Monthly Archives: July 2017

Timothy Scott Blevins

April 22, 1966 – July 28, 2017


BlevinsTimothy Scott Blevins, age 51, passed away at 5:41 a.m. Friday in his home after a brief illness.


Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Born April 22, 1966, he is the son of James H. and Barbara A. (Smith) Blevins. Tim graduated from Jefferson High School with the class of 1984. He worked for Mazda at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant as a painter for 13 years and was a member of UAW Local 387. Tim loved animals, caring for his three dogs: Chico, Muffin and Jojo and his two cats, Angel and Kiki. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and spending time outdoors enjoying all that nature had to offer.


To cherish his memory, Tim leaves his loving Mother, Barbara; and two siblings, Thomas “Dale” (Penny) Blevins of Hebron, Indiana and Barbara “Lynne” (John) Johnson of Monroe.


He was preceded in death by his father, James; one brother, James Michael Blevins; maternal grandparents, Thomas and Geneva Smith; and paternal grandparents, Fred and Opal Blevins.


Memorial contributions in Tim’s honor are suggested to a local Alcoholics Anonymous or Monroe County Humane Society.


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Mariya Marie Heinzerling

April 22, 1996 – July 27, 2017


HeinzerlingMariya Marie Heinzerling, age 21, passed away at 7:10 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.


Family and friends may visit from 12 p.m. until services at 7 p.m. Monday, July 31, 2017, at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate. In accordance with her wishes, cremation will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Born April 22, 1996, she is the daughter of Kenneth and Tammy (Beebe) Heinzerling. Growing up Mariya participated in ballet, tap and jazz class; figure skating; voice; piano; and gymnastics. She attended Triumph Academy and graduated from Monroe County Middle College in 2015 with her High School Diploma and an Associate of Science Degree from Monroe County Community College.


In 2015, she began the Nursing Program at Monroe County Community College and was preparing to begin her final fall semester. Mariya cared deeply for others, was compassionate, and drawn to nursing because she wanted to help those who are unable to care for themselves. She felt that she could connect with her patients on not just a professional level, but a personal level because of all the health issues she had been through in her life.


As a nursing student, Mariya spent most of her time studying, but when she had spare time, she cherished playing with her niece, Abbey, who was her pride and joy. Mariya enjoyed shopping, getting her hair and nails done, and laying in the sun by the pool. She loved the ocean and was looking forward to the trip she had planned with her mother. Mariya was a loving individual and will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her.


To cherish her memory, Mariya leaves her parents, Ken and Tammy of LaSalle; two siblings, Jennifer (Bill) Seal of Sylvania, Ohio and Kristopher (Jenny) Heinzerling of Monroe; a niece, Abigail Seal of Sylvania, Ohio; paternal grandparents, Ralph and Lavern Heinzerling of Monroe; three loving pets: Titan, Thor and Zeus; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.


She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Susan Ramos, on September 26, 2010.


Memorial contributions in Mariya’s memory are recommended to the Monroe County Humane Society.


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Joyce L. Navarre

August 2, 1943 – July 25, 2017


NavarreJoyce Leota Navarre, age 73 of Monroe, died at 8:03 p.m. Tuesday at ProMedica Monroe Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born August 2, 1943 in Monroe, Joyce was the daughter of the late Harold and Agnes (Wildman) Gale of Bristolville, Ohio. She was a 1961 graduate of Monroe High School and enjoyed playing cards, bowling, baseball, fishing, and playing Bingo.

An animal and people lover, Joyce made friends wherever she went. She was kind-hearted and cared for everyone. She had a strong faith in God and Jesus and would often pray for the hurting people of this world.

Joyce is survived by two sons, William (Roberta) Younglove of Monroe and Wayne (Ruwena) Younglove of Carleton; brother, Harold Gale of Newport; two sisters, Evelyn Gale and Lois Bomia, both of Monroe; six grandchildren: Roma Longo, Dolores LaBeau, Alisha Younglove, Ryan Younglove, Shawn Younglove, and Robert Younglove; and six great-grandchildren: Jasmyne LaBeau, Francesco Longo, Greysen Longo, Annabel Longo, Brendon Lee Hill, and Roslyn Lee Younglove-Taylor.

In addition to her parents, Joyce is also preceded in death by her conpanion of 23 years, Robert Givens, and a brother, Richard Gale.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Rev. Bruce Leaman, pastor of Gracepoint United Pentecostal Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

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Ruby Ellen Whitaker

December 5, 1928 – July 23, 2017


WhitakerBeloved mother and grandmother, Ruby Ellen Whitaker, age 88 of Monroe, passed away in her home on Sunday, July 23, 2017.

