Monthly Archives: June 2017

John K. Bleyaert

January 6, 1959 – June 28, 2017



John K. Bleyaert, 58, Linden, MI, formerly of Monroe, passed away on June 28, 2017.

Family and friends may gather on Monday, July 3rd at Rupp Funeral Home between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm with a celebration of his life at 2 pm. Luncheon to follow.

John was born January 6, 1959 in Monroe. He was the son of Warren J. and Rita M. Bleyaert (Santure). He was married May 13, 2006 to Susan Hervey in Ann Arbor, MI.

He was a graduate of Monroe Catholic Central High School in 1977.

John received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in May 1981 and became a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in 1987. His professional background includes thirty years in the banking and investment management industry, most recently as Wealth Advisor at Acorn Wealth Advisors in Grand Blanc. An avid sailor and golfer, John was an active member and former Board President of the University of Michigan Club of Greater Flint.

He is survived by wife Susan H. Bleyaert of Linden, MI; five siblings, Mary Beth (William) Heinzerling of Monroe, Barbara (Patricia Compton) Bleyaert of Honor, MI, Robert (Sue) Bleyaert of Petoskey, MI, James (Christine Stapleton) Bleyaert of Honor, MI, Janice Bleyaert of San Leandro, CA; mother-in-law Karen DeLaney of Rochester, NY; father-in-law George Hervey of Boca Raton, FL; sister-in-law Tricia Conlon of Boynton Beach, FL; three nephews, Scott and Steven Heinzerling of Monroe, and Jack Bleyaert of Chicago; four nieces, Bess Bleyaert of Harbor Springs, MI, and Olivia, Emma and Sadie Tran of Boynton Beach FL, and beloved cat Jake.

He is preceded in death by mother Rita Bleyaert of Monroe and father Warren Bleyaert of Monroe.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of Owosso, 2005 Copas Rd, Owosso, MI 48867 or The U of M Club of Greater Flint, 4468 Oak Bridge Drive, Flint, MI 48532.

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Sr. Marie Gabriel Hungerman

May 20, 1925 – June 27, 2017


Sister Marie Gabriel Hungerman, IHM, 92, died Tuesday, June 27, at her home, the IHM Motherhouse. She had recently become ill and moved into the IHM Health Care Center.


Sister Marie Gabriel was one of three daughters and four sons born to Clement and Edna (Makary) Hungerman of Chester, Pa. Born on May 20, 1925, she was baptized Marie Louise. The family moved to Detroit, where the children attended St. Agnes elementary and high schools. After high school graduation, Marie entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, and received the religious name Marie Gabriel. 


Upon entering the community, she began studies and earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College, Detroit. Her early teaching found her at St. Gregory, Gesu and Holy Redeemer, Detroit; and at St. Mary, Monroe. Doctoral studies took her to St. Louis University, St. Louis, where she achieved a doctorate in philosophy in 1960. This allowed her to teach at the collegiate level at Marygrove College for 11 years and at Siena Heights College in Adrian for four years. Within those years, she also served as academic dean, dean of the college, associate professor and chairperson of the philosophy department.


In 1976, Sister Marie Gabriel focused on congregational service as she became first assistant to the president of the IHM congregation. She held this position for six years before joining the faculty of Nazareth College where she served for seven years. After enjoying a one-year sabbatical at Catholic Schools of Hawaii in Kaneohe, Hawaii, Sister Marie Gabriel joined the faculty of Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. A gifted educator, she received many honors for outstanding contributions in the field of educational leadership.


In 1995, Sister Marie Gabriel moved to Monroe, and at age 70, accepted appointment as IHM Theological Education Project director. This encompassing educational program was attended by congregational members over several summer sessions. In 2000, she began service as director of the IHM Congregational Library/Resource Center, retiring from this position in 2008. After moving into the Motherhouse in March 2008, Sister Marie Gabriel was always working on a project of interest for the community: a gifted writer and theologian, 10 years on the planning committee for “Many Stories, One Community” reading project and as a provider of spiritual poetry to many in the community. 


Sister Marie Gabriel is survived by her sister, Ann Hungerman, nieces and nephews and her sisters in community. She was preceded in death by her sister, John Clement Hungerman, IHM, and her brothers, Clement, Paul, Ronald and John.


Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe on Thursday, June 29, beginning at 4 p.m. with a Remembering service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, June 30 at 9 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 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. 


