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MillerArleen E. Miller

February 29, 1926 – January 29, 2014

 

 Arleen E. Miller, 87 of Monroe went to be with the Lord surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday at MercyMemorialHospital. She had been in poor health for two months.

 Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Saturday at West Ida Immanuel Lutheran Church, 3879 Jackman Rd. Ida. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Rev Micah Sievenpiper pastor will officiate. Burial will follow at West Ida Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

 Born February 21, 1926 in Monroe she was the daughter of Allison and Hattie (Hasley) Leonard. She married Arthur C. Miller on August 30, 1947 in Ida. He preceded her in death on August 24, 1980.

 Arleen was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her family and was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. At one time, she was employed at Consolidated Paper Company and the S.S. Kresge Company both in Monroe.

 She attended WaterlooSchool and was a member of WestIdaImmanuelLutheranChurch.

 Surviving are her daughters Angela (John Bastien) Young and Pamela (Rick) Hyden both of Monroe; grandchildren Aaron (Christina) Young and Erika Baehr; great-grandchildren Jordan, Darrian, Darby and Evan; sister Loretta Vance of New Port Richey, Florida.

 She was preceded in death by her husband and five sisters.

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

DussiaDon David Dussia

March 18, 1937 – January 29, 2014

 

Don David Dussia, 76, of Fremont, Michigan formerly of Monroe, died Wednesday in his home.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 12 noon Monday.  Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of the First Church of God, will officiate.  Burial will follow at RoselawnMemorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Don was born March 18, 1937 in Monroe, he was the son of Charlie and Theresa (Barron) Dussia.  He had been married to Inez Scott.

 

He was a 1955 graduate of MonroeHigh School.

 

Don had worked for Dana Corp in Toledo as a machinist for thirty years.

 

He is survived by his four children, Connie Dussia of Fremont, Julie Mayes of Monroe, Daniel (Darlene) Dussia of Monroe and Karen (Jeff) Alt of Fremont; two brothers, Duane (Helen) Dussia of LaSalle and Marvin (Betty) Dussia of LaSalle; two sisters, Phyllis (Burt) Kronberg of Dundee and Alice Mae Boudrie of Monroe; seven grandchildren, Aaron Mayes, Kevin Mayes, Jr., Rodney (Alissa) Mayes, Stephanie (John) Ouellette, Daniel Dussia, Jr., Kendra Alt and Kara Alt and eleven great grandchildren.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Earl and Ellis Dussia and two sisters, Rose A. Labadie and Delores Cowen.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Boyle_PatriceSister Patrice Boyle, IHM

 

 Sister Patrice Boyle, IHM, 91, died Jan. 27, 2014, in the IHM Health Care Center. She has been under the care of Mercy Memorial Hospice. 

Sister Patrice was one of three daughters born to Patrick and Mary (Doyle) Boyle. She was born on June 2, 1922 in Detroit and given the name Catherine Mary. Sister Patrice attended Henry Ford Elementary School and graduated from Sacred Heart High School, both in Dearborn, Mich. 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 Marie Patrice. 

Sister Patrice earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and master’s degree from the University of Detroit. She taught in formal education for 47 years at St. Michael, Monroe; St. Hugo, Bloomfield Hills; Holy Cross, Marine City; Our Lady of Lake Huron, Harbor Beach; St. Charles, Newport; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Gesu, and Holy Redeemer, Detroit; Sacred Heart, Dearborn  and St. Mark, Cleveland. She served as principal and in administration at St. Thomas, Ann Arbor and at St. Paschal, Taylor. 

In 1989 Sister Patrice began a new ministry as Librarian at St. Mary of Redford Elementary School in Detroit. After 12 years as librarian, she retired to a residence in Allen Park and continued to volunteer at the school. In 2003 she retired to Motherhouse where she was actively involved in volunteer ministries. 

