Monthly Archives: May 2017

Donald S. Wilson

April 29, 1948 – May 30, 2017


Donald S. Wilson, age 69, of Monroe, passed away peacefully at 11:37 a.m. Tuesday at Ebeid Hospice, Sylvania, Ohio, after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December of 2016.


Friends and family may visit from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where a Scripture Service will be held at 7 p.m. He will lie in state at 9:30 a.m, Saturday, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. by the church pastor, Rev. David Burgard. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Born April 29, 1948, he was the son of the late William J. and Mary (Pullou) Wilson. He attended Monroe High School, graduating with the class of 1966. Don enlisted with the United States Army in January of 1968 and was a  Medical Corpsman with the 1st Squadron, 1st Calvary Regimen. He married his loving wife of 47 years, Nancy Vollmer, at the Church of God, in Monroe, on October 4, 1969. Don was employed at Michigan Gas Utilities as a Service Technician for 42 years, retiring in 2011. He was a member of the National Rifle Association for more than 30 years and the Monroe County Rod and Gun Club for 17 years. Don enjoyed hunting deer in Lewiston, Michigan and spent countless hours fishing with his grandsons. He loved attending his grandsons’ baseball and football games, reading about history and most of all, he loved spending time with his family.


To cherish his memory, Don leaves his wife, Nancy; two sons: Travis (Jill) Wilson, Todd Wilson; one daughter, Traci Wilson; one son-in-law, Julio Amill; and three grandsons: Cody and Adam Wilson and Breylon Richards.


In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brother, Harold Wilson, in 2015.


Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church.

Martha Ellen Chesney

September 1, 1951 – May 27, 2017


ChesneyMartha Ellen Chesney, age 65 of Luna Pier, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017 in her home.

Born September 1, 1951 in Bowling Green, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Glen and Lydia (Reed) Campbell.

Martha loved cooking and drawing, and in her younger years dancing, singing, and playing pool.

Martha is survived by two daughters, Lydia (Russell) Young of Monroe and Tammy Chesney of Toledo, Ohio; three brothers, David, Daniel, and John Campbell; six sisters, Dawn Pack, Harriett Shimel, Suzanne Pack, Darlene Eck, Nancy Campbell, and Sarah Duran; six grandchildren: Erica, Quinntavais, Jamal, Caitlin, Sydni, and Jayme; two great- grandchildren, Mayla and Malachi; and lifelong partner, James Allen Reilly.

In addition to her parents, Martha was also preceded in death by a brother, Mark Campbell, and infant sister, Rosemary Campbell.

Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family with cremation arrangements in accordance with her wishes. A memorial time of gathering to celebrate Martha’s life will be held from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania, Ohio 43560. When entering the park, reference the Reed Family Picnic.

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Jennifer L. Dansard

June 7, 1958 – May 24, 2017



Jennifer L. Dansard, age 58, of Monroe, passed away at 11:16 a.m. Wednesday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital after a brief illness. 

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. 

Born June 7, 1958, she was the daughter of the late Bobbie and Juanita (Lambert) Carmack. Jennifer married her husband, Robert Dansard, on February 26, 1977 at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church. She spent most of her life as a homemaker while raising her daughter and continued her love of doing for others by cleaning and cooking for her mother-in-law. She enjoyed cooking; camping in the Irish Hills; shopping, especially at Kmart and Kohls; gardening; decorating her home and most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. 

To cherish her memory, she leaves behind her husband, Robert; one daughter, Jenee Dansard of Monroe; three brothers: Beverly (Pam) Carmack and Billy (Judy) Carmack both of Roggersville, Tennessee and Jeff Carmack of Monroe; and three grandchildren: Tayven, Luna and Nova Trent all of Monroe. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Bobbie O. Carmack in 2005. 

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. 

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Sister Margaret (Joseph Raphael) Dowd, IHMDowd M



Sister Margaret Dowd, IHM, 84, died Sunday, May 28, at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital, Monroe, Mich.


Sister Margaret was born on Nov. 27, 1932, in Port Huron, Mich., to John M. and Mary A. (Kennedy) Dowd.  Her parents and 10 siblings were members of St. Stephen Parish and the children attended St. Stephen Grade School and High School in Port Huron. After graduation in 1950, Margaret entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, and received the religious name Sister Joseph Raphael.


As a young IHM, Sister Margaret earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marygrove College, Detroit. She entered the field of education in 1954 and taught at St. Hugo of the Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Christ the King, St. Martin and St. Rose, Detroit; and for five years at St. Mary, Akron, Ohio. From 1966 to 2013, Sister Margaret’s ministries remained in Port Huron: as a teacher at St. Stephen High School and as a campus minister at St. Clair County Community College and the John Courtney Newman Center. In 1991, she became co-director of the John Courtney Newman Center and continued in this ministry until 2004. She then spent several years as co-director of Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of Detroit.


Sister Margaret remained in the Port Huron area, ministering as a volunteer where needed. In 2016, she retired to the Motherhouse and joined the IHM Senior Living Community.


