Monthly Archives: April 2014

HeltonHester G. Helton

June 8, 1925 – April 30, 2014


 Hester G. Helton, 88, of Monroe died at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday at Fountain View of Monroe. She had been in poor health for six weeks.

 Friends and family may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Rev. Von Loop will officiate, with burial to follow at RoselawnMemorial Park, LaSalle.

 Born June 8, 1925 in Ewing, Virginia, she was the daughter of Jack and Mary Jane (Wilson) Newton. She married Henry E. Helton on September 11, 1954 in Jellico, Tennessee. He preceded her in death on August 22, 2009.

 Hester was employed by the Monroe Steam Laundry, the Harmony House, and by Midway Products Company all in Monroe.

 She was a member of the EvergreenAcresMissionaryBaptistChurch, and was active with BibleSchool and the Funeral Luncheon Committee. Hester enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, watching soap operas, and spending time with her family.

 Surviving are her grandchildren Glenda Newton of Monroe and Rev. Alfred (Tammy) Newton, Jr. of Williamsburg, Ohio; great-grandchildren Tremaine Smith, Luke Newton and Hannah Newton, and daughter-in-law Lola Newton of Monroe.

 She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Alfred Newton, Sr.; sisters Hazel Redwine, Maudie Long and Annie Marcum, and an infant brother.

 Memorials may be made to the EvergreenAcresMissionaryBaptistChurch or the Mercy Memorial Hospice.

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OsborneBertha M. Osborne

August 15, 1926 – April 27, 2014


Bertha Mae Osborne, 87, of Monroe, passed away at 4:15 a.m. Sunday at Medilodge of Monroe.


Friends may call from 9 a.m. until a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Church 127 N. Monroe St. Monroe, Michigan 48162.  The Rev. Louis Lapeyre, associate pastor of the church, will officiate. In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place and private inurnment will be at a later date at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Born on August 15, 1926 in Knoxville, Tennessee, Bertha was the daughter of Levi M. and Lassie A. (Hefner) Moyers.  She married Robert G. Osborne January 3, 1948 at St. Michael’s Church, Monroe.


Bertha was a resource room assistant for Monroe Public Schools for 17 years; retiring in 1988.


She was a member of St. Mary’s Church, the Chat and Chew Club and I.B.E.W. Local 8 Retirees, Toledo.  She had also attended Monroe County Community College and she enjoyed creative writing.


She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Robert G. Osborne of Monroe; two sons, Robert (Donna) Osborne of LaSalle and William (Kim) Osborne of Monroe; two daughters, Janice (Brian) Cousino and Jennifer Watterworth both of Monroe, two sisters, Betty Cowley of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Bonnie (Ronald) Swartz of LaSalle; ten grandchildren, Amy Hinkle, Rachel Palmer, Nick Cousino, Casey Watterworth, Rebecca Watterworth, Benjamin Osborne, Cory Osborne, Jessica Osborne, Ashley Osborne and Joren Littlefield and eight great grandchildren with one more on the way.


She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, John and James Moyers and a son-in-law, Terry Watterworth.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Monroe County Humane Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.


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HowardSister Jane Mary Howard, IHM, 98, died Friday, April 25, at the IHM Health Care Center.


Sister Jane Mary was one of four children born to Francis and Clara (Mulligan) Howard. She was born Nov. 7, 1915, in Jackson, Mich., and named Mary. After attending St. Mary Elementary and High Schools in Adrian, Mich., she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1936 and received the religious name Sister Jane Mary.


Sister Jane Mary earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the former St. Joseph College (Adrian) and the University of Detroit. She attended Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., earning both a master’s and doctorate degrees in economics. During these years of study, she taught elementary and secondary grades at St. Mary School and St. Mary Academy in Monroe and at St. Philip in Battle Creek.


Upon receiving her doctorate, Sister Jane Mary began a career teaching at Marygrove College in Detroit, where she ministered for 23 years. She also served as chairperson of the Applied Science Department, as well as an interim president of the college. Her next teaching ministries were at Siena Heights College in Adrian, and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She served as treasurer of Marygrove College for two years before moving to the east coast to Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Mass., as treasurer and administrator of Higher Education.


In 1992, Sister Jane Mary returned to Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and volunteered in the Stephen Ministry at St. Regis Parish. She moved to Norman Towers in Monroe in 2001and later retired to the Motherhouse and continued to work in the IHM Service Office.


Sister Jane Mary is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Elizabeth and Priscilla, and brother, Philip.


Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, on Monday, April 28, 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 Tuesday, April 29, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery on the Motherhouse Campus. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. Memorials may be made to the IHM Retirement Fund, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, MI 48162-7909. 

