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Lori J. Shipefacebook_1483124678962-3

January 27, 1958 – December 29, 2016

Lori J. Shipe, age 58 of Monroe, died Thursday at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. She had been in poor health for the past eight months.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home. In accordance with Lori’s wishes, cremation will follow.

Lori was born on January 27, 1958 to James and Florence (Hiser) Pauletich. She married her husband of thirty-five years, Bruce Shipe, on July 25, 1981. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. In her spare time, she could be found reading a book, swimming in her swimming pool or gardening in the many gardens at her home.

Lori is survived by her loving husband, Bruce of Monroe; four children, Jeremy (Jackie) Shipe, Jessica Wells, Jason Shipe and Daniel Shipe all of Monroe; her mother, Florence Pauletich of Maybee; three brothers, Anthony (Patricia) Pauletich, Gino (Marge) Pauletich and Mario Pauletich; three sisters, Elaine Roberts, Janice Pauletich and Mary (James) Cousino; and ten grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Memorial donations in Lori’s name may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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

Pamela D. Cole

March 15, 1961 – December 29, 2016

 

   cole2Pamela D. Cole, age 55 of Monroe, died Thursday in her home after being in poor health for many years.  

   Pam was born on March 15, 1961 to the late Paul and Patricia (Stanfill) Cole.  She was a graduate of Jefferson High School . She loved spending time with her grandchildren, enjoyed playing board games, and had a fondness of animals.

    Pam is survived by three children, Jason VanBelle of Romulus, Charissa (Lawrence) Rock of Newport, and Liesha VanBelle of Monroe; a brother, Michael Cole of Oakland, California; her six grandchildren Karah, Cole , Makayla, Averi, Claire and Faith. She will be missed dearly by her family. 

   In accordance with her wishes, no visitation or services will be held.  Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

   Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

 

 

 

Nicolene “Nicki” Ann Diulio

 

September 29, 1946 – December 26, 2016

 

 

 

duilioNicolene “Nicki” Ann Diulio, age 70 of Monroe, fell ill unexpectedly on Dec. 19th and passed away Monday, Dec. 26th with her family by her side at Toledo Hospital.

 

Nicki was born on September 29, 1946 in Monroe to the late John and Mary (Balltrip) Diulio. She was a 1964 graduate of St. Mary Academy and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. John Catholic Church, and Associate Member of the I.H.M. Community.

 

Nicki worked at the family business, the former Bal-Du Bakery in Monroe until its closing in 1993. Afterward, she began a new career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at the S.S.I.H.M. Motherhouse where she had been employed for the past 20 years. Nicki loved to help others and flourished in her career.

 

Nicki enjoyed shopping, spending time with her family, entertaining friends at her home, playing cards, and trips to the casino with her cousins.

 

In addition to her parents, Nicki was also preceded in death by a brother, Gabriel Diulio. She leaves behind many cousins and friends to cherish her memory.

 

Family and friends may visit from 8:30 a.m. until Mass of the Resurrection celebrating her life at 10 a.m. Monday at the I.H.M. Motherhouse Chapel. Rev. Randy Kelly will officiate. She will be laid to rest next to her parents and brother on Tuesday at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe. Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

 

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

 

 

 

Jonathon Michael Keck

November 6, 1985 – December 25, 2016

 

    keckJonathon Michael Keck of Monroe, MI passed away unexpectedly at home on Christmas morning at the age of 31.

Jon is survived by his parents, Dr. Michael and Shelia Keck; sister Elizabeth (Les) Lukacs; paternal grandfather, Leroy Keck; and one niece, Mariska Lukacs; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

    As a young child, Jon was a very happy boy, always smiling. An inseparable pair, he and his sister used to play king & queen to the point of sleeping on his sister’s bedroom floor. Always interested in technology, Jon was able to help with any troubleshooting needs, especially on his grandfather’s computer.

    Jonathon attended St. Mary’s Catholic Central High School, as a graduate of the class of 2004 and attended Monroe County Community College.

    Throughout his lifetime, Jonathon was always a very caring and attentive individual. He excelled in his paramedic training, always happy to one-up his classmates by volunteering for hands-on demonstrations.

    Jon had spent time recently caring for the elderly and disabled. His knowledge and compassion allowed him to provide comfort and care to those who needed it.

    Always quick with a joke or a one-liner, Jon will be remembered as someone who could always inject humor into any conversation, regardless of the company.

