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David W. Drouillard, age 54 of Monroe, died unexpectedly Thursday in his home.

Friends may call from 12 – 8 p.m. Monday in the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.  Rev. Daniel Complo will officiate.  Cremation will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born April 24, 1957 in Monroe, he was the son of Kenneth and Mary Lou (Jevince) Drouillard.  He married Renee Cole on May 12, 1984 in Grace Lutheran Church.

David was employed by Ford Motor Company, Monroe for over 32 years before retiring in 2008.  He was a member of U.A.W. Local 723 Monroe where he was past-president and former committee man.

He was a member of Monroe High School class of 1976.  He enjoyed tending to his lawn, and gardening.  Most of all, he loved spending time with his grandson Jordan David.

David is survived by his wife Renee; mother Mary Lou Bastien of Monroe; sons David Poupard of Monroe and Tyler Drouillard  at home; daughter Tia Drouillard of Monroe; brothers Steven (Cindy) Drouillard, Joseph (Sandy Reed) Drouillard, and James (Rhonda) Drouillard all of Monroe; sisters Laura (Rick) Bellestri and Sharon (Greg Freeman) Drouillard both of Monroe; step-mother Barbara Drouillard of Monroe; step-brothers James (Wendy) Pine of Nashville, Tennessee, Dean (Barb) Pine of Monroe, John (Angela Young) Bastien of Monroe, and Alex (Kelly) Bastien of Florida; step-sisters Tammy (Rick) Lymond of Monroe, Lynette (Kevin) Curtis of Auburn Hills, Kathy (Jack) Maedel of Monroe, Jill (Doug) Elliot of Monroe, and Julie Shotwell of Monroe; and 5 grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his father Ken who recently passed away on September 5th, step brother Paul Bastien, and step-father Howard Bastien.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Foundation of Monroe County Community College Scholarship Fund.

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

Marilyn Lucille (Opoka) Snider, 76, of Monroe died at 3:55 p.m. Wednesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. She had become seriously ill within the last three weeks.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a Vigil Service will be held at 6:00 p.m.  She will lie instate at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m.  The Rev. Marc Gawronski, pastor of the church, will officiate.  Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born February 14, 1935 in South Bend, Indiana, she was the daughter of Andrew and Martha (Kwiatkowski) Opoka.  She married Earl S. Snider on September 28, 1957 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in South Bend.  He preceded her in death on December 22, 2005.

Marilyn was a homemaker who, in addition to caring for her family, worked as an office manager at the medical practices of her brother-in-law and son, Drs. Thomas and Mark Snider.

She had a fond admiration of South Bend and the University of Notre Dame, especially its Fighting Irish football team.  In her friendly, competitive spirit, she enjoyed beating her family and friends in cards and bingo, and especially took pleasure following her grandchildren’s school events. 

She is survived by two sons; Dr. Mark (Dena) Snider and Patrick (Roxanne Wertenberger) Snider; two daughters, Catherine Keller and Dr. Ann Marie (Michael Knabusch) Snider, all of Monroe; a sister, Gladys Waranica of Grand Rapids; three grandchildren, William Keller, Sarah Keller, and Amber Snider; and one great-granddaughter, Nicole Keller.

In addition to her husband Earl, Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; grandson Andrew Snider; brother Gilbert Daniels; brother-in-law Dr. Thomas Snider; sister-in-law Dr. Irene Snider; and son-in-law Pete Keller.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Comboni Ladies Auxiliary and Monroe County Humane Society.

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

Edward L. Kirby

August 8, 1948 – September 4, 2011

   Edward L. Kirby, 63 of Carleton died at 5:53 a.m. Sunday at the home of his mother-in-law. He had been in poor health for four years.

   Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 12 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate with burial following at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

   Born August 8, 1948 in Drennen, West Virginia, Ed was the son of C. Everett and Della Mae (Long) Kirby. He married Linda F. Ellison on June 2, 1973 at the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church.

   Ed was employed by the Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant for thirty nine years, retiring in 2007.

   A 1966 graduate of Airport High School he was a member of the NRA, and enjoyed deer hunting and fixing things. Ed was a good, honest, hard working family man who loved being with his children and grandchildren. He was a very good natured person who enjoyed teasing and making people laugh and was always there to lend a hand to any one in need. If you were a friend of Ed’s you were a friend for life.

