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Donald D. Diroff

January 20, 1940 – May 29, 2016

 

DiroffDonald D. Diroff, age 76 of LaSalle, passed away peacefully at 2:20 am Sunday, May 29th at Henry Ford Hospital, Wyandotte, with his family at his side. He had been in poor health due to complications from emphysema and COPD.

Family and friends may visit from 1 pm to 8 pm Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where a Scripture Service will be held at 6:30 pm. Don will lie in state at 9 am Saturday at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Monroe. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 am by the church pastor, Rev. Philip Ching, followed by burial at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born January 20, 1940, in Monroe, he was the son of the late Donald L. and Ethel M. (Bischoff) Diroff. Following the 1957 death of Ethel, Don was fortunate to have a second mother in his life when his father married C. Lorraine Wilcox in 1960.

Don married Karon S. Wilkie on August 12, 1961, in St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. They were joined in Holy Matrimony by then pastor, Rev. Hugo Noetzel.

Don was a 1958 graduate of Ida High School, attended the University of Toledo and continued later at Monroe County Community College. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church and The Lincoln Hunting Club in Hillman, MI where he previously served as Secretary.

The work ethic Don developed growing up on the family farm in Ida served him well in life. He was employed by DeVilbiss and the Chevrolet Hydra-Matic plant (GM Powertrain) in Toledo, as well as Wilcosh Foundry and Monroe Auto Equipment Co. prior to his 20 years as a tool and die machinist for North Star Steel in Monroe. Following his retirement in 2000, Don went to “work” at Links at Lake Erie golf course where he mowed grass and honed his golf game. He was an avid golfer and bowler, enjoyed hunting, fishing and a good game of cards, and looked forward to winter snowbird trips to Florida with Karon. Most of all, Don was devoted to his family. He cherished family gatherings and attending his grandchildren’s events.

Don is survived by his wife, Karon; four children, Deidre “DeeDee” (Douglas) Perkins of Monroe, Dean (Jayne) Diroff of Monroe, Eric (Amy) Diroff of East Tawas, and Marcy (D. Kevin) Guy of Monroe; three brothers, Allen (Jan) Wilcox of Monroe, Gregory (Maria) Diroff of Pottenstein, Germany, and Douglas (Corinne) Diroff of Monroe; five sisters, Sharon (Zeke) Jabbour of Boca Raton, Florida, Sandra Dimeff of Monroe, Angela (Tim) Gorno of Lititz, Pennsylvania, Jo Anne (Larry) Lynch of Monroe, and Luann (Tom) Souva of Monroe; sister-in-law, Jeanette (William) Raleigh of Somerset, New Jersey; twelve grandchildren, Aaron Prater, Tyler Diroff, Jill Perkins, Jacob Diroff, Brendan Diroff, Savannah Diroff, Emily Guy, Mitchell Perkins, Sarah Guy, Lauren Diroff, Bryan Perkins, and Christian Guy; two great-grandchildren, Andrew Craig and Charlotte Prater.

In addition to his parents, Don was also preceded in death by a brother, Roger Diroff; granddaughter, Devon Nichole Guy; niece, Jill Cleary; and brothers-in-law Ed Barton and Douglas Dimeff.

Memorial donations in Don’s memory may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Larry J. MazurMazur

December 30, 1944 – May 27, 2016

 

Larry J. Mazur, 71 of Monroe, died at 7:46 am Friday at his home. He had been in poor health since 2006.

Family and friends may call from 3 to 8 pm Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 am Wednesday. Rev. Daniel Potts of Trinity Lutheran Church will officiate. Cremation will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born December 30, 1944 in Monroe, he was the son of Edward Elmer and Eva Edna (Kohler) Mazur. He married Sharon Kay Bailey on March 3, 1967 in Monroe.

Larry was employed by Premier Industries Corp. in Monroe as a machinist, retiring in 2001.

