledo.

She loved music, the Canadian Rockies, spending time with her grandchildren and animals especially Princess Di, who is pictured with her.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Reichert of LaSalle; a daughter, Laurie J. Reichert of Atlanta, Georgia; a brother, Kenneth E. (Chris) Westlin of Clearwater, Florida, a sister, Barbara E. Yeung of Vancouver, British Columbia; two grandchildren, Ryan Reichert and Skye McConeghy and two great grandchildren Joseph Blevins and James Ferree.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

The family would like to thank all of the nurses from Hospice of Northwest Ohio for their care and support.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Dog Works, Inc. P.O. Box 351256 Toledo, Ohio 43635.

Lois F. Bales

April 2, 1923 – May 24, 2011

   Lois F. (West) Bales, 88 of Monroe passed peacefully in her sleep May 24, 2011, after a long battle with multiple medical conditions.

   She was one of 13 children born in Detroit, Michigan. Lois is survived by her seven sons Jack (Virginia), Jan (Kathy), James (Renee), Jerry, Jay (Beth), Jody (Zee), Jory Sr. (Sue) and her five daughters Lois “June” Jackson, Jeanette (Rick) Lucka, Judith (Dan) Baxendale, Joan (Thomas) Lademan and Jane (Dennis) Duvall; siblings, Beverly Larry, Colleen (Herb) Jones and Janet Williams; 44 grandchildren 39 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren and dozens of nieces and nephews.

   Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Jack F. Bales Sr., grandsons Raymond Jr., and Jack; son-in-law, Raymond Sr.; parents Charles Royal and Meta Rose (Brunner) West; brothers, John and Charles; sisters, Edith West, Joan Porter, Winnifred Balling, Shirley Knock, Elizabeth Sapp, Ruth Lieteart, Barbara Shernaman, sister-in-law Lee West, brother-in-laws Lloyd Knock, Art Sapp, Dan Lieteart and George Shernaman.

   In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to American Heart Association, National Kidney Foundation, American Diabetes Association or Mercy Memorial Hospice.

   Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Rev. James Jacobs will officiate, Burial Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan.

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

   Henry A. Lietaert, 64 of Monroe died at 4:30 p.m. Monday in his home. He had been in poor health for several years.    Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home, where a Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m.  He will lie instate 10 a.m. Friday at St. John Catholic Church, with funeral services at 11 a.m.  Rev James Smalarz, pastor will officiate, and burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 1138 Monroe.    Born September 16, 1946 in Monroe he was the son of Harold and Rita (Herr) Lietaert.    Henry was employed by Time Container Corporation of Monroe, retiring in 1975. He served in the US Army from January 7, 1966 to January 5, 1968. He was a 1964 graduate of Monroe High School and a member of St. John Catholic Church.    Surviving are his brothers and sisters James T. (Louise) Lietaert of Temperance, Janet (Dale) Sass of Temperance, William P. (Loraine) Lietaert of Monroe, Edward E. Lietaert of Monroe, Patrick F. (JoAnne) Lietaert of Temperance, Kenneth L. Leitaert of Romulus, Peter R. (Denise) Lietaert of Monroe, Julie K. (Eric) DiSabation of Monroe and several nieces and nephews.    He was preceded in death by his parents, brother H. Michael Lietaert, sisters Pam Petit, Jacquelyn C. Schneider and Constance L. Lietaert.    Memorials may be made to St. John Catholic Church.    Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Leona E. Johnson

January 18, 1919 – May 15, 2011

   Leona E. Johnson, 92 of Monroe died at 5:20 a.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. She had been in poor health for five months.

   Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and 12 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate Wednesday 10 a.m. at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church with funeral services at 11 a.m. Rev. Larry K. Loree, pastor, will officiate with burial at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

   Born January 18, 1919 in Monroe, Leona was the daughter of Henry and Clara (Gentzen) Niemann. She married Charles J. Johnson on November 19, 1938 at St. Mary Church, Monroe; he preceded her in death on October 18, 1981.

   She was a homemaker and worked as a housekeeper at the Hall of Devine Child, Monroe.

   Leona was a member of the Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, and the Exeter Township Ladies Auxiliary. She was an avid bowler and bowled on many different leagues.

   Surviving are her children Robert (Polly) Johnson of Adrian; James (Linda) Johnson of Carleton; Richard (Sandra) Johnson of Monroe; Betty (Edward) Sweeney of Maybee; Margaret Rehberg of Monroe; Beverly (Elmer) Turrill of Monroe; Nancy (Larry) DeBoodt of Monroe; Leona (Duane) Angerer of Ida and Darlene (Anthony) Pello of Monroe; brother Earl Niemann of Monroe; sister Genevieve Gramlich of Maybee; twenty-four grandchildren, fifty-one great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son-in-law Clayton Rehberg, sister Shirley Oelke, great granddaughter Stephanie Pello, brother-in-laws Kenneth Oelke and Arthur Gramlich and sister-in-law Betty Niemann.

   Memorial may be made to the Exeter Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary or Holy Ghost Lutheran Church.

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

Arlene (Miller) Gerweck

November 17, 1918 – May 14, 2011

   Arlene Gerweck, 92 of Monroe died at 11 p.m. Saturday at Magnum Care and Rehab of Monroe.

   Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Rev, Nancy Carle, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Monroe will officiate with burial at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

   Born November 17, 1918 in Prescott, Michigan she was the daughter of John and Amelia (Hoffman) Miller. She married Carl Joseph Gerweck on September 7, 1937 in Monroe. He preceded her in death on February 2, 1994.

   Arlene served twenty-four years on the Frenchtown Township Board. She was treasurer for eight years, and trustee for sixteen years. Prior to that, Arlene owned a beauty shop in downtown Monroe. She also sold real estate for C.W. Beck. She has been a member of the First Presbyterian Church since 1936.

   Surviving are her son Ron (Anne) Gerweck of Hale, Michigan; daughters, Carlene (Robert) Stoner of Belleville, Michigan and Holly (Craig) Simon of Monroe; sister, Bernice Woodward of Tempe, Arizona; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband Carl, brothers, Jack, Joe and Carl Miller; sisters, Margaret Koester and Ruth Moody, and grandson John Gerweck.

   Memorials may be made to the Monroe County Humane Society.

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

  

Patricia A. Nolan

December 12, 1935 – May 11, 2011

   Patricia A. Nolan, 75 of Monroe died at 7:43 a.m. Wednesday at her home. She had been poor health for two months.

   Friends may call from 8:30 a.m. Saturday till service at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church. Rev. Stephen Vileo, pastor will officiate with entombment at St. Joseph Cemetery. The Rupp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

   Born December 12, 1935 in Monroe she was the daughter of Chester and Eleanor (Roe) Spillane. She married John W. (Jack) Nolan on May 12, 1956 at St. John Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on April 2, 1982.

    Patricia was employed by Weis Manufacturing, Monroe County Court House, IHM Motherhouse and Buscemi’s Pizza and Subs.

   She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and a 1953 graduate of Monroe High School.

   Surviving are her children Tricia K. Nolan of Monroe and Thomas P. (Vicki) Nolan of Milton, Florida; and a grandson Nicholas W. Nolan.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister Marjorie Knapp.

   Memorials may be sent to Mercy Memorial Hospice or Great Lakes Home Care and Hospice.

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

  

Sister Celeste Rabaut, IHM, 96, died Tuesday, May 10, at her home, the IHM Sisters’ Motherhouse in Monroe, Mich. She had been under Mercy Memorial Hospice Care of Monroe.

Sister Celeste was one of nine children, three boys and six girls, of Louis and Stella (Petz) Rabaut. She was born July 22, 1914 in Detroit, and given the name Marie Celeste. Sister Celeste attended St. Paul Elementary and High School in Grosse Pointe, Mich. She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1937, taking the religious name of Sister Palmyre.

Sister Celeste earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and M.S.L.S. (library science) degree from the Catholic University of America. She taught in formal education for six years at St. Matthew and Annunciation in Detroit. In 1945 Sister Celeste began a long-time ministry in the library at Marygrove College where she ministered for 27 years and as Assistant Librarian from 1971 to 1975.

After leaving Marygrove, Sister Celeste assumed the position of IHM Archivist at the Motherhouse in Monroe and, for 18 years, ministered as archivist. During six of those years, in addition to the position of archivist, she was general secretary to the president of the IHM congregation. In 1993 Sister Celeste became assistant to the archivist, and in 2002 she retired. She entered the Health Care Center in 2006 where she resided until her death.

Sister Celeste is survived by her sisters in the IHM community, and her sisters, Carolyn DePorre, Joan Barret, Sister Martha, IHM, sister-in-law, Mrs. Virginia Rabaut and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Rev. Francis Dermott Rabaut, S.J., Louis III, Vincent, and her sisters, Mary Jane Amato and Sister Stella Marie, IHM.

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, on Thursday, May 12, 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, May 13, at 10 a.m. with Rev. William Fisher, OSFS, as presider. 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

William J. Wood DVM November 25, 1925 – May 10, 2011    William J. Wood, DVM, 85 of Detroit died at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital of Monroe. He had been in poor health since June.    Friends may call Thursday from 9 a.m. till 10 a.m. service time at the I.H.M. Motherhouse Chapel. Rev. Thomas Lumpkin, Director of the Day House in Detroit will officiate. Burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield. The Rupp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.    Born November 25, 1925 in Detroit he was the son of William E. and Hilda E. (LaChance) Wood.    William was employed by the City of Detroit as director of the Animal Control Department retiring in 1994. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a Past President of the Detroit Renaissance Lions Club. He was an avid boater and enjoyed boating on the Detroit River. He wintered in Texas for several years and had a close friend in Brownsville Dr. Mary Lou Watkins. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.    William was a graduate of Cass Tech High School, Detroit, Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science and a DVM. He also graduated from Wayne State University with a Masters Degree in Public Health.    Surviving is his brother Patrick D. Wood of Lansing; sister, Sr. Beth Wood I.H.M. of Detroit; close friend Joan C. Tracey of Birmingham; nieces and nephews, David (Kim) Wood and Sommer, Dawn (Mike) McQuirk and Shaye P. Remont, Jordan, Morgan and Christy McQuirk, Denise (Bruce) Kehren and Rachel, Taylor and Kelsey Kehren.    He was preceded in death by brothers, Glenn G. Wood and John C. Wood and sister-in-law Judith Ann Wood.    In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the I.H.M. Retirement Fund or the Detroit Renaissance Lions Club.    Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.