Joann M. Pawlak

May 24, 1930 – April 14, 2014


    PawlakJoann M. Pawlak, age 83 of Monroe, passed away peacefully Monday morning, April 14th in her home.  She had been in declining health for two months.

    Joann was born May 24, 1930 in Monroe, Michigan, to Norman and Viola (Hamilton) Maloche.  She was a life long member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, attending its grade school and graduating from St. Mary Academy in 1948.

    She married Joseph R. Pawlak on August 9, 1952 in St. Michael Church where she was an active member of its Altar Society and a contributor of baked goods for funeral luncheons and to Marion Place. 

    Joann was a Cub Scout den mother and a Campfire Girl leader.  She also was a member of the Scapular Militia and during her lifetime distributed over 200,000 scapulars to priests and missionaries throughout the United States.  In addition, she was a member of the Chat & Chew Club, meeting monthly to enjoy food, gossip and card playing.  Joann also enjoyed bowling, visiting casino’s, playing a friendly game of cards, was an avid bingo player, and loved attending family functions.

    During her lifetime, she worked for the Public Schools hot lunch program and for her father-in-law at Monroe Piston Service.  Her most important job was being Mom.  She raised her family and expressed great joy in their achievements and successes.  She baked thousands of cookies for all occasions, attended many recitals, and was truly Mom and Grandma to all.

    Joann is survived by: husband, Joseph; children, Gary (Nancy) Pawlak of Brownstown, Lori (Tom) Busch of Cicero, Indiana, Robert (Joan) Pawlak of Troy, and David (Abbey) Pawlak of Woodbury, Minnesota; eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Kristin, Emily, TJ (Thomas Joseph), Daniel, Steven, Alli and Katy; and one great-grandson, Brady.

    Joann was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Maloche.

    Friends may visit from 2 – 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home. St. Michael’s Altar Society will lead the Rosary at 4 p.m. and a Scripture Service will begin at 6 p.m.  She will lie instate at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Catholic Church.  Mass of the Resurrection celebrating her life will be at 10 a.m.  The church Pastor, Rev. Stephen Vileo will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

    Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael Church or Henry Ford Hospice.

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PalmerPaul Palmer

February 26, 1927 – April 10, 2014


Paul Palmer, 87, of Monroe died at 9:40 a.m. Thursday April 10 at Martin Heath System in Stuart, Florida.


Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.  Rev. Doug Valentine, pastor of FaithAssemblyChurch, Bellville, will officiate and military honors will be provided by V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe.  Interment will take place at a later date at RoselawnMemorial Park, LaSalle.


Paul was born February 26, 1927 in Northville, Michigan; he was the son of John Russell and Mary (Deacon) Palmer.  He married Phyllis Coleman and she preceded him in death on October 10, 1993.


He served in the Marines for 40 years.  He always told everyone he served in the United States Marine Corps. 40 years, 9 months and 28 days. He was proud of serving our Country and wanted everyone to know it!


He owned and operated the Palmer Construction Company in Northville Michigan before working for the Ford Motor Company until retiring in 1987.


He was a member of the Marine Corp. League, the V.F.W. and American Legion both in Northville and the NRA.  Paul was very active with the Optimist Club serving as president for many years and earning the title lifetime honorary president.  He was also a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.


He loved dearly sharing his time with his family and friends, His children and grandchildren and great grandchildren were at the top of his list. He enjoyed going deer hunting every year with his two sons.


He is survived by two sons, Ronald (Joy) Palmer of Ypsilanti, and Garry (Cheryl) Palmer of Tecumseh; a daughter, Paula J. (David) Chadwick of Jensen Beach, Florida; a sister, Mary of Pickney; six grandchildren, Bruce Palmer, Christine Palmer, Katherine Monit, Garry Palmer, Jennifer Chadwick and Sarah Chadwick and five great grandchildren, Liam, Deacon, Elijah, Michael and Adella.


In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Russell and Walter Palmer.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the V.F.W. Post 1138.


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Seidenwand_KatherineSister Katherine Seidenwand, IHM, 94, died Sunday, April 6, in the IHM Health Care Center.


Sister Katherine was one of five daughters and three sons born to Harry and Susan (O’Dea) Seidenwand. She was born on March 4, 1920 in Cleveland and given the name Katherine. The family moved to Flint, Mich. after her birth. Sister Katherine attended St. Michael Elementary and High School in Flint. She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1939 and received the religious name of Sister Mary Eugene. 


Sister Katherine earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Detroit. In her early teaching career, she ministered at St. Cecilia and St. Mary of Redford, Detroit; St. Mary, Wayne; St. Patrick, Wyandotte; Holy Name, Birmingham; and for 10 years as principal at St. Regis in Bloomfield Hills. 


