Monthly Archives: August 2014

Eugene Webb

November 20, 1927 – August 25, 2014


    WebbEugene Webb, age 86 of Monroe, died 5:24 p.m. Monday in his home.  He had been ill for the last 18 months and seriously ill for the last 6 months.

    Friends and relatives may visit from 1 – 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home.  He will lie instate 10 a.m. Friday at Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church where services will be at 11 a.m.  The church pastor, Rev. B.J. McDaniel and Rev. Bob Wood, pastor of Heritage Baptist Church will officiate.  Burial with military honors provided by VFW Post 1138, Monroe will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

    Born November 20, 1927 in Harrogate, Tennessee, Eugene was the son of Rev. John and Minnie (Brittan) Webb.  He married the former Betty Jean Goins on October 15, 1954 in Angola, Indiana.  They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.

    Eugene proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army, enlisting December 13, 1945 until being discharged on June 20, 1947.  He served in Germany and Austria with the 4th Cavalry Regiment, earning the U.S. Army Occupation Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.  On August 10, 2014, he was honored by veterans during a pinning ceremony with all of his family present.

    Eugene was employed by Ford Motor Company at the Monroe plant from 1950 until his retirement in June of 1981 as a Water Plant Technician.

    He was a former member of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church where he served as an usher, was active in their drama department, and was in charge of the Wednesday night dinners.  Currently, he was a member of Heritage Baptist Church.

    For the last 15 years, Eugene and Betty lived at their home in the Upper Peninsula where he enjoyed fishing and hunting on their property.  He also enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

    Eugene is survived by his wife Betty; four children, Rick (Heidi) Webb, Pam Fosselman, Dawn (Steve) Jones, and Mark (Kathryn) Webb, all of Monroe; eight grandchildren, Josh (Jenna) Webb, Micah (Grace Wenzel) Webb, Danielle Corbin, Amber (Aaron) Coch, Ashley (Ryan) Crandall, Allison Jones, Hannah (Brendan Byxbe) Webb, and Laurel Webb; seven great-grandchildren, Nathan and Nolan Ward, Tyler, Gracie, and Carlie Crandall, Kennedy Dawn Coch, and Josephine Webb.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Edith Edmondson and Eunice Welch; two brothers-in-law, Bill Edmondson and Clarence Welch; and son-in-law, Thomas Fosselman.

    Memorial donations may be made to Heritage Baptist Church Building Fund, Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, or Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

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GillenkirkVincent C. Gillenkirk
February 26, 1930 – August 24, 2014

Vincent C. Gillenkirk, 84, of Monroe, died Sunday at The Glendale Assisted Living in Toledo.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church with service at 11 a.m. Rev. Larry Loree, Jr., officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, Monroe, with military honors by V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe.

Vincent was born February 26, 1930 in Monroe. He was the son of Frank J. and Henrietta Mae (Willets) Gillenkirk. He married Norma Jane Reisig April 24, 1954; who went to be with our Lord March 11, 2008.

He was employed at the Michigan Stone Company for 38 years, as a millman first class. He had also been a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324 since 1959.

He attended St. Michael’s Catholic Church and School in Monroe. He was confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church and later became a member of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church.

He enjoyed modern square and round dancing, camping, bingo, swimming, wood working and roller skating. He was known as a record disc jockey and square dance caller.

He served in the Korean War as a Army medical corpsman. Stationed at the 97th Army General Hospital in Frankfort, Germany.

He is survived by three sons, Vincent Lee Gillenkirk of Tucson, Arizona, Steven A. (Donna) Gillenkirk of Monroe and Roger C. (Kelly) Gillenkirk of Belleville; three daughters, Deanna L. (Dennis) Sobocienski of Bartlett, Tennessee, Nancy S. (Leonard) VanDaele of Monroe and Judy A. (James) Newsome of Carleton; twenty grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by a son, Daniel Michael Gillenkirk, two daughters-in-law, Tracy and Connie Gillenkirk and twelve brothers and sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Ghost Lutheran Church Monroe, Michigan.