Robert A. Allor

December 3, 1923 – April 25, 2014   

    AllorRobert A. Allor, age 90 of Monroe, died at 4:30 a.m. Friday, April 25th at the Evangelical Home in Saline, Michigan.  He had been in declining health for a month.

    Friends may visit from 2 – 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where a Scripture Service will be held at 7 p.m.  He will lie instate 9 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church.  Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by Associate Pastor, Rev. Louis Lapeyre.  Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery under the auspices of V.F.W. Post 1138 Monroe.

    Born December 3, 1923 in Monroe, he was the son of Alton and Zulma (Van Slambrouck) Allor.  He married Margaret E. Stoddard on May 25, 1946 in St. Mary Church.  She preceded him in death on February 7, 1989.

    Robert served his country in the United States Army during World War II from April 15, 1943 to December 8, 1945.  He served in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe earning the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with 4 Bronze Service Stars.

    Robert was an auto mechanic most of his life.  He was employed by Groulx Oldsmobile, Geiman Motors, Crawford Door (with his brother Al), and Ford Motor Company at their Woodhaven Plant.

    He was a member of St. Mary Church and enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, deer hunting, and archery.

    Robert is survived by: daughter, Joelyn (Don) Kimberlin of Brooklyn, Michigan; 4 brothers, Michael (Joann) Allor of Monroe, Harold (Terri) Allor of McCordsville, Indiana, Julius “Jay” (Kay) Allor of Fortsville, Indiana, and Joseph (Rosa) Allor of Dundee; 3 sisters, Mary (Lester) Konz of Cape Coral, Florida, Jacquelyn Allor of Riviera Beach, Florida, and Marilyn Haynes of Springhill, Florida; 8 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and longtime friend and companion, Julie Pareyt of Monroe.

    In addition to his wife, Robert is also preceded in death by a son Charles, an infant son Robert, a brother Albert Allor, and a sister, Helen Applin.

    Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Church.

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woodRobert A. Wood

May 18, 1929 – April 23, 2014


 Robert A. Wood, 84, of Monroe sadly passed April 23, 2014 in the presence of his children, grandchildren and loved ones.

 Said to be one of the greatest men to walk this earth and irreplaceable. He will be more than missed by all whom had the pleasure of knowing and loving him.

 Preceded in death by his wife, Joyce D. Wood in 2006 and now never to be parted from her. He leaves behind William, Jamie and Robin Wood his children. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his smiles along the way and also driving for Honda until his sudden illness.

 Prior to retiring from General Motors Powertrain, Toledo he worked for Consolidated Paper Company Monroe.

 Thank God for good memories and thank God for Robert A. Wood, AKA Grandpa.

 The family will receive friends 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of the MonroeMissionaryChurch, will officiate with cremation to follow with burial at RoselawnMemorial Park, LaSalle.

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BallShane Edward Ball

November 3, 1972 – April 19, 2014


 Shane E. Ball, 41, of Monroe died Saturday in his home.

 Friends and family may call from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home where memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate.

 Born November 3, 1972 in Monroe he was the son of Herbert Lee and Jeannie Ruth (Emmett) Ball. He married Joan Marie Roberts on September 5, 1991 in Ogden, Utah.

 Shane was employed as a warehouse clerk by the Meijer’s DistributionCenter for nineteen years.

 He enjoyed fishing, bird hunting and deer hunting with his grandfather and was a computer lover.

 Surviving are his wife Joan; father Herbert and Anna Ball of Monroe; mother Jeanie and Dave McGregor of Fenton; children Sean M. Ball and Sarah M. Ball both of Monroe; grandmother Barbara Emmett of Oklahoma, siblings, Lisa Ball, Aaron (Jolyn) Ball, Tasha Ball and Melissa Ball all of Monroe; mother-in-law Susan M. Marz, brothers-in-law Joseph E. Roberts, Jason M. Roberts and Eric Osborne and father-in-law Michel F. Roberts all of Monroe; seven nieces and nephews.

 He was preceded in death by his Papaw Goins, Grandpa Joe and Grandpa Emmett and father-in-law Virgil Kirby.

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RankinRhonda L. Rankin

October 20, 1955 – April 17, 2014


Rhonda Lee Rankin, 58, of Luna Pier, passed away on Thursday in her home.


Rhonda was born October 20, 1955 in Lafollette, Tennessee, she was the daughter of John Earl and Louvana (Allen) Guy.  She was married to Fred Johnson and  married John Rankin in August of 1990.


She had worked in various customer services roles at Monroe Evening News.


Rhonda was a member of Monroe Full Gospel Church and the church’s Willing Workers.  She had been in charge of funeral luncheons at the church until recently and also volunteered her time at church to help with fund raisers or anything else that needed to be done.  She made jellies and jams to sell as a fund raiser for the church.  She would go on Facebook everyday and post something inspirational for her friends.