In 1972 she returned to St. Mary of Redford Elementary School, serving as a teacher, counselor and co-principal and a faithful volunteer for more than 30 years. Sister Katherine was grateful that many of her students pursued vocations in religious life.  


She maintained long-time friendships with those with whom she ministered; students and extended family. Until her health declined, Sister Katherine enjoyed traveling to Canada to attend O’Dea family reunions. She retired to the IHM Motherhouse in 2008.


Sister Katherine is survived by her sister, Lois (Glenn) McVeigh, sister-in-law Betty Seidenwand and cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Harry, John and the Rev. Eugene Seidenwand, and her sisters, Cecyle Piechowski, Mary Francis Seidenwand and JoAnn Kellett.


Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe on Monday, April 14 from 2 until 8 p.m. with a Remembering at 7 p.m. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated in the Chapel on Tuesday, April 15, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery on the Motherhouse Campus. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. Memorials may be made to the IHM Retirement Fund, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, MI 48162-7909. 

BrittainLucian E. “Luke” Brittain

April 19, 1935 – April 11, 2014


Lucian Edward (Luke) Brittain, 78 of Carleton passed away Friday April 11 at Fountain View of Monroe. 

He was born April 19, 1935, the son of Moss and Nola (Cosby) Brittain in Claiborne, Tennessee.  He married the former Anna Mae Dudek on April 12, 1958 at St. Patrick Church, Carleton. 

Luke was a craftsman, a Pattern-Maker by trade.  He had been employed by Schnorberger Pattern, Ford Motor Co, Monroe Pattern, GM Tech Center, and Mannheim Auctions. 

He will be sadly missed by his wife, sons Bill (Marianne) of Monroe and James (Bonnie) of Torrance, CA; daughter, Laurie (Jeff) Sims of Carleton; grandchildren, Jeff (Jenny) Sims, Christina Sims, Stephanie Sims, Greg (Casey) Brittain, Michelle (Ty) Keating, Allison Brittain, Leanne Brittain and  Sammy Brittain.  He is also survived by sisters Lena Keck, Lila Pope and special niece Sandy Mason. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.  He will lie instate at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Devine Grace Parish (St. Patrick Church) Carleton with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m.  Rev. John Dumas, pastor of the church, will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery, Carleton.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to St. Patrick’s School, Carleton, or St. Anne’s Cancer Center of Toledo.

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FishCharles E. Fish, age 70, died peacefully Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Hospice Home in Raleigh, NC with his loving family by his side after a courageous 18 month battle with Stage IV stomach cancer.

Charlie was born August 26, 1943 in Monroe, MI the son of Frank H. Fish and Julie Etoile Campau Fish.

Charlie graduated from Monroe Catholic Central in 1961. He attended the University of Detroit, returning to Monroe to work at Union Camp Paper as a pattern designer, leaving there in 1967 to begin employment with Ford Motor Co.  At Ford he received a Tool and Die Journeyman card in the trade of Diemaking on December 19, 1971 from Henry Ford Community College. He worked for Ford Motor for 34 years mainly at the Maumee Ohio Stamping Plant until he retired in 2001.

Charlie had many interests and hobbies.  He was an avid reader especially of mysteries and Sci Fi.  He loved flying and earned a Single Engine Pilot’s license in 1980 from Toledo Express Airport and joined the Skylane Aero Club, Toledo, OH.  He spent many enjoyable hours flying family and friends around the OH, MI, IL, and WI area.

He liked doing beautiful Tile and Stain Glass work, but his main passion was golf.  He enjoyed the trips made with his Ford buddies (the Sweet Sixteen), to New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, South Carolina, and North Carolina.  Another highlight was the trip he took with his son, Michael, to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trails in Alabama.

Above all his interests and hobbies Charlie most loved the time he spent with his precious granddaughters, Sydney and Lillianne.  The holiday celebrations, their summer competitive swim meets, the piano recitals, the visits to the cabin in Boone, NC.  Just being with his family brought him much joy.

Charlie’s sense of humor and dry wit endeared him to his coworkers, friends, family, and caregivers and also those that came in contact with him thru his life journey. Thru his wit he forged a special bond with the doctors and staff of Duke Raleigh and University Hospital.

On February 4, 1967 Charlie married Ruth Myers in Monroe, MI. Charlie is survived by his loving wife, Ruth, a son, Michael (Jennifer) Fish, granddaughters Sydney and Lillianne Fish of Fairfax, Virginia, a brother Frank H. (Sharon) Fish of Indianapolis, Indiana, a sister Emilie (Jerry) Knorr of Toledo, Ohio and numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by his beloved son, David Charles Fish, and a sister-in-law, Donna Fish.

