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Dorothy Ball

January 18, 1922 – May 30, 2015

 

BallDorothy M. (Pfund) Ball, age 93 of Monroe, died 4:15 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Ebeid Hospice, Sylvania, Ohio after being ill for two weeks.

Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate 10 a.m. Wednesday 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 Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born January 18, 1922 in Monroe, Dorothy was the daughter of Herman and Martha (Flickenger) Kohler. She married Lloyd Pfund on January 25, 1941 in Holy Ghost Lutheran Church. He died December 26, 1971. She later married Clarence “Sam” Ball on November 5, 1976 in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He also preceded Dorothy in death on June 9, 1978.

Dorothy was a member of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church where she was baptized, confirmed, and member of its Altar Guild. She was also a member of Frenchtown Senior Citizens, AARP, Monroe Women’s Bowling Association, and was a former Treasurer for Aid Association For Lutherans. In addition to volunteering at church, Dorothy’s favorite pass-times included crocheting afghans and doily’s, and many other crafts including making bandages for our U.S. troops serving abroad.

Dorothy was employed at Rupp Funeral Home from September of 1978 until her retirement on July 11, 2012. Her career began with domestic duties and evolved into many areas of responsibilities. As a respected member of the staff, she will always be remembered by her co-workers for her exceptional work ethics and dedication. Previously, Dorothy also did domestic in-home work for many residents around Monroe.

Dorothy is survived by five children, Barbara (Ronald) Meyer of LaSalle, Mary Ellen (Gary) Gerweck, Jan Borrusch, Jenise (Marvin) Miller, and Lloyd (Roxanne) Pfund, all of Monroe; son-in-law, Gary Bathgate of Monroe; brother, Norman Kohler of Monroe; six grandchildren, Steve (Laura) Gerweck, Jeff Borrusch, Ronnie (Jackie) Meyer, Michelle (Shane) Freeman, Michael Bathgate, and Nicholas Pfund; four step-grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands, Dorothy was also preceded by a daughter Dolores Bathgate; grandson, Dale Meyer; four brothers, Darrel, Dalton, Rudolph, and Clarence “Jake” Kohler; three sisters, Eva Mazur, Mary Newby, and Henrietta Herman.

Memorial donations may be made to Holy Ghost Lutheran Church.

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

 

Charles B. Uckele

February 20, 1924 – May 27, 2015

 

Charles B. Uckele, age 91 of Monroe, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Medilodge of Monroe. He had been in poor health for three years.

Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home followed by graveside services at 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Rev. Jeffrey Heimsoth, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church will officiate along with military honors provided by VFW Post 1138, Monroe.

Born February 20, 1924 in LaSalle, he was the son of Otto and Margarite (Rogers) Uckele. Charles was baptized, confirmed and educated at Trinity Lutheran.

Charles served his country during World War II in the United States Navy, serving from January 18, 1943 to January 29, 1946. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with 1 Star, American Area Ribbon, European Theater Ribbon with 1 Star, Victory Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.

He worked for Ford Motor Company, Monroe plant as a Tool & Die Maker and was a life member of VFW Post 1138, Monroe.

Charles is survived by two siblings, Otto Uckele and Opal Uckele, both of Monroe. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Millicent and Margaret Uckele.

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

SowdersRichard C. Sowders

December 2, 1939 – May 29, 2015

 

Richard C. Sowders, 75, of Reading, formerly of Temperance, passed away Friday at 9:45 p.m. at the Evangelical Home, Saline.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 12 noon Tuesday. Rev. Tim Iocoangeli, Minister of Students at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe, with military honors by VFW Post 1138 Monroe.

 

Richard was born December 2, 1939 in Arthur, Tennessee. He was the son of Paul and Pearl (Bussell) Sowders. He married Sheila G. Dobbs February 13, 1960; she preceded him in death on August 20, 2012.

 

He served his country in the US Army from 1958-1962.

 

Richard was a welder and pipe fitter and a member of Local 671. He and his wife, Sheila, also owned and operated Sheila’s Jewelry in Temperance for more than 25 years.

 

He loved to spend time with his children,grandchildren and dear friend, Susie Batson.. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

 

He is survived by two children, Sonia (Rik) Burgoyne of Milan and Richard Dean Sowders of Addison; four grandchildren, Sean Reaume, Sheena Johnston, Jordan Sowders and Chase Sowders and four great grandchildren, Jace, William, Jade and Avery.

 

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his parents.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Jerome T. Mommerency

November 9, 1958 – May 30, 2015

 

MommerencyJerome T. “Jay” Mommerency, age 56 of Monroe, died 4:37 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. He had been in declining health since January.

Born November 9, 1958 in Monroe, he was the son of the late Jerome and Barbara (Duvall) Mommerency.

Jay attended Monroe High School and received his diploma through Monroe Adult Education in 1994. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and mushroom hunting.

