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Milivoy “Mike” Knezevich

November 22, 1942 – July 14, 2012

   Milivoy “Mike” Knezevich, 69 of Monroe died at 2:12 p.m. Saturday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. He had been in poor health for four weeks.

   In accordance with his wishes cremation has been held and there will be no visitation or services. The Rupp Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

   Born November 22, 1942 in Monroe he was the son of Bosko and Betty (Zeli) Knezevich. He married Kathleen Snow on July 3, 1964 in Monroe.

   Mike was employed by the Monroe County Road Commission for thirty six years in road maintenance.

   He enjoyed watching football and NASCAR on television.

   Surviving are his wife Kathy, children Rhonda Knezevich , Ron Knezevich both of Monroe and Mike Knezevich of Boston, MA; grandchildren Keasha, Tyler, Brandon and Drew Knezevich, great grandson Angelo Graves; brothers, Nick (Charlotte) Knezevich, Jim (Kathy) Knezevich, Danny Knezevich, Bosko Knezevich all of Monroe and Mark (Jan) Knezevich of Tucson, AZ; sister Maryanne (Danny) Williams of Monroe.

   He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Sophia Geyman.

    The family would like to thank Dr. Kabir, Dr. Trivedi, Mercy Memorial Hospital Emergency Room and I.C.U. and their staffs for their care and compassion during a difficult time and especially Amy Randall who became a true friend during Mike’s treatment

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

Irene Heck May 3, 1920 – July 14, 2012 Irene Heck, age 92 of Monroe, died at 9:33 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Mercy Memorial Hospital.  She had been in poor health for a year. Friends may call from 2 – 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday.  Rev. Lawrence Detruf, Pastor of First Church of God will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle. Born May 3, 1920 in LaFollette, Tennessee, she was the youngest of nine children born to William and Lillian (Parrott) Butler.  She married Horace Heck on March 9, 1937 in Bowling Green, Ohio.  He died July 17, 1990. Irene is survived by three children, Glen (Bonnie) Heck, Dorothy (Robert) Giebel, and Delores Brooks, all of Monroe; 15 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband Horace, Irene was preceded in death by a son Troy Heck and eight brothers and sisters. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Mercy Memorial Hospital for the care Irene was given at their nursing center. Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

William J. Sanphilip

September 7, 1921 – July 13, 2012

The Honorable William J. Sanphilip, former District Court Judge, age 90 of Monroe, died 12:02 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2012 at the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Health Care Center.

Friends may call from 12 – 7 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 5 p.m.  Services and burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of Light Mausoleum at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.  Rev. Marc Gawronski, Pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church will officiate.  Military honors will be provided by Monroe Post 1138 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Born September 7, 1921 in Monroe, he was the son of George and Loretta (Roberts) Sanphilip.  He married Marilyn J. Shovely on June 14, 1952 in St. Mary Magdalene Church in Melvindale, Michigan.

William was a 1940 graduate of Monroe High School and a 1951 graduate of the University of Detroit earning a Bachelor of Law degree.  While attending the University of Detroit, he was affiliated with the Gamma Eta Gamma National Legal Fraternity, the Cooley Law Club and the Moot Court Trial Club.

He was elected District Court Judge in 1968 and was one of the three original district judges that were elected at that time.

William spent four years in the Army Air Corps during World War II serving from 1942 – 1946.  He was a member of the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus and St. Mary Church.

A private pilot who loved flying, he flew to almost every state this side of the Rockies.  He enjoyed bowling and had a love for music, especially the piano, playing for anyone who wanted to listen.  He especially enjoyed spending time up north on George Lake and then later on Lake Ogemaw in West Branch, Michigan.

He is survived by his daughter Kathy (John) Giljum of Carleton; son-in-law John Giljum; grandson John Giljum, Jr. and three great-grandchildren.

