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James F. Shappee

March 15, 1952 – December 30, 2013

 

ShappeeJames F. Shappee, 61 of Monroe died at 8:18 p.m. Monday at his home. He has been in declining health due to a heart ailment.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home where memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of the First Church of God will officiate.

Born March 15, 1952 in Detroit he was the son of James E. and Lois P. (Smith) Shappee.

Jim was employed for many years as a general foreman in the commercial construction business and most recently as a cook at River’s Edge Restaurant at Carrington Golf Club.

Jim loved all sports especially golf and had a passion for cooking. But most of all he enjoyed spending time with his children.

Surviving are his children Kurt Shappee of Houston, Texas and Lauren Shappee of Madison Heights; brothers, Joseph (Deborah) Shappee of Madison Heights, Jay (Donna) Shappee of South Lyon, Jeffrey (Christine) Shappee, John “Jack” Shappee and Jerome “Scott” (Betsy) Shappee all of Monroe; and a sister Jennifer Kimpe of Muir Beach, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, June Crawford.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Leukemia – Lymphoma Society.

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

 

John F. Weaver Sr.

August 13, 1916 – December 28, 2013

 

    John F. Weaver, Sr., age 97 of Monroe, died at 8:44 PM Saturday in his home after a brief illness. He had been in declining health since September 2012. 

    Born August 13, 1916 in South Rockwood, he was the son of John M. and Mina (Buss) Weaver. He married Elizabeth “Betty” Jane Case in Evanston, IL on May 12, 1956.

 

    He was a 1934 graduate of Monroe High School, Albion College, and received an MBA from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, as a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

 

    John was a veteran of World War II, having served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942 to 1946, primarily on escort and anti-submarine duty in the North Atlantic in the Newfoundland-Greenland-Iceland area.

 

    After his discharge from the service, he joined the staff of Michigan State University as Assistant Professor of Business Administration. From there, he returned to Monroe and eventually joined the staff of Monroe Bank & Trust as Trust Officer, becoming Executive Vice President and Senior Trust Officer before retiring from the bank December 31, 1998.

 

    John also served on the Board of Directors of Amendt Milling Co. in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, as a member and vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Monroe Bank & Trust from January 1968 to April 2000, and on the Board of Directors of La-Z-Boy Inc. from July 1971 to August 2002, as the longest-serving outside Director in the history of company. He was a member of the original Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Monroe County Community Foundation, a member of the original Board of Trustees and Treasurer of Mercy Memorial Hospital, and President, Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the Monroe YMCA for over 20 years. He also served on the Administrative Board and various committees of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

 

    John was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth Jane on June 17, 2000, and is survived by son John Weaver Jr. and daughter-in-law Winnie DuVall, both of Rockville, MD, grandson John Michael Weaver of Novi, and nephews Terry Case of Newport and Steve Case of Monroe.

 

    Friends may visit from 2 – 8 PM Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 AM Friday.  Rev. David Campbell, former Chaplain at Mercy Memorial Hospital will officiate followed by military honors provided by Monroe Post 1138 Veteran’s of Foreign Wars.  Burial will take place in Maple Grove Cemetery in Findlay, Ohio following services at the funeral home.

 

In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to Hospice of Northwest Ohio (hospicenwo.org) 8132 Secor Rd., Lambertville, MI 48144.

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

 

DavisDr. Gary K. Davis DO

November 3, 1952 – December 27, 2013

 

Dr. Gary K. Davis, DO, 61 of Monroe died at 11:23 a.m. Friday at St. VincentMercyMedicalCenter, Toledo.

Friends may visit from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home, where a Rosary service will be held at 6 p.m. He will lie instate 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, with the Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. Rev. David Burgard, pastor will officiate with burial to follow at St. JosephCemetery.

Born November 3, 1952 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania he was the son of Wallace M. and Frances Elaine (Fornili) Davis. He married Marybeth Davis on November 19, 1977.