Jay is survived by three siblings, Jill (Paul Osborne) Navarre of Monroe, Jim (Tawnya) Mommerency of Mackinaw, Illinois, and Jan (Bill) Nation of Monroe.

Cremation will take place through Roselawn Memorial Park and in keeping with Jay’s wishes, there will be no services. Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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

Online condolences to the family can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

 

EckertBarbara J. Eckert

March 15, 1942 – May 25, 2015

 

Barbara J. Eckert, 73, of Westland, passed peacefully Monday at 12:09 a.m. in the home of her daughter in Toledo.

 

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 3 p.m.  Deacon Michael Stewart, of St. John Church, will officiate.  

 

 

Barbara was born March 15, 1942 in Maybee.  Her parents were Paul and Dorothy (Franzen) Robak. She married Robert A. Eckert in 1962.

 

She retired for General Motors Livonia Plant.  She also had her own business where she made boat covers, awnings and other such items.  She was also known as “the scarf lady” at many craft shows, not only did she make the scarfs, she also showed people how to tie them and wear them.

 

She was a 1960 graduate of Monroe High School and enjoyed antiquing.  She also volunteered for many years with Make-A-Wish Foundation as a chairman, she would interview families and help them fill out the paperwork when they were being considered for a wish to be granted.  She and “Santa Clause” would then meet the children at the airport with gifts to see them off to their granted wish.

 

She is survived by two sons, Rodney B. Eckert of Carleton and Ronald A. Eckert; a daughter Vanessa (James) Millinger of Toledo; her companion, Joe Strach of Livonia; special friend, Terri Taylor of Toledo; a brother Tom Cochran of Maybee; a sister, Ruth Ann Palmer of Carleton; two foster sisters, Sandy (Gary) Konrad of Monroe and Sharon (Tom) Krug of Monroe; eight grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, ex-husband, Robert Eckert, brother, Paul Robak; sister, Evelyn Bobich; companion, Gerald Vranesich and a grandchild.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

 

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

GabbardCharles V. Gabbard

April 8, 1936 – May 25, 2015

 

Charles V. Gabbard, 77, of Wyandotte, passed away Monday at 11:45 a.m. at Vibra Hospital, Lincoln Park.

 

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Charles Baughman of Rouge Free Will Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit.

 

Charles was born April 8, 1936 in Hazard, Kentucky. He was the son of Steven and Rissa (Morgan) Gabbard. He was married to Surma “Sara” Goloian.

 

He worked for Mark Body Shop and had also worked as a locksmith.

 

Charles enjoyed going for drives around town.

 

He is survives by two sons, Charles (Beverly) Gabbard and Steven Gabbard both of Monroe; two daughters, Debra (Steven) Glasgow of Newport and Kathy Aman of Shelby Twp.; two sisters, Jean Mullett and Ruby Valade both of Florida; seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Sam and Carl and two sisters, Maxine and Edith.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Donald W. Jennings

July 19, 1932 – May 24, 2015

 

JenningsDonald W. “D.J.” Jennings, age 82 of Monroe, died 7:58 p.m. Sunday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. He passed away peacefully with family and friends at his side due to complications from suffering a severe stroke earlier in the day.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church where services will be held at 11 a.m. The church Pastor, Rev. Jeffrey Heimsoth will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born July 19, 1932 in Monroe, he was the son of the late Hobart and Pearl (Farr) Jennings. He married Mary E. Rothenberger on May 27, 1961 in Trinity Lutheran Church, celebrating almost 54 years of marriage.

D.J. was employed by Ford Motor Company in Monroe as an Accountant for 39.5 years, retiring May 1, 1991.

D.J. was a 1950 graduate of Monroe High School and was a life member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he served as a Greeter for many years and attended its Saturday morning Bible Study class. He was also a life member of the Monroe County Rod and Gun Club and member of Monroe First Downers, AARP, and the Monroe Senior Center.

D.J. was an avid fan of the Michigan Wolverines and all Detroit sports. His hobbies and interests included fishing, hunting, bowling, reading, walking, boating, socializing, playing cards, coin collecting, attending monthly Ford Motor Salaried Retirees luncheons at Mable Kehres, and most importantly, spending time with his wife, family, and friends.

D.J. is survived by his wife Mary; a son, Randall (Denise) Jennings of Sunrise, Florida; four daughters, Julie (Mark) Hull of Gaylord, Jill Jennings, Kelli Vandergriff, and Kristine (Larry) Swiontoniowski, all of Monroe; son-in-law, Harold Kopietz of Pompano Beach, Florida; six grandsons, Michael Straub II, Alexander Hull, Jason Straub, Jarrett Jennings, Jack Jennings, and Tyler Vandergriff; and special niece, Pamela (Tom) Sieb of Monroe.

