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William I. Weeman

September 29, 1925 – April 29, 2015

 

WeemanWilliam I. Weeman, 89 of Monroe, died at 2:35 pm Wednesday at Wellspring Lutheran Services. He had been in poor health since February.

Family and friends may call from 1 to 8 pm Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 am Monday. Rev. Ross Ulrich, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, will officiate. Military honors will be provided by V.F.W. Post 1138 Monroe. Cremation will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born September 29, 1925 in Monroe, he was the son of Warner and Gertrude (Heck) Weeman. He married Mary J. Grunow on August 13, 1949 at Zion Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death on April 30, 2010.

William was employed by Consumers Power Company, J.R. Whiting Generating Plant for thirty-five years as an electrician. He retired in 1988.

He served his country during World War II in the United States Army from April 24, 1945 to October 10, 1946 and received the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon and the Victory Medal.

William was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and a life member of V.F.W Post 1138 Monroe and the Lynn C. Weeman American Legion Post 514 Ida. He was a 1944 graduate of Ida High School.

Surviving are his sons Jeffrey W. (Kristine) Weeman and Frank M. (Cheryl) Weeman both of Ida; grandchildren Jennifer Lopez-Weeman, Erick (Kristin) Weeman, Scott (Casey) Weeman, Leslie (Danny) Lehberger, Laurie (Jesse) Hall and Rachael Weeman; nine great-grandchildren; sisters Bernice Weeman of Monroe, Phyllis Grunow of Juniper, Florida and Jeanette Nickel of Monroe; and a special friend Linda Ziegler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary, and brothers Harold, Elmer, Lynn, Donald and Robert Weeman.

Memorials may be made to the Mercy Memorial Hospice.

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

 

 

scan0001Alfred J. “Hooker” Arenz

December 18, 1937 – April 28, 2015

 

Alfred J. “Hooker” Arenz, 77, of Monroe, passed away at 4:31 p.m. Tuesday at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.

 

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church with services at 11 a.m. Rev. Nate Fager, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Alfred was born December 18, 1937 in Maybee. He was the son of Alfred H. and Esther M. (Boes) Arenz. He married Beverly Jones May 28, 1960.

 

He worked for Grand Trunk Railroad and Canadian Nation Railroad until retiring in 1999. He was also a lifelong farmer and grew everlasting flowers that he and his wife sold at craft shows and the Shipshawana flea market.

 

Alfred was a 1955 graduate of Dundee High School and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainman.

 

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Arenz of Monroe; two daughters, Denise (Tom) D’Haene of Lewiston and LeAnn (Bill) Mooney of Monroe and four grandchildren, Heidi (Jake) Zeitz, Ryan D’Haene, Ashley Mooney and Brandon Mooney.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

 

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

Esther B. Burggrave

October 7, 1924 – April 28, 2015

 

BurggraveEsther B. Burggrave, 90 of Monroe died at at 7:18 pm Tuesday at Brookdale Senior Living Claire Bridge while under the care of Heartland Hospice. She had been in poor health for one year.     

 Family and friends may call from 2 to 8 pm Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home where a Rosary service will be held at 7 pm She will lie instate 9 am Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with the the Mass of the Resurrection at 10 am. Rev. James Smalarz will officiate with entombment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Born October 7, 1924 in Monroe, she was the daughter of William and Eliza (Radcliff) Geno. She married Alfred H. Burggrave on May 23, 1945 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on May 23, 2008.

Esther was employed at the Willow Run Bomber Plant during World War II, then the J.C. Penney Store,  the Lutheran Home and St. Mary Motherhouse.

She was a member of St. John Church, and a former member of the Altar Society.

Surviving are her children James (Linda) Burggrave and Shirley (Glenn) Smith both of Newport; brother Joseph (Rosemary) Geno of Toledo; ten grandchildren; thirty-three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, siblings Margrette Fuerstenberg, Lillian Bomia, Anna Marie St.Bernard, James Geno, William Geno, Mildred Pierce and Elizabeth Jackson.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

 

 

FB_IMG_1430254943820Elizabeth Geyman

September 4, 1947 – April 28, 2015

 

Elizabeth (York) Geyman, born Mae Elizabeth York passed away at 8:55 am on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, after a hard-fought, four month battle with leukemia.  Liz’s final weeks were spent as she wished, at her home surrounded by friends and family. 

