Robert A. Durocher

May 23, 1924 – July 22, 2016


Robert Andrew Durocher, age 92 of Monroe, died peacefully with family at his side on July 22, 2016 at 10:42 am at Fountain View of Monroe under the care of Great Lakes Caring Hospice. God touched many lives through Robert’s positive spirit and words of encouragement.

Family and friends may visit Monday at St. Anne Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Mass of the Resurrection celebrating Robert’s life will begin at 12 p.m. Rev. John Chinnappa will officiate. Private interment will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Robert was born on May 23,1924 in Monroe and was the son of the late Clarence and Elsie (Robert) Durocher. He married Yolanda Cardella on October 27, 1945 in St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Robert retired from Ford Motor Company, Monroe, after 30 years of service. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and was an active member at St Anne’s church, a member of the Monroe County Rod & Gun Club, and was always ready to play a hand of Euchre or enjoy a muskrat dinner.

Surviving are his wife Yolanda (Cardella) Durocher; three daughters, Vickie (Michael) Landt of Tecumseh, Cindy (Michael) Bucholtz of Ludington, and Bobbi (Kenneth) Marshall of Michigan; Eight grandchildren, Michelle (Landt) Chaka, Eric Landt, Ryan Landt, Michael Landt, Londi Bucholtz, Michael Bucholtz, Kenneth Calvin Marshall, and Andrew Marshall; Four great-grandchildren, Abigail Chaka, Liam Chaka, Levi Landt and Laila Landt

In addition to his parents, Robert was also preceded in death by a brother, James Durocher.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church.

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Walter James Breeding

January 15, 1965 – July 22, 2016


Walter J. Breeding, 51 of Monroe died at 11:48 pm Friday at Southgate Manor, Southgate, Michigan.

Family and friends may call from 10 am to 2 pm Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 2 pm. Rev. Galen Lowery, pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born January 15, 1965 in Monroe he was the son of Frank R. and Marilynn Y. (Moore) Breeding

Surviving are his mother Marilynn Breeding of Monroe; sisters Gayle (Kevin) White of Monroe’ Dawn McCroary of Leesville, Louisiana and Kellie (Brett) Kull of Monroe; several nieces and nephews and his friends and care givers at Southgate Manor.

Walter was preceded in death by his father Frank R. Breeding; sister Robyn K. Breeding and brother-in-law Patrick McCroary.

Memorials may be made to Southgate Manor Activities Fund.

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Kathryn E. MarshallMarshall

February 19, 1924 – July 22, 2016


Kathryn E. Marshall, 92 of Monroe died at 2:40 am Friday at the IHM Senior Living Community. She had been in declining health for two months.

Family and friends may call from 1 to 8 pm Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate 10 am Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with funeral services at 11 am. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born February 19, 1924 in Toledo she was the daughter of Ernest and Florence (Mills) Schultz. She married Theodore F. Marshall on June 29, 1946 in Monroe. He preceded her in death on April 27, 1999.

Kathryn was employed as a registered nurse for thirty five years by Monroe Hospital and Memorial Hospital. She retired in 1980.

A 1942 graduate of Olney High School in Toledo and a 1945 graduate of Flower Hospital School of Nursing, she was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Kathryn enjoyed sewing, traveling and spending time at the cabin up north.

Surviving are her children Ronald A. Marshall of LaSalle, Marilyn Marshall of Monroe, Nancy (Michael) Adams of Carleton, Beverly (Edward) Sobieski of Monroe and Mary Jane (Tim) DeClaire of Gladstone, Michigan; eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband; son Steven Marshall; brothers Gerald, Donald, Dean and Melvin Schultz.

Memorials may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or ProMedica Hospice.

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Leahy_JohnLouiseSister John Louise Leahy, IHM, 90, died Tuesday, July 19, at her home, the IHM Motherhouse.


Born in Detroit on Sept. 29, 1925, Jean Gibbons Leahy was one of two daughters of John and Marion (Miner) Leahy. Baptized at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Detroit, she attended Winterhalter and St. Cecilia schools and graduated from Immaculata High School (Detroit). Jean continued on to Marygrove College, graduating in 1947. Later that year she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe and received the religious name, Sister John Louise.


Her education at Marygrove prepared her as a teacher and she initially taught at the elementary level at St. Joseph, St. Mary and St. Mary Academy (Monroe) and St. Michael (Flint). It was her studies in art that led her to teach and exhibit at the collegiate level. Sister John Louise studied at Columbia University and held a Master of Fine Arts degree from Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. She pursued a doctorate in education from Wayne State University to support her position as professor of art at Marygrove College. Her career at Marygrove spanned 1955 to 1998 and included positions of assistant professor of art, departmental advisor, and art therapist. 


