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ShortThomas A. Short

September 16, 1943 – August 30, 2015

 

Thomas A. Short, 71, of Temperance, peacefully passed away at 10:13 a.m. Sunday, August 30, 2015 at his home.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Rev. Nate Elarton, pastor of Compelled Church, Temperance, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Born September 16, 1943 in Erie, Michigan. He was the only son of Tom and Edna (Estes) Short. He married Linda Turner on December 30, 1967.

 

He was a 1962 graduate of Monroe High School. He worked for Ford Motor Company, Woodhaven Plant, Trenton before taking an early medical retirement.

 

Surviving are his wife, Linda; two sons, Thomas A. (Mandy) Short of Petersburg and Timothy Short of Temperance; three grandchildren that he adored, Bryce, Noelle and Sawyer Short of Petersburg; sisters, Betty Williams of Fort Myers, Florida, Eunice (Wilbur) Fannin and Dolly Newport both of Plymouth. He also had many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews who he dearly loved.

 

He is preceded in death by his mother and father; eight sisters, Ellen Lambert, Lucille Sakall, Ethel Forter, Georgia Whitman, Martha Anderson, Mary Newport, Phyllis Thomas and Linda Notario.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

MullUna S. Mull

October 6, 1922 – August 29, 2015

 

Una S. Mull, 92, of Monroe, passed away Saturday at Promedica Skilled Care and Rehab, Monroe.

 

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until funeral services at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. D.J. Fanslau will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Una was born October 6, 1922 in Pineville, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Ben and Betty (Vaughn) Allen.  She married Robert D. Mull, Sr. May 18, 1946 in Saginaw, Michigan; he preceded her in death March 12, 2005.

 

She was a graduate of Bell City High School in Pineville.  She graduated from Droughn’s Business College and the Tennessee School of Beauty Culture in Knoxville, Tennessee.  She was a secretary at Oak Ridge for Ford, Bacon and Davis and the Roane Anderson Company.  She also operated beauty shops in Pineville, Kentucky and Monroe; including Una’s Beauty Nook and My Ladies Beauty Salon. She had been a bowler on Monroe leagues for many years and was also a private pilot.

 

She is survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her son, Robert D. Mull, Jr., two brothers, George and Billy Allen and three sisters, Emma Nunn, Mollie Nunn and Jimmie Punko.

 

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

 

Online condolences may be made to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

GillisSarah Joyce Gillis

April 5, 1936 – August 29, 2015

 

Sarah Joyce Gillis, 79, of Temperance, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Saturday in her daughter’s home.

 

Friends may call from 3 p.m. until a memorial service at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. Pam Przybylski, chaplain of Heartland Hospice, will officiate. In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place at Roselawn Memorial Park.

 

Sarah was born April 5, 1936 in China Grove, North Carolina. She was the daughter of John Wallace and Mary Pauline (Lawson) Gillis.

 

She was a secretary for many years for the Monroe County Probate Court. After moving to Florida she worked in the dialysis unit of the Tampa Veterans Hospital.

 

Sarah was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening.

 

She is survived by three children, LouAnn (Larry) Garrett of Temperance, Richard Douglas Sheppard of Middleburg, Florida and John Edward Sheppard of Florida; a brother, John Gillis of North Carolina; nine grandchildren, Jason Preuss, Kyle Kettinger, LeAnn Shaw, Jenny Leimann, Marissa Garrett, Melissa Sheppard, Jesse Sheppard, Eric Alabiso and Tony Sheppard and twelve great grandchildren.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert Gillis and a sister, Mary Rose Evans.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice.

 

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

GrodiClyde G. Grodi

September 23, 1927 – August 29, 2015

 

Clyde G. Grodi, 87, of Monroe, passed away at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at ProMedica Skilled Care and Rehab.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Rev. John Chinnapppa, of St. Anne Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, with military honors by VFW Post 1138, Monroe.

 

Clyde was born September 23, 1927 in Monroe. He was the son of Ralphael H. and Lelah (McIntyre) Grodi. He married Betty Jane Wolfe December 28, 1945 in Monroe; she preceded him in death on November 17, 1985.

 

He was employed at Union Camp for many years, retiring in 1982. He then owned and operated Barnacle Bill’s Fish and Chips.

 

He was a life member of the VFW Post 3943, Newport.

 

Clyde had enjoyed hunting and outdoor activities, horse races, going to the casino, the Kangaroo Club and going on family vacations. He also enjoyed the time he spent in Florida as a “snowbird”.

 

He is survived by his children, Pamela J. (Donald) Lingar of Monroe, Russell L. Grodi of Monroe and Jeffrey E. Grodi of Monroe; his companion of 29 years, Doris J. McCelland of Monroe; a brother, Lester Grodi of Monroe; two grandchildren, April (Joel) Fix and Annette (Jeff) Peters and six great grandchildren.

