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Mark J. Sisinyak

March 20, 1934 – November 23, 2015

 

SisinyakU.S. Army Major General (Ret) Mark J. Sisinyak, 81, recently of Knoxville, Tennessee, died Monday, November 23, 2015, after a short battle with cancer. His wife, Becky, was at his side.

Born in Canton, Ohio, on March 20, 1934, Mark was raised in a tight-knit family steeped in Serbian/Croatian tradition. In 1935, the family moved to Monroe, MI, where Mark spent his formative years. He attended Monroe High School where he played football and ran track. He also displayed a talent for music as first violinist in the high school orchestra. After school hours, Mark could be found working in his parent’s store, Sisinyak’s Market.

Mark was accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. There he continued his participation in athletics and music, joining the West Point choir. Upon graduating as a Second Lieutenant in 1956, he began an impressive military career that would take him all around the world. He earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton University and he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Mark’s career provided him the opportunity to serve in Australia, Korea, Hawaii, and throughout the rest of the U.S. He served two tours in Vietnam and earned many commendations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, multiple Legion of Merit awards, multiple Meritorious Service Medals, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, and Master Parachutist Badge.

Ultimately, Mark achieved the rank of Major General (2-star General) and retired from the Army in 1988. He continued working in the engineering, construction, real estate, and personal training fields until he fully retired in 2004.

Mark was a member and office holder in the Society of American Military Engineers and Rotary Club International. He was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce in several cities.

Mark’s interests included major and minor home renovations and athletics of all kinds. He thoroughly enjoyed working out at the gym and was a supporter of the local activities of the YMCA while living in Weaverville, NC. Mark was an expert at word puzzles and games tackling the crossword and Jumble in the daily newspaper while enjoying his latte. Spending time with family was one of his greatest joys. He especially liked the traditional Slava celebration his family hosted in Monroe, MI, each year.

Mark’s easy smile, resolute confidence, courage, and strength will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Mary Sisinyak. He is survived by his wife, Becky of Knoxville, TN; his sons, Tom (Mary) Sisinyak of Concord, NC, and Joe (Nancy) Sisinyak of Fairbanks, AK; stepdaughter Alicia Ransom of Knoxville; grandson Joey Sisinyak, of Concord; granddaughter Kaylee Hungerford of Knoxville; brother Gene (Ann) Sisinyak of Toledo, OH; nieces, Cheryl (Mike) Carroll, Connie (Joe) Buick of Monroe, and Karen (Rich) Savarino of Cary, NC.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 4 PM to 8 PM at Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Friday. The funeral service will be conducted by FR. Rade Obsenica. Rites of Committal including military honors will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, MI where Mark will be laid to rest.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. There are two ways to contribute: 1) by mailing a check payable to UT Medical Center as a contribution in Mark’s memory to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Office of Development, 2121 Medical Center Way, Ste 110, Knoxville, TN 37920 or 2) online at www.utmedicalcenter.org/helpcure.

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

 

HickeyDaisy L. Hickey

June 20, 1931 – November 30, 2015

 

Daisy L. Hickey, 84, of Carleton, passed away at 12:12 a.m. Monday in her home.

 

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home.  Additional visitation and services will take place later this week at Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville, Tennessee and burial will take place at Boiling Springs Cemetery, Cookeville, Tennessee.

 

Daisy was born June 20, 1931 in Overton County, Tennessee.  She was the daughter of John Thomas and Myrtle (Newberry) Nelson.  She married Willie H. Hickey, Sr. October 2, 1948.

 

Daisy was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed taking care of her family.