Sister Patrice is survived by her sisters, Betty Mae (Mrs. Richard Alery) and Sister Annette, IHM; and nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, on Friday, Jan. 31, from 1 to 2 p.m., with a Remembering at 2 p.m. The Mass of the Resurrection will follow the Remembering. 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. 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Wilfred Laurier LePage

June 29, 1930 – January 27, 2014

 

    LePageWilfred “Wil” LePage, age 83 of Monroe, died 1:55 p.m. Monday, January 27, 2014 in his home after a yearlong period of declining health.

    Born June 29, 1930 in Mount Clemens, Michigan, he was the son of Fred W. and Lydia (Rickert) LePage.  He graduated from Mount Clemens High School in 1948 and following service with the Marines during the Korean Conflict, studied at Wayne State University.  While in college he entered his career field of Drinking Water Purification at the Mount Clemens Water Filtration Plant.  In 1959 he accepted a supervisory position with the Monroe Water Department from which he retired in 1995.  Thereafter, he continued to work as a consultant on a limited basis.

    He married Barbara Martell in 1957.  She died in 1991.  In 1992 he married Allison Baxter who died in 1997.  He married Selma Harden in 1998 with whom he would have celebrated 16 years of marriage in September.

    In addition to his wife, he leaves: two sons, Paul LePage of Monroe, and Jon (Marianne) LePage of Monroe; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  He also leaves ten step-children including James (Denise) Martell of Carleton and Martha (Ozzie) Iglesias of Connecticut.  He was predeceased by sisters Barbara Dent and Lorraine Teller; a brother, Captain Richard LePage; and stepson, Ronald Martell, Jr.

    Wilfred rose to international prominence in the water industry.  He authored and published numerous technical papers largely on the application of ozone to drinking water treatment and, following invasion of the water system by the non-indigenous zebra mussel, on mussel mitigation.  He traveled extensively at home and abroad while presenting his work.

    He held leadership positions in several technical and scientific societies and received numerous high honors including the water industry’s coveted George Warren Fuller Award for his innovative work with ozone.  He was further honored at home when the City of Monroe and the Charter Township of Frenchtown permanently attached his name to their jointly owned raw water facility.  He served on numerous committees and panels on Federal, State and industry levels and provided congressional testimony on several occasions.

    Wil was an avid boater and a life member of Monroe Boat Club.  He served (32) years in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and was a member of the Association for Rescues at Sea, the Marine Historical Society of Detroit, and the American Legion.  He has been a Rotarian since 1967 and is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.  At Grace Lutheran Church he had served as Secretary, Elder, and taught Sunday School for ten years.

    Visiting hours will be from 12 – 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate 10 a.m. Friday at Grace Lutheran Church where services will be at 11 a.m.  Rev. Mark Witte, Associate Pastor, will officiate.  Burial with military honors provided by V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

    Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 630 North Monroe Street, Monroe, MI 48162, Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe, the Rotary Club, or the Salvation Army.

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

segerMarvin Joseph Seger

April 28, 1926 – January 26, 2014

 

 Marvin Joseph Seger, 87 formerly of LaSalle was born on April 28, 1926 and died on January 26, 2014.

 He is survived by his sisters, Velda Heckla and Mary Fletcher; nieces, Carol (Ken) Ellerbrock, Pam (Will) Dempsey, Kathie Kettinger, Karen Henschell; nephew, Randy Heckla and extended families. In addition he is survived by Kathleen Kelsey his long time companion and her family.

 After serving in the U S Army during World War II he met and married Mary Ellen Beaudrie. She preceded him in death in June 17, 1984.

 Marvin was an operating engineer, his entire adult life working for Noland and Sons and Oerther Brothers both of Monroe. He was a proud 70 plus year member of Local 324 International Union of Operating Engineers.

 In his post retirement years he enjoyed square dancing, western round dancing, cards and his many travels through out the entire continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and several cruises.

 Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Rev. Ted Kerr, pastor of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will be private.

 Many thanks to Marvin’s adopted family at Aspen Grove Assisted Living Lambertville and Promedica Hospice Services.

 Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

 

BeneshWanda L. Benesh

April 2, 1939 – January 21, 2014

 

Wanda L. Benesh, 72, of Monroe, died at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday in her homesurrounded by loved ones.

 

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

 

Wanda was born April 2, 1939.  she was the daughter of Walter and Wilma (Richter) Bashaw. She married Peter E. Benesh January 20, 1962.

 

She worked for Benesh Corp from 1971 to 1988 and then worked at the I.H.M. Motherhouse first as a nurse’s assistant and then as a receptionist until retiring in 1996.  She had also been a Mary Kay consultant.

 

Wanda enjoyed crafts, especially making personalized cards using rubber stamps..

 

She is survived by her husband Peter E. Benesh of Monroe; three children, Jennifer (Francisco “Paco”) Benesh Martinez of Bristol, Tennessee and Monroe, Michigan, Janet Benesh of Monroe and Eduard Peter Benesh of Monroe; four brothers, David (Betty) Bashaw of Erie, James Bashaw of Claire, Michigan Leon (Bernie) Bashaw of Monroe and Lyle Bashaw; three sisters, Arlene (Chuck) LaPrad of Monroe, Karen (Paul) Halason of Monroe and Myra Boyer; a sister-in-law, Irma Bashaw of Monroe; four grandchildren, Stefanie Keister, Joshua Cornell, Faith Arnold and Kayla Arnold and five great grandchildren.

 

She is preceded in death by three brothers, Lawrence, Wayne and Walter Bashaw and a sister Ethel Horney.

 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

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

 

 

PierceOdell H. Pierce

May 13, 1922 – January 24, 2014

 

 Odell H. Pierce, 91 of Monroe died at 8:27 a.m. Friday at Windhaven Eldercare, Temperance. He had been in poor health since November.

 Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate Monday, 10 a.m. at the FirstWesleyanChurch with funeral services at 11 a.m. Rev. Paul C. Roemer, pastor will officiate with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park LaSalle. Military honors provided by VFW Post 1138 Monroe.

 Born May 13, 1922 in New Tazewell, Tennessee he was the son of Simpson and Dinha (Smith) Pierce. He married Helen E. Hartley on March 9, 1950 in Indiana. She preceded him in death on September 7, 2010.

 Odell was employed by Leake Stamping, and La Z Boy Chair in Monroe, and retired in 1984 from G. M. Powertrain in Ypsilanti.

 He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army from November 23, 1942 to December 27, 1945 as a Private 1st class in the south pacific.

 He enjoyed being a very active member of the FirstWesleyanChurch, and served on the church board; as a trustee; janitor; Sunday school teacher, and sang in the choir.

 Surviving are his children Gary Odell (Pamela) Pierce of Bowling Green, Ohio and Charlein (John) Hutek of Clinton Twp. Michigan; grandchildren Brian Pierce, Lindsay (Chad) Young, Robert Hutek and Mary Hutek; great-grandchildren Randy Pierce, Marie Young and Carter Young.

 He was preceded in death by his wife; brothers, Roy, Bob, Gilbert and Troy Pierce; and sisters, Gladys Drummonds, Gracie Goins and Mable Pierce.

 Memorials may be made to the FirstWesleyanChurch.

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

 

 

 

OConnor_JeanSister Jean O’Connor, IHM, 83, died Thursday, Jan. 23, in the IHM Health Care Center. She was under the care of Mercy Memorial Hospice.

 

Sister Jean was one of two daughters and one son born to John and Dorothy (Schmidt) O’Connor. She was born April 3, 1930, in Jackson, Mich., and given the name Jean. Sister Jean attended St. John Grade School and High School in Jackson and graduated from St. Mary Academy in Monroe. Sister Jean became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1948 and received the religious name of Sister Dorothy Jean.

 

Sister Jean earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College, Detroit, and a Master of Arts in Education from Catholic University of Puerto Rico. She also studied at the Catholic University of La Salle, Bogota, Columbia, and Marygrove College. Sister Jean taught in the elementary and high schools of St. Anne, Warren; and in Puerto Rico at Convento de la Merced in Cayey and at Santa Teresita in Santurce. She served as principal for five years at Santa Teresita.

