LyonsMary L. Lyons

December 24, 1942 – March 27, 2015


Mary L. Lyons, 72, of Monroe, passed away at 7:56 p.m. Friday at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Rev. Harold Raines, pastor of Monroe Full Gospel Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.


Mary was born December 24, 1942 in Monroe. She was the daughter of Carl G. and Marguerite Fay (Hurd) Bressler. She married Robert Irvin Lyons, Sr. on January 22, 1966; he preceded her in death on May 29, 1989.


She worked at the General Motors Willow Run Plant in Ypsilanti for 28 years; retiring in 1992.


Mary loved her coffee in the morning and watching the Detroit Tigers and Survivor. She also enjoyed playing bingo, going to the casino and eating at Red Lobster.


She is survived by her four children, Charles Carl Olson, Marsha Lyons of Monroe, Mindy (Eric) Lyons-Russeau of Monroe and Robert I. (Heather) Lyons, Jr. of Monroe; loving nieces, Marguerite (Ivan) Pitner, Andrea Pitner and Mary Pitner all of Monroe; a brother, Carl G. (Judy) Bressler of Toledo and nine grandchildren.


In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Eva Wylie, Normann Bressler and Judy Turner.


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GilsdorfCarl J. Gilsdorf

August 7, 1957 – March 25, 2015


Carl J. Gilsdorf, 57, of Monroe, passed away at 7:04 p.m. at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.


Friends may call from 3 p.m. Thursday until a memorial service at 7 p.m. at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Mark Blake, pastor of Monroe Alliance Church, will officiate. In accordance with Carl’s wishes cremation has already taken place.


Carl was born August 7, 1957 in Toledo, Ohio. He was the son of Albert L. and Patricia (Waltz) Gilsdorf. He married Deborah M. Kresuk April 6, 1990.


He worked for APCOA Parking at Detroit Metro Airport; before a medical retirement in 2005.


Carl enjoyed camping fishing, flying remote controlled airplanes and spending time with his grandchildren.


He is survived by his wife Deborah Gilsdorf of Monroe; a son, Donald J. (Tangie) Mullins of Brownstown; two daughters, Amanda (Josh) Bomia-Laberdee of Monroe and Erica (Anthony) Theisen of Temperance; two brothers, Clement (Santa) Gilsdorf of Monroe and Albert (Connie) Gilsdorf of Monroe; four sisters, Rhonda (Robert) Aubry of Monroe, Charlotte Gilsdorf of Toledo, Tana Gilsdorf of Monroe and Vickie (Paul) Brooks of Erie and three grandchildren, Parker Bomia-Laberdee, Cannon Adams and Teagan Bomia-Laberdee.


He is preceded in death by his parents.


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Victoria B. Lanier

May 11, 1951 – March 24, 2015


Victoria B. “Vickie” Lanier, age 63 of Monroe, died 7:35 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the University of Toledo Medical Center after becoming seriously ill on Monday in her home.

Friends may visit from 3 – 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Rev. William Kreichbaum, Pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born May 11, 1951 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Mark and Peggy (Duvall) Lanier. She was a 1969 graduate of Monroe High School and attended Monroe County Community College where she obtained an Associate Degree.

Vickie was employed by MCOP in Monroe for approximately 40 years as a Payroll Personnel Coordinator.

Vickie was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church and enjoyed reading, music, and visiting area casino’s.

Vickie is survived by a sister, Diane Ballard of Monroe; nieces and nephews, Sarah Mueller, Mark Ballard, Nicole Lanier, Bobby Lanier, Peggyjune Lanier, and Dennis Lanier; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. Vickie will be greatly missed by her family and friends, especially by her pet dog and best friend “Lucy”.

Vickie was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Dennis Lanier.

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

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HowlandRobert L. Howland

May 16, 1958 – March 21, 2015


Robert L Howland, 56 of Dundee died at 7:37 pm Saturday in his home.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 pm Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where a memorial service will be held at 8 pm. Rev. James Smalarz, pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will officiate.

Born May 16, 1958 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the son of Lawrence G. and Jane C. (Helbling) Howland.

Robert was an automotive mechanic for many years.

He served his country in the United States Air Force.

Robert enjoyed reading, swimming, football and NASCAR, but he always enjoyed giving hugs.

Surviving are his daughters, Alexis R. Howland of Detroit and Darcy J. Howland of Monroe; sisters Tina (Ralph) Elwer of Austin, Minnesota, Marianne (Greg) Knitz of Hillsdale and Amy (Denny) Moore of Kure Beach, North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to the Heartbeat of Toledo.