He was a member of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, and enjoyed motorcycles, hunting, and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon; sons, Randall “Randy” J. (Suzanne) Mazur of Monroe, Richard J. (Christine) Mazur of Newport and Larry J. (Renee) Mazur of Brownstown; eight grandchildren, Joseph Mazur, Thomas Mazur, Jonathon Mazur, Nicholas Mazur, Victoria Mazur, Dane Mazur, Drew Mazur and Dylan Mazur; two great-grandchildren, Jack Mazur and Gabe Mazur; siblings Ronald (Leona) Mazur, Kathleen Woods, Donna (Ralph) Lieto, Ken (Tammy) Mazur, Diane Tuller, and Jackie (Dave) DelPiombo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers John Mazur and Lee Mazur.

Online Condolences may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.

 

JohnsonRose Mary Johnson

February 6, 1928 – May 21, 2016

 

Rose Mary Johnson, age 88, passed away Saturday May 21, 2016.

 

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will follow at LaSalle Twp. Cemetery, LaSalle.

 

She was born February 6, 1928 in LaSalle. She was the daughter of William and Agnes Johnson.

 

Miss Johnson worked at Monroe Bank and Trust from 1962 until her retirement on December 31, 1998. She worked her way up the corporate ladder from teller to vice president of human resources. Before working at the bank, she worked at Michigan Bell as an operator starting during World War II and spending 15 years in their employment.

 

She received her graduate school certificate from the University of Colorado in 1985.

 

She was a long time member of the Personnel Association of Monroe serving as treasurer from 1991-1993. She was also a member of the Michigan Employment Security Commission, Mercy Memorial Hospital Planning Board, Women International and was active in ENLIST, the banks employee volunteer group. She was also a member of First Presbyterian Church of LaSalle and sang in the choir.

 

Sh is survived by a sister, Marie (Leslie) Godfried and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great- nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents Agnes and William Johnson, brothers, Bob (Louise) Johnson, Jack Johnson, Paul (Helen) Johnson; sisters,Helen (Arnold) Clock and Jean (Russell) Wilsey.

 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice or First Presbyterian Church of LaSalle.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Agnes J. “Aggie” Heller

November 11, 1935 –

 

HellerAgnes J. ”Aggie” Heller, age 80 of Monroe, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Saturday, May 21st in her home surrounded by her family after a brave fight with lung cancer and COPD. She was the daughter of Lloyd and Cecelia (O’Connor) Freeman, and grew up in Belleville, Michigan, graduating in 1953 from Saint Mary’s Academy, Monroe. Aggie married the love of her life, Lester C. Heller, on February 11, 1956, and had recently celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary.

 

She is survived by her husband, and five children; Mark (Grace) Heller of Petersburg, Kirk (Dana) Heller of Monroe, Kevin (Phoebe) Heller of Monroe, Kelli (Al) Allard of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Eric (Annette) Heller of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. Fourteen grandchildren: Jessica (Ben) Brenton, Matthew Heller, Justin (Chrissy) Heller, Danielle (Jim) Duffy, Sarah Heller, Rachel Heller, Cassandra Heller, Grant Heller, Corrine Heller, Dakota Allard, Kyle Heller, Madison Sherrod, Hailey Sherrod, and Mary-Elizabeth Allard. Eight great-grandchildren: Jillian, Brityn, and Elliot Duffy, Jaxon, Gabby, and Cecelia Brenton, Colton Hubbard-Allard, and Mia Heller. Siblings: Lloyd Freeman, Jr. of New Port Richey, Florida, Mary Zalewski of Wyandotte, and Margaret Dorr of Owasso, Oklahoma.

 

Sadly her daughter Margo Sherrod and granddaughter Savannah Allard preceded her in death. Aggie spent two years care giving for Margo, and was forever changed by this tragic loss of her daughter to ovarian cancer in 2007. In addition, she was also preceded by sisters, Cecelia Schenk, Kathleen Walton, and half-sister, Patricia Poole.

