Lonnie Ray Sachs

February 18, 1957 – February 22, 2015


SachsLonnie Ray Sachs, age 58 of Belleville, went to be with his Lord unexpectedly Sunday afternoon.

Friends may visit from 3 – 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 7 p.m. Rev. Larry K. Loree, Jr., Pastor of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church will officiate. Cremation will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in accordance with his wishes.

Born February 18, 1957 in Monroe, he was the son of Wilbur and Margarette (Wehner) Sachs.

Lonnie was baptized, educated, and confirmed at Holy Ghost Lutheran School and church and was a 1975 graduate of Monroe High School.

Lonnie was employed by Guardian Glass in Carleton and Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery in Flat Rock for several years.

He is survived by two daughters, Holly Sachs (fiance’ Scott Tanona) of Monroe and Heather (Luke) Zapor of Livonia; father, Wilbur Sachs of Monroe; three brothers, Gary (Pat Scrafano) Sachs of Flat Rock, Randy (Theresa) Sachs of Monroe, and Danny (Denise) Sachs of Monroe; sister, Linda Tennyson of Milan; three grandchildren, Cordelia, Alexander, and Elijah Zapor; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Lonnie was preceded in death by his mother, Margarette in 2004 and brother-in-law, James “Bob” Tennyson in 2014.

Memorial donations in Lonnie’s memory may be made to the family.


Pamela S. Kootsillas

October 29, 1960 – February 22, 2015


KootsillasPamela S. Kootsillas, age 54 of Monroe, died 9 a.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit. She had been ill since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November.

Friends may visit from 1 – 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where a Scripture Service will be at 6 p.m. She will lie instate 10 a.m. Friday at St. John Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by the church pastor, Rev. James Smalarz. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born October 29, 1960 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Eugene A. and Patricia C. (St. Bernard) Dussia. She married Kevin J. Kootsillas on August 11, 1990 in Monroe.

Pam began her working career as a Nurses Aide at the former Beach Nursing Home for many years. She owned and operated “Friendly Helpmates”, a residential and commercial cleaning service for several years in Monroe County. Pam also worked for Partylite as a Sales Consultant and Unit Leader, and then for Coldwell Banker Haynes Real Estate in Monroe as a Real Estate Agent.

Pam was a 1978 graduate of Summerfield High School and enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

Pam is survived by her husband, Kevin; three children, Abigaile, Alexander, and Allyson Kootsillas who reside at home; and sister, Sherie (Daniel) Ingels of Belleville, Michigan.

Pam was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Daniel Dussia.

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

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com


Lela J. Carr

September 27, 1945 – February 19, 2015


CarrLela J. Carr, 69 of Monroe died at 1:07 pm Thursday at her home.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 pm Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 2 pm. Rev. Dennis Bux, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church will officiate, with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born September 27, 1945 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Russell J. and Beulah Marie (Jones) Hoffman. She married Donald Carr on October 12, 1963 in Monroe.

Lela was employed as a secretary by Monroe Auto Equipment Company and Michigan Gas Utilities Company for many years.

Surviving are her son Donald L. Carr of Avilla, Indiana and daughter Kellie M. (Brian) Banek of Monroe; grandson Devin C Banek and granddaughter Jordyn C. Banek; brothers, James R. Hoffman of Monroe, Larry A. Hoffman of Monroe and David D. Hoffman of North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and long time companion Joseph M. Margraves.

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Jane B. Kolenda

March 30, 1938 – February 21, 2015


KolendaJane B. Kolenda, 76 of LaSalle died at 10 am Saturday at her home. She had been in poor health for one and a half years.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial Mass will be held at 10 am Thursday at St. Anne Catholic Church.

Born March 30, 1938 in Detroit she was the daughter of George and Mary (Kopey) Bieszk. She married Stanley M. Kolenda on February 1, 1958 in Detroit.

Jane was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, a sales women for Century 21 in Monroe, an owner and operator with her husband of Blakes Party Store and also served as a director of Heartbeat of Monroe. She enjoyed cooking, baking, crafts, gardening and making and painting birdhouses.

Surviving are her husband Stanley; daughters, Trisha (Brent Sears) Armetta of Mt. Orab, Ohio and Tammy (Dominic) DeMichele of Milan; grandchildren Michael (Nicole) Armetta, Sam ( Brian) Armetta, Charles Kolenda, Corey Kolenda, Brenda (Brett) Knight and Thomas (Candy) Smith; nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Edward Kolenda and brother George Bieszk.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.



