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James T. Miller

February 12, 1944 – October 31, 2013

miller_1383336403James T. Miller, 69 of Monroe died at 9:38 a.m. Thursday at the home of his long time companion Pat Dees. He had been in poor health for one year.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until funeral services at 1 p.m. at the Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of the First Church of God will officiate with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park LaSalle with military honors provided by V.F.W. Post 1138 Monroe.

Born February 12, 1944 in LaFollette, Tennessee he was the son of Grady and Della (Ford) Miller with his grandmother Anne Ford helping to raise him. He married Marylou (Shinevarre) Sharpe on August 12, 1985 in Toledo. She preceded him in death on December 14, 2003.

James was employed as a fuel supply equipment operator by D.T.E. Energy for 28 years retiring in 2004. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from May 11, 1965 to April 25, 1967.

James was a 1962 graduate of Monroe High School, a member of V.F.W. Post 1138 Monroe, American Legion Post 40 Monroe, U.W.U.A. Local 223 Dearborn and the Southern Michigan Sportsman Club. He enjoyed fishing, riding his Harley, learning to fly and working his garden. He always had a big jar of candy for when the grandchildren came over.

Surviving are his children Jay (Christina) Miller, Rebecca (Ricky) Runyon and Steven (Lynn) Sharpe all of Monroe; Sharon (Reid) Parker of New Tazewell, Tennessee and Devy Sharpe of Toledo; sister, Genevi Sheffler of Tennessee; thirteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; son Dennis Sharpe; sister,  Pauline Carr and an aunt, Aileen Wilson.

Memorials may be made to the V.F.W. Post 1138 Monroe.

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

Vito Cuccia

May 16, 1946 – October 30, 2013

cuccia_1383168190Vito Cuccia, 67, of Monroe, died at 10:32 a.m. Wednesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a sharing of pray and scripture will be held at 7 p.m.  He will lie instate Saturday 10 a.m. at St. Michael Church with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m.  Rev. Louis Lapeyre, associate pastor of St. Mary’s Church, will officiate.  Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Vito was born May 16, 1946 in Partinico, Sicily, he was the son of Girolamo Francesco and Antonina (Brolo) Cuccia.  He married Maria C. Liparoto March 21, 1981 at St. Michael Church, Monroe.

He was a member of St. Michael Church.

He had worked as a maintenance man at the I.H.M. Motherhouse for 23 years and also had worked for various construction companies.

Vito was a loving husband and father, who put family before all else.  He enjoyed farming and gardening.

He is survived by his wife Maria Cuccia of Monroe; two daughters, Nina Cuccia of Monroe and MaryGrace Cuccia of Kansas City, Missouri; a grandson, Vito G. Bray; three brothers, Giorgio (Maria) Cuccia of Monroe, Domenico Cuccia and Giuseppe Cuccia both of Partinico, Sicily; a sister, Francesca Cuccia of Partinico, Sicily and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister Maria Cuccia.

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

John Gerrit Balk

August 6, 1916 – October 30, 2013

balk_1383253930John Gerrit Balk 97 of Monroe died at 10:56 p.m. Wednesday at the Clare Bridge Sterling House of Monroe. He had been in poor health for 2 years and seriously ill since Sunday.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where a Rosary service will be held at 5 p.m. He will lie instate Monday 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. Rev. William Fisher, pastor will officiate with burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery Monroe.

Born August 6, 1916 in Norway Michigan he was the son of Gerrit and Petronella (Gruneveld) Balk. He married Lena Mary Pollzzie on February 5, 1938 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on January 16, 2009.

John was employed by the Ford Motor Company Monroe and the Monroe Auto Equipment Company retiring in 1981.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from May 1945 to June 1946 and was attached to the 38th Ordinance division.

John was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, life member Knights of Columbus 1266, Monroe Boat Club, M.A.E.C.O 25 year Club. He also attended St. Mary Grade School, Christiancy School and Monroe High School. He enjoyed gardening, yard work, wine making, travel and playing cards but his favorite past time was playing the mouth organ.

Surviving are his children Charles J. Balk of Mesa, Arizona, Penny (Russell) Reisig and Sharon Balk both of Monroe; grandchildren Sheila Balk, John (Sandra) Reisig, Christopher (Julie) Balk and Ryan Reisig; great-grandchildren Gerrit Reisig, Cera Balk Jenna Balk, Gavin Reisig and Giuliana Reisig.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, sisters, Dorothy Jaworski and Bertha Ankenbrandt; brothers, Floris and Cornelius Balk.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Jimmie Jackson

May 23, 1932 – October 25, 2013

jackson_1382807102Jimmie Jackson, 81 of Monroe died at 10:20 a.m. Friday at Mercy Memorial Nursing Center. He had been in poor health for ten months.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of the First Church of God will officiate with burial to follow at Northside Cemetery, Maybee.

