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AngoveCatherine Ann Angove

January 1, 1926 – February 27, 2015

 

Catherine Ann Angove, 89, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday February 27th. She was greeted by her husband Robert W. and son Douglas J. for a grand heavenly reunion.

 

Born January 1, 1926 in Wayne, Michigan, she was the daughter of Ernest J. and Nellie (Fitzpatrick) Trudell. She was one of five girls: Mary Dowd, Ellen Johnson, Aiden Broderick all deceased and Pat Fisher of Wayne, Michigan. She married Robert Wendell Angove on October 15, 1947 at St. Mary’s Church, Wayne.

 

She was the loving mother to Kevin, Maureen (Ray) Pfiester, Mark (Patti), Brian (Joy) all of Monroe and Robert (Barbara) of Erie, Mary (Matt) Slick of Lambertville and Martha Delong of Hayward, Wisconsin. She was Grandma to fourteen grandchildren and Great Grandma to twelve that she was proud to call her own.

 

She loved her home in Grayling, Michigan on the beautiful Manistee River and spent many wonderful times with the family she adored and the occasional visit from wonderful friends looking for respite in the north woods.

 

She enjoyed playing bridge, especially with her dear friend and bridge partner of over 50 years, Cathy Haddix. She loved to read and crocheted lovely afghans for all her family, that we will cherish forever and find comfort in their warmth. She also loved the occasional trip to the casino for “therapy” as she and Cathy Haddix called it.

 

She had a kind and gentle spirit and was a fine example of God’s creation for all of us to admire and strive to attain. She was always nonjudgmental and never had an unkind word for anyone. Her innocence and love of children will be her legacy.

 

There will be visitation Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until a Mass of the Resurrection at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Monroe. Reverend David Burgard, pastor of the church, will officiate. Cremation will follow and her ashes will be united with her husband’s at Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock.

 

Our grateful thanks are extended to the amazing staff and volunteers at Ebeid Hospice Residence in Sylvania, Ohio for their tireless care and comfort of her physical and spiritual wellbeing. We will be forever indebted to them. We also want to thank friends and family for their prayers and good wishes for Mom and our family.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Ebeid Hospice Residence, Sylvania or St. Mary’s Church, Monroe.

 

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

GeimanDean E. Geiman

July 12, 1929 – February 27, 2015

 

Dean Geiman, 85, of Carleton, passed away at 11:23 a.m. Friday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital Emergency Room.

 

Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate at St. John Lutheran Church Waltz at 10 a.m. Tuesday with services at 11 a.m. Rev. Kurt Taylor, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Carleton Cemetery.

 

Dean was born July 12, 1929 in Monroe. He was the son of Carl and Cordellia (Grauf) Geiman. He married Helen Vagt November 29, 1947.

 

Dean attended Trinity Lutheran grade school and was a 1947 graduate of Monroe High School.

 

Initially, he was employed by his father at his Nash dealership. He later followed his dream and was employed at Greenfield Village as a superintendent of their horse program until his retirement.

 

Dean cherished memories of activities related to farming and livestock. He spoke of time spent on the Metz Farms, whom he was related to through his mother. Perhaps this is where he developed his lifetime interest of horses and livestock. He raised quarter horses, draft horses and miniature ponies in his later years. He operated a business which offered pony rides and utilized his draft horses for hire for weddings and hayrides.

 

As a member of the community he was involved with the Monroe County Fair for fifty years. He showed saddle horses and initiated the draft horse show as it is today. He also served as president of the Monroe County Fair Board at one time.

 

Dean’s passion for horses and livestock will continue to flourish even after his passing. His sons, daughters and grandchildren are involved with livestock. Two of his grandsons, which he mentored, raise draft horses and compete at national shows. His granddaughters compete at state and county fairs showing steers.

 

Dean is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen; two sons, Richard (Debby) Geiman of Newport and Larry D. (Patricia) Geiman of Carleton; two daughters, Linda (Manuel) Herrera of Monroe and Karen (Randy) Newman of Irons, Michigan; a brother, Donald Geiman of Saline; a sister, Ruth Eastman of Monroe; ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Kenneth and Keith and an infant daughter, Sandra.

 

Dean will be missed but his legacy, impact and influence on others will not be forgotten.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church Waltz.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Dunbar1Laura Jane Dunbar

March 19, 1923 – February 23, 2015

 

Laura J. Dunbar, 91 of Monroe died at 7:43 am Monday at her home. She had been in poor health for one week.

 

Family and friends may call from 2 to 8 pm Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where a Rosary service will be held at 6 pm. She will lie instate Monday 9:30 am at St. Mary Catholic Church with the Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 am. Rev David Burgard, Pastor will officiate with entombment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

 

Born March 19, 1923 in Monroe she was the daughter of Lawrence and Irene (Wehner) Rehe. She married Robert L. Dunbar on November 13, 1943 at St. Rose Mission in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He preceded her in death on April 1, 1999.

 

Laura was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She was a 1941 graduate of St. Mary Academy.