William was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn who passed away on December 8, 2008, and his daughter Lori on December 24, 2010.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary or Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

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

Charles R. Sprouse

March 20, 1918 – July 12, 2012

   Charles R. Sprouse, 94 of Ida died at 5:00 a.m. Thursday at the Medilodge of Monroe. He had been in poor health for six years.

    Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of the First Church of God will officiate with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

   Born March 20, 1918 in Enterprise, West Virginia he was the son of Thomas and Luiza (Lazier) Sprouse. He married Ethel L. Robinson on July 28, 1944 in Monroe.

   Dutch was employed by Suburban Motor Freight, Columbus, Ohio for many years retiring in 1983. In the 1930’s he worked for the C.C.C. in West Virginia. He also enjoyed golfing, bowling and gardening.

   Surviving are his wife Ethel, son Raymond K. (Cathy) Sprouse of Ida, grandson Charles J. (Kittie) Sprouse of Hillsdale and great grandchildren Willet and Katherine Sprouse.

   He was preceded in death three brothers and five sisters.

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

Isabelle Nagel

November 23, 1916 – July 11, 2012

Isabelle Nagel, 95, formerly of Allen Park, died at 2:50 a.m. Wednesday at Fountain View of Monroe.

Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until funeral services at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Rupp Funeral Home.  Rev. Joel M. Holls, pastor of Angelica Lutheran Church, Allen Park, will officiate.  Private burial will take place at Glen Eden Cemetery, Livonia.

Isabelle was born November 23, 1916 in Idaville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Joseph and Nettie (Gates) Turnipseed.  She married Harry Nagel in 1937 and he preceded her in death in 1990.

She was a charter member of Angelica Lutheran Church and it’s Ladies Auxiliary.  She was also a member of Dundee Senior Citizens.

She is survived by a son, Robert Allen (Roxann) Nagel of Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Nancy (Manuel) Barbosa of Dundee; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by two sisters, Ellen Ploss and Fleeta Herron.

Memorial contributions may be made to Angelica Lutheran Church, American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Association.

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

Madge L. Blevins

April 8, 1930 – July 8, 2012

Madge L. Blevins, 82, of Monroe died at 9:57 p.m. Sunday at The Lutheran Home.  She had been ill for two months.

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 Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Madge was born April 8, 1930 in Tazewell, Tennessee; she was the daughter of Sherman and Hattie (Treece) Cupp.  She married Raymond E. Blevins November 7, 1949; he preceded her in death on May 5, 2005.

She was a member of Amazing Grace Missionary Baptist Church.

Madge is survived by three children, Jerry W. Blevins of Monroe, Linda S. Stuart of Monroe, Jimmie F. Blevins of Willis, Michigan; six sisters, Cladis Morse of Monroe, Ruth (Finley) Bunch of Monroe, Charlene (Von) Loop of Monroe, Lorene Dyer of Temperance, Jessie (Rick) DuBois of Tazewell, Tennessee and Betty (Craig) Alleman of Knoxville, Tennessee; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, a brother Claude and a sister Virgie Hopson.

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Evelyn M. Sander

April 21, 1923 – July 6, 2012

   Evelyn M. Sander, 89 of Mesa, Arizona formerly of Monroe passed away from complication from C.O.P.D.

   Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday July 10, at the Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie Instate 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Catholic Church with the Mass of the Resurrection at 9:30 a.m. Rev. James Smalarz, pastor will officiate with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

   Evelyn was born April 21, 1923 in Dubois, Pennsylvania. She married Joseph Sander on July 8, 1943 in Bowling Green, Ohio. He preceded her in death on July 10, 1986.

   She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, Monroe Moose Lodge 884 auxiliary, Detroit Beach Boat Club Ladies auxiliary and the Frenchtown Senior Citizens.

   She had lived in Monroe since 1957, and in recent years she had been living in Mesa, Arizona with her son Allen.