 

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by four brothers, Arthur, Robert, Carly and Ray Grodi and a sister Rita Evans.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfunertalhomeinc.com

BrayLouella Bray

February 1, 1937 – August 28, 2015

 

Louella Bray, 78, of Monroe, passed away at 1:09 a.m. Friday at the home of her daughter Jennifer.

 

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate at 10 a.m. Monday at North Monroe Street Church of God with a funeral service at 11 a.m. Rev. Heath Hunter, associate pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Louella was born February 1, 1937 in Cawood, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Daniel and Amanda (Surgener) Burkhart. She married Seymour R. Bray, Sr. September 11, 1953; he preceded her in death on September 1, 2011.

 

Louella was a member of the North Monroe Street Church of God.

 

She enjoyed gardening and classic cars.

 

She is survived by her five children, Seymour R. (Willa) Bray, Jr. of Monroe, Clarence “Danny” (Donna) Bray of Monroe, Roger D. (Debbie) Bray of Monroe, Tammie L. (Randy) Bray Baker of Monroe and Jennifer L. (Bill) Taylor of Monroe; Suk (Martin) Scott of Monroe who was like a daughter to her; fifteen grandchildren, Alex Taylor, Mikayla Taylor, Craig Baker, Jason Baker, Roger (Chrissy) Bray, Jr., Deidre (Justin) Reid, Rodney Bray, Scott (Carrie) Bray, Shawn (Stephanie) Bray, Amanda (Greg) Lyons, Lonnie (Kathy) Bray, Ryan (Kristin) Bray, Elizabeth Scott, Windy (Jeremy) Cousino and Scott LaPage; twenty two great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren and a sister, Juanita Hensley of Morristown, Tennessee.

 

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Edward Burkhart and Denver Burkhart and sister, Irene Smith.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to ProMedica Hospice.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

JacksonFrances F. (Grunow) Jackson

October 18, 1919 – August 27, 2015

 

Frances Florence (Grunow) Jackson, 95, of Monroe, Michigan died on August 27, 2015 at Wellspring Lutheran Services.

 

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2015 at Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe, Michigan. She will lie in state at 10 a.m. Monday, August 31, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, with funeral services at 11 a.m. Rev. Jeffrey Heimsoth, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Frances was born in Monroe, Michigan to the late Emil and Cecelia (Navarre) Grunow on October 18, 1919. She married Guy Jackson on August 14, 1937. They were honored with their 75th wedding anniversary in August 2012 by close family members.

 

Frances was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and was active in their Ladies Aid. She was a wife and homemaker, and also was employed by Micka’s Market in Monroe.

 

She was an avid reader and crossword puzzler, was a Campfire Girls leader, belonged to a bowling league, walked a great deal, and loved to travel with her husband, when they often visited casinos. She also enjoyed crocheting and crocheted many afghans for her children and grandchildren.

 

She is survived by three daughters, Janice (Anthony) Notario, Karen (Walter) Coury, and Julia (Bruce) Larson; eleven grandchildren, Beverly (Granville) Rose, Michael Notario, Matthew (Kelly) Notario, Andrew (Christine) Notario, Anthony Notario, II, Robert Coury, Lee-Anne (Alan) Brown, Ronald (Jennifer) Coury, Amy Larson, Steven (Nancy) Larson, Ann Larson; twenty one great-grandchildren, ten great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Jackson; her parents; four brothers, Harvey “Bud” Grunow, William “Bill” Grunow, Robert “Bob” Grunow, Fred Grunow, and three sisters, Elizabeth Grunow, Bertha Peck and Mary Weeman.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Wellspring Lutheran Services or ProMedica Hospice.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Roger N. Bert, II

November 14, 1972 – August 25, 2015

 

Roger N. Bert, II, age 42 of Monroe, died at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at home surrounded by his family.

Roger was born November 14, 1972 in Monroe to Roger N. and Deborah J. (Hirsh) Bert. He was a 1991 graduate of Monroe High School and attended Monroe County Community College.

Roger was a lifelong resident of Monroe, an avid Detroit Tiger baseball fan, and member of the Miami Indian Tribe of Indiana. He was employed as a machine operator by Complete Packaging in Monroe.

Surviving are his parents, Roger and Debbie Bert of Monroe; two brothers, Joseph M. Bert of Monroe and Jeffery A. Bert of Carleton; grandparents, Norman Bert of Monroe and Bess Hirsh of Toledo; niece, Charlotte H. Bert of Monroe; nephew, Joseph Martin Bert, II of Monroe; aunts, Linda (Robert) Rousello of LaSalle, Wendy Bert of Monroe, and Barbara (Dale) Harris of Wheelersburg, Ohio; and many cousins and friends.

Roger was preceded in death by grandparents, Beverly Curley Bert, Joseph M. Hirsh, Logan Ingram, and Vera Askam.

Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family with cremation arrangements. No services are scheduled at this time.

Special thanks to the Monroe Cancer Center; Dr.’s C. Trivedi and Wilson YapPueying; Amy Randall; Jan, Dodie, Brenda, Marybeth, and Sandy; and the Henry Ford Hospice Team.

