Monthly Archives: September 2017

Timothy Emerson

August 9, 1956 – September 28, 2017


Emerson (2)Timothy Emerson, age 61, of Monroe, passed away at 2:22 p.m. Thursday in his home after being diagnosed with Esophageal cancer just four short months ago.


Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, October 2, 2017, at Rupp Funeral Home, where a Scripture Service will be held at 6 p.m. with Deacon Mike Stewart presiding. He will lie in state at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the church Pastor, Rev. Fr. Raymond Arwady, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Born August 9, 1956 in Monroe, he was the son of the late Glenn and Elizabeth (Marchese) Emerson. Tim attended Monroe High School, graduating with the class of 1974. He met Rhonda Mallicoat at Petes Garage in Monroe whom he later married on August 18, 1984 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Monroe. Tim and Rhonda spent many years boating on their 24 foot Sea Ray, gardening, and entertaining friends and family.


Following in his father’s and Grandfather’s footsteps, Tim was employed as a Journeyman Pipefitter, becoming a member of the United Association of Journeyman Pipefitters on March 6, 1975. He earned his HVAC certification in 1994 and was a proud and active member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 671, where his father and grandfather were past presidents. From 1994 to 1999 Tim also worked for Daimler-Chrysler Corporation as a pipefitter. Tim was an avid supporter, educator and defender of workplace safety and took great pride in teaching, as well as mentoring, young people interested in going into skilled trades.


Tim began drag racing in 1972, racing at the Detroit Dragway and Milan Dragway in his 65′ Mustang. Later on Tim introduced his children to the sport with the Junior Drag Racing League. Tim and Rhonda supported their children racing as a family for over 17 years. Tim was the Crew Chief for both his daughter, Lindsay, and his son, Ryan, using a special, beat-up and broken screwdriver nicknamed, Austin Coil, after the former Crew Chief of NHRA Champion drag racer John Force, to tune their engines at the starting line and no other screwdriver would do. In addition, Tim spent many years supporting his children in other sports including volleyball and hockey.


He was a more than avid University of Michigan football fan and season ticket holder since 1978, having lots of unique memorabilia that includes a Maze and Blue lawn tractor and mailbox. In addition to attending U of M football games and racing, Tim enjoyed hunting; bowling, once bowling a 298; golfing and spending time with his family. He was a jack-of-all-trades and was able to fix or install anything. Tim was a great husband and father and will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.


To cherish his memory, Tim leaves his loving wife of thirty-three years, Rhonda; two children, Lindsay (David Davis) Emerson and Ryan S. Emerson both of Monroe; one brother, Joseph Emerson of Ohio; and four sisters: Rebecca (Samuel) Gutierrez of Monroe, Karen (Jerome) Wagoner of Ohio, Maria (Terry) Pursley of Monroe and Tina Emerson of Monroe.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, George and Cecelia (Roberts) Emerson; maternal grandparents, James and Lillian (Gillenkirk) Marchese; and mother and father-in-law, Edward and Elsie (Haynes) Mallicoat.


Memorial contributions in Tim’s memory are suggested to Oaks of Righteousness Christian Ministries, Monroe.


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Jami Marie Daly

March 29, 1974 – September 28, 2017


DalyWith the sun shining on her face and loving family surrounding her, Jami was called home by the Lord at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, September 28, 2017.

Born March 29, 1974 in Monroe, MI, Jami was the daughter of William and Cheryl (Moran) Hicks, Jr. Jami attended grade school in Monroe. She also attended Monroe High School and Ramstein High School, Ramstein, Germany. Jami was known for her fiery spirit, infectious laughter and giving ways.

Jami married her best friend and soulmate, Ken “Kenny” Daly on May 11, 2007. Formerly of Monroe, they were currently residing in Grand Rapids, MI. Jay and Kenny enjoyed a beautiful home and yard, raising their fur babies, Junior and Sadie, riding their Harley and attending festivals, despite her failing health for the past six years.

