Monthly Archives: January 2017

Oren W. KettlerKettler

 November 11, 1931-January 30, 2017


Oren W. Kettler, age 85 of Monroe, Michigan passed away January 30, 2017 at Sunrise of Worthington Assisted Living in Worthington, Ohio.

 He was born November 11, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois to Wesley and Mary (Sauer) Kettler. Oren married Phyllis A. Best of Delphos, Ohio on October 2, 1971. Sadly, she preceded him in death on September 30, 1983.

 Mr. Kettler graduated from Lima Central High School and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He began a career in sales and marketing in Lima, Ohio with Superior Coach Corporation and later with Sheller-Globe Corporation in Toledo, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan. He was the Vice-President of Sheller-Globe International Corporation, retiring in 1988 after thirty-five years of service.

 He is survived by three daughters, Denise G. (Robert) Clay of Lima, Ohio, Joyce A. Kettler of Reynoldsburg, Ohio and Michelle A. (Matthew) Norton of Beachwood, Ohio; two sons, Brian K. Kettler of Hayward, California and Christopher J. (Amy) Kettler of Worthington, Ohio; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Kettler was preceded in death by his third son, Eric O. Kettler in 1979.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled at this time.

Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

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Mary Marino

November 17, 1906 – January 28, 2017


MarinoMary Marino, likely the oldest living person in the state of Michigan, passed away peacefully Saturday evening at 7:19 p.m. at the age of 110. She attributed her longevity to living life to its fullest, a diet full of homemade Italian cuisine, strong faith in Jesus, and a bubbling sense of humor.

Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. She will lie in state at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church. The church pastor, Rev. Philip Ching, will celebrate Mass of The Resurrection at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born November 17, 1906 in Paterson, New Jersey, Mary was the daughter of the late Guiseppe and Giuseppina (Sparano) Pacelli. She married Daniel Marino on June 14, 1942 in West Paterson, New Jersey. They enjoyed Sunday outings after church and family gatherings together for over 60 years. He preceded Mary in death on September 21, 2007.

A proud Italian homemaker who loved to cook, Mary enjoyed dancing, family events, playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and attending church every Sunday at St. Joseph Catholic Church until its recent closing, then joining St. Michael The Archangel Parish.

Mary is survived by two children, Daniel T. (Andrea) Marino and Diane (Ron) Bryant, both of Monroe; eight grandchildren, Tony Marino, Timothy (Christene Grodi) Marino, Nicholas (Penny) Marino, Alisha Mossburg, Natasha (Greg) Stumpmier, Jeffrey (Diana) Bryant, Mark Bryant, and Kelli (James) Rostash; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael Catholic Church.

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Ronald L. Nannie

March 26, 1930 – January 27, 2017


NannieRonald L. Nannie, age 86 of Monroe, passed away Friday, Jan. 27th at his home, in the company and care of his beloved daughter Lisa Akers.

 Preceded in eternity by his parents Carl and Louise; his son (Ronald) Roy; his wife Patsy; and his son-in-law Mark Akers.

 He is survived by Lisa; his son David and wife Diane; and his grandsons Michael and Marcus Akers.

 He has been laid to rest in a small family ceremony at Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery, Flat Rock. Rupp Funeral Home assisted the family.

 Though heartbroken at his passing, his family finds strength in knowing the bonds of love that he so skillfully forged are invulnerable to the forces of neither time nor death.

 He was born to loving parents in Butler, Pennsylvania. His father was an accomplished professional musician, but the onset of the Great Depression moved the young family to Michigan, where his father found steady work at Great Lakes Steel (which would employ three generations of Nannie men and women). His mother, ahead of her time, expertly balanced the roles of homemaker and professional.

 After high school, Ronald would work for 42 years in the mill, moving up from a general laborer to a knowledgeable journeyman electrician.

 His career was briefly interrupted when called to serve the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command in Texas. It was here he met his wife Patsy, mother to his three children. After serving honorably, they returned to Michigan, but he retained many beloved relations in Texas, and his interest in military aviation continued throughout his life.

 An avid outdoorsman in his earlier years, he was also a firearm enthusiast, and considerably accurate well into old age.

