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Joanne Campbell

May 18, 1948 – Nov. 29, 2017

 

CampbellJoanne Campbell, age 69 of Monroe, died at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29th at Magnum Care of Monroe. She had been in declining health for five years.

Born May 18, 1948 in Hamilton, Ohio, Joanne was the daughter of the late Cecil and Carolyn (Collins) Campbell. She was employed as a bartender for over 25 years in Southeast Detroit. Joanne had an extremely sweet and caring love for family and friends.

Joanne is survived by four children: Brian Hooker of Jacksonville, Florida; Shane Hooker of Jacksonville, Florida; Douglas (Mary) Hooker of Taylor, Michigan; and Brandy Campbell of Monroe. Also surviving are a sister, Phyllis (Larry) DeSloover of Dundee; two brothers, Fred (Lucy) Campbell of Malaga, New Jersey and Tom (Lisa) Campbell of Spring Hill, Florida; and six grandchildren: John, Todd, Dazsa, Domonique, Madysen and Amanda.

In addition to her parents, Joanne was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sherry Campbell.

In accordance with her wishes, no visitation or services will be scheduled. A private family gathering in her memory will be held at a later date. Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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

 

William Dennis Theisen

March 25, 1959 – November 26, 2017

 

William Dennis Theisen, age 58 of Fort Gratiot Michigan, formerly of Monroe, died at 7:14 a.m. Sunday Nov. 26th at Impact Simpson Road Home, Fort Gratiot,

Bill will lie in state at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Charles Catholic Church, Newport. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by Monsignor Todd Lajiness. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born March 25, 1959 in Monroe, he was the son of Russell and Nora (Lajiness) Theisen.

Bill is survived by his mother, Nora Theisen of Monroe, MI; brother, R. Craig (Gloria) Theisen of Paw Paw, MI; two nephews, Alan (Misty) Theisen of N.C. and Kevin (Jen) Theisen of Kalamazoo, MI; niece, Leigh Ann Theisen and great-niece, Kit Marie Theisen of Kalamazoo, MI; and half-brother, Jason Theisen of Wisconsin.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, Russell.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Charles Church.

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com. 

 

Shelby P. “Skip” Withrow

October 18, 1949 – November 21, 2017

 

   Withrow Shelby P. “Skip” Withrow, age 68 of Monroe, died at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday in the emergency room at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital after becoming seriously ill at home.

    Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday.  Rev. Roy Southerland, Pastor of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church will officiate.  Burial will follow at McIntyre Cemetery with military honors provided by VFW Post 1138, Monroe.

    Born on October 18, 1949 in Monroe, Shelby was the son of Orville Preston and Ruby I. (Carter) Withrow.  He married Cheryl D. Pelkey on November 23, 1968 in Monroe.

    Skip served in the U.S. Marine Corp in the 1960′s and was employed for several years by Michigan Bell Telephone Company in Monroe, retiring in 2000.  He was a life member of the Marine Corp League and was an avid fisherman and hunter.  He also had a great sense of humor and enjoyed story and joke telling.

    Shelby is survived by his wife Cheryl; three sons, Patrick James (Barbie Hillman) Withrow of Battle Creek, Shelby “Chip” (Sherry) Withrow, Jr. of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Kevin Withrow of Newport; his father, Orville Preston Withrow of Jacksboro, Tennessee; two sisters, Patricia Ann Prim and Ruby Tibbetts, both of Jacksboro, Tennessee; eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

    Skip was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby and a sister, Bobbie Jean Carter.

    Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

   

 

Esther M. (Drummonds) Evans

March 21, 1934 – November 21, 2017

 

EvansEsther M. (Drummonds) Evans, age 83 of Monroe, died at 1:07 a.m. Tuesday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. She had been in declining health for three years.

Family and friends may visit from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Rev. B.J. McDaniel, Pastor of Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church, and her son, Rev. Randy Drummonds, will officiate. Burial will follow at Rath Cemetery, Monroe.

Born March 21, 1934 in Tazewell, Tennessee, Esther was the daughter of the late Andy and Flora (Russell) Miracle. She married Ernie Drummonds on February 16, 1953 in Morristown, Tennessee. Together they raised five children. After his passing on August 25, 1993, Esther married Herbert Evans on March 28, 1997 in Claiborne County, Tennessee.

In addition to being a wife, mother and homemaker, Esther worked for 11 years as a cook for MCOP Head Start program at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Ida. She was also known as a cook and waitress for many years at the former Coffee Cup Restaurant in Dundee.

Esther was a member of Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren, gardening, canning vegetables from her garden, and cooking biscuits and gravy for her family.