She retired from Marygrove College in 1998 and remained active in the Detroit art community while residing at Marygrove Convent. During these years of “active-retirement” Sister John Louise cared for her sister Margaret (“Patti”) Leahy De Ceballos.


Sister John Louise moved to Monroe in 2004 and then to the Motherhouse in 2009. She led art classes at the Motherhouse and volunteered as art educator and art therapist. Many of her works are displayed throughout the Motherhouse.


Sister John Louise was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Margaret Leahy De Ceballos. She is survived by cousin, Dr. Richard Leahy and family, as well as her sisters in community.


Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, on Thursday, July 21, beginning at 9 a.m. A Remembering and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Chapel 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.


HallMann Hall

November 20, 1944 – July 16, 2016


Mann Hall, 71, of Monroe, passed away at 1:26 p.m. Saturday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital.


Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until funeral services at 12 noon Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Ules Baker will officiate. After the funeral service Mann will be going home to Kentucky to his final resting place.


Mann was the son of Carmel and Leslie Hall. He married Sherley Lavon Begley July 24, 1965 in Sneedville, Tennessee.


He owned and operated Cy Aaron Publication until retiring in 1996.


He is survived by his wife Sherley L. Hall of Monroe; four children, Larry E. (Tammy) Hall of Monroe, Tracy R. Hall and Don Artless of Ecorse, Stacy R. (Brian) Blakley of Detroit and Tanya M. Hall of Monroe; a brother, Irvin (Janetta) Hall of Allen Park; a sister, Claudette “Sissy” Baker of Redford; four half brothers, three half sisters; twelve grandchildren, Steven, Justin, Brandon, Clayton, Austin, Courtney, Nathan, Hope, Jordan, Nick, Lexi and Eddie; great grandchildren, Wesley, Anastasia and Leighton; and aunt and uncle who helped raise him, Henry and Rethel Meade and numerous nieces and nephews.


He is preceded in death by his parents, step mother, Aileen Hall; six brothers, Dennis, Elmer, T-Boy, Ricky, Kenneth and Buddy and three sisters, Loretta Hicks, Jeanette Spears and Patty Erdman.


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BraunlichHon. Paul E. Braunlich

December 12, 1931 – July 16, 2016


The Dear Lord has taken from his legal life to an eternal life of happiness, the Retired Judge Paul E. Braunlich to join his late wife, Laura L. Braunlich, son Jeffrey S. Braunlich, and daughter Deborah L. Cousino on July 16, 2016.

Paul E. Braunlich was born December 12, 1931, the youngest son of William J. Braunlich, Sr. and Florentine H. (Maurer) Braunlich. Paul had three older brothers: William J. Braunlich, Jr. (deceased), E.J. (James) Braunlich, and Bernard H. Braunlich (deceased).

Paul E. Braunlich was educated at St. Mary’s grade school and graduated in the second class of Catholic Central High School in 1949. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana in 1953 and received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1959 from Notre Dame after serving in the Korean War as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, stationed in England, R.A.F. Station Woodbridge.

Paul E. Braunlich was married to Laura Lee Yaeger on June 4, 1954 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. (She predeceased him on March 20, 2008.) He then moved to England for his tour of duty. Five children were born to the two of them: Gregory P. (Karen), Judge Mark S. (Cheri), Deborah L. Cousino (Paul), Jeffrey S. (Kathi), and Edward C. (Lourdes). He is survived by 10 grandchildren: Sabrina, Emil, Brittany (Jacek), Dr. Kristi (Dr. Rhyan), Michael, Dr. Brian (Jessica), Capt. Thomas John (Hannah), Matthew, Charles, and William, as well as one great-grandchild, Noah Cousino. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews: William H. Braunlich, John Braunlich, Barbara West, Marcia Braunlich, Timothy Braunlich, Paula Furnari, Steven Braunlich, Michael Braunlich, Lisa Swica, and Julie Braunlich.

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and was appointed in 1959 as an Assistant County Prosecutor by Charles J. Golden and started in private practice with L.E. “Brooks” Merman. In 1964 he was appointed to the position of City Attorney for the City of Monroe by Mayor Lawrence A. Frost. Later that same year, he was elected to the first four-year term as Prosecutor for the County of Monroe.