 

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Willie H. Hickey, Sr. of Carleton; two sons, Willie (Deborah) Hickey, Jr. of Maybee and Aaron “Wayne” Hickey of Flat Rock; two daughters, Debora (Tony) Gilmer of Trenton and Alesia (Tom) Gautz of Monroe; a brother, Z.L. Nelson of Cookeville, Tennessee; a sister, Beulah (Grady) Bilbrey of Cookeville, Tennessee; eleven grandchildren, Jeffery, Matt, Michael, John, Justin, Jessie, Roy, Lisa, Jeremy, Kyle and Garrett, nine great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Roy Hickey; a daughter, Delcia Jackson; two grandchildren, Troy Hickey and Kenneth Jackson, three great grandchildren, Tiegan, Taryn and Elizabeth, five brothers, J.T., Milo, Demon, Kenneth and Elmer Nelson and a sister, Unetta Bowman.

 

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

Mary E. Straub

May 16, 1923 – November 29, 2015

 

StraubMary E. (Stoddard) Straub, age 92 of Monroe, passed away 9:05 a.m. Sunday, November 29th in her home.

Born May 16, 1923 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Herman and Sadie (Noland) Stoddard. She married Edward R. Straub, Sr. on June 21, 1941 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Monroe. He preceded her in death on April 13, 1995.

Mary attended St. Mary Grade School and Monroe High School. She was employed by Consolidated Packaging Company from 1943 to 1945 and Monroe County Community Credit Union from 1973 to 1985.

Mary was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, past member of St. Anne Women’s Club, and a member of Frenchtown Township Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary that she helped to form in 1952, and the VFW Women’s Auxiliary.

Mary was a wonderful mom and grandmother. She was a great cook and anyone who entered her home had to eat. The family gathered at her home for every holiday.

In addition to her husband, Edward, Mary was also preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Bonnie L. Straub and Susan M. Straub; four brothers, William, Albert, Herman, and Joseph Stoddard; two sisters, Mildred (Stoddard) Meloche and Louise (Stoddard) Riley.

Left to hold precious memories of Mary are her sons, Edward R. (Mitzi) Straub, Jr., Charles E. (Becky) Straub, and Michael J. (Karol) Straub, all of Monroe; daughter, Linda A. (Richard) Gagne of Monroe; grandchildren, Edward R. (Rene) Straub III, Eric Straub, Jacob (April) Straub, Kimberly (Nick Schooley) Straub, Amanda Straub, Sarah Straub, and Ali Benore; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Shane, and Camryn Straub; sisters, Viola (Stoddard) Yinger of Monroe and Ruth (Stoddard) Daves of Cleaver, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary will lie instate from 9 a.m. until Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anne Catholic Church. Rev. John Chinnappa will officiate. Private burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mary’s name may be made to ProMedica Hospice (1070 N. Monroe St., Suite B, Monroe, MI 48162), The Humane Society of Monroe County (P.O. Box 1457, Monroe, MI 48161), or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

ralphcofferRalph W. “Sonny” Coffer

May 26, 1943 – November 21, 2015

 

Ralph W. “Sonny” Coffer, 72, of The Villages, Florida, formerly of Monroe, passed away Saturday November 21, 2015 in his home.

 

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until a memorial service at 2 p.m. Tuesday December 8, 2015 at Rupp Funeral Home.  Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate.  Inurnment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Ralph was born May 26, 1943 in Monroe.  He was the son of Ralph and Lou (Petree) Coffer.  He married  Peggy Keck.

 

He was a graduate of Monroe High School and had attended Monroe County Community College.

 

He worked at Ford Motor Company and General Motors as a Skilled Trades Pipefitter prior to retiring to The Villages, Florida.

 

Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Peggy Coffer; his two children, Kimberlin Coffer and Kelly Coffer; two granddaughters, Jessica Coffer and Courtney Coffer; and his two sisters, Betty Hall and Beverly Dorris.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Lou Coffer along with his brothers-in-law, Carl Hall and Roy Dorris.

 

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

Carlton Duane Hunley

March 1, 1957 – November 27, 2015

 

HunleyCarlton Duane Hunley, age 58 of Monroe, died Friday morning, November 27th at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.

Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where his best friend, Gregory Zavala will share memories and words of comfort. Cremation will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in accordance with his wishes.