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

WilkieGary L. Wilkie

October 4, 1946 – August 24, 2015

 

Gary Lynn Wilkie, 68, of Monroe passed away unexpectedly Monday at Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate at 9:30 Friday at St. Michael the Archangel Church with a Mass of the resurrection at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Philip Ching, pastor of St. Michael Church, will officiate.

 

Gary was born October 4, 1948 in Monroe. He was the son of Merlin James and Pauline (Arnold) Wilkie. He married Mary E. Kansier October 25, 1968.

 

He was employed by Premier Industries for 42 years; retiring in August 2011.

 

He was a 1964 graduate of Monroe High School, a member of St. Michael the Arch Angel Church and Moose Lodge 884.

 

Gary enjoyed bowling and was a great baseball and softball player. He also LOVED to dance.

 

Gary was a loving husband and a wonderful father and grandfather. The greatest moments for Gary was the time he spent with his friends and family.

 

He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Wilkie of Monroe, a daughter, Amy Jo Adkins of Toledo; son-in-law, Jason Adkins of Toledo; grandson, Mitchell James Adkins and a sister, Mary Sue Wilkie of Toledo.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Jones

Larry K. Jones

July 11, 1952 – August 22, 2015

Larry K. Jones, 63, of Monroe, passed away Saturday August 22, 2015 unexpectedly in his home.

Larry was born July 11, 1952 in Detroit. He was the son of Leon A. and Ann (Kramer) Jones. He married Nancy Nugent June 13, 1982 at the Mary Martha Chapel at Greenfield Village.

He attended Henry Ford Community College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Michigan University in 1976 and a master of Arts in Reading from EMU in 1982.

Larry started teaching third grade in 1979 at Jefferson Schools continuing to teach there until his retirement in 2014.

He enjoyed cars and was a member of the Water Wonderland Thunderbird Club. He also enjoyed gardening and working in the yard.

His greatest passions in life were his family and his students.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Monroe; two sons, Christopher (Abby Anderson) Jones of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Bryan Jones of Monroe.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life of Larry has been scheduled for April 15, 2016, from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM at North Elementary School, 8281 North Dixie Highway in Newport, Michigan. A Memorial Service will take place at 5:30 PM during the Celebration.

Attendees are invited to prepare a memory/tribute on an 8.5” x 11′ sheet of paper to add to a memory book for the family. There will also be an opportunity to write one at the Celebration.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Larry Jones Scholarship for Jefferson Graduating Seniors. Checks should be made payable to Nancy Jones, Benefit Larry K. Jones. The account is at KeyBank, 1535 N. Telegraph Rd., Monroe, MI 48162.

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

Dora Elizabeth Brett

June 1, 1927 – August 23, 2015

 

BrettDora Elizabeth (Brooks) Brett, age 88 of Monroe, Michigan, peacefully passed away Sunday morning, August 23, 2015 at 3:51 a.m. in her home.

Dora was born June 1, 1927 in Monroe, Michigan, the daughter of Thomas H. and Ida May (Richardson) Brooks.

Fondly nick-named “Tootsie” by brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, she was a faithful daughter and loving support to her parents and siblings.

Dora married Herman Carl Brett, Jr. in November of 1947 at the home of her parents in Monroe. They shared in the joy of two children, Herman Carl Brett, III and Dora Elizabeth “Becky” Brett. Sadly, her son, Carl, preceded her in death.

Trained by IHM Sisters at the original Mercy Hospital, Dora always spoke of the kindness she received and the training that served her well.

Dora worked part time at the Monroe Convalescent Center, caring for the elderly. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, and served on the Altar Guild.

She is survived by her husband, Herman, a faithful and dedicated caregiver; her daughter Becky of Monroe; a granddaughter, Shannon (Robert) Lahey of Perrysburg, Ohio; great-granddaughter, Jamie Lahey; step great-granddaughter, Alexis Lahey; and a trusted and faithful support, Bueford Campbell of Monroe.

Additionally, Dora is survived by three brothers; Ralph D. (Noreen) Brooks of Grand Haven, Michigan, Grover L. (Debra) Brooks of South Carolina, and George Robert Brooks of Arizona. Two sisters, Nancy M. Reaume and Patsy J. (Edward) Brooks-Martell, both of Monroe; sister-in-law, Donna J. Brett of Monroe; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her son Carl, Dora was also preceded by her parents; brothers, Oscar M. (Mabel) Brooks, Shelby D. (Jean) Brooks, and Thomas H. (Betty) Brooks; sisters, Gladys M. (Troy) Clawson and Vera I. (Merrill) Reaume; and sisters-in law, Virginia Held and Sonya K. Brett.

Family and friends may visit from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. Dora will lie instate Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. The church Pastor, Rev. Mark Witte will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Memorial donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Dora’s caregivers, Amanda, Terrie, Vanessa, Tammy, Jennifer, and Jessica.

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