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home.  She will lie instate at 10 a.m. Friday at Stewart Road Christian Ministries Center with funeral services at 11 a.m.  Rev. Dr. Joseph Byrd, pastor of the church, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Liz was born to Helen (Yeary) Notario and Paul York in Middlesboro, KY on September 4, 1947 and was a member of the 1966 graduating class of Monroe High School.  On October 12, 1968, Liz married Thomas Geyman with whom she had three children, Kimberly (Ted), Matthew (Sara), and Gabriel (Tammy).  Liz was most recently employed at the Kroger grocery store on Monroe Street, where she retired in 2013.  In addition to her husband and children, Liz is survived by eight grandchildren and her sister Sue (York) Zion.  Liz was preceded in death by her mother, Helen (Yeary) Notario, her father, Paul York and her beloved step-father, Paul Notario.

 

Liz will be missed by everyone that knew her.  She had a smile and a kind word for anyone within her view. No one was a stranger to Liz and she loved everyone she came in contact with. Chances are that if she knew you, she knew your birthday, your spouse’s name, all your children’s names and all of their birth dates – you were also likely to receive a hug.  Liz was an amazing woman that we are so fortunate to have known.  We will always love her. What wonderful memories we have of our dear wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

 

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

BradenNaoma R. Braden

October 30, 1941 – April 25, 2015

 

Naoma Ruth Braden, 73, of Monroe, passed away Saturday April 25, 2015, at home in the company of her loving family, after a lengthy illness.

 

Born October 30, 1941 to Harrison and Elizabeth (Marlow) Abrams, she had been a lifelong resident of Monroe.

 

Mrs. Braden married her husband Herbert on August 17, 1961 and from this union they had four children. She was a devoted wife, mother and caregiver to all. To state that she was a homemaker just would not be enough. Naoma gave her time, love and energy to ensure that her family were cared for.

 

The most important things to her were her family and God. She was always there for anyone in need and always saw the good in everyone and everything.

 

Naoma was a member of Stewart Road Christian Ministries Center for many years and a 1959 graduate of Monroe High School.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Harrison and Elizabeth (Marlow) Abrams; brothers, Harry, Basil, Earl and Carl Abrams and a sister, Evelyn Dooley.

 

She leaves behind her husband of 53 years Herbert; children, Robert, John (Mary), Joanne and Rachel Braden all of Monroe; a brother, Jack Abrams of Monroe; a sister, Mary (Allen) Newsome of Maybee and three grandchildren, Joshua and Michael Braden and Angie (Braden) Roberts.

 

Friends may gather from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a celebration of her life will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Rev. Dr. Joseph Byrd, pastor of Stewart Road Christian Ministries Center, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

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

 

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

SkidmoreElmer Skidmore

March 7, 1930 – April 23, 2015

 

Elmer Skidmore, 85, of Monroe, passed away Thursday at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday.  Rev. Kenneth Goins, pastor of Hope Missionary Baptist Church, and Rev. Ernest Fultz, pastor of Petersburg Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle with military honors provided by VFW Post 1138.

 

Elmer was born March 7, 1930 in Harlan, Kentucky.  He was the son of Green and Mary (Deaton) Skidmore.  He had been married to Betty Essary and then Dian Burchette.

 

He served his country in the US Army From August 1951 to April 1953.

 

He had been employed by Kelsy Hayes Wheel Company for 30 years retiring in 1991.

 

Elmer was a member of Hope Missionary Baptist Church, former member of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church and also the VFW Post 1138.

 

He loved music and played the banjo for many years..  He also enjoyed woodworking and building birdhouses.

 

Elmer is survived by two sons, Todd (Corrie) Skidmore and Walter Randall (Judith) Skidmore both of Monroe; four brothers, Troy (Rachel) Skidmore of Tennessee, Don Skidmore of Kentucky, Randall (Vickie) Skidmore of Columbus, Ohio and Wayne (Lisa) Skidmore of Baxter, Kentucky; two sisters, Edith Ferrara of Monroe and Camelene West of London, Kentucky; three Grandchildren, Crystal Skidmore, Phillip Skidmore and Logan Skidmore and seven great grandchildren.

 

He is preceded in death by both of his wives, a brother, Kenneth Skidmore and two sisters, Frances Adkins and Jean Monday.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post 1138.

