Monthly Archives: November 2016

John Michael Garrett

August 14, 1947 – November 29, 2016


garrettJohn Michael Garrett, age 69 of Monroe, died at 11:33 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29th at Fountain View of Monroe under the care of Great Lakes Hospice. He had been in poor health for approximately a year.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. Rev. Gary Pickrell of Monroe Full Gospel Church and Deacon Chip Greene of Bethany Eagles Nest Community Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born August 14, 1947 in Charleston, West Virginia, he was the son of the late John and Juanita (Hensley) Garrett. He attended Jefferson Public Schools and married the former Sharon L. Blanchett on July 5, 1969 in St. Charles Catholic Church, Newport.

Mike was employed by Chrysler Corporation at their Trenton Engine Plant for 35 years before retiring on January 31, 2002. He also owned and operated the Brest Bay Party Store for 25 years with his wife Sharon.

A fan of the Detroit Tigers and an avid outdoorsman, Mike enjoyed fishing, hunting, attending Jefferson Bears football games, reading, and socializing from his “mobile office” … his truck.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 47 years, Sharon Garrett; a son, John (Lisa) Garrett of Monroe; daughter, Kimberly (Kevin) Stefko of Monroe; three loving grandchildren, Ryan and Avery Garrett, and Keegan Stefko; four sisters, Penny (Mark) Havekost of Monroe, Jennifer Hodge of Newport, Cindy (Steve) Drouillard of Monroe, and Melissa Garrett of Monroe.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

The family would like to thank the staff of Fountain View of Monroe, ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital, and Great Lakes Hospice for the wonderful care they gave Mike during his illness.

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Thomas J. Somma

February 8, 1939 – November 27, 2016



soomaThomas J. Somma, 77, of Lincoln Park, formerly of Ida and Monroe, died Sunday in his home. He had been in poor health for six years.

Born February 8, 1939 in Detroit he was the son of Anthony and Anna (Kennedy) Somma.

He was employed for many years Mill-Fab Fabrication in Detroit before his retirement..

Thomas enjoyed many years of his youth in Ida and Monroe area.

Surviving are his daughters Deborah L. Kirshman of Monroe, Dawn M. Banerian of Sterling Heights and Theresa R. (Mark) Tom of Monroe; grandchildren Brook Tom, Baily Beiswanger and Tara Parisi; brother, Robert Somma; sisters, Josephine Vreeland and Anna Biel.

He was preceded in death by brothers Tony, Norm and Nick Somma.

In accordance with his wishes cremation has been held.

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Betty A. Iasci-Coombe

May 12, 1934 – November 28, 2016


coombeBetty A. Iasci-Coombe, 82, of Monroe, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Monday in her home.


Friends may call from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday. Rev. Louis Barnett, of Bethany Eagle’s Nest Community Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.


Betty was born May 12, 1934 in Monroe. She was the daughter of Cornelius and Dora (Crook) Herrell. She married Dominick A. Iasci September 26, 1953 at St. Joseph Church, Monroe; he preceded her in death October 5, 1976. She then married Allen Coombe July 29, 1994 he preceded her in death November 4, 2004.


She was a member of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church and also attended Eagle’s Nest Community Church.


Betty had worked at Bob and Paul’s Inn and at the IHM Motherhouse Care Center as an aide.


Betty is survived by four children, Anthony (Jana) Iasci, Sharon Varga, Karen (Gary) Jenkins and Jacqueline (Bob) Lynch all of Monroe; seven grandchildren, Andy (Amanda) Iasci, Erica Iasci, Kari Jenkins, Brittany (Tyler) Mayes, Shannon Jenkins, Jarid Lynch and Bryce Lynch and two great grandchildren, Gavin and Callie Iasci.


In addition to her two husbands, she is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, John Herrell and Charles(Emory) Herrell; a sister, Edna (Robert) Haynes; and a son-in-law, Richard Varga.


Memorial contributions may be made to Great Lake Hospice or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


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Norma D. (Burke) Veresveres

May 19, 1938 – November 23, 2016


Norma D. Veres 78 of Monroe died at 3:43 pm Wednesday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. She had been in poor health for the last two years.

Family and friends may call from 10 am to 2 pm Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 2 pm. Rev. Roy Southerland pastor of the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church will officiate with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born May 19, 1938 in New Tazewell, Tennessee she was the daughter of Clarence E. and Roxie (Lambert) Burke. She married Ernest B. Veres III on December 18, 1971 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Ida. He preceded her in death on December 12, 1996.

