Monthly Archives: November 2013


Lloyd K. Kirkpatrick
October 31, 1924 – November 28, 2013

Lloyd K. Kirkpatrick, 89 of Monroe, died at 5:08 p.m. Thursday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. He had been in poor health for 3 weeks.

 Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, with funeral services at 11 a.m. Rev. Christopher D. White, pastor will officiate with burial to follow at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Military honors will be performed by V.F.W. Post 1138 Monroe.

 Born October 31, 1924 in Dearborn, he was the son of Ted and Nelma (Kibela) Kirkpatrick. He married Phyllis Bleil on October 28, 1950 in Dearborn.

 Lloyd was employed as a process engineer by the Ford Motor Company, Monroe from December 1949 until retiring in 1980.

 He served his country in World War II in the US Army Infantry from April 1, 1943 to December 12, 1945.

  Lloyd was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, and V.F.W. Post 1138 Monroe. He graduated from Fordson High School, Dearborn in 1943 and earned his Bachelor Degree from Detroit College of Applied Science, now Lawrence Tech. He enjoyed golf, bowling, bingo and playing games on the computer.

 Surviving are his wife Phyllis; children Ken L. (Sandra) Kirkpatrick of Ann Arbor, Beverly A. Kirkpatrick and Mark A. (Angela Yurchak) Kirkpatrick o both of Monroe; grandchildren Karen, Erin, Brian and Jordin Kirkpatrick, and a brother Ted Kirkpatrick of Spring, Texas.

 He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Jason George Vacek
February 13, 1973 – November 28, 2013 

Jason George Vacek, 40 of Carleton died Thursday evening at his home.

 Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 12 noon Wednesday. Rev. Jeffrey Heimsoth, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church will officiate, and burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

 Born February 13, 1973 in Monroe, he was the son of Robert G and Mary Lynn (Barker) Vacek. He married Tracey L Basile on December 23, 1995 at Trinity Lutheran Church.

 Jason was employed by the Ford Motor Company; he had worked at the Monroe plant, and then transferred to the River Rouge plant. He was a skilled tradesman. He also served as a volunteer fire fighter at the Ford plant.

 Jason was a 1991 graduate of St. Mary Catholic Central High School, and earned his Associate Degree from Monroe County Community College. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and farmed with his father Robert. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, archery, bowling, golf and watching sports on television.

 Surviving are his wife Tracey; father Robert of Carleton; children Anthony J. Standifer of Monroe, Joshua T. Vacek and Jessica L Vacek both of Carleton; brother Robert R. Vacek of South Korea, and grandfather, George Vacek of Monroe.

 He was preceded in death by his mother Mary Lynn on October 15, 2008.

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Sister Remigia Mraz, IHM
June 22, 1921 – November 27, 2013


Sister Remigia Mraz, IHM, 92, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, in the IHM Health Care Center, Monroe, Mich. She had been under the care of Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.


Sister Remigia was one of three children, two boys, and one girl, of Charles and Margaret (Dowley) Mraz. She was born June 22, 1921, in Canton, Ohio, and given the name Helen. Sister Remigia attended St. John the Baptist Elementary and High Schools in Canton. She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1939, and received the religious name of Sister Remigia.

 Sister Remigia earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a master’s degree from the University of Detroit. She ministered in formal education, teaching an in administration, for 32 years at St. Michael, Monroe; St. Vincent, Pontiac; St. Patrick, Carleton; Annunciation, Holy Redeemer, St. Raymond, Christ the King, and St. Vincent, Detroit; St. Joseph, Erie; St. Joseph, Trenton; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Emmett; Holy Cross, Marine City; Sacred Heart, Roseville; Immaculate Heart of Mary High School, Westchester, Ill.; St. Mary, Akron; and St. Mark, Cleveland.

 In 1972 Sister Remigia began ministering as a nurse’s aide at the IHM Health Care Center in Monroe. She worked as an aide; manager of aides and maids substitute; manager of personnel; and as a staff member. After nine years in this ministry, Sister Remigia began teaching at the IHM Adult Education Resource Center at St. Mary Academy, teaching English as a Second Language for seven years. She retired to the Motherhouse in 1988 and resided in the Health Care Center from 1999 until her death.

