Monthly Archives: September 2016

Michael J. Bomia

January 31, 1968 – September 30, 2016


bomiaMichael J. Bomia, age 48 of Monroe, died at 5:10 a.m. Friday at Medilodge of Monroe. He had been in declining health since being diagnosed with cancer six months ago.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. until time of service at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Lawrence Detruf will officiate. Cremation will follow in accordance with his wishes.

Born January 31, 1968 in Monroe, he was the son of the late Terry and Sandra (Etue) Bomia. He attended Ida Public Schools and spent most of his life as a cook, most recently at Harbor Inn & Ale.

Michael is survived by a daughter, Shannon (Michael) Wood of Carleton; three brothers, Jason (Katie) Bomia of Monroe, Donald (Amanda) Trombly of Romulus, and Brian Trombly of Monroe; two step-sisters, Kimberly (Tony) Ziegler of LaSalle and Regina (Gary) Mullins of Monroe; four grandchildren, Hayden, Cody, Megan, and Shelby Wood; many nieces and nephews; and his companion of the past two years, Dawn Lajiness of Monroe.

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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jamesonFlorence Ann Jameson

December 19, 1939 – September 29, 2016


Florence Ann Jameson, 76 of Monroe, died at 2:09 pm Thursday at Magnum Care of Monroe.

Family and friends may call from 10 am to 1 pm Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home. Private burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born December 19,1939 in Hammonton, New Jersey, she was the daughter of Garland and Anna (Vessella) Mazzei.

Surviving are her children, Susan K. (Greg) Brown, Laura L. (Randy Pribyl) Badgley, Jeane A. Gooch and Robin A. Jameson; grandchildren Josh, Jessica, David and Lee Ann; six great-grandchildren; 4 brothers, Larry Mazzei, Garland (Barbara) Mazzei, Ernest (Dee) Mazzie and Robert (Donna) Mazzie; and 2 sisters, Theresa (Fred) Styka and Marion (Tony) Hirsch.

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Rickey Wayne Carey

November 15, 1956 – September 29, 2016



Rickey Wayne “White Man” Carey, age 59 of Monroe, died at 2:42 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29th in his home. He had been in poor health for a year.

Born November 15, 1956 in Monroe, Rickey was the son of Gillis Carey and Cretie Miracle. He had been employed through Laborer’s Local 465 in Monroe for several years.

Rickey is survived by his mother, Cretie Miracle of Monroe, and two brothers, David (Cindi) Miracle of Monroe and Michael (Paula) Miracle of Carleton.

Rickey was preceded in death by his father, Gillis Carey.

No visitation or services are scheduled. Rickey will be cremated in accordance with his wishes.

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Phillip J. Vorvavorva

February 6, 1954 – September 29, 2016


Phillip J. Vorva, age 62 of Monroe, died at 1:51 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29th in the emergency room at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. His passing was due to health complications since being diagnosed with cancer in April.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie in state at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Catholic Church where Mass of the Resurrection celebrating his life will begin at 10 a.m. Rev. David Burgard, pastor of St. Mary Church will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born February 6, 1954 in Monroe, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary (Pavlov) Vorva. He married Carol E. Basile on May 6, 1978 at St. Michael Church.

Phillip attended St. Stephen’s Elementary School in New Boston, graduated from Monroe Catholic Central High School in 1972, and in 1974, he graduated from Monroe County Community College after earning an Associate Degree in Applied Science.

He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, and, in his younger years, he enjoyed shooting pool, playing cards, and bowling

Phillip began his working career at Tuff-Kote Dinol where he spent 10 years before opening his own local business, Auto Hub. Afterward, Phillip drove for Nickle’s Bakery which inevitably lead to his longest career as an over-the-road truck driver.

Phillip is survived by his wife Carol; two children, Phillip Vorva Jr. and Keely Vorva, both of Monroe; three sisters, Julia (Ron) Morin of Canton, Rosie (Ken) Conway of Sun City, Arizona, and Marcia (Walt) Christensen of Lincoln Park, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Phillip was also preceded in death by a brother, Frank Vorva.