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AbsalomLewis L. Absalom
December 16, 1936 – August 23, 2014

Lewis L. Absalom, 77, of LaSalle, died Saturday in his home.

Lewis was born December 16, 1936 in Trenton. He was the son of Harry Lewis and Orla Margaret (Duvall) Absalom. He married Ruth A. Hill January 21, 1959 in Toledo; she preceded him in death on November 28, 2011.

He worked as an electrician for Chrysler at the Trenton Engine Plant.

He is survived by two daughters, Dana Lynn (Christopher) Porkarski of Temperance and Terry L. (Donald) Sander of Samaria; six grandchildren, Josh Porkarski, Anthony Porkarski, Jessie Porkarski, Christopher Poekarski, Justin Wryobeck and Rashell Shallenbarger and six great grandchildren.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until a memorial service at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of the First Church of God, will officiate. In accordance with Lewis’ wishes cremation has taken place and private burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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CronenwettStanley C. Cronenwett
November 22, 1929 – August 20, 2014

Stanley C. Cronenwett, age 84 of Monroe passed away August 20, 2014 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg, Ohio. He was born November 22, 1929 in Ida, Michigan, the son of Earl and Kathryn (Schlinglof) Cronenwett.

He was a graduate of Ida High School in 1947. He served in the United States Navy from 1947-48. Stan married Donna Simonelly June 14th 1952 at the Ida Evangelical United Brethren Church, now Ida United Methodist Church.

Stan was employed with the Ford Motor Company for 39 years, retiring in January, 1989 as the plant manager with the Monroe Stamping Plant.

He was a member of the Moslem Temple and the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry. In addition, he was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan, Dundee Lodge #74 where he served as Worshipful Master.

Stan enjoyed traveling, with his wife Donna and many friends. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and especially attending his children and grandchildren’s athletic events while being involved in each of their lives. Stan was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, JoAnne Manore; niece, Penny Angerer; brothers-in-law, Rulia Manore and Robert Simonelly; sister-in-law, Mary Bussell; mother-in-law and father-in-law Nell and Don Simonelly.

Surviving is his wife Donna of 62 years, his children Gary (Nancy) Cronenwett, Greg Cronenwett, Brenda (Doug) Cellier; grandchildren, Elyse (Jeff) Bairley, Lia (Ben) Borchers, Emily (Justin) Zeller, Adam Cellier and Eric Cellier. Sisters include Darlene (Cook) Liedel, Sandy (Don) Sheldon; brother, Duane Cronenwett; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Daniel and Pat Simonelli and many nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Stan’s wishes, cremation has taken place at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle Michigan. A memorial service will be held at the Rupp Funeral Home on Friday, August 29th at 11am. Karen Culler, friend of the family will be the moderator.

The family would like to thank the amazing staff at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg for their incredible care-giving skills and comfort that Stan received. 
Also, the Hospice of NW Ohio Michigan team for their care and compassion shown to Stan in our home along with Judy V. who showed great dedication and terrific care to Stan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Northwest Ohio or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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MilankovRalph Peter Milankov

February 2, 1935 – August 5, 2014


    Ralph P. Milankov, age 79 of Monroe, died 7:53 a.m. Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at the White Pine Rehabilitation and Care Center in Farmington, Michigan.  He had been in poor health for three months.

    Born February 2, 1935 in Dearborn, he was the son of Jim and Bertha (Popova) Milankov.  He moved with his family to Monroe in 1941.  While attending MonroeHigh School, Ralph worked with his father delivering eggs. 

    Ralph married Gertrude M. Russeau, the love of his life, on July 8, 1961 in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Erie.  He learned the craft of horse training and eventually worked many years as a groomer/trainer at Detroit Race Course (DRC).

    Ralph enjoyed his horses, fishing, raising rabbits, gardening, attending garage sales, and playing euchre with his family.  He always enjoyed dancing at parties or family reunions.