Gary was employed by MercyMemorialHospital as a physician in the Corporate Connection Department, and was the physician at the Salvation Army Harbor Light facility.

He attended St. JohnEvangelicalSchool; graduated from LaurelHighlandsHigh School in 1970; attended PennStateUniversity; graduated from the West VirginiaUniversity with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a Master of Arts, and earned his Doctor of Osteopathic medicine from West VirginiaStateUniversity in 1983.

Surviving are his children Katybeth Davis, and Gary R. Davis both of Monroe, and a brother, Douglas M. Davis of Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Tegan Marie Davis, and son Seth Anthony Davis.

Memorial may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church.

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

 

 

 

 

Savage2Lennis F. Savage, Jr.

June 5, 1944 – December 27, 2013

 

    Lennis F. Savage, Jr., age 69 of Newport, died 10:44 a.m. Friday, December 27th in the emergency room at Mercy Memorial Hospital.

    Friends may visit from 2 – 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home where St. Anne’s Men’s Club will recite the Rosary at 7 p.m.  He will lie instate 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anne’s Catholic Church.  Mass of the Resurrection celebrating his life will be at 10 a.m.  Rev. Victor Roman, Pastor of St. Charles Church, Newport will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

    Born June 5, 1944 in Monroe, he was the son of Lennis and Mildred (Bressler) Savage, Sr.  He married Michelle D. Lambert on November 3, 1962 in St. Anne’s Church.

    Lennis worked as a Tool & Die Maker with Ford Motor Company at their Woodhaven facility, retiring after 35 years of employment.

    Lennis was a 1962 graduate of Monroe High School and attended trade school for his occupation.  He was a member of United Auto Workers Local 387 in Woodhaven where he was proud to serve as a Skilled Trades Committeeman. 

    Lennis was a member of St. Anne’s Church and an active member of its Men’s Club.  He is a former league bowler at Nortel Lanes and Monroe Sports Center and was a member of the Bressler Family Monday Night Card Club.  Lennis and his wife Michelle attended Adoration every Friday in front of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Charles Church Chapel.

    In addition to his wife Michelle, Lennis is also survived by five children; Kimberly (David) Flaga of Franklin, Georgia, Colleen (Scott) Bearden of Hokes Bluff, Alabama, Lennis (Sherrey) Savage, III of Franklin, Georgia, Kristin (Ron) Bostic of Newport, and Katherine Buckner of Newport; two brothers, Neil (Rosann) Runyon and James (Barbara) Runyon, both of Monroe; two sisters, Nancy Souva and Karen Smeltzer, both of Monroe; sister-in-law Nancy Savage of Monroe; 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

    Lennis was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert Savage, and granddaughter Dymond Nycole Lennette.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Heartbeat of Monroe.

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

Kathryn A. Stoner

December 17, 1954 – December 25, 2013

 

Kathryn A. Stoner, 59 of Monroe died at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Magnum Care of     Monroe. She had been in ill health since September.

Private services will be held with interment at Roselawn Memorial Park LaSalle.

Born December 17, 1954 in Monroe she was the daughter of Wilfred C. ”Pete” and Mary R. (Waltz) Stoner.

Kathryn was a graduate of the MonroeCountyIntermediateSchool District.

Katie Ann enjoyed flower gardening, dogs, spending time with her nieces and nephews and especially decorating her house for each and every holiday. Christmas was her favorite time of all.

Surviving are her brother Robert A (Mary) Stoner of Monroe; niece Debra L. Kennedy; nephew Robert A. (Lori) Stoner Jr.; great niece and nephews, Emily Stoner, Matthew Stoner, Brian Hill and Shane Kennedy.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

 

 

Dennis L. Saum

Jan. 3, 1945 – Dec. 26, 2013

 

  Saum  Dennis L. Saum, age 68 of Toledo, formerly of Monroe, went to be with his Lord at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, December 26th at the home of his sister Bonnie.  He passed surrounded by family after a nine month battle with cancer.

