Monthly Archives: February 2018

Hobert L. Patterson Sr.

January 21, 1928 – February 22, 2018


PattersonHobert L Patterson Sr., age 90, of LaSalle, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at ProMedica Toledo Hospital.

Hobert was born January 21, 1928 in Speedwell, Tennessee from the late Willard and Martha Patterson. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. Hobert married the love of his life, Jeanette Welch on August 28, 1948 in her parents home. He worked for Union Camp, Carpenters union local 1301, and was the owner of Patterson’s construction and Patterson’s electric supply company. Hobert was a member of Monroe Free Methodist Church.

To cherish his memory, Hobert leaves his loving wife of 69 years, Jeanette; one son, H. Lee Patterson Jr. of La Salle, Michigan; two grandchildren: Brock Patterson of Monroe, Michigan and Jason Rust of Indiana: six great-grandchildren; Rhion Ann Horney of Wyandotte, Michigan, Teagan Rust of Indiana, Theo Rust of Indiana, Kim Patterson of Monroe, Michigan , Katie Patterson of Monroe Michigan and Tyler Goda of Monroe Michigan.

Hobert was preceded in death by his parents: one brother, Arlie Patterson and a sister, Ertha Patterson.

Family and friends may visit on Monday, February 26th from 2 until 8 p.m. at Rupp Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27th at the funeral home with Rev. Earl Habecker officiating. A burial will immediately follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in La Salle.

Hobert, all the lives you have touched, you will always be loved and never replaced. Although we are apart, you spirit lives within us, forever in our hearts.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Monroe Free Methodist Church.

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Margie A. Epoch

February 3, 1937 – February 21, 2018


EpochMargie A. Epoch, age 81 of Monroe, died at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21st at Alice Lorraine Care Center where she was lovingly cared for for the past year.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where a Scripture Service will be held at 6 p.m. She will lie in state at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by Rev. Fr. Philip Ching, Pastor of St. Michael Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born February 3, 1937 in Monroe, Margie was the daughter of Edward and Magdalen (LaPointe) Layman. She married Barney A. Epoch on November 11, 1967 in St. Mary Church. He preceded her in death on January 16, 1996.

Margie was a 1955 graduate of Monroe High School and later graduated from the St. Vincent School of Nursing in Toledo, Ohio. She continued additional studies at the University of Michigan. As a Registered Nurse and Clinical Supervisor, she was employed by the Monroe County Health Department for over 30 years.

Margie was a member of St. Mary Church and its Christian Women group. She enjoyed volunteering at the Frenchtown Senior Center, traveling, card playing, making rosaries, and attending her grandsons activities.

Margie is survived by her daughter, Ellen (Ross) Ivey of Monroe; two brothers, Jerry (Suzanne) Layman of Salem, Missouri and Greg (Kris) Carpenter of Longmont, Colorado; her two adored grandsons, Griffin and Mason Ivey; three nieces and a nephew.

In addition to her husband Barney, Margie was also preceded in death by her father, Edward Layman; mother, Magdalen Carpenter; and step-father, George Carpenter.

Memorial donations are suggested to St. Mary Catholic Church.

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Jennard H. Gauthier

November 11, 1950 – February 14, 2018


Jennard H. “Frenchy” Gauthier, age 67, of Monroe, died at 9:57 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14th in his home.

Born November 11, 1950 in Fisher Branch, Manitoba, Canada, Jennard was the son of the late Lawrence and Marie Anne (Cote) Gauthier. He married Gloria Wallworth on December 15, 1992 in Dearborn, Michigan and was retired from General Motors’ Hamtramck plant.

Jennard is survived by wife and partner of 41 years, Gloria Gauthier of Monroe; daughter, Angela (David) Anthony of Monroe; brother, Andre (Pat) Gauthier of Fisher Branch, Manitoba, Canada; three sisters: Melvina Champagne of Winnepeg, Manitoba, Alma Yewchyn of Bissett, Manitoba and Lena Maxfield of Ida; and one granddaughter, Carissa Anthony.

In addition to his parents, Jennard was also preceded in death by three brothers: Henry, Edward and Matt Gauthier; brothers-in-law: Nick Yewchyn, Cecil Champagne and Bruce Maxfield.

