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David R. Lassey

August 11, 1947 – August 21, 2015

 

LasseyDavid Russell Lassey, age 68 of Monroe, died at 6:45 a.m. on Friday, August 21st at ProMedica Monroe Skilled Nursing and Outpatient Center. He had been in poor health since May.

Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. He will lie instate beginning at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michael Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection celebrating his life will be at 12 p.m. The church Pastor, Rev. Philip Ching, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born August 11, 1947 in Toledo, he was the son of Glenn and Evelyn (Straus) Lassey. He married Francine J. Ingels on November 17, 1972 at St. Michael Church. She preceded him in death on December 27, 2011.

Dave was a 1965 graduate of Ida High School and studied Agricultural Science at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

As a young man, Dave was a self-employed farmer at the family owned, Lassey Farms. He was later employed by D&C Transport and Roadway Express as an over-the-road truck driver for many years before retiring in 2009.

Dave was a member of St. Michael Church where he volunteered as an editor of the church bulletin. He enjoyed yard maintenance and landscaping, but most of all, being a grandpa.

Dave is survived by three children, Brenda D. (Dean) Bressler of Monroe, Brian K. (Carrie) Lassey of Howell, and Timothy A. Lassey of Monroe; a sister, Jean A. (Russell) Joly of Monroe; eight grandchildren, Erin Bressler, Erika Bressler, Colin Lassey, Leah Lassey, Ava Lassey, Alexa Lassey, Jillian Lassey, and Isaac Lassey.

In addition to his wife Francine, Dave was also preceded by his parents, a grandchild, Gabriel Lassey, and a brother, Donald J. Lassey.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael Catholic Church.

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

 

Laura B. Bussell

February 22, 1947 – August 19, 2015

 

BussellLaura B. Bussell, age 68 of Monroe, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday at 7:04 p.m. at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.

Family and friends may visit from 11 a.m. until time of service at 5 p.m. Saturday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Roy Southerland, Pastor of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate. Cremation will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born February 22, 1947 in Covington, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Jack and Margaret (Taylor) Crum.

Laura was a former waitress at Elias Brother’s Big Boy Restaurant in downtown Monroe for many years and then for Meijer for several years. She eventually fulfilled her dream and became a Medical Assistant and was employed by the Monroe Health Center for approximately 20 years before retiring in 2011.

Laura was a baseball fan, especially the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers. She loved her children and lived for her grandchildren. Always supporting them by attending their sporting events or hobbies of interest.

Laura is survived by a son, Alan (Sherry) Bussell of Monroe; a daughter, Marty (Anthony) Bacarella of Monroe; three sisters, Jackie Johnson of Monroe, Charlotte Totten of Virginia, and Betty Wing of Ann Arbor; five grandchildren, Ariel Bacarella, Spencer Bacarella, Lorin Bussell, Darian Bacarella, and Cameron Bussell.

Laura was preceded in death by her father and two brothers, Earl and Bill Crum.

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

Harley V. Rice

August 1, 1940 – August 19, 2015

 

Harley V. Rice, age 75 of LaSalle, died 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 19th at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital after a brief illness.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Rev. Jake Clawson, Pastor of Evergreen Acres Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Born August 1, 1940 in Harrogate, Tennessee, he was the son of Charles and Rosie (Daniels) Rice. He married Anna J. Carter on November 23, 1957 in Monroe.

Harley was employed by Consolidated Paper and Jefferson Smurfit as a Corrugator Operator, retiring in 1977.

Harley was a member of Evergreen Acres Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking.

Harley is survived by his wife Anna; three sons, Arthur “Ray” Rice of Petersburg, Edward “Dwayne” Rice of LaSalle, and Isac Lee Rice of LaSalle; two daughters, Dorothy “Michelle” (Duane) Palmer of Sandusky, Ohio and Brandy Lynn Rice of Monroe; two brothers, Winfred (Lula) Rice of Missouri and Arbie (Liz) Rice of Monroe; four sisters, Geraldine Gee of Erie, Shirley Wylie of Monroe, Jeanne (Larry) Cosby of Tennessee, and Wanda Rice of Monroe; sister-in-law, Virginia Rice of Tennessee; 7 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Harley was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, Charles, David, and Timothy “Ice” Rice; grandson, Nathaniel Rice; two brothers, Joey and Frank Rice; sister, Dorothy Bussell; three brothers-in-law, Thomas Wylie, Justin Bussell, and Ray Gee.

Memorial donations may be made to Evergreen Acres Missionary Baptist Church.

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

WellsPamela J. Wells

January 26, 1964 – August 19, 2015

 

Pamela J. Wells, 51, of Monroe passed away at 6:16 a.m. Wednesday at Heartland Health Care Center, Canton.

 

Friends may call from 12:30 p.m. until a Memorial Service at 1:30 p.m. Saturday August 22, 2015 at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Scott Isham, pastor of Shelton Park Church of God, Temperance, will officiate.

 

Pamela was born January 26, 1964 in Monroe. She was the daughter of Wetzel and Reba I. (Mosingo) Wells.