Judge Braunlich served as Legal Advisor in the County of Monroe and Board of County Commissioners from 1964 to 1989. He was appointed Village Attorney for Dundee from 1970 to 1989, as well as represented the Village of Estral Beach and Berlin Township. He was appointed Public Administrator for the County of Monroe by former Michigan Attorney General Frank J. Kelley and served in that capacity from 1977 to 1989.

On March 29, 1989 Governor James Blanchard appointed Paul E. Braunlich as District Judge of the First Judicial District of the State of Michigan. Judge Braunlich was subsequently elected in 1990 and 1996 for two 6-year terms. Judge Braunlich retired from the Bench in December of 2002 as required by law and returned to the private practice of law.

Judge Braunlich represented the Frenchtown Charter Township District Authority since 2003 as well as serving as a general civil case mediator. He was also a member of the City of Monroe Ethics Committee.

Judge Braunlich was a former President of C.Y.O. in 1979 as well as being the former president of United Way in 1964 and President of Exchange Club in 1980. He was awarded the Michigan Minuteman Citation of Honor by the Greater Michigan Foundation in 1989. He served as the Vice Chair of Mercy Memorial Hospital Foundation from 1998 to 2003. He served on the Board of Trustees of Mercy Memorial Hospital from 2010 to 2012 and also was on the ProMedica Philanthropy Advisory Committee. He served on the Monroe County Community Foundation Board from 2009 to 2015.

As a member of Monroe Boat Club since 1967, Judge Braunlich was elected Commodore in 1998 and acted as the Treasurer of the Blue Gavel, Monroe Chapter. As an avid lifetime boater, he owned 7 different boats, the current being the Legal Pad II.

Judge Braunlich was honored in 2009 by the State Bar of Michigan as a 50 year member. He was also a member of the American Bar Association, American Judicature Society, American Judges Association, former Chair of MDJA Rules Committee of Michigan, and former board member of Michigan District Judges Association.

Friends may pay their respects at Rupp Funeral Home from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on both Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21. The Monroe Boat Club Chapter of the International Order of the Blue Gavel will conduct a brief memorial service on Thursday at 6:45 pm. Deacon Mike Stewart will lead a rosary prayer service on Thursday at 7:00 pm.

He will lie in state at St. Mary Catholic Church, 127 N. Monroe Street, Monroe, MI at 10:00 am on Friday, July 22, 2016 with a Mass of Resurrection at 11:00 am. The Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Brian Chabala, Pastor David Burgard, and Rev. Timothy Laboe. Committal services will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by VFW Post 1138, Monroe.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation in Judge Braunlich’s name to the St. Mary Catholic Central High School Scholarship Fund (SMCC Scholarship Fund) at 108 West Elm Avenue, Monroe, MI 48162 ( In the alternative, please consider a donation to The Foundation at Monroe County Community College designated for the Paul/Laura Braunlich Scholarship Fund at 1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI 48161 (online contributions may be made at: .

Lou Ann QuillinQuillin

April 19, 1936 – July 15, 2016


Lou Ann Quillin, 80 of Monroe passed away peacefully at 10:10 am Friday in her home.

Friends and family may call from 2 to 8 pm Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate Tuesday, at 10 am in St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church with the Mass of the Resurrection at 11 am. Rev. Philip Ching, pastor will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Born April 19, 1936 in Monroe she was the daughter of Jacob and Edith (Brose) Rohrbach, Jr. She married Howard L. Quillin on July 2, 1952 at St. Irene Catholic Church in Dundee. He preceded her in death on March 13, 2002.

Lou Ann was an excellent homemaker who took pride in making her home a warm and loving place for all family and friends. She enjoyed spending time with her family baking, playing games and celebrating holidays. Her hobbies were creating beautiful floral arrangements and wreaths along with shopping and caring for her flowers. As a young girl, she was an active 4-H member and continued to be involved as a 4-H project judge. But most of all, she was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Surviving are her daughter Deborah A. (Melvin D.) Turner of Monroe; grandchildren Angela N. (Mark) Funchion of Temperance and Brandon E.(Amanda) Bogedain of Monroe; great grandchildren Alivia Funchion, Wyatt Funchion and Bailey Bogedain; sisters Judy Ferry of Pickney, Bonnie (Glenn) Satterfield of Temperance and Linda (Frank) Bakara of Gilbert, Arizona; brother Jim Rohrbach of Michigan.

Lou Ann was preceded in death by her parents and husband Howard.

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BajorAlice A. Bajor

February 16, 1929 – July 14, 2016


Alice A. Bajor, 87 of Carleton died at 4:43 am Thursday at home. She had been in poor health for over a year. The past couple of weeks as her health declined she had and enjoyed many caring visitors.