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Helen Sophie Swinkey

March 19, 1922 – February 18, 2018


IMG_0951Helen Sophie Swinkey, age 95, of Monroe, passed away peacefully at 10:19 a.m. Sunday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, February 22, 2018, at Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie in state at 10 a.m. Friday, February 23, 2018, at St. Michael the Archangel Church, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by the church Pastor, Rev. Fr. Philip Ching. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born March 19, 1922 in Cecil, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Frances (Kominek) Motycka. Helen attended Lake High School in Lake Township, Ohio, graduating with the class of 1940. She continued her education at Ohio State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1944. Helen married Joseph Swinkey on August 17, 1946 at Holy Rosary Church in Toledo, Ohio. Sadly, after 59 years of marriage, he preceded her in death on July 1, 2005. She worked as an educator and teacher for Monroe Public Schools, teaching at Custer Elementary, Boyd Elementary, Riverside Manor Elementary, Hollywood Elementary and was a substitute teacher for many other schools prior to her retirement in 1986. Helen was a member of St. Michael Church and the St. Michael’s Altar Society; lifetime member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, American Association of University Women, and Monroe Women’s Center-Sawyer House; and volunteered as a Campfire Leader. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed watching sports, gardening, baking and canning. Helen truly loved spending time with her close and extended family.

To cherish her memory, Helen leaves seven children: Joseph (Linda) Swinkey of Rayne, Louisiana, Edward F. Swinkey of Monroe, Frank (Janet) Swinkey of Olympia, Washington, Kenneth (Ann) Swinkey of Monroe, Paul (Joann) Swinkey of Monroe, Mary Swinkey of Monroe and Helen Swinkey of Monroe; one brother, Frank (Adele) Motycka; nine grandchildren: Edward M. Swinkey, Dr. Meghan Tanner, Lauren Swinkey, Kathrine Caruso, Gretchen Wimberly, Matthew Swinkey, Rachel McNamara, Kaleigh Croswell and Joseph Swinkey; two great-grandchildren, Mia Tanner and Elizabeth Wimberly; and unofficial grandchildren, Rachelle Reed and Christopher Venier.

In addition to her Parents and husband, Helen was preceded in death by one brother, Lewis, and one sister, Mary.

Memorial contributions in Helen’s memory are suggested to St. Michael the Archangel Church.

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Linda L. Voss

August 16, 1945 – February 16, 2018



linda pic 4Linda Voss, age 72, of Monroe, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018. 


Family and friends may visit from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at Rupp Funeral Home.  She will lie in state at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Monroe. Rev. Evans Bentley, Pastor of the church, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle. 


Born August 16, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Fred and Virnelle Voss.  Linda loved her activities as a child; she was a member of the 4-H group called the “Lazy Angels,” played the saxophone, tap danced, sang in the church choir, and loved cooking. Linda attended Monroe High School, graduating with the class of 1964.  She was accepted to Adrian College in 1964 and earned a diploma from Weaver’s Airline Personnel School. Linda was a faithful member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed bible study, helped with the Salad Luncheons, and assisted with funeral luncheons.  Linda worked at her son’s elementary schools as a parent’s helper.  She loved animals and always enjoyed spending time and playing with them.  Linda loved to donate her time and help out anyone she could, as she was a very caring person.  Everyone who met her always fell in love with her and always had nice things to say about her.


To cherish her memory, Linda leaves her son, Craig Voss and his fiancée, Nichole Rutkowski; grandchildren: Lexie, Maddie, and Jocie; and siblings: Martha (Robert) Zink of Sheffield Village, OH, Charles (Linda) Voss of LaSalle, MI, and Fred (Irene) Voss of Ypsilanti.



Memorial contributions in Linda’s memory are suggested to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church or the Humane Society of Monroe County.


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Paula A. Bunce

August 5, 1950 – February 14, 2018


Paula A. Bunce, age 67 of Monroe, died at 2:35 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14th in her home after battling cancer for the past eight months.

Born August 5, 1950 in Monroe, Paula was the daughter of the late Paul and Albina (Carducci) Kundrat. She was a 1968 graduate of St. Mary Academy and married Barney A. Bunce in 1983 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Paula was an avid fan of actress/comedian Lucille Ball and her collectibles, and the Detroit Pistons. Formerly, she served as President of the Council at Frenchtown Place.

Paula is survived by her husband, Barney; daughter, Tara Kundrat of Monroe; son, Brent Kundrat of Brownstown; sister, Anna Ball of Monroe; and grandson, Jay Guilliam, II of Monroe.

In addition to her parents, Paula was also preceded in death by a brother, Timothy Kundrat.

Family and friends may visit from 4 p.m. until time of memorial service at 7 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate.

Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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Carol Ann Brown

August 9, 1954 – February 12, 2018


BrownCarol A. Brown, age 63, of Flatrock, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 12, 2018, at Beaumont Hospital Trenton.

Born August 8, 1954 in Monroe Michigan, Carol was one of eight siblings. She was a graduate of Huron High School in New Boston. On September 15, 1973, Carol married the love of her life, the late Richard P. Brown. She was a member of Carleton Assembly of God.