   In addition to his wife, Edward is survived by his mother Della Mae Kirby; children Steven Edward (Trina) Kirby of New Boston; Jennifer Erin (Mike) Ridner of Monroe and Timothy Lee Kirby of Carleton; grandchildren Hannah Marie Kirby, and Heath Edward Kirby; brothers Clarence (Pat) Kirby of Newport, and Jerry (Fay) Kirby of Woodhaven, and a sister Marylin S. Kirby of Flat Rock.

   He was preceded in death by his father, brothers Charles Kirby, and Jim Long, and a sister, Margaret Kirby.

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

  

Bobby L. Keck, Sr.

July 9, 1934 – September 2, 2011

Bobby Lee Keck, Sr., 77, of Monroe died at 11:13 p.m. Friday at Fountain View of Monroe.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m. with the Samaria Lodge #438.  He will lie instate at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church with funeral services at 12 noon.  The Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of the church, Rev. George B. A. Fountain and Rev. Damon Keck, Bobby’s brother, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, with military honors by VFW Monroe Post #1138.

Born July 9, 1934 in Monroe, he was the son of Arthur and Cedilla (Sowder) Keck.  He married Janie Hogan May 7, 1993; she preceded him in death on July 21, 2010.

He was a supervisor for Detroit Edison, before retiring in 1996.

He served in the U.S. Army November 3, 1953 to November 2, 1955 and received the National Defense Service Medal.

He was a member of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church and Masonic Lodge #438, Samaria.  He had attended Machinist Technical School in Chicago.

He was an avid woodworker and for some 35 years he played Santa Clause in Monroe area nursing homes, schools and various other functions.

He is survived by a son, Bobby L. (Sandra) Keck, Jr. of Temperance; four daughters, Victoria Dawn West of Manhattan, Kansas, Janell Lynne (William) Coker of Honolulu, Hawaii, Jennifer S. (Richard R.) Reau of Monroe and Julie Ann (Glenn) Hayes of Granger, Indiana; a brother, Damon Keck of Fyffe, Alabama; fifteen grandchildren, Natasha Phillip, Lisa Mueller, Rachel Rowe, Caleb West, Jason Lee, Matthew Coker, Hilary Frego, Christopher Coker, Nathaniel Coker, Hannah Coker, Courtney Reau, Camden Reau, Cassidy Reau, Jennifer Hayes, Jill Hayes and six great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Darrell and Sam Keck; a sister, Mildred Gerhardt and his faithful companion Zoe.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of NW Ohio or Wounded Warrior Project.

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

Nancy B. Deering

November 8, 1928 – September 2, 2011

Nancy B. Deering, 82, of Monroe, passed away at 1:05 a.m. Friday at Medilodge of Monroe, surrounded by her family.  She had been a resident of Medilodge since July 9..

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday.  The Rev. Evans Bentley, pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born November 8, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of John and Matilda (Burns) Gradwell.  She married Delmont Deering August 16, 1952 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church; he preceded her in death on May 15, 2007.

She had a delivery route for the Monroe Evening News for several years.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and Monroe Women’s Bowling Association.

Her hobbies were bowling, which she enjoyed for more then 60 years, playing cards with family and friends.  She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by a daughter, Pamela (Ralph) Gilbertson of Monroe; a son-in-law, Joe Saum of Monroe; four grandchildren, Amy (Jason) Nolff, Stacy (Adam) Burhart, Alicia Saum and Ian Saum; two great grandchildren, Sophia Nolff and Grady Burhart.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Saum; two sisters, Margaret Burhart and Geraldine Perks.

Memorial donations may be made to the family or St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

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

Kim M. Kreger, age 53 of Erie, died 7:45 a.m. Friday, September 2, 2011 at Mercy Memorial Hospital.  He had been ill since January.

Friends may call from 1 – 8 p.m. Monday in the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday.  Kate O’Brien I.H.M. Chaplain Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born October 11, 1957 in Monroe, he was the son of Bud and Alice (Morse) Kreger.  He married Frieda M. Russo on October 27, 1978 in Erie, Michigan.

Kim was 3rd generation owner and manager of the former Kreger Lumber Co. in Erie until it closed in 1998.  Since then, he has worked for various area hardware stores.

Kim was a 1976 graduate of Monroe High School and enjoyed hunting, gardening, splitting wood, and watching sports.

