Monthly Archives: December 2015

NavarreSharon L. Navarre

July 27, 1946 – December 30, 2015


Sharon L. Navarre, 69, of Monroe, passed away Wednesday at 1:54 p.m. at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital surrounded by her family.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Deacon Nicholas Nolan will officiate. In accordance with Sharon’s wishes cremation will take place after the services.


Sharon was born July 27, 1946 in Monroe. She was the daughter of James K. and Mary T. (Glenn) Middlemas, Sr.


She was a 1962 graduate of Jefferson High School.


She was the secretary for the Vocational Education Director at Monroe Public Schools. She then worked for Monroe County Friend of the Court from 1982 until 1999. She also worked as a waitress at Big Boy and Bob Evans.


Sharon was a giving and selfless person. She lived for her children and grandchildren. No matter where she went she always could make a new friend before it was time to leave.


She is survived by a son, Robert J. (Nickie) Navarre of Monroe; two daughters, Leeann (Ian Walker) Coleman of Monroe and Janice L. Navarre of Monroe; two brothers, James Middlemas, Jr of Grand Rapids and John Middlemas of Toledo; a sister, Pat (Ken) Mink of Monroe; a brother-in-law, Kenny Cardwell; six grandchildren, Nicole (Alex Kinsey) Coleman, MacKenzie Coleman, Mariah Navarre, Alexandria Navarre, Sidney Langton and Nicholas Navarre and a great granddaughter, Avery Kinsey.


She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Navarre; her parents; two sisters, Carole Newman and Sandi Cardwell (August 13, 2015) and a son-in-law, Richard Coleman.


The family would like to especially thank the staff and patients of Great Lake Dialysis for being like a second family to Sharon. The family would also like to thank everyone at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital and Emergency Room, Medilodge and Fountain View of Monroe for the care and compassion shown to Sharon during her stays and the drivers from MCOP, Dr. Snider and Father Terry Kerner.


Through all of her struggles and illnesses Sharon always remained positive and strong and she fought more than humanly possible to keep moving forward. Heaven gained an exceptionally special angel.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation.


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Nathan M. Kilgus

August 6, 1989 – December 26, 2015


KilgusNathan M. Kilgus, age 26 of Monroe, passed away early Saturday morning, December 26th, due to injuries he sustained in an automobile accident late Friday night.

Family and friends may visit from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Rev. Jeffrey Heimsoth, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born August 6, 1989 in Ann Arbor, Nate was the son of Carroll Kinkade and Penny Kilgus. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

Nate was a 2007 graduate of Monroe High School and was employed by Kinkade Contracting in Monroe as a foreman.

He is survived by his parents, Carroll and Penny of Monroe; brother, Tracy Lee (Chelsea Rodd) Croft of Monroe; sisters, Shelby Kinkade of Lincoln Park and Heather Croft of Monroe; grandparents, Arnold and Sally Kilgus, and Mary Kinkade, all of Monroe.

Nate was preceded in death by a grandfather, Clyde Kinkade; uncle, Terry Kilgus; and cousin, Christine Kilgus.

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AppersonAlaric V. “Larry” Apperson, Jr.

May 27, 1948 – December 26, 2015


Alaric V. “Larry” Apperson, Jr., 67, of Newport, passed away Saturday at 4:48 p.m. at Flower Hospital in Sylvania after a nine year battle with cancer.


Larry was born May 27, 1948 in Philippi, West Virginia. He was the son of Alaric V. “Al” and Elma (Polin) Apperson, Sr. He married Frances A. Toland September 6, 1967.


He serviced his country in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971. He was honorably discharged due to a service injury.


He was a graduate of Trenton High School and attended small engine repair school in Arizona.


Larry supported his family working as a small engine mechanic.


He was an outdoors man. He loved to hunt, fish and feed the birds and squirrels. He also enjoyed tinkering in the garage.


He is survived by his wife, Frances A. Apperson of Newport; three children, William (Mylisa) Apperson of Lexington, South Carolina, Richard Apperson of Carleton and Ruth (Steven) McKinney of South Rockwood; six grandchildren, William (Savannah) Apperson, Jr. and Megan Apperson both of Lexington, South Carolina, Steven McKinney, Jr., Jason McKinney, Jonathan McKinney and Jenna McKinney all of South Rockwood; a great granddaughter, Skylar Marie Apperson and a sister, Shelby Tomachek of Michigan.


He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Ronald and two sisters, Barbara and Janet.


