MillerJudythe L. Miller

January 6, 1940 – July 3, 2015

 

Judythe, L. Miller, 75, of Monroe, passed away at 4:03 p.m. Friday July 3, 2015 at Alice Loraine Care Center.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

 

Judythe was born January 6, 1940 in Detroit. She was the daughter of Francis and Elanore (Diedrich) Rehfuss. She married James R. Miller September 18, 1959 at St. Mary Church; he preceded her in death on February 27, 2013.

 

She was a nurse’s aide at Monroe Hospital, Beach Nursing Home, the Lutheran Home and IHM Health Care Center.

 

Judythe loved her family and enjoyed playing cards with her children. She also liked to quilt, do needle point and cross stitch.

 

She is survived by six children, James R. Miller, Jr of Monroe, Matthew M. (Lanita) Miller of Newport, Jason C. Miller of Monroe, Ann E. (Hector) Campos of Bellevue, Nebraska, Pamela A. Miller of Blissfield and Lisa M. (Ronald) Collum of Monroe; two sisters, Sharon (Bill) Hatfield and Carol Keaton of Orchard Lake; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

 

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Monroe County Humane Society.

 

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Barbara A. Drouillard

June 9, 1936 – July 1, 2015

 

DrouillardBarbara A. Drouillard, age 79 of Monroe, died 12:40 a.m.Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Wellspring Lutheran Services (The Lutheran Home). She had been in poor health for a year.

Born June 9, 1936 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Edward and Nellie (Broummet) Butler. She married James E. Pine on November 25, 1953 in St. John Catholic Church. Barb later married William Kenneth Drouillard on March 3, 1965 in Monroe. Ken preceded her in death on September 5, 2011.

Barb’s working career included Vandergrift’s Greenhouse, Monroe Convalescent Center, Beverly Manor in Trenton, and Staff Builders at Norman Towers.

Barb had a love for all animals. She enjoyed traveling up north in Michigan where she spent time bird watching. She especially enjoyed social gatherings with her retired friends and co-workers from Norman Towers.

Barb is survived by two sons, James (Wendy) Pine of Nashville, Tennessee and Dean (Barb) Pine of Monroe; a daughter, Tammy (Rick) Lymond of Monroe; step-sons, Steven (Cindy) Drouillard, Joseph Drouillard, and James (Rhonda) Drouillard, all of Monroe; step-daughters, Laura (Rick) Bellestri of Monroe and Sharon (Greg) Freeman of Carleton; step-daughter-in-law, Renee Drouillard of Monroe; 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband Ken, she was also preceded by a step-son, David Drouillard, and brother, Edward “Dunnie” Butler.

Cremation and interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle. Family and friends may visit Monday at Rupp Funeral Home from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Memorial Service celebrating her life will begin at 7 p.m. Rev. John Schinkel, Chaplain of Wellspring Lutheran Services will officiate.

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

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KeefeJuanita F. “Nicki” Keefe

December 29, 1924 – July 1, 2015

 

Juanita F. “Nicki” Keefe, 90, of Monroe, passed away Wednesday at 4:34 p.m. at Wellspring Lutheran Services.

 

Friends may call from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Church with a Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. Rev. David Burgard, pastor of St. Mary’s Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Juanita was born December 29, 1924 in Monroe. She was the daughter of William H. and Mamie C. (Henson) Bowling. She married George J. Keefe September 28, 1946 at St. Joseph Church in Ida, he preceded her in death on May 18, 1954.

 

She worked for Michigan Bell Telephone, many supermarkets and Klines Department Store before taking a secretarial position at La-Z-Boy in 1964. She spent the next 25 years there retiring in 1989.

 

She was a 1943 graduate of Monroe High School and a member of the Alumni Association.

 

Juanita was a member of St. Mary’s Church and their choir. She also volunteered at the Monroe County Court House and enjoyed playing cards.

 

She is survived by her two sons, Patrick G. (Margaret) Keefe of Wamplers Lake and Michael R. (Susan) Keefe of Monroe; a brother, James E. Bowling of Plano, Texas; three grandchildren, Christopher (Amy) Keefe, Kelly Keefe and Rachel Keefe, two great grandchildren, Sidney and Caleb, many nieces and nephews, and her Mansell cousins in Canada.

 

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, William A. and Glen E. Bowling and three sisters, Bea Atkins, Betty Crabtree and Marge Brinkley.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

 

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Johnnie H. Estes

July 24, 1943-June 25, 2015

 

EstesJohnnie H. Estes, 71 of Ida, passed away at 6:09 p.m. Thursday at Regency Hospital, Sylvania.

 

Friends may visit from 12-8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 12 noon Friday. Rev. Mark McCaskill, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, and Rev. Joseph Byrd, pastor of Stewart Road Christian Ministries Center, will officiate. Burial will follow at Monroe Township Cemetery.

