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Virgie I. Hopson

September 3, 1932 – March 31, 2012

Virgie I. Hopson, 79 of Monroe, died at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday.  Rev. Harold Raymond, pastor of Amazing Grace Baptist Church, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Virgie was born September 3, 1932 in Tazewell, Tennessee; she was the daughter of Sherman and Hattie (Treece) Cupp.  She married Lyn E. Hopson March 5, 1949 in Pineville, Kentucky; he preceded her in death on October 30, 1993.

She worked for Sharon Manufacturing in Lambertville; retiring in 1987.

Virgie was a member of Amazing Grace Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Kenneth (Sandra) Hopson of Dundee and Richard (Denise) Hopson of Maybee; three grandchildren Brent E. (Keri) Hopson, Laurie (Tobie) Fitch and Tara (Brian) Vella; six great-grandchildren, Cooper J. Hopson, Cole E. Hopson, Jacob Wallace, Jordyn Fitch, Kody Fitch and Ava Vella and seven sisters.

In addition to her husband she is preceded in death by two sons, Randy and Stanley Hopson and a granddaughter, Tracy Hopson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Amazing Grace Baptist Church.

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

William E. Grunow, age 89 of Monroe, died at 10:43 a.m. Wednesday, March 28th at the Rehabilitation Center at The Lutheran Home. Born June 22, 1922 in Monroe, he was the son of Emil and Cecelia (Navarre) Grunow.  He married his beloved wife Ethel J. Zinner on February 2, 1943 in Monroe.  They enjoyed 69 years of married life. Bill honorably served his country during World War II in the United States Navy from Nov. 27, 1942 to Dec. 4, 1945.  He and his three brothers, Harvey, Robert, and Fred all served together in the Navy. Bill was a Security Sales Representative for several brokerage firms until his retirement.  For the rest of his life he remained the “financial advisor” for several family members. Bill was a long time member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Kiwanis Club, Frenchtown Senior Center, Monroe Club, and a former member of the Monroe Golf and Country Club.  Bill loved gardening, caring for his fruit trees, and playing cards and pool with his family and friends.  He loved his wife’s home cooking, which was the absolute best in his eyes. Bill is survived by his wife Ethel; son Pastor Jim (Vicki) Grunow of Boise, Idaho; daughter Sharon (Pastor Thomas) Hackett of Tamarac, Florida; sister Frances (Guy) Jackson; sister-in-law Phyllis Grunow; brother-in-law Bill Weeman; eight grandchildren Sarah (Taye) Kim of Alexandria, Virginia; Nate Grunow of Denver, Colorado; Thomas Hackett of Scottsdale, Arizona; Alicia Grunow of SanFrancisco, California; Joshua Hackett of Arlington, Virginia; Micah Hackett of Seattle, Washington; Rebekah (Nate) Schipper of Holland, Michigan; and Hannah (Aaron) Clark of Holland, Michigan; three step-grandchildren, Maggie, Sam, and Lucie Kuhlmann of Denver, Colorado; three great-grandchildren, Taryn and Bella Kim, and Eva Schipper; and many nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by sisters Mary Weeman and Bertha Peck, and brothers Harvey, Robert, and Fred Grunow. Friends may call from 3 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10th at Rupp Funeral Home.  He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 11th at Grace Lutheran Church where services will be held at 11 a.m.  Rev. Mark Witte, Associate Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church will officiate. Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or Operation Smile, 6435 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, Virginia 23509.  Bill was passionate about helping children with cleft palates and cleft lips. The family would like to especially thank Bill’s surgeon, Dr. Charboneau, for the fine care he had during surgery and afterwards in the ICU Unit at Mercy Memorial Hospital.  Also, thank you to the wonderful nurses, aides, and staff at the hospital and the Rehabilitation Center at the Lutheran Home. Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Theresa J. Billmaier

January 13, 1935 – March 28, 2012

Theresa J. Billmaier, 77 of Monroe, died at 12:41 p.m. Wednesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until a funeral service at 3 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Theresa was born January 13, 1935 in Middlesboro, Kentucky; she was the daughter of John and Ruth (Ford) Sharp.  She married Bernard L. Billmaier July 22, 1988; he preceded her in death June 23, 1998.

She was very active at Mable H. Kehres Apartments and served as their Association President for 8 years.  She was also instrumental in arranging for Abundant Life Ministries to come to the building on Saturday nights to hold a service for the residents.

She is survived by four daughters, Denise (Jerry) Mills of Lambertville, Terrie (Joseph) McGowan of Carleton, Shelly (Douglas) Minton of Monroe, and Julie Matthews of Monroe; two brothers, Robert (Gail) Sharp of Van Wert, Ohio, Larry Bates of South Carolina; thirteen grandchildren and twenty four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband; she is preceded in death by her parents and a great-grandson Browan Elabed.

