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Lester C. Goodnuff

June 18, 1929 – July 29, 2015

 

GoodnuffLester C. Goodnuff, age 86 of Monroe, died 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 29th at ProMedica Nursing Care Center.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where a Scripture Service will be held at 6 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection celebrating his life will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Catholic Church. The church Pastor, Rev. Philip Ching will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born June 18, 1929 in Monroe, he was the son of the late Oliver and Matilda (Althaver) Goodnuff. He married Marilyn T. Lazette on May 25, 1957 in St. Mary Catholic Church.

Lester was a proud graduate of the class of 1948 of Monroe Catholic Central High School. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War from July 28, 1952 to July 14, 1954. During that time he was stationed in Germany and obtained the rank of Corporal. He earned the Army Occupation Medal of Germany and the National Defense Service Medal.

Lester was employed by Weis Manufacturing Company in Monroe for 12 years before going to work for Ford Motor Company, Monroe Plant, as a Press Operator, retiring in 1992 after 26 years of employment.

Before becoming a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Lester sang in the Sunday Choir and the Resurrection Choir at St. Mary Church for 50 years. In addition to singing, Lester also enjoyed doing stain-glass work, bicycling, bowling, gardening, reading, and playing bocce ball.

Lester is survived by his wife Marilyn of Monroe; son, Gary (Kimberly) Goodnuff of Easton, Pennsylvania; brother, Arnold (Shirley) Goodnuff of Monroe; sister, Irene DeWilde of Monroe; two grandchildren, Collin Goodnuff of Burlington, Vermont and Kailey Goodnuff of Easton, Pennsylvania; two sisters-in-law, Shirley (Paul) Masserant and Elizabeth Favreau, both of Monroe; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to St. Michael Church, St. Mary Catholic Central High School, or ProMedica Cancer Connection.

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

 

Charles T. Heath

January 27, 1942 – July 28, 2015

 

HeathCharles T. Heath, age 73 of LaSalle, died 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 28th at Heartland of Perrysburg, Perrysburg, Ohio. He had been in poor heath for 1 ½ years.

Born January 27, 1942 in Monroe, he was the son of Harold and Leona (Russeau) Heath. He married Mildred I. Pridemore on October 12, 1963 in Carleton. She preceded him in death on April 21, 2005.

Charles was employed as a Fire Chief by Ford Motor Company, Monroe Plant, for 36 years. He enjoyed Karaoke and was a member of The Fraternal Order of Eagle’s and The Moose Lodge.

Charles is survived by three children, Connie Heath of Monroe, Barry (Sandy) Heath of Lansing, and Joyce (Jim) Barronton of Monroe; five sisters, Mary Laderache of LaSalle, Shirley (John) Richardson of Cement City, Valerie (John) Bullard of Monroe, Rose Beaudrie of South Branch, and Sharon (Kevin) Brant of Maybee; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Mildred, Charles was also preceded by a son, Jerry Heath, his parents, and a sister, Delores Lawson.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home. Cremation will follow in accordance with his wishes.

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

 

 

Gail M. Meyer

August 1, 1963 – July 23, 2015

 

MeyerGail M. Meyer, age 51 of Carleton, passed away at home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer on Thursday, July 23rd at 11:33 p.m.

Family and friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home. Deacon George Cousino will lead a Scripture Service at 6:30 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Gail will lie instate 10 a.m. Tuesday at Divine Grace Parish (St. Patrick Church), Carleton, where Mass of the Resurrection celebrating her life will be at 11 a.m.  The church Pastor, Rev. John Dumas will officiate.

Born August 1, 1963 in Monroe, she was the daughter of the late Tony and Kay (Stackpole) Van Stone. She was educated at St. Patrick Elementary School and was a 1981 graduate of St. Mary Academy. She married Ronald W. Meyer on June 20, 1987 in St. Patrick Catholic Church where she had been a life member.

Gail’s real estate career started in 1987 and her hard work and abundant energy brought her to great heights in the real estate industry.  Within the Monroe County Association of Realtors, she achieved  the Life Time Member Production Award, 2007 Realtor of the Year, as well as The Distinguished Service Recipient Award, and most recently The Humanitarian Award.  Gail served as a member of the Board of Directors, Chaired  on the Pro-standards Committee,  Special Events and  the Grievance Committee. 