 

Johnnie was born July 24, 1943 in Monroe. He was the son of Fred and Lily (Duncan) Estes. He married Janet Marie Berghoefer June 23, 1962 in St. Michael Catholic Church.

 

He worked for Ford Motor Company, Rawsonville Plant, for 32 years in numerous capacities, most recently as Press Operator before retiring.

 

Johnnie attended Monroe Full Gospel Church, Luna Pier Full Gospel Church, and Rapha Christian Center.

 

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, time at their cabin up north, attending tractor and small engine shows, and attending monthly Estes family dinners.

 

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janet; six sons, John (Dawn) Estes of Monroe, Jerrald (Debbie Fosnaugh) Estes of Monroe, James Estes of Temperance, Joseph (Angela) Estes of Ottawa Lake, Jack Estes of Ida, and Jeffrey (Kim) Estes of Milan; brother, Billy Douglas Estes of LaSalle; sisters, Polly (David) Raymer of Monroe and Helen (Roy) Raymer of LaSalle; grandchildren, Genna Bovinet, Sarah Estes, James Estes II, Allen Estes, Johnnie Estes, Karmen Lipp, Jack Estes II, and Lily Kay Estes; great-grandchildren, Cody Estes, Alecia Bovinet, Gabriel Sharpe, and Bailee Sharpe; close friends, Theresa Estes and Frank Therrien; and his three pet yorkies, Annee Girl, Dan-d, and Rain.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Bobby, and a grandson, Jake Estes.

 

Following Johnnie’s death, previous arrangements had been made for anatomical study and research at the University of Michigan for hopes of a cure for ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

 

Memorial donations may be made to ALS of Michigan, 675 E. Big Beaver Rd., Suite 207, Troy, MI 48083; or University of Michigan, memo-Neorological Research and Discovery, UMHS Office of Development, attn: Kim Schuster, 1000 Oak Brook, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

 

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LinneAnna C. Linne

October 11, 1930 – June 29, 2015

 

Anna C. Linne, 84, of Monroe, passed away at 1:41 a.m. Monday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. She will lie instate at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael Church, with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

 

Anna was born October 11, 1930 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Rinyold and Carmella (Marino) Oliver. She married Arnold C. Linne, Jr May 14, 1955; he preceded her in death August 8, 1997.

 

She was a teacher’s aide at Raisinville Elementary School for several years.

 

Anna was a member of St. Michael Church and had volunteered at the Thrift Shop.

 

She loved to knit, and do cross stitch and needle point. She knitted and donated many baby caps for the newborn babies of Monroe. She also made all of her grandchildren Christmas stockings. In her younger years she enjoyed playing bridge and traveling.

 

Anna is survived by four sons, David R. Linne of Rochester, New York, Alan A. (Diane) Linne of North Royalton, Ohio, Brian D. Linne of Lakeport, Michigan and Craig A. Linne of Dearborn, Michigan; two daughters-in-law, Sharon Linne of Rochester, New York and Donna Baker of Port Huron, Michigan and five grandchildren, Justin Linne, Emma Linne, Allison Linne, Andrew Linne and Christopher Linne.

 

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Anthony and Carmell Oliver and a sister, Grace DeFulvio.

 

Memorial contribution in her memory may be made to the Breast Cancer Society.

 

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Francis Williams

October 28, 1936 – June 27, 2015

 

WilliamsFrancis Williams, age 78 of Monroe, died 2:07 p.m. Saturday at Serenity Homes in Holland, Michigan. He had been in poor health for two years.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Rev. Terry Braden and Rev. Joe Bryant will officiate. Burial will follow at Rath Cemetery, Raisinville Twp.

Born October 28, 1936 in Union County, Tennessee, he was the son of Rob and Lora (Toliver) Williams. He married Mary A. Keck on May 21, 1956 in Union County.

Francis worked for several Monroe area companies including Mignano Construction as a Heavy Equipment Operator, retiring in 2004.

Francis was a member of Union Street Missionary Baptist Church. An overall mechanic and handyman, he was always first in line to lend a helping hand. His family was very important to him. He enjoyed spending time with them, especially looking forward to the Sunday family dinners. But most of all, the love for his wife was foremost in his life.

Francis is survived by his wife Mary of Monroe; three children, Ken (Linda) Williams of Ocala, Florida, Denny (Connie) Williams of Adrian, Michigan, and Patrice (Rick) McCarty of Pullman, Michigan; Three sisters, Anne (Dennis) Johnston of Kokomo, Indiana, Jewell (Jackie) Keck of Kokomo, Indiana, and Mildred (Odra) England of Monroe; 7 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Francis was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Erby and Hayes Williams; and a sister, Georgette Collins.

Memorial donations may be made to Union Street Missionary Baptist Church.

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MorganEllen L. (Sampsel) Morgan

March 18, 1957 – June 26, 2015

 

Ellen L. (Sampsel) Morgan, 58, of Ecorse, formerly of Monroe, passed away Friday at Oakwood Hospital, Dearborn.

