Monthly Archives: February 2017

Walter Seymour WernerWerner

April 11, 1934 – February 27, 2017



Passing away peacefully in his sleep and in the comfort of his home, and because of his sense of humor and wit, heaven became an even happier place on February 27, 2017, when Walter Seymour Werner, 82, of Dundee, Michigan joined many of his family and friends.

An unexpected illness left him a quadriplegic in 2001, his wife of 39 years, Shirley always provided excellent care and lots of love, enabling him to remain in their home.

Born at home in Temperance, Michigan on 4-11-1934, he graduated from Bedford High School in 1952, and served our country during the Korean War in the United States Air Force as a Communication Machine Repairman, stationed at Loring Air Force Base, Maine.

He worked for twenty years at Giant Typewriter in Ann Arbor, Michigan as a Manager, before opening Hunt and Peck Typewriter in San Jose California. For many years, he was proud to serve our country in the Army Reserves.

Walt was a life member of the Paralyzed Veterans Association and Lynn C. Weeman, Post 514 American Legion, serving as Post Commander, and Department Sergeant at Arms and a member of LaSociete Des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevauk #1153. 

Walt will be sadly missed by his wife, Shirley Robinson Werner; Siblings; Warren Werner (Jan), Jesse Werner (Carol), Violet Warner, his children; Dwight Werner (Karen), Joanne Ackerman, Karen MacDonald; Step-children, David Crockett, Craig Crockett (Sherry), Jeff Crockett (Wanda Michelle); 11 grand children and 19 great grand children.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Walter Werner, Viola Walters; and brothers; Earl Werner, Dwight Werner. 

Visitation will be held at Rupp Funeral Home, 2345 S. Custer, Monroe, Michigan on Thursday, March 2 from 3-8pm, with a military service performed by Lynn C. Weeman Post 514 at 7pm. The funeral service is on Friday, March 3 at 11am, following the service at Rupp, a 21-gun salute will be performed at Bedford Memorial Gardens by the Lambertville VFW Post 9656 color guard. A lunch at the Lynn C. Weeman American Legion Post 514 will follow. 

His family is very thankful and grateful to everyone who has helped and supported us with his care and his journey.

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Arlene J. Albain

August 28, 1922 – February 24, 2017


AlbainArlene J. Albain, age 94, of Monroe, passed away peacefully on Friday February 24, 2017 at the IHM Senior Living Community.


Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, with services at 11 a.m. Rev. Larry K. Loree, Jr. will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Born August 28, 1922, she was the daughter of Ervin and Nora (Neidermeier) McKelley. She married Raymond Albain December 13, 1947; he preceded her in death April 24, 2011.


Arlene was a lifelong homemaker who loved and enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandchildren. She was a farm girl at heart who enjoyed all animals, big or small, and loved gardening. She leaves a legacy of love and strength for her family.


She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Judy (Hugo) Klungler and A. Carol (Donald) Copi; a son, Wayne (Janice) Albain; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Raymond; a brother, William McKelley and great grandson, Andrew McGovern.


Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, or the IHM Senior Living Community Activities Department.


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Mildred M. Guthrie

November 25, 1915 – February 23, 2017


GuthrieMildred M. Guthrie, age 101 of Monroe, died at 6:55 a.m. Thursday at Wellspring Lutheran Home.

Family and friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home. A Scripture Service is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday. She will lie in state at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Michael Catholic Church where Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by the church pastor, Rev. Philip Ching. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born November 25, 1915 in Monroe, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Elsie (Dandron) Nolan. She married Walter T. Guthrie on July 14, 1934 at St. Mary Catholic Church. He preceded Mildred in death on August 31, 1998.

In her younger years, Mildred worked at S.S. Kresge Store in downtown, River Raisin Paper, and Monroe Paper Products before becoming a homemaker and raising six children.

Mildred was a life member and past president of the Monroe County Rod & Gun Club Ladies Auxiliary. Except for when she and her husband Walter were living in Gladwin, she was previously a member and attended St. Michael Church and St. Joseph Church (St. Gabriel Parish), Ida, during most of her life.