To cherish her memory, Jami leaves her loving husband of ten years, Kenny; parents, Bill and Cheryl Hicks; sister, Sabrina (Billy) Aston; sister-in-law, Samantha (Aaron) Raker; nephews, Gabriel, Joseph “Joey”, and Damian; nieces, DeLaney, Daphne, and Danyel “Dani”; in-laws, Denise and Bill Ziems and Raphael “Ken” and Misti Daly; her loving grandparents, Lawrence (Carol) Moran and Bill (Char) Hicks; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Sadly, Jami is preceded in death by her grandma’s, Marjorie Hicks, Sandy Moran, and Joan Schulze; her Aunt Beth; cousins, Tim Guy, Tammy Guy, and Tim Collum; and her fur babies, Lucky and Buddy.

Family and friends may visit from 12 p.m. until funeral service at 4 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home. Family friend, Rev. Tom Hendricks will officiate. Cremation will follow in accordance with her wishes.

Memorial donations in her memory may be made to The Devoted Barn.

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Elmer A. “Al” Turrill

November 7, 1939 – September 27, 2017


TurrillElmer A. “Al” Turrill, age 77, of Monroe, passed away peacefully at 10:36 a.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in his home.


Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held Monday, October 2, 2017, at 11 a.m. Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Born November 7, 1939 in Garden City, Michigan, he was the son of the late Joseph and Dorothy (Lafond) Turrill. Al attended Thurston High School in Redford Michigan and joined the United States Army in 1957, serving his country honorably. He graduated from Detroit Trade School and Colorado Welding School. Al married Beverly Ann Johnson on November 9, 1991 in Monroe. He worked as an Iron Worker for 18 years and Carpenter for 10 years working out of Detroit Laborers Union 1191 for Walbridge Aldinger Company. Al worked for Lowe’s driving their delivery truck for 11 years, fully retiring in 2014. He was a Judo and Bowling instructor in Detroit, Michigan. Al was an avid Michigan State University fan. He enjoyed playing golf; bowling; traveling, having traveled to all of the contiguous Unites States; and being outdoors hunting and panning for gold. Al truly loved spending time with his grandchildren playing baseball and other sports.


To cherish his memory, Al leaves his loving wife Bev; one son, Michael

J. Turrill of Idaho; four step-children: Connie (Greg) Burkey of Monroe, Beth Anne Caswell of Monroe, Keith (Sarah) Rossi of Newport and Janell Hardeburg of Monroe; eleven grandchildren: Darrek Caswell, Alisha (Jacob) Turpin, Tad Burkey, Matthew (Aubrey) Caswell, Rebecca Caswell, Deseriea Poupard-Turrill,  Reece Burkey, Michael (Shiann) Turrill, Noah Hardenburg, Emma Rossi and Michael Landenburg; and eleven great-grandchildren.


In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Marion Canup and Ruth Goodlet; and one brother Joseph Turrill.


Memorial contributions in Al’s memory are suggested to ProMedica Hospice, Monroe or the American Heart Association.


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Hazel Louise Ellison

September 9, 1935 – September 26, 2017


EllisonHazel Louise Ellison, age 82 of Monroe, passed from this life at 12:18 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26th in her home.

Born September 9, 1935 in Betsy Layne, Kentucky, Hazel was the daughter of Bert and Dora (Auxier) Layne. As a young girl, Hazel spent summers in Monroe visiting her sister. While babysitting one evening, a young Louis Ellison caught a glimpse of her and told Hazel’s brother, “I’m going to marry that girl.” They wed on October 4, 1952 in Pikeville, Kentucky and raised seven children. Sadly, he preceded her in death on November 20, 2015.

Their home was a magnet for friends, family and music lovers of all ages. When Louis would pick up his guitar and Hazel her microphone and song book, you knew the party had just begun. Many could not help but join in singing, playing guitars, drums, banjos and harmonicas. Dancing wasn’t required, but you just couldn’t help yourself. From Delta Dawn to Rocky Top Tennessee, there was music, dancing, love and laughter long into the night.

Hazel was known for her strength, love, talent and a great sense of humor. Her greatest love was for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, husband and family. She and Louis have left behind a legacy of over 40 strong and and still growing, including her daughters-in-law and sons-in-law, whom she loved just like her own children.