 

Friends may call from 11 until services at 2 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home.  Rev. Evans Bentley, pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Ellen was born March 18, 1957 in Monroe.  She was the daughter of Donald B. and Marjorie A. (Brown) Sampsel.

 

She was a 1975 graduate of Monroe High School.

 

Ellen enjoyed watching NASCAR and her favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

 

She is survived by her father, Donald Sampsel of Monroe; two brothers, Gerald E. (Barbara) Sampsel of Monroe and Ross A. (Gail) Sampsel of Monroe; five nieces and nephews, Anna (Jason) Childress, William Sampsel, Thomas (Sonya) Sampsel, Nicole “NikkI’ (Curtis) De Bellefeuille and Daniel Sampsel and six great nieces and nephews, Kinsey, Kennedy, Harper, Colton, Kara and Raegan.

 

She is preceded in death by her mother and grandparents, Floyd Sampsel, Vivian Hartman and Marshall and Louise Brown.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

 

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Chester F. Legg

October 22, 1940 – June 27, 2015

 

LeggChester F. Legg, age 74 of Monroe, died 3:12 a.m. Saturday at Magnum Care of Monroe. He had been in poor health for six months.

Friends may visit from 3 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Terry Braden will officiate.

Chester was born October 22, 1940 in Trenton, Michigan. He married Louise M. Fox on April 2, 1963 in Trenton. For 28 years, he worked for Firestone in Riverview.

Chester enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards (especially Euchre), and hanging out with his friends.

Chester is survived by his wife Louise; three children, Charles Legg of Monroe, Lisa (Thomas) Braden of Monroe, and James Legg of Romulus; three grandchildren, Timothy Ellison, Kimberly Legg, and Cory Ellison; and one great-grandchild, Skylar Engel.

Chester was preceded in death by his mother Vivian; brother Bob Legg, and sister, Mary Ellen Snyder.

Memorial donations may be made to Great Lakes Dialysis Center, 992 S. Monroe St., Monroe, MI 48161.

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Shirley A. Grassley

February 15, 1935 – June 22, 2015

 

GrassleyShirley A. (Vallance) Grassley, 80, of Monroe, passed away June 22, 2015 at Wellspring Lutheran Services, Monroe.

 

Shirley was born February 15, 1935 in Gibsonburg, Ohio. She was the daughter of Elza and Ruth (Hamblin) Vallance.

 

Shirley was an 1953 graduate of Monroe High School and had attended classes at Monroe County Community College.

 

She was employed by Mason Consolidated Schools, Monroe Public Schools and Mercy Memorial Hospital System retiring in 2000.

 

Shirley was a member of Heritage United Methodist Church (formerly East Raisinville Frenchtown United Methodist Church).

 

She enjoyed traveling to Traverse City and collecting dolls and angels. She had also volunteered for Michigan DHS.

 

Shirley was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren.

 

She is survived by two sons, Rick and Diane (Brennan) Grassley of Monroe and their children, Derek Grassley of Denver, Colorado, Drew Grassley of Monroe and Colleen Grassley of Winchester, Virginia; Tim Grassley and his family, Jonathan and Aubrey (Quince) Grassley and their children, Emily and Zachary of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Nicholas and Kimberly (Adams) Grassley and their children, Ryan and Morgan of Sebastian, Florida.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Norma Toeppe.

 

A private family service and inurnment will take place at a future date at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Wellspring Lutheran Services (The Lutheran Home) 1236 S. Monroe St., Monroe, Michigan 48161

 

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Beatrice Rea Blair

November 22, 1926 – May 9, 2015

 

Beatrice Rea Blair, age 88 of Monroe, died 8:47 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the S.S.I.H.M. Health Care Center.

Born November 22, 1926 in Hunters Creek, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Laura (Schwandt) Blow. As a dietitian, she was employed for approximately 20 years by Lapeer County General Hospital (McLaren Health Care) in Lapeer, Michigan.

Beatrice was a very spiritual Christian throughout her life, attending many area churches. She was a member of the Humane Society of Monroe County and was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. She also enjoyed reading and gardening.

Beatrice is survived by a son, Kevin (Joann) Blair of Aiken, South Carolina; two grandsons, Patrick and Matthew Blair; three nieces, Bonnie (Clark) Teal of Monroe, Jane (James) Wellington of Irons, Michigan, and Janice (Gies) Hoffman of Shelby Twp., Michigan; grand-nieces, Skylar, Maris, and Olivia; and grand-nephew, Marino.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded by two brothers, Kenyon and Jacob Blow, and a sister, Mary Ellen Gies.

Rupp Funeral Home assisted the family with cremation and funeral arrangements in accordance with her wishes. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27th at Wellspring Lutheran Services (The Lutheran Home). Their Chaplain, Rev. John Schinkel will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Humane Society of Monroe County, P.O. Box 1457, Monroe, MI 48161.

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