Monthly Archives: November 2011

Robert W. Harter, age 94 of LaSalle, died 11:00 p.m. Tuesday at The Lutheran Home.


Friends may call Monday at Rupp Funeral Home from 6 p.m. till time of a Memorial Service at 7 p.m.  Rev. John A. Schinkel, Chaplain of The Lutheran Home will officiate.  Cremation has taken place in accordance with his wishes.


Born May 29, 1917 in Toledo, he was the son of Joseph and Luella (Whipple) Harter.  He married Viola Mae Loomis on November 18, 1937 in Toledo.  She died February 12, 2005.


Robert was a Power House Engineer at Monroe Paper Products for 25 years and at General Motors Powertrain in Toledo for 14 years before retiring in 1982.


Robert enjoyed traveling, fishing, and golfing.  His favorite hobby was his Ham Radio.  He was a member of Monroe County Ham Radio Operators and the Wolverine Net Radio Club.  His amateur radio operator call letter was W8LOU.


He is survived by four sons, Robert (Sandra) Harter, Jr. of LaSalle, Charles (Donna) Harter of Charco, Texas, Garry Harter of Monroe and Scott (Melodie) Harter of Erie; a daughter, Ruth Harter of Oregon, Ohio; a brother Ernel Harter of Oregon, Ohio; 18 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.


In addition to his wife, Robert was preceded in death by a granddaughter Kathryn Joo Harter; four brothers, Franklin, Harry, Melvin, and Norman Harter.


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


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Lyle W. McDonald

September 25, 1932 – November 29, 2011



Lyle W. McDonald, 79, of Monroe died at 4:47 p.m. Tuesday at MercyMemorialHospital.


Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a scripture service will be held at 6 p.m.  He will lie instate at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Church will a Mass celebrating his life at 9 a.m.  Interment will follow at St. JosephCemetery, Monroe.


Born September 25, 1932 in McIntire, Iowa, he was the son of Milo Melvin and Viola Mae (Lewis) McDonald.  He married Elizabeth Bell July 14, 1951 at St. Mary’s Church, Monroe; she preceded him in death on June 11, 2001.


He worked at City Auto Stamping for 42 years; retiring February 1, 1992.


He was an amateur ham radio operator since 1974, an avid golfer and had been involved with St. Mary’s Church Boy Scout Troop 19.


He is survived by six sons, Gary L. McDonald of Monroe, Mike P. McDonald of Monroe, Mark D. McDonald of Liberty, Kentucky, Eric J. McDonald of Monroe, Jim E. (Kim) of Little Rock, Arkansas, John T. McDonald of Willis, Michigan; two daughters, Kyle A. Oakley of Monroe, Karen (Sidney) Sova of Monroe; a brother, Robert M. (Hazel) McDonald of Toledo; eleven grandchildren, Amy, Karen, Lyle, Dale, Brian, Steven, Angela, Joshua, Alex, Mallory, Maggie and three great grandchildren.


In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Lewis, Dale, John and Glen McDonald.


Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.


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Michael D. Agee

Apr. 19, 1947 – Nov. 28, 2011


Michael D. Agee, age 64 of Monroe, died 7:32 p.m. Monday at MercyMemorialHospital.  He had been seriously ill for a year.


Friends may call from 10 a.m. till time of service at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home.  Rev. Alfred Whittaker will officiate.  Burial will follow at RoselawnMemorial Park, LaSalle.


Born April 19, 1947 in Greensboro, North Carolina, he was the son of William Frank and Mary (Silva) Agee.  He married Una Serita Dooley on August 13, 1983 in the First Presbyterian Church, Monroe.


Michael was employed by Ford Motor Company, Monroe for 42 years, retiring in 2008.


He was a member of U.A.W. Local 723 Monroe and the Independent Order of Oddfellows.  Michael enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and boating.  He had a passion for cooking and was a born again Christian who loved his family.


Representing Big Boy Restaurant in Monroe owned by Fred and Jackie Corser, Michael was 1st Runner Up in a nationwide Big Boy Look-a-Like contest.


Michael is survived by his wife Rita; four sons, Michael (Casey) Agee, Jr. of Glendale, Arizona; Mark (Sherrie) Agee of Beaver Dam, Virginia, Eric Geiermann of Monroe, and Nicklos Geiermann of Monroe; five daughters, Ida (Robin) Ludwick of Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania, April (Ernest) Ludwick of Maybee, Patricia Agee of Sun Valley, California, Sonya (Rex) Hershberger of Monroe, and Selena (William) Ludwick of LaSalle; 28 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.


Michael was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, B.J. Ludwick.


Memorial contributions may be made to Paula’s House   P.O. Box 2002Monroe, MI48161.


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Virginia Mary Lymond

May 13, 1916 – November 28, 2011


   Virginia Mary Lymond, 95 of Monroe died at 1:53 p.m. Monday at her home. She had been in poor health for five years.

   Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church where memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor will officiate.