She is survived by her husband, John Rankin of Luna Pier; her mother, Louvana Guy of Luna Pier; a son, Jason (Catrina) Cantrell of Newport and his children, Jacob Cantrell, Desiree Cantrell, Adrian Cantrell, Amya Grunwald, Kale Cantrell and Nevaeh Cantrell; a daughter-in law, Kendra Johnson and her child Patrick Johnson, Monica Castorena and her children Alex Johnson and Jesscia Johnson; two brothers, Glen Earl (Constance) Guy of Speedwell, Tennessee and their son Jaden and Tom Haworth; two sisters, Teresa (Nicholas) Giarmo of Monroe and their daughters Kayla and Nicole and Marla (Brian) Smith of Indiana and their children Chris and Jacob.


She is preceded in death by her grandmother Tilda Allen, her father John Earl Guy and son Brad Johnson.


A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at Monroe Full Gospel Church beginning with the family receiving friends at 11 am. and the service at 1:00p.m.  The Rev. Harold Raines and Rev. Gary Pickrell will officiate.


Memorial contributions may be made to Monroe Full Gospel Church


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Thompson1Marc R. Thompson

January 14, 1991 – April 18, 2014


    In loving memory of our son, brother, grandson and friend, Marc R. Thompson, 23 of Monroe, who rode off into paradise on April 18, 2014.

    Friends may visit from 1 – 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday.  The Very Rev. Phil Dinwiddie of St. James Episcopal Church of Grosse Ile will officiate.

    Born January 14, 1991 in Detroit, he was the son of Mark and Karen (Kovacs) Thompson. 

    Marc was a 2009 graduate of Monroe High School and was employed as Plant Manager of M&B Precision Products/Iroquois Assembly Systems in Warren, Michigan.  He enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, and especially motocross.

    Marc is survived by his parents of Monroe; sister, Brittney Thompson residing at home; grandparents, Robert and Judy Thompson, and Marge Kovacs, all of Novi, Michigan; and girlfriend, Sarah Zrioka of Carleton.

    Marc was preceded in death by a grandfather, Anthony Kovacs.

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SpurlockPatrick John Spurlock Jr.

June 15, 1989 – April 12, 2014.


Patrick John Spurlock Jr. was called home by our Heavenly Father on Saturday April 12, 2014

Patrick was born June 15, 1989 in Ypsilanti, Michigan to Patrick J. and Regina L. (Goble) Spurlock.  He graduated from Monroe High School in 2007 and left in 2012 to go to California to start a new life and spread his wings in this great big world.  He lived in Sacramento for about 2 years where he met Amy Monroe and became engaged.  He lived with his Fiancé at his time of passing.  He attended college and played football at American River College. Patrick was a fun loving, cheerful, outgoing individual who could walk up to anyone and start a conversation.  He was the type of person everyone loved being around and everyone knew him to always have a smile on his face no matter what the situation.

 Patrick is survived by his parents Patrick Spurlock Sr., Regina Spurlock, and brother, Richard L. Grimm, Jr. along with many other family and friends who loved him dearly.  Patrick will be deeply missed! 

 Viewing and visitation will be held for family and friends at the Rupp Funeral Home 2345 South Custer RoadMonroe, MI48161 on Monday April 21, 2014 from 1:00-7:00pm. Funeral Services will be Tuesday April 22, 2014 at Rupp Funeral home at 10:00am with burial to follow at Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock where Patrick will be laid to rest with his Uncle Billy Jean Spurlock Jr. and Great Grandmother Roxy Demple Spurlock.

Mae Rose Serbin

November 5, 1922 – April 17, 2014


    SerbinMae Rose Serbin, age 91 of Monroe, died at 10 p.m. Thursday, April 17th at Brookdale Senior Living/Sterling House.

    Friends may visit from 1 – 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m.  She will lie instate 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Mass of the resurrection celebrating her life will be at 10 a.m.  Rev. Daniel Complo will officiate followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery.

    Born November 5, 1922 in Sibley, Michigan, she was the daughter of Armand and Louise (Cannoe) Julian.  Mae married Andrew A. Serbin on October 12, 1946 in St. Joseph Church.  He preceded her in death on September 5, 2000.

    Mae had been residing at Sterling House for the past six months where she volunteered her time as an ambassador, greeter, and assisting with many activities.  She was a life member of St. Joseph Church where she attended its elementary school.  Mae also attended Lincoln Junior High School and the Michigan College of Beauty, afterward working for many years as a beautician for various beauty shops in Monroe.  She enjoyed playing cards and traveling with her husband Andrew.

    Mae is survived by: brother, Richard Julian of Monroe; sister, Rose Marie “Dolly” DeSmet of Monroe; and many nieces and nephews.

    In addition to her husband, Mae was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Vincent Julian.

    Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Food Closet.

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