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Doyle Edward Jennings

May 31, 1940 – October 30, 2017

 

JenningsDoyle Edward Jennings, age 77, of Monroe, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday at 1:10 a.m. in his home after a two and a half year battle with cancer.

 

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie in state at 10 a.m. Thursday at Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Rev. B.J. McDaniel, Pastor of the church, will officiate. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Born May 31, 1940 in Lone Mountain, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Ibra and Sarah (Hopper) Jennings. Doyle served his country honorably from 1963 to 1965 in the United States Army. He married Gloria Bunch on July 16, 1966 in Monroe. Doyle worked as a laborer for Ford Motor Company for thirty-one and a half years, retiring in 1998. He was a member of Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church for more than 20 years. Doyle enjoyed attending and selling items at flea markets, going to garage sales, working in his garden and spent a lot of time after retirement finding and recycling scrap metal. He loved watching Detroit Tigers baseball games and spending time with his grandchildren.

 

To cherish his memory, Doyle leaves his loving wife of 51 years, Gloria of Monroe; two children, Brian (Haley) Jennings and Kathy Jennings both of Monroe; eight grandchildren: Kayla (Jordan) Revels, Cassie Jennings, Derek Johnson, Brian Jennings Junior, Abby Jennings, Morgan Stefko, Justin Slater and Tia Owens all of Monroe; one sister, Edna (Dave) Patterson of Monroe, two great-grandchildren, Gabriella and Camden Revels; and several nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Cecil Jennings and three sisters: Elizabeth Smithson, Pat Bunch and Brenda Jennings.

 

Memorial contributions in Doyle’s memory are suggested to Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church’s Tie-together Blanket Program, Food Ministry or Women’s Missionary Union.

Doris E. Heiden

July 4, 1929 – October 27, 2017

 

HeidenDoris E. Heiden, age 88 of Monroe, died at 2:40 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27th at Alice Lorraine Care Center. She had been seriously ill for two months.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday. Deacon Mike Stewart of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery, Petersburg.

Born July 4, 1929 in Toledo, Ohio, Doris was the daughter of the late Chester and Evelyn (Wintringham) Petee. She graduated from Summerfield High School in 1947 and married Donald E. Heiden on June 30, 1951 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Deerfield.

Doris was employed by Ford Motor Company in Monroe for twentyfour years, retiring in 1984. She was a former member of the Monroe Boat Club, the Moose Lodge, Shalamar Creek Golf Community and its choir in Lakeland, Florida, and Sugar Springs Living Community in Gladwin. Doris had previously attended St. Michael Catholic Church in Monroe and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ida.

Doris is survived by her husband, Donald of Monroe; two sons, Gregory Heiden and Jeffery (Liz) Heiden, both of Monroe; two daughters, Kim (Ed) Tomalak of Grass Lake and Lynn (Tom) Brennan of Monroe; sister, Roberta (Urvin) Reau of Britton; sister-in-law, Carol Petee of Petersburg; 16 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Doris was also preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Petee.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

Janet M. Evans

June 27, 1937 – October 27, 2017

 

EvansJanet M. Evans, age 80 of Monroe, died at 8:32 a.m. Friday at the home of her daughter, Leigh. She had been in declining health for eight months.

Family and friends may visit from 4 p.m. until service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Mark Witte, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church will officiate. Cremation and interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park at a later date.

Born June 27, 1937 in Petersburg, Janet was the daughter of the late Clayton and Lucille (Harvey) Diedrich. She attended Jefferson Schools where she was a cheerleader and their first “Bears” mascot, graduating from Monroe High School in 1955. She remained an avid sports fan throughout her lifetime.

Janet married Clarence R. Evans on June 25, 1960 in Monroe. She was a retired employee of the former Frenchtown Nursing Care Center where she worked as a Ward Clerk for twenty years.

Janet is survived by four sons: Jim (Nancy) Evans of Monroe, Dave (Nancy) Evans of Monroe, Bob (Marie) Evans of Temperance, and Rich Evans of Grand Rapids; two daughters, Leigh (Jim) Roberts of Monroe and Lynn (Adam) Kahn of Britton; a brother, Allen “Sonny” (Barbara) Diedrich of Knoxville, Tennessee; 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Janet was also preceded in death by three brothers, Norman, Dennis, and Harvey Diedrich.

Memorial donations are suggested to ProMedica Hospice.

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

Kenneth C. Hoyt Jr.