   Born May 13, 1916 in LaSalle she was the daughter of John and Clara (Denham) Heckla. She married Harry LaVern Lymond on June 28, 1938 in Whitehouse, Ohio. He preceded her in death on December 18, 1961.

   Virginia was a homemaker, lifetime care giver and a member of the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church.

   Surviving are her children, Gerald H. Lymond, Byron J.(Cheryl) Lymond, Lyn B. (Mary) Lymond all of Monroe, Deloros Collins of Ypsilanti, Myra (Bill) Deaton, Kathleen Blevins and Cheryl (Steven) Crouse all of Monroe; fifteen grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death her husband, daughters, Patricia Lymond and Geraldine Beverly, son Lyle Lymond, step sons, Rolland Lymond, Harry C. Lymond and Lawrence Lymond, Sr.

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Clayton M. Ayers

February 12, 1935 – November 28, 2011


   Clayton M. Ayers, 76 of Monroe died at 7:10 a.m. Monday at Toledo Hospital. He had been in poor health for two years.

   Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday. Rev. Michael Cunningham and Rev. Matthew Cunningham will officiate. Entombment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

   Born February 12, 1935 in Gibson Station, Virginia he was the son of Charlie and Vergie (Powell) Ayers. He married Barbara R. Cunningham on May 27, 1957 in Tazewell, Tennessee and they moved to Monroe in 1966. Sadly she preceded him in death on September 21, 2001.

  Clayton was employed as a millwright by Detroit Stoker retiring in 1997.

   He was a member of the True Gospel Missionary Baptist Church and had been a long time member of Hope Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fishing, studying the Bible but most of all his grandchildren.

   Surviving are his children Wayne Ayers of Erie, Cathy (Gary John) Adams of Monroe and Ruth (John) Nowaczyk of Holland, Ohio; brothers, Charles (Ann) Ayers of Morristown, Tennessee and Lewis (Shelia) Ayers of Harrogate, Tennessee; sisters, Jean Mills, Vivian Black, Annie (Billy) Cunningham, Verda Ayers and Lois Ayers all of Ewing, Virginia; grandchildren Sarah (Josh)Ayers-Drummonds, J.C. Adams, Ash-lee Graves, Gary Adams, Courtney Nowaczyk, Alexis Nowaczyk and John Nowaczyk; great grandchild Abigale Warren.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Chester Ayers and granddaughters, Amber and Kendra Adams.

    Memorials may be made to the True Gospel Missionary Baptist Church.

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Thomas D. Goetz

January 17, 1954 – November 28, 2011


Thomas D. Goetz, 57, of Monroe, passed away peacefully at 7 a.m. Monday in his home surrounded by his family.


Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of First Church of God, will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. JosephCemetery, Monroe.


Born January 17, 1954 in Monroe, he was the son of Donald K. and Helen J. (Bodette) Goetz.  He married Lisa Loyd March 17, 1983 in Monroe.


He was a stockman at FoodTown for many years before retiring in 2003.


Tom, who was a sports enthusiast, enjoyed following the Tigers, Red Wings, and Lions.  Several of his other hobbies included hunting and fishing, watching the History Channel, and working on his treasured 1988 Ford Thunderbird.  His greatest enjoyment came from spending time with his children and grandchildren.


He is survived by his wife Lisa Goetz of Monroe; a son, Nick (Tiffany) Goetz of Wixom; three daughters, Mishiya (Steve) Doran of Stockbridge, Michigan, Amanda Goetz of Las Vegas, Nevada, Vanessa Goetz of Monroe; three sisters, Suzanne Maniaci of Monroe, Alice (Tom) Malik of Monroe, Kathy (Marty) LaBrecque of Lebanon, Tennessee and five grandchildren, Meghan, Michael, Matthew, Marissa and Jackson.


The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the MonroeCancerCenter and Mercy Memorial Hospice for their kindness and caring during such a difficult time.


He is preceded in death by his parents.


In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the MonroeCancerCenter, Mercy Memorial Hospice or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


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Ruth A. Absalom

April 23, 1940 – November 28, 2011


   Ruth A. Absalom, 71 of LaSalle died at 3:33 a.m. Monday at Toledo Hospital. She had been in poor health for three weeks.

   Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Rev. Ronald Schultz, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

   Born April 23, 1940 in Middlesboro, Kentucky she was the daughter of Cecil and Bertha (Walker) Hill. She married Lewis L. Absalom on January 21, 1959 in Toledo.

   Ruth was a homemaker and a member of Grace Lutheran Church.

   She is survived by her husband Lewis, daughters, Dana Lynn (Christopher) Porkrski of Temperance and Terry L. (Donald) Sander of Samaria; brothers, Kenneth Hill of Pearland, Texas and Walter A. (Peggy) Hill of Lake Jackson, Texas; sisters, Loraine Peters of Luzerne, Michigan and Mary Guy of Danbury, Texas; grandchildren Josh Porkrski, Anthony Porkrski, Jessie Porkrski, Christopher Porkrski, Justin Wryobeck and Rashell (Lucas) Shallenbarger; six great grandchildren..