In accordance with Larry’s wishes cremation has taken place and no services will be held. Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


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Joan Marie Brennan 

May 26, 1923 – December 25, 2015


Joan Marie Brennan, age 92, of Monroe passed away Friday, December 25, 2015 at Elderly Solutions. She had been seriously ill for one week.


She was born May 26, 1923 in Quincy, Illinois, the daughter of Charles and Olive (Beechy) Raney. Joan moved from Chicago to Monroe with her parents as a teenager, when her father began managing Monroe Paper Products on W. Elm Ave. Joan graduated from St. Joseph Academy and Siena Heights College in Adrian. Upon graduation, she began employment at Monroe Paper Products, where she met Robert J. Brennan, a sales-engineer, from Brooklyn, NY. They were married on June 5, 1948 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, officiated by her cousin, Rev. Richard E. Raney.


Joan was a devout Catholic. She was a very active, social and kind person. She enjoyed traveling with her husband each year to Air Force reunions and to their favorite vacation destination in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She gardened, walked daily, baked and sent cards and cookies to friends and family. Joan also loved fashion and shopping which began her 15 year career with Hadley-Arden, a women’s clothing store in Monroe. Most of all, Joan loved taking care of her family. No one left her home hungry. She enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren with sweets and root beer floats.


In the past Joan was a member of St. John and St. Mary Catholic Churches and Monroe Golf and Country Club. She was a member of Monroe Thrift Shop Association; a board member of the Monroe County Chapter, American Red Cross, where she had been a volunteer nurse’s aide for many years; a board member of the Tawanka Council of Camp Fire, which she also served as a leader; a member & officer of the Monroe Catholic Central High School Auxiliary; and a member of St. Mary Christian Women.


Joan is survived by three children, Denny Brennan, Diane (Rick) Grassley, and Tom (Lynn) Brennan, all of Monroe; eight grandchildren, Robert (Lindsay) Brennan of Saline, Sean (Colleen) Brennan of Dearborn, Derek Grassley of Denver, CO, Drew Grassley of Monroe, Colleen Grassley of Winchester, VA, Chelsea (Jeff) Williamson of Ida, Devon Brennan of Newport, Shelby Brennan of Monroe; six great-grandchildren Dominic, Madelyn, Macy, Dylan, Kali and Reese. Nephews, Steve Case of Monroe, Terry Case of Newport, John Reardon of MA, Mike Reardon of CT, Gary Reardon of MA; Nieces Mary Reardon of CA, Barbara Regan of CT and Joan Reardon of CA.


Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Brennan, on Nov. 26, 2006, her parents, her sister and brother-in-law Margaret and Roger Case, and sister-in-law Victoria Brennan Reardon.


Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29 at Rupp Funeral Home, where a scripture service will be held at 3 p.m. She will lie in state on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at 10 am until a Mass of the Resurrection celebrating her life at 11 am. The Rev. James Smalarz and Rev. Timothy F. Babcock will officiate. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Church, St. Mary Church, ProMedica Hospice of Monroe or a charity of the donor’s choice.


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Julie Ann LaHood

May 31, 1936 – December 20, 2015


LaHoodFaith, Fashion, Theatre and the Arts were long held interests of Julie Ann LaHood of St. Charles and Chicago, Illinois, who entered eternal life on Sunday, December 20th, 2015, following a Myocardial Infarction at her home. She would have been 80 years old in May.

Julie was known for her charity and kindness as well as her love of nature which was demonstrated in the appreciation and respect she had for small animals. Born in Ohio, she moved with her parents to Monroe, Michigan where she was a member of St. Mary’s Parish, attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and graduated from St. Mary Academy (SMA), Monroe, in 1954. Julie’s love of music and theatre was nourished at SMA, where she appeared in several musicals. At this time, she also competed and won runner-up in the Miss Toledo Beauty and Talent Pageant.

Julie further developed her fashion merchandising interests as a student at the Ray Vogue College of Design in Chicago. Following graduation from Ray Vogue, she was recruited as a Junior Executive by Chicago’s Bonwit-Teller and Marshall Fields and ended her merchandising career as a Buyer and Department Manager for Saks Fifth Avenue.

Due to Julie’s love of learning, in her later years, she attended Loyola University and involved herself in literary, political, and historical activities. She authored over 20 published poems. Her efforts earned her Best Poems and Poet Awards from the International Society of Poets, 2002-2008. Julie was a member of several historical societies including the Chicago History Museum, the Monroe Historical Association and The National Trust for Preservation. She was a member of the National Association of Female Executives and the National Association of University Women.