He is survived by his wife Frieda of Erie; two sons, Vincent (Heather) Kreger and Michael (Amanda) Kreger, both of Erie; a sister, Kay Moore of Monroe; and his four beloved grandchildren who affectionately refer to him as “Pipi”, Tayler, Cole, Kensey, and Kaden.

Kim was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

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

Seymour R. Bray, Sr.

April 5, 1937 – September 1, 2011

   Seymour R. Bray, Sr. 74 of Monroe died at 7:20 p.m. Thursday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. He had been in poor health for six months.

   Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 12 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate Tuesday 1 p.m. at the Church of God Mountain Assembly with funeral services at 2 p.m. Rev. Fred Cornelius, pastor Emeritus of the church and the Rev.’s Jay and Jasper Walden both of the Church of God Mountain Assembly in Tennessee will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

   Born April 5, 1937 in Harlan, Kentucky he was the son of Rev. Ed and Gladys (VanBebber) Bray. He married Louella Burkhart on September 11, 1953.

   He was employed for forty years by the Ford Motor Company, Monroe retiring in 2002.

   Seymour was a member of the Church of God Mountain Assembly. He enjoyed gardening and his classic cars “57 Chevy and 55 T Bird” but his true love was his church and spending time with his family.

   In addition to his wife he is survived his children Seymour R. (Willa) Bray, Jr. Clarence “Danny” (Donna) Bray, Roger D. (Debbie) Bray, Tammie L. (Randy) Bray Baker, Jennifer L. (Bill) Taylor and Suk (Martin) Scott who was like a daughter all of Monroe;  brothers, Edward (Wilma) Bray of Williamsburg, Kentucky; Gilbert (Ondra) Bray of Phoenix, Arizona and Michael (Myna) Bray of Ofallon, Missouri; grandchildren Mikayla (Buddy) Taylor, Alex (Baby Girl) Taylor, Craig Baker, Jason Baker, Roger (Chrissy) Bray, Jr., Deidre (Justin) Reid, Rodney Bray, Scott (Michelle) Bray, Shawn (Stephanie) Bray, Amanda (Greg) Lyons, Lonnie (Kathy) Bray, Ryan (Kristin) Bray, Elizabeth Scott and fifteen great grandchildren

   He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Franklin, Newman and Ron Bray, sister, Kathryn Hatmaker.

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

  

Carl E. Worrell

October 9, 1921 – September 1, 2011

   Carl E. Worrell, 89 of Monroe died at 6:52 a.m. Thursday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. He had been in poor health for two weeks.

   Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate Saturday 10 a.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church with funeral services at 11 a.m. Rev. William Kreichbaum, pastor will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle with military honors by VFW Post 1138 Monroe.

   Born October 7, 1921 in Alger, Ohio, he was the son of William and Ora Belle (Gossard) Worrell. He married Ramona G. Turner on October 9, 1948 at the Alliance Church in Monroe.

   Carl was employed by the Ford Motor Company, Monroe and retired from G.M. Powertrain in Toledo.

   He served in the US Army from November 6, 1942 to January 25, 1946 in the 113th Flame throwing tank battalion and was in combat for eighty days on Okinawa.

   He attended Monroe High School and graduated in 1991 from Monroe Public Schools Adult Education Program. He was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church and helped organize the Custer Cub Scouts and the Custer Base Ball League.

   Carl served as president of the Monroe High School Band Boosters and was chairman of the Frenchtown Senior Citizens. He also volunteered for twenty four years at the Monroe County Court House and Mercy Memorial Hospital. He served as president of Avalon Beach Wahl’s Grove Association for eight years. He also won the RSVP volunteer of the year award in 2003 and the Kiwanis award for community service.

   In addition to his wife he is survived by his children Mark G. Worrell and Yvonne A. (David) Gnaedinger both of Monroe; grandchildren Adrienne Worrell, Erin (Matthew) McGarry, Katy (Jonathan) Koehler and Alison (Hugo) Roa Garcia; great grandsons Robert and Alexander and son-in-law William Matecki of Gibraltar.

   He was preceded in death by a daughter Victoria M. Matecki in 2005, brothers, Gerald, John, Robert, Alton and Donald Worrell, sisters, Mary Cooley, Sarah Smith, Leona Grosteffon, Betty Anteau and Jean Ditty.

   Memorials may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church or Mercy Memorial Hospital.

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