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Peggy Lee Sulfaro

January 25, 1942 – Dec. 8, 2017

 

SulfaroPeggy Lee Sulfaro, age 75 of Monroe, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2017, at 9:56 a.m. surrounded by her loved ones at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.  She had been ill for the past 8 years with her health declining rapidly over the past year.

   Born January 25, 1942 in Monroe, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Robert “Bob” and Margaret (Koch) West.  Peggy married the love of her life, Frank J. Sulfaro on December 30, 1960, at First Presbyterian Church in Monroe.  Together they became the parents to four children and the grandparents to nine grandchildren.

   Peggy graduated from Monroe High School and loved spending time with her family, grandchildren, and friends.  She enjoyed getting together with the “girls” from her card club who were some of her dearest friends, going to the show, and going to different restaurants.  At one time she was an avid bowler and softball player.

   Peggy’s sense of humor was contagious to those around her.  No matter what the occasion, she made them all fun with her unique and creative ways.  Holidays were always a special time that the family looked forward to, knowing she always had some sort of surprise planned.  There was never a dull moment when Peggy was around.  She brought a touch of laughter to all she did.

   Surviving are her loving husband, Frank; her four children, Terri (Jack Schroeder) Sulfaro, Chris (Jenni) Sulfaro, Ted (Jamie) Sulfaro, and Dan (Lisa) Sulfaro, all of Monroe; and her nine grandchildren: Marissa, Tiara, Alexa, Anthony, Sabrina, Daniel, Jenna, Zachary, and Nicholas.

   As per her wishes, there will not be any services.  Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family.  Memorial contributions can be made directly to the family.

   Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

helen rubelHelen Roselee Rubel

April 14, 1945 – December 11, 2017

 

Helen Rubel died suddenly at home in Monroe, December 11, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. She was 72 years old.

 

Helen was born in Monroe, MI to Frank and Elizabeth (Zahorn) Kekes, who preceded her in death. She worked as a line worker at the Ford Rawsonville Plant for 9 and a half years before taking a medical retirement.

 

In 1964, she married Charles Rubel at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church in Monroe. They divorced in 1967. Along with Holy Ghost, Helen belonged to Trinity Lutheran and Grace Lutheran churches. She enjoyed playing Bunco, her cats, and her pet possum. But above all else, Helen enjoyed spending time with her family, most notably her grandchildren, whom she adored.

 

She is survived by her two daughters: Elizabeth (David C. Hoffman) Rubel and Rebecca Meyer; two brothers: Bobby Kekes and Jody Cantwell; six grandchildren: Brandon Pope, Adam Pope, David Pope, Kenny Jopp, Andy Meyer, and Jonathon Meyer; and one great grandchild expected to arrive in May, Logan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother Frank Michael Kekes.

 

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2017, at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 15, 2017. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

 

Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe County.

 

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

 

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Grace K. Wehner

November 8, 1923 – December 8, 2017

 

Grace K. Wehner died December 8, 2017 at 7:20 a.m, at Fountain View of Monroe. She was 94 years old.

 

Grace was born in Brooklyn, NY. Her parents, Frank and Beulah (King) Ferber preceded her in death. She enjoyed being a homemaker for most of her life.

 

On December 27, 1950 she married Albert G. Wehner Sr. and he preceded her in death on March 23, 1999. Grace enjoyed going to the casino, bowling, shopping, and spending time with grandchildren and family. She belonged to the Monroe Moose 884, the Monroe Elks 1503, and the VFW 1138 Auxiliary.

 

She is survived by her son Albert G. (Rosa Maria) Wehner Jr.; two daughters: Patricia Anne Dees and Bobbie (Patrick) Kohler; six grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and fourteen great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

 

There will be no visitation and a prayer service will be held December 29, 2017 at 11 a.m, at Roselawn Memorial Park, followed by inurnment.

 

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

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Rupp Funeral Home. Online condolences to the family may be sent through www.ruppfuneralinc.com.

Mary Rose Baldwin

January 20, 1933 – December 8, 2017

 

Mary Rose Baldwin died December 8, 2017 at 12:17 a.m, at the Toledo Hospital. She was 84 years old.

 

Mary was born in North Fleet, Kent, England to Fred and Rose (Germain) Sibun. She was a high school graduate, and enjoyed being a homemaker for most of her life.

 

In England, on October 23, 1954 she married Frank Baldwin and he preceded her in death on May 13, 2003. They came to America on May 1, 1967, to New York, NY. Mary enjoyed knitting, doing crafts, and collecting owls.

 

She is survived by two sons: Phillip (Joce) Baldwin of Houston TX and Colin (Jeannine) Baldwin of New Boston MI; two daughters: Karen Boutin of Oregon and Elaine (Danny) Geimer of Las Vegas NV; nine grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her two brothers Fred and Frank Sibun.

 

There will be no visitation and a memorial service will be held at a later date in the spring. Scattering will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.

