Monthly Archives: June 2015

Johnnie H. Estes

July 24, 1943-June 25, 2015


EstesJohnnie H. Estes, 71 of Ida, passed away at 6:09 p.m. Thursday at Regency Hospital, Sylvania.


Friends may visit from 12-8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 12 noon Friday. Rev. Mark McCaskill, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, and Rev. Joseph Byrd, pastor of Stewart Road Christian Ministries Center, will officiate. Burial will follow at Monroe Township Cemetery.


Johnnie was born July 24, 1943 in Monroe. He was the son of Fred and Lily (Duncan) Estes. He married Janet Marie Berghoefer June 23, 1962 in St. Michael Catholic Church.


He worked for Ford Motor Company, Rawsonville Plant, for 32 years in numerous capacities, most recently as Press Operator before retiring.


Johnnie attended Monroe Full Gospel Church, Luna Pier Full Gospel Church, and Rapha Christian Center.


He enjoyed hunting, fishing, time at their cabin up north, attending tractor and small engine shows, and attending monthly Estes family dinners.


He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janet; six sons, John (Dawn) Estes of Monroe, Jerrald (Debbie Fosnaugh) Estes of Monroe, James Estes of Temperance, Joseph (Angela) Estes of Ottawa Lake, Jack Estes of Ida, and Jeffrey (Kim) Estes of Milan; brother, Billy Douglas Estes of LaSalle; sisters, Polly (David) Raymer of Monroe and Helen (Roy) Raymer of LaSalle; grandchildren, Genna Bovinet, Sarah Estes, James Estes II, Allen Estes, Johnnie Estes, Karmen Lipp, Jack Estes II, and Lily Kay Estes; great-grandchildren, Cody Estes, Alecia Bovinet, Gabriel Sharpe, and Bailee Sharpe; close friends, Theresa Estes and Frank Therrien; and his three pet yorkies, Annee Girl, Dan-d, and Rain.


He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Bobby, and a grandson, Jake Estes.


Following Johnnie’s death, previous arrangements had been made for anatomical study and research at the University of Michigan for hopes of a cure for ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease.


Memorial donations may be made to ALS of Michigan, 675 E. Big Beaver Rd., Suite 207, Troy, MI 48083; or University of Michigan, memo-Neorological Research and Discovery, UMHS Office of Development, attn: Kim Schuster, 1000 Oak Brook, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.


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LinneAnna C. Linne

October 11, 1930 – June 29, 2015


Anna C. Linne, 84, of Monroe, passed away at 1:41 a.m. Monday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. She will lie instate at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael Church, with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.


Anna was born October 11, 1930 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Rinyold and Carmella (Marino) Oliver. She married Arnold C. Linne, Jr May 14, 1955; he preceded her in death August 8, 1997.


She was a teacher’s aide at Raisinville Elementary School for several years.


Anna was a member of St. Michael Church and had volunteered at the Thrift Shop.


She loved to knit, and do cross stitch and needle point. She knitted and donated many baby caps for the newborn babies of Monroe. She also made all of her grandchildren Christmas stockings. In her younger years she enjoyed playing bridge and traveling.


Anna is survived by four sons, David R. Linne of Rochester, New York, Alan A. (Diane) Linne of North Royalton, Ohio, Brian D. Linne of Lakeport, Michigan and Craig A. Linne of Dearborn, Michigan; two daughters-in-law, Sharon Linne of Rochester, New York and Donna Baker of Port Huron, Michigan and five grandchildren, Justin Linne, Emma Linne, Allison Linne, Andrew Linne and Christopher Linne.


In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Anthony and Carmell Oliver and a sister, Grace DeFulvio.


Memorial contribution in her memory may be made to the Breast Cancer Society.


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Francis Williams

October 28, 1936 – June 27, 2015


WilliamsFrancis Williams, age 78 of Monroe, died 2:07 p.m. Saturday at Serenity Homes in Holland, Michigan. He had been in poor health for two years.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Rev. Terry Braden and Rev. Joe Bryant will officiate. Burial will follow at Rath Cemetery, Raisinville Twp.

Born October 28, 1936 in Union County, Tennessee, he was the son of Rob and Lora (Toliver) Williams. He married Mary A. Keck on May 21, 1956 in Union County.

Francis worked for several Monroe area companies including Mignano Construction as a Heavy Equipment Operator, retiring in 2004.

Francis was a member of Union Street Missionary Baptist Church. An overall mechanic and handyman, he was always first in line to lend a helping hand. His family was very important to him. He enjoyed spending time with them, especially looking forward to the Sunday family dinners. But most of all, the love for his wife was foremost in his life.

Francis is survived by his wife Mary of Monroe; three children, Ken (Linda) Williams of Ocala, Florida, Denny (Connie) Williams of Adrian, Michigan, and Patrice (Rick) McCarty of Pullman, Michigan; Three sisters, Anne (Dennis) Johnston of Kokomo, Indiana, Jewell (Jackie) Keck of Kokomo, Indiana, and Mildred (Odra) England of Monroe; 7 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Francis was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Erby and Hayes Williams; and a sister, Georgette Collins.