 His singular passion was Jazz music, and in retirement he played piano in an eponymous quartet, in addition to his patronage of local arts. Beautiful music filled the air of his home.

 Young in spirit, his compassionate love for pets rewarded him with much joy and companionship.

 A renowned raconteur, Ron was a wellspring of funny stories, wise counsel, and local history and lore. Just a few of the noteworthy events in his American experience- He witnessed the launching of the Edmund Fitzgerald, and also the maiden flight of the Convair YB-60.

 As for his loved ones- the sole burden he ever imparted on us is indeed heavy; knowing that the privilege to emulate him is an undertaking that will require a long lifetime of selflessness and lovingkindness, irrespective of circumstance.

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Sister Dorothy Eddy, IHM, 94, died Thursday, Jan. 26, in the IHM Health Care Center, Monroe, Mich. – She had resided at the IHM Motherhouse since 1983.


Sister Dorothy was one of three daughters of John and Florence (Maurice) Eddy. She was born on July 24, 1922 in Flint, Mich. and baptized Dorothy. After attending Croak Elementary School, Flint, she graduated from St. Michael High School, Flint. In 1941, Sister Dorothy entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe and received the religious name Sister Rozalia; she celebrated her 75th Jubilee as an IHM in July 2016. 


Sister Dorothy earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College, Detroit. Her teaching career in formal education spanned 35 years at St. Joseph, Monroe; Our Lady of Help, St. Raymond, Holy Trinity, Christ the King and Holy Redeemer, Detroit; Holy Name, Birmingham; St. Michael, Flint; and St. Michael, Miami, Fla.- After 12 years at St. Michael the Archangel School in Miami, Sister Dorothy moved to Blessed Sacrament School in Burlington, N.C.- She taught there for one year before transitioning into a pastoral assistant position, working with the senior citizens in the parish for the next three years.


In 1983, Sister Dorothy returned to the IHM Motherhouse and ministered in the Health Care Center (former St. Mary Infirmary) and in art therapy for some 14 years. In 1997, she began ministry as activities and pastoral director for the Motherhouse sisters. Sister Dorothy retired from this position in 2001 but continued her art therapy and volunteering around the Motherhouse. She could often be found in the Art Room, working in ceramics or teaching others the art. 


Sister Dorothy was preceded in death by her sisters, Marguerite Terrian and Doreen “Mary Lou” Eddy, IHM. She is survived by her sisters in community and her nieces and nephews.   


Friends may gather at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, on Monday, Jan. 30, beginning at 9:30 a.m. A Remembering and Memorial Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. Memorials may be made to the IHM Retirement Fund, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, MI 48162-7909.  

Betty L. Collino

April 17, 1946 – January 29, 2017


CollinoBetty L. Collino, age 70 of Monroe, died at 1:05 a.m. Sunday in her home. She had been seriously ill for a month.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Rev. Jim Walker, Pastor of Bible Fellowship Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born April 17, 1946 in New Tazewell, Tennessee, Betty was the daughter of the late Daniel and Hazel (Leedy) McDaniel. She married Peter O. Collino on June 17, 1965 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Monroe.

Betty attended Union Street Missionary Baptist Church. She was a proud mother and enjoyed reading about Native American history and cooking for church functions. She also was one to work quietly behind the scenes, helping people in need.

Betty is survived by her husband, Peter; three children, Anthony (Jill) Collino of Westland, Michigan, Michael (Bridget) Collino of Warren, Michigan, and Rachel Collino of Santa Barbara, California; three brothers, William McDaniel of Bloomfield, Indiana, Roy (Carolyn) McDaniel and Harold Cleve McDaniel, both of Monroe; a sister, Frances (Roger) Collino of Monroe; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Betty was also preceded in death by three brothers, Boyd, Nelson, and Joe McDaniel.

Memorial donations may be made to Bible Fellowship Church or the American Lung Association.

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Douglas Lawrence Rousselo

November 30, 1939 – January 28, 2017


RousseloDouglas Lawrence Rousselo, 77, of Monroe, passed away at 9:48 a.m. Saturday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday also at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Louis Lapeyre, associate pastor of St. Mary Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe with military honors by VFW Post 1138, Monroe.


