Patrick “Pat” Louis LaBellelabelle

April 12, 1961 – September 25, 2016


Patrick LaBelle, 55 of Monroe passed away peacefully at home after a one year battle with cancer.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 pm. Wednesday September 28, 2016 at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held on Thursday September 29, 2016 at 11 am. Rev. Dan Sharpe Chaplain of Great Lakes Hospice will officiate. A luncheon will be served immediately following the service at the Redeemer Fellowship Church 5505 Evergreen Drive, Monroe, MI 48161.

Pat was an avid Red Wings fan; he would love everyone to show their support by wearing Red Wings Apparel, if possible for the services.

Pat’s passion was his time at the Gibraltar Volunteer Fire Department from April 1976 to 1984. Then he became the owner of P&L Accounting from 1993 to 2015.

Pat leaves behind his loving wife of 30 years, Patricia “Patti” LaBelle, and two loving sons, Michael & Matthew Abraham. Pat raised and loved both boys unconditionally as his own; you couldn’t find a prouder father. He raised and taught them to work hard, values & morals to live by and to love unconditionally.

He also leaves behind his parents Harry & Jill LaBelle, sister Marie (John) Knight and many nieces and nephews that he truly enjoyed; along with two loving grandchildren Thomas & Emma, who he could never spend enough time with. As an animal lover he also leaves behind his faithful and loving dogs, Sissy & Jersey.

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balkRolland J. Balk

July 9, 1947 – September 21, 2016


Rolland J. “Rollie” Balk, 69, of Monroe passed away at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.


Rolland was born July 9, 1947 in Monroe. He was the son of Cornelius “Whitey” and Lillian (Lazette) Balk. He married Peggy A. Vroman December 30, 1983.


He was employed by Guardian Glass as a glass cutter for many years, retiring in 2011.


Rolland was an active member of CrossPointe Church and the church’s Love Lifters group. He was always happy to help any group at the church that needed an extra hand.


He enjoyed woodworking, hunting and fishing.


Rolland is survived by his wife, Peggy A. Balk of Monroe; a daughter, Dianna (Michael) Pacitti of Romeo; two brothers, Fred (Carolyn) Balk of Monroe and Mark (Becca) Balk of Kentucky; a sister, Helen Balk of Florida and two grandchildren, Mitchell and Hannah.


He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Peter Balk.


A memorial service will be held Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. at CrossPointe Church. Rev. George B. A. Fountain, interim pastor of the church, will officiate. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place.


Memorial contributions may be made to the CrossPointe Church Building Fund.


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Robert E. Shannonshannon

September 4, 1932 – September 19, 2016


Robert E. Shannon, age 84 of Eaton Rapids, formerly of Monroe, died at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19th at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital.

Born September 4, 1932 in Monroe, he was the son of the late James and Leona (Giles) Shannon. He married Nancy J. Scott on April 7, 1953 in Charleston, South Carolina.

After graduating from Monroe High School in 1951, Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He served from Sept. 28, 1951 until being honorably discharged on Sept. 23, 1955. During that time, he served aboard the USS Shea and earned the National Defense Service Medal.

Bob was employed by General Motors Powertrain plant in Toledo for 30 years, retiring as Foreman. He then worked at ACE Hardware on N. Dixie Hwy for 10 years.

Bob was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and enjoyed woodworking, word search puzzles and building remote control airplanes.

Bob is survived by his wife Nancy; three children, Amber Smallwood of Barryton, Michigan, Kimberly (Timothy Berry) Shannon of Eaton Rapids, and James Shannon of Virginia Beach, Virginia; two sisters, Emma