 Sister Remigia is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, William and Lawrence.

 Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 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 Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Robert Schramm 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.

Annie M. Ciacelli
May 24, 1925 – November 27, 2013


 Annie M. Ciacelli. 88 of Monroe died at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Toledo Medical Center.

 Friends may call from 10 to 2 p.m. Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home chapel services will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park LaSalle. Rev James Smalarz, pastor of St. John the BaptistChurch, will officiate.

 Born May 24, 1925 in Monroe she was the daughter of Tony and Mary (Colucci) DeNardo. She married Fred L. Ciacelli on May 25, 1946 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on February 19, 2006.

 Annie was at one time employed by Monroe Auto Equipment Company and then ran a house cleaning service for 25 years. She was a 1943 graduate of Monroe High School was an avid bingo player and a member of St. JohnChurch. When at her house you would always be offered spaghetti, a sandwich, cookies and coffee you always ate at Annie’s house.

 Surviving are her son, Fred Nicholas Ciacelli of Deerfield, Florida; daughter, Sandy Kahn of Gibraltar; sisters, Sue Weaver of Monroe and Theresa Sutton of LaSalle; and will be sadly missed by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter, Diane Sutton.

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Father Daniel J. Fraser
March 8, 1934 – November 28, 2013

 FraserFr. Dan Fraser, (husband, father of 9, deacon, grandfather of 17, priest) age 79 , passed on to eternal rest on November 28, 2013.  Born in Detroit in 1934, he was the fifth of six children to Thomas A. Fraser and Doris Pecore.  He moved to Northwest Detroit at the age of 7 after a plane crash killed his father.  He attended Precious Blood grade School and DetroitCatholicCentralHigh School and graduated in1951.

 After graduation he entered the Trappist monastery in Dubuque, Iowa.  He resided in the monastery for seven years where he took solemn vows, but was released due to illness.  He returned to Detroit, attending college at the University of Detroit earning a masters degree in theology.  While in college he met Christine M. Jadczak, daughter of Ed and Marie Jadczak.  Dan and Christine married on July 1, 1961 and were fruitful with nine children. Joseph and his children Emily and Michael;  Marie and her children Nicole and Daniel; John and Amanda (Johnson), and their children Gregory, Amelia & Lydia; Thomas and his children Haily, Sierra and Alexandra; Theresa and her children Amber, Jessica and Norman; Paula (Fraser) and Mike Grant, and their children Nathaniel and Alyshia; Bernard; Joan (Fraser) and Jeff Kiley, and their children Lauren and Ella; Ann.

 Dan started his career as a high school teacher at Catholic Central, later moving into the position of assistant principal at CabriniHigh School in Allen Park.  Later he was principal at Sacred Heart in Dearborn.  When the high school was closed in 1976 the family moved to Monroe and he became director of religious education at St. John the Baptist and St. Mary’s Church’s in Monroe, MI.  He also was an assistant district manager for the Detroit Free Press at that time.  Later, he took a position with Prudential Financial services.  He and his wife owned and operated the Joy Christian Book Store in Monroe for 7 years.  Dan and Christine held 6-week workshops for married couples 3 times a year for 16 years.

 In 1968 he entered the diaconate program and was ordained with the first permanent deacon class in Detroit in 1971.  He served as deacon at Our Lady of Good Council in Plymouth, St. John the Baptist and St. Mary’s in Monroe.  After Christine’s death he returned to the seminary and was ordained a priest for the diocese of Toledo in June 12, 1999.  He Served in the Toledo Diocese as associate pastor at St. Peter in Mansfield.  He was pastor at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Toledo, OH and later associate pastor of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns.

 Dan loved to preach and teach.  He published 9 short books of his homilies which are available at select bookstores.

 He is preceded in death by his wife Christine, his parents and his three brothers, Fr. Thomas, Jerry and William. He is survived by his two sisters, Nancy and Mary.

Donations can be made to Toledo Priests Retirement Fund or the Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC) of Monroe.