Esther is survived by two sons, Ronald (Eldora) Drummonds of Romulus and Rev. Randell (Dianna) Drummonds of Monroe; a daughter, Reda (Dale) Biniecki of Maybee; step-children, Richard (Angie) Evans and Christine (Larry) England, both of Speedwell, Tennessee; brother, Carson (Janet) Miracle of Winchester, Kentucky; two sisters, Oma West of Monroe and Elaine (George) DeBusk of Tazewell, Tennessee; 15 grandchildren: Dennis, Josh, Travis, Steven, Nathan, Jennifer H., Tammy, Wanda, Brian, Jennifer W., Angela, Jaye, Hannah, Cord, and Shayne; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Esther was also preceded in death by a son, Rickey Drummonds; daughter, Reba Smith; grandson, Richard Drummonds; six brothers and two sisters.

Memorial donations are suggested to the family.

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

 

Tara M. Stang

November 27, 1985 – November 20, 2017

 

   Stang Tara M. Stang, age 31 of Howell, formerly of Monroe, died Monday in her home.

    Family and friends may visit from 10 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home.  Rev. Michael D. Smith, Youth Pastor at Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

    Born November 27, 1985 in Monroe, Tara was the daughter of Mark and Sheila (Smith) Stang.  She was a 2003 graduate of Mason High School and a church daycare volunteer in Howell.

    Tara is survived by her parents, Mark (Shana) Stang of Monroe and Sheila (Gary “Denny”) Adair of LaSalle; her beloved son, Micah Stang Burke of Howell; brother, Brock Stang of Westminster, Colorado; two sisters, Paige Adair of Dundee and Emily Mulvey of Monroe; grandparents, Beverly Stang of Monroe, Carson Smith of Monroe, Norma Adair of Carleton, and Richard and Betty Cousino of Monroe.

    Tara was preceded in death by grandparents, Richard Stang, Dorothy Smith, and Gary Adair.

    Memorial donations may be made to Ryan’s Hope Foundation.

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

Patricia Ann Collette

April 4, 1964 – November 17, 2017

 

CollettePatricia Ann Collette, age 53, of Monroe, passed away suddenly at 9:03 a.m. Friday, November 17, 2017.

 

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Rev. Rick Satterfield, Pastor of Spirit of Truth Family Church, and Rev. Roger Irick, Associate Pastor of Spirit of Truth Family Church, will officiate. In accordance with her wishes, cremation will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Born April 4, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Letcher and Rosella (Potter) Collette. Patricia was a wonderful caretaker to family and friends and would give the shirt off of her back to anyone in need. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and family, cooking, playing games, listening to oldies music, traveling, long walks, watching The Walking Dead, and spending time with friends. Patricia was a great woman and will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.

 

To cherish her memory, Patricia leaves one daughter, Jennifer Savage; four grandchildren: Skiilaur, Onaleigh, Evangeline, and Caroline; seven siblings: Lana Griffin, Rita Hawkins, Deborah Andrews, Ida (Charles) Branoff, Dariel Collette, Audie (Reyne) Collette and Dale (Lynea) Collette; and many nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her parents, Patricia was preceded in death by three brothers: Glen, Gary and Greg Collette; and one sister, Mona Webber.

 

Memorial contributions in Patricia’s memory are suggested to the family to assist with funeral arrangements.

 

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

Kathleen “Kathy” Taszarek

May 17, 1937 – November 17, 2017

 

TaszarekKathleen “Kathy” Taszarek, age 80, of Toledo, formerly of Monroe, passed away peacefully at 3:05 p.m. Friday, November 17, 2017, at Foundation Park Alzheimer’s Care Center, Toledo. She had been in declining health for the past twelve years and seriously ill for the last six months.

 

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie in state at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Divine Grace Parish, Carleton, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by the church Pastor, Rev. Fr. Steve Mateja. Interment will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery.

 

Born May 17, 1937 in Tazewell, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late William Curtis and Beulah (Mink) Buis. Kathy attended Monroe High School. She married her loving husband of fifty years, Francis Walter Taszarek, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Monroe, on May 6, 1955. Sadly, he preceded her in death on October 20, 2005. Kathy was employed with Monroe Public Schools as a Lunch Aid working at the Monroe Middle School until her retirement in 2006. She was a member of Women of the Moose #714 of Monroe since 1982 and St. Patrick Catholic Church, Carleton, for more than twenty years. She enjoyed camping, dancing, reading books, flowers, and watching Law and Order on television. She cherished her time outdoors watching the birds and animals enjoying all things nature had to offer. Kathy was a great seamstress and made many clothing items for her family who she deeply loved spending time with.

 

To cherish her memory, Kathy leaves two daughters, Debra L. (Gregory) Sype and Theresa L. (John Calder) Taszarek both of Carleton; one sister, Mary Jane Berry of Yuma, Arizona; three grandchildren: Michael A. (Lori) Sype of Carleton, Karen M. (Jack) Taeff of Monroe and Sarah L. (Donnie) Burley of Carleton; six great-grandchildren: Logan, Madelyn, Cody, Tyler, Landon, and Alaina; and several nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her parents and husband, Kathy was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

 

Memorial contributions in Kathy’s name may be made to Foundation Park Alzheimer’s Care Center of Toledo, Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice of Greater Toledo or the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

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

Beulah M. Morrison

July 9, 1917 – November 14, 2017

 

MorrisonBeulah M. Morrison, age 100, of Monroe, passed away peacefully at 5:23 a.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at Medilodge of Monroe.