Julie never married. She was preceded in death by her loving parents, Thelma (2002) and Joseph N. LaHood, Sr. (1972); and her eldest brother (1934). She is survived by a brother Joseph N. LaHood, Jr. (Emily) and their children Kelly and Jeffrey LaHood. She also leaves her sister, Dr. Barbara J. LaHood and brother-in-law, Hon. Archie Cameron Brown.

The Family will receive friends at St. Mary Catholic Church, 127 N. Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 12/30/15, to be followed by a Funeral Mass at the Church at 11:00 a.m. Burial of her cremains will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Julie was an avid reader and an advocate of life-long learning. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Thelma M. and Joseph N. LaHood Endowed Scholarship Fund c/o The Monroe Community Foundation, 28 S. Macomb Street, Monroe, Michigan, 48161. This Endowed Fund provides Scholarships to St. Mary Middle School, Monroe. Rupp Funeral Home will also provide envelopes at the Church.

Julie will be greatly missed. May she rest in deserved joy in the arms of her beloved Creator.

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DulibanTracy L. Duliban

March 15, 1966 – December 25, 2015


Tracy L. Duliban, 49, of Ida, passed away at 5:47 a.m. Friday in the home of her daughter under the care of hospice.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Rev. Louie Barnett, of Bethany Baptist Eagles Nest Ministries, and Terry Henning , Tracy’s cousin, will officiate. After funeral services cremation will take place.


Tracy was born March 15, 1966 in Monroe. She was the daughter of Earl and Theresa (German) Miller. She married Mark A. Duliban October 4, 1985.


She was a member of Bethany Baptist Eagles Nest Ministries.


Tracy loved her family, friends and church. She was a wonderful wife and mother, and her grandchildren were the most precious things in her life. She loved all holidays and especially loved Christmas.


She is survived by her husband, Mark A. Duliban of Ida; her mother, Theresa Miller of Monroe; two sons, Mark B. (Ashleigh) Duliban of Monroe and Ross (Cora Doom) Duliban of Ida; a daughter, Sarah (Joel) Phillips of Monroe; three brothers, Ronald (Jeanette) Miller of North Carolina, Tim (Eileen) Miller of Grand Rapids and Jeff Miller of Monroe; three sisters, Karen (Kevin) LaVigne of LaSalle, Cheryl (Tony) Fiumefreddo of New Jersey and Rebecca Miller of Monroe and grandchildren, Mark C. Duliban, Kayleigh Duliban , Liam Duliban and a grandchild on the way.


She is preceded in death by her father and two brothers, Earl and Russell Miller.


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MillerMary (Wloch) Miller

September 1, 1949 – December 25, 2015


Mary (Wloch) Miller, 66, of Monroe, passed away unexpectedly Friday in her home.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church with funeral services at 11 a.m. Rev. Larry Loree, Jr., pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, Monroe.


Mary was born September 1, 1949 in Monroe. She was the daughter of Chester and Alice (Falkenberg) Wloch. She married J.R. Miller and he preceded her in death in 2011.


She owned and operated the Cut N Curl in downtown Monroe for many years. She then went on to work as a supervisor for Star Greenhouse in Carleton.


She was a member of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church.


Mary enjoyed going to the casino. She also liked going to estate sales and antiquing with her Aunt Jean, friends Bob and Cindy and her special friend Dave.


She is survived by her children, Eric (Holly) Miller of Carleton and Kari (David) Szymanski of Ottawa Lake; her parents, Chester and Alice Wloch of Ida; a sister, Connie (Tom) Owens of Dundee and seven grandchildren: Ethan, Alex, Benjamin, Averie, Evan, Jacob and Brandon.


In lieu of flowers or donations, Mary would want you to use that money to do something special with your family.


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LugariMary L. Lugari

September 8, 1943 – December 23, 2015


Mary L. Lugari, 72, of Monroe, passed away at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday at Fountain View of Monroe surrounded by her family.


Mary was born September 8, 1943 in Dearborn, Michigan. She was the daughter of T. Eric and Joyce (Barnum) Hargreaves.


She was a very active member of St. Hubert Catholic Church in Harrison Twp until her health started to fail. She believed the church and family were the most important things in life.