Sister Margaret is survived by many nieces and nephews and her sisters in community. She was preceded in death by brothers, William, Denis, John, Charles and Joseph, CM; and sisters, Genevieve, Ellyn G. Bates, Madeline (Sister John Baptist, OP); and Mary T. Railian.


Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe on Wednesday, May 31, from 3-7 p.m., and on Thursday, June 1, beginning at 9 a.m. The Remembering and Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. Cremation will follow. 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.



In Hwi “Harry” Kim

May 1, 1937 – May 22, 2017

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In Hwi “Harry” Kim, age 80, of Monroe, passed away peacefully at 9:03 a.m. Monday surrounded by his loving family after being diagnosed in January with an aggressive form of cancer.  


Friends and family may visit from 4 p.m. until services at 5 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home; Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate. In accordance with his wishes, cremation will follow.


Born May 1, 1937 in South Korea, he was the son of the late Han Ik Kim and Chung Wan Rhee. In 1961 Harry earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from YonSei University in Seoul, Korea and in 1966 he earned a Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering degree from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. While attending Alfred University, Harry met his loving wife of 50 years, Beverly G. Bangma, and they were married on June 11, 1966 in Alfred, New York. He worked for Martin Marietta Materials from 1977-1992, Vesuvius from 1992-2004 and finally for A.J.F. Incorporated from 2004 until his retirement in 2011. In his spare time, Harry enjoyed listening to classical music, reading about American history, playing a few rounds of golf and spending time with his family.


To cherish his memory, he leaves behind his wife, Beverly; two daughters, Michelle (Brad) Horak of Cincinnati, Ohio and  Amy Kim of Long Branch, New Jersey; one brother, Sang Hwi (Choong Hee) Kim of The Villages, Florida; and two grandchildren, Caroline and Adam Horak, both of Cincinnati, Ohio.


In addition to his parents, Harry was preceded in death by one sister, Se Hyun Kim.


Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Michigan Humane Society or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


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Harold Simmons

November 29, 1935 – May 21, 2017


SimmonsHarold Simmons, age 81 of Monroe, passed away at 5:49 p.m. Sunday, May 21, 2017 in his home. He had been in declining health for three weeks.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie in state at 10 a.m. Friday at Monroe Missionary Baptist Church where services will be at 11 a.m. The church pastor, Rev. Roy Southerland will officiate. Burial will follow at Rath Cemetery.

Born November 29, 1935 in Samson, Alabama, Harold was the son of the late Elias and Stella (Johnson) Simmons. He married the love of his life, Miss Bobbie S. Phillips on June 8, 1956 in Orlando, Florida and moved to Monroe in 1968. She preceded him in death on June 6, 2006.

As a heavy equipment operator, Harold was employed by Edward C. Levy Company for 30 years before retiring in 1998.

Harold was a member of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church and Operating Engineers Local 324.

Harold is survived by four daughters: Rose (Scott) Croley, Shirley (Jimmy) Donlon, Peggy Simmons, and Gerry Kitts, all of Monroe; four sisters: Jean Cooley of Alabama, Hilda Faye Vaught of Orlando, Florida, Barbara Ann Fournier of Monroe, and Louise Smith of Orlando, Florida; seven grandchildren: Tiffany, Jason, Curt “C.J.”, Troy, Colin, Scotty, and Mallary; and ten great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Harold was also preceded in death by four brothers, Fred, Lois, Milford, and Mitchell Simmons.

Memorial donations may be made to Monroe Missionary Baptist Church.

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Betty L. Little

December 4, 1932 – May 18, 2017


Little0001Betty L. Little, age 84 of Monroe, passed away at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Medilodge of Monroe. She had been in poor health for 1 ½ years.

Born December 4, 1932 in Aurora, Illinois, Betty was the daughter of the late Fred and Mary Fichtel. She graduated from MaDonna High School in 1951 and married Duane E. Little on April 14, 1956 at Sacred Heart Church in Aurora. He preceded her in death on November 18, 2014.

Betty was employed by Kentucky Fried Chicken on N. Telegraph Rd. for 20 years, retiring as Assistant Manager. She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and was an avid fan of Detroit Tiger baseball and University of Michigan football. She enjoyed visiting area casinos and attending her grandchildren’s events.

Betty is survived by four children, Barry (Kay) Little of Monroe, Mary Kay (Matthew) Burke of Traverse City, David (Cindy) Little of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Kimberly (Ed) Splan of Monroe; a sister, Judy Grodi of Temperance; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Betty was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Chelsie Lynn Little, three brothers and three sisters.

As per Betty’s wishes, a private Memorial Mass will be held at a later date at St. Michael Church.

Memorial donations are suggested to Medilodge of Monroe.

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Alan Francis EsperEsper

May 5, 1943 – May 17, 2017


Alan Francis Esper, 74, passed away peacefully May 17, 2017, at University of Michigan Hospital. He had been seriously ill for one month.

