Monthly Archives: October 2013

Ralph Thornton Heath, Sr.

April 13, 1927 – October 7, 2013

 heath_1381261961 Ralph Thornton Heath, Sr. 86 of LaSalle died Monday afternoon in his home.

  Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Rev. Joe Bryant, pastor of the Union Street Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will follow at LaSalle Township Cemetery.

  Born April 13, 1927 in Monroe he was the son of G. Bert and Artie (Perry) Heath. He was married to Jean Heath who preceded him in death on November 25, 1998.

  Ralph was a truck driver for many years, and was the owner & operator of Appliance Parts and Service in LaSalle. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II, attended Union Street Missionary Baptist Church and loved fishing and camping.

  Surviving are his children Sandra Heath of Cleveland, Elaine Craig of Oakley, California, Renee Ciomek of Cleveland, Thora (Keith) Hater of Plover, Wisconsin and Ralph T. Heath, Jr. of Anacortes, Washington; brother, Norman (Thelma Jones) Heath of Monroe; sister Polly Ann Carr of Monroe, fourteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and brother Hazen Heath.

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Rosemary (Rosie) Singleton

April 3, 1953 – October 3, 2013

singleton_1380916831An earthly angel has received her wings. Rosemary (Germani) Singleton is making the heavens roll with laughter.

Rosie lost her long battle with breast cancer on October 3rd. She is survived by her husband, Steven, daughter Sarah (Mark) Lambert, her treasured granddaughters Hailey and Emily, her four sisters Mary Lou (Mark) LaVoy, Rita Eby, Mary Ann Germani, and Michelle Germani. Many nieces and nephews will continue to give love and laughter to others as Aunt Rosie demonstrated where ever she would go.

Rosie was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Monroe where she was married, taught Sunday school and was involved with many youth projects.

Rosie was born on April 3, 1953 to Mario and Marie (Fix) Germani. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy (1971) and was co-owner of Monroe Development and Investment Company where she was involved with the development of commercial and residential properties with her husband.  The friendships and laughter made during this time will be everlasting.

Her most important job was raising their daughter and teaching her how to live a Christian life which included “to treat others as you would want to be treated”. Rosie was passionate about making people smile and laugh. She believed that “laughter is the best medicine”. In the early years she performed as “Rosie the Clown” at Holliday Camp entertaining children and adults alike. From these experiences she formed “The Rockerettes” to celebrate people and make them laugh. Rosie also did laughter seminars with her friend JoAnn Rinne. She met no strangers; everyone was a friend and an important person.

Rosie was a fantastic cook and many of her homemade recipes will be missed at the holidays and family functions. She was teaching her great niece and care giver Jacque how to cook right down to the end. Her recipes will live on into the next generation.

You often found Rosie (Mimi) along with her granddaughters in the golf cart playing in the yard. She was a kid at heart and would always come up with the best stories.

Rosie was preceded in death by her parents and nephew Thomas Eby.

Friends may call from 12-8 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. until services at 1 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Trinity Lutheran Sunday School or of donor’s choice.

Janet G. Weaks

December 15, 1933 – October 3, 2013

weaks_(small)_1380920054  Janet G. Weaks, 79 of Monroe died at 12:50 p.m. Thursday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. She had been in poor health for seven weeks.

  Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Rev. Larry Lyons, chaplain at Mercy Memorial Hospital will officiate with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

  Born December 15, 1933 in Monroe she was the daughter of Isadore and Sarah (Levine) Gittleman. She married Harry R. Weaks, Jr. on September 10, 1955 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on October 27, 2006.

  Janet was employed as a Bus Assistant by Monroe Public Schools for twenty years retiring in 2007.

  She was a 1951 graduate of Monroe High School and was a member of Cedar Creek Church, Toledo.

  Surviving are her children Michael (Debbie) Weaks oh Dundee, Richard (Joni) Weaks of Monroe and Sheree Weaks of Dundee; grand children, Andrea (John) Ushman, Anna Balk, Lauren Notario, Taylor Notario, Matthew Weaks, Christopher (Cristen) Balk, Brandon Balk, Jacob Weaks, Nick Notario and Ben Notario; and four great-grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, Milton and Irv Gittleman.

  Memorials may be made to Autism Awareness or Junior Diabetes.

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Madeleine C. Rousseau

January 2, 1942 – October 1, 2013

rousseau_(small)_1380653734Madeleine C. Rousseau, 71, of Monroe, died at 5 a.m. Tuesday at Harper Hospital Detroit.

Friends may call from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m.  She will lie instate at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church with a Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m.  Rev. David Burgrad, pastor of the church, will officiate.  Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Madeleine was born January 2, 1942 in Detroit, she was the daughter of Thaddeus “Ted” and Mary Ann (Putt) Smetek.  She married Johnny Rousseau April 20, 1963 at Precious Blood Parish in Detroit.

She was in charge of the cafeteria at Raisinville Elementary School for 15 years and then at St. Mary’s School until retiring in 2007.

Madeleine was member of St. Mary’s Church and the Christian Women.

She enjoyed traveling, camping, Sudoku and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Johnny Rousseau of Monroe; four children, Carol (David) Zorn of LaSalle, John (Chris) Rousseau of Gobles, Michigan, Marianne Shope of Monroe and Holly (Jared) Swope of Monroe; three brothers, Ronald (Mary) Smetek of Hilton Head, South Carolina, Gregory Smetek of Redford and Dale (Sally) Smetek of Farmimgton and eight grandchildren, Brad DeKilder, Lauryn Rousseau, Faith Zorn, Olivia Zorn, Meghan Shope, Zachary Swope, Noah Swope and Ryan Swope.   

She is preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Stephen Guth.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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Helen A. Hermes

July 15, 1923 – October 1, 2013

hermes_1380820362    Helen A. Hermes, age 90 of Monroe, died at 7:54 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Mercy Memorial Hospital.

    Born July 15, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan, she was the daughter of John and Anna (Ryduszko) Gorchowick.  She married Alton B. Hermes on September 30, 1950 in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monroe.  Helen loved to remember her courtship with Al and told wildly funny stories of their first few years of marriage.  Alton preceded her in death on October 26, 1998.

    Helen was employed by Monroe County Abstract Company for 44 years, retiring as Assistant Manager on May 6, 1986.  She was proud of her accomplishments as a career woman and applauded the career accomplishments of the upcoming career women.

    Helen was educated and confirmed at St. Mary Grade School and was a 1941 graduate of St. Mary Academy.  She was a devout Catholic and a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

    In addition to her husband Al and her biological parents, Helen was also preceded by two sisters and the couple she was raised by, Estelle and Gertrude Bond.

    In accordance with her wishes, private services and interment were held at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.  Professional services were provided by Rupp Funeral Home.

    Helen touched the hearts of her caregivers during her last days and surely a kind and wonderful love of nature has passed through this world and we all are better for it.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

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