Doug was born November 30, 1939 to Lawrence B. and Alta M. (Smith) Rousselo. On June 11, 1966 he married Carol Ann Savage at Saint Anne Catholic Church.


He graduated from Monroe Catholic Central High in 1958 and then attended Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. In April of 1960 he entered the US Air Force where he went to both basic and advanced Electronic Schools. Subsequently serving in both the US and Europe as an Electronic Technician assigned to the Air Weather Service. While serving in the US he completed two Electronic Engineering courses, one in Washington D.C. and the other in New York. He was honorably discharged in February 1964.


After the Air Force he went to work for Bendix Research Laboratories in Southfield, Michigan as a Senior Engineering Specialist. In 1980, he was instrumental in forming a new electronic company, Helava Associates and in 1990 the company was sold to General Dynamics Corp of California. He also worked at Digital Electronic Automation and Programmed Machine Systems. Doug finally went to work for IVS Inc. in Livonia as a Department Manager. He retired November 2001.


Doug was a lifelong member of Saint Mary’s Church and Psi Kappa Alpha professional business fraternity. He was a former member of Moose Lodge 884, NRA, Monroe Rifle and Pistol Club and Canvasback Gun Club. Among his interests were golf, custom and classic cars, reading and biking. Although his favorite activity was spending time with his family and friends. He had a great sense of humor and always enjoyed a good joke and always had some original one-liners to throw around.


Doug is survived by his wife, Carol Ann Rousselo of Monroe, daughter Sheryl Ann (Don) Smolarek and granddaughter Allyson Marie Smolarek all of Novi and a brother, Gary Joseph (Betty) Rousselo of Seal Beach, CA.


He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence B. Rousselo; mother and step-father, Alta and Lawrence A. Bragg; infant daughter, Diana Marie, infant son, Dirk Joseph; step-brothers, Raymond and Chester Bragg and step-sister, Ida Mae Snow.


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Kenneth R. WebbWebb

January 26, 1947 – January 25, 2017


Kenneth R. Webb 69, of Monroe died at 10:05 pm Wednesday at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit. He was in poor health for one month.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 8 pm Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 am Monday. Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate.

Born January 26, 1947 in Monroe he was the son of Harold and Louvania (Turner) Webb. He married Denna M. Washam on August 11, 1994 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While living in California, Kenneth was self employed and managed apartments. After returning to Monroe he was employed by DTE Energy Fermi Plant as a laborer with Local 465 until his retirement.

He was a 1966 graduate of Monroe High School and enjoyed golf, playing cards and tinkering, and loved the outdoors.

Surviving are his wife Denna; children Darlene M. (Paul) Harris and Kenneth R. (Wendy) Webb both of Monroe; grandchildren, Chloe Webb, Joe Harris, Taryn Wilkie and Savanna Donnelly; great-granddaughter, Aubrey Wilkie; brothers, Charles (Idia) Webb of Oral Valley, Arizona and David Webb of Monroe; sisters Judy Webb and Wilma (Jim) Johnson both of Monroe.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Donald Webb and mother-in-law, Genieve Washam and brother-in-law, Joe Richards.

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Roland R. “Pip” Cooley

November 15, 1927 – January 25, 2017


CooleyRoland R. “Pip” Cooley, 89, of Monroe, passed away at 5:27 a.m. Wednesday in his home.


Friends may call from 2 until services at 7 p.m. Saturday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. John Chinnappa, associate pastor of St. Anne Church, will officiate. Private burial will take place at a later date at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.


Pip was born November 15, 1927 in Monroe. He was the son of Edward and Laura (Lazette) Cooley. He married Edna A. Durocher on August 26, 1950 at St. John Church; she preceded him in death June 6, 2004.


He served his country in the Merchant Marines and then in the US Army from February 5, 1946 to July 6, 1947.


Pip was a member of St. Anne Church and their Men’s Club.


He was employed for many years at Midway Products before his retirement.


Pip was a “fixer upper”. He would find items along the roadside and take them home to see if he could get them to work again. He also enjoyed making birdhouses for everyone he knew.


He is survived by two sons, Chris (Beverly) Cooley of LaSalle and Martin (Liza) Cooley of Fairfax, Virginia; a daughter, Maris (Henry) Fountain) of Monroe; a brother, Charles (Shirley) Cooley of Monroe; a sister, Donna Jean Welch of Monroe , thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.