Memorial donations may be made to Union Street Missionary Baptist Church.

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MorganEllen L. (Sampsel) Morgan

March 18, 1957 – June 26, 2015


Ellen L. (Sampsel) Morgan, 58, of Ecorse, formerly of Monroe, passed away Friday at Oakwood Hospital, Dearborn.


Friends may call from 11 until services at 2 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home.  Rev. Evans Bentley, pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Ellen was born March 18, 1957 in Monroe.  She was the daughter of Donald B. and Marjorie A. (Brown) Sampsel.


She was a 1975 graduate of Monroe High School.


Ellen enjoyed watching NASCAR and her favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt, Jr.


She is survived by her father, Donald Sampsel of Monroe; two brothers, Gerald E. (Barbara) Sampsel of Monroe and Ross A. (Gail) Sampsel of Monroe; five nieces and nephews, Anna (Jason) Childress, William Sampsel, Thomas (Sonya) Sampsel, Nicole “NikkI’ (Curtis) De Bellefeuille and Daniel Sampsel and six great nieces and nephews, Kinsey, Kennedy, Harper, Colton, Kara and Raegan.


She is preceded in death by her mother and grandparents, Floyd Sampsel, Vivian Hartman and Marshall and Louise Brown.


Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.


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Chester F. Legg

October 22, 1940 – June 27, 2015


LeggChester F. Legg, age 74 of Monroe, died 3:12 a.m. Saturday at Magnum Care of Monroe. He had been in poor health for six months.

Friends may visit from 3 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Terry Braden will officiate.

Chester was born October 22, 1940 in Trenton, Michigan. He married Louise M. Fox on April 2, 1963 in Trenton. For 28 years, he worked for Firestone in Riverview.

Chester enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards (especially Euchre), and hanging out with his friends.

Chester is survived by his wife Louise; three children, Charles Legg of Monroe, Lisa (Thomas) Braden of Monroe, and James Legg of Romulus; three grandchildren, Timothy Ellison, Kimberly Legg, and Cory Ellison; and one great-grandchild, Skylar Engel.

Chester was preceded in death by his mother Vivian; brother Bob Legg, and sister, Mary Ellen Snyder.

Memorial donations may be made to Great Lakes Dialysis Center, 992 S. Monroe St., Monroe, MI 48161.

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Shirley A. Grassley

February 15, 1935 – June 22, 2015


GrassleyShirley A. (Vallance) Grassley, 80, of Monroe, passed away June 22, 2015 at Wellspring Lutheran Services, Monroe.


Shirley was born February 15, 1935 in Gibsonburg, Ohio. She was the daughter of Elza and Ruth (Hamblin) Vallance.


Shirley was an 1953 graduate of Monroe High School and had attended classes at Monroe County Community College.


She was employed by Mason Consolidated Schools, Monroe Public Schools and Mercy Memorial Hospital System retiring in 2000.


Shirley was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church (formerly East Raisinville Frenchtown United Methodist Church).


She enjoyed traveling to Traverse City and collecting dolls and angels. She had also volunteered for Michigan DHS.


Shirley was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren.


She is survived by two sons, Rick and Diane (Brennan) Grassley of Monroe and their children, Derek Grassley of Denver, Colorado, Drew Grassley of Monroe and Colleen Grassley of Winchester, Virginia; Tim Grassley and his family, Jonathan and Aubrey (Quince) Grassley and their children, Emily and Zachary of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Nicholas and Kimberly (Adams) Grassley and their children, Ryan and Morgan of Sebastian, Florida.


She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Norma Toeppe.


A private family service and inurnment will take place at a future date at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Memorial contributions may be made to Wellspring Lutheran Services (The Lutheran Home) 1236 S. Monroe St., Monroe, Michigan 48161


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Beatrice Rea Blair

November 22, 1926 – May 9, 2015


Beatrice Rea Blair, age 88 of Monroe, died 8:47 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the S.S.I.H.M. Health Care Center.

Born November 22, 1926 in Hunters Creek, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Laura (Schwandt) Blow. As a dietitian, she was employed for approximately 20 years by Lapeer County General Hospital (McLaren Health Care) in Lapeer, Michigan.

Beatrice was a very spiritual Christian throughout her life, attending many area churches. She was a member of the Humane Society of Monroe County and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. She also enjoyed reading and gardening.

Beatrice is survived by a son, Kevin (Joann) Blair of Aiken, South Carolina; two grandsons, Patrick and Matthew Blair; three nieces, Bonnie (Clark) Teal of Monroe, Jane (James) Wellington of Irons, Michigan, and Janice (Gies) Hoffman of Shelby Twp., Michigan; grand-nieces, Skylar, Maris, and Olivia; and grand-nephew, Marino.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded by two brothers, Kenyon and Jacob Blow, and a sister, Mary Ellen Gies.