    Ralph is survived by a daughter, Marchelle (Karl) Close of Carleton; two sisters, Diane (Ronald) Becker and Dorothy Balent, both of Monroe; granddaughter, Amanda (Kyle) Bruck; great-granddaughter, Mackenzie May Bruck; nephews, Greg Balent, Damon (Sue) Schingeck, Terry (Charity) Schneff; and nieces, Lorna (Jim) Summers, Lynn Stumpmier, Kathy (John) Fryzel, and Debbie Schingeck; and many other great nieces and nephews; first cousins, Madeline Labbe and Louise Whinham; and many other cousins who loved Ralph.

    He was preceded in death by his wife Gertrude on March 16, 2012, his parents, and nephew Dan Schingeck.

    Cremation has taken place at RoselawnMemorial Park in accordance with his wishes.  The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. until memorial service at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Rupp Funeral Home.  Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of First Church of God will officiate.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

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  Alton J. Clark

March 2, 1934 – August 18, 2014

Alton J. Clark, 80, of Monroe, passed away at 2:15 a.m. Monday at Magnum Care of Monroe.

 He was born March 2, 1934 in Monroe.  He was the son of Carl and Mae (Poupard) Clark.  He married Sue Vanderpool June 7, 1952.

Alton was a salesman for Monroe Industrial.

 He attended St. Mary’s Church and was a former member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1266.

 Alton is survived by his wife Sue Clark of Monroe; three sons, Daniel (Cindy) Clark of Lincoln Park, Dennis (Becky) Clark and Thomas (Sue) Clark both of Monroe; a daughter, Cathy Drew of Monroe, nine grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

 He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Donald and Jerry Clark and a sister, Janice Marino.

 In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no services.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the National MS Society.

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NuttBernice A. Nutt
February 9, 1930 – August 17, 2014

Bernice A. Nutt, 84, of Monroe, passed away at 10:18 a.m. Sunday in her home.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 12 noon Wednesday. Rev. John Piippo, pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church, will officiate.

Bernice was born February 9, 1930 in Dearborn. She was the daughter of Joseph and Sophia (Jarzembowski) Lania. She married Robert G. Nutt August 6, 1949 in Dearborn and he preceded her in death August 21, 2008.

Bernice dedicated her life to loving and taking care of her husband and children. She always enjoyed spending time with her family, whether they were celebrating a special occasion, or she was teaching them how to make Pierogies; as long as they were together she was happy. She had lived in the same home for more then 40 years and also considered the neighbors part of her family. After her husband passed away her dog Joey was a very special part of her life and she enjoyed taking him for walks.

She was a one time member of the Frenchtown Senior Center and enjoyed listening to and dancing to polka music.

She is survived by four sons, Robert (Beverly) Nutt, Jr. of Ida, Gary (Linda) Nutt of Bay City, William Nutt of Newport and David (Carla) Nutt of Monroe; three daughters, Kathy Vanderbush of Monroe, Mary (Frank) Smith of Monroe and Carol Major of Horton; twelve grandchildren, Stephanie, Rob, Gary, Jr., Debbie, Jennifer, Gregory, Jr., Christopher, Charity, Daniel, Hayley, Joshua and Kendelynn and fifteen great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by a son, James R. Nutt, son-in-law, Mark Major; two sisters, Mary Zelazny and Helen Lania and a brother, Edward Lania.