 

Aggie was a bundle of energy with a strong work ethic who loved her family above all else. She spent a good part of her life at sporting events cheering on her children and grandchildren. She was by her husband’s side in building a successful business, Heller Construction, which they operated for over thirty years. In retirement they wintered at Palm Harbor Florida, enjoying golf and the sun, but she always had to be back in Michigan for the month of December to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at Christmas.

 

Faith in God was a very important part of Aggie’s life. They attended St. Michael Catholic Church where she was formerly active in its Altar Society, and she made sure her children were raised with a good Catholic education. Aggie will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

 

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Aggie will lie instate at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michael Church. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated by Rev. Timothy Laboe, Dean of Studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary at 10 a.m. Cremation will follow in accordance with her wishes. Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery at a later date.

 

Memorial donations in Aggie’s memory may be made to St. Michael Church, ProMedica Hospice, or ProMedica Cancer Center.

 

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

 

StadelmanFloyd W. Stadelman

June 27, 1927 – May 20, 2016

 

Floyd W. Stadelman, 88, of Newport, passed away at 2:40 a.m. in his home.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Rev. Jeffrey Heimsoth, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Floyd was born June 27, 1927 in Monroe. He was the son of Walter L. and Irene E. (Mainzinger) Stadelman. He married Inez Dunkel in 1984, she preceded him in death April 14, 2006.

 

Floyd was a farmer. He owned his own farm on South Custer Road and at one time worked for Tom Marks.

 

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Berlin Township Senior Citizens.

 

Floyd enjoyed golfing, bowling, traveling and playing euchre.

 

He is survived by a sister, Lela Warzel of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Arthur Stadelman.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Berlin Township Senior Citizens.

 

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

 

Jolene L. Dusseau

May 8, 1939 – May 19, 2016

 

Jolene L. Dusseau passed away unexpectedly May 19, 2016.

 

In accordance with Jolene’s wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no services. She will be laid to rest with her husband, Eldred B. Dusseau, at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle. Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

Connie S. Dobberstein Niemi

October 8, 1963 – May 17, 2016

 

Niemi0001Connie S. Dobberstein Niemi, 52 of Carleton, died at 1:52 am Tuesday at her home while under the care of hospice. She had been in poor health for a month.

Family and Friends may visit from 4 pm to 8 pm on Thursday and 12 pm to 8 pm on Friday at Rupp Funeral Home. The Rosary will be recited Friday at 7 pm, led by Deacon Michael Stewart. Connie will lie instate at 12:30 pm Saturday at St. Charles Catholic Church where Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 1:30 pm by the church pastor, Rev. Anthony Camilleri.

Family was most important to Connie. She was extraordinarily proud of Chris, Nick, Andrew, and Lauren. She always cared about making them her number one priority. She was very supportive of all the choices they made and she was their number one cheerleader.

Connie was loved by so many people. Her positivity, kindness, joyfulness, and compassion were all qualities that inspired and lifted those who knew her. She was Light and Love. When she was with you she had your full attention and nothing else mattered. Connie loved life, loved people, and approached everything in a faithful mind set.

As an educator, she was everyone’s favorite teacher and mentor. She brought out the best in every student and inspired them to be exactly who God created them to be. Her leadership guided others to believe that anything was possible. Connie regularly preached, “if you believe it, you can achieve it,” and “3 claps of encouragement anything can happen,” while she lived by these mottos every day.

Connie was a woman of great faith. She loved it, lived it, and taught it through her words and actions.

Connie is survived by her Husband, Rick Niemi of Carleton; her parents, Frank and Mary Ann (Meiring) Dobberstein of Carleton; four children, Christopher, Nicholas, Andrew and Lauren Niemi, all of Carleton; three brothers, Frank (Mary) Dobberstein of Monroe, Mark (Nelda) Dobberstein of Brentwood, Tennessee, and Michael (Gina) Dobberstein of Denver, Colorado; her Godmother Susan Dobberstein; and her precious nieces and nephews Jaime, Erica, Matthew, Anna & Alex, Jordan, Anthony & Maggie Dobberstein & great nephew Jaxson Dobberstein.