Norma was employed by Floral City Furniture Company, Federal Department Store, Kline’s Department Store all in Monroe. She also was a long time sales representative for Avon.

Norma was a 1956 graduate of Monroe High School,a member of the junior and senior high school choir. She was also a member of the Monroe and Frenchtown Senior Citizens and the Red Hat Society. She had lived in Monroe since the age of five.

Surviving are her sister Glenda L. Burke of Monroe; step children Daniel (Cheryl) Veres of Cape Coral, Florida, Ernest B (Julie) Veres II of Carleton and Ann (Russell) West of Monroe; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers Cecil, Ray and Odra Burke; sisters Violet Burke, Billie Jean Leiderman and Arminta Jane Burke.

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Danny Lee Piercepierce

August 28, 1945 – November 28, 2016


Danny Lee Pierce 71, of Dundee died at 5:30 am Monday at home. He had been in poor health for six months.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral service will be held at 11 am Saturday. Rev. Jim Walker, pastor of the Bible Fellowship Church will officiate. In accordance with Danny’s wishes cremation will take place with burial services on Saturday December 10, 2016 at 11 am at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle with Military honors by VFW 1138, Monroe.

Born August 28, 1945 in Monroe he was the son of Herman D. and Polly A. (Brown) Pierce. He married Jewel Berry on June 26, 1982. She preceded him in death on October 4, 2005.

Danny was employed by Southgate Ford in automobile sales for many years.

He served his country during the Vietnam War from October 4, 1965 to July 15, 1967. He earned National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.

Danny was a 1963 graduate of Monroe High School, enjoyed fishing, bowling, travel and playing cards. He was a great caring father and grandfather.

Surviving are his children Christina (Stephen) Lundberg of Cement City and Cindi (Jason) Lundberg of Jerome; step children Nancy (Stephen) Keck of Fowerville, Cindy (Darrin) Coss of Monroe, Rhonda Joseph of Monroe and Stacy Graham of Monroe; siblings Barbara Williams of Dundee, Wanda (Ron) Hall of Roscommon, Dorothy (Dave) Venable of Dundee and Stephen (Tracy) Pierce of Dundee; Many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, beloved wife Jewel and his parents Herman and Polly.

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Mary A. Williams

July 19, 1937 – November 27, 2016


img_0677Mary A. Williams, 79, of Monroe, passed away at 10:53 a.m. Sunday at Serenity Homes of Holland, Michigan.


Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home, Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday also at the funeral home.  Rev. Joe Bryant will officiate.  Burial will follow at Rath Cemetery, Monroe.


Mary was born July 19, 1937 in New Tazewell, Tennessee.  She was the daughter of Rondi and Franci (England) Keck.  She married Francis Williams May 21, 1956 in Union County, Tennessee, they had been married 59 years when he passed June 27, 2015.


She attended Union Street Missionary Baptist Church, her church and her family were the most important things in her life.


Mary loved being a wife, mother and grandmother.  She was known for her Saturday breakfasts of biscuits and gravy and her big family dinners on Sundays and holidays.  She loved to spoil every member of her family.  Her grandchildren  will always remember her as a wonderful woman, who sometimes would let them do things that got them in trouble with their parents later but also created many memories that they will cherish forever.


She is survived by two sons, Ken (Linda) Williams of Ocala, Florida and Denny (Connie) Williams of Adrian, Michigan; a daughter, Patrice (Rick) McCarty of Pullman, Michigan; two brothers, Rob Keck and Ralph Keck both of Tazewell; seven grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.


In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, and nine brothers and sisters, George Keck, Martha Keck, Till Keck, Dorothy Churchill, Rachel Ellison, J.R. Keck, Eva Mae Ellison, Jean Meyers and Eula Grey Keck.


Memorial contributions may be made to Union Street Missionary Baptist Church.


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Carrie Cornelia Russellrussell

February 20, 1934 – November 25, 2016


Carrie Cornelia Russell, 82 of Monroe passed away Friday, November 25 at home.

Born February 20, 1934 in Arthur, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Paul and Pearl (Bussell) Sowders. She married Ralph Russell, on November 16, 1950 in Middlesboro, KY.


She is survived by her son, Jonathon Ralph (Michele) Russell of Grand Rapids, MI daughter Diane (Jay) Sopko of Temperance, MI.


Grandchildren: Lindy (Alan) Heymann; Jonathon E. Russell; Ryan (Brandie) Sopko; Taylor (Lindsay) Sopko; Morgan (Matthew Miller) Sopko; Brennan (Chad) Stevenson and Joshua Russell.