Alan was born May 5, 1943 to Lawrence and Vernice (Wright) Esper. He attended St. Patrick’s School in Carleton and graduated from Monroe Catholic Central in 1961.  Alan graduated in 1965 from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. In 1966, Alan joined the faculty of Monroe Catholic Central teaching English and Theology. He continued his education at Wayne State University and received a Master of Arts degree in Literature in 1969.


In 1978, Alan was named the first lay principal in Monroe Catholic Central (MCC) history and served in that role until 1987. While serving as principal, Alan created the school’s first Office of Development and served concurrently as Principal and Director of Development. He was instrumental as an administrator during the consolidation of MCC with St. Mary Academy, an act that saved Catholic secondary education in Monroe County. In 1988, Alan became the first full-time Director of Development for the newly formed St. Mary Catholic Central (SMCC), a role he held until his departure in 1991. Alan worked at Heartbeat of Monroe in 1991, then the Alzheimer’s Association beginning in 1995 where he organized many fundraising run/walks until his retirement in 2007.


Family and friends may call from 1 to 8 pm Tuesday, May 23 at Rupp Funeral Home where a Scriptural Rosary service will be held at 7:00 pm. Alan will lie instate at 10 am Wednesday, May 24 at Divine Grace Parish in Carleton with the Mass of the Resurrection at 11 am. Rev. Steve Mateja, administrator/pastor of the parish will officiate with burial to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery.


Left to cherish his memory is one brother, Leo R. (Dick) Esper (Mary Ann) of Carleton. Alan is also survived by sisters-in-law Elaine Esper of Carleton, Alice Esper of Wisconsin, and Janet Esper of Monroe; one brother-in-law, John Bruck of Maybee; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Frank, Lewis, Don, Larry and Ron Esper; sisters: Betty Esper, Sister Delrose Esper SSJ, Mary Lou Pluff, Leona Bruck and a brother-in-law, Edgar Pluff.


The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the SMCC Scholarship Fund, Divine Grace Parish, or Heartbeat of Monroe. Online condolences may be sent through


MaryAnn Pursley

December 19, 1931 – May 16, 2017


PursleyMaryAnn Pursley, age 85 of Monroe, died at 3:31 p.m. Tuesday at Fountain View of Monroe. She had been in declining health for two weeks.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where a Scripture Service will be held at 4 p.m. She will lie in state at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church. 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.

Born December 19, 1931 in Monroe, she was the daughter of the late William and Sadie (Maletich) Mitosinka. She married Eugene M. Pursley on July 26, 1952 at St. Michael Church.

MaryAnn was a 1949 graduate of St. Mary Academy and member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish and Sigma Phi Gamma Sorority.

In addition to raising two daughters, MaryAnn worked at Consolidated Paper Company (Northside) in sales and service for approximately 15 years. She then went to work for Southeastern Fibers in Monroe, also in sales and service, for an additional 25 years before retiring.

MaryAnn is survived by her two daughters, Kathryn Jones of Monroe and Sharon (George) Weidner of Toledo; brother, William (Sally) Mitosinka of Monroe; granddaughter, Kara (Alex) Lagman of Rochester Hills; and two great-grandchildren, Lucia and Travis Lagman.

Memorial donations are suggested to St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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Michel G. Bourgeois

October 23, 1954 – May 4, 2017




Michel G. Bourgeois, 62, of Punta Gorda, Florida, formerly of Monroe, died unexpectedly of natural causes in his home.


Family and friends may call from 2-8 PM Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 AM Saturday. Rev. Lawrence Detruf will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date.

Born October 23, 1954 in Cap de la Madeleine, Quebec, Canada, he was the son of Gerald and Rose (LaChance) Bourgeois. He married Patricia “Patsy” Walden on December 24, 1972 at St. Mary Church in Monroe.


Mike was employed by the Ford Motor Company, Monroe, until his retirement in 2005. Mike found enjoyment spending time with his family, but he also had a love for fast cars, boating, hockey, and walking. Mike and friend Dino began the Mike and Dino Drop-In hockey league on Sunday evenings at the Monroe Multi Sports Complex in 1997 which still continues today. Mike was a 1972 graduate of Monroe High School and a member of UAW Local 723 in Monroe.

Mike is survived by his wife Patsy, and his children Carrie (Bryant) Sestak of Monroe, MI, Kelly (Shane) Chittum of Charleston, TN, Francine (Kyle) Chittum of Simpsonville, SC, and Mitchell Bourgeois of Knoxville, TN; 10 Grandchilren Alexa, Brenden, Hailey, Taylor, Cody, McKenzie, Harley, Monroe, Hudson and Charlie; Siblings Claudette Tramblay of Florida, Florence Brûlé of Michigan, Yvette (Guy) Migneault of Quebec, Normand (Johanna Robert) Bourgeois of Quebec, Pierre (Rosie Wagner) Bourgeois of Tennessee, Serge (Mary) Bourgeois of Michigan, and Marcel Bourgeois of Quebec.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents, infant daughter Lae Bourgeois, brother Come Deshais, and brother in laws Yves Brûlé and Marcel Tramblay.

Memorials may be made in Mike’s memory to any food bank of your choice.

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