She had an exceptional talent for creating masterpieces out of frosting, making hundreds of wedding and birthday cakes for the greater Monroe area, and she was just as talented with a paint brush, creating intricate details on hundreds of ornaments which decorate all of her children’s Christmas trees.

Hazel sacrificed a career to stay home and raise her children. Later in life, she worked using her artistic abilities to restore antiques at Spainhower’s Auction Company.

Always putting others needs before hers, she often volunteered at St. Anne Church and was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge 884 Chapter 714. She also loved to watch Detroit sports teams play (well…most of the time) and enjoyed going to play bingo and visit area casinos with friends and family.

Hazel was strong, kind, selfless, honest and loving. God was so generous to let us have her for as long as He did. A soul like hers is a treasure.

She is at peace with her husband Louis Ellison of 63 years; her beloved parents; sisters, Nancy Ford, Alma Damron, Anna “Tiny” Combs, Audrey King; and brother, Lindsey Layne. Hazel is survived by her three sons, Louis “Buck” (Rose Adkins) Ellison, John (Barb Tipton) Ellison, and Ken (Irene Calia) Ellison; four daughters, Dora (James) Bodi, Lisa Ellison, Dawn (Albert) Parents, and Kristina (William) Leverty; eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday. Reverend Larry Detruf will officiate followed by burial at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

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Elsie Treece

April 16, 1924 – September 24, 2017



Treece2Elsie Treece, age 93, of Woodhaven, Michigan is resting in the arms of her Lord and Savior as of September 24, 2017.

Friends and family may visit from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m.  to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Her son-in-law, David Fuson, will officiate. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.  

Sadly, her husband, Rev. Ralph Treece, of 75 years, preceded her in death. Married December 24, 1939 in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee. She was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky April 16, 1924 to the late Frank and Eva Octavia (Golahon) Ledger. Elsie attended Middlesboro Schools. Precious mother of Linda S. (David) Fuson of Trenton, Michigan and the late Franklin D. (Geraldine) Treece of Southgate Michigan.


Elsie and Ralph moved to Michigan in 1950 where she was employed by Riverside Hospital in Trenton, Michigan from 1955 to 1961. She was later employed by Woodhaven School District at Bates and Yake Elementary and Wooodhaven High School, retiring in 1989.


Elsie enjoyed a vacation home in Houghton Lake, Michigan for 40 years where she loved to cook, sew, and read until her declining health. A devoted Pastors wife of several churches including Lakeside Missionary Baptist Church, Evergreen Acres Missionary Baptist Church, Union Street Missionary Baptist Church, Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Milan Missionary Baptist Church and presently a member of Union Street Missionary Baptist Church.


Dearest Grandmother of six: Franklin D. (Cheryl) Treece Jr., William D. (Patti) Treece, Ralph J. (Cindi) Treece, Jonathon S. (Arra) Treece, Shane L. (Katie) Fuson and Chantele L (Brian) Wild. Great Grandmother of fourteen: Franklin D. (April)Treece III, Candice Tadlock, Cassie Treece, Cara Treece, Crystal Babcock, Finn (Roxanne) Treece, William Treece, Christopher (Rachael) Treece, Ernestine N. (Nate) Monteil, Kenny Treece, Aiden Treece, Eva K. Fuson, Jackson L. Fuson and Sirena E Fuson. Step Great Grandmother of Dustin Rim. Great Great Grandmother of 5: Leala Tadlock, Laila Tadlock, Greysen K Treece, Sophia I. Treece and Madeline O. N. Monteil. Also a host of Nieces and Nephews. A dear Niece Opal (Maples) Junkins of Perrysburg, Ohio, and a cherished Niece Sharon (Cecil) Collins of La Grange, Kentucky.


Elsie was preceeded in death by a brother: Joe (Retha) Ledger, four sisters: Margaret Milligan, Emma Maples, Clare Ledger and Bertie Ledger. She was also preceded by the late Ernestine M. Gouveia.


The family would like to give thanks to the multiple staff of Promedica Skilled Nursing and Rehab for all the care, kindness and love extended to her in the last four years. You have been our family.


Special gratitude to the ladies and youth Sunday School class of Kentucky Park Baptist Church for your remembrance of your sister in Christ by your visitations, prayers and love.