In 2015, Gail was awarded the National Sales Excellence Award.  This prestigious award is given by Howard Hanna to a select group of the top 5% of Real Estate Agents in the  Industry. Gail played a huge part in Howard Hanna Fundraising efforts.  Gail was the 2013 Chair Person for Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund.  Gail believed “Children are our future.” In addition, she was a member of the family Relay For Life team, “Listen For The Whisper.”

Gail’s Dedication to helping people is what made her successful in what ever she did.

Gail was an active member of the community and mentor. She was a member of the Ash Township Planning Commision and a past member and president of the Carleton Rotary Club. She established the Interact Club at Airport High School and served as the club’s advisor for over 10 years. Gail was very involved in 4H, starting with her boys’ animal projects and shooting sports. She was the leader of the All 4 One 4H Club. Her greatest joy was raising her sons on their 5-generation family farm.

Gail enjoyed gardening, making crafts and scrapbooking. She also loved her time at the family lake house and traveling to the Florida Keys for a sailing vacation or a trip with her sisters to New York City.

Gail is survived by her husband, Ron of Carleton; two sons, Grant Meyer of Chicago, Illinois and Calvin Meyer of Carleton; two brothers, Doug Van Stone of Maybee and Eric (Lisa) Van Stone of Dundee; four sisters, Lori (Dan) Kleinow of Carleton, Mary (Mike) O’Lear, Cathy Van Stone, and Jane (John) Imo all of Monroe.

Gail also leaves behind her beloved nieces and nephews whom she cherished. She had an unwavering faith in God and is now reunited with her parents and sister, Jill Van Stone.

Any memorial donations to the family will be used to benefit the several charities Gail was passionate about.

The family encourages all to leave any special memories on-line at www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

 

Sandra S. Britton

March 27, 1946 – July 23, 2015

 

BrittonSandra S. Britton, age 69 of Monroe, died at 11:51 p.m. Thursday, July 23rd at the home of her daughter, Holly. She had been in poor health since March.

Born March 27, 1946 in Detroit, she was the daughter of Darrell and Betty (Fleenor) Francis, Sr. She married her childhood sweatheart, James L. Britton on January 30, 1965 in Christ Lutheran Church, Monroe.

Sandy was a 1964 graduate of Monroe High School and a 1965 graduate of the Michigan College of Beauty.

For many years, Sandy was associated with her family’s business, Bush Heating & Air Conditioning, where she held the position of Vice-President since 1987. She also was the owner and operator of the former Chapel of Love (wedding chapel) in Monroe from 1995 – 2001.

Sandy is survived by a daughter, Holly Britton of Monroe; a son, Mark (LeAnn) Britton of Monroe; five grandchildren, Justin Britton, Jacob Britton, KateLynn Britton, Hannah Partin, and Stephanie Britton.

Sandy was preceded in death by her husband, James on May 25, 2002; her father on June 9, 2002; her mother on May 10, 1987; and her brother, Darrell “Bud” Francis, Jr. on October 10, 2000.

Cremation has taken place at Roselawn Memorial Park in accordance with her wishes. Her family will receive visitors from 4 p.m. until time of her memorial service at 7 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Galen Lowery, Pastor of First Baptist Church will officiate at her celebration of life.

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

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Barbara A. Fox

June 13, 1934 – July 23, 2015

 

FoxBarbara A. Fox, age 81 of Monroe, died 2:45 p.m. Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Alice Lorraine Care Center.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church where Mass of the Resurrection celebrating her life will begin at 10:30 a.m. The church Pastor, Rev. David Burgard will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born June 13, 1934 in Monroe, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Clara (Engel) Cloum. She married Robert L. Fox on June 7, 1955 in St. Mary Church. He preceded Barb in death on February 20, 1985.