For those wishing to make a charitable donation in his memory, the family suggests St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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Christina R. Clarkclark

October 18, 1952 – September 27, 2016


Christina R. Clark, 63 of Monroe passed away at 2:57 pm Tuesday at her home. She had been in poor health for three weeks.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of her life to begin 1 pm Saturday at Carr’s Park, 9208 Lewis Ave. Temperance.

Born October 18, 1952 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Cornelius and Lucelia (Seger) Russeau.

Christina was employed at the Coney Island in Monroe for many years as a short order cook.

She attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Erie, and was a 1970 graduate of Mason High School. Christina enjoyed cross word puzzles, camping, canoeing and spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are her loving companion of thirty-one years Ronald F. Sykes; daughter Brandi (Michael) Watson; grandchildren Hunter Clark, Trent Clark, Michael Watson and Natallia Watson; siblings Margaret (Del) Serra, Catherine (Marvin) Trombley, Edward (Pat) Russeau, Patricia (Richard) Loch, Janet (Tom) More, Neil (Doris) Russeau, Sharon Harrison, Harold (Angela) Russeau, Carol (Dennis) DuVall, Mary (Terry) Lunn and Linda (Kurt) Themn; also her dog, a loyal friend and companion Louie.

She was preceded in death by her parents and son Anthony Clark.

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Patrick “Pat” Louis LaBellelabelle

April 12, 1961 – September 25, 2016


Patrick LaBelle, 55 of Monroe passed away peacefully at home after a one year battle with cancer.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 pm. Wednesday September 28, 2016 at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 11 am. Rev. Dan Sharpe Chaplain of Great Lakes Hospice will officiate. A luncheon will be served immediately following the service at the Redeemer Fellowship Church 5505 Evergreen Drive, Monroe, MI 48161.

Pat was an avid Red Wings fan; he would love everyone to show their support by wearing Red Wings Apparel, if possible for the services.

Pat’s passion was his time at the Gibraltar Volunteer Fire Department from April 1976 to 1984. Then he became the owner of P&L Accounting from 1993 to 2015.

Pat leaves behind his loving wife of 30 years, Patricia “Patti” LaBelle, and two loving sons, Michael & Matthew Abraham. Pat raised and loved both boys unconditionally as his own; you couldn’t find a prouder father. He raised and taught them to work hard, values & morals to live by and to love unconditionally.

He also leaves behind his parents Harry & Jill LaBelle, sister Marie (John) Knight and many nieces and nephews that he truly enjoyed; along with two loving grandchildren Thomas & Emma, who he could never spend enough time with. As an animal lover he also leaves behind his faithful and loving dogs, Sissy & Jersey.

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balkRolland J. Balk

July 9, 1947 – September 21, 2016


Rolland J. “Rollie” Balk, 69, of Monroe passed away at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.


Rolland was born July 9, 1947 in Monroe. He was the son of Cornelius “Whitey” and Lillian (Lazette) Balk. He married Peggy A. Vroman December 30, 1983.


He was employed by Guardian Glass as a glass cutter for many years, retiring in 2011.


Rolland was an active member of CrossPointe Church and the church’s Love Lifters group. He was always happy to help any group at the church that needed an extra hand.


He enjoyed woodworking, hunting and fishing.


Rolland is survived by his wife, Peggy A. Balk of Monroe; a daughter, Dianna (Michael) Pacitti of Romeo; two brothers, Fred (Carolyn) Balk of Monroe and Mark (Becca) Balk of Kentucky; a sister, Helen Balk of Florida and two grandchildren, Mitchell and Hannah.


He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Peter Balk.


A memorial service will be held Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. at CrossPointe Church. Rev. George B. A. Fountain, interim pastor of the church, will officiate. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place.


Memorial contributions may be made to the CrossPointe Church Building Fund.


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Robert E. Shannonshannon

September 4, 1932 – September 19, 2016


Robert E. Shannon, age 84 of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Monroe, died at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19th at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital.

Born September 4, 1932 in Monroe, he was the son of the late James and Leona (Giles) Shannon. He married Nancy J. Scott on April 7, 1953 in Charleston, South Carolina.

After graduating from Monroe High School in 1951, Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He served from Sept. 28, 1951 until being honorably discharged on Sept. 23, 1955. During that time, he served aboard the USS Shea and earned the National Defense Service Medal.

Bob was employed by General Motors Powertrain plant in Toledo for 30 years, retiring as Foreman. He then worked at ACE Hardware on N. Dixie Hwy for 10 years.