We give thanks for the Great Lakes Hospice team who gave such wonderful care and were there to console our hearts.


With special gratitude to dear friends who visited, called, sent cards, gifts and food and anything you did to support our family. Each of you are special to us.


Elsie may have crossed over but will live in forever in our hearts.


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Mark S. Perkins

November 12, 1958 – September 24, 2017


PerkinsMark S. Perkins, age 58 of Monroe, died at 11:43 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24th at his home. He had been seriously ill for two years.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 12 p.m. until time of service at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Jay A. Anderson, Pastor of CrossPointe Baptist Church and Rev. George B.A. Fountain, Pastor Emeritus, will officiate. Cremation will take place afterward in accordance with his wishes.

Mark was born on November 12, 1958 in Monroe. He was a 1976 graduate of Monroe High School and married Cynthia E. Maddux on September 30, 1995.

Mark was employed by JCIM in Monroe for many years as a Quality Inspector. Due to health reasons, he had to take a medical retirement in 2012.

Mark was a member of CrossPointe Baptist Church and active member of its men’s group. He was a dog lover (having two Dachshunds of his own) and enjoyed fishing and spending as much time as he could with his two grandsons, Aiden and Evan.

Mark is survived by his wife Cindy; a son, Steven Perkins of Monroe; daughter, Kari (Brandon) Hasley of Monroe; brother, Sam Archer of Monroe; three sisters, Kathy (Randy) Poore of Monroe, Kelli (Thomas) Vance of Monroe, and Mandy (Frank) Woodward of Luna Pier; his two grandsons, Aiden and Evan Hasley; and several nieces and nephews whom he had a special love for.

Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Arlene Perkins, and grandparents, Vernon and Mavis Perkins.

Memorial donations are suggested to ProMedica Hospice.

The family would like to thank and acknowledge Dr. Mark Dela Cruz and hospice nurse, Rick Pietraniec for the wonderful care they gave Mark.

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David W. Miller, Sr.

August 31, 1956 – September 21, 2017


MillerDavid W. Miller, Sr., age 61 of Kunkle, Ohio, formerly of Monroe, passed away Thursday, Sept. 21st at 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 1 p.m. Friday. VFW Post 1138 Monroe will first offer military honors followed by Rev. Steven Thomas, Pastor of Huron Baptist Church, Flat Rock. Cremation will follow in accordance with his wishes.

Born August 31, 1956 in Monroe, Dave was the son of the late Robert and Wygonda (Dailey) Miller. He honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1974 to 1977 and married Debra L. Gooch on December 7, 1974 in Trinity Lutheran Church.

Dave enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working with his hands. He had been employed by Union Camp Paper, did water well installation, and worked for Ralph Ridner Builders.

David is survived by a son, David (Casie Lynch) Miller, Jr. of Kunkle, Ohio; three sisters, Valerie (Ralph) Ridner of Monroe, Pamela Toro of Carleton, and Diane Carter of Monroe; four grandchildren, Emerald Miller, Bryce Miller, Ryan Lynch, and Destiny Miller; and one great-grandchild, Evelynn Makula.

Memorial donations are suggested to Huron Baptist Church, Flat Rock.

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Devin Alexander Staelgraeve

September 11, 1992 – September 24, 2017


StaelgraeveDevin Alexander Staelgraeve, age 25, of Newport, passed away at 5:33 p.m. Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Beaumont Hospital-Trenton from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident.


Friends and family may visit from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. Rev. B.J. Mcdaniel, Pastor of Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.


Born September 11, 1992, he was the son of Duane A. Staelgraeve and Darlene S. Baumann. Devin attended Monroe High School, graduating with the class of 2010. He was attending Monroe County Community College and was scheduled to graduate in May of 2018. In January of 2015 he began working for National Galvanizing in the Electrical Maintenance Department. Devin was a “country boy” and enjoyed all things outdoors. Whether it be hunting deer or raccoon, he loved spending time in the woods. Devin loved riding motorcycles, snowmobiles and four wheelers; recently taking a trip with his motorcycle around Michigan’s borders. He cherished his time spent with his close friends hanging out and riding their machines. Devin was a man of his word and knew what he wanted out of life; if he said he was going to do something, he always did. Devin was a wonderful young man and will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.     