Barb was a 1952 graduate of St. Mary Academy and member of St. Mary Church. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Barb is survived by two sons, Robert (Verna) Fox of Newport and Jeffery (Magdalena) Fox of Monroe; two daughters, Diane (Joe) Reagan of Northville, Michigan and Lisa (Steve) Cummerow of Toledo, Ohio; four brothers, Alfred Cloum of Monroe, Charles Cloum of Bronson, Michigan, Anthony Cloum of Monroe, and Robert (Judy) Cloum of Monroe; one sister, Gloria (Paul) Bussell of Monroe; eight grandchildren, Nicholas Fox, Nolan Fox, Derrick Fox, Verena Casey, Patrick Reagan, Fallon Reagan, Michelle Kotanova, and Calla Campbell; and two great-grandchildren, Carter and Kendall Casey.

In addition to her husband and parents, Barb was also preceded by a brother, James Cloum and two sisters-in-law, Liz and Pat Cloum.

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

The family would like to acknowledge Alice Lorraine Care Center for their dedication, love, and care for Barb. The whole staff are true angels on earth.

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

 

MarilynBurger_smallMarilyn E. Burger

May 10, 1938 – July 20, 2015

 

Marilyn E. Burger, 77, of Maybee, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home, with the rosary at 4 p.m. lead by the altar society. She will lie instate a t 10 a.m. Friday at St. Michael Church with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Rev. Louis Lapeyre, associate pastor of St. Mary Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Northside Cemetery, Maybee.

 

Marilyn was born May 10, 1938 in Monroe. She was the daughter of Henry and Hazel (Rath) Muehleisen. She married Gerald Burger August 17, 1957 at St. Joseph Church, Maybee; he preceded her in death on January 10, 2001.

 

She was a member of St. Michael Church and their altar society, RCIA and the worship commission. She also served as a lector, Eucharistic minister, catechist and wedding coordinator at the church and she volunteered with St. Michael We Care.

 

Marilyn enjoyed reading, history and playing the piano. She also loved horses.

 

She is survived by two daughters, Rebecca M. (Paul) Schneider of Toledo and Rachel K. (Billy) Burleigh of Huntsville, Alabama; seven grandchildren, Katherine, Elizabeth, Matthew, Caroline, Margaret, Monica and Michelle and a great grandchild, Atticus.

 

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother Dale and a son-in-law, Darin Kruse.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

LuzanskiPamela R. Luzanski

May 8, 1942 – July 16, 2015

 

Pamela Luzanski, 73 of Ida, Michigan passed away Thursday July 16 surrounded by family and friends.

 

Born May 8, 1942 in McKeesport, PA, Pam was the daughter of Robert and Irma Frazier. While studying nursing in McKeesport, she met a nerdy engineering student and accepted his invitation to dance. This man would eventually become her husband and best friend for over 50 years.

 

After becoming an RN, Pam married Thomas Luzanski of Belle Vernon, PA in 1964. They made their home in Michigan and had two children, Kim and Nikki.

 

Pam was a wonderful wife and mother providing her family with an abundance of love and laughter. She would start dance parties in the family room and make snow days even better by making buttered noodles for lunch. Pam worked as a nursing supervisor at The Lutheran Home in Monroe. This position displayed her compassion for others, excellent patient care and feisty spirit!

 

Pam enjoyed reading, shopping and a really good hamburger. She loved Christmas and had amassed a collection of decorations and ribbon that could rival Bronner’s. She cherished her friends and always looked forward to raising a ruckus with them. Most importantly, she loved being a wife, a mother, and a good friend. Her life illustrated this to the fullest extent. She will be missed and the world is now a little less bright.

 

Pam is survived by her husband, Tom, her two daughters, Kim and Nikki, and her two brothers, Robert and William.

 

Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John Church, with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Rev. Philip Ching will officiate.

 

Since Pam loved animals and killed anything botanical, the family asks in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Monroe County Humane Society www.monroehumane.com.

 

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

Gene Richard Eversole

November 25, 1942 – July 7, 2015

 

Gene Richard Eversole, age 72 of Livonia, formerly of Monroe, died Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Heartland Health Care Center, Livonia, Michigan.

Friends may visit from 11 a.m. until time of service at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 24th at Rupp Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, Michigan.