Joann M. Grodi

January 10, 1927 – February 20, 2015


GrodiJoann M. Grodi, 88 of Monroe, died at 5:29 pm Friday at Promedica Monroe Regional Hospital.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 8 pm Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, where a Scripture service will be held at 5 pm. She will lie instate Wednesday, 10 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, with the Mass of the Resurrection at 11 am. Rev. James Smalarz, pastor will officiate, with entombment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born January 10, 1927 in Monroe, Joann was the daughter Claude and Elizabeth (Folk) Kennedy. She married Kenneth C. Grodi on September 21, 1946 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Monroe.

Joann was employed by River Raisin Paper Company, Thornton Pharmacy and American Greeting Cards, retiring in 1999.

She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church; the Chat and Chew Club of Monroe, and served as the Sunshine Officer of the Comboni Missionaries Women’s Auxiliary. She was a 1945 graduate of St. Mary Academy. Joann enjoyed playing cards, trips to the casino and playing Bunco.

Surviving are her husband Kenneth; son Kenneth D. (Susan) Grodi of Thompson Station, Tennessee; a daughter, Karen A. Schenavar of Monroe; grandchildren Amy (Michael) Eells, Matthew Grodi, Danielle Schenavar and Kyle (Christina) Schenavar; great-grandchildren Evan Eells, Lauren Eells, Gabrielle Grodi, Olivia Schenavar and Weston Schenavar.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter Kathleen Grodi-Famiano.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John Parish, Comboni Missionaries Women’s Auxiliary or the ALS of Michigan.

Online condolences may sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.




Peter E. Lawrence Jr

November 16, 1961 – February 13, 2015


Peter E. Lawrence Jr of Monroe died at 8:20 pm Friday in his home.

Family and friends may call from 12 to 1 pm Tuesday February 24, 2015 at the Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 1 pm. Rev. Don Brown, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will take place at Woodland Cemetery, Monroe.

Born November 16, 1961 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina he was the son of Peter E. and Irene (Horvath) Lawrence Sr. He married Andrea Maria Goczan on October 17, 1991.

Peter was employed by the Meijer Distribution Center in Newport as a hi-lo driver, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Dundee.

Surviving are his wife Andrea; children Veronika, Krisztina and Zoltan Lawrence all of Monroe.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Margaret Lawrence.

Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.


James E. McDaniel

February 24, 1928 – February 17, 2015


James E. McDaniel, age 86 of Monroe, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. Jim fought a courageous battle to recover from injuries he sustained since falling on the ice in November.

Friends may visit from 2 – 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Rev. Larry Lyons, Chaplain of ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park with military honors provided by VFW Post 1138, Monroe.

Born February 24, 1928 in Monroe, he was the son of the late Charles and Lucy (Shopshire) McDaniel. He married Alice “Lou” Hubbard on May 5, 1956 in Angola, Indiana.

As a Marine, Jim proudly served his country from February 15, 1946 to December 13, 1947. During that time he did his Boot Camp at Paris Island, North Carolina and was stationed in Hawaii.

Jim was employed by Ford Motor Company, Monroe for 30 years and was elected Financial Secretary of UAW Local 723, serving for 16 years before retiring in 1980. His favorite pass-times were fishing and watching sports.

Jim is survived by his wife Lou of Monroe; three children, Donna (Wayne) Libstorff, Deborah (David) Campbell, and James (Debora) McDaniel, Jr., all of Monroe; four grandchildren, Wayne Libstorff, II, Kelly Campbell, James McDaniel, III, and Kaylee Campbell; daughter (from previous marriage) Diana (Richard) Moore of Monroe and their family; four great-grandchildren, Wayne Libstorff, III, Sunshine Libstorff, Clayton Libstorff, and Louis McDaniel; two brothers, Charles (Carol) McDaniel of North Carolina and C. Rick (Kathi) McDaniel of South Carolina.

Jim was preceded in death by an infant son, Charles Robert McDaniel; grandson, James Clayton Libstorff; brother, Roy McDaniel; and sister, Rose Geiman.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com


Susan Nocella

July 6, 1946 – February 15, 2015


SONY DSCSusan Buczynski Kusnier Nocella, 68, of Monroe, MI, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family, love and laughter on February 15, 2015.

She was born in Detroit, MI, on July 6, 1946, daughter of the late Wallace and Antoinette (Paglialunga) Buczynski.

She was a 1964 graduate of Henry Ford High School in Detroit, MI and received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University. Susan worked as a social worker for the Catholic Social Services in Gaylord, MI and she worked over 33 years in the Michigan public school system, teaching pre-school, high school, and college courses.

Susan was an avid traveler and loved exploring new foods and cultures. She also loved to quilt and was prolific in creating new designs and themes for her family, friends and charity. She was blessed by a close group of dedicated friends, including her “Knit Wits.” She found great joy in life and believed everything could be improved by a little bit of fine chocolate. Her enthusiasm, energy and joy were inspiring and infectious to those around her. Susan lit up every room she was in and had a distinct way to make each individual feel special. She always took the time to enjoy life’s many pleasures – the greatest of which were her grandchildren.