    His accomplishments and influences were many, and his loving spirit will be sadly missed by his family and many throughout the community.

    Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.  He will lie in state at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. John Catholic Church.  Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by the church pastor, Rev. James Smalarz.  Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

    Memorial donations may be made to Family Counseling and Shelter Services of Monroe County, 14930 LaPlaisance Rd., Suite 106, Monroe, MI 48161.

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

 

Elizabeth A. Burrisburris

May 26, 1941 – December 22, 2016

 

Elizabeth A. Burris, 75, of Monroe, passed away at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the I.H.M. Senior Living Community. She had been previously diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and had been seriously ill for the past five months.

 Elizabeth was born May 26, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan. She was the daughter of Charles and Ann (Mantich) Petros. Elizabeth graduated from Grosse Ile High School in 1959. She married G.D. Burris November 20, 1989 in Mountain Home, Arkansas. He preceded her in death on April 1, 1992.

She worked for several years in the dental field before becoming a Realtor in 1993. During her career of twenty-two years, she worked for Prudential Michaud, Edward Swovell and First Realty. After her retirement in 2009, she briefly returned to the dental field.

Elizabeth was a people person and considered everyone that she met to be a good friend. She loved knitting, reading a good book and spending time outdoors gardening. She was also active in the St Michaels We Care charity.

She is survived by a son, Tommy (Bogdana) Hoffman of Ida; two daughters, Cheryl Hoffman of LaSalle and Cheri Hoffman of Southgate; two step-daughters, Cheri (Rick) Young of Harrison, Arkansas and Angie (Braden) Miller of Coweta, Oklahoma; two step-sons, David (Jenni) Burris of Woodstock, Georgia and Dwayne (Jenny) Burris of Flippin, Arkansas; a sister, Julia Pappas of Ann Arbor; two grandchildren, Samantha and Molly Hoffman; and eight step-grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by her loving husband G.D., parents and one sister, Sally DeRoo .

 In accordance with Elizabeth’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there are no services planned at this time. 

Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospice or Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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

 

Virginia J. Nieszniesz

May 8, 1939 – December 21, 2016

 

Virginia J. Niesz, 77 of Monroe, died at 2:16 pm Wednesday at her home. She had been in poor health for four months.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 8 pm Monday December 26 at the Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate Tuesday December 27 10 am at Grace Lutheran Church with funeral services at 11 am. Rev. John Schinkel will officiate with burial to follow at Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock.

Born May 8, 1939 in Detroit, she was the daughter of Rudolph A. and Vivian L. (Bohm) Pulter. She married Ronald J. Niesz on November 20, 1970 at St. John Catholic Church.

Virginia was employed at the Tot Shop, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Floral City Furniture, and Independent Dairy, all in Monroe. She was a graduate of Airport High School; and as an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, a member of the Ladies Aide and the Choir.

Surviving are her husband Ronald, sister Vivian F. Scheffer of South Rockwood, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, the Helping Hands Fund, or the Choir Fund.

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

 

 

 

Katherine M. Copi

August 19, 1918 – December 21, 2016

 

copiKatherine M. Copi, age 98 of Monroe, died at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 at Wellspring Lutheran Home. She had been in poor health for two weeks.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. She will lie in state at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by the church pastor, Rev. James Smalarz. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Katherine was born on August 19, 1918 in Vinica, Slovenija, the 2nd oldest of four daughters born to Peter and Frances (Yankovic) Dobrozdravic. She came to the United States in 1929 at the age of 11 and settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She married John L. Copi on August 10, 1940 in Pittsburgh at Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church. The Copi’s settled in Monroe and joined St. Joseph Parish. Mr. Copi passed away several months after celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary on Dec. 24, 1995.

She was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, serving for many years on the Christian Service Commission. She taught CCD for several years and sang in both the Sunday Morning Choir and the Resurrection Choir. Katherine was named Honorary Queen of the Annual Homecoming Festival in 2007. She was also an active member of The Monroe Center for Healthy Aging where she was named Volunteer of the Year in 2003.

Her love of life, her faith in God, and her nurturing ways, shined through everything she did. She loved nature and especially all varieties of flowers. She read every day and enjoyed discussing politics and learning family history.

Her family was her priority in every way. Katherine was an excellent cook and was famous for her Povitica (nut bread). Her favorite times were spent at family get-togethers. She and her husband were blessed with four sons and five daughters, and were proud to be able to give each of them a Catholic education. Katherine cared for one of her sons, who had disabilities, for 36 years in her home.