Born May 23, 1932 in Pineville, Kentucky he was the son of John and Debbie (Simpson) Jackson. He married Christine Blanton on July 23, 1955 in Tazewell, Tennessee.

Jimmie was employed for thirty years at the Ford Motor Company, Wayne Assembly Plant retiring in August 1994. He served his country in the U.S. Army from February 3, 1953 to January 12, 1955.

He was a former member of the American Legion and the Moose Lodge. He also enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting but most of all spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife Christine; children Debra (Dennis) Rohr of Monroe, Eric Glenn (Karen) Jackson of Grass Lake and Tim (Sandi) Jackson of Brighton; grandchildren Brice Jackson, Brandon Jackson, Bethany Jackson, Doug Rohr, Deanna Rohr, Jacob Jackson, Lauren Jackson, Kari Herrst, Kevin Koebbe and Greg Koebbe; great-grandchildren Collin Jackson, Mia Jackson and Aubrey Jackson; brothers, Arthur (Joyce) Jackson, John J. (Ruth) Jackson, Gary (Shirl) Jackson and Eddie (Beulah) Jackson all of Pineville, Kentucky; sisters, Loraetta (Freeman) Hoskins of Pineville and Coraetta (Dan) Fitzpatrick of  Grays Knob, Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles Jackson and sister, Mary Cox.

Memorials may be made to the Mercy Memorial Hospice.

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

shea_marion_1382734759Sister Marion Shea, IHM, 86, died Thursday, Oct. 24, at the IHM Health Care Center in Monroe, Mich.

Sister Marion was one of four children born to Thomas J. and Ellen (Keating) Shea. She was born on May 20, 1927 in St. Louis and given the name Marion. Sister Marion attended St. Edward, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Ann grade schools and the Ursuline Academy and Sacred Heart Academy high schools, all in the St. Louis area. She entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe in 1953 and received the religious name, Sister Jane Marie.

She earned a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Arts in Education from Marygrove College. In her early teaching career, she taught at the elementary level at St. Vincent, Pontiac and St. Regis, Bloomfield Hills. In the 1970s, she served as principal at St. Regis and St. Bede, Southfield. She was missioned to California and taught at Our Lady of Miracles, Gustine; and St. Joseph, Pinole, where she also focused on religious education. In Minnesota, she ministered as director of religious education at St. William Parish (Fridley) and as a student supervisor at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul).

She returned to Monroe in 2000 and volunteered in many capacities before entering the IHM Health Care Center in 2004.

Sister Marion is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers Thomas and John and sister Jane (Sister Thomas Ellen), IHM. 

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe on Monday, Oct. 28, from 2 until 7:30 p.m. with a Remembering at 3 p.m. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Motherhouse. 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.

Margaret Emma Pluff

August 6, 1923 – October 22, 2013

pluff_1382557241Margaret Emma Pluff, 90 of Gibraltar died at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday at Oakwood South-shore Medical Center Trenton. She had been in poor health since October 1.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 12 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home where a Vigil service will be held at 6 p.m..  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church Rockwood, Rev. James Rafferty, pastor will officiate. Entombment will follow at Michigan Memorial Park in Flat Rock.

Born August 6, 1923 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Russell and Mary (Vanslambrook) Vanwashenova. She married Hayden D. Pluff on June 1, 1946 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Newport.

Margaret was employed by Monroe Auto Equipment Co. during WW II, and for many years operated a Detroit News paper station; she also served as a teacher’s aide at St. Joseph School in Trenton before becoming a homemaker.

Margaret attended St. Charles Grade School, and graduated from South Rockwood High School. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Rockwood, and enjoyed playing euchre, square dancing, traveling and was an animal lover. She also enjoyed spending winters at St. Simon Island, Georgia, and being a very special grandmother and great-grandmother; but her most enjoyed pastime was the game of golf; she even scored a hole in one.

Surviving are her husband Hayden; children Thomas H. (Sherrie A) Pluff of Danbury, CT; Denise A. (Kevin) Williamson of Lawrence, MI and Michael D. (Christine) Pluff of Dublin, OH; a brother Glenn VanWashenova of Newport; nine grandchildren, Chandelle (Danny) Albert, Claudine Stephens, Kevin Pluff, Carie (Chris) Koehler, Elesa (Jeff) Malo, Shaun (Shelly) Williamson, Jennifer (Jason) Behun, Jodi (Adam) Rawlings and Megan Pluff and thirteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials for masses may be made to St Mary Catholic Church Rockwood.

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

Sarah Augie Tedrick

October 15, 1981 – October 22, 2013

tedrick_1382631288    Sarah Augie (Petree) Tedrick, age 32 of Monroe, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday evening, October 22nd in her home.