Susan was survived by her loving husband of 25 years, J. James Nocella; two children, Dr. Louis (Dr. Kristi) Kusnier II of Gulliver, MI and Natalie (Milan) Dotlich II of Morton Grove, IL; two siblings, Wallace (Elizabeth Horton) Buczynski and Annette (R. James) Ward; five grandchildren, Ava Kusnier, Owen Kusnier, Milan Dotlich III, Marshall Dotlich and Mira Dotlich; and nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Susan’s wishes, her earthly remains have been donated to the University of Michigan Anatomical Donations Department. Her family will receive visitors from 2 – 9 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where a Scripture Service will be at 4 p.m. A Memorial Mass of Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church. The church Pastor, Rev. Stephen Vileo will officiate.

Memorials may be made in Susan’s name to the Neuroendocrine Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network at www.carcinoidawareness.org.

Online condolences can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com

scan0001Stephen “Steve” Alfred Sasfy

October 4, 1919 – February 16, 2015


After an incredible, interesting and wonderful life, Steve Sasfy got off the the train.


On February 16, 2015 Steve Sasfy of Grandview Beach, LaSalle died peacefully while under the care of ProMedica Hospice. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Margaret (Simco) Sasfy and Stephen Sasfy.


On June 13, 1964 he married the love of his life Lillian (Wloch) Salanick whom he spent fifty wonderful years with traveling the world. He was especially fond of Mexico, California and Florida. Steve enjoyed dancing almost every weekend but his greatest pleasure was spending time with his wife, family and many friends at his home on Lake Erie. He never met a piece of chocolate or a martini he did not like.


He often sat for hours watching the birds, boats, sunrises, sunsets and various activities on the lake.


After graduating from Cathedral Latin High School, he worked for the Missouri State Police until 1942. During World War II Steve flew with the Army Air Corp throughout the Pacific. After the war he lived in Redwood City, California. In 1949 Steve moved to Monroe along with his brother Cliff to start Floral City Furnace Company which eventually became National Gas Corporation and National Supply Center.


He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars as well as the Loyal Order of the Moose, Knights of Columbus and many other clubs and organizations.


Steve loved sports and was a University of Notre Dame’s biggest football fan. His smile and sense of humor lit up every room he walked into.


He was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother Cliff C. Sasfy, Sr.


Steve is survived by his loving wife Lillian at home, stepson, Robert Salanick and his wife Cathy of Sebring Florida, Daughter, Vickie Hagendorf of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, grandson Michael Salanick of Santa Monica, California, nephew Clifford C. Sasfy, Jr. of North Port, Florida, other relatives, great neighbors and many friends.


He often said that when a person passed away “they got off the train”. Steve has finished his earthly ride and has transferred to the train bound for heaven.


Dearly loved he will be sadly missed by all.


Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and 2–8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a military honors will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday by VFW Post 1138 and a Rosary will be recited at 7:15 p.m. He will lie instate at 9 a.m. Friday at St. John Church with Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. Rev. James Smalarz will officiate. Burial will be at London Twp. Cemetery.


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BlaserCharles J. Blaser

April 13, 1945 – February 15, 2015


Charles Joseph Blaser, 69, of Maybee, passed away at 1:48 am on Sunday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.


Charles was born April 13, 1945 in Monroe.  He was the son of Christopher and Helen (Delbo) Blaser.


He was a life long farmer. He had also worked at the General Motors Hydromatic Plant in Ypsilanti; retiring after 28 years of service in 1992.


Charles was a 1963 graduate of Monroe Catholic Central High School.  He was a member of Divine Grace (St. Joseph) Parish, Maybee where he was a longtime usher. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1266, Moose Lodge in Ft. Meyers, Florida and the Eagle’s in Hale, Michigan.  He had also been a volunteer for Exeter Twp. Fire Dept.


He loved spending time with his friends and traveling with friends.  He had a cabin in Hale where he enjoyed going to spend time and snowmobile. He enjoyed going to casinos with friends.


He is survived by a brother, Edward (Judy) Blaser of Maybee; a sister Catherine (Joseph) Fix of Maybee; his best friend Gary Masserant; 7 nieces and nephews and 16 great-nieces and -nephews; many honorable nieces and nephews and very many friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 pm Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a scripture service with rosary will be held at 7 pm  He will lie instate at 10 am Thursday at Divine Grace Parish (St. Joseph Church) in Maybee with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 am  Rev. John Dumas, pastor of the church, will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Maybee. A luncheon will held afterward in the St. Joseph’s gymnasium.


In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that donations be made to ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospice or to Divine Grace Parish (St. Joseph Church, Maybee).


Online condolences may be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.