Great-Grandchildren: Carson and Amelia Sopko, Xiao Ya Heymann; Conner and Owen Sopko.


Sister-in-law Helen Ruth Branscomb of Speedwell, TN; and several nieces and nephews.


Cornelia enjoyed spending time with her family and with members of the church. She enjoyed feeding the many wild birds and animals that gravitated to her patio.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 pm. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Rupp Funeral Home. Funeral services at 11 am, Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the funeral home with Rev. B.J. McDaniel officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.


Following the burial, the family will receive guest at the Fellowship Hall of Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church 225 W. Hurd Rd, Monroe.


In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church.


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Larry Middletonmiddleton

January 27, 1947 – November 23, 2016


Larry Middleton, 69 of Monroe, died at 1:08 pm Wednesday at his home under the care of ProMedica Monroe Hospice. He had been in poor health for one year.

Family and friends may call from 3 to 8 pm Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate Monday 10 am at Stewart Road Church of God with funeral services at 11 am. Rev. Dr. Joseph Byrd, pastor of the church, will officiate, with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born January 27, 1947 in Charleston, West Virginia, he was the son of Pete and Bessie Middleton. He married Polly A. Douglas on March 20, 1971.

Larry was employed by the Ford Motor Company Plants in Woodhaven and Livonia, retiring in 2004.

Larry was a member of the Stewart Road Church of God and UAW Local 182. He loved cars from the 1950s and 60s era and rebuilt his 1985 Ford Mustang. He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan who enjoyed watching his grandchildren play baseball.

Surviving are his wife Polly; son Larry “Dewayne” (Lisa) Middleton of Monroe; daughter Misty (Jamey) Frank of Monroe; grandchildren Xander, Logan, Emma, Paige; and a goddaughter Dana Kaighin.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Tilford Middleton, Elijah Middleton, and Gary Church; and sisters Bonnie Tuttle and Sylvia Hogan.

Memorials may be made to the Stewart Road Church of God.

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conner2 connerLloyd William Conner, Sr.

June 6, 1933 – November 15, 2016


Mr. Lloyd William Conner Sr., Life- long Monroe resident passed away November 15, 2016 of Interstitial lung disease, (ILD). Born June 6, 1933 in Monroe, MI., he attended St. John’s Grade School and Monroe Catholic Central High School, receiving a diploma through Monroe Adult Education. In 1955, he graduated from Andrews Barber College, Toledo, Ohio.


He served in the U. S. Marine Corps as Sergeant from 1951-52, stationed in Pohang, Korea as an airplane mechanic (MAMS). A life member of Monroe Post 1138 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lloyd never failed to mention his service to his country and shared his stories with anyone who would listen. In his final days at the hospital family members witnessed many doctors, nurses and staff members visiting him day after day sharing stories of their family members who were also in the military. A very proud Marine who looked forward every year to the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, he was certainly disappointed when not able to attend this November. Semper Fi. OO-RAH!


A self-employed barber for 56 years and member of Barber’s Union, Local 613 AFL- CIO, served as president, 1959, as well as delegate to the convention during merger of AFL and CIO in Monroe. He also was a member of International Men’s Hair Stylist Union AFL-CIO CLC. As the industry transformed into longer hair styles he enhanced his skills by becoming a Platform Stylist competing with other stylists in the region and won awards.


During Lloyd’s youth he worked at Monroe Bowling Alley, as a pin setter, Consumers Energy, Willow Run power plant, La-Z-Boy Chair Company, Sunoco Gas station, Schnorberger Pattern Works, George San Philip Barber Shop, Bill Reickert Barber Shop, Worked at his own shop, Duck Inn Barber Shop on Union Street, Executive Suite, and Attilio’s Barber Shop.


Active in sports, he was president of Raisin Valley Officials Association and a retired member of Michigan High School Athletic Associations. He officiated for 23 years until 1992. He also coached Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) basketball.


Lloyd, an avid sportsman with life membership at Monroe County Rod and Gun Club, served as treasurer during the club’s ‘60’s facility expansion initiative and taught Hunter Safety courses. He was fundraising chairman for Ducks Unlimited and a life member of the Monroe Boat Club, for which he served as Rear Commodore. For many years he was a proud owner of Freckles, an AKC registered English Springer Spaniel he trained as a water fowl retriever. Freckles’ was given to Lloyd as payment for a haircut and soon he became very attached to him. Freckles won the 1960 Pointe Mouillee Water Fowl competition which set the stage for him and Freckles being invited to speak and demonstrate training techniques at local organizations in Monroe.