Delbert Fay Bowman

July 11, 1932 – June 26, 2017


Delbert Fay Bowman, age 84, of Ypsilanti, formerly of Monroe, passed away peacefully at 7:05 p.m. Monday, in his home. He had been in poor health for the past year.D.Bowman


Friends and family may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate. In accordance with his wishes, cremation will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Born July 11, 1932, in LaSalle,  he was the son of the late Howard and Flossie (Gazley) Bowman. Delbert attended Monroe High school and Madonna University. He married his loving wife of 66 years, Shirley E. Peters, on April 6, 1951 in Monroe. Delbert enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in February of 1951, retiring in 1971 after obtaining the rank of Master Sargeant. After his retirement from the military, Delbert became the Willow Run Airport Fire Chief from 1971 until his full retirement in 1994. He and his wife moved to Danridge, Tennessee in 1994 and New Port Richey, Florida in 1997, and returned to Ypsilanti in 2006. Delbert enjoyed square dancing with his wife; working on and driving his dune buggies, which he built with his family; woodworking with his son, Arty, and spending time at his second home in Fairview, Michigan.


To cherish his memory, Delbert leaves his beloved wife, Shirley; four children: Connie (Lewis) Maynard of Willis, Michigan, Archer (Denise) Bowman of Onsted, Michigan, Debra E. (John Faysick) Bowman of Raymondville, Texas and Diana (Terry) Burkeen of Sun City West, Arizona; two brothers, Eugene (Marie) and Leon (Harriet) Bowman both of LaSalle; three sisters: Mildred Turner of LaSalle, Audrey Lake of New Port Richey, and Marlene (Richard) Riegal of Pertersburg; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.   


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Lyle, Warren and Lowel Bowman.


Memorial contributions in his name are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

Zandra E. Gallatin

February 28, 1940 – June 26, 2017


GallatinZandra E. Gallatin, age 77 of Monroe, died at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Medilodge of Monroe. She had been in declining health for six months.

Born February 28, 1940 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Madeline (Souppa) Zenick.

Zandra was a very creative and artistic individual who enjoyed oil painting and making jewelry.

She is survived by three children, Raymond Gallatin of Alabama, Susan (Tim) King of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Debra (Michael) Patton of Flat Rock; a sister, Darene Martin of Lenox Twp., Michigan; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Zandra was also preceded in death by a son, Duane Gallatin; and two brothers, Nicholas Zenick and Ralph Souppa.

Zandra will be cremated in accordance with her wishes. Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Rev. Dennis Clanton, pastor of Woodland Church, Brownstown, will officiate.

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Will Ferguson

March 10, 1927 – June 27, 2017


Will Ferguson, age 90, of Ypsilanti, formerly of Monroe, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, at 8:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor, after a brief illness.

Bill will lie in state Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church from 12 p.m. until services at 1 p.m. Rev. Ross Ulrich, Pastor of the church, will officiate. A private committal service will held at a later time.

Born March 10, 1927, in Monroe, he was the son of the late William E. and Lucille (Burchette) Ferguson. He attended Monroe High School and joined the United States Navy at the age of 16. Bill married his loving wife of 67 years, Shirley M. Goodale, on April 19, 1950, at Zion Lutheran Church, where he was a life long member. He worked for Monroe Auto Equipment and Tenneco Inc. for more than 25 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the YMCA, where he enjoyed his morning workouts, for over 15 years. Bill volunteered at Wellspring Lutheran Services and enjoyed making the residents laugh during their conversations. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, playing pool, bowling, tennis and caring for his lawn. He was an avid Detroit Tigers and University of Michigan fan. He loved sweets of all kinds. Bill had a wonderful sense of humor and had an innate ability to make hilarious jokes on the fly. His family often pondered which he enjoyed more, baked goods or making people laugh. He cared deeply about recycling and the giving of one’s time to others.

To cherish his memory, he leaves his beloved wife, Shirley; one son, Jeffrey L. (Betsy) Ferguson of Bluffton, South Carolina; one daughter, Jayne M. (Jeffrey) Armstrong of Ypsilanti; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Soncrant and Wilma Jean Fisher.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Zion Lutheran Church.

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Vivian H. JonesJones

June 29, 1936 – June 26, 2017


Vivian H. Jones 80, of Monroe died at 8:30 am Monday at her home surrounded by her family. She had been in poor health for one year.

Family and friends may call from 3 to 8 pm Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate Friday 10 am at Bible Fellowship Church with funeral services at 11 am. Rev. Dr. J. D. Walker, pastor will officiate with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born June 29, 1936 in Knoxville, Tennessee she was the daughter of Reaford A. and Kathleen M. (Wallace) Parker. She married Herbert L. Jones on March 5, 1955 in Monroe. He preceded her in death on December 9, 2002.

Vivian was a homemaker, a member of Bible Fellowship Church and enjoyed keeping a diary.