She is survived by two sons, James (Sara) Copi of Livonia and David (Maureen) Copi of Toledo; five daughters, Rose Marie (Kenneth) Swartz, Margaret (Larry) Salow, and Carol (Wayne) McCarty all of Monroe, Elaine (James) Vanhaerents of Seminole, Florida and Anita Gebard of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and her pride and joy of course were her 30 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband John, Katherine was also preceded in death by two sons, Ronald in 1978 and Thomas in 1991, and three sisters, Anna Keblish, Antoinette Caine, and Rose Marie Grindland.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Food Closet or St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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

Conda Keith Flatford IIIflatfoird

June 7, 1971 – December 15, 2016

 

Conda Keith Flatford III, of Newport died Thursday in Flat Rock.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 pm Monday and 12 to 8 pm Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 am Wednesday. Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church will officiate with burial to follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Flat Rock.

Born June 7, 1971 in Trenton he was the son of Conda Keith and Judy (Mosley) Flatford II.

Conda was a manager of Olive Gardens Restaurant’s in several states around the country.

He was graduate of Jefferson High School ,and enjoyed cooking, drawing and carving canes.

Surviving are his children Britny Flatford, Bryan Flatford and Brandon Flatford all of Monroe; grandchildren Brent Altenburg, Scott Altenburg and Wyatt Flatford; brother Donny Tolar; sister Jennifer Tolar-Boyd; aunts and uncles Linda and Ray Fleeman of Newport, Gwen and Dan Raymond of Monroe and Debbie and Travis Hamilton of South Rockwood.

Conda was preceded in death by his son Brent Flatford; parents and grandparents.

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

 

Ruby C. Palmerpalmer

August 30, 1947 – December 15, 2016

 

Ruby C. Palmer, 69 of Monroe died at 2:30 pm Thursday at her home. She had been in poor health for two years.

Family and friends may call from 12 to 3 pm Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 3 pm. Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Cremation will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born August 30, 1947 in Lewisburg, Tennessee she was the daughter of John Henry and Mable (Colbert) Reeves. She married Theadorous D. Palmer Sr. on March 5, 1972 in Monroe. He preceded her in death on November 3, 1995.

Ruby was employed by various Monroe area restaurants as a cashier for many years.

She enjoyed two mile walks every day, family summer trips to the beach and family cookouts.

Surviving are her children Everett Reeves of Jackson and Samantha (Chris) McBee of Monroe; grandchildren Hailey McBee, Angela Palmer, Gage McBee, Zachary Palmer, Logan Palmer, Merissia McBee and Dakota Palmer; daughter-in-law Christie Palmer of Toledo and Becky Owens of Monroe mother of Ian and Angela Palmer.

Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, husband Theadorous; son Daniel Palmer and grandson Ian Palmer.

 

 

 

 

 

Nicholas L. Abraham

September 1, 1987 – December 13, 2016

 

   abraham Nicholas L. Abraham, age 29 of Monroe, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 13th in his home.

    Born September 1, 1987 in Monroe, he was the son of Larry and Michelle (Wright) Abraham.  He married Ekaterina Dmitrenko and later married Michelle M. Ackerman on December 18, 2010 in Holland, Ohio.

    Nicholas was a 2005 graduate of Landmark Christian Academy and worked as a maintenance man for Wrights Rental Properties in Monroe.  He enjoyed playing hockey and was an avid fan of the Detroit Red Wings. He was also an avid history buff.

    Nicholas is survived by his wife Michelle; three daughters, Oksana Abraham, Lily Abraham, and Riley Abraham; his mother, Michelle (Jacob Ickes) Evelay of Monroe; and his father, Larry (Donna) Abraham of Monroe; grandparents, Waco and Connie Vickery of Monroe and Emma (Pat) Abraham of Monroe.

 

He is preceded in death by grandparents, Alex and Viola Todd, Emma Lee Collins,

Everett and Betty Lay, David T. Abraham, aunts, Vicki Hall, cousin, Billy Hall.

 

    No visitation or services are planned.  Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

    Memorial donations may be made to Brother Joe’s Youth and Street Ministry.  Go to www.brotherjoesyouthandstreetministry.com or mail to Prayer Baptist Church, c/o Outcry Ministry, 855 Edwin St., Westland, MI 48180.

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