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Lawrence G. Lambert

March 12, 1923 – November 26, 2011


   Lawrence G. Lambert, 88 of Monroe passed away Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Mercy Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. He had been in declining health for six months.

   Lawrence and his twin brother, Clarence were born in Harrogate, Tennessee on March 12, 1923 to Walter and Elizabeth (Rowlett) Lambert. So identical, many people addressed them as “Twin” just so they wouldn’t mix then up.

   Lawrence, his two brothers and two sisters grew up in Harrogate where he lived a boy’s dream as he hunted in the mountains and fished in the streams. He was baptized at age 15 into the Southern Baptist faith in the Powell River. He remained a member of the Little Creek Baptist Church in Harrogate, and had attended Monroe Missionary Baptist Church in Monroe.

   Before coming to Monroe in the early 1940’s, he and his twin brother served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, stationed in the Great Smokey Mountains. They entered the U.S. Army and WW II in early 1943, and became members of the 506th Anti-Aircraft Gun Battalion serving on Iwo Jima. A day before disembarking the LST, they stood on deck and witnessed the now famous raising of the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi. After enduring fierce battles on Iwo Jima, Lawrence was honorably discharged on January 21, 1946, and awarded the WW II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, AP Theater Ribbon and a Bronze Service Star. He was a life member of the V.F.W. Post 1138 Monroe.

   Shortly after returning to Monroe, Lawrence met his future bride, Theda Jean Heck, who in later life he would refer to as “Precious Moment”. A beautiful couple, Lawrence and Theda were married on July 26, 1947. They were blessed with five children, and their lives centered around their children, Smokey Mountain vacations, and family get-togethers- all things precious memories are made of. Lawrence continued to enjoy the outdoors, and was an avid gardener, tending a beautiful garden every year until recently. Sadly Theda passed away December 24, 2005.

   Lawrence was employed by the Monsanto Corporation of Trenton for 30 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Quarter Century Club.

   In addition to his wife, Theda, and beloved son Gary, also preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Patton (Vada) and Clarence (Mildred) and a sister Juanita (Bob) Carmack.

   Surviving are his loving family; sons Lawrence Gail (Paula) and Stanley Glenn (Lori); daughters, Shirley (Norm) Hyden and Karen Lambert Duchenne, all of Monroe; a sister, Wanda (Tim) Clark of Knoxville, TN. 13 grandchildren; Dannielle Lambert, Denise (Tommy) Goins, Amy Lambert, Brent (Katie) Hyden, Zack Hyden, Corine (Bill) Lambert-Sheridan, Amanda (Mike) Perkey, Megan Lambert, Grant Lambert, PFC Ashton Duchenne, McKenna Duchenne and Michael Duchenne. Also 8 great-grandchildren Kylee Bezeau, Abby Goins, Reece, Spencer and Mason Lambert, Mallory Perkey, Annalise Hyden and Cody Peters.

   Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate Wednesday 10 a.m. at the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church with funeral services at 11 a.m. Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor will officiate. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 1138 Monroe.

   Memorials may be made to the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church.

Sara Luz McKinney

October 16, 1927 – November 25, 2011


   Sara Luz McKinney, 84 of Miami, Florida formerly of Adrian died at 4:55 a.m. Friday at the PalaceGardens in Homestead, Florida.

   Friends may call Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. funeral service time at the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. Entombment will be at RoselawnMemorial Park, LaSalle.

   Born October 16, 1927 in Santiago, Chile she was the daughter of Luis G. and Rosa G. (Diaz-Muñoz) Pizarro.

   Sara was a resident of Miami for the last fifteen years.

    She is survived by her daughter Sara K. (Robert M.) Bess of Dundee; granddaughters, Karina (Jason) Pitchford of St. John and Evie (Brian) Campbell of Grand Rapids; great grandchildren, Taylor, Ariana, Grayson and Preston, a sister, Alicia de Dreise of Santiago, Chile.

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Margaret May Leis., 84, of Florence passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at the McLeod Hospice House, Florence, SC.


Mrs. Leis was born in Toledo, OH, a daughter of the late William and Flora Stevens Byers. She attended St. Luke Lutheran in Florence, SC, and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Toledo, OH.


She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leonard E. Leis; by her sons, Leonard E. Leis, Jr.,  Thomas M. Leis, Robert A. Leis, and Timothy E. Leis; brother, Marion Byers; and by a sister, Florence Byers.


Mrs. Leis is survived by her daughters, Ella E. (Daniel) Breeding of Florence, and Lori S. (Rick) Angel of Monroe, MI; 7 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.


Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Monday, November 28, 2011 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Toledo Ohio with visitation 1 hour prior. Burial will follow at Ottowa Hills Memorial Cemetery, directed by Rupp Funeral Home. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements in Florence, SC.


The family will receive friends 1-8:00 pm, Sunday, at Rupp Funeral Home in Monroe, MI.


Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 106 W. Plumer Street, Toledo, OH; or to St. Luke Lutheran, 1201 Cherokee Road, Florence, SC 29501.


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