Mildred is survived by three sons, Thomas (Darla) Guthrie of Monroe, Robert Guthrie of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Richard (Mary) Guthrie of Monroe; two daughters, Roseann (John) Harwick of Toledo and Kathy (Randy) Stanifer of Ida; 19 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and 37 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband Walter, she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Bonnie Jean Thomas; five brothers, Murray, Edward, Robert, William, and Jack Nolan; and two sisters, Marion Hoffer and Rita Shippey.

Memorial donations may be made to ProMedica Hospice.

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James W. Silverthorn, Sr.Silverthorn

January 23, 1950 – February 22, 2017


James W. Silverthorn, Sr., 67, of Monroe, went home to be with the Lord at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. He had been in poor health for 6 months.

Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate Monday at 10 a.m. at Shelton Park Church of God, 8702 Douglas Road, Temperance with funeral services at 11 a.m. Rev. Scott Isham, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, with Military Honors by VFW Post 1138 of Monroe.

Born January 23, 1950 in Lakeview, Michigan, he was the son of George and Fannie (Daggett) Silverthorn. Jim served his country honorably in the United States Army as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division from August 19, 1969 to October 17, 1979. He married his loving wife of 43 years, Debra C. Collins, on November 3, 1973 at North Monroe Street Church of God in Monroe. After following the Army lifestyle for many years, he and his family settled in Monroe to be closer to his extended family, which was so important to him. Jim was a loving husband, father and papaw and loved his family with all his heart. He loved the Lord and made sure everyone knew that Jesus Christ was his Lord and Savior. Jim loved to laugh, tell jokes and pull pranks. It was rare to find him without a big, heartfelt smile on his face. He was employed by North Star Steel (Gerdau) as a Chemical Lab Technician from 1981 until his retirement in 2012.

James was a member of Shelton Park Church of God, a member of the National Street Rod Association and a former member of UAW Local 723 of Monroe.

He is survived by his wife, Debra; son, James W. (Jenni) Silverthorn, Jr. of Temperance; daughter, Jamie Jo (Shelby) Tailford of Lambertville; mother, Fannie Williams of Fairview, MI; grandchildren, James “Wesley” Silverthorn III, Elise M. Silverthorn, Lorelei M. Silverthorn, Jocelyn A. Silverthorn, Lydia G. Dew, Kaitlyn C. Dew and Hayden J. Dew; sisters, Gloria Green of Mio, MI and Connie Sue Williams of Madison, WI; aunt, Delores Lemon of Mio, MI; sister-in-law, June Sharpe of Monroe; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Rhonda Collins of Monroe; brother and sister-in-law Ross and Sharon Shepherd of Monroe; and many cherished nieces, nephews and cousins.

James was preceded in death by his father; stepfather Laverne Williams; mother and father-in-law, Ralph and Margaret (Campbell) Collins; brother-in-law Jimmie Green and brother-in-law Richard Sharpe.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren and faithful pet companion, Bandit.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family.

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GuthrieSister Patricia Guthrie, IHM, age 92, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in the IHM Health Care Center, Monroe, Mich.  

Sister Patricia was one of six daughters born to Hallie and Olive (Kalso) Guthrie. Born in Detroit Nov. 26, 1924, she was baptized at St. Catherine Church (Detroit). The children attended Guardian Angel Elementary School and graduated from St. Catherine High School. In 1942, Sister Patricia entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe and received the religious name, Sister Joan of Arc. Her sister Helen entered the community one year later.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a master’s degree from Loyola University, Chicago, Sister Pat began a career in formal education that would span 38 years. She taught in Monroe at St. Mary and St. John, where she also served as principal; in Detroit at Gesu, St. Francis de Sales and Christ the King, where she also served as principal; and as supervisor of Upper Elementary Schools, Detroit, for seven years. The next five years were spent at Lansing Catholic High School in administration and as principal. 

In 1976, Sister Pat was called to community leadership as provincial and co-provincial for the Northwest Province of the IHM congregation until 1982. She was elected by the community to serve on the IHM Leadership Council from 1988 to 1994.

After a well-earned sabbatical year, Sister Pat became an assistant in the Office of Christian Education, Archdiocese of Detroit. Working closely with Msgr. John Quinn and Superintendent Frances Nadolny, OP, Sister Pat enjoyed this fruitful and challenging ministry for nine years.