Born November 25, 1942 in Monroe, he was the son of Minor and Doris (Koster) Eversole.

Gene is survived by a brother, Arthur (Sallie) Eversole of Bradenton, Florida, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Clifford Eversole.

Memorial donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church where Gene was a member when he resided in Monroe.

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

RobbinsBasil Darl Robbins

August 23, 1944 – July 11, 2015

Basil Darl Robbins, 70, of Carleton, passed away Saturday at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 3 p.m.  He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Gabriel Parish, Ida (St. Joseph Church, Ida), with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Rev. Dr. Michael Woroniewicz, pastor will officiate. Burial will follow at a later date at Dale Cemetery Connersville, Indiana.

Basil was born August 23, 1944 in Alvin, Texas. He was the son of Darell and Jean (Hacker) Robbins. He married Nancy Elizabeth Kennedy January 21, 1967 in Connersville, IN; she preceded him in death November 27, 2009.

He began his career at Philco, which became Ford Motor Company and then Visteon and spent many years as the Plant Controller at the Monroe Plant and Ypsilanti Plant.

Basil was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a 1967 graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and earned a Master’s Degree in Corporate Business from Baker College.

He was a member of St. Patrick Church, Carleton. He was a leader in 4-H for many years both in Connersville and here in Monroe. He served as a board member for 17 years for Mercy Memorial Hospital.  He was a member of the Southeast Michigan Antique Tractor and Engine Association for 10 years and he was also a certified Master Gardener.

He is survived by two sons, Darl John Robbins and James Richard Robbins both of Monroe; two daughters, Theresa Nannette Robbins and Maria Suzette (Bret James) Heinze both of Carleton; three grandchildren, Olivia Jeanette Heinze, Alexis Nicolette Heinze and Christopher Joseph Heinze; three brothers, John L. Shawley, III of Newburgh, ME, James M. (Lee Ann) Shawley of Stetson, ME and Thomas L. Shawley of South Berwick, ME; a sister, Priscilla S. (Gary B.) Sibley of Newburgh, ME; four brother-in-laws and a sister-in-law, Pat (Judy) Kennedy of Beech Grove, IN; Emmett (Micki) Kennedy of Coppell, TX; Robert (Jill) Kennedy of Connersville, IN and Margie (Lari) Hunt of Richmond, IN and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his father, his mother, Jean Shawley and his stepfather John Shawley. As well as an infant son Christopher George Robbins and infant daughter Colleen Bernadette Robbins.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Holiday Camp.

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

WhiteFredric G. White

August 19, 1938 – July 11, 2015

 

Fredric G. White, 76, of Dundee, passed away in his home at 9:02 a.m. Saturday July 11, 2015.

 

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home.  In accordance with Fredric’s wishes there will be no service.

 

Fredric was born August 19, 1938 in Ann Arbor.  He was the son of Fredric and Edna (Waterbury) White.  He married Patricia A. Miller December 28, 1957; she preceded him in death on August 21, 2008.

 

He worked for many years as a heavy equipment operator for Dundee Cement.

 

Fredric served in the U.S. Navy from August 23, 1955 to September 17, 1957.

 

He was a member of Loyal Order of the Moose Monroe Lodge 884, VFW Post 6462 Dundee and American Legion Post 268 Milan.

 

He is survived by two children, Alan (Bridget) White of Maybee and Marla Jewell of Dundee; a daughter-in-law, Michelle White of Monroe; a brother, William (Pat) White of Ypsilanti; a sister-in-law, Joan White of Ypsilanti, eighteen grandchildren, Michael, Christopher, Amanda, Tia, Tony, Rachel, Tabitha, Phil, Keilah, Allison, Amanda, Billie Jo, Kimberly, Jeff, Kristen, Melissa, Fred and Ashley and fourteen great grandchildren, Tyler, Tori, Jocelynn, Cristian, Ella, Skylar, Erin, Devon, Rodney, Raelynn, Dustin, Gage, Desiree and Caden.

 

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Phillip White; a son, Fredric White and a granddaughter, Misty Lee White.

 

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