Memorial contributions may be made to Abundant Life Ministries.

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

Emily J. McKeehan, age 84 of Monroe, died 6:30 a.m. Wednesday at Medilodge of Monroe.  She had been seriously ill for two weeks.

Friends may call from 4 – 8 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home.  Rev. Joe Bryant, Pastor of Union Street Missionary Baptist Church will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born May 14, 1927 in Harlan, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Charles and Susie (Bennett) McBrayer.  She married Lee L. McKeehan June 22, 1946 in Rockhold, Kentucky.  He died January 8, 1998.

Emily was a homemaker and member of Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church since 1958.

She is survived by a daughter, Diana L. (Terry D.) Bowman of LaSalle; a sister, Mary Sue Demaree of Madison, Indiana; two grandchildren, Nathan L. Bowman and Kristan J. (Joshua Ziegler) Bowman; and a great-grandchild, Pyper A. Ziegler.

In addition to her husband Lee, Emily was preceded in death by an infant daughter Barbara McKeehan; two brothers, Charles and James McBrayer; three sisters, Delaina Warren, Chris Griffin, and Myrtle Cupp.

Memorial contributions may be made to Union Street Missionary Baptist Church or Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church.

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

Joseph M. Marchese

August 15, 1938 – March 27, 2012

   Joseph M. Marchese, 73 of Monroe died at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo. He had been in poor health for ten years.

   Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home where a Rosary service will be held at 8 p.m.  He will lie instate Saturday 9 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church with the funeral mass celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Marc Gawronski, pastor, will officiate with burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

   Born August 15, 1938 in Monroe, he was the son of Jasper and Rose (Barretta) Marchese. He married Theresa M. Petrovich on October 3, 1959 at St. Rochs Catholic Church, Flat Rock.

   Joe was a salesman-driver for Tri County Beverage and Don Lee Beverage in the Down River for many years, retiring ten years ago.

   He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Teamster union serving as a union steward. He graduated from Monroe Catholic Central High School.

   Surviving are his wife Theresa, children Christine A. (Michael) Ruff of Niceville, Florida, Michael J. (Cassandra) Marchese of Oak Harbor, Washington, and Anne L. (Robert) Sherrod of Britton, Michigan; grandchildren Sarah, Emily, Matthew, Joseph, McKinzie, Robert and Joseph; sisters, Mary (Peter) Zanger, Grace (Malcolm) Cole both of Monroe and Theresa (Roger) Thornton of Newport.

   He was preceded in death by his parents.

   Memorial masses may be sent to St. Mary, St. Charles, St. Joseph, St. Michael or the Salesian Missions.

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

Jennie M. Mehrer

May 7, 1928 – March 26, 2012

Jennie M. Mehrer, 83 of Newport died Monday March 26, 2012 at 5:41 a.m. at Mercy Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room, losing her battle with heart disease.

Cremation has taken place. Family welcomes friends at the Rupp Funeral Home in Monroe from 10 a.m. with a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday April 14, 2012.  Rev. James Jacobs will officiate.

Jennie was born May 7, 1928 in Detroit, she was the daughter of Felix and Julia (Sek) Puzewicz.  She married Carl M. Mehrer on May 27, 1950 in Detroit; he preceded her in death August 2006.

Devoted mother of three sons, David (Susan) Mehrer of New Bern, North Carolina, Dennis (Rebecca) Mehrer of Milford, Michigan, Carl J. (Kathleen) Mehrer of Clinton Twp., Michigan; Loving grandmother to eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, with two more due in May; sister of Leonard (Eleanor)Puzewicz of 

Oscoda, Michigan.

Jennie loved animals, adopting many pets throughout the years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Jennie may be made to Alliance for Spay-Neuter and Pet Rescue (ASNPR) 911 S. Raiseinville Rd., Monroe, MI 48161.

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

Emma L. Benner, age 89 of Toledo, formerly of Monroe, died 1:00 p.m. Monday at Parkcliffe Community, Toledo.

Friends may call from 2 – 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.  Rev. Richard Ketterman, pastor of Trinity Church of the Nazarene, Toledo, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born August 26, 1922 in Pruden, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Jesse and Laura (Garland) Hyden.  She married Donald L. Benner July 14, 1942 in Napoleon, Ohio.  He died September 9, 1979.

Emma was a member of the Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed bowling.  She had a great sense of humor, quick wit, and was sacrificial in her giving to her family.