December 29, 1937 – October 26, 2017

 

HoytKenneth C. Hoyt, of Carleton, passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at Rupp Funeral Home where Services will be held Monday, October 30, 2017 at 11 a.m. Rev Tim Iocoangeli will officiate. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born December 29, 1937 in Monroe, he was one of three children born from the union of the late Kenneth and Charlotte (Bayer) Hoyt. Kenny attended Monroe High School and graduated with the class of 1954. On May, 23, 1959, at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, he married the love of his life, Carolyn Bruce. Kenny made his living as a designer for La-Z-Boy, Incorporated, retiring in 1997.

Kenny was an outgoing and adventurous man. He was a pilot and had a passion for flying. He loved horses, motorcycles, and hunting. He was a member of the E.A.A., the Gold Wing Riders, the C.M.A. and was a singer in a barbershop group. Kenny cherished time spent with his family and his sweet dog, Sammie, very much. He was a sweet, gentle and tender man.

To cherish his memory, Kenny leaves his wife, Carolyn Hoyt of Carleton; one son, Kenneth (Angela) Hoyt of Cassoday Kansas; two daughters; Linda (Mark) Andreoli of Monroe and Karen Newby of Monroe; brother, Bill (Barb) Hoyt of Missouri; sisters-in-law, Shirley Bruce of Monroe and Eileen Hoyt of Temperance; four grandchildren, Katie Hoyt, Anna (Phill) Ashcroft, Christian Newby and Kenneth Ethan Hoyt; and three nieces, Julie (John) Kurtz, Dina (Nathan) Hughes, and Joyce (Leilani Robertson) Hoyt.

In addition to his parents, Kenny was preceded in death by his brother, Lee Hoyt, and nephew, David Hoyt.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

Mary Theresa St. Pierre

June 2, 1926 – October 20, 2017

St PierreMary Theresa St. Pierre, age 91, of Monroe, peacefully passed away Friday night at the SSIHM Senior Living Community.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, October 23, 2017, at Rupp Funeral Home, where a Scripture Service will be held at 6 p.m. She will lie in state at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by the church Pastor, Rev. Fr. David Burgard. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born June 2, 1926 in Monroe, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Janet (Trainor) Wing of Monroe. Mary attended St. Mary Academy, Monroe, graduating with the class of 1943. She married Robert A. St. Pierre on June 1, 1946 at St. Mary Catholic Church, after his return to Monroe from “Pearl Harbor” Hawaii after honorably serving our country in the United States Army. Sadly, he preceded her in death on November 10, 2010. Mary was primarily a homemaker, but throughout her life she also worked for Thornton’s Pharmacy and Mitchell Gift Shop. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Comboni Auxiliary and Christian Women Group of St. Mary. Mary was a petite woman with the strength of a titan. She was fiercely independent and was capable of accomplishing more in a day than most in a week. She however, always made time to share in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her caring way, sweet smile and wit would somehow find its way into the hearts of anyone who was fortunate enough to engage her.

To cherish her memory, Mary leaves five children: Robert (Joann) St. Pierre of Escanaba, Michigan, James (Carol) St. Pierre of Monroe, Alan (Donna) St. Pierre of Monroe, Janet Ready of Traverse City, Michigan and Jill (John) St. Pierre-Gagnon; fifteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Joseph Wing and one granddaughter, Melissa St. Pierre.

Memorial contributions in Mary’s memory are suggested to St. Mary Catholic Church or any charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Betty J. Maurer

December 20, 1931 – October 19, 2017

 

MaurerBetty Jane Maurer, age 85, of Monroe, passed away peacefully at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 19 2017, at Wellspring Lutheran Home.

 

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, October 22, 2017, at Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie in state at 9:30 a.m. Monday, October 23, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Monroe. A mass of the resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m.. by Rev. Fr. David Burgard followed by a committal service at Roselawn Memorial Park.

 

Born December 20, 1931 in Monroe, she was the only child born from the union of the late George and Hilda (Nadeau) Schrader. . Betty attended St. Mary’s academy and graduated with the class of 1949. She married James R. Maurer on June 9, 1951 in Monroe. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church here in Monroe and was also a member of St. Charles Bormeo in Rapid River Michigan. Betty was devoted to her prayer life and the Rosary. She was a caring and nurturing person and her family was very important to her. In her spare time she liked to sew, read and do crossword puzzles. She also liked to watch baseball and golf on TV.

 

To cherish her memory, Betty Leaves two sons; Bruce Maurer of Monroe and Mike Maurer of Monroe, Three daughters: Barbara (Gerald) Phillips of Texas, Joann (Robert) St. Pierre of Escanaba and Beth (Martin) Kamprath of Ida, eight grand children; Robert and Matthew St. Pierre, Crystal Savage, Michael Phillips and Joseph, Jaclyn, Jessica and Jennifer Kamprath, and five great grand children.

