Monthly Archives: April 2015

John Francis Yaeger

January 11, 1931 – April 20, 2015


YaegerYaeger, John Francis; age 84 of Hale MI; died peacefully in Wyandotte MI on April 20, 2015 after battling Parkinson’s Disease for over two decades.

He was born January 11, 1931 to the late Veronica and Norbert Yaeger of Monroe MI. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Geraldine (Guest); loving father of nine children, John F. of Rockwood, Mary (Dave) Kostelnik of Grosse Ile, Catherine (Karmen) Manoogian of Southgate, Susan (Charles) DeWitt of Nashua NH, David (Gloria) of Ann Arbor, Thomas (Michelle) of Wyandotte, Laura (Robert) Korpics of Emmaus PA, Ann Marie Yaeger of Dunellen NJ, and Patrick of Brownstown MI.


Mr. Yaeger is also survived by two brothers, William N. (the late Lenore) of Ann Arbor, Michael J. (Lois) of Monroe, and sister Ann V. (the late Donald) Connolly of Milford. He leaves behind 23 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


John was a chemical engineer and worked for BASF in Wyandotte, MI and Parsippany, NJ his entire career. He was active in his church and was a lifelong member of K of C Council 7623 of Hale as well as a member of the 4th Degree Assembly. He enjoyed golf, square dancing, photography and crossword puzzles.


Friends may visit from 2 PM – 7 PM Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 5 PM. He will lie instate at 10 AM Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 AM by the church Pastor, Rev. David Burgard. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.


Memorial donations may be made to Knights of Columbus Council 7623, P.O. Box 181, Hale, MI 48739.


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PeltierCarl J. Peltier

January 25, 1926 – April 19, 2015


Carl J. Peltier, 89, of Monroe, formerly of Carleton, passed away at 7:45 p.m. Sunday in his home.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Divine Grace Parish, St. Patrick Church, Carleton, with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Rev. Louis Lapeyre, associate pastor of St. Mary Church, Monroe, will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery, with military honors by VFW Carleton Post 4093.


Carl was born January 25, 1926 in Monroe. He was the son of Walter and Bernetta (Cousino) Peltier. He married Delores Mary Cousino September 18, 1948 at St. Mary Church, Rockwood with Fr. Schroeder presiding.


He served in the Army from March 18, 1944 to April 23, 1946 serving time under General Patton’s Third Army. He earned a Central European Medal, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, East Africa Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 1 bronze battle star and 1 overseas service bar.


He worked for Ford Motor Company at the Rawsonville Plant in the die cast department for 31 years, retiring October 1, 1984.


Carl was a member of Divine Grace Parish (St. Patrick Church), VFW Carleton Post 4093 and Ash Senior Citizens.


Carl collected small oil lamps. Over the years he collect over 200 and gave many to family members so that they had something to remember him. He also made more then 500 airplanes out of pop and beers cans and gave many of those away also. Some people knew him as the “bicycle man”, he enjoyed fixing bicycles and would buy them to fix and then sell but he almost always ended up giving the bicycles away. If anyone came to his house with a bicycle that needed repairs he always made the time to help them.


After his retirement he and his wife traveled for many years with the Overland Travel Company. They did extensive traveling throughout the United States and Europe.


In honor of his military service, Carl was awarded his High School Diploma from Monroe Public Schools in 2012.


He is survived by his wife Delores; two sons, William J. (Sandra) Peltier and Rick M. (Debra K.) Peltier both of Carleton; two daughters, Linda (Floyd) Hause of Carleton and Carla (Michael) Hasson of Newport; a sister, Betty Chapman of Monroe; twelve grandchildren, Holly Hengy, Michelle Runyan, William Peltier, II, Crystal Matthewson, Josh Cooly, Regena Bartlett, Alyse Pfeiffer, Cody Pressler, David Lloyd, II, David Hasson, Brett Hasson and Ciara Hasson and sixteen great grandchildren.


He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Gertrude Bazick.


Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe or Divine Grace Parish.


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Thomas C. VanRiper

September 30, 1939 – April 19, 2015


VanriperThomas C. VanRiper, 75 of Monroe died at 3:04 pm Sunday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. He had been in poor health for two years.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 7 pm. Rev. Charlie Moore will officiate.

Born September 30, 1939 in Monroe, he was the son of Charles and Bernice (Bunkleman) VanRiper. He married Lillian C. Welch on January 25, 1964 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Thomas was employed for thirty-two years by Ford Motor Company at the Woodhaven Stamping Plant. He retired in 2004.