Carol was quick witted and funny. She loved spending time with her family. Her grandchildren held a very special place in her heart. In her spare time, she liked to watch the Detroit Tigers and go on family picnics. She also spent her time pursuing fire trucks and in her younger years, she enjoyed working on cars.

To cherish her memory, Carol leaves a daughter, Barbara (Chris Benore) Vance of New Boston Michigan; a son, Richard P. Brown Jr. of Trenton Michigan; three grandchildren: Lisa Brooks, Brandon Brown and Tiffany Vance; one great grand daughter, Alyssa; and three sisters: Ruth Cregar, Dawn Laboe and Carmen (Cecil) Vance

In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Richard Brown; three brothers: Sam, Dave and Terry Miracle; and one sister, Sharon Hurst.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Rupp Funeral Home.

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Mable J. Bragg

April 1, 1926 – February 14, 2018


Mable J. Bragg, age 91 of Monroe, died at 12:22 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14th at Wellspring Lutheran Services.

“Jean” was born April 1, 1926 in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, the seventh of eight children born to the late John and Mable (Merriman) Libengood. As a young child, she moved with her family to Marion, Indiana, and attended public schools there, graduating from Marion High School.

During World War II, she met and married Gerald W. Bragg. They raised seven children in Marion and later Monroe when Gerald accepted a position of Sales Manager at Consolidated Paper Company. After Gerald died in 1973, Jean began working for Kline’s Department Store in the Children’s Department. She retired from Kline’s when the store closed and spent her remaining time working crossword and jigsaw puzzles and later playing bingo at the Lutheran Home. She also cherished time spent with her 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, seven siblings, and loving husband. She is survived by her children: Terry (Jane) Bragg of Howell, MI; Patricia (Steve) Sabo of Jackson, MI; Carol (Clifford) Reid of Lake Havasu City, AZ; Penny (Robert) Zacharias of Oscoda, MI; R. Suzanne (James) Hawker of Dexter, MI; Stephen Bragg of Flat Rock, MI; and Michael Bragg of Hercules, CA.

A private family service will be held.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff at the Lutheran Home for their kind and compassionate care.

Thank you Mom for all the sacrifices you and Dad made to give us all a life full of wonderful experiences.

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

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KohlmanEmil F. Kohlman

May 26, 1938 – February 12, 2018


Emil F. Kohlman, age 79 of Monroe, died at 9:50 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12th at home.

Born May 26th, 1938 in Oak Harbor, OH, Emil was the son of the late Henry and Eleanor (Sandrock) Kohlman. After graduating from Monroe High School, Emil proudly served in the US Army, being honorably discharged after his service. Emil worked at General Motors as a Machine Operator, but his true calling was being a farmer. On July 18th, 1959 Emil married Mary (Brownell) at Grace Lutheran church in Monroe. Emil loved spending time with his family, and also enjoyed being a member of the Maybee Sportsman Club, in addition to being a proud member of the NRA.

To cherish his memory, Emil leaves his beloved wife, Mary; two sons: Stephen and Brett Kohlman; one daughter, Sheridan (Charles) Hudson; seven grandchildren: Krystal, Kyle, Michael, Mark, Racheal, and Dustin Kohlman, and Kaitlyn Hudson; and seven great grandchildren.

Along with his parents, Emil was preceded in death by one son, Brian, and one daughter, Brenda.

In accordance with his wishes, Emil will be cremated, and the family will hold a private service. Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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

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James William Casell

October 14, 1939 – February 10, 2018Casell


James W. Casell, age 78, of Monroe, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital

Born October 14,1939, in Strawberry Plains Tennessee, James was one of 2 children born from the union of the late James and Lee Ann (Parker) Casell. On December 18, 1970, in Monroe, James married Jo Ann Gray. He made his living working for Ford Motor Company as a Die Setter at the Woodhaven Stamping Plant, and was a member of Bible Fellowship Church.

James was a kind, generous, and god fearing man. He cherished his time spent with his family and was a wonderful Grandfather. James was a talented and creative woodworker and in his spare time, he liked to watch movies and sports, cook, and work in his yard.

To cherish his memory, James leaves his loving wife of more than 47 years, Jo Ann; three children: James Casell of Monroe, Michigan, Valerie (Clemens) Blyskal of Britton, Michigan and Vickie Williams of Monroe, Michigan; eight grandchildren: Regina, Rachelle, April,Yvonne, Michael, Mandy, Meghan and James; sixteen great-grandchildren and six great great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Bray and a brother, Carson Casell.

Family and friends may visit from 4 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Rupp Funeral Home. A funeral service will take place on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Jim Walker, pastor of Bible Fellowship Church will officiate. An entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

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