Emma is survived by two sons, Jerry Benner of Blissfield and David (Virginia) Benner of Jerome, Michigan; two daughters, Donna (Herman) Anaya of Toledo and Jeanne (Charles) Samples of Petersburg; 7 grandchildren and 6 step grand; 6 great-grandchildren and 7 step great-grand.

In addition to her husband Donald, she is preceded in death by 4 brothers, Burton, Jay, Ralph, and Jesse Hyden, Jr.; 5 sisters, Josephine Mayes, Virginia Higgins, Phyllis Cornell, Mary Adler, and Anne Adler.

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

Emma’s family would like to express their gratitude to Parkcliffe Community Management and Caregivers for the loving care they gave their mother.

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

Betty Braden

November 5, 1933 – March 24, 2012

Betty Braden, 78 of Monroe Michigan went home to be with the Lord after 3 years of battling cancer.  She passed away Saturday in her home.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where serves will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday.  Her son Rev. Gary Braden, pastor of Hope Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Betty was born November 5, 1933 in Tazewell, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Lenis and Lizzie (O’Dell) Maiden.  She married Henry Braden April 25, 1955 in Tazewell.

She is survived by her husband Henry Braden of Monroe; four sons, Eddie Ray (Patti) Braden of Hudsonville, Randy Lee Braden of Monroe, Gary Alan (Karen) Braden of Monroe, Michael David Braden of Monroe; two brothers, Billy (Elise) Maiden and Andrew (Georgie) Maiden both of Franks, Kentucky; three sisters, Wanda Lee Maiden Franks, Kentucky, Mary “Claudia” Horner of Northwood, Ohio, Mary “Dolly” Miracle of Franks, Kentucky; six grandchildren, Beth Braden, Joshua Braden, Rebecca Braden-Roberts, Sara Braden, Christopher Braden, Harley Braden and three great grandchildren, Mallory Braden, Tristen Braden and Emma Rae Roberts.

She is preceded in death by her parents, a brother James Maiden; three sisters, Georgie Maiden-Browning, Sara Jane Maiden- Bailey and Delsie Maiden-Payne.

Memorial contributions may be made to Monroe Cancer Center.

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

Robert B. LaRoy

May 24, 1940 – March 24, 2012

Robert B. LaRoy, 71 of Monroe, died at 3:27 p.m. Saturday at Mercy Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday.  He will lie instate at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Anne Church with Mass at 10 a.m.  Rev. Robert Mossett will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe with military honors by V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe.

Born May 24, 1940 in Monroe, he was the son of Asiel and Elizabeth (Salenbien) LaRoy.  He married Patricia Gaynier May 5, 1962 at St. Charles Church, Newport.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corp from July 25, 1958 to July 24, 1961, where he was a heavy equipment operator.

He worked at Revco in Deerfield and then for 33 years he was a production supervisor at the Trenton Engine Plant; retiring in 1998.  After his retirement he worked at Raisin River Golf Club.

He was a 1958 graduate of Blissfield High School, an honorary life member of the Monroe Council 1266 Knights of Columbus, a life member of St Anne Church, where he was an usher and a member of the Men’s Club. Before moving to Monroe he was a member of the Whiteford Volunteer Fire Department.

He enjoyed golfing, hunting, farming, snowmobiling, going up north to the family cabins, playing euchre, growing tomato plants and bowling.  He especially loved going to his grandchildren’s sporting events.  He walked at the mall and enjoyed riding his Wizzer.  He was an avid fan of NASCAR and the Detroit Tigers.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Patricia; five sons, Robert (Eileen) LaRoy of Leo, Indiana, Brian (Tammy) LaRoy of Monroe, Bradley LaRoy of Carleton, Barry (Heather) LaRoy of Monroe, Brent (Nancy) LaRoy of Monroe; a daughter, Brenda (William) King, III of Carleton; a brother, Gustave (Mary) LaRoy of Riga; two sisters, Shirley (John) Schmidt of Riga, Betty Ann LaRoy of Tawas City; sixteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild, Kailey and two more on the way.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Allison LaRoy.

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

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

His motto in life was “Be happy and take care of your family”.

Severino “Sam” Centa, age 104 of Monroe, died 12:57 p.m. Saturday in his home.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. Tuesday 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 and Rev. Dan Complo will con-celebrate.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Born September 17, 1907 in Neviges, Germany, he was the son of Pietro and Elisa (Cossalter) Centa.  He married Nellie M. Sauro September 26, 1936 in St. Michael’s Church.  She died March 17, 2004.

Sam was a member of St. Michael Church and had been employed by Newton Steel and Monroe Tool and Die.

He is survived by a son, Peter S. (Jan) Centa of Monroe; a daughter, Elisa C. Denja of Skokie, Illinois; five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Nellie, Sam was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Church or Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

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