    Friends and family may visit from 4 – 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 – 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home.  She will lie instate 10 a.m. Monday at North Monroe Street Church of God where services will be held at 11 a.m.  The church pastor, Rev. Rick Massingill will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

    Born October 15, 1981 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Donald “Augie” and Linda (Johnson) Petree.  She married Jeffrey D. Tedrick on September 18, 2004 in Monroe.

    Sarah was a 2000 graduate of Monroe High School and became a Registered Nurse upon graduating from the nursing program at Monroe County Community College in 2003.  She was employed by Mercy Memorial Hospital for 15 years, most recently in the Clinical Resources Center.

    Sarah enjoyed shopping, traveling, attending her children’s activities, reading, cats, and was an avid Disney fan.  She was loved and adored by all who knew her.

    She is survived by: two sons, Vincenzo Augie “Vince” Tedrick and Jeffrey Thomas “J.T.” Tedrick, both living at home, and their father, Jeffrey Tedrick of Monroe; parents, Augie and Linda Petree of LaSalle; two sisters, Audrey Petree of Newport and Aimee (Jeremy) Lindsay of LaSalle; grandfathers, Rev. Daniel Petree of LaSalle and Rev. Ronald Johnson of Monroe; niece, Seseana; and nephews, Kylie, Anthony, Jacob, and Jonathon.

    Sarah was preceded in death by grandmothers, Ruth Petree and Barbara Johnson.

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

Sister Anne Marie (Charles Borromeo) Hughes, IHM

hughesannemarie_1382391516Sister Anne Marie Hughes, IHM, 88, died Monday, Oct. 21, at her home, the IHM Health Care Center in Monroe, Mich. 

Sister Anne Marie was one of 12 children born to Joseph and Catherine (Downs) Hughes. She was born on Sept. 12, 1925 in Detroit and given the name Anne Marie. Sister Anne Marie attended St. Charles Elementary and High Schools in Detroit. She entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1945 and received the name religious name, Sister Charles Borromeo. 

Sister Anne Marie earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a master’s degree from Boston College. She taught in formal education for 19 years at St. Joseph, Monroe; Holy Trinity, Gesu and Immaculata High School, Detroit; and St. Bede, Southfield. 

She served in IHM leadership from 1966-1972 and as vice-provincial from 1976-1982. After a year of acculturation and study in Puerto Rico, Sister Anne Marie was missioned to the Diocese of Olancho in Honduras, Central America. In 1983 after a year of study at the University of Notre Dame, she returned to Honduras and served as pastoral minister to the rural poor for 12 years. Returning to the United States in 1995, she was missioned to Holy Redeemer Parish in Detroit, where she taught Spanish and served in bilingual outreach ministry. She retired to the IHM Motherhouse in Monroe in 2003 and moved to the Health Care Center in 2006, where she resided until her death. 

Sister Anne Marie is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sisters, Sister Rita Marie, IHM, Sister Mary Faith, IHM, Mildred, Mary (Lueck) and Catherine, and brothers, William, John, Robert, Thomas, Joseph and Bernard. 

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 2 until 7:30 p.m., with a Remembering service at 3 p.m. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in the Motherhouse Chapel on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. 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.

Tommie Leontay Scott, Jr.

October 20, 2013   

scott_1382381938Tommie Leontay Scott, Jr. was stillborn Sunday, October 20th at Mercy Memorial Hospital.  He was the infant son of Destiney Jennings of Monroe and Tommie Leontay Scott, Sr. of Detroit.   

Friends and relatives may visit from 1 – 5 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 5 p.m.  A family member, Darrell Williams will officiate. 

In addition to his parents, Tommie is survived by grandparents, Emily (Alex Hayes) Carey of Monroe, Darrell (Tasha) Jennings of Monroe, and Kelly Scott of Memphis, Tennessee; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.   

Tommie was preceded in death by uncles, Roland J. Hayes and James R. Hayes; great-uncle James Carey; and great-grandfather, Cecil Jennings.   

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

Odessa Spivey

January 9, 1931 – October 20, 2013

spivey_1382734634Odessa Spivey, 82 of Monroe died at 7:04 a.m. Sunday at Medilodge of Monroe.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday November 2, 2013 at the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witness 5301 E. Albain Rd. Monroe, Michigan 48161.  In accordance of her wishes cremation has taken place.

Born January 9, 1931 in Angullia, Mississippi she was the daughter of James and Mary (Lee) Henry. She married Nathaniel Spivey on September 6, 1947 in Detroit. He preceded her in death on October 30, 2003.

Odessa was employed for many years in the housekeeping department of Women’s Hospital Detroit. She was an active member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness.

Surviving are her children John A. (Linda) Spivey of St. Clair Shores, Reginald J. (Armetta) Spivey of Monroe and Carol D. Gross of Monroe; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Nathan Spivey son-in-law Wayne Gross, sisters, Lela, Mary, Rosie and Euince, brothers, John, Jim and Ezra.

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