In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his parents, a son, James Cooley; six brothers, Robert Kaufman, Melvin Cooley, Gaylord Cooley, Edward Cooley, Walter Cooley, Alfred Cooley and four sisters, Loretta Matthews, Marguerite Gose, Gertrude Oberlieter and Barbara Miller.


Memorial contributions may be made to ProMedica Hospice of Monroe.


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Dorothy M. BaileyBailey

March 19, 1927 – January 22, 2017


Dorothy M. Bailey, age 89 of Lambertville, formerly of Monroe, died at 5:10 p.m. Sunday, January 22nd at Aspen Grove Assisted Living.

For the exceptional care of their mother and guidance, the family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at Aspen Grove Assisted Living.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. until services at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home. Deacon Mike Stewart of St. John Catholic Church will officiate. Entombment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born March 19, 1927 in Newport, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Regina (Schmidt) Laboe. Dorothy graduated from St. Mary Academy in 1944 and later married John R. Bailey on November 10, 1945 at St. Charles Catholic Church, Newport. John preceded her in death on July 31, 2003.

Dorothy worked at the A&P grocery store as a clerk and served as County Commissioner for the 7th District of Monroe from 1976 to 1985.

She is survived by her three daughters, Jayne M. Schafer of Lambertville, Jacque A. Sweet of Temperance and Barbara A. (Dennis) Iott of Temperance; two sisters, Marian (Tom) Howley and Joan (George) Stoner; one sister-in-law, Theresa Laboe; three granddaughters, Christine M. (Jeff) Morris of Toledo, Kelly R. (Kevin) Jones of Dansville, Michigan and Andrea N. (Amado) Perez of Wyoming, Michigan; one grandson, Robert J. (Christina) Iott of Romulus; and six great-grandchildren, Zachary S. (Lacy) Morris, Emelia R. Perez, Ethan M. Jones, Parker J. Morris, Rachel M. Jones and Landon P. Perez.

In addition to her husband and parents, Dorothy was also preceded in death by a son, William J. Bailey; her brother, Robert Laboe; two sisters, Bernice E. Haener, and Margaret A. DeNardo; grandson William Iott and an infant grandson.

Memorial donations may be made in Dorothy’s memory to ProMedica Hospice of Toledo.

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Bernice Velma Lauer

January 24, 1930 – January 21, 2017


Bernice Velma (Whitaker) Lauer was born January 24, 1930 in Tazewell, Tennessee to the late Auda and Minnie Lee (Estes) Whitaker. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1948 and later married William Sebastian Lauer, also a Monroe High School graduate. Together, they raised five children, devoting her life to her family. In addition to being a proud homemaker, Bernice also worked as a Nurses Aide for more than ten years at the former Monroe Hospital and the Lutheran Home. She will be missed by all.

Bernice had a fun sense of humor. She had always enjoyed reading, putting together puzzles, and watching television. She was most happy during the baseball season when the Detroit Tigers were playing. She never missed a televised game and had high hopes for this coming season as she always did. She was a sports fan in general and loyal to all of the Detroit professional teams.

Bernice Velma (Whitaker) Lauer, age 86 of Toledo, Ohio, formerly of Monroe, passed away at 7:47 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21st at Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Family and friends may visit from 10 a.m. until service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. Private burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

To cherish her memory, she leaves five children, William of Lakeland, Florida, Gayla (Joseph) Mata of St. Louis, Missouri, Mark and Matthew of Toledo, Ohio, and Bruce of Hightstown, New Jersey; Eight grandchildren, William Lauer, A. Scott Lauer, Joseph Mata, Michael Mata, Kathryn Mata, Stephanie Lauer, Jennifer Lauer, and Tristan Lauer; sister-in-law, Carol Whitaker of Temperance, Michigan; brother-in-law, Alton “Bud” Gladieux of Rossford, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, her passing was preceded by her beloved husband who passed away too early in life at the age of 46 on August 19, 1975. She was also preceded in death by her sister and best friend only a month ago, Eunice Goins; brother, Charles Whitaker; sister-in-law, Patricia (Lauer) Gladieux; and brother-in-law, Homer Goins.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

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