Family and friends may call from 12 to 8 pm Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where a Rosary service will be held at 7 pm. She will lie instate Monday 10 am at Divine Grace Parish, St. Patrick Church with the Mass of the Resurrection at 11 am. Rev. Kevin Russeau, her grandson, will officiate with burial to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery.


Born February 16, 1929 in Detroit she was the daughter of Anthony and Anna (Benedict) Szuma. She married Edward A. Bajor on September 27, 1947 at St. Patrick Church. He preceded her in death on March 30, 2001.


Alice was a member of St. Patrick Church and its altar society, the Sacred Heart Guild and St. Pats Quilters.


She was an avid gardener and took great pride in all the vegetables and flowers she grew. Her fruit cellar was always full of canned vegetables, fruits, and jellies for all to enjoy.


Her hobbies included quilting, sewing, cross stitching, crocheting and plastic needlepoint. She created hundreds of homemade Christmas ornaments, made with love, for her oldest children right down to her youngest great-grandchild. She surprised many other family members and friends with a special Christmas package.


She loved playing bingo, challenging her mind with word search and crossword puzzle books and especially getting lost in a good novel.


Surviving are her children, Edward (Maria) Bajor, Jr. of Maybee, Raymond (Sandra) Bajor, of Monroe, Doris (Neil) Russeau of LaSalle, Jeanette (Gary) Krauss of Cobleskill, New York. Susan (Allen) Geiger of Carleton and Lyn Langton of Carleton; sixteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank (Peggy) Szuma; sisters-in-law Margarite Szuma, Darlene Szuma and Bertha Czarnik.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, siblings Stanley Szuma, Josephine Krol, Al Szuma, Julie Pawlik, Theresa Szuma, Catherine Szuma, Walter Szuma, Ed Szuma and John Szuma and son-in-law Mark J. Langton.


In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Patrick Church or the Holy Cross Order Notre Dame.

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Kenneth M. McGinnisMcGinnis 1

February 26, 1948 – July 12, 2016


Kenneth M. McGinnis, 68 of Monroe died at 9:40 am Tuesday in his home while under the care of ProMedica Hospice. He had been in poor health for two years.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 pm Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home where a memorial service will be at 4 pm. Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate. Cremation has been held in accordance with Kenneth’s wishes.

Born February 26, 1948 in Detroit he was the son of Milford H. and Maryann (Monaghan) McGinnis. He married Rosemary Rapotec on May 11, 1969 in Detroit.

Kenneth was employed by John Hancock Financial Services with offices in Taylor, Toledo and Monroe, retiring in 1998.

He was an avid sports fan enjoying the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings and the Miami Dolphins.

Surviving are his wife Rosemary; mother Maryann McGinnis of St. Petersburg, Florida; children Amy McGinnis and her husband Eric Buschlen of Midland, Paul (Kelly) McGinnis of Monroe and Michael McGinnis and his wife Sara Olsztyn of East Lansing; grandchildren Emma Buschlen, Zachary Buschlen and Jude McGinnis; brother-in-law Steve Rapotec and sister-in-law LaCreta Rapotec.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his father, brother Randy McGinnis; sister Pamela Ann McGinnis;

brother-in-law Harvey Rapotec, father-in-law and mother-in-law Steve and Johanna Rapotec.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the National Kidney Foundation, 1169 Oak Valley Dr. Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108.

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John J. “Jack” Bellestri, JrBellestri.

June 17, 1947 – July 9, 2016


John J. “Jack” Bellestri, Jr. 69 of Monroe died at 10 am Saturday at Spectrum Health Medical Center, Grand Rapids. He had been in poor health for six weeks.

Family and friends may call from 9 to 11 am Saturday July 16, 2016 at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 am. Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born June 17, 1947 in Monroe he was the son of John J. and Virginia V (Wells) Bellestri

Jack was employed as an upholster at La-Z-Boy and then at Walmart until retiring due to health problems.

He was a 1966 graduate of Monroe High School, and enjoyed going to auctions and researching genealogy. He loved to travel and treasured spending time with his friends.

Surviving are his sister Garilynn “Piedmonte” (Bill) Bowling of Grand Rapids; nieces and nephews Andrea Rau, Holly Hoats, Rick Bowling and Chip Bowling,. and great nieces and nephews Benjamin, Sam, Hannah, Olivia and Eli.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, brother Gregory D. Bellestri and sister Dawn Rau.

Memorials may be sent to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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