Friends may visit from 3 – 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.  On Monday, Fr. Dan will lie instate from 4 – 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church with Vespers at 7 p.m.  Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

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Lois L. Orick
September 21, 1921 – November27, 2013

Lois L. Orick, 87, of Monroe, died at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday in her home.

 Friends may call from 2 until services at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rupp Funeral Home.  Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of MonroeMissionaryBaptistChurch, will officiate.  She will then be taken to Coffey Mortuary in Tazewell, Tennessee and have a graveside service at CaveSpringsCemetery in Tazewell, Tennessee at 1 p.m. Monday.

Lois was born September 21, 1921 in Tazewell, Tennessee; she was the daughter of Barton Curtis and Hallie Florance (Pickle) Williams.  She married Bay Orick October 6, 1953; he preceded her in death on April 26, 1996.

 Lois was a member of MonroeMissionaryBaptistChurch.

 She is survived by seven nieces and nephews; Virginia (Louis) Haggard of Powell, Tennessee, Paul Lynn Poore of Nicholasville, Kentucky, Eddie Weaver of Monroe, Linda (James) Thompson of Monroe, Paul (Jewell) Williams, Jr. of Bristle, Tennessee, Patricia (Joe) Carey of LaSalle and Brenda (Jack) Smith of Monroe.  She is also survived by many great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

 In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, two, brothers, Silas S. and Paul E. Williams and three sisters, Leola Coleman, Ruth M. Harless and Beulah Mae Southern.

 Memorial contributions may be made to MonroeMissionaryBaptistChurch.

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C.D. “Al” Cappuccilli
Oct. 5, 1930 – Nov. 26, 2013

Cappuccilli    C.D. “Al” Cappuccilli, age 83, passed into heaven at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at the S.S.I.H.M. Health Care Center.

    Al is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Octavia “Tavi” (Durocher) Cappuccilli whom he married on August 11, 1951 in St. Mary Church; five children – David (Irene) Cappuccilli of Bonita Springs, Florida, Craig (Mary) Cappuccilli of Monclova, Ohio, Heidi (Rick) Webb of Monroe, Stacey (Ray) Langton of Carleton, and Darby (Christopher) Kolano of Saline; Nine grandchildren – Gavin (Sara) Cappuccilli, Andrea Cappuccilli, Joshua (Jenna) Webb, Micah Webb, Robby Langton, Jesse Langton, Natalie Kolano, Nicole Kolano, and Jacquelyn Kolano; one great-grandchild, Rylee Renee Cappuccilli, and Joshua and Jenna’s little Webb on the way.

    Al Cappuccilli was a lifelong resident of Monroe.  He was a member of the first graduating class of Monroe Catholic Central High School (SMCC) in 1948.  He attended the Universities of Toledo and Michigan and graduated from Wayne State University in 1978.  Al served in the United States Army and Air Force, including three years in the Korean War.

    Highlights of his long and storied leadership career include executive directorships at Arthur Lesow Community Center, and later with United Way of Monroe County.  He was the development director of SMCC. Al also served the City of Monroe as a city councilman and as Mayor. He has been dubbed the “City’s Mayor” as Monroe’s longest serving mayor, serving 7 terms (14 years) as Mayor.

    Volumes could be written regarding his many involvements and accomplishments.  Al met presidents and vice-presidents of the United States, congressmen and senators, presidents of corporations and world leaders.  He had great admiration for all those whom he encountered throughout his life, both in his volunteer service and his career.  Al was a tender hearted, humble man whose core values centered on faith, family, and community.  Al spent his entire adult life working to make Monroe a better place for all to live, work and raise a family.  Very few people in the history of Monroe have done more to positively affect the Monroe community as much as C.D. “Al” Cappuccilli has done.

    Friends may visit from 1 – 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where Sr. Kate O’Brien, IHM will lead the Rosary at 4 p.m.  Al will lie instate 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Church.  Mass of the Resurrection celebrating Al’s life will begin at 11 a.m. immediately followed by military honors provided by Monroe Post 1138, Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Rev. Terrence Kerner and the church pastor, Rev. David Burgard will concelebrate.

    Al was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Anthony “Moe” Cappuccilli.

    Memorial contributions may be made to SMCC High School or S.S.I.H.M. Retirement Fund.