D.J. Was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Kopietz; son-in-law, Greg Vandergriff; and three sisters, Barbara Jennings, Deloris Burtis, and Eula Lee Werts.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

 

Reaume

Ledyard Thomas “Tom” Reaume

April 2, 1938 – May 24, 2015

 

Ledyard Thomas “Tom” Reaume, 77, of Dundee, passed away at 12:49 a.m. Sunday at ProMedica Toledo Hospital, Toledo.

 

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until funeral services at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate.

 

Tom was born April 2, 1938 in Newport. He was the son of Jay Joseph and Evelyn Agnes (Compeau) Reaume. He married Katherina Falter October 5, 1974.

 

He served his country in the U.S Army.

 

Tom worked for Ford Motor Company Monroe Plant.

 

He was a member of St. Joseph Church, Monroe and would take the Eucharist to parishioners in nursing homes. He also volunteered at the St. Joseph Food Closet and for Meals on Wheels.

 

Tom is survived by three daughters, Brunhilde Kusiak of Taylor, Lillian (Paul) Collum and Bobbie (Dwayne) Dobbs both of Monroe; two brothers, Richard Reaume of Newport and David Reaume of Alaska; four sisters, Irene (Lester) Schafer of Carleton, Darlene (Frank) Primeau of Monroe, Marie Reaume of Monroe and Jayne (Charles) VanWashenova of Newport; ten grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Eveline Capps, four brothers, Donald, James, Loyd and Edward and one sisters, Alice.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

JondroGermaine M. Jondro

May 3, 1938 – May 23, 2015

 

Germaine M. Jondro, 77, of Monroe, passed away Saturday at 7:05 a.m. at the SSIHM Health Care Center.

 

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m.  She will lie instate at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Charles Church, Newport with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Rev. Victor Roman, pastor of the Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Charles Cemetery, Newport.

 

Germaine was born May 3, 1938 in Monroe. She was the daughter of Chester R. and Beulah T. (Chinavare) Gaynier. She married Robert T. Reed June 22, 1957 at St. Charles Church with Fr. Anthony King presiding; he preceded her in death June 26, 2000. She then married Carl B. Jondro October 19, 2002 at St. Charles Church with Fr. Bill Tindall presiding; he preceded her in death July 1, 2007.

 

She had worked for Mercy Memorial Hospital and Jefferson Schools as the cafeteria manager for 24 years. At Jefferson Middle School she was known as “Mrs. Kitchen”.

 

Germaine enjoyed cooking and baking. She was also a snowbird spending winters in Florida.

 

She was a 1956 graduate of St. Mary Academy and a member of St. Charles Church, where she served as a Eucharistic minister and was also active in the Altar Society.

 

She is survived by two sons, Timothy (Debbie) Reed of Monroe and Eric (Dawn) Reed of Ann Arbor; three daughters, Lori (Richard) Deuby of Livonia, Amy (Mark) Kowalinski of Sylvania and Jody (Paul) Fritz of Cambridge, Ontario; four step-sons, George (Debbie) Jondro of Monroe, Jerry (Robyn) Jondro of Newport, Warren (Bonnie) Jondro of Monroe and Michael (Denise) Jondro of Monroe; one step-daughter, Sheila Perchard of Monroe; two brothers, Dan (Suzanne) Gaynier of Carleton and Duane Gaynier of Wyandotte; eight grandchildren, eighteen step-grandchildren, three great grandchildren, twenty nine step-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her two husbands, she is preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law, Alverene Gaynier.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Church, American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Roy Woody McElvany

April 24, 1928 – May 21, 2015

 

McElvanyRoy Woody McElvany, age 87 of Coldwater and Blissfield, formerly of Monroe, died 11:45 p.m. Thursday at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor. He had been in declining health for a year.

Family and friends may visit from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 7 p.m. Rev. Lawrence Detruf will officiate. Burial with graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at East Gilead Cemetery, Bronson, Michigan.

Born April 24, 1928 in Johnsonville, South Carolina, he was the son of the late Duncan and Edith (Cattles) McElvany. He married Ruth Vera Anderson on July 10, 1951 in Florida. He later married Emily H. Watkins on September 10, 1983 in Marine City, Michigan. She preceded him in death on July 14, 2009.

Roy served his country in the United States Navy from April 30, 1946 to March 2, 1948, doing maintenance work on aircraft carriers during World War II.

Roy was employed as a Boilermaker for 38 years and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 169, Dearborn. He was blessed to work along side of his two sons, Marty and Dale, as their work as boilermakers often had them traveling across the U.S. He moved from Monroe to Coldwater following his retirement in 1990.

Roy was a member of East Gilead Missionary Church and was a fan of Classic Muscle Cars. He enjoyed playing poker, watching T.V., and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by four children, Penny (Ted) Dwornik of Maumee, Ohio, Marty (Chris) McElvany, Dale (Cheryl) McElvany, and Angela (David) Eagle, all of Monroe; two step-children, Mary Jane Lefler of Willoughby, Ohio and William (Kate) Lefler of Kaukauna, Wisconsin; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

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

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com