To cherish his memory, Devin leaves his father, Duane A. Staelgraeve of Newport; stepmother, Michelle Massie of Newport; girlfriend, Mariah McCollum; one sister, Destiny R. Staelgraeve of Monroe; paternal grandparents, Richard and Joyce Staelgraeve; maternal grandfather, Dean Baumann; nephew, Drayke A. Mayes; and three step-siblings: Alexus, Kyle and Jordan Massie.


He was preceded in death by his mother and maternal grandmother, Patricia Baumann.


Memorial contributions in Devin’s memory are suggested to the Monroe County Humane Society.


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Lois J. Stotz

May 13, 1933 – September 22, 2017


StotzLois J. Stotz, age 84, of Monroe, passed away peacefully Friday, September 22, 2017, in her



She will lie in state at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Monroe, where you

may meet the family and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Rev. Fr. James

Rafferty, Pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church, Rockwood, will officiate. A private interment will

take place at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.


Born May 13, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Howard H. and Lucille H. (Koster) Maurer.

Lois graduated from St. Mary Academy with the class of 1951. She married Ronald E. Stotz April 15, 1953 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Monroe. Sadly, he preceded her in death on May 12, 2016. She worked for J.C. Penny, Frenchtown Township and Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office, retiring in 1996. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, working in her flower gardens and cooking, especially baking.


To cherish her memory Lois leaves one daughter, Alice (Thomas) Reinhardt of Grand Haven,

Michigan; two siblings, Dale (Carrie) Maurer of Monroe and June Maurer of Novi, Michigan;

four grandchildren: Michelle Smith, Andrew Reinhardt, Kelly Reinhardt and Brandon Stotz; and

five great-grandchildren.


In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Robert W. Stotz; grandson, Christopher Stotz; her brother, David Maurer; and

her sister, Emma Lou Hedrick.


Memorial contributions in Lois’ memory may be made to ProMedica Hospice of Monroe.


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Orville J. Thompson

January 19, 1918 – September 20, 2017


PoppyOrville J. Thompson, age 99, of Monroe, formerly of Wauseon, Ohio, passed away peacefully at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Magnum Care of Monroe.


Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. Rev. Tobin Tidswell, Pastor of Dundee Assembly of God, will officiate. Interment will follow at Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock, Michigan.


Born January 19, 1918, he was the son of the late Walter and Malinda (Doss) Thompson. Orville married Beatrice Campbell in Williamson, West Virginia on November 30, 1936 and Blanche Estes in Perrysburg, Ohio on March 6, 1982. Sadly, both wives preceded him in death on August 11, 1979 and August 6, 2016 respectively. He worked for Chrysler at the Trenton Engine Plant as an Engine Repairman for 26 years, retiring in 1980. He was a member of U.A.W. Local 372, Royal Rangers of Michigan and Ohio Assemblies of God Church and Scouting Organization for Boys. Orville enjoyed wintering in Panama City Beach, Florida; camping; fishing; pheasant hunting; swimming and boating. He also participated in Senior Olympics and won many medals.


To cherish his memory Orville leaves four daughters: Bernice Hinson of The Villages, Florida, Patricia (Richard) Kozack of Dundee, Ann (Harry) Hairston of Clarkville, Tennessee, and Sandra L. Hutton of Monroe; two brothers, James and Quincy Thompson both of Monroe; seven step-children; fifteen grandchildren; thirty-one great-grandchildren and twenty-nine great-great-grandchildren.


In addition to his parents and wives, He was preceded in death by two stillborn twin boys; three grandsons, Jon Nieswinder-Hairston, Michael Hairston and Cody Hutton; one great-great-granddaughter, Kari Elizabeth Hutton; three brothers: Paul Walter and Cecil Thompson; two sisters, Dorothy Thompson and Lillian Tucker; and two son-in-laws, Jerry Hinson and Roger Hutton, Sr.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Orville’s memory are suggested to the Magnum Care of Monroe Activities Director.


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