Monthly Archives: June 2014

HunterPatricia E. Hunter

December 6, 1924 – June 29, 2014


Patricia E. Hunter, 89, of Monroe, formerly of Waterford, passed away Sunday at MercyMemorial Hospital, Monroe.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe.  She will lie instate at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. John Church, Monroe with a Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m.  Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery, Waterford.


Patricia was born December 6, 1924 in Pontiac, Michigan.  She was the daughter of Patrick and Ruth (Miller) Colfer.  She married Raymond L. Hunter February 26, 1948 at St. Fredrick Church Pontiac; he preceded her in death on November 4, 1988.


She was registered nurse for many years; retiring in 1984.


She was a 1942 graduate of St.Fredrick High School and went on to graduate from nursing school in 1944.  She was a member of St. John Church and Our Lady of the Lakes, Waterford.


Patricia enjoyed volunteering her time with the jail ministry, The Lutheran Home and Elderly Solutions.


She is survived by her three children, Patricia A. (John) Bicking of Monroe, Timothy P. (Teri Lynn) Hunter of Greenville, and James N. (Rosemary T.) Hunter of Bay City; ten grandchildren, Jennifer (Jake) Evans, Carrie Bicking, Kathleen (Mike) Toepke, Michael Bicking, Tara Hunter, T.J. Hunter, Laura R. Hunter, James N. Hunter, Nicholas D. Hunter and Joseph P. Hunter and three great grandchildren, Jacob Evans, Hannah Evans, Hailey Evans.


In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Kathleen Madison, a sister, Margaret Fons and a brother, James Colfer.


In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. John Church.  


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Lynwood A. Davis

May 7, 1938 – June 29, 2014


    LDavisLynwood A. Davis, age 76 of Dundee, died 2:35 p.m. Sunday at University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor.  He had been in declining health for two years.

    Friends may visit from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home.  He will lie instate 12 p.m. Wednesday at Bible Fellowship Church where services will be at 1 p.m.  The church Pastor, Rev. Jim Walker and Rev. Ike Pope will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

    Born May 7, 1938 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, he was the son of Harold and Vera (Lupke) Davis.  He married Judy S. (Mayes) Bolster on February 14, 1987 in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

    After earning his engineering degree from Hillsdale College, Lyn started his own die design business.  His building of dies lead him to metal stamping and eventually to starting Ladapa Die & Tool, Inc. in Dundee which he owned and operated for 37 years.  Lyn is also responsible for starting Dundee Manufacturing in 1979, Davis Farms, and L.A. Davis Services.

    Lyn’s two favorite hobbies were flying and traveling in their motor home.  He piloted a Cessna Sky Hawk and together with his wife Judy, they loved to travel and spend winters in Florida.  He also enjoyed scuba diving and was a licensed scuba diver with the Ann Arbor Amphibians. He attended Bible Fellowship Church and was a member of the Hillsdale Masonic Order.

    Lyn is survived by: wife Judy of Dundee; sons, Peter (Sarah) Davis of Temperance and Dale (Jodie) Davis of Lambertville; daughters, Denise (David) Krueger of Dundee and Melinda (Paul) Howe of Lambertville; step sons, Mark (Jill) Bolster and C. Daniel (Renee) Bolster, both of Dundee; step daughter, Deanna (Kenneth) Gerth of Dundee; sister, Mae (Joseph) Butcko, Sr. of Ypsilanti; 20 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and special family member, Joe Butcko, Jr. who was like a brother to Lyn.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harold Davis, Jr.; sister, Rachel Towler; and four grandchildren.

    Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Thelka H. Vetter

December 20, 1917 – June 28, 2014


    TVetterThelka H. Vetter, age 96 of Monroe, died 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Wellspring Lutheran Services (formerly The Lutheran Home) where she had been a resident for the past 5 years.

    Friends may visit from 3 – 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home.  She will lie instate 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church where services will be at 11 a.m.  The church Pastor, Rev. Larry K. Loree, Jr. will officiate.  Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery.

    Born December 20, 1917 in Monroe, she was the daughter of William and Augusta (Fiedler) Kohler.  She married Warren W. Vetter on June 20, 1936 in Holy Ghost Lutheran Church.  He preceded Thelka in death on October 7, 2004.

    Thelka was baptized, confirmed, and married at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church where she was also a member of its Ladies Aide and a former member of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.  Her hobbies included baking, cooking, and gardening.