 

Laura had joined the IHM Sisters, Cyprian Mauer and Mary Simeon, in taking the Eucharist to the sick many decades ago. When these sisters wanted to start a charismatic prayer group, later known as “Light of Revelation,” at the motherhouse for the people of Monroe, Laura was there as a core group member. This smaller group met regularly to be pastorally caring for the larger group. The Comboni Missionaries outreach received her participation in a women’s group that provided ongoing income through fundraiser events. This long term aid is well known and appreciated by the leaders at the Comboni International headquarters in the South of Rome.

 

Surviving are her children Patrick R. (Robert Hrubovsky) Dunbar of Ypsilanti, David E. (Laurie) Dunbar of Boston, New York, Robert L. (Holly) Dunbar II of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire and Thomas M. (Kim) Dunbar of Morris, Illinois; grandchildren Dana D. Kataoka, Sarah R. Dunbar, Michelle K. Dunbar, Matthew T. Dunbar, Andrew L. Dunbar and Kristen A. Dunbar; Great-grandchildren Talen Kataoka, Chancen Kataoka and Kyrie Kataoka; sister-in-law Cecelia Rehe of Royal Oak, Michigan.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Robert Rehe.

 

In spite of all the physical issues Laura was facing, she always took time to pray with others for their healing. Her warmth and caring, her keen observation of the needs of the group, and her ability to be a central magnet for the upbuilding of community wherever she was, makes Laura a sorely missed person of love.

 

Memorials may be made to the IHM Motherhouse Chapel.

 

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

 

Lonnie Ray Sachs

February 18, 1957 – February 22, 2015

 

SachsLonnie Ray Sachs, age 58 of Belleville, went to be with his Lord unexpectedly Sunday afternoon.

Friends may visit from 3 – 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 7 p.m. Rev. Larry K. Loree, Jr., Pastor of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church will officiate. Cremation will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in accordance with his wishes.

Born February 18, 1957 in Monroe, he was the son of Wilbur and Margarette (Wehner) Sachs.

Lonnie was baptized, educated, and confirmed at Holy Ghost Lutheran School and church and was a 1975 graduate of Monroe High School.

Lonnie was employed by Guardian Glass in Carleton and Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery in Flat Rock for several years.

He is survived by two daughters, Holly Sachs (fiance’ Scott Tanona) of Monroe and Heather (Luke) Zapor of Livonia; father, Wilbur Sachs of Monroe; three brothers, Gary (Pat Scrafano) Sachs of Flat Rock, Randy (Theresa) Sachs of Monroe, and Danny (Denise) Sachs of Monroe; sister, Linda Tennyson of Milan; three grandchildren, Cordelia, Alexander, and Elijah Zapor; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Lonnie was preceded in death by his mother, Margarette in 2004 and brother-in-law, James “Bob” Tennyson in 2014.

Memorial donations in Lonnie’s memory may be made to the family.

 

Pamela S. Kootsillas

October 29, 1960 – February 22, 2015

 

KootsillasPamela S. Kootsillas, age 54 of Monroe, died 9 a.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit. She had been ill since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November.

Friends may visit from 1 – 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where a Scripture Service will be at 6 p.m. She will lie instate 10 a.m. Friday at St. John Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by the church pastor, Rev. James Smalarz. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born October 29, 1960 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Eugene A. and Patricia C. (St. Bernard) Dussia. She married Kevin J. Kootsillas on August 11, 1990 in Monroe.

Pam began her working career as a Nurses Aide at the former Beach Nursing Home for many years. She owned and operated “Friendly Helpmates”, a residential and commercial cleaning service for several years in Monroe County. Pam also worked for Partylite as a Sales Consultant and Unit Leader, and then for Coldwell Banker Haynes Real Estate in Monroe as a Real Estate Agent.

Pam was a 1978 graduate of Summerfield High School and enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

Pam is survived by her husband, Kevin; three children, Abigaile, Alexander, and Allyson Kootsillas who reside at home; and sister, Sherie (Daniel) Ingels of Belleville, Michigan.

Pam was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Daniel Dussia.

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

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

 

Lela J. Carr

September 27, 1945 – February 19, 2015

 

CarrLela J. Carr, 69 of Monroe died at 1:07 pm Thursday at her home.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 pm Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 2 pm. Rev. Dennis Bux, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church will officiate, with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born September 27, 1945 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Russell J. and Beulah Marie (Jones) Hoffman. She married Donald Carr on October 12, 1963 in Monroe.

Lela was employed as a secretary by Monroe Auto Equipment Company and Michigan Gas Utilities Company for many years.

Surviving are her son Donald L. Carr of Avilla, Indiana and daughter Kellie M. (Brian) Banek of Monroe; grandson Devin C Banek and granddaughter Jordyn C. Banek; brothers, James R. Hoffman of Monroe, Larry A. Hoffman of Monroe and David D. Hoffman of North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and long time companion Joseph M. Margraves.

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

 

 

 

Jane B. Kolenda

March 30, 1938 – February 21, 2015

 

KolendaJane B. Kolenda, 76 of LaSalle died at 10 am Saturday at her home. She had been in poor health for one and a half years.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial Mass will be held at 10 am Thursday at St. Anne Catholic Church.

