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Ronald L. Esper, 72, passed away peacefully June 30 2012, at the Lutheran Home.  He had been seriously ill for two months. He will lie instate 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Church with a Mass celebrating his life at noon. Rev. Rich Luberti CSsR, will officiate. Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery under the auspices of V.F.W. Post 1138. Ron was born October 26, 1939 in Maybee, to Lawrence and Vernice (Wright) Esper. He attended St. Patrick’s grade school in Carleton and graduated from Monroe Catholic Central in 1957.  Ron proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959 as a cryptographer in the Signal Corps and was stationed at the Seneca Army Ordnance Depot in Romulus, New York. Ron and Janet M. (Wickenheiser) were married April 15, 1961 by Father Howard G. Hungerford at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Ron worked for Monroe Rubber and Plastic in Monroe and Matt King Supply Co. in Toledo, Ohio as the general manager. In 1976, Ron and his good friend and business partner, Ray Martell, began Monroe Industrial Supply Co. Upon Ray’s retirement, Ron became the sole owner; and together with his sons, Tracy and Marty and Ray’s son, David Martell established a tradition of quality service which continues today. Ron was a man known for his honesty and generosity in both his personal and professional life. Ron retired from the family business in 2002. A devoted husband and father, Ron enjoyed reading, watching SMCC Football and Michigan Football, the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Red Wings. He and Janet also enjoyed spending the winter months at their vacation home in Port Charlotte, Florida. He was a member St. Mary Church and St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Port Charlotte. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Janet; their sons, Tracy (Crysti) Esper of Monroe, and Marty Esper of Monroe. Three brothers, Lawrence (Elaine) Esper of Carleton, Dick (Mary Ann) Esper of Carleton, Alan Esper of Ypsilanti, brother-in-law John Bruck of Maybee, sister-in-law Alice Esper of Wisconsin and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Frank, Lewis and Don Esper; sisters, Betty Esper, Sr. Delrose Esper SSJ, Mary Lou Pluff, Leona Bruck and a brother-in-law, Edgar Pluff. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to SMCC Football; St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Mary Church, or St. Joseph Food Closet. Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Leonard C. Werstein

August 18, 1975 – June 30, 2012

   Leonard C. Werstein, 36 of Monroe died at 4:30 a.m. Saturday of injuries received in a motorcycle accident in Frenchtown Twp.

   Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home. Cremation has been held.

   Born August 18, 1975 in Ann Arbor he was the son of Leonard Melvin Lawson and Ruth E. Werstein. He married Kimberly E. Barrett on April 23, 2004 in Toledo. Ohio.

   Leonard was a truck driver employed by Mitchell Enterprises and a 1994 graduate of Milan High School.

   Leonard is survived by his boys Cole W. and Clint D. Werstein at home, father Leonard M. Lawson, mother and stepfather Ruth E. “Werstein” Holt and Michael J. Holt of Monroe; brother Michael J. Holt of Monroe and grandfather Carl M. Werstein of Maybee.

   He was preceded in death by his grandmother Nancy Q. Werstein and grandparents Lamont “Bud” and Harriet Lawson.

   In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the family for the Werstein children.

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

Sister Connie Hoffman, IHM, 89, died Wednesday, June 27, at her home, the IHM Motherhouse in Monroe, Mich. She had been under the care of Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

Sister Connie was one of two girls of Urban and Cecilia (Miller) Hoffman. She was born Sept. 2, 1922 in Monroe and given the name Constance. Sister Connie attended Maybee and St. Mary Academy elementary schools and graduated from St. Mary Academy in Monroe. She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1940, taking the religious name of Olivia.

Sister Connie earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and her master’s degree from the University of Detroit. She taught in formal education for 36 years at Our Lady of Lourdes, River Rouge; St. Louis, Mt. Clemens; St. Felicitas, Chicago; Epiphany, St. Vincent and Gesu, Detroit; Hall of the Divine Child, St. Mary Academy and St. Mary Catholic Central, Monroe; St. Vincent, Pontiac; SS. Peter and Paul, Ionia; Holy Name, Birmingham; and St. Mary, Lorain, Ohio. These years of teaching were interrupted for 10 years, 1972-1982, when Sister Connie ministered as religious education coordinator at St. Kieran in Utica, Mich., and St. Cyril of Jerusalem in Taylor, Mich.

In 1988 Sister Connie returned to Monroe and worked for 12 years in St. Mary Health Care Center in the clerical/Pastoral Care area. She shared her printing and lettering skills and often made popcorn for the sisters’ enjoyment. She retired in 2000 and moved to the Motherhouse in 2003. Sister Connie saw her retirement as a “‘prayer’ for community needs, world problems and grace for needy souls and the dying.”

She entered the Health Care Center in 2008 where she resided until her death. She is survived by her sister, Ruth Marie Burt, and nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, on Monday, July 2, from 2 until 7:30 p.m., with a Remembering at 3 p.m. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in the Chapel on Tuesday, July 3, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Marc Gawronski 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. 