    She is survived by two children, William (Joan) Vetter of Bloomfield Hills and Beverly (Alex) Castellese of Monroe; 6 grandchildren, Pamela (John) Harwood, Mary (Mark) Backonen, Ann (Kent) MacIver, Tracie (Jack) Giarmo, Michael (Angela) Vetter, and Mark Vetter; 14 grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandsons.

    In addition to her husband Warren, Thelka was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Kohler; 2 sisters, Hilda Rich and Selma Baker; and a great-great-grandson Warren Korneffel.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Holy Ghost Lutheran Church or Wellspring Lutheran Services.

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WeaverTyler A. Weaver

December 29, 1995 – June 28, 2014


Tyler Alexander Weaver came into this world on December 29, 1995 causing a commotion that didn’t stop for his short 18 ½ years with us.  He had a smile that could make the coldest of people melt.  Tyler graduated from Ida High School just this year and had a varsity letter in football and wrestling and also took third place in districts in his weight class this year.  Our sweet, loving boy passed away from injuries he suffered in an automobile accident on June 28, 2014.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home.  He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church with funeral services at 11 a.m.  Rev. Ray McGee, friend of the family, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Tyler loved sports and was coaching an Ida Accelerated Baseball team for 13 and 14 year olds and playing baseball on the Maybee Rec league.  


He leaves behind an entire community of friends and family including his parents, James and Beth (Weaver) Cuykendall and Christopher and Nicole (Jacobs) Reinhardt.  He will be greatly missed by his brother and best friend, Mark Cuykendall and younger brother, Wyatt Reinhardt.  Tyler’s heart belonged to his loving little sisters, Jana Cuykendall and Chloe Jacobs.  Tyler also leaves behind his grandparents, Jerry and Jeannette “Jan” Weaver, David and Debra Cuykendall and Roger and Verna Reinhardt and great grandmother, Therese Heroux.  Also cherishing his memory are his aunts, Jamie Weaver, Jerri “Bea” and Larry Cassels, Barbara and Christopher Dean, Jocelyn Weaver, Amber and Jim Sivil and Jeannie and Josh Fultz.  He also leaves behind one uncle, Cory and Deanna Reinhardt.  When Tyler had free time from wrestling, football and playing or coaching baseball, he loved to teach his cousins how to do the “fun stuff” and he will be deeply missed by Bridget, Sierra, Hunter, Brock, Wynter, Braden, A.J. and Danny.


He is preceded in death by several great grandparents, Jim and Cossett Weaver, Edwin Reinhardt, Mary Hennessey, Charles Heroux, Doris Ann Gerhardt Althoff, Shirley Mackey and Arlene and Charles Cuykendall.


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DuVall2Susan DuVall

June 4, 1944 – June 27, 2014


Susan DuVall, 70, of Monroe, passed away Friday at 10:40 a.m. in her home.


The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home.  In accordance to Susan’s wishes cremation has taken place.


Susan was born June 4, 1944 in Monroe.  She was the daughter of Earl and Helen (Gerhardt) Curson. She married Emmett DuVall August 22, 1964 at St. Mary’s Church in Monroe.


At one time she had worked at Hadley’s Dress Shop and also at Wedding Creations.


Susan was a 1962 graduate of Monroe High School, a member of St. Michael’s Church and at one time had been an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society.  She and her family were once family of the year at the Knights of Columbus Council 1266.


She loved to read, shop and play card games of all kinds, she especially liked to play poker.


She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Emmett DuVall of Monroe; two children, Renee (Gary) Brown of Monroe and Chris (Christina) DuVall of Monroe; three grandchildren, Brianna Brown, Cole DuVall and Madison DuVall and a sister, Patricia (Don) Bollenberg of Monroe.


She is preceded in death by her parents, a niece, Shelly Bollenberg and a nephew, Mark Bollenborg.


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


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Jacqueline K. Whitesell

August 30, 1923 – June 27, 2014


    WhitesellJacqueline K. Whitesell, age 90 of Monroe, died 8:23 p.m. Friday at Mercy Memorial Hospital,

    Friends may visit from 2 – 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home.  The ladies auxiliary of VFW Post 1138 will pay tribute at 6 p.m. immediately followed by a Scripture Service.  She will lie instate 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Church where Mass of the Resurrection celebrating her life will be at 10 a.m.  The church Pastor, Rev. Stephen Vileo will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

    Born August 30, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois, she was the daughter of Edwin and Katherine (Bradley) Seymour.  Jacqueline married Bill R. Whitesell on November 6, 1943 in Chicago.  He preceded her in death on February 16, 2009.  She attended college and worked for many years as an accountant for various companies.