Born December 5, 1928 in Tazewell, Tennessee, Ruby was the daughter of the late Britt and Hettie (Lee) Eads. She married George A. Whitaker on March 7, 1947. He preceded her in death on February 11, 2004.

Ruby enjoyed tending to her flowers, yard, and garden.

Ruby will be sadly missed by her two sons, Douglas (Doree) Whitaker of Ida and Larry (Carol) Whitaker of Perrysburg, Ohio; two sisters, Glenda Ellison of LaFayette, Indiana and Leona Laub of Toledo, Ohio; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Ruby was also preceded in death by five brothers, five sisters, and a grandchild.

Family and friends may visit from 11 a.m. until time of funeral service at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Todd Greenman, pastor of Morocco United Brethren Church, Temperance will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

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Vernice C. Varner

August 18, 1921 – July 23, 2017


Vernice C. Varner, age 95, of Monroe, passed away peacefully at 4:50 p.m. Sunday at Wellspring VarnerLutheran Services. She had been in declining health since January.


Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home. A private interment will take place at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, at a later date.


Born August 18, 1921, in Cynthiana, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Charles G. and Emily Frances (Ravenscraft) Cooper. Vernice married Eugene Varner on February 8, 1958, in Cynthiana; sadly, he preceded her in death on August 15, 1982. She attended Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church. Vernice enjoyed working crossword puzzles, playing games on the computer and was an excellent cook. Her family’s favorite dishes were her cookies and “Bananna” pudding.


To cherish her memory, she leaves two sons, Virgil (Zelma) Hatcher of Cynthiana, Kentucky and Gene (Theresa) Varner I of Monroe; four grandchildren: Sandy Merrill, Rusty (Crissy) Hatcher, Gene (Ashley) Varner II and Chad (Kayla) Varner; and four great-grandchildren: Dillian Merrill, Mia Hatcher and Adelyn and Harrison Varner.


In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Darrell, Donald and Charles Cooper.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund or Youth Group.


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Gwendolyn (Gwen) A. Scheffler

May 30, 1930 – July 23, 2017




Scheffler Gwendolyn (Gwen)A. Scheffler of Monroe passed on into her Lord and Savior’s arms Sunday July 23, 2017 at the age of 87.She was the daughter of Arthur C. Hardy and Elsie(Frick) Hardy of Detroit and born May 30, 1930. She graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit. She was an accomplished violinist and participated in various chamber groups. She also gave lessons at the Monroe Conservatory of Music. In 1951 she married Richard R Scheffler. Gwen worked at Kelvinator in the office until Richard was drafted in the Korean War, in which he served stateside at Fort Leonard Wood , Missouri. Gwen joined him there in Missouri and worked at the Post Exchange .Upon their arrival back home to Detroit they moved to South Redford and started a family. They had three children, Carl R. ( Dr. Patrice) of West Palm Beach, FL; Kurt M.(Donna) of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and Lisa A. (Todd) Jones of Monroe. 9 Grandchildren Todd Jones of Monroe, Daniel and Lindsay Scheffler of Palm Beach Gardens,FLBG,FL and Mary, Carl Jr, Annalise, Elena, Maximilian, and Conrad of West Palm Beach, FL. She is proceeded in death by her husband Richard, brother Jack Hardy, mother Elsie and father Arthur Christian Hardy.

Gwen was a member of St Mary Catholic Church in Monroe where the Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11 am Wednesday. Her body will lay instate 10 am until that time. The service is private and will conclude with the burial at Glen Eden Cemetery in Livonia. Flowers may be sent directly to St Mary Church or donations may be made to The Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary 610 West Elm Ave Monroe, MI. 48162.
Above all else Gwen’s life mission was her family. her steadfast love, support, and compassion will always be cherished.

Rupp Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.


Jo Ann RimelRimel

July 14, 1951 – July 20, 2017


Jo Ann Rimel 66, of Monroe died at 5:35 am Thursday at Medilodge of Monroe. She had been in poor health for a month.

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

Born July 14, 1951 in Monroe she was the daughter of Jack and Rachel Jeanette (Simpson) Middleton. She married Earl S. Rimel on June 17, 1971 in Monroe.

Jo Ann was employed by Monroe County Mental Health as a group home Aide retiring in 2001.