In 2004, Sister Pat retired to the IHM Motherhouse. She was a dedicated volunteer for works of justice, peace and undoing racism, as well as lector, Eucharistic minister and evening prayer leader. She entered the Health Care Center in 2012.

Sister Pat is survived by her sisters, Mary Calder and Joan Rybinski; many nieces and nephews; and her sisters in community. She was preceded in death by her sisters Helen (Agnes Rita, IHM), Janette Crawford and Geraldine Dorey. Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse Chapel, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, on Friday, Feb. 24, beginning at 9 a.m. A Remembering and Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. Burial will take place in St. Mary Cemetery on the Motherhouse Campus. 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. 

Dennis C. Curson

October 17, 1951 – February 20, 2017


    CursonDennis C. “Denny” Curson, age 65 of Monroe, died at 3:12 a.m. Monday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.  He had been in poor health for a month.

    Born October, 17, 1951 in Monroe, he was the son of the late Carl and Cecile (Sparks) Curson.  He graduated from Monroe High School in 1969 and later married Cynthia A. Thompson on June 5, 1971 in Monroe.

    Denny began his working career at Jones Transfer in Monroe where he wore many hats during his 21 years of employment, lastly as Traffic and Safety Director.  He then started his own business, C.A.S. Diversified Services, a trucking company that he owned and operated for approximately ten years.  Finally, he was employed for ten years by F.C.S. Industries in Woodhaven as Maintenance Supervisor, retiring in 2013.

    Denny’s hobbies included camping, hunting, and bowling.  However, his favorite pass-time was wrenching on anything that needed fixing.

    Denny is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cindy Curson; daughter, Angela (Darryl) Dillard of Wyoming, MI; son, Shawn Curson of Monroe; brother, Charles “Corky” Curson of Monroe; sister, Cathy (Dr. Roger) Spalding of Monroe; and three grandchildren, Kaylee Dillard, Kylee Dillard, and Taylor Curson.

    Dennis will be cremated in accordance with his wishes.  His family will receive visitors from 3 p.m. until time of memorial service at 7 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home.  Rev. Evans Bentley, pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will officiate. 

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

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Carol A. (Savage) RousseloRousselo

April 1, 1943 – February 19, 2017


Carol Ann (Savage) Rousselo, 73, a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and dear friend to so many, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017 at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.

The daughter of Edward and Thelma (Tootie Dushane) Savage, she was born April 1, 1943 in Monroe. Carol married Douglas L. Rousselo, June 11, 1966 at St. Anne Catholic Church in Monroe. They celebrated 50 years of everlasting love and friendship at a party in June 2016. Douglas passed away January 28, 2017 and is waiting in heaven for Carol.

After graduation in 1962 from Monroe High School, Carol began a variety of jobs, all of which she enjoyed for many years. Her first job was a roller skating car hop for Big Boy Restaurant. She was employed at Gould National Battery and Osterman Jewelers, both in Monroe. She was a teacher’s aide for Monroe Public Schools and enjoyed helping make a difference in so many children’s lives at Lincoln Elementary School. Carol was also employed at Charles Chiropractic in Monroe.

One of Carol’s favorite things was spending time with her family, especially her daughter, Sheryl, son-in-law, Don, and granddaughter, Allyson. She also enjoyed baking, cooking, jigsaw puzzles, playing games on the computer, monthly nights out with her 13 card club sisters, playing cards or going out to eat with friends. Carol and Doug liked going for long drives and visiting local parks, where they would enjoy watching birds, boat,s and walking the trails enjoying hot dogs and ice cream.

Family and friends may visit from 2 to 8 pm Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate at 10 am Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church with the Mass of the Resurrection at 11 am. Rev. Louis Lapeyre of St. Mary’s will officiate, with burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Carol will be missed by a family she loved and cherished above all else. A daughter and son-in-law, Sheryl and Don Smolarek of Novi, a grand daughter, Allyson Smolarek, a sister Sue Vitale of Monroe, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Gary and Betty Rousselo of Seal Beach, CA; nieces and nephews, Joe and Maureen Wickenheiser, Scott and Jennifer Mitchey, GJ Rousselo, Michelle Bosenberg.