Born March 30, 1938 in Detroit she was the daughter of George and Mary (Kopey) Bieszk. She married Stanley M. Kolenda on February 1, 1958 in Detroit.

Jane was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, a sales women for Century 21 in Monroe, an owner and operator with her husband of Blakes Party Store and also served as a director of Heartbeat of Monroe. She enjoyed cooking, baking, crafts, gardening and making and painting birdhouses.

Surviving are her husband Stanley; daughters, Trisha (Brent Sears) Armetta of Mt. Orab, Ohio and Tammy (Dominic) DeMichele of Milan; grandchildren Michael (Nicole) Armetta, Sam ( Brian) Armetta, Charles Kolenda, Corey Kolenda, Brenda (Brett) Knight and Thomas (Candy) Smith; nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Edward Kolenda and brother George Bieszk.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice

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

 

 

Joann M. Grodi

January 10, 1927 – February 20, 2015

 

GrodiJoann M. Grodi, 88 of Monroe, died at 5:29 pm Friday at Promedica Monroe Regional Hospital.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 8 pm Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, where a Scripture service will be held at 5 pm. She will lie instate Wednesday, 10 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with the Mass of the Resurrection at 11 am. Rev. James Smalarz, pastor will officiate, with entombment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born January 10, 1927 in Monroe, Joann was the daughter Claude and Elizabeth (Folk) Kennedy. She married Kenneth C. Grodi on September 21, 1946 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Monroe.

Joann was employed by River Raisin Paper Company, Thornton Pharmacy and American Greeting Cards, retiring in 1999.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church; the Chat and Chew Club of Monroe, and served as the Sunshine Officer of the Comboni Missionaries Women’s Auxiliary. She was a 1945 graduate of St. Mary Academy. Joann enjoyed playing cards, trips to the casino and playing Bunco.

Surviving are her husband Kenneth; son Kenneth D. (Susan) Grodi of Thompson Station, Tennessee; a daughter, Karen A. Schenavar of Monroe; grandchildren Amy (Michael) Eells, Matthew Grodi, Danielle Schenavar and Kyle (Christina) Schenavar; great-grandchildren Evan Eells, Lauren Eells, Gabrielle Grodi, Olivia Schenavar and Weston Schenavar.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter Kathleen Grodi-Famiano.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John Parish, Comboni Missionaries Women’s Auxiliary or the ALS of Michigan.

Online condolences may sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

 

 

 

Peter E. Lawrence Jr

November 16, 1961 – February 13, 2015

 

Peter E. Lawrence Jr of Monroe died at 8:20 pm Friday in his home.

Family and friends may call from 12 to 1 pm Tuesday February 24, 2015 at the Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 1 pm. Rev. Don Brown, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will take place at Woodland Cemetery, Monroe.

Born November 16, 1961 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina he was the son of Peter E. and Irene (Horvath) Lawrence Sr. He married Andrea Maria Goczan on October 17, 1991.

Peter was employed by the Meijer Distribution Center in Newport as a hi-lo driver, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Dundee.

Surviving are his wife Andrea; children Veronika, Krisztina and Zoltan Lawrence all of Monroe.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Margaret Lawrence.

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

 

James E. McDaniel

February 24, 1928 – February 17, 2015

 

James E. McDaniel, age 86 of Monroe, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. Jim fought a courageous battle to recover from injuries he sustained since falling on the ice in November.

Friends may visit from 2 – 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Rev. Larry Lyons, Chaplain of ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park with military honors provided by VFW Post 1138, Monroe.

Born February 24, 1928 in Monroe, he was the son of the late Charles and Lucy (Shopshire) McDaniel. He married Alice “Lou” Hubbard on May 5, 1956 in Angola, Indiana.

As a Marine, Jim proudly served his country from February 15, 1946 to December 13, 1947. During that time he did his Boot Camp at Paris Island, North Carolina and was stationed in Hawaii.

Jim was employed by Ford Motor Company, Monroe for 30 years and was elected Financial Secretary of UAW Local 723, serving for 16 years before retiring in 1980. His favorite pass-times were fishing and watching sports.

Jim is survived by his wife Lou of Monroe; three children, Donna (Wayne) Libstorff, Deborah (David) Campbell, and James (Debora) McDaniel, Jr., all of Monroe; four grandchildren, Wayne Libstorff, II, Kelly Campbell, James McDaniel, III, and Kaylee Campbell; daughter (from previous marriage) Diana (Richard) Moore of Monroe and their family; four great-grandchildren, Wayne Libstorff, III, Sunshine Libstorff, Clayton Libstorff, and Louis McDaniel; two brothers, Charles (Carol) McDaniel of North Carolina and C. Rick (Kathi) McDaniel of South Carolina.

Jim was preceded in death by an infant son, Charles Robert McDaniel; grandson, James Clayton Libstorff; brother, Roy McDaniel; and sister, Rose Geiman.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com