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Audie B. Neely

September 9, 1924 – April 24, 2017

 

Audie B. Neely, 92 of Monroe died at 4:00 pm Monday at Vibrant Life Senior Living in Temperance, Michigan. He had been in poor health for seven months.

Family and friends may call from 10 am Saturday until services at 11 am at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church will officiate with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born September 9, 1924 in Claiborne County, Tennessee he was the son of Bart C. and Cordelia (Lynch) Neely.He married Eula Grae Carey on March 14, 1947 in Monroe. She preceded him in death on January 8, 2004.

After work on the farm he joined the United States Navy and proudly served his country from May 5, 1943 to November 14, 1945.

He was employed by River Raisin Paper Company / Union Camp for 39 yrs retiring in 1981.

He and Eula spent their winters in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He was most often found working outside in his yard or sitting in his garage enjoying the outdoors.

Audie is survived by his grandchildren Rachel (Chad) Abbott, Stephanie (Jeremy) Duran and Jonathan (Christina) Diedrich. He is also survived by his great grandchildren Logan, Jessen, Michael, Lydia, Marianna and Silas, as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; daughters Mary Jane VanSlambrouck and Diana G Pearson; brothers and sisters Ruthie, Myrtie, Major, Mckinnley (Kin), Lawrence, Fred, Luther, Jessie and Norma.

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

 

 

Theresa G. Russeau

January 30, 1932 – April 24, 2017

 

RusseauTheresa G. Russeau, 85, of Monroe, passed away at 1:39 p.m. Monday at Medilodge of Monroe.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. She will lie instate at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with a Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. Rev. James Smalarz, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Erie.

 

Theresa was born January 30, 1932 in LaSalle, Michigan. She was the daughter of Ransom and Ida May (Benore) Russeau.

 

She worked for Neo Products for many years.

 

Theresa was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting.

 

She is survived by seven nieces and nephews, Dennis Russeau of Jasper, Michigan, Michael Russeau of Shadydale, Georgia, Diane Trindel of Au Gres, Michigan, Daniel (MaryEllen) VanWasshenova of Monroe, Lawrence (Tina) VanWasshenova of Monroe, Darlene (Daniel) O’Donnell of Monroe and Dale VanWasshenova of Monroe and several great nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Chester, Eugene and Rupert Russeau and two sisters, Thelma Russeau and Ruth VanWasshenova.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Monroe County.

 

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

Frank Lee Sulfaro

September 10, 1951 – April 24, 2017

 

SulfaroFrank Lee Sulfaro, age 65 of Monroe, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes, Monday, April 24th in his home.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday. Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born September 10, 1951 in Monroe, Frank was the son of Lee and Fara (Badalamenti) Sulfaro. He was a 1970 graduate of Monroe High School and received a Bachelor of Business Degree from Eastern Michigan University. Frank was employed at Erie Construction Company in Toledo where he worked in sales. He was also a member of St. John Catholic Church.

Frank thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family, particularly on Sunday’s when gathering for a big Italian Meal. He was especially proud of his sons, Cameron and Alex, for their accomplishments in life. His hobbies included watching sports and reading. He loved spending time with his mother and would visit her daily. Frank was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, which was demonstrated by his dedicated wardrobe of ball caps and t-shirts. He was especially proud to be the grandfather of his only grandchild, Cecilia, and enjoyed spending time with her any chance he had. Frank was known for his witty personality and big-heartedness. He was always determined to make others laugh and was well known for his generosity.

Frank married Elaine Lopez on September 27, 1986 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. During their 17 year marriage, together they had two sons, Cameron (Chelsea Swinkey) Sulfaro of Monroe and Alex Sulfaro of Ida. He is also survived by his mother, Fara Sulfaro of Monroe; brother, Emanuel “Manny” (Dawn) Sulfaro of Ottawa Lake, Michigan; sister, Grace (Mark) Heller of Petersburg, Michigan; granddaughter, Cecilia; two nephews, Justin (Chrissy) Heller and Grant Heller; niece, Nicola Sulfaro; and close cousin, Mary Grace Tusing.

Frank was preceded in death by his father, Lee Sulfaro.

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

 

Kenneth C. Martin

January 28, 1975 – April 22, 2017

 

MartinKenneth C. Martin, 42, of Monroe, passed away at 1:13 a.m. Saturday peacefully under the care of hospice at Magnum Care of Monroe after a lengthy illness.

 

Family and friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home.

 

Kenny was born January 28, 1975 in Monroe. He was the son of Kenneth L. and Patricia M. (Bean) Martin. He married Danielle Wain in August 2000.

 

The most important thing in Kenny’s life was his son Connor, his world revolved around him. Ken wanted to raise Connor to be a good man and even though Connor is still young he was able to help care for his father during the final months of his life, showing his Dad that he did a great job helping raise him.

 

He enjoyed many activities in the outdoors. He liked playing softball and hunting deer and wild boar. He loved to fish and shared that with his son Connor.