Rupp Funeral Home assisted the family with cremation and funeral arrangements in accordance with her wishes. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27th at Wellspring Lutheran Services (The Lutheran Home). Their Chaplain, Rev. John Schinkel will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Humane Society of Monroe County, P.O. Box 1457, Monroe, MI 48161.

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DunnMichael J. Dunn

April 20, 1954 – June 24, 2015


Michael J. Dunn, 61, of Monroe, passed away at 3:42 a.m. Wednesday at University Hospitals, Ann Arbor.


Friends may call from 11 a.m. until services at 3 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Tom Carr, of North Monroe Street Church of God, will officiate. In accordance with Mike’s wishes cremation will follow.


Mike was born April 20, 1954 in Monroe. He was the son of Daniel and Ruth (Cousino) Petree. He married Mary Diehl August 25, 1972.


He was a former member of Monroe Street and Rod. He loved the outdoors, especially taking care of his yard and loved to tell jokes.


He is survived by his wife, Mary Dunn of Monroe; his father, Daniel Petree of Monroe; a son, Jason (Linda) Dunn of Monroe; a daughter, Maria (Willie) Bramlett) Dunn of Monroe, six brothers, Robert (Kathy) Dunn of Monroe, John (Becky) Dunn of Erie, Daniel (Kim) Petree of Monroe, Donald (Linda) Petree of LaSalle, Deano (Mary) Petree of LaSalle and Keith (Vicki) Petree of Monroe; three sisters, Diane (Don) Ward of Monroe, Patsy (Dean) Duffey of Monroe and Dawn (Scott) Stanfill of Petersburg and three grandchildren.


He is preceded in death by his mother, grandparents and a niece, Sarah Petree.


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KeisterOscar F. Keister, Jr.

February 3, 1935 – June 23, 2015


Oscar F. Keister, Jr., 80, of Monroe, passed away at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. until services at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. George B.A. Fountain will officiate. Private burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery, South Rockwood.


Oscar was born February 3, 1935 in South Rockwood. He was the son of Oscar F. and Ethel Margaret (Navarre) Keister, Sr. He married Betty Jean Bolton February 13, 1954; she preceded in death October 1, 2006.


He had worked for Bellino’s Quality Beverage and Phillip’s Beverage Company.


He was a longtime member of the Teamsters and had served as union steward.


Oscar enjoyed playing sports in his younger day, especially football and basketball. He also enjoyed woodworking, camping and bow hunting.


He is survived by two, sons, Daniel (Tia) Keister of Beaver Creek, Ohio and Steven (Kim) Keister of Canton, Michigan; two daughters, Sherry (Milo) Watters of Monroe and Teresa (Mark) Heck of Ida; four sisters, Rose (Charles) White of Ida, Margaret (George) Kanauff of Toledo, Harriett (Kenny) Booker of Adrian and Pauline (Craig) White of Temperance; ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.


In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Bud Morrison, Eugene Keister and Clarence Keister and a daughter-in-law Lisa Keister.


Memorial contributions may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society, Monroe Cancer Connection or Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.


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BURBO-JEAN-196Sister Jean Burbo, IHM, 83, died Friday, June 19, at the IHM Health Care Center. She was under the care of Mercy Memorial Hospice.  


Born on June 29, 1931 in Trenton, Mich., to William and Mary (Navarre) Burbo, she was named Barbara Jean. She attended G.E. Strohm Grade School and graduated from Slocum-Truax High School, Trenton. She entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe in 1950 and received the religious name, Sister Incarnita.


Sister Jean earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College. In her early teaching career she taught at the elementary level at St. Mary, Monroe; Holy Name, Birmingham; Christ the King, Detroit; St. Mark, Cleveland; and Holy Redeemer, Miami. She taught high school students at St. Patrick ,Wyandotte; Sacred Heart, Dearborn; and Bishop Gallagher in Harper Woods.


In 1968, she entered the collegiate level, teaching history and political science at Marygrove College, Detroit, and Siena Height College, Adrian, where she chaired the department. Later, Sister Jean, part of a team of IHM Sisters from Monroe missioned to St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas, served as vice president of Student Affairs.


She worked at Cedabrake Renewal Center, Belton, Texas, in spiritual development, spiritual direction and as retreat director. She led the Diocese of Austin Retreat Program for more than 10 years before retiring in Belton in 2004. In retirement, she continued in a volunteer capacity at Cedabrake, serving in the book store and gift shop. Sister Jean was a member of several Boards of Directors. She returned to the Motherhouse in 2010 and entered the IHM Health Care Center.


Sister Jean was preceded in death by sisters Alma LeFleur, Edna Mathewson, Emma Bogits, Vera Deikman and Virginia Wood; and brothers Thomas, Walter and Donald Burbo; along with their spouses. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe on Tuesday, June 23, from 9 – 10 a.m. A Remembering, followed by celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial, will begin at 10 a.m. in the Chapel. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe, Mich. Memorials may be made to the IHM Retirement Fund, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, MI 48162-7909.