He enjoyed bowling, building remote control cars and attending all his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Surviving are his wife Lillian; children Michelle M. (David) Salliotte, Jr. of Monroe, Chad T. VanRiper of Maryville, Illinois and Kellie Jo (Gary) Montri of Maybee; grandchildren Brooke VanRiper, Tommy McCammon, Courtney Salliotte, Brittany VanRiper, Candace Salliotte, Kyle Montri, Marisa Montri, David Salliotte III, Devin VanRiper, Lindsay McCammon and Vic Pratt; sisters Sally Smeltzer of Chandler, Arizona and Pat (Dale) Montri of Ida.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Barbara Arnold.

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

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Russell L. Insco

April 12, 1953 – April 16, 2015


Russell Lindsay Insco, 62 of Carleton died at 12:26 am Thursday at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 7 pm Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 7 pm. Deacon George Cousino will officiate. Burial will be at 10 am Wednesday with military honors at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan.

Born April 12, 1953 in Detroit he was the son of Donald H. and Madeline C. (Jenson) Insco. He married Tasun Song on August 16, 1985 in South Korea.

He was employed as a heavy equipment operator through Local 324.

Russell proudly served his country in the United States Army from April 9, 1981 to March 20, 1987.

Surviving are his wife Tasun; children Anne Insco, Elizabeth Insco, Don R. Insco and Lindsay S. Insco; brothers Steve and John Insco; sisters Vivian (Jim) McCola, Stephanie (Ron) Ryczko, Mary Huddleston, Caroline Insco and Amanda Fitzgerald.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Don Insco.

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Nola Elizabeth Allen

December 2, 1920 – April 17, 2015


AllenNola Elizabeth (Oerther) Allen, age 94 of Monroe, died 3:13 a.m. Friday at Brookdale Senior Living.

Friends may visit from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Ross Ulrich, Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born December 2, 1920 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Arthur and Sadie (Young) Hitt. She married Walter Oerther in 1939 who passed away in 1969. She later married Charles Allen in 1971 at Zion Lutheran Church. He also preceded Nola in death in 2000.

Nola retired from Monroe Bank & Trust in 1981 as Assistant Vice-President after a long and prosperous career spanning several decades.

Nola is survived by a niece, Arla Fuller of Lakewood, Ohio and a nephew, Guy Richards of Columbus, Ohio.

Nola was preceded in death by a sister, Vivian Gladys Dick.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.

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Alice B. Luft

February 3, 1924 – April 14, 2015


LuftAlice B. Luft, age 91 of Monroe, died 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Medilodge of Monroe.

Born in Monroe, Michigan, she was the daughter of Leon and Febronie (VanSlambrouck) Bulcke.

Alice was active in 4-H and was an accomplished horsewoman when she was young.

She began teaching after completing training at Lenawee County Normal Teacher’s College. Her first assignment was at Waterloo School in Monroe where she attended first grade. She continued her education earning a bachelor degree from Eastern Michigan University and went on to teach generations of students at Ida Public Schools. Her gentle, wise spirit lives on in the lives of all those she taught in life, in the classroom and beyond. Besides teaching, she enjoyed gardening, reading, and knitting.

Alice married Raymond F. Luft on August 27, 1949 in Monroe. In the early 1960′s, she and Ray were instrumental in founding MONARC (Monroe Association For Retarded Citizens) and starting the educational program for retarded children in Monroe County. He preceded her in death on October 4, 2014.

She is survived by a daughter, Ann Luft of Douglas, Michigan; son, John Luft of the Lewis Home in Monroe; a special sister-in-law, Mari Lulfs, and many caring relatives and friends. In addition to her husband Ray, Alice was also preceded by three infant sisters.

By her request, cremation arrangements are being taken care of through Rupp Funeral Home. There will be no visitation or services at this time.

To honor her life, please reach out to your family, friends, or community and continue to spread the creativity, caring, and positive outlook Alice shared with us all. “Leave this world a better place than you found it.”

Memorials may be given to Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe, 1070B, N. Monroe St., Monroe, MI 48162, or The Lewis Home (Payable to Mastrofrancesco, AFC) 23933 Allen Rd., Suite 5, Woodhaven, MI 48183-3368

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Patricia Lou Mast

August 23, 1951 – April 16, 2015


MastPatricia Lou Mast, age 63 of LaSalle, Michigan, died 9:36 a.m. Thursday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. She had been seriously ill for a month.

Family and friends may visit from 3 – 6 p.m. Monday at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church where services will be held at 6 p.m. Rev. Tim Iocoangeli, Associate Pastor of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Additional services will be held in Kokomo, Indiana on Thursday followed by burial at Kokomo Memorial Park Cemetery.

Born August 23, 1951 in Kokomo, Indiana, she was the daughter of Hobert and Jeweldine (Canady) Dodd. She married Ronald L. Mast on September 30, 1972 in Macedonia Christian Church in Kokomo.

Patty was a 1970 graduate of Taylor High School in Kokomo and attended Indiana University where, as a member of its choir, had the opportunity to tour Europe in the early 1970′s. She also attended Michigan State University in East Lansing and was a member of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church.