Bob was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and enjoyed woodworking, word search puzzles and building remote control airplanes.

Bob is survived by his wife Nancy; three children, Amber Smallwood of Barryton, Michigan, Kimberly (Timothy Berry) Shannon of Eaton Rapids, and James Shannon of Virginia Beach, Virginia; two sisters, Emma Lou Bardill of Harriman, Tennessee and Betty Roggelin of Monroe; four grandchildren, Jerry Smallwood, Jason (Stephanie) Smallwood, Joseph Smallwood, and Allison Berry; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Helen Zeitz, and a brother, Marvin Shannon.

Memorial donations may be made to the Fairview County Home or the Salvation Army.

In accordance with his wishes, private visitation and services were held at Rupp Funeral Home of Monroe, followed by burial at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle. Services were officiated by Pastor Tracy Palm-Musgrove of House of Prayer Church and Christian Wellness Center.

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Frank H. Six, Jr.

November 4, 1958 – September 19, 2016


sixFrank H. Six, Jr., age 57 of Carleton, died at 9:22 a.m. Monday, September 19th in his home. He had been in declining health for 6 months.

Born November 4, 1958 in Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of Frank and Eloise (Moore) Six, Sr. He married Kristina S. Bach on January 13, 1984 in Sandusky, Michigan and had been employed by Jack’s Lawn Service for the past 5 years.

Frank was a member of Moose Lodge 884 and enjoyed attending auto shows, listening to country music, watching old TV reruns, and spending time with family.

He is survived by his wife Kristina; mother, Eloise Six of Sandusky, Michigan; 4 children, Jayson (Alisha) Six of Monroe, Amanda (William) Alston of Flat Rock, Autumn (Christopher) Hensley of Monroe, and Christina Smith of Lincoln, Nebraska; 14 siblings, Kathy, Bob, Patty, Mary, Sharon, Ellis, Lisa, Cheryl, Barb, Lawrence, Diane, Maria, Steve, and Betty; 8 grandchildren, Jayson Six Jr., William Alston, Nathan Alston, Jackson Alston, Alyssa Hensley, Zoe Hensley, Megan Hensley, and Samantha Brockway-Kovenich; and special aunt, Barb Vanover.

Frank was preceded in death by his father, Frank, Sr.

There will be no visitation or services. Cremation will take place in accordance with family wishes. Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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zinnerPamela Dyson Zinner

February 18, 1955 – September 19, 2016


Pamela Dyson Zinner, 61, of Monroe, passed away at 4:20 p.m. Monday at home.


Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m.  She will lie instate at 9 a.m. Friday at St. John Church with Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. Rev. David Burgard, pastor of St. Mary Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Pam was born February 18, 1955 in Monroe.  She was the daughter of Gerald and Grace (Cronenwett) Dyson.  She married David J. Zinner October 7, 1977; he preceded her in death July 23, 2006.


She was a registered nurse working for Mercy Memorial Hospital for many years and also ProMedica Hospital before her medical retirement in 2010.


Pam was a 1973 graduate of Monroe High School and had been active in the band.  She also graduated from Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing in 1977, earned a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in Community Health Nursing from University of Michigan in 2006.


She was a member of St. John Church and had taught catechism classes.  She was also a member of American Association of Occupational Health Nurses and a volunteer for Family Counseling and  Shelter Services.


She was also an avid bowler for many years, bowling on leagues with her sisters and mother.


Pam is survived by three children, Emily (Lou Lagamba) Zinner of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sarah (Craig Jolley) Zinner of Monroe and Michael (Trish) Zinner of Monroe; her father, Gerald Dyson of Newport; five siblings, Cynthia Burns of Monroe, Edward (Bonnie) Dyson of Newport, Laura (Al) Schaberg of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Kathleen (John) Fowler of Monroe and Susan Black of Kentwood; sister-in-law, Lisa (Rick Caswell) Zinner of Monroe and five grandchildren, Rachel and Payton Zinner and Adasyn, Dalen and Christopher Lagamba and many nieces and nephews.


In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her mother, Grace Dyson; grandmother, Geraldine Menard; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Marge Zinner and a niece, Staci Rugila.


Memorial contributions may be made to ProMedica Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.


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