    Born January 3, 1945 in Monroe, he was the son of Myron and Sylvia (Gerber) Saum.  After graduating from Jefferson High School in 1965, Dennis attended a trade school in Bay City, Michigan for four years studying bookkeeping.  He worked for a greenhouse in Rockwood for three years and then at the former Kresge Department Store in Monroe for a year and a half before having to apply for disability.

    Dennis dedicated his whole life doing work for the Lord.  He walked and rode his bicycle for miles everyday, passing out tracts and telling people of the Lord.

    Dennis leaves to cherish his memory: two brothers, Gordon (Ana) Saum of Paradise, Michigan and Rodney Saum of Mount Shasta, California; two sisters, Bonnie (Paul) Stewart and Jan (Don) Jividen, both of Monroe; three nephews, Rick (Julie) Stewart of Newport, Steve (Heidi) Stewart and Ken Stewart, both of Monroe; four nieces, Karen (Pat) Mumbower and Jessica (Rod) Flint, both of Newport, Jill Jividen of Monroe, and Kandice Saum of Sheffield, Ohio; and 16 great-nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, a nephew Keith Saum, grandparents, and many aunts and uncles.

    Per his request, his immediate family and church friends will attend services at Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle.  Pastor Dan Hardin of Gateway Anabaptist Church will officiate.  Rupp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

    Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the American Cancer Society.

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

   

Angel L. Espada

EspadaJanuary 17, 1957 – December 21, 2013

 

Angel L. Espada, 56 of Monroe died at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at his Home. He had been in poor health since March.

 Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday December 28 at the Rupp Funeral Home where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of the First Church of God will officiate. Cremation has taken place at Roselawn Memorial Park LaSalle.

 Born January 17, 1957 in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico he was the son of Jorge Espada and Marie Virginia Burgos. He married Viona K Parker in Monroe.

 Angel was owner and operator of New Times Landscaping in Monroe, and had worked for North Monroe Greenhouse and AK Landscaping, Milan.

 He attended the MonroeChurch of the Nazarene.

 Surviving are his wife Viona; sons, Josh Rosario, Angel Christian Espada, Shanon Espada, Shayne Espada and Kyle Espada; brothers, Jorge Espada, Jr., Nazario Espada, Miguel Ambert and Esteban Ambert; sisters, Aurea Espada and Carmen Espada; four granddaughters and one grandson.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, and son Jorge Espada.

 Memorials may be made at the funeral home to help the family with expenses.

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

 

 

GerweckWarren J. Gerweck

September 24, 1931 – December 19, 2013

 

Warren J. Gerweck, 82 of Monroe died at 9:36 a.m. Thursday at ToledoHospital. He had been in poor health for two weeks.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where a prayer service and VFW Service will be held at 7 p.m. He will lie instate Monday 9:30 a. m. at St. Mary Catholic Church with the Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. Rev David Burgard, pastor will officiate and burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery Monroe. Military honors by V.F.W. Post 3925 Erie.

Born September 24, 1931 in Monroe he was the son of Walter and Hilda (Breitner) Gerweck. He married Mary M. Mentel on November 2, 1963 in St. Joseph Rectory by Father Rosen.

Warren was employed by Consumer Power Company for 35 years at the J.R. Whiting Plant Erie.

He was a 1950 graduate of MonroeCatholicCentralHigh School and served proudly in the U. S. Marine Corps from August 25, 1950 to August 24, 1953. Warren was wounded twice while serving in the Korean War, and was awarded two Purple Hearts; the Combat Action Ribbon; the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon; a Good Conduct Medal; a Korean Campaign Medal with two Battle Stars, and the National Defense Medal.

Warren enjoyed reading, bike riding and traveling throughout the United States. He walked the Mackinaw Bridge 23 times.

He was a life member of the DAV; V F W Post 3925 Erie; Military Order of the Purple Heart; the Monroe Boat Club; Dog Company 7th Marines Association; American Legion Matt Urban Post 40, and St. Mary Catholic Church.