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imageCAPT Patrick R. Mueller
April 26, 1959 – August 7, 2014
CAPT Patrick R. Mueller, United States Navy, passed away suddenly on August 7th, 2014 at Yokota AB, Japan. At the time of his death CAPT Mueller was serving as Director of Command, Control, Communications & Computers for United States Forces Japan.
CAPT Mueller was born in Buffalo, NY on April 26th, 1959. He enlisted in the Navy in 1977 after graduating from Jefferson High School in Monroe, MI, and attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer before being commissioned first as a Limited Duty Officer and later as a Restricted Line Officer. He served in various capacities both ashore and at sea while stationed in Maine and Virginia, and then served with the Naval Special Warfare Command in San Diego, CA before being selected to command the Naval Telecommunications Station in Jacksonville, FL. After this command he was promoted below-the zone to CAPT and assigned as Director of Communications for Carrier Strike Group Nine aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, stationed in Everett, WA. Following this assignment CAPT Mueller attended the Naval War College before beginning his final tour of duty in Japan in 2013. He was a decorated veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and one of fewer than 200 people awarded the distinction of Honorary Frogman in the last 50 years.
CAPT Mueller is survived by his wife of over 32 years Cathy (née Mell), his children Tara (Brandon) Breaux, Caitlin Mueller, and Corporal Ryan Mueller (US Marine Corps), two grandchildren (Brayden and Mason), sisters Pamela (Thomas) Costello and Margaret Mullins, and brothers Michael Mueller and Timothy Mueller; father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Darlene Mell.
CAPT Mueller was preceded in death by his parents Theodore and Margaret Marie Mueller of Monroe.
Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday August 29, 2014 at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday August 30, 2014. U.S. Navy military honors will be held at the funeral home immediately following the funeral service. In accordance with CAPT Mueller’s wishes cremation will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Wounded Warrior Project. Donations may be made at or mail to Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675.

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olsonThomas E. Olson

November 26, 1957 – August 13, 2014


Thomas E. Olson, 56, of Monroe died at 8:38 a.m. Wednesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital. He had been in poor health for five years.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Rupp Funeral Home where V.F.W. 1138 Monroe will conduct military honors at 2 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. with Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church officiating. Cremation will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born November 26, 1957 in Detroit he was the son of Edward and Dorothy (Barlow) Olson. He married Sharlene Liford on October 27, 2000 in Monroe.

Thomas was employed by Chrysler Corp. at the Jeep Plant in Toledo before retiring.

He honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corp. from July 29, 1975 to June 2, 1977.

Surviving are his wife, Sharlene; his mother, Dorothy Olson of Nevada; step children, Bobby (Julie) Mason, Jr. of Monroe and Sabrina (Michael) Procy of Newport; six grandchildren Skylar Mason, Saige Poupard, Storm “Hooty” Poupard, Braxton Mason, Brayden Mason and Josh Mason;  a great-granddaughter, Shiann Mason; three brothers, Edward (Debbie) Olson of Florida, Dave (Michelle) Olson of Flat Rock and Kevin (Dawn) Olson of New Boston; two sisters, Denise (Dave) Cook of Traverse City and Karen McMahan of Taylor and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

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Susan A. Fain

February 21, 1963 – August 11, 2014


    Susan A. Fain, age 51 of Erie, died 11:05 p.m. Monday, August 11th in her home.

    Born February 21, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois, she was the daughter of James R. and Barbara J. (Mason) Dillard.  She married David H. Fain on April 28, 1983 in LaSalle.

    Susan was a hard worker who loved her family.  She enjoyed building model houses and crocheting.

    Susan is survived by her husband David; mother, Barbara Dillard of Erie; daughters, Barbara Fain and Patsy Fain, both at home; step children, David Fain and April Adams, both of Grand Rapids; sisters, Shirley (Jim) Miles of Carleton and Kathy (John) Schroth of Adrian; half sisters, Bernice Shouse and Mary Delores Daniels, both of Missouri; 10 grandchildren; and her pet dog “Bella”.

    Susan was preceded in death by her father; brothers, Allen and Bobby Dillard; sister, Sharon Burge; and half sisters, Donna (Dillard) Mendez and Glenda Dillard.

    Cremation will take place at Roselawn Memorial Park in accordance with her wishes.  A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Stewart Road Christian Ministries Center.  The church Pastor, Rev. Dr. Joseph Byrd will officiate.  Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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