 

Pam’s favorite thing was to go to the dollar store. She loved her grand babies and her loving cat Sassy.

We will truly miss her feistiness but we know today, she is no longer suffering.

 

She is survived by her son, Gary Loope, Jr. of Taylor; three brothers, Michael Cox of Monroe, Larry (Darlene) Wells of Blissfield and Gary (Lorraine) Wells of Monroe; two sisters, Gail (William) Ford of Ida and her twin Tammy (Arnold) Jaufmann of Jupiter, Florida and two grandsons, Jayden and Jamison Loope.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents.

 

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

 

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Marguerite C. “Kay” Bajkiewicz

July 30, 1937 – August 4, 2015

 

BajkiewiczMarguerite C. “Kay” Bajkiewicz, age 78 of Monroe, died Tuesday, August 4th at Fountain View of Monroe. She had been in declining health for three years.

Born July 30, 1937 in Hamtramck, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Marguerite (Edwards) Silvenis. She married Thomas A. Bajkiewicz on August 27, 1955 in St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Wyandotte.

Kay was a proud homemaker, artist, cake decorator, and choir member. She was a member of Redeemer Fellowship Church and former member of St. Michael Catholic Church.

Kay is survived by her husband, Thomas of Monroe; five children, Christopher (Lori) Bajkiewicz of Chula Vista, California, Pamela (Thomas) Jackson of Trenton, David (Amy) Bajkiewicz of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Catherine Forrest of Safety Harbor, Florida, and Timothy (Robin) Bajkiewicz of Mechanicsville, Virginia; a sister, Marilynn (John) Duran of Arrington, Tennessee; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place in accordance with her wishes. The family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. until time of Memorial Service at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 29th at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. John Piippo, Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church, will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to the Bajkiewicz Mission, P.O. Box 120265 Chula Vista, CA 91912, whose goal is to provide skills and knowledge to help build financial and spiritual health for struggling families in Baja, Mexico through small business development, or ProMedica Hospice.

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

 

VanderecookSarah L. Vandercook

November 28, 1937 – August 15, 2015

 

Sarah Louvernia Vandercook went home to be with the Lord August 15, 2015 at 12:09 a.m. surrounded by her family under the care of hospice.

 

Sarah known as Aunt Sis by her nieces and nephews will be greatly missed by the entire family. She loved watching the Tigers and Red Wings on TV. She was a wonderful caregiver to those that went on before her, always putting others first.

 

She was born November 28, 1937 from the union of Elmer and Mae (Bussell) Adams in Arthur, Tennessee.

 

Sarah married John Charles Vandercook March 26, 1993.

 

She is preceded in death by her mother, Lucy Mae Bussell-Adams-Russeau, father, Elmer Adams in 1957, step-father, Roy Russeau, sister Mildred June Adams, here husband, John Vandercook, many sisters and brothers-in-law and grandparents, Sarah and Henry Bussell and Oliver and Nellie Adams.

 

Survived by a son, Charles “Ray” (Thea) Vandercook and daughter Tina (AJ) Arnold; step-sons, Jeffery (Barbara) Vandercook and John Vandercook; step-daughter, Sherri Vandercook-Martin; grandchildren, Anthony and Amy Voyles, Shawn (Brittany Cousino) Voyles, JD and Ashley Lugari, Ashley Lugari and Dustin Gvist of Kentucky, Jeff and Adrianna Vandercook of Texas and Mark and Sierra Wright of Florida; great grandchildren, Jase Voyles, Ariana and Alexia Lugari, Cole and Noah Wright and Jacob Vandercook; four brothers, John Olin Bussell, Houston “Bud” Adams, Ben Adams and Cyle (Barb) Adams; eight nieces, Reccia, Marion, Eileen, Mildred, Lisa, Amy, Regina and Connie; five nephews, Bill, Dan, Bobby, Scott and John and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by aunts, Bertha Cole and Lorene (Estil) McBee and uncle, Ulus (Judy) Bussell.

 

Sarah worked at A&W (Monroes Original Hotdogs) in the late 50′s, then worked for George Spillson, Mclouth Steel and Fermi in food service and finally retired from Holiday Inn.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until funeral services at 12 noon Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

The family would like to thank the caregivers from ProMedica Hospice for all of their support during this difficult time. The family also suggests that contribution be made to hospice.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeionc.com

Crail2Scott K. Crail

July 27, 1964 – August 12, 2015

 

Scott K. Crail, 51, of Monroe, passed away Wednesday at 5:07 a.m. at Promedica Monroe Regional Hospital’s Emergency Room.

 

Friends may call from 4 until services at 7 p.m Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home.  Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate.

 

Scott was born July 27, 1964 in Madison Heights.

 

He was a Hi lo driver for CSDD.

 

Scott was a outspoken person.  He enjoyed many music, baseball, playing Yahtzee with friends, eating at TA, fishing in Bolles Harbor and he especially liked playing video games on his Wii.