    Jackie was a member of St. Michael Church and a life member of VFW Post 1138 Monroe, Ladies Auxiliary.  She was a former volunteer at Mercy Memorial Hospital and past president of the Tom Katz Square Dancing Club.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, fishing, bowling, playing bridge, square dancing, and above all, she enjoyed the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

    Jackie is survived by: two daughters, Jeanette (R. Kim) Geake of Macomb, Michigan and Mary (David) Lambert of Monroe; seven grandchildren, Debbie, Kristy, Jackie, Shaun, Bill, Beth, and Edwin; ten great-grandchildren, Madeleine, Kyle, Ethan, Jake, Gabriella, Serra, Jack, Brooklyn, Greyson, and Ryder.

    In addition to her husband Bill, Jackie was also preceded in death by a son, Bill R. Whitesell, Jr.

    Memorial donations may be made to The Mastocytosis Society (

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ThomasGerald E. Thomas

July 11, 1932 – June 25, 2014


Gerald E. Thomas, 81 of Monroe died at 9:12 am Wednesday in his home. He had been in poor health since November.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Monday, June 30, 2014 at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 8 pm. Cremation will be held at RoselawnMemorial Park, LaSalle.

Born July 11, 1932 in Kendallville, Indiana he was the son of Gerald E. and Myra R. (Rarrick) Thomas. He married Barbara H. Meyer on June 1, 1957 in Avilla, Indiana.

Gerald was employed by Michigan Gas Utilities as a manager of data information retiring in 1987.

He served his country in the U.S. Army from January 25, 1955 to January 4, 1957. He graduated from KendallvilleHigh School and Ball State College with a Masters of Education Degree.

Surviving are his wife Barbara; sons, Gerald E. (Arla) Thomas of Lake of the Hills, Illinois and Donald E. (Jennifer) Thomas of Monroe; daughters, Sheryle A. Thomas of Ypsilanti, Dianna M. (Michael) Pesigan of Oak Park, Illinois, Linda C. Thomas of Monroe, Rita L. (Vince) Brancheau of Adams Center, New York and Nanette L. (Steven) Johnson of Fishers, Indiana; brother, John E. (Kathy) Thomas of Indianapolis, Indiana; sisters, Jeanne Reede and Janet (Nevin) Akins both of Rome, Indiana and fourteen grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Judy Terry.

The family would like to thank the home care aides from Home Instead of Monroe for all the kind and compassionate care given their father during his illness.

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

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Jeanne M. Davis

January 2, 1919 –   June 23, 2014         


    DavisJeanne M. Davis, age 95 of Monroe, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014 in her home.

    Born January 2, 1919 in Lima, Ohio, she was the daughter of Ivan and Gertrude (Stauffer) Eastman of Brooklyn, Michigan, formerly of Toledo, Ohio. 

    Jeanne grew up in Toledo, attended Burnham High School and graduated from DeVillbis High School.  She met Eugene “Red” Davis while attending the University of Toledo.  They eloped to Angola, Indiana on February 24, 1940 and were happily married for 53 years.  Coach Davis passed away in March, 1993.

    Upon graduating from the University of Toledo, Jeanne taught mostly first grade in the Jefferson School District for 32 years.  She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Order of the Eastern Star, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Michigan Education Association, National Education Association, University of Toledo Alumni Association, Tri Delta Sorority, and the Michigan Retired Teachers Association.  Jeanne enjoyed traveling the world with her husband, knitting teddy bear sweaters for charity, antiquing, garage-saling, dining out, playing casino slot machines, and spending time with her family at their Irish Hills cottage.

    Jeanne is survived by the couple’s four children, Diane (Steve) Pursley and Suzanne Courtney of Monroe, Lyric (Bill) Black of North Fort Myers, Florida, and Robert (Debbie) Davis of Idaho Falls, Idaho.  She is also survived by 9 grandchildren: David (Amy) Hoydic, Steven Hoydic, Jeffrey (Sharon) Hoydic, Adrienne (Mike) Griffith, Drs. Michael (Amy) Black, Danielle Black, Colleen (Ron) Taylor, Laura (Dru) Dunworth, and Gregg Courtney; 11 great-grandchildren: Devin, Davis, Sadie, Alexus, Cyndi, Kyle, Drew, Casey, Taylor, Jack, and Shane; two nieces and a nephew.