She is preceded in death her grandparents, Robert and Leona Meiring, and Frank and Eleanor Dobberstein; a niece Erin Dobberstein; and her Godfather, Robert Dobberstein.

A special thank you to Renee Dobberstein Darrow, her cousin, her best friend and the “sister” she never had. Renee has been with Connie every step of her journey. Renee’s love, compassion, and expertise guided and comforted Connie in her journey.

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

Be in the day… Be in the moment.”

 

Arlene M. Stoddard

May 24, 1922 – May 17, 2016

 

StoddardArlene M. Stoddard, age 93 of Monroe, died at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 17th at Wellspring Lutheran Home. She had been in poor health for two months.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. by St. Anne’s Men’s Club. She will lie instate at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Anne Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. by Rev. John Chinnappa followed by burial at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born May 24, 1922 in Monroe, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Letha (Day) Scheich. She married Herman G. Stoddard on July 20, 1946 in St. Michael Catholic Church. He preceded Arlene in death on May 25, 1994.

Arlene was a member of St. Anne’s Church and its Women’s Club, Monroe Senior Center, and Frenchtown Senior Citizens. She enjoyed playing Bingo and Bunco, and was an avid bowler at Monroe Sports Center in their senior bowling league.

Arlene is survived by a son, Thomas (Kimberly) Stoddard of Monroe; daughter, Marcia (Danny) Toro of Monroe; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, Dennis Stoddard; sister, Dorothy Scheich; and brother, Gerald Scheich.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Anne Church or ProMedica Hospice.

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Gary J. Halstead

October 28, 1937 – May 13, 2016

 

HalsteadGary J. Halstead, age 78 of Monroe, died at 12:45 p.m. Friday, May 13th in his home. He had been in declining health for three months.

Born October 28, 1937 in Monroe, he was the son of the late James and Genevieve (Chinavarre) Halstead. He married Elizabeth J. Klippel on October 5, 1963 in St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Richfield Center, Ohio.

Gary was employed as a millwright by Ford Motor Company in Monroe for 37 years before retiring in 1995.

Gary was a 1955 graduate of Monroe Catholic Central High School and received an associate degree from Monroe County Community College. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church, Monroe Council 1266 Knights of Columbus, U.A.W. Local 723, and the Dundee Sportsman Club. He enjoyed trapshooting, bowling, and sports in general.

Gary is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; six children, Maria Halstead, Steven Halstead, and Greg (Olga) Halstead, all of Monroe, Paul Halstead of LaSalle, Cheryl Halstead of Monroe, and Cindy Letellier of Ida; a sister, Susie (Jim) Neal of Las Vegas, Nevada; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Gary was also preceded in death by three brothers, William, Ronald, and James Halstead; two sisters, Shirley LeFevre and Joyce Halstead.

Gary has been cremated in accordance with his wishes. His family will receive visitors from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where a Scripture Service will be held at 4 p.m. A Memorial Mass of Resurrection will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John Church. The church pastor, Rev. James Smalarz will officiate.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

 

 

Janice R. SchmitzSchmitz

April 21, 1935 – May 16, 2016

 

Janice R. Schmitz, 81 of Monroe died at 7:15 pm Monday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. She had been in poor health for three weeks.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 8 pm Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Friday. Rev Louis Lapeyre of St. Mary Catholic Church will officiate with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born April 21, 1935 in Whiteford Township she was the daughter of Curtis and Elva (Iott) Manore. She married Norbert E. Schmitz on June 3, 1961 in Whiteford. Sadly he preceded her in death on February 23, 2012.

Janice was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting, crafting, word search puzzles and spending time with her family.

Surviving are her children Glinda R. (Jay) Moore of Monroe, Patrick J. (Julie) Schmitz of Dundee, David J. Schmitz of Monroe, Susan A. Schmitz of Shelby Toenship and Denise J. (Scott) Balog of Carleton; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and a sister Ivadell Schmitz of Monroe.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Norbert; son Phillip Schmitz; brothers Bernard, Herbert and Donald Manore and a sister Lucille Rogge.

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