 

In addition to her husband James Maurer, Betty was preceded in death by her parents George and Hilda Schrader, and a daughter, Mary A. Maurer.

 

Memorial contributions in Betty’s memory are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Disabled American Veterans.

 

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

Richard D. Orr

October 13, 1952 – October 15, 2017

 

OrrRichard D. Orr, age 65 of Newport, died Sunday at Toledo Hospital.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home. Pastor Mike Fortune of Toledo First Seventh-day Adventist Church and Pastor Ariel Roldan of Monroe Seventh-day Adventist Church, will officiate. Cremation will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born October 13, 1952 in Monroe, Rich was the son of the late William and Barbara (Briggs) Orr. A 1971 graduate of Dundee High School, he married Barbara L. Van Belle on Dec. 20, 1981 in Dundee Presbyterian Church. He also attended Monroe County Community College and earned a Associate of Science degree in 1997.

Rich was employed by Jefferson Schools for more than 25 years. He performed many tasks of skilled maintenance and labor for their many buildings and properties As an employee, he was so devoted he became a certified locksmith just to save the school district money for lock repairs and replacements. He was a devout member of Monroe Seventh-day Adventist Church. He enjoyed studying the Bible and knew the importance of family. Together with his wife, they enjoyed wintering in Florida.

Rich is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Douglas (Andrea) Orr of Petersburg; daughter Kathleen (Mark) Orzechowski, Jr. of Temperance; two brothers, Charles Orr of Monroe and Earl (Kelly) Orr of Dundee; two sisters, Debra (John) Hire of Ypsilanti and Susan Orr of Dundee; and a grandson, Jacob.

Memorial donations are suggested to University of Michigan Patient Support Cancer Center.

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

 

 

Robert A. Cronenwett

October 28, 1935 – October 16, 2017

 

CronenwettRobert A. Cronenwett, age 81 of Temperance, died at 6:12 a.m. Monday in his home where he had been under the care of Great Lakes Caring Hospice for a month.

Family and friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. He will lie in state at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Erie. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by the church pastor, Rev. Fr. David Cybulski. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, with military honors provided by VFW Post 1138 Monroe.

Born October 28, 1935 in Monroe, Bob was the son of the late Mabel (Barron) Cronenwett. He graduated from Monroe Catholic Central High School in 1953 and served his country in the U.S. Army from February 2, 1959 until being honorably discharged on September 30, 1962.

On October 28, 1967, Bob married Janice A. Bressler at St. Charles Catholic Church, Newport. As a Millwright, he worked for many years for The Budd Company in Clinton, retiring in 1984. He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Erie and United Auto Workers. He enjoyed playing cards, dancing, shooting pool, reading history books, and was an avid Notre Dame football fan.

Bob is survived by his wife, Janice; two sons, Mark (Suzannah) Cronenwett of Irving, Texas and Craig (Nicole) Cronenwett of Carmel, Indiana; a daughter, Angela (Tony) Lauro of Rancho Palos Verdes, California; and nine grandchildren.

In addition to his mother, Bob was also preceded in death by a sister, Dolores Souva and a brother, Marvin Cronenwett.

Memorial donations are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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

 

Roger D. Wilson

July 20, 1949 – October 17, 2017

 

    Wilson2Roger D. Wilson, age 68 of Brownstown Twp., died unexpectedly at 4:05 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17th in his home.

    Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.  Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park with military honors provided by VFW Post 1138 Monroe.

    Born July 20, 1949 in Jellico, Tennessee, Roger was the son of the late William and Beatrice (Anderson) Wilson.  He served his country during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army from May 6, 1969 to March 20, 1971 and married Gail C. Begley on July 31, 1971 in Detroit.

    Roger was employed as a Journeyman Electrician for Everlock in Sterling Heights for thirty years before taking a medical retirement in 1998. He was a fan of  Detroit Tigers baseball and University of Michigan football, and enjoyed rabbit and deer hunting.

    Roger is survived by his wife Gail; son, Jeff Wilson of Woodhaven; and his pride and joy, grandson Tyler Wilson.

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

Delani Mae Prajzner

September 20, 2017 – October 17, 2017

 

Delani Mae Prajzner “Princess Lani” infant child of Breanna Moore and Corey Prajzner of Monroe, died at ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital on Tuesday. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 12:30PM at Rupp Funeral Home, Inc.