    In addition to her husband “Red”, Jeanne was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister Rose Briggs, a brother Edwin Eastman, and grandson Daniel Sayre.

    Friends and relatives may visit from 4 – 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.  Rev. Evans Bentley, Pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and Tom Treece, of Guided Ministries, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery, LaSalle. 

    Memorial donations in her memory may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Heartland Hospice, or the Red Davis Baseball Field at Monroe High School.

    A debt of gratitude is extended to: Medilodge of Monroe, Dr. Burroughs and staff, Dr. Kalenkiewicz and the 5th floor staff at Mercy Memorial Hospital, Yinger Pharmacy, Heartland Home Care, Heartland Hospice, Monroe Home Care Shoppe, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Caring Alternatives, Guided Ministries, Rupp Funeral Home, and many wonderful friends.

    Known for her fun-loving quiet ways, wisdom, grace, integrity, generosity, and ability to listen, she will be greatly missed.

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HughesUrsulaSister Ursula Hughes, IHM, 91, died Saturday, June 21, in the IHM Health Care Center.


Sister Ursula was born to James and Eunice (Buckingham) Hughes on March 9, 1923, in Philadelphia and given the name Ursula Marie. Sister Ursula attended Good Shepherd Elementary School and West Philadelphia Catholic Girls High School in Philadelphia. She entered the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary congregation of West Chester, Pa., in 1944. After 38 years of ministry, she transferred to the IHM congregation of Monroe in 1983.


Sister Ursula earned a bachelor’s degree from Immaculata College and a master’s degree from Villanova University, both in Pennsylvania. As a teacher and principal in formal education, her career spanned 48 years in Pennsylvania at St. Raphael, Little Flower, St. William, Philadelphia; St. Patrick, York; St. Cyril, East Lansdowne; Holy Name and Sacred Heart, Reading; Sacred Heart, Havertown; and Marian, Tamaqua; and at SS. Peter & Paul in Decatur, Georgia.


Upon her transfer to the Monroe IHMs, Sister Ursula ministered as assistant principal at Christ the King Elementary School in Detroit. In 1987 she was missioned to the Christian Brothers Embakwe Secondary School in Zimbabwe, Africa. For six years she ministered as a teacher and was inspired by the students. She maintained friendships with her fellow teachers for years after the mission. Upon her return to the United States and after a year of renewal, she held several ministries in Monroe: as a computer lab moderator at St. Mary Catholic Central High School; and at the IHM Motherhouse as coordinator of Pagani Center and as sacristan. She retired in 2006 and entered the IHM Health Care Center in 2010.


Sister Ursula is survived by her sister Eunice Henwood of Philadelphia, and her brother James Hughes, of Olympia, Wash., and many nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe on Wednesday, June 25 from 2 to 6:30 p.m., with a Remembering at 6:30 p.m. The Mass of Resurrection will follow with Rev. Victor Clor presiding.  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. 

DenmanNorman J. Denman

September 16, 1942 – June 21, 2014


Norman J. Denman, 71, of Dundee, passed away at 12:07 p.m. Saturday at Mercy Memorial Hospital.

Norman was born September 16, 1942, in Raisinville Township. He was the son of Lawrence J and Ocie Avanelle (Kennedy) Denman. He married Susan L. McGill August 22, 1964, at St. John the Baptist Church.

He was a painting and wallpapering contractor in the Monroe area for nearly 50 years. He was also a store manager for Southwest Paint and Varnish in Tucson, Ariz., for nine years.

Norm was a member of the class of 1961 of Dundee Community Schools, and he attended PimaCommunity College in Tucson, Ariz. He was a past Cub Scout Master and 4-H leader. He was also director of the Pima County 4-H Small Animal Association. He is a member of MonroeCenter for Healthy Living

He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed gardening.

Norm is survived by his wife Susan Denman of Dundee; two children, Shelly Denman of Tucson, Ariz., and Troy (Charisse) Denman of Petersburg; two grandchildren, Nicole and Jessica Denman, both of Petersburg; a brother, Kieth (Barb) Denman of Rockford, Tenn., and two sisters, Nancy (John) Estes of Big Rapids, and Barbara (Mike) Gauntlett of Milan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Lawrence J., V. Dean and Marvin Denman.

In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place at Roselawn Memorial Park, and a memorial service will be held at a later date.  The Rupp Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Monroe Center for Healthy Living.

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