Born March 1, 1957 in Monroe, he was the son of Carl and Mary (Nagy) Hunley. He married Lisa L. (Daniel) Sobota on February 22, 2010 in Monroe.

Duane attended Monroe Public Schools and was employed by Ford Motor Company in Monroe for 30 years before retiring.

A very talented guitarist, Duane played in several bands including Thunder Road and Shades of 79, in the Monroe and Downriver area.

Duane is survived by his wife, Lisa; mother, Mary Hunley of Monroe; son, Cory Daniel Hunley of Kansas City, Missouri; two step-children, Daniel Sobota of LaSalle and Bailey Sobota of Monroe; three brothers, Clarence Hunley of Wilmington, North Carolina, Charles (Sandy) Hunley of Livonia, and John (Terry) Hunley of Monroe; sister, Betty Hunley of Monroe; and his pet dog, “Freddy”.

Duane was preceded in death by his father; brother, Carl Hunley, Jr.; and his other pet dog and best friend, “Montana”.

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

Jason O. “Boogie” Smith

October 6, 1975 – November 25, 2015

 

JSmith2Jason O. “Boogie” Smith, age 40 of Monroe, died Wednesday morning at his home.

Born October 6, 1975 in Trenton, Michigan, he was the son of Walter “Junior” Paul and Brenda (Johnson) Smith. He married Danielle M. Headrick on July 15, 2000 in Carleton.

Boogie was employed by Monroe Dodge as a mechanic and porter for approximately 10 years before having to take a medical retirement in 2005 due to a heart ailment.

Boogie attended Monroe High School and was a member of the Monroe County Pool League, Monroe County Dart League, and was a former member of A.B.A.T.E. Region 18.

Boogie is survived by his wife Danielle; mother, Brenda Smith of Monroe; two sons, Jase and Brin Smith who reside at home; brother, Tom Smith of Monroe; seven sisters, Lawanda Smith of Monroe, Linda Fowler of Monroe, Kendra (Jeff) Whiting of LaSalle, Michelle Steinman of Monroe, Melissa Paul of Monroe, Mary (Tommy) Bukovitz of Monroe, and Tiffany Paul of Monroe; and his pet dog, “Prince”.

Boogie was preceded in death by his father; uncle “Jughead” Johnson; father-in-law, David Headrick; niece, Rebecca Bunch; brother-in-law, Michael “Buzz” Bunch; grandparents, John and Helen Johnson; step-father, Virgil Gibson; and nephews, George and Christopher Fowler.

Boogie was cremated in accordance with his wishes. Family and friends may visit from 11 a.m. until time of memorial service at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Dan Tolford, Associate Pastor of Heaven’s Highway Biker Church, Toledo, will officiate.

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

NigborJoan M. Nigbor

August 26, 1933 – November 25, 2015

 

Joan M. Nigbor, 82, of Monroe, passed away at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday at Wellspring Lutheran Services.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 12 noon Tuesday. Deacon Michael Stewart will officiate. In accordance with Joan’s wishes cremation will take place after the services.

 

Joan was born August 26, 1933 in Detroit. She was the daughter of Ira and Rose (Prill) Lemanski. She married Leonard P. Nigbor June 21, 1958 at St. Hyacinth Church in Detroit.

 

She owned and operated Frenchtown Auction from 1968 until her retirement in 1998.

 

She and her husband moved to Monroe in 1968 and were members of St. Joseph Church in Monroe.

 

Joan is survived by several nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by three brothers, Chester, Richard and Marvin Lemanski and a sister, Lillian Okray.

 

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

 

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

Barbara K. Smith

March 13, 1951 – November 24, 2015

 

BSmithBarbara K. Smith, age 64 of Walled Lake, formerly of Monroe, passed away unexpectedly November 24th. Barb died while in route to Providence Hospital in Novi after suffering an apparent heart attack Tuesday morning at her home.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Rev. Joe Bryant, retired Pastor of Union Street Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born March 13, 1951 in Monroe, she was the daughter of the late Gus and Betty (Stadleman) Hochradel. She was a 1969 graduate of Monroe High School and attended Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti where she earned her bachelor and master degrees in education. She married Lancel R. Smith on March 21, 1970 at Christ Lutheran Church.