 

He is survived by his companion of 19 years Marie Standifer of Monroe; his foster mother, Sandra Vaive of Madison Heights; two foster brothers, John (Naomi) Vaive of Maybee and Michael Vaive of Madison Heights; a foster sister Gloria Ticknor of Tennessee; nieces and nephews, Phoenix, Victor, Vega, Myron and Adeline.  He is also survived by Marie’s children, Wanda McKelvey, Norman McKelvey and Ruth (Clyde) Robbins; grandchildren, Jarrell, Britianey, Norman, Jr., Coty, Clyde, II “BJ”, Whitney, Michael and Zachary and several great grandchildren.

 

He is preceded in death by his foster father,Willard Vaive.

 

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

George R. “Pudge” O’Brien

November 7, 1930 – August 9, 2015

 

O'BrienGeorge R. “Pudge” O’Brien, age 84 of Trenton, formerly of Dundee, Temperance and Monroe, died 10:40 p.m. Sunday, August 9th at Beaumont Hospital, Trenton. He had been in poor health for a year.

Born November 7, 1930 in New Boston, he was the son of the late Thomas and Lucille (Porzondek) O’Brien. He married Helene J. Bruckner on January 9, 1954 in Dundee. She preceded him in death on May 14, 1992.

Pudge served his country during the Korean War in the United States Army from September 4, 1951 to September 1, 1953. He was employed by Ford Motor Company in Saline for over 25 years.

Pudge was a member of American Legion Post 72, Dundee, and enjoyed golfing, hunting, and playing cards.

He is survived by three children, Kathleen (Gerald) Eby of Chicago, Illinois, Gerald Henry of Dundee, and Laura (Owen Potter) Skehan of Brownstown; a brother, Patrick O’Brien of Dundee; five grandchildren, Jerry Eby, Jim Eby, Matthew Henry, Michael Skehan, and Tyler Skehan; five great-grandchildren, Alyssa Eby, Sydney Eby, Breanna Henry, Sarah Eby, and Shiloh Henry.

In addition to his wife and parents, Pudge was also preceded by three brothers, Edward, Norman, and Richard O’Brien.

Cremation has taken place in accordance with his wishes. The family will receive visitors from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Rev. Lawrence Detruf will officiate. A procession will follow to St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe, where committal services and military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 72, Dundee.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Robert J. Givens

July 26, 1952 – August 11, 2015

 

Robert J. Givens, age 63 of Monroe, died 8:56 p.m. Tuesday, August 11th at his home.

Born July 26, 1952 in Pontiac, Michigan, he was the son of Neal and Mamie (Gill) Givens.

Bob is survived by his companion of 22 years, Joyce Navarre of Monroe; two step-sons, Bill (Roberta) Younglove of Monroe and Wayne (Ruwena) Younglove of Carleton; 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place in accordance with his wishes. The family will receive visitors from 2 p.m. until time of memorial service at 7 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Bruce Lehman, Pastor of Grace Pointe United Pentecostal Church will officiate.

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

Robert Charles “Monty” Meyer

March 16, 1927 – August 11, 2015

 

MeyerRobert C. “Monty” Meyer, age 88 of Monroe, passed away 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, August 11th at Magnum Care of Monroe under the care of ProMedica Hospice. He had been ill for two years and seriously ill for two months.

Born March 16, 1927 in Monroe, he was the son of the late Emanuel and Matilda (Lieberman) Meyer. He married the former June Yavorsky.

Monty was a 1945 graduate of Monroe High School where his yearbook picture said his limousine is always there.

He entered the United States Army on September 11, 1946 and served in the 19th Infantry in Kyusha, Japan. Monty earned the WWII Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal, being honorably discharged on December 30, 1947.

Monty managed Weaver’s Sunoco Station in Monroe for many years where he was well known for his sense of humor and practical jokes. He later worked for the Webster Duvall Auto Dealership for several years from which he retired.

Monty was a life member of V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe, and a former member of the Moose Lodge. He had a great love of sports, especially Michigan Football. He was often heard saying “Go Blue” and was never seen without wearing one of his many Michigan Football caps of which he collected.

He loved life in general and enjoyed talking to people, everyone was his “Pal”

Monty is survived by his daughter, Gail (William Guenther) Meyer of Monroe; sister, MaryLou (Daniel) DeGraw of Parchment, Michigan; sisters-in-law, Ruth Meyer of Monroe and Beverly Meyer of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded by two brothers, William and Thomas Meyer, and sister and brother-in-law, Jeanette and Carter Wales.

Private services were held today, August 13th, at Rupp Funeral Home followed by burial at Roselawn Memorial Park with military honors provided by V.F.W. Post 1138.

The family would like to acknowledge the staff at Magnum Care of Monroe and ProMedica Hospice along with Dr. Mark Snider for the kind care they gave Monty while under their supervision. In addition, they would also like to express their gratitude to special nephew, Jim Sherman and dear friend, Rosalind Rechel.

Memorial donations may be made to Magnum Care of Monroe Activities Fund or V.F.W. Post 1138.

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com