Besides her husband, Doug, Carol was preceded in death by an infant son, Dirk Joseph, infant daughter, Diana Marie, her parents, father and mother-in-law, Lawrence and Alta Bragg, and a sister, Juliann Savage.

The family would like to thank the ICU nurses and doctors at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital for the exceptional care and concern given Carol and her family.

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Marjorie Frances GilleanGillean

July 31, 1927-February 18, 2017


Marjorie Frances Gillean, age 89, of Monroe, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, February 18th.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. She will lie in state at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church. Rev. David Burgard, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church, will celebrate Mass of The Resurrection at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born July 31, 1927 in Detroit, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Marjorie (DeRuiggrio) Conboy. Marjorie graduated from Monroe High School in 1945 and after graduation took flying lessons, being one of the first women to receive her flying certification. She married H. Ronald Gillean on November 8, 1947 at St. Anne Catholic Church and were the first couple to be married there. From this union, seven amazing children were born: David (Janet) Gillean, Kathleen (Gary) Brancheau, Barbara (James) Steffes all of Monroe, Michael (Judith) Gillean of Nashville, Tennessee, Gregory Gillean of Miami, Florida, Marjorie (Donald) Adler of Chandler, Arizona, and Patricia (Mark) Bunde of Leawood, Kansas. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church and previous member of St. Anne Catholic Church’s Women Club. Marjorie dearly loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed shopping, gardening, bowling, working puzzles and, most of all, playing cards of any kind.

She is survived by her children; one sister, Jean Cardwell of Fullerton, California; and one brother, Robert Conboy of Toledo, Ohio. Marjorie will also be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Cary, Brad, Christopher, Brooke, Jeffery, John, Heather, Justin, Jennifer, Timothy, Steven, Marjorie, Frank, Ella and Sylvia, as well as 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Her loving spirit and humor will be with us always.

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

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Misty L. Wright20170218_213015 (2)

March 22, 1983 – February 17, 2017


Misty L. Wright, age 33 of Lansing, formerly of Monroe, died Friday at McLaren Hospital in Lansing.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. until time of funeral at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home.

Born March 22, 1983 in Lansing, Misty was the daughter of John and the late Marcia (Legg) Wright. While residing in Monroe, she was employed as a CNA at Medilodge of Monroe.

Misty is survived by her father, John Wright of Monroe; five children, Selina Wright of Lansing, Sam Winn of North Branch, MI, Joshua House, Allyson House, and Alexander House, all of Monroe; two brothers, Michael (Daneene) Paquet of Baltimore, MD and Charles Wright of DeWitt, MI; two sisters, Heather Wright of Atlanta, GA and Diana (Daniel Deneau) Mataya of Monroe.

Memorial donations to the family may be made via the Misty Lee Wright gofundme webpage.

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Ruth Anna GordonGordon

August 23, 1938-February 17, 2017


Ruth A. Gordon, age 78, of Pentwater, formerly of Monroe, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at 4:15 p.m. Friday in her home.

Family and friends may visit Monday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Rev. Harold Raines will officiate. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born August 23, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Harold E. and Violet M. (Spain) Johnson. Throughout high school, Ruth worked in the laundry facility at the St. Mary Academy. After being a homemaker for most of her adult life, she became the manager of the Philadelphia House for several years. She then worked at the Mable Kehres Community Center as a server and Exercise Assistant. She was also a member of Monroe Full Gospel Church for over 30 years. Ruth truly loved caring for others, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed playing card and dice games with them and crocheted scarves, hats and blankets for each.

Ruth is survived by four children, Deanna (Brett) Collette of Pentwater, Michigan, Darlene Richards of Monroe, Donna Gordon of Pentwater and Larry (Corina) Gordon of Monroe; four brothers, David (Rebecca) Johnson of Ida, Mike (Connie) Johnson of Petersburg and Kenny and Wayne Johnson both of Monroe; seven sisters, Hellen (John) Brancheau of Roscommon, Michigan, Sharon Williams of Monroe, Joyce (Don) Uden of LaSalle, Ann Whon of Toledo, Barbara (Steve) Clark of New Boston, Ladona (John) Baber of Petersburg and Darla Lovelle of Monroe; as well as 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Lonnie Gordon in 2007; one brother, Allen Johnson; and one sister, Claudia Eilline Johnson.

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