Barb was employed as a Special Education teacher for the Walled Lake School District from 1983 until her retirement in 2005. Previously, she taught Special Education from 1978 to 1982 at Children’s Psychiatric Hospital at the University of Michigan.

Barb attended Union Street Missionary Baptist Church and was a member of the National Education Association where she formerly served as Union Representative. She was an avid University of Michigan Football fan and enjoyed traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Barb is survived by her husband, Lance of Walled Lake; two children, Cheryl (Jorge) Rivera of Southfield and Michael Smith of Belleville; and two grandchildren, Jazmyn Rivera and Chloe Rivera.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in Barb’s memory be made to The Hero Foundation (herofoundationmi.org), a non-profit organization that assists families affected by cancer.

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

MatteraCarol M. Mattera

September 3, 1921 – November 21, 2015

 

Carol M. Mattera, 94, of Monroe, passed away at 11:43 a.m. Saturday at ProMedica Goerlich Center, Sylvania.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Rev. Dr. Joseph Byrd, Pastor of Stewart Road Church of God, will officiate. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

 

Carol was born September 3, 1921 in Monroe. She was the daughter of William and Nettie (Wilson) Gilbreath. She married Samuel F. Mattera January 19, 1947 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Monroe; he preceded her in death July 6, 2005.

 

She was a nurse at Mercy Memorial Hospital for 15 years; retiring May 1, 1985. She had also worked at Micka’s Market and the Willow Run Bomber Plant.

 

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aide.

 

She is survived by her son, Kenneth E. (Cherie) Mattera of Carleton and Fred C. (Elaina) Mattera of Virginia Beach, Virginia; a brother, Robert Lee Gilbreath of Universal City, Texas; a half brother, Fred Polger of Ann Arbor; a sister, Kathleen Peterson of Hudson, Michigan, a half sister, Maryanne Polger Talbott-Hawley of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren and a great grandson, Kaden.

 

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings, Florence Faith Kalny, Grace Imhoff, Lillian Ellen Rosier, Virginia Rose Gonzales, Bertha Marie Teal, William Herbert Gilbreath and Grant Madison Gilbreath.

 

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

Scan2James K. “Karl” Smith

May 23, 1935 – November 23, 2015

 

James K. “Karl” Smith, 80, of Monroe, passed away unexpectedly Monday.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. Rev. Evans Bentley, pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, with military honors by V.F.W. Post 1138.

 

Karl was born May 23, 1935 in Monroe. He was the son of Otis and Cleo (Heath) Smith. He married Barbara J. Hillard June 4, 1960 in Monroe.

 

He attended Monroe High School. He served his country in the US Army from June 16, 1954 to June 15, 1956.

 

Karl was employed at General Motors, Powertrain in Toledo for 32 years; retiring in June 1988.

 

He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

 

He was a life member of Monroe Boat Club and Monroe Rod and Gun Club. He was also a member of UAW Local 14 and AMVETS Post 1942.

 

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Barbara Jo; three daughters, Starlene Stone, Tracey Jo Bailey and Kathie I. (Bryan) Sortor all of Monroe; one brother, Ralph Joe (Kay) Smith of Monroe; five grandchildren, Dylan Fanslaw, Austin Watkins, Bailey Fisher, Bryan Fisher and Brooke Szczurek and two great grandchildren, Aubrie Star Fanslaw and Jaxon J.F. Bogi.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, a son, Scott J. Smith; two brothers, Paul E. Smith and Earl J. Smith and two sisters, Ruth D. Cochran and Esther I. McKeehan.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Paula’s House or the Humane Society of Monroe County.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com