    Al will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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Eleanor A. Ridner
June 29, 1933 – November 25, 2013

ridner  Thanksgiving Praises came early for our mother Eleanor A. Ridner when Jesus came for her on September 25th Monday at Magnum Care of Monroe. Now she will live for eternity. Our cup runneth over with joy, as she joined our dad (Clyde R. Ridner) who died on September 29, 2005 and our sister (Linda Kaye) who died on March 21, 1957. She will then have met her father Jesus and then numerous family members and friends for all of eternity!

 Family and friends viewing will be Sunday from 12 to 8 p.m. with funeral services on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Rupp Funeral Home. Our sister Rev. Cynthia and Rev. Kim Semran, our brother in-law, will officiate. Burial of her earthly body will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 Mom was born on June 29, 1933 in Monroe she was the daughter of Alice and Chester Dines of Monroe.

 Our mother became a licensed beautician in 1950. She would graduate from school later in life obtaining her diploma. She also worked for Rockwood Living Center for over 12 years. She served as a head deaconess at the Monroe Christian Alliance Church for years and in her later years she worked along side her daughter at the Precious Sound Hearing Aides.

 She loved singing the old blood songs with her daughters, and won awards for her written poems and short stories, she was a great cook and loved her family.

 Surviving her until later when we join Jesus then her and dad and Linda for all eternity is three sons, Ralph (Valerie) and Jeffrey (Brenda) of Monroe and Brian (Kris) of Ida, two daughters, Lila (Steven) Schilling and Cynthia (Kim) Semran both of Monroe. She left 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

 Our Thanksgiving praise is within our hearts as she left a legacy of Jesus the real reason for this holiday season.

 Until then mom you are now within our Father’s presence, and praying for us until we all meet again for all eternity. See you soon mom, we rejoice with you.

                                      With love your family

George “Jack” Doty
March 25, 1928 – November 24, 2013 

Doty George “Jack” Doty, 85 of Monroe died at 9:10 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital.

 Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Rev. Katie Waggoner, pastor of the Heritage United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 Born March 25, 1928 in Monroe he was the son of Guy J. and Elsie A. (Reber) Doty.  He married Ruth A. MacFarlane on April 30, 1954 at the First Presbyterian Church in Monroe. She preceded him in death on October 12, 2003.

 Jack was a life long farmer who had a dairy herd until 1990 and retired from farming in 2008.

 A 1945 graduate of MonroeHigh School he received his Associate Degree in Agriculture from Michigan State University. He was a member of Heritage United Methodist, served on the boards of directors of Production Credit Association, Ida Farmers Co-Op, Milk Inc., Monroe County Fair, USDA-ASCL County Committee and was a member of the South East Michigan Antique Tractor Association. He also volunteered for the Dundee Meals on Wheels.

 Surviving are his son Scott M. Doty of Monroe; daughter Joella A (Steve) Hannah of Robin, Iowa; grandchildren Heather, Hannah and Brittany Hannah; brother, Robert D. Doty of Monroe.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and brother Donald D. Doty.

 Memorials may be made to the MonroeCounty 4-H, the London Maybee Raisinville Fire Department or the Dundee Meals on Wheels.

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Leona Y. Lams-Moore
November 11, 1950 – November 24, 2013

Lams-Moore Leona Y. Lams-Moore, 63 of Monroe died at 8:17 p.m. Sunday at her home. She had been in poor health for 18 months.

 Private services have been held. The Rupp Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

 Born November 11, 1950 in Westland, Michigan she was the daughter of Howard and Dorothy (Ross) Austin.

 Leona was the owner & operator of Mother Earths Stone Castle in Dundee until retiring in 2012.

 Surviving are her husband Garry Moore:; mother, Dorothy Austin of Taylor; sons, William A. (Johanna) Lams of Monroe and Garry Moore II of Newport; daughters, Danielle Moore and Shannon Moore both of Monroe; grandchildren Wyatt, Aidan, Devin, Karson, Lain, Cole, and Ella; brothers James Austin of Flat Rock and Christopher Austin of Taylor and a sister Alanna Austin of Flat Rock..

  She was preceded in death first husband and father.

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