Visitation will be at Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe, MI on Sunday, April 13, from 4-8 p.m. where a Scripture Service will be held at 6:30 p.m.   A Mass of the Resurrection celebrating his life will be on Monday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m.  at St. Mary Catholic Church, Monroe, MI.  The family will begin to receive visitors at 10 a.m.

Private Interment services will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park.

In  lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Debbie’s Dream Foundation ( a foundation specifically for promoting stomach cancer research or Caring Bridge(  a non-profit committed to bringing friends and family together during any form of health journey.

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Milton J.H. Knabusch

September 20, 1920 – April 1, 2014


    KnabuschMilton J.H. Knabusch, age 93 of Monroe, passed peacefully from this life at 3:35 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Regency Hospital, Sylvania, Ohio.

    Friends may visit from 4 – 8 p.m. Thursday and 1 – 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home.  He will lie instate 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church where services celebrating his life will be at 12 p.m.  The church Pastor, Rev. Jeffrey Heimsoth and Associate Pastor, Rev. Karl Fuhlbrigge will officiate.  Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, where Monroe Post 1138 Veterans of Foreign Wars will perform military honors.

    Born September 20, 1920 in Maybee, Michigan, he was the son of William H. and Mary S. (Rummel) Knabusch, Sr.  He married Sally Ann Rowland on December 27, 1941 in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Maybee.  After Sally’s passing on May 26, 2004, Milt later married Donna M. (Hartman) Klippstein on December 17, 2011 in Trinity Lutheran Church, Monroe.

    Milt served his country in the United States Navy during World War II from July 31, 1942 to January 6, 1946.  He was assigned to the Naval Air Station in Grosse Isle, MI for basic training during the war, and was assigned to the pay office just 2 weeks later.  After basic training, he was assigned to the “Acorn 7” Aviation unit, where he earned the rank of Chief Dispersing Officer.  The mission of Acorn 7 was to drop bombs on Japanese held islands.  Milt was stationed on the Emireau Islands and then went to the Admiralty Islands, both in the South Pacific.  Milt received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Victory Medal.  As a proud veteran, Milt joined and was a life member of V.F.W. Post 1138 Monroe.

    In addition to the many boards, appointments, and committees already mentioned, Milt chaired multiple area fundraisers for many charitable and civic causes including the campaign and implementation of night lights at Navarre Field.

    During Milt’s early years, he organized local men’s baseball teams including the former Monroe Oriole’s and the La-Z-Boy team, of which he also managed.  His passion for the game led him to become the Michigan Baseball Commissioner for 15 years for minor league players.  He also was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers, and never missed watching a game.  He enjoyed deer hunting, playing cards and cribbage, and really looked forward to spending his winters in Hawaii which he did for more than 40 years, and trips to his summer home in Lewiston, and his timeshares.

    Milt is survived by: wife, Donna; children, Marilynn Bisquera of Mililani, Hawaii, Grace Lasko of Monterey, California, Joanne Timiney of Monroe, and Edward (Terry) Knabusch of Paauilo, Hawaii; sister, Mary Ann Weyher of Maybee; sister-in-law, Marjorie Kreps of Monroe; step-children, Cheryl Osborn of Alachua, Florida and William (Debbie) Klippstein of Oak Harbor, Ohio; 8 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 4 step great-grandchildren.

    In addition to his first wife Sally, Milt was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, Rolland, William Jr., Kenneth, and Donald Knabusch; brother-in-law, Kenneth Weyher; and sister-in-law, Myrtle Knabusch.

    Milt will be deeply missed by his loving family, and all who knew him.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Roselawn Memorial Park Restoration Fund, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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HickmanHoward L. Hickman

December 17, 1934 – April 6, 2014


    Howard L. Hickman, age 79 of Monroe, died 12:22 a.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Magnum Care of Monroe.  He had been in poor health for eight months.

    Friends may visit from 1 – 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday.  Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of First Church of God will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle under the auspices of V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe.

    Born December 17, 1934 in Beallsville, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Allen and Mary (Sweany) Hickman.  He married Elaine M. Dennis on October 15, 1960 in St. Eustache Sur Le Lac, Quebec, Canada.

    Howard enlisted in the United States Air Force on March 11, 1957 and served to March 12, 1959.  A day later he re-enlisted and served until he was discharged on May 1, 1963.

    Howard was employed by N.A. Mans Lumber Company in Trenton from 1962 to 1995.  He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and was a fan of hockey and baseball, often attending Toledo Walleye and Mud Hen games as well as the Detroit Tigers.