George R. Morris

June 9, 1922 – June 26, 2012

George R. Morris, 90, of Monroe died at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.  Rev. Karl Fuhlbrigge will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

George was born June 9, 1922 in Monroe, he was the son of Sam W. and Hulda (Reisig) Morris.  He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church and attended Monroe High School.  He married Dorothy M. Wright September 27, 1947 at St. Patrick Church, Carleton.

George served in the Merchant Marines for six years, on the Great Lakes, he was a Merchant Seaman and Vessel Officer.  He never lost his love of the water, whether the sailing vessel was large or small.

Cars, motorcycles and the auto industry were also great interests for him.  He was employed by Ford Motor Company for 24 years as an engineer at the Dearborn Engineering facility.  After retiring, he spent many days tinkering away with his car collection.  He was active in local politics, never afraid to voice his opinions or concerns.  He had also served as Monroe Township Supervisor for 2 years.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years Dorothy M. Morris of Monroe; three sons, Timothy M. (Janice) of La Jolla, California, Douglas G. Morris of Monroe and Patrick A. Morris of Melbourne Beach, Florida; two daughters, Rebecca M. Navarre of Palm Springs, California and Janet M. Morris of Monroe; a sister, Virginia Bialko of Monroe; four grandchildren, Ashley and Alex Wellhousen,  Christopher Morris and Marie Navarre-Elsey; a step-granddaughter, Tiesha Keister, a great grandchild and three step-great grandchildren.  George loved and enjoyed his grandchildren very much, always taking time to talk with them, play games or go for a ride on the tractor, never tiring of their curiosity and energy.

He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Sam, John and Jim Morris, a sister, Gertrude Morris and a grandson, Matthew Ryan Morris.

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

George R. Morris June 9, 1922 – June 26, 2012 George R. Morris, 90, of Monroe died at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.  Rev. Karl Fuhlbrigge will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe. George was born June 9, 1922 in Monroe, he was the son of Sam W. and Hulda (Reisig) Morris.  He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church and attended Monroe High School.  He married Dorothy M. Wright September 27, 1947 at St. Patrick Church, Carleton. George served in the Merchant Marines for six years, on the Great Lakes, he was a Merchant Seaman and Vessel Officer.  He never lost his love of the water, whether the sailing vessel was large or small. Cars, motorcycles and the auto industry were also great interests for him.  He was employed by Ford Motor Company for 24 years as an engineer at the Dearborn Engineering facility.  After retiring, he spent many days tinkering away with his car collection.  He was active in local politics, never afraid to voice his opinions or concerns.  He had also served as Monroe Township Supervisor for 2 years. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Dorothy M. Morris of Monroe; three sons, Timothy M. (Janice) of La Jolla, California, Douglas G. Morris of Monroe and Patrick A. Morris of Melbourne Beach, Florida; two daughters, Rebecca M. Navarre of Palm Springs, California and Janet M. Morris of Monroe; a sister, Virginia Bialko of Monroe; four grandchildren, Ashley and Alex Wellhousen,  Christopher Morris and Marie Navarre-Elsey; a step-granddaughter, Tiesha Keister, a great grandchild and three step-great grandchildren.  George loved and enjoyed his grandchildren very much, always taking time to talk with them, play games or go for a ride on the tractor, never tiring of their curiosity and energy. He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Sam, John and Jim Morris, a sister, Gertrude Morris and a grandson, Matthew Ryan Morris. Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

Ruth A. Pursley

February 20, 1932 – June 24, 2012

Ruth A. Pursley, age 80 of Monroe, died at 9:10 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2012 at Fountain View of Monroe.  She had been seriously ill for two months.

Private services were held Wednesday, June 27th at Rupp Funeral Home followed by burial at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Born Feb. 20, 1932 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Charles and Myrtle (Hatheral) Curson.  She married William H. Pursley on August 15, 1953 in Monroe.  He died May 31, 1991. 

Ruth worked for Michigan Bell Telephone Company, R.A. Hayden, and Rau Cartidge in Monroe.  She was a graduate of Monroe High School and a former member of Lodge 884 Ladies of the Moose.

Ruth is survived by three sons, William Terry (Maria) Pursley of Monroe, Michael T. (Michele Roberts) Pursley of Newport, and Patrick D. Pursley of Monroe; three grandchildren, David, Patrick, and Thomas Pursley; three step grandchildren, Gary (Elysa), Paul, and Craig Roberts; and six step great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband William, Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son Thomas; three brothers, Earl, Carl, and Thomas Curson; two sisters, Pauline Liedel and Emily Tomkinson. 

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

Mona R. Petree

April 21, 1924- June 23, 2012

Mona R. Petree, 88, of Monroe, died at 2:45 p.m. Saturday in her home.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m Wednesday.  Rev. Eugene White, retired pastor of Bible Fellowship Church, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Mona was born April 21, 1924 in Middlesboro, Kentucky; she was the daughter of Josh and Nannie (Goins) Herron.  She married Theodore Petree November 25, 1939; he preceded her in death on June 5, 1990.