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FodorIn Loving Memory of


Daniel Edward “Wishbone” Fodor, age 68, passed away surrounded by his family at Toledo Regency Hospital in Toledo, Ohio on Monday, March 9th, 2015 due to a long battle with COPD.


Born on September 25th, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan to Pauline & Daniel Fodor. Family ran business’, Fodor’s TV & Radio repair shop & photography studio left a strong impact on Daniel. He grew up in a home filled with love, music, hard work ethics, strong-willed & quick witted personalities. He enjoyed traveling to play with team in ice hockey competitions & summers at family lakefront cottage. He graduated from Rets Electronics & Cass Tech. Later, completed his electrical apprenticeship with Ford Motor Company. His patriotism led him to serving 4 yrs in US Air Force as radio repairman during Vietnam War. While stationed at Kessler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi he met & married his 1st love & wife, Evelyn Bird. Later, stationed in Oscoda, Michigan, they became proud parents of their 1st child in August of 1967. After finishing his service & moving to Monroe, Michigan they had 2nd child in March of 1972. The need to travel & see all he could of the country he fought for, took him from the East to West Coast. Particularly, his electrical skills used along the way brought him to Colorado. Where he joined the I.B.E.W. LU#68. The IBEW became a 2nd family. Led his son in becoming an I.B.E.W member after graduating an Electrical Apprenticeship in Richmond, Virginia. One of many proud moments. His love for traveling was shared by many, including one friend & love, Rhonda Taylor. She had 3rd & final child in 1981 while living on the beach of Half-Moon Bay, California. His travels brought him back to Colorado & meeting his 3rd wife, Judy Hagan. Never having children of their own, she tried to raise his as her own. Later they moved back to Monroe, Michigan. Recruited his son to help build their home. He always dreamed it sat deep in the Rockies but was content having his family home near the lake he grew up watching the sun set on. Years later & divorced, he always stayed good friends with his “ex’s.” He also had a love of working on computers.  A devoted father & loving Grandfather. Strength in his love, made sure his family always came 1st. Free spirited with an anchored unwavering core. Daniel was enriched with wisdom & baby blue eyes that seemed to see through one’s soul. Touched many lives across this country. A Father, baby brother, Union Brother, & friend. So missed our breaths become weak yet, he left us with such life-filled memories. He will undoubtedly live on in retold stories. Thoughts & prayers whispered from Sea to Sea.


Survived by his sister, Beverly Collins of Madison Heights, Michigan; 3 children: Stacy Dobbs of Colorado, Daniel “Termite” Fodor of Michigan, & Paula Fodor of Michigan; 7 Grandchildren: Cory & Chynel DeSpain of Colorado, Zachary & Brittany Fodor of Mississippi, Dallas & Dustin Dobbs of Colorado, Preston LeFevre of Michigan; 1 Great-Grandchild: Aaliyah DeSpain of Colorado

No services will be held at this time. Memorial at a late date as decided by family. Rupp Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.


Thank you to all the many I.B.E.W Brothers & Sisters unnamed.  Special thanks to those who were able to be here with us. Being the eyes & ears for those unnamed.


Lord, your traveler is coming home.

Audrey Elizabeth Moran

March 13, 2015 – March 20, 2015


Audrey Elizabeth Moran, infant twin daughter of Douglas and Abbey (Kohler) Moran of Newport, joined the angels in heaven on Friday, March 20th due to complications of premature birth. Her early arrival occurred Friday, March 13th at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. Her time here may have been brief but she touched the hearts of many.

In addition to her parents, Doug and Abbey, Audrey is survived by her twin brother, Christian Joseph Moran; grandparents, Denise (Hall) Kohler of Newport, Barney Kohler of Onsted, and Denise Moran of Monroe; great-grandparents, Preston and Audrey Hall of Monroe; aunts and uncles, Derek Didario and Kory Kohler of Kerrville, Texas, Kellison (Elizabeth) Kohler of Dexter, and Derek (Erika Gee) Moran of Monroe; cousins, Dominic Didario, and Peyton, Bianca, and Gianna Moran.

Audrey was preceded in death by grandfather, Dale Moran; great-grandparents, Frank and Lenore Silipini, George and Ruth Moran, and Vernon and Mary Kohler.

Friends and relatives may visit from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. The evening will conclude with prayers and words of comfort offered by Rev. Roy Southerland, Pastor of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church. Private burial will be in the Guardian Angel section at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe. Audrey’s great-uncle, Monsignor Russell E. Kohler will officiate rights of committal.