    He is survived by: wife, Elaine; mother, Mary Hickman of Washington, Pennsylvania; sons, Gregory (Cindy) Hickman of LaSalle and Russel Hickman of Trenton; daughter, Kelly (Matt) Tomkinson of Monroe; brothers, Ronald (Peggy) Hickman of Ellsworth, Pennsylvania and Wayne Hickman of Windsor, Ohio; four grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

    Howard was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Thomas Hickman.

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Audrey Sue Kohler

August 23, 1937 – April 5, 2014


    Audrey Sue Kohler, age 76 of Monroe, died 3:50 a.m. Saturday at Medilodge of Monroe.  She had been in declining health for six months.

    Friends may visit from 3 – 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.  Rev. Gary Tryggestad, Co-Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church will officiate.  Burial will follow at RoselawnMemorial Park, LaSalle.

    Born August 23, 1937 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Conrad and Helen (Swartz) Michel.  She married William R. Kohler in 1957.

    Sue was a 1955 graduate of MonroeHigh School and enjoyed tending to her flower garden and watching professional wrestling.  She had been employed by McDonald’s on Dixie Hwy. from 1980 -1988 and was a member of ZionLutheranChurch.

    Sue is survived by: two sons, Brian (Melinda) Kohler and Kevin (Virginia) Kohler, both of Newport; a daughter, Cheryl Gruberman of O’Fallon, Illinois; sister, Iva Riehle of Monroe; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

    Sue was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Virginia Blessing and a brother, Lloyd Michel.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ZionLutheranChurch.

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Marie R. Shumate

September 6, 1990 – March 26, 2014


    ShumateMarie R. Shumate, daughter of Edward and LeAnn (Domosle) Shumate, Jr. was born September 6, 1990 in Monroe.

    A beautiful mother of two, she was diagnosed a year ago with acute liver failure.  On March 19, 2013, God blessed Marie with a new liver. Hers was the 2000th liver transplant performed at the University of Michigan Hospital.  After the transplant she had a new lease on life.  She was able to be a mother again to her children.  Her eyes were full of life and love and she began to recover immediately.  However, a few months later she experienced complications from infection and then liver rejection.  She passed from this life on March 26th at U of M Hospital, Ann Arbor.

    Marie was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and its youth group, three times attending the Appalachia Service Project.  She was a 2009 graduate of Monroe High School and attended Monroe County Community College.  Marie liked to sing and was formerly a member of the River Raisin Sweet Adeline’s.  She also enjoyed the challenge of extreme coupon shopping and started her own Facebook group “I Clip You Save”.  But above all, her children were the most important part of her life.

    Marie is survived by: two children, Spencer Shumate and Willow Janus; parents, Ed and LeAnn Shumate of Monroe; six brothers and sisters, Tonya Shumate of Marquette, Michigan, Heather Bellner of Monroe, Edward Shumate, III of Monroe, Robert (Douglas) Shumate of Chicago, Illinois, MeaChele Shumate of Monroe, and Michael Shumate of Monroe; grandparents, Frank and Jackie Domosle of Monroe.

    She was preceded in death by a sister, McKenzie Shumate and grandparents, Edward and Madonna Shumate, Sr.

    Marie was cremated in accordance with her wishes and her earthly remains will be laid to rest next to her sister at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

    A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6th at Trinity Lutheran Church.  The church pastor, Rev. Jeffrey Heimsoth and retired pastor, Rev. Stanley AuBuchon will officiate.  Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

    An organ donation organization, Gift of Life, will be present at the service for anyone interested in being an organ donor.

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PlathBernice R. Plath

November 10, 1925 – April 1, 2014


Bernice R. Plath, 88, of Monroe, passed away at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.


Friends may call from 12:30 p.m. until funeral services at 2 p.m. Thursday April 3, 2014 at  Grace Lutheran Church.  Pastor Mark Witte, pastor of the church, will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.  Rupp Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.


Bernice was born November 11, 1925 in Toledo, Ohio.  She was the daughter of William and Bernice (Donohue) Brackett.  She married William E. Plath January 10, 1948 at the FirstEvangelicalUnitedBrethrenChurch; he preceded her in death on November 7, 2002.


She was a member of GraceLutheranChurch and the Ladies Aide Society at the church.


Bernice was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother who’s family meant the world to her.


She is survived by two sons, William B. (Diane) Plath of Northville and John C. Plath of Monroe; three daughters, Janet M. Carr of Woodhaven, Jeanann (Lawrence) AuBuchon of Plymouth and Barbara E. (Jeff) Denney of Portage, Michigan; ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.


In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by two sons-in-law, Frank Carr and Bobby Tackett.


Memorial contributions may be made to GraceLutheranChurch.


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