Lloyd belonged to Monroe Council 1266, Knights of Columbus, for which he served as a 4th degree Knight and was chosen Knight of the Year in 1993.


Lloyd was active in politics and a Precinct 5 Monroe City Councilman from 1998 to 2004. He served on the Mayor’s Traffic committee and Zoning board of appeals and as a Blight Control officer. He was chairman of the Monroe Charter Commission Revision, Monroe City Retirement Pension Commission, and the Monroe County Parks and Recreation Commission.


A member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, he volunteered as an Usher, Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister and served on Parish Council. Lloyd also coached basketball and was assistant football coach for the parish. He started St. John’s Men’s Club which later became St. John’s Athletic Club. He also served on the Monroe Catholic Central High School board, where he was a member of the Falcon Club and Locker Room Club Committees, and Festival Chairman.


Other memberships and board participation include Monroe County Historical Society, Habitat for Humanity, Monroe County United Way, Camp Fire Girls, Family Counseling and Social Services, Frenchtown Senior Center, Monroe Center for Healthy Aging, Worldwide Sportsman Club, Monroe County Shelter Home, International Association of TURTLES, Monroe Coin Club, Korean War Veterans Association, National World War II Museum, (charter member), Marine Corps League, Monroe County Genealogy Society, for which he traced both sides of his ancestry to pioneers who settled in Michigan prior to 1837 statehood.


His interest in photography, always waiting for that ‘Kodak’ moment, led him to develop pictures and share those events and stories with others. Lloyd traveled with his 2 sons on a trip of a lifetime to Alaska where he went fly fishing above the Arctic Circle at 2AM, climbed a glacier, hiked into a remote cabin on a lake, harvested Red Sockeye Salmon from a fish wheel with Native Americans. Lloyd and his wife Mary traveled to Europe touring historical military sites. As a World War II history buff he particularly enjoyed visiting The Beaches of Normandy, The American War Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer and Museums at Alsace-Lorraine.

He was the son from the union of Elizabeth Mary, (Libbo), Bodell (Daughter of George and Louise Swope) and George W. Conner. Lloyd is survived by his wife Mary V. Conner (Metdepenningen) of 63 years. Married in 1954 at St. Annes Catholic Church by Rev. Dan Complo. Survived by children: L. William, (Karen Cupp), Conner Jr., Brian, (Lillian Ramos), Conner, Margaret, (Cameron), Park, Colleen, (Paul), Reilley, a sister, Emily (Mike) Fahey of California; 8 grandchildren (Lloyd W Conner III and spouse Emilie, Elizabeth Conner, Meghan Wright, Earl C. Wright II, Blair Conner, Rebecca Conner, Christopher Lloyd Conner, Katie Frost and spouse Jason) and 2 great grandchildren (Liam Frost, Stella Frost); nephew and niece Mike Fahey, Jr. and Amy DeAvila both of California. He is preceded in death by parents, Sister and brother-in-law (Connie and Mirl Fragner), Uncles (Eldon, George, Wayne, Randy, Lloyd), Aunts (Rhoda, Katherine) and nephew, Sean Fahey.


The family would like to invite everyone to help us celebrate the life of Lloyd W. Conner Sr. at a Memorial on November 25, 2016, 11:00am to 3:00pm at the VFW Post 1138, 400 Jones Avenue

Monroe, Michigan.


Memorials can be sent to: Monroe County Labor Museum or Friends of The Monroe County Youth Center.


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selle Charles A. Selle

June 17, 1950 – November 19, 2016


Charles (Chuck) Alan Selle, 66, of Erie, passed away at 10:40 a.m. Saturday at Lane Park, Oregon, Ohio. He had been ill for 14 months.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Rev. Jeffrey Heimsoth, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, will officiate with military honors by VFW 1138, Monroe.


Chuck was born June 17, 1950 in Flint. He was the son of Lloyd H. and Donna M. (Coats) Selle. He married Brenda A. Stepien January 17, 1970 in Jackson, Michigan.


He served his country during the Vietnam War as a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force. He was a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and worked 15+ years at La-Z-Boy Chair Company in Monroe as an engineer.


Chuck was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.


He is survived by his wife Brenda A. Selle of Erie; a son, Robert A. (Lisa) Selle of Rochester; a daughter, Cynthia A. Selle of Dillon, Colorado; a brother, Ron (Wendy) Selle of Boise, Idaho; a sister, Judy (Phil) Price of Fenton and two granddaughters, Maya and Claire Selle.


He is preceded in death by his parents.


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