 

Kenny lived and breathed the Ohio State Buckeyes and always made sure to watch their football games.

 

He also enjoyed spending time with his family, he was always K.C. to them, and friends and enjoyed playing cards, poker and euchre were his favorites.

 

Kenny is survived by his son, Connor Martin of Monroe; two sisters, Daphne (Roger) Hutton of Winder, Georgia and Kendal C. Martin of Monroe and seven nieces and nephews, Jeromy, Cory, Mariah, Amiya, Daisy, Chase and Preston.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William Lee Martin.

 

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

Maude E. GruberGruber

June 6, 1916 – April 23, 2017

 

Maude E. Gruber, age 100, of Canton, Michigan, formerly of Monroe, passed away peacefully at 8:45 a.m. Sunday at Arbor Hospice in Saline, Michigan after a brief illness.

 

Friends and family may visit from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie in state at 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church. Rev. Mark Witte, Pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery, LaSalle.

 

Born on June 6, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Verne and Maude (Price) Snider. She graduated from Monroe High School with the class of 1932 and married Leslie H. Gruber on May 17, 1935 at St. John Lutheran Church in Taylor, Michigan. Sadly, after 63 years of marriage, he preceded her in death on February 7, 1998. Maude was a homemaker most of her life, working briefly as a bookkeeper for Consolidated Paper. She also helped her husband run their chain of seven grocery stores, Gruber’s Food Markets, until its sale in 1970. Maude and her husband enjoyed wintering at their home in Fort Myers, Florida for over 25 years. She was a longtime member and past President of the Lotus Garden Club of Monroe and taught porcelain painting until the age of 91.

 

She is survived by four children: Joan B. Forsyth of Kingston, Tennessee, Ronald J. (Patricia) Gruber of Ida, Dr. Diana S. Wilkerson of Canton, and Lana K. Norbury of Saline; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet L. Gruber in 1943; two granddaughters, Kimberlee McBee-Williams and Kelli Mcbee Whitaker; two brothers, Verne and Edwin Snider; and six sisters: Martha Lee Smith, Rosalinn Shenk, Kathryn Poe, Maryellen Davidson, Janice Kull and Elizabeth Snider.

 

Memorial contributions in her name can be made to Grace Lutheran Church.

 

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

 

John William Heising

March 25, 1941 – April 22, 2017

 

Heising (2)John William Heising, age 76 of Monroe, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 3:10 p.m. at the I.H.M. Senior Living Community surrounded by his family. He had been in declining health for two years.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. immediately followed by an opportunity for sharing of memories. He will lie in state at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. by the church pastor, Rev. David Burgard and Comboni Missionary, Fr. Louie Gasparini. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

John was born March 25, 1941, the son of Cleo and Margaret (Lakner) Heising in Grand Rapids, Ohio. He received the sacraments at St. Patrick Church, Providence in Grand Rapids. He was a 1959 graduate of Grand Rapids High School and attended Davis Business College in Toledo where he met his future wife.

John worked several years at the Heising Feed & Farm Supply in Grand Rapids along the Maumee River. Then he worked for more than 30 years at Peoples Federal Savings & Loan , Standard Federal Bank, LaSalle Bank, retiring from Bank of America in 1998.

John married the former Barbara J. Kane on July 13, 1963 at St. Mary Catholic Church. They were joined in Holy Matrimony by Rev. Joseph Rettig. From this union, two daughters and two sons were born: Sandra (Andrew) Narhi of Linden, Michigan; Connie (Gary) Deutschman of Portage, Ohio; Jeffrey (Kimberly) Heising of Monroe; and Timothy (Jeanine) Heising of Ypsilanti.

Surviving grandchildren include: Sophia Narhi, Audrey Narhi, Nathan Deutschman, Lauren Deutschman, Anna Deutschman, Garrett Heising, Hunter Heising, Dalton Heising, Kadyn Heising, Cherri Heising, and Maddie Heising; great-grandchildren, McKenzie Jo Balkema and Mason Balkema; five sisters: Anna Mae (Robert) Williams of Grand Rapids, Ohio; Mary Lou Fortney of Maumee, Ohio; Dolores Miller of Grand Rapids, Ohio; Catherine (Bob) Nix of Surprise, Arizona; and Patricia Heising of Grand Rapids, Ohio.

John especially enjoyed working in his well groomed yard. Throughout the years, he made many beautiful wooden items in his workshop for his family. He enjoyed the many trips he made up north with his dear friend, Fr. Cleo Schmenk. He especially enjoyed the camping trips which included his grandchildren. He and Barbara traveled to most of the states, also visiting Italy, Mexico, and many of the islands in the Caribbean.

He was a member of St. Mary Parish, Monroe Council 1266 Knights of Columbus, and the Comboni Missionaries former Men’s Club.