Surviving are his wife Mary, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother William J. Gerweck,  and a sister, Mary A. Schmidt.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Central High School, or the Erie V F W Post 3925.

The Promise    “Across the years I will walk with you in deep green forests on shores of sand: and when our time on earth is through in heaven, too… you will have my hand”.

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

 

 

BondyLois K. Bondy

Dec. 3, 1933 – Dec. 17, 2013

 

    Lois K. Bondy, age 80 of Monroe, died at 7:23 a.m. Tuesday December 17th at The Lutheran Home.  She had been in declining health after an eight year battle with ovarian cancer.

    Born December 3, 1933 in Monroe, she was the daughter of George and Clara (Hasley) Karle.

    Lois worked for 35 years for the United States Department of Agriculture and served as Monroe County Executive Director of that office.

    Lois was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maybee, serving on the board and women’s group and singing in the church’s choir. 

    She had wide ranging charitable interests including veteran organizations, animal organizations, and cancer research, but especially St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  She assisted in raising funds to purchase the church’s new organ of which she was extremely proud.

    Lois enjoyed reading, family and friends.  Although she will be missed, her passing during this season was fitting as she requested Christmas music to be played at her funeral.

    Lois was survived by her daughter Maureen (Fred) Sechan of Highland Park, Illinois; grandchildren Sarah, Rachel, and Joshua Sechan; nephew Ronald Karle; nieces Dianne Gonsalez, Delinda Karle-Becker, and Donna Stefansky; great-nieces Rene Jaworski-Kippola, Lana Jaworski, and Jasmine Stefansky; great-great nephew and nieces Quenten and Audrey Kippola and Violet Jaworski.

    She was preceded in death by her son, Douglas Bondy, and brothers Robert, Donald, and Lawrence Karle.

    Friends and relatives may visit from 3 – 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home.  She will lie instate 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maybee where services will be held at 11 a.m.  The church pastor, Rev. Timothy H. Lentner will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.

    Memorial donations may be made to Sisters In Survival at www.sistersinsurvival.org.

    May her name and memory be for a blessing.

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

   

 

Norma Johnson Lockwood

April 22, 1927 – December 17, 2013

 

lockwoodNorma J. Lockwood, 86 of Monroe died at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday in her home.

Private burial services have been held at Roselawn Memorial Park LaSalle.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday December 28 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church Rev. Alice Morse, pastor will officiate.

Born April 22, 1927 in HamiltonOhio she was the daughter of C. Harry R. and Lila (Norman) Johnson. She married Harry A. Lockwood on September 4, 1947 at Trinity Episcopal Church. He preceded her in death on January 17, 2008.

Norma and her family moved to Monroe on New Years Day 1939 and she attended BoydSchool and graduated in 1945from MonroeHigh School. She furthered her education by attending ConnecticutCollege for Women.

Norma enjoyed being involved in community activities and was active on the Monroe City/County Fine Arts Council and was involved in bringing the Michigan Art Train to Monroe in 1976. She was active in organizing the Monroe County Historical Society’s Old Frenchtown Days. She served Monroe Mobile Meals delivering meals for fourteen years. Norma was elected to the MonroeCountyCommunity College board of Trustees and served for eight years.

Norma’s memberships include the Friends of Council, Monroe Thrift Shop Association, Monroe County Historical Society, Monroe Women’s Center and Trinity Episcopal Church and altar Guild.

Surviving are her son Douglas A. (Karen) Lockwood of Three Rivers, Michigan; grandchildren John L.(Jami) Geis of Seattle, Washington, Jessica S. Lockwood of Eugene, Oregon and Philip R. (Mindy) Lockwood of Goshen, Indiana; six great-grandchildren; sister, Harriet (Robert) Redman of Yakima, Washington and nephews, Robert R. Redman Jr. and Bruce C. Redman.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband Harry and daughter Martha Lockwood.

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

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