 

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

CopiEdward A. Copi

July 23, 1925 – April 22, 2015

 

Edward A. Copi, 89, of Monroe, passed away at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in his home.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Church with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Rev. James Smalarz, pastor of the church, will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

 

Edward was born July 23, 1925 in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania. He was the son of John and Margaret (Gorse) Copi. He married Julia M. Curley April 15, 1950 at St. Joseph Church, she preceded him in death November 28, 2004.

 

He worked at the Ford Motor Company Monroe Plant until retiring in 1985.

 

Ed was a 1943 graduate of Monroe High School and a charter member of the Monroe Rod and Gun Club. He was also a member of UAW Local 723 and St. Joseph Church before it’s closing.

 

He was an avid deer hunter.

 

He is survived by four sons, Robert (Janice) Copi, William (Dorothy) Copi and Alan Copi all of Monroe and Raymond (Cari) Copi of South Haven , Michigan; two daughters, Linda (Wayne) Lochner and Sandra Butler both of Monroe; ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

 

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be may made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

 

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

MassingoHelen J. Massingo

December 23, 1929 – April 22, 2015

 

Helen J. Massingo, 85, of Monroe, died at 8:55 pm Wednesday at the home of her niece Mary Connor. She had been in poor health for one year.

Family and friends may call from 10 am until funeral services at 2 pm Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born December 23, 1929 in Harrogate, Tennessee she was the daughter of Paris and Ethel (Lake) Wyile.

Helen was employed by Jones Transfer for fifteen years, Fairview for ten years and for several years she operated her own cleaning service.

Her life was her family and she enjoyed spending time with them and especially cooking for the family. She also loved to play bingo.

Surviving are her children Albert W. (Sandra) Massingo, Daniel P. (Debbie) Massingo, Joey E. (Patti) Massingo and Deborah L. (Floyd) Lyons all of Monroe; grandchildren Brian Massingo, Kasey Lyons and Joey Kozma and several great-grandchildren; brother Jack (Betty) Wyile of Powell Valley, Tennessee and sister Margaret Ginkiner of Pennsylvania.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two grandchildren, Eden W. Massingo and Johnny Massingo and two sisters, Ruby Falcon and Gladys Francisco.

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

 

 

 

Joseph Charles Terrasi

March 12, 1922 – April 22, 2015

 

TerrasiJoseph Charles Terrasi, 93 of Monroe, died at 8:24 pm Wednesday at the Alice Loraine Care Center. He had been in poor health for two months.

Family and friends may call from 1 to 8 pm Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate 10 am Monday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with the Mass of the Resurrection at 11 am. Rev. James Smalrz, pastor will officiate. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born March 12, 1922 in Monroe, he was the son of Salvatore and Orsola (DiCarlo) Terrasi. He married Elizabeth Alotta on September 2, 1953 in Italy.

Joseph was employed by Consolidated Paper Company for twenty years; after the closing of the plant he worked for twelve years at Monroe Public Schools, then he and his wife owned and operated Restaurant Italia for fifteen years.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church until it closed, and then transferred to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus 1266, Monroe.

Surviving are his wife Elizabeth; sons Salvatore L. G. (June) Terrasi of Shorewood, Wisconsin and Girolamo J. (Jana) Terrasi of Canton; grandchildren Jonathan Terrasi, Michael Terrasi, Spencer Terrasi and Ross Terrasi; and a brother John Terrasi of Monroe.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Ben Terrasi and Sam Terrasi.

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

 

Reba I. Wells

March 8, 1932 – April 21, 2015

 

wellsReba I. Wells, 83 of Monroe, died at 5:40 pm Tuesday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. She had been in poor health since December.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate Saturday 10 am at the Shelton Park Church of God, with funeral services at 11 am. Rev. Scott Isham, pastor, will officiate, and burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born March 8, 1932 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Edgar and Lillie (Evans) Mosingo. She married Wetzel Wells on May 14, 1958 in Monroe. He preceded her in death on January 25, 1997.

Reba was a homemaker, but had been employed for a short time as a dietitian at Mercy Hospital.

She attended the Shelton Park Church of God.

Surviving are her sons Michael Cox of Monroe, Larry (Darlene) Wells of Blissfield and Gary (Lorraine) Wells of Monroe; daughters Gail (William) Ford of Ida, Tammy (Arnold) Jaufmann of Jupiter, Florida and Pamela Wells of Monroe; step-daughter Sandy (Larry) Lambert of Carleton; brother Herschel Mosingo of LaSalle; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Wetzel and brother Eugene Mosingo.

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