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Finita R. Portillo

May 17, 1962 – March 18, 2015


PertilloFinita R. Portillo, 52 of Garland, Texas formerly of Monroe died at 12:21 am Wednesday at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas.

Family and friends may call from 12 to 7 pm Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 7 pm. John Soto will officiate with cremation to be held at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born May 17, 1962 in Monroe she was the daughter of Paul Ramero and Olivia (Castro) Portillo.

Finita was employed for many years as a cash manager in the banking business in Texas.

She attended Monroe High School.

Surviving are her daughter Amy Jo Meyers of Rockwall, Texas; brothers, Paul Portillo of Clarksburg, West Virginia and Gino Portillo of Clarion, Iowa; sisters Melissa (Frank) Davis of Monroe and Pauline Tyra of Knoxville, Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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ClarkHenry N. “Hank” Clark

August 17, 1941 – March 19, 2015


Henry N. “Hank” Clark, 73, of Newport, died at 3:40 am Thursday at Southgate Manor. He had been in poor health since February.

Family and friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. until funeral services at 12 noon Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. Pastor Gary Braden and Rev. Darrell Williams of Hope Church Monroe will officiate with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born August 17, 1941 in Monroe, he was the son of Lawrence and Agnes (Stiles) Clark. He married Carolyn E. McMullen on November 16, 1962. She preceded him in death on March 18, 2005.

Hank was employed for forty years by France Stone as a truck driver retiring in 2003.

Surviving are his two daughters, Dawn M. (Darrell) Williams and Angela R. Austin both of Newport; eleven grandchildren, Jose Cooper, Tonya Cooper, Henry Clark, Dennis Clark, Steven Anthony, Matthew Anthony, Brandon Anthony, Cassandara Stein, Kayla Smith, Amanda Williams and Bryttaney Tipsword and twenty four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, a son, Henry Jr.; four brothers, Leonard, Lawrence, Edward and Darrell Clark; three sisters, Phyllis Clark, Loretta McMillin and Brenda Viers.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the family.

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Bette Jean Nelson

March 1, 1944 – March 18, 2015


Bette Jean Nelson, age 71 of Monroe, died Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. She had been in declining health.

Friends may visit from 12 – 3 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will begin at 3 p.m. Rev. Jessica Myers, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Cremation will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in accordance with her wishes.

Born March 1, 1944 in Middlesboro, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Clarence and Mary Ellen (Moore) Pierce.

As an LPN, Jean provided in-home care for  sick children and the elderly for approximately 25 years in the south-east area of Michigan and Tennessee.  Her favorite pass-time was playing Bingo.

Jean is survived by three children, Carl Larry Vandercook of Monroe, Rodger Vandercook of Nashville, Tennessee, and Leah “Chrisi” Straka of Monroe; brother, Michael (Ria) Pierce of Monroe; two sisters, Joyce Rosiewicz of Murray, Kentucky and Susan Magill of Waterford, Michigan; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ronald “Hop” Pierce and James “Johnny” Pierce; and grandson, Cody Alan Vandercook.

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Dennis J. Brancheau

April 21, 1954 – March 17, 2015


BrancheauDennis J. Brancheau, age 60 of Monroe, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

Born April 21, 1954 in Monroe, he was the son of the late Donald and Natalie (Cousino) Brancheau. He married Mary E. (Gross) Wolfenbarger on December 17, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dennis was currently a truck driver for Benore Logistic Systems in Erie, Michigan. He attended Monroe Public Schools and was a former Volunteer Fireman with the Dundee Volunteer Fire Department.

Dennis enjoyed camping, visiting casino’s, and spending time with his grandchildren. He will be missed by family, friends, co-workers, and his Japanese Chin pet dog “Saki”.

He is survived by his wife Mary; daughter, Rachel Brancheau of Monroe; step-daughter, Melissa (Ken) Scroggs of Monroe; brother, Ronald (Shirley) Brancheau of Ohio; sister, Jean Petrusso of Monroe; and 5 grandchildren, Tia, Dominic, Zachary, Jade, and Raina.

Cremation will take place in accordance with his wishes. His family will receive visitors from 1 – 5 p.m. Saturday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 5 p.m. Rev. Dr. Joseph Byrd, Pastor of Stewart Road Christian Ministries Center will officiate.

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Memorial donations may be made to Stewart Road Christian Ministries Center.