   Surviving are her children, Jacqueline (Richard) Morris, Robert (Mary Lee) Sander and Allen (Mary Beth) Sander; grandchildren Tom Reno, Paul (Dori) Reno, John (Kristin) Sander, Cory Sander, Allison Landers, Scott (Texanita) Sander, Joseph Sander, Megan Sander and Nicholas Sander, and great grandchildren Devon Marsee, Anthony Reno, Aaron Rena, Ava Sander, Matthew Sander and Jack Landers.

   Memorials May be sent to St. John Catholic Church.

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

Rita M. Gross

December 30, 1938 – July 6, 2012

   Rita M. Gross, 73 of Monroe died Friday morning at Magnum Care of Monroe while under the care of hospice.

   In accordance with her wishes cremation has been held with no visitation or services. The Rupp Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

  Born December 30, 1938 in Monroe she was the daughter of Franklin and Katherine (Corcoran) Gross.

   Surviving are her loving son Michael Gross of Monroe, brothers, William (Sharry) Gross, John (Debbie) Gross, Jim (Opal) Gross, all of Newport and Tom (Bonnie) Gross of S. Rockwood and sister, Rosemary Gross of Monroe.

   She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Robert and Michael Gross.

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

Mark G. Worrell

May 27, 1949 – July 6, 2012

Mark G. Worrell, 63, of Monroe, died at 12:48 Friday at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home.  He will lie in state at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church with 11 a.m. services.  Rev. Evans Bentley will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Mark was born May 27, 1949 in Monroe. He was the son of Carl E. and Ramona G. (Turner) Worrell.

He was passionate about baseball, American history, swimming at the YMCA, bicycling and serving the people of Monroe.  A genuine desire for community improvement and fiscal responsibility motivated him to become actively involved in local governance.

He graduated from Monroe High School in 1967, Monroe County Community College in 1969, Adrian College in 1971, and later earned a Master of Arts from Eastern Michigan University in 1977. A lifelong learner, he kept informed of current events and read many American history books and biographies.

Mark taught for more than 30 years for Monroe Public Schools.  He was a City Councilman for 20 years and was instrumental in planning and building the city’s pedestrian-bike trails on the northwest side.  As the Mayor of Monroe from 2008-2009, he testified before Congress on behalf of Monroe for the creation of the River Raisin National Battlefield.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Mercy Memorial Hospital Board, and Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel.  While a member of the National League of Cities, he served as a board member, Small Cities Council chair, and national membership chair.  He was also a member of Michigan Municipal League, where he served as a board member and chair of the housing task force. In addition, he was a member of Michigan Association of Mayors.

He is survived by two daughters, Adrienne Worrell of Monroe and Erin (Matthew) McGarry of Wethersfield, Connecticut; his mother, Ramona Worrell of Monroe, sister Yvonne (David) Gnaedinger of Monroe, and brother-in-law William Matecki of Gibraltar.

He is preceded in death by his father and a sister, Victoria M. Matecki.

Memorial contributions may be made to the City of Monroe, Worrell Memorial Fund, for improvements to the trail along the River Raisin, or to St Paul United Methodist Church.

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

Anderson

Mary E., 94, of Monroe, formerly of Ferndale and South Lyon, Michigan died July 6, 2012.  She was the beloved mother of Andrew (Harriet), John (Susan), Gregory (Barbara), Robert (Kerry), Dr. Mark (Cheryl), James (Nancy), Paul (Sharon), Sr. Agnes, IHM, Mary Jo (Jack) Soyak, Marj Anderson, Ruth Ann (Bob) Cornwell, Geralyn (Ralph) Saxton and Carole (Glen) Caddy and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  She was born April 12, 1918 to Frederick and Minnie (Bailey) Misegades and was married to the late Andrew H. Anderson. Former member of St. Joseph Church, South Lyon and St. James Church, Ferndale. She is preceded in death by a daughter Jane Anderson. Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Monday at the IHM Motherhouse Chapel with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday.  Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters Servants of IHM. Online condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.