 

In 1977, Sister Jean became a social worker, licensed by the State of Michigan.  For 10 years, she worked as a social worker at the Cristo Rey Center in Lansing and with the ATD Fourth World Movement in New York and Surrey, England.  Upon returning to the United States, she continued as a social worker at Boy’s Home, Detroit and Cristo Rey Community Center, Lansing.

 

In the 1990s, Sister Jean ministered as a pastoral coordinator at St. Luke, Flint, and at St. Mary, Monroe. She retired to the Motherhouse in 2008 and volunteered her many gifts for the community, IHM Associates and staff.

 

Sister Jean is survived by her brother, James, and her sister, Betty Russell and nieces and nephews.

 

There will be no visitation. A Remembering will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Mass of Resurrection in the Chapel at 10 a.m. 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. 

Dunn_RoseXavier Sister Rose Xavier Dunn, IHM

 

 Sister Rose Xavier Dunn, IHM, 105, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the IHM Health Care Center.  

Sister Rose Xavier was one of seven daughters and six sons born to Robert and Agnes (Livernois) Dunn. She was born on Nov. 15, 1908 in Carleton, Mich., and given the name Viola. Sister Rose Xavier attended Milan Elementary and High Schools. She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1925 and received the religious name of Sister Rose Xavier.

Sister Rose Xavier earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary Normal College, Monroe and a Master of Arts in Education from Wayne State University, Detroit. She taught in formal elementary education for 44 years at St. Gregory, St. Matthew, St. Martin, St. Francis de Sales, Christ the King and St. Thomas Aquinas, Detroit; Our Lady of Lourdes, River Rouge; St. Michael, Flint; St. Mary, Akron, Ohio; St. Patrick, Wyandotte; St. John, Fenton and St. Bede, Southfield.

In 1971, Sister Rose Xavier began a new ministry in administration at Immaculata High School in Detroit. She served as attendance coordinator, clerical support, and bookstore manager until 1980. She then ministered at Marygrove College, Detroit, as supportive staff for 11 years. Sister Rose Xavier actively retired to the Motherhouse in 1991. She entered the Health Care Center in 2010 where she remained until her death.

Sister Rose Xavier is survived by her brother, Jack and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers; Robert, Kenneth, Frank, Joseph and Donald, and her sisters; Genevieve, Evelyn, Loretta, Rosemary, Helen and Clara.

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 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 Friday, Jan. 24, 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Esther M. Lentz

May 21, 1921 – January 21, 2014

 

    LentzEsther M. Lentz, age 92 of Monroe, died 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Wellspring Lutheran Services (formerly The Lutheran Home).

    Born May 21, 1921 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Fred C. and Sophia C. (Sachs) Kurtz.  She married Shirley N. Lentz on May 25, 1940 in Zion Lutheran Church, Monroe.  He died June 10, 2004.

    Esther had been employed by Weiss Manufacturing during WWII and later went to work at Kline’s Department Store in downtown Monroe for approximately 20 years before retiring in 1977.

    Esther was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aide.

    She is survived by: two sons, Gary N. (Karen) Lentz and Keith A. Lentz, both of Monroe; a daughter, Diane M. (Tom) Kaper of Sheffield Village, Ohio; four grandchildren, Matthew Lentz of Monroe, Michael Lentz of Monroe, Ryan (Laurel) Kaper of Parma Heights, Ohio, and Eric Kaper of Sheffield Village, Ohio; five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

    In addition to her husband, Esther was preceded in death by two brothers, LaVern and Charles Kurtz, and three sisters, Eleanora Newberry, Viola Hall, and O’Dell Heck.

    Friends may visit from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. until services at 4 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home.  Rev. Mark Witte, Associate Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church will officiate.  Cremation and interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Wellspring Lutheran Services Activities Department; 1236 S. Monroe St., Monroe, MI 48161.

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