Patty enjoyed being a homemaker, wife and mother, and also worked for approximately ten years as an administrator at Toledo Baptist Temple Daycare. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, camping, cooking, and attending NASCAR and Indy racing events. She especially liked visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, but above all she loved the time spent with her grandchildren.

Patty is survived by her husband Ron; three children, Matthew (Gabreal) Mast of Haubstadt, Indiana, Joshua (Daisy) Mast of Denver, Colorado, and Patricia Lynn (Andrew Green) Mast of LaSalle; two sisters, Diane (Sam) Vanderpool of Maybee, Michigan and Anita (Greg) Foust of Fort Wayne, Indiana; five grandchildren, William Mast, Abagail “Lizzy” Mast, Jaiden Gomez, Ethan Gomez, and Jacen Mast.

Patty was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Charles Dodd; sister, Vickie Foust; and one child in heaven.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Tyler Elten Duvall

June 8, 1996 – April 15, 2015


DuvallTyler Elten Duvall, age 18 of Monroe, died 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. Tyler’s passing is due to health complications since being diagnosed in August with Leukemia.

Family and friends may visit from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home. Tyler will lie instate 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church where services will be held at 11 a.m. The church Pastor, Rev. Larry K. Loree, Jr. will officiate. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery.

Born June 8, 1996 in Monroe, he was the son of Gerald and Holly (Mullen) Duvall, Jr. His hobbies included fly fishing, deer hunting, trap shooting, and reloading his own rifle and shotgun shells.

Tyler was a member of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church and was a 2014 graduate of Lutheran High South where he lettered in wrestling, soccer and baseball. He was the recipient of the Character Scholarship Award that recognizes a student who displays and exhibits those qualities which reflect Christ our Lord; leadership, love, compassion, devotion, uprightness, respect, and more. In his memory and honor, this award will henceforth be known as: The Tyler Duvall Character Scholarship Award.

Tyler is survived by his parents, Jerry and Holly Duvall; a brother, Trevor Duvall; grandparents, Jennifer and Ron St. Bernard, Douglas and Ellen Duvall, and Stanley and Joyce Mullen, all of Monroe; great-grandmother, Marion Kull of Monroe; and special recognition to his inseparable companion, Ana Loree, and close family friend, Kayce Williams.

Memorial donations may be made to Holy Ghost Lutheran School or Lutheran High South.

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Virginia L. Bulmanski

February 26, 1923 – April 15, 2015


BulmanskiVirginia L. Bulmanski, 92 of Monroe, died at 11:50 pm Wednesday at Alice Lorraine Care Center.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no visitation or services with interment at Grand Lawn Cemetery, Detroit.

Born February 26, 1923 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania she was the daughter of Michael and Elsie (Graff) Willders. She married Philip L. French on June 1, 1946 in Lancaster. He preceded her in death on March 26, 1977. Then she married Raymond Bulmanski on December 5, 1981 in Redford, Michigan. He preceded her in death on February 27, 2010.

Surviving are her children Randy French of Richmond, Virginia and Constance K. (John) Zarb of Luna Pier; grandchildren Andrea (Ben) Thelen of Flushing, Michigan and Stephanie Zarb of Erie; and great-grandchildren Charlotte and Quinn Thelen.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, and brothers, Michael, Frank and Melvin Willders.

Memorials may be made to the Mercy Memorial Hospice.

Virginia’s family would like to thank Mercy Memorial Hospice and the staff of Alice Lorraine Care Center for all the wonderful care given to her during her time of need.

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Michael A. Wilford

October 26, 1979 – April 14, 2015


WilfordMichael A. Wilford, age 35 of Newport, died Tuesday in his home.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 7 p.m. Rev. Dr. Michael Woroniewicz, Pastor of St. Gabriel Catholic Parish of Ida and Dundee will officiate. Cremation will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Born October 26, 1979 in Detroit, he was the son of Michael Murff and Antonia Wilford. He married Kati L. Bastien on August 18, 2011 in Monroe.

Mike enjoyed fishing and was an avid baseball fan, especially the St. Louis Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers.

Mike is survived by his wife Kati and their son, Michael, Jr. of Newport; his father, Michael Murff of Detroit; his mother, Antonia Wilford of St. Louis, Missouri; three sisters, Daniell Wilford, Dominique Wilford, and Kirsten Wilford, all of St. Louis, Missouri.

Mike was preceded in death by grandmothers, Jacqueline A. Wilford and Julia A. Murff; grandfather, Joseph Murff; great-grandmother, Ruby Rogers; great-great-grandmother, Beatrice Robinson; Godparents, Eddie Mae and Otis McDonald; and step-father, Kelley Fowler.

Memorials may be made to the family or the funeral home to assist with expenses.

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