Surviving are her son A. Keith Jones of Monroe; daughter-in-law Sharon Jones Beckhoff of Williamsburg, Virginia; grandchildren Merril Duvall, Misty (Jason) Butler, Todd (Tara) Carr, Toni Jones, Joshua Jones and Mark Jones; eleven great-grandchildren; brothers James (Deanna) Parker of Traverse City and Roy Parker of Monroe and a sister Joann (Kenneth) Muir of Monroe.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son H.Douglas Jones, and infant sister Patsy Ann Parker.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

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Robert John DuVall

July 12, 1968 – June 20, 2017


DuVall1Robert John “Rob” DuVall, age 48 of Sacramento, California, formerly of Monroe, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in his home. He had been in declining health for three years.

Born July 12, 1968 in Monroe, he was the son of Norman and Antonina (Koszykowski) DuVall. Rob attended St. Mary Elementary School was a 1987 graduate of Monroe High School. He earned a bachelor degree in Microbiology from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from the University of California, Davis.

Rob was employed for several years by the State of California as Senior Scientist in their Air Quality Control Division. He enjoyed restoring cars, fishing, and had a fondness of animals, especially dogs.

Rob is survived by his parents, Norm and Toni DuVall of Monroe; sister, Christine (Andrew) Notario of Monroe; nephew, Andrew Notario; two nieces, Abigail and Elizabeth Notario; two aunts, Linda Kos and Jo Ann Fargo; Uncle, Michael DuVall; and cousins, Eric and Jason Kos.

Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family with cremation arrangements in California and local funeral arrangements. His family will receive visitors from 10 a.m. until memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, June 30th at St. Mary Catholic Church. The church pastor, Rev. David Burgard will officiate Mass of the Resurrection celebrating Rob’s life.

Memorial donations may be made to the Devoted Barn, 6227 N. Dixie Hwy., Newport, MI 48166.

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Lois M. Beason

February 28, 1926 – June 21, 2017


lois beason photoLois M. Beason, age 91 of Hendersonville, Tennessee, formerly of Monroe, died at 9:05 a.m. Wednesday at Alive Hospice, Madison, TN

Family and friends may visit from 10 a.m. until service at 12 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Tim Iocoangeli, Associate Pastor of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born February 28, 1926 in Tazewell, Tn, she was the daughter of the late John and Bessie (Dixon) Bradford. She married J. Douglas Fuson and then later married Ralph P. Beason on December 18, 1998 in Monroe. Ralph Preceded Lois in death on April 29, 2017.

Lois is survived by three sons, Michael (Irene) Fuson of Monroe, John (Deborah) Fuson of Colorado Springs, CO, and James Fuson of Old Hickory, TN; a brother, Odra Bradford of Monroe; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by five siblings.

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

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Wayne A. Kocsis

September 11, 1962 – June 19, 2017


Wayne A. Kocsis 54, of Monroe died at 11:54 am Monday at his home.

In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place. No services will be held.

Born September 11, 1962 in Toledo he was the son of Alex J. and Shirley M. (Roof) Kocsis.

Wayne was employed by Stoney Creek Auto Parts in Carleton.

Surviving are his parents of Monroe; children Steven A. Kocsis, Paula L. Carroll and William A. Kocsis all of New York, brother Gary Kocsis of Belleville; Sisters Wanda (Ralph) Raiford of Ann Arbor and Denise (Roger) Egland of Venice, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his sister Lorraine Kocsis.

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Josephine Sylvia CadleCadle

October 23, 1942 – June 19, 2017


Josephine Sylvia Cadle 74, of Monroe died at 6:41 pm Monday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 8 pm Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate Thursday 10 am at St. Anne Catholic Church with the Mass of the Resurrectin at 11 am. Rev. John Chinnappa will officiate with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born October 23, 1942 in Mckeesport, Pennsylvania she was the daughter of Tony and Minnie (Panza) Gutterize. She married Carson P. Cadle, Sr. on December 3, 1960 at St. Charles Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on December 17, 1997.

Josephine was employed by Ford Motor Company, Monroe Housing Commission and Cracker Barrel. She enjoyed playing pool, bingo and puzzles.

Josephine was a member of VFW 3943 Ladies Auxiliary and the Odd Fellows of Monroe.

Surviving are her son Carson P. (Amanda) Cadle II of Monroe; grandchildren Jermaine Wells, Anthony Cadle, Melissa Lauderdale, Carson (Ashley) Cadle III, Stephanie Cole, BobbyJoe Cadle, Christopher Cole Jr.,Gabriel Cadle and Emalie Cadle; and twelve great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents and daughter Sylvia A. Cole.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family to help with expenses.

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