Mary is survived by her two children, Dennis “Rick” (Rhonda) Lugari of Taylor, Texas and Lisa (Jim) Carter-Russell of Newport; her mother, Joyce Hargreaves of Utica; a brother, Jospeh Hargreaves of Macomb Twp; five sisters, Denise (Jeff) Zatell of Clinton Twp, Karen (Bill) Bowering of Waterford, Melissa (Frank) Williams of Australia, Dianne Williams of Harker Heights, Texas and Tina (Matt) Casey of Washington Twp and nine grandchildren, Emily, Samantha, Joseph, Jude, Bridget, Maria, Jeremy, Taylor and Courtney.


She is preceded in death by her father; two brothers, Thomas and Robert Hargreaves and a granddaughter Brooke Carter.


In accordance with Mary’s wishes cremation has taken place and the family is planning memorial service for later date. Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


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FriederichsThomas C. Friederichs

February 18, 1939 – December 20, 2015


Thomas C. Friederichs, 76, of Monroe, passed away peacefully at 6:15 p.m. Sunday surrounded by his family in his home.


Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where military honors will be held at 5 p.m. by VFW Post 1138. He will lie instate at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Michael Church with Mass of the Resurrection at 3 p.m. Rev. Philip Ching of St. Michael Church will officiate. In accordance with Tom’s wishes cremation will follow and inurnment will take place at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Tom was born February 18, 1939 in Monroe. He was the son of Francis and Nora (Wittkop) Friederichs. He married Rosetta “Terry” Goodridge November 1962 and she preceded him in death May 3, 1975. He then married Cathy J. Simmons May 24, 1976.


He served in the US Army January 28, 1962 to January 21, 1965.


Tom was a 1958 graduate of Monroe High School and attended Ferris State University for 2 years.


He was a distributor for Better Made Chips in Lincoln Park; after his retirement he also worked at Tractor Supply Company in Monroe.


Tom enjoyed spending time at the Monroe Center for Healthy Aging and dancing to country music. He was devoted to his family and enjoyed golfing with his sons and brother, spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren and spending the holidays with family. He was also felt it was important to attend church and made it a point to go until he just physically couldn’t do it anymore.


He is survived by his wife Cathy Friederichs of Monroe; five children, Jerry Friederichs of Ida, Rick Friederichs of Monroe, Lisa Weilnau of Houston, Texas, Tamara (James) Clardy of Monroe and Michelle (Jon) Saul of LaSalle; two brothers, Jonay P. (Kay) Friederichs of Monroe and James M. (Sandy) Friederichs of Carleton; a sister, Martha A. (Calvin) Stump of Monroe; six grandchildren, Corey Friederichs, Trammell Weilnau, Hannah Saul, Sidney Weilnau, Rollin Saul and Summer Clardy and two great grandchildren, Jordan and Caiden.


In addition to his first wife, he is preceded in death by his parents and his dog Ginger.


Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Church, ProMedica Hospice or Monroe Center for Health Aging.


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drewThomas J. Drew

May 3, 1939 – December 19, 2015


Thomas J. Drew, 76, of Newport, passed away at 3:16 a.m. Saturday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.


Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a Masonic service will be held 7:30 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Thomas was born May 3, 1939 in Newport. He was the son of Edward and Dorothy (Murray) Drew. He married Janet E. Hall November 22, 1958.


He was employed at McLouth Steel for 37 years taking his retirement when it closed.


He was a member of Free and Accepted Masons Hiram Lodge 110, Flat Rock.


Thomas enjoyed several outdoor activities including, hunting, fishing, boating, riding horses, camping and snowmobiling.


He is survived by his wife Janet of Newport; five children, Cindy (Jerry) Stid of Lake City, Michigan, Ruth Ann Strickland of Newport, Alice Fortner of Monroe, Thomas J. (Florina) Drew of Monroe and Joseph A. Celina) Drew of Monroe; two sons-in-law, George Fortner and Mike Strickland both of Monroe; four brothers, Robert (Joan) Drew of Clare, Michigan, James (Sherry) Drew of Monroe, Michael (Debbie) Drew of Presque Isle, Michigan and Russ Drew of Newport; eight sisters, Mary Ann Geno of Newport, Grace Emerson of Rockwood, Sally (Rex) Livingston of Carleton, Sherry (Tim) Salter of Carleton, Ina (Pete) Burble of Newport, Loretta (John) VanWashenova of Newport, Elaine (Frank) Halburda of Newport and Linda (John) Calvin of Monroe; eighteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.


He is preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Kathy Hawkins; four brothers, Richard, Charles, Sidney and Danny Drew and a sister, Lois Krishan.


Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.


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