She had worked as a licensed nurse’s assistant at the hospital in LaFollette, Tennessee; and in the housekeeping department at Oakwood Hospital.

Mona had attended Bible Fellowship Church.

She is survived by a son, Ted (Theresa) Petree of S. Rockwood; two daughters, Sharon Siedlik of Rockwood and Brenda Robb of Canton, Michigan; a sister, Dorothy Dobbs of LaFollette, Tennessee; six grandchildren,  David (Amy) Forgach, Scott (Beth) Robb, Jeff (Tammy) Robb, Tony Siedlik, Candi Siedlik and Zac Petree and twelve great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Earl Herron and Verlan Parks.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Monroe Salvation Army.

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

Joanne L. Nichols

January 4, 1935 – June 21, 2012

Joanne L. Nichols, age 77, of Monroe, died at 1:44 a.m. on Thursday at Mercy Memorial Hospital.  She had been in declining health for the past year.

Friends may visit with family members from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at Rupp Funeral Home in Monroe, Michigan where a scripture service will be held at 7 p.m.  Funeral services will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 25, 2012 at the funeral home.  Rev. Robert Singelyn will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle, Michigan.

Born on January 4, 1935 in Detroit, Joanne was the daughter of Paul and Lottie (Marynowski) Kinzel.  She married William Nichols on June 25, 1955 at St. Anne’s Church in Dearborn, Michigan.

Shortly after marriage, Joanne and her husband moved to Monroe where she became the first elected woman Justice of the Peace hearing and deciding many civil and criminal cases during the 1960’s.  She also performed many marriage ceremonies and was occasionally surprised by couples who visited her many years later on their anniversary.

She was a registered nurse and worked at Dr. John Freud’s Office on Macomb Street in Monroe.  She and her husband later owned and operated Nichols Antiques and Auction for many years.

Joanne was a graduate of the nursing program at St. Joseph Hospital, Ann Arbor and a member of St. Mary’s Church, Monroe.  She enjoyed volunteering for charitable organizations and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 57 years William Nichols of Monroe; two sons, William Paul (Missy) Nichols of Temperance and Robert David Nichols of Monroe and seven grandchildren, Brandon, Bradley, Riley, Megan, David, Ashley and Erin.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church in Monroe, Michigan.

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

Mary Ann Bercheny

November 27, 1937 – June 21, 2012

Mary Ann Bercheny, 74, of Monroe, died at 11:40 p.m. Thursday in her home.

In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place and there will be a memorial service at a later date.

Mary Ann was born November 27, 1937 in Ensley Alabama, she was the daughter of Howard and Meline (Howard) McGlathery.  She married Jerome Bercheny November 17, 1972.

She had been the administrative assistant to the directors of the Federal Aviation Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency; she retired in 1998.

Mary Ann was a member of Faith Methodist Church, Trenton.

She is survived by her husband Jerome Bercheny of Monroe; a step-son, Harold Robert Bercheny of Monroe; a sister, Bertha (Frank) Yost of Trenton and several great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother Hugh McGlathery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association.

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Margaret Antoinette Pancone, age 88 of Monroe, died at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at the Lutheran Home.  She had been in declining health for six months and seriously ill for two weeks.

Friends may call from 12 – 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where a scripture service will be at 5 p.m.  She will lie instate at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church.  Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by Rev. William Fisher.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born September 8, 1923 in Monroe, she was the daughter of John V. and Rose Mary (Piedmonte) Zello.  She married Anthony S. Pancone on May 18, 1946.  They were joined in holy matrimony by Rev. Bernard Mores at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Monroe.  Anthony died August 29, 1984.

Margaret worked for River Raisin Paper Company and Monroe Auto Equipment before getting married.  Then becoming a stay-home mother to raise their six children.  Later in her life she worked for the I.H.M. Motherhouse as a baker, retiring after ten years.

Margaret was a life member of St. Joseph Church and a 1941 graduate of St. Mary Academy.  She enjoyed cooking and baking for family and friends along with watching the Food Network.  She will long be remembered for her sense of humor as she loved to hear and tell jokes and stories.

Margaret is survived by three sons, Michael (Linda) Pancone of Palmyra, Michigan, Robert (Renee’) Pancone of Monroe, and Thomas (Debbie) Pancone of Monroe; a daughter, JoAnn (Thomas) Trombly of Monroe; daughter-in-law Janet Pancone of Maumee, Ohio; son-in-law Roy Burke, Jr. of Monroe; 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 1 newly arrived great-great-grandchild who was born June 18th.

In addition to her husband Anthony, Margaret was preceded in death by a daughter Rosemary Burke February 11, 2010; a son P. Anthony Pancone December 16, 2011; an infant son at birth; and a sister, Antoinette Turner October 4, 1986.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorial donations go to St. Joseph Church Food Closet.

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