Preceding John in death were his parents; infant brother, James; and granddaughter, Emily Narhi.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Parish or the Comboni Missionaries, c/o 107 Standish, Monroe, MI 48162.

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

Norma Alicia Bolster

May 5, 1928 – April 22, 2017

 

BolsterNorma Alicia (Pacer) Bolster, age 88 of Monroe, passed away Saturday, April 22nd at Beaumont Hospital in Trenton after becoming ill in her home that morning. She had been in declining health for four years.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home where The Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday. She will lie in state at 12 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 1 p.m. by the church pastor, Rev. David Burgard. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born May 5, 1928 in Toledo, Ohio, Norma was the daughter of the late John and Blanche (Smoroski) Pacer. She married Richard G. Bolster on June 11, 1955 in Toledo. He preceded Norma in death on May 3, 1978.

A devout Catholic, Norma was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and its Christian Women organization. Never wanting to miss weekly Mass, she would also attend Divine Grace Parish in Carleton. Her favorite passtimes were reading and reciting The Rosary. In 1982, Norma earned an Associate Degree in Business Management from Monroe County Community College.

Norma is survived by six children: Ron Bolster of Monroe; Lawrence (Norma) Bolster of Clifford, Michigan; Elaine Ionescu of Westland, Michigan; John (Elaine) Bolster of Monroe; Carl (Andrea) Bolster of Monroe; and Eva (Chris) Weatherholt of Temperance. She is also survived by a son-in-law, Jeff Buford of Temperance, and 16 grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Norma was also preceded in death by a son, James Bolster; daughter, Ruth Ann Buford; two brothers, Paul Pacer and Francis “Bud” Pacer; and a sister, Jackie Skunda.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or Divine Grace Parish, Carleton campus.

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

 

Donelda M. “Donna” Keenan

May 1, 1932 – April 22, 2017

 

KeenanDonelda M. “Donna” Keenan, age 84 of Monroe, passed away at 1 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the I.H.M. Senior Living Community. She had been in declining health for three weeks.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Rev. Lawrence Detruf will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born May 1, 1932 in Monroe, Donna was the daughter of the late John and Agnes (Mentel) Saum. After attending Monroe High School, she married Robert J. Keenan on November 11, 1950 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Wayne, Michigan. Bob preceded Donna in death on March 22, 2005.

In her younger years, Donna had been employed by La-Z-Boy in the 1970′s but spent most of her life as a homemaker raising six children. Her hobbies included hanging out with her children, playing Bingo, and visiting area casinos. As a passtime, she enjoyed jigsaw and crossword puzzles, playing cards, and playing tear off lottery tickets.

Donna is survived by her six children: Robert (Jo Ann) Keenan of Garden City, Michigan; Linda (Sheldon) Haag of Green Bay, Wisconsin; Beverly (Robert Oley) Coates of Monroe; Gary (Lois) Keenan of Monroe; John (Kathy) Keenan of Bossier City, Louisiana; and Rhonda (Gary) McMurtrie of Morenci, Michigan. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Donna was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amy Keenan, five brothers, and two sisters.

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

 

 

Rose Mary Willis

August 7, 1922 – April 19, 2017

 

WillisRose Mary Willis, age 94 of Monroe, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Rev. Katie Waggoner, pastor of Heritage and First United Methodist Church’s will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born August 7, 1922 in Monroe, Rose Mary was the daughter of the late Vincenzo and Angela Marie (Marscella) Notarantonio. She married Victor Willis on October 18, 1947 in Adrian, Michigan. He preceded her in death on February 28, 2005.

Rose Mary was a former instructor at the Michigan College of Beauty and owned her own hair salon before retiring in 1965. She was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church, formerly East Raisinville Frenchtown United Methodist Church.

Rose Mary is survived by three sisters, Mary Holt, Natalina Laws, and Catherine Pribyl, all of Monroe, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Albert Notarantonio and an infant sister, Rose Mary.

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

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

 

Bobbie Jean Carter

August 13, 1943 – April 16, 2017

 

Bobbie Jean Carter, age 73, of Monroe, passed away at 8:20 p.m. Sunday at Autumn Wood of Livonia.

 

Friends and family may visit from 12 p.m. until services at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Roy Southerland, Pastor of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Born August 13, 1943 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Orville P. and the late Ruby I. (Carter) Withrow. Bobbie graduated from Monroe High School with the class of 1962 and had been a member of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church since 1958. She was a homemaker for her entire life and had a deep love for spending time with her family.

 

Bobbie is survived by her father, Orville P. Withrow of LaFollette, Tennessee; two sisters: Patricia A. Prim of Jacksboro, Tennessee and Ruby J. Tibbetts of LaFollette, Tennessee; one brother, Shelby P. (Cheryl) Withrow of Monroe; and several nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by two brother-in-laws, Roy Prim and Lawrence Tibbetts.

 

Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to Monroe Missionary Baptist Church.

 

Online condolences to the family may be made through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.