She was a 1969 graduate of Monroe High School.

Surviving are her husband Earl; sons Matthew E (Kimberly) Rimel of Newport ans Mark D. Rimel of McBain, Michigan; grandchildren Kyle Rimel and Melanie Rimel; mother and stepfather Rachel J. (Jim) Friar; brother Donald Middleton and sister Dorthea Middleton both of Monroe.

Jo Ann was preceded in death by her father Jack Middleton.

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Richard Roberts, Sr.Roberts

December 6, 1933 – July 15, 2017


Richard Roberts, Sr, 83 died on Saturday July 15 at 1:05 pm surrounded by his family.

He was born on December 6, 1933 the first child of Lawrence and Odelia (Burger) Roberts. He spent his early years working on the family farm with his brothers. Richard graduated from Monroe Catholic Central in 1952. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1954. Richard was assigned to the 64th Tank Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division. He was honorably discharged in 1956 and before returning home set out on sight seeing tour of the United States. Some of his stops included the Grand Canyon and California.


Once back home in Michigan, Richard settled into a job that would become his career. He started working for Fingerle Lumber Company in Ann Arbor in 1956. He would stay there for 40 years working for three generations of owners. He was a lifelong member of the Teamsters Union, and loved working outside no matter what the weather.


On May 5, 1967 Richard married the love of his life, Kathleen Larkin. The couple were recently able to celebrate their50th wedding anniversary , which was a huge milestone. Their union produced three children, Richard Jr.,Renea and Ronald. He was a devoted husband and father, always wanting the best for his family.


One of the things that brought him the most joy was cutting grass. Many a warm day was spent on his riding lawn mower keeping his yard looking meticulous. He had a special system as to how he mowed, and no one could do it like him. In fact if you asked him that is exactly what he would tell you.


Richard loved his family. He had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren. Whenever Brendan, Remington and Parker were around you would surely see a smile on Pop’s face.


Richard Roberts is survived by his wife, two sons, three grandchildren and two brother Lawrence and Joseph. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Raymond and David and his daughter Renea.


As were his wishes a private funeral was held on July 19 at the Rupp Funeral Home.

Alexandra (Chris) StolisovStolisov

April 10, 1940 – July 17, 2017


Alexandra C. Stolisov 77, of Newport passed away Monday at 3:27 pm at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. She had been in failing health for the last year.

Family and friends may call from 3 to 7 pm Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 am Friday. Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate with burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born April 10, 1940 in Detroit she was the daughter of Leonidas and Eleftera (Pancho) Kosman. She married Mihail Stolisov on September 29, 1963 in Detroit. He preceded her in death on November 18, 2012.

Alexandra was employed by the I.H.M. Motherhouse as a nurse’s aide/receptionist for over twenty years retiring in 1995.

She enjoyed planting and working with her flower garden and was huge MMA and boxing fan.

Surviving are her children Michael (Lori) Stolisov of Newport and Michelle (William) Preskin of Pinckney; grandchildren Brynn Stolisov and Gabriel Stolisov; brother Louis Kosman of Dearborn; sister Elena McKee of Dearborn.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

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Leo J. Bourque

October 1, 1927 – July 15, 2017


Leo J. Bourque, age 89, of Monroe, passed away at 11:54 p.m. Saturday in his home.


Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie in state Thursday at 10 a.m. with services beginning at 11 a.m. at Lakeside Missionary Baptist Church, Newport; Rev. Bob Baltrip will officiate. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, South Rockwood.


Born October 1, 1927, in Ontario, Canada, he was the son of the late Wilfred and Vina (Renaud) Bourque. Leo married his loving wife, Annie M. Morefield, on April 14, 1973 in Birmingham, Michigan; sadly, she preceded him in death on April 2, 2017. Leo served with the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 324,working as a Heavy Equipment Operator for over 40 years. Leo proudly became a United States Citizen on January 9, 2006. He was a member of Lakeside Missionary Baptist Church where he served as Treasurer and Maintenance Man. Leo was an avid hockey fan and wood carver.


To cherish his memory, Leo leaves three children: Nick L. Jackson of Monroe, Martha (Michael) Brown of Maybee and Jeanie (Alan) Bell of Temperance; two brothers, Gene (Marie) and Roy Bourque; two sisters, Lou Brown and Margaret LeFebvre; twelve grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.


In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by six siblings.


Memorial contributions may be made to Lakeside Missionary Baptist Church.


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