 

In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, on Friday, November, 24, 2017 at 11:00 am. .

 

Born July 9, 1917 in Carleton, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Lucille (Schwab) Thompson. Beulah attended Gayville Road School House and worked with her family on their farm growing up. She married Kenneth L. Morrison in Bowling Green, Ohio. Sadly, he preceded her in death on November 18, 1968. Beulah worked for Mercy Memorial Hospital in the Housekeeping Department during the 1970s. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and was well known for her Banana Cookies, Texas Sheet Cake and Pumpkin Roll. Beulah loved camping and continued to go on trips with her family well into her 90s and her favorite place to camp was Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Fremont, Indiana. She loved being outdoors and cherished her time spent gardening and watching and feeding the birds and squirrels. Beulah was proud to have been self-sufficient into her late 90s and was also proud to be part of multiple five generations in her family. She was a cancer survivor and a member of the Monroe Industrial team with The Relay for Life of Monroe for the last 6 years.

 

To cherish her memory, Beulah leaves one son, Roger (Mary) Morrison of Monroe; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two children, Maryellen Navarre and Richard Morrison; one grandson, Paul Morrison; and two great-grandsons, William Cody Lowrey and Terry Cosby Jr.

 

Memorial contributions in Beulah’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Monroe or to the family.

 

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

Gasper Joseph “Gus” Gelardi

September 10, 1931 – November 15, 2017

 

GelardiGasper Joseph “Gus” Gelardi, age 86, of Monroe, formerly of Toledo, passed away peacefully at 1:34 a.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at the IHM Senior Living Community after a 14 month long battle with liver cancer.

 

Friends and family may visit Monday, November 20, 2017, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. services at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Fr. David Burgard, Pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church, will officiate. In accordance with his wishes, cremation will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Born September 10, 1931 in Dearborn, Michigan, he was the son of the late Frank and Antonina (Dara) Gelardi. Gus married Marlene I. Germoth on May 5, 1984 in Canton, Michigan. Sadly, she preceded him in death on April 15, 2015. He was employed with Detroit Edison as an Underground Line Supervisor for 43 years, retiring in February of 1991. Gus was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 60 years and the Detroit Energy Society. He coached football with the Dearborn Youth Association, coaching the Mustangs for more than ten years. Gus also coached football for several years at St. Michael Grade School.

 

To cherish his memory, Gasper leaves three children: Vincent Lee (Rose) Gelardi of West Palm Beach, Florida, Vicki Lynn (Daniel) Gelardi-White of Monroe, and Robert T. (Nichole) Gelardi of Toledo, Ohio; two stepchildren, Deborah Criscuolo of Indianapolis, Indiana and Paul Germouth of St. Clair Shores, Michigan; nine grandchildren: Nina Kohler, Ian Gelardi, Joseph Criscuolo, Kyle Criscuolo, Alexander White, Lauren White, Christopher Gelardi, Carrington Gelardi, and Joseph Gelardi; and eight great-grandchildren.

 

In addition to his parents and wife, Gus was preceded in death by one brother, Salvatore Gelardi and one sister, Ann Giarmo.

 

Memorial contributions in Gasper’s memory may be made to St. Mary Catholic Central.

 

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

Ivadell M. SchmitzSchmitz

October 10, 1928 – November 14, 2017

 

Ivadell M. Schmitz, age 89, of Monroe, passed away peacefully at Wellspring Lutheran Services on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 3:30 a.m.

 

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017, at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.. She will lie in state at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by Rev. Fr. Bob Singelyn. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

 

Born October 10, 1928 in Riga, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Curtis I. and Elva J. (Iott) Manore. She married Marcel G. Schmitz on May 6, 1950 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Temperance. Sadly, he preceded her in death on January 29, 1996. Ivadell worked for the Lutheran Home in the Laundry Department for 20 years, retiring in 1995. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church since in 1950. Ivadell enjoyed traveling with her daughters, playing bingo and camping. She deeply loved spending time with her family.

 

To cherish her memory, Ivadell leaves five children: Christine M. (Denny) Straub of Maybee, Jeannine A. Motyka of Carleton, Dennis M. (Debbie) Schmitz of Monroe, Theresa (Gerald) Trotman of Ottawa Lake, Michigan and Annette C. (Tom) Brandon of Newport; sixteen grandchildren and thirty-three great-grandchildren with one more on the way.

 

In addition to her parents and husband, Ivadell was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Bernard Manore and two sisters, Janice Schmitz and Lucille Rogge.

 

Memorial contributions in Ivadell’s memory may be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

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