 

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

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Rupp Funeral Home. Online condolences to the family may be sent through www.ruppfuneralinc.com.

Bernadine R. “Binnie” Collino

August 13, 1921 – December 7, 2017

 

CollinoBernadine R. “Binnie” Collino died December 7, 2017 at 3:55 a.m at the IHM Senior Living Community under the care of ProMedica Hospice for six days. She was 96 years old.

 

Bernadine was born in Detroit, Michigan to August and Rose (Maurer) Auch. She graduated from Southwestern High School and in her earlier years worked in a retail store in Detroit. When her last child was in high school, she went back to work for the county of Monroe in what is now the finance department, retiring from their in 1982.

 

On October 8, 1940 she married James R. Collino and he preceded her in death on October 25, 1990. Bernadine was active member of St. Joseph Christian Women and St. Joseph Food Closet. When the church closed in 2014 she then joined St. Mary’s Church. She enjoyed sewing, reading and working in the yard with her husband. They had over 100 rose bushes. Bernadine was an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She loved dogs very much.

 

She is survived by her son John M. Collino of Monroe; grandchildren: David (Heidi) Puhl and their sons Charlie and Carson of Minnesota, Jennifer (Klint) Reedy of Colorado, Michelle Collino, Jamie (Ted) Sularo of Monroe; daughter in law: Barbara Collino of Monroe; son-in-law: Jerry (Iva) Puhl of Charlevoix, Michigan.

 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister Bertha Huebner-Kay, a son James M. Collino in 2001 and a daughter Sandra R. Puhl in 2001.

 

There will be no visitation and a mass will be said at a later date. A private burial will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery under the auspices of Rev. Fr. David Burgard, Pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church.

 

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Food Closet C/O 126 Ave. De Lafayette, Monroe, MI or St. Mary Church, 127 N. Monroe St. Monroe, MI 48162.

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Rupp Funeral Home. Online condolences to the family may be sent through www.ruppfuneralinc.com.

Gordon Svendsen

January 11, 1927 – December 5, 2017

 

SvendsenGordon Svendsen, age 90, of Monroe, passed away at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, 2017, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

 

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2017, at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017. Rev. Katie Waggoner, Pastor of Heritage United Methodist Church, will officiate. A private interment at Park Cemetery, Fairmount, Indiana, will be held at a later date.

 

Born January 11, 1927 in Morris, Illinois, he was the son of the late Holger and Edna (Bryant) Svendsen . Gordon married Lucille King on April 21, 1946 and Imogene Haddox, nee Woolem, on June 7, 1997 in Kokomo, Indiana. Sadly, Lucille preceded him in death on September 11, 1981. He worked at General Motors in the Fisher Body Plant, Marion Indiana, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the F & A Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and a Shriner for more than 50 years and rode with the Mizmur Scooter Patrol. Gordon enjoyed wood working, making custom cabinetry and could fix anything. He loved spending time camping, traveling and fishing.

 

To cherish his memory, Gordon leaves his loving wife of 20 years Imogene; two daughters, Mary (Gordon) Bowers of Madison, Alabama and Annette (Steven) Johnson of Monroe; one stepson, David Haddox of Monroe; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

In addition to his parents and first wife, Lucille, he was preceded in death by one son, David Svendsen, and three brothers.

 

Memorial contributions in Gordon’s name are suggested to Shriners Hospital for Children.

 

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

 

Rita R. RidnerRidner

September 2, 1930 – December 5, 2017

 

Rita R. Ridner, age 87, of Monroe, passed away peacefully at Wellspring Lutheran Services on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at 10:51 a.m.

 

Friends and family may visit from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2017, at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. Rev. Harold Raines, Pastor of Monroe Full Gospel Church and Rev. Gary Pickrell will officiate. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Born September 2, 1930 in Lincoln Park, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Theresa (Shinski) Czarnik. Rita attended Monroe High School. She married Herbert Ridner on December 9, 1950 in Monroe. For 20 years she was employed by the Edgewood Christian Child Care Center as a day care worker. Rita cherished time spent with her grand children and family gatherings. Her entire life, Rita liked to walk, often walking many miles to and from work. She also loved to walk at the State Parks. In her spare time, she liked to shop and dine out.

 

To cherish her memory, she leaves three sons: Larry Ridner of Monroe, Alan (Shirley) Ridner of Monroe and Dwayne (Remonia) Ridner of St. Petersburg Florida; one daughter, Laurie (Don) Molinatto of Palmetto Florida; two brothers, Chester (Ann) Czarnik of Monroe and David (Ruth) Czarnik of Johannesburg Michigan; one sister, Rosemary (Richard) LaBeau of Monroe; tewnty grandchildren, fourty great grandchildren and fifteen great-great grandchildren.

 

In addition to her parents, Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert; one brother John Czarnik; a son, Randy Ridner and an infant daughter, Brenda.

 

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

Julianna Biela

February 1, 1928 – December 4, 2017

 

BielaJulianna Biela, age 89, of Monroe, passed away peacefully at 3:45 a.m. Monday at ProMedica Monroe Skilled Nursing and Rehab. She had been in declining health for the past five years.

 

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a Scripture Service will be held at 6 p.m. She will lie in state at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. by the church Pastor, Rev. Fr. David Burgard. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Maybee.

 

Born February 1, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Julia (Dembinski) Cieslinski. Julianna married Eugene C. Biela on October 17, 1951 at St. Josaphat Catholic Church, Detroit. Sadly, he preceded her in death on June 23, 1991. Julianna was a proud homemaker and worked for Michigan Bell Phone Company for a few years in the late 40′s. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church for more than 60 years, V.F.W. 1138 Ladies Auxiliary for more than 40 years and Marine Corps League Auxiliary for more than 40 years. Julianna enjoyed bowling and playing bingo, attending almost every Friday. She was an avid animal lover and donated faithfully to the Monroe County Humane Society. Julianna truly loved spending time with and supporting her grandchildren. Whether it be piano recitals or volleyball games, she was always there cheering them on.

 

To cherish her memory, Julianna leaves two children, Susan Biela of Monroe and Paul (Constance) Biela of Carleton; three grandchildren: Julie (Michael) Frazer of Monroe, Anna (Andrew) Biela-Robinson of Marshall, Michigan and Amanda Biela of Monroe; and one great-grandchild, Claire Frazer.

 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one Brother, Joseph Norbert Cieslinski.

 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Monroe County Humane Society or Cancer Connection.

 

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

Guczwa

August 15, 1945 – December 3, 2017

 

Frank J. Guczwa, age 72, of Monroe, passed away at IHM hospice after a long battle with Parkinson’s on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 6:06 a.m.

 

Friends and family may visit from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2017, at Rupp Funeral Home. A rosary will be held that night at 7 p.m. He will lie in state at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Monroe, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by the church Pastor, Fr. David Burgard, and Deacon George Cousino. Cremation will follow, as well as inurnment St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

 

Born August 15, 1945 in Monroe, Michigan, he was the son of the late Herman and Veronica (Dudek) Guczwa. He married his loving wife of forty-nine years, Carolyn (Cousino), on May 17, 1968. Frank worked at General Motors as a power train engineer for 39 years, retiring in 2002. He began as an assembler during Vietnam, working on the m-16 rifle and helping develop the assembly process. He traveled to France to help streamline their processes. Frank was Vice-President and President of the Belgian-American Club in the 1980s. He was also very involved with the Boy Scouts, as well as being a lifelong member of the K of C. He enjoyed deer hunting in Mio with his brother in laws and nephews, fishing, gardening, and family get togethers.

 

To cherish his memory, he leaves his wife, Carolyn; four children: Timothy “Tim” Guczwa of Spring Lake, Mi, Kathryn (David) Scott of Monroe, Mi, Christine (John) Odette of Rockford, Mn, and Tammy (Matthew) Carter of West Bloomfield, Mi; two brothers: John (Ruth) Guczwa of Austin, Tx and Steven (Rena) Guczwa of Decatur, Tx; three sisters; Mary Ann (Jerome) Blaszak of Willis, Mi, Virginia (Tom) Nocella of Monroe, Mi, and Theresa (Phil) LaVoy of Kalamazoo, Mi; and twelve grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Memorial contributions in his memory are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Passionist Retreat Center in Detroit, Mi.

 

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

8BA76DC6-F478-470D-BAA4-9A5014EDA544Paul D. Masserant

October 10, 1938 – December 1, 2017

 

 Paul D. Masserant, age 79, of Temperance, passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, December 1, 2017, at 5:55 p.m.

 

Friends and family may visit from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, December 4, 2017, at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Deacon Mike Stewart will officiate. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

 

Born October 10, 1938 in Newport, Michigan, he was the son of the late Curtis and Gladys (Trabbic) Masserant. He married his loving wife of fifty-five years, Shirley (Lazette), on August 25, 1962. Paul worked at La-Z-Boy for thirty-eight years, retiring in 2000. He enjoyed golfing, cooking, playing cards, wood working, gardening, puzzles, and was considered to be a mastermind with numbers. He graduated from Monroe Catholic Central in 1956,before he proudly served in the US Army from 1959-1964. In 1985 he graduated from Monroe County Community College, Magna Cum Laude.

 

To cherish his memory, he leaves his wife, Shirley; three children: David R. (Michele Crochetiere) Masserant, Cheryl Haener (Jason Jambor-deceased), and Ann (Obadiah) Lucio; two grandchildren: Cody Haener and Hannah Lucio; one great-grandchild: Jadeyn Marie Haener; and several nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by daughter: Paula Masserant; and five siblings: Curtis Masserant, Raymond Masserant, Dale Masserant, Evelyn Barton, and Betty Turner.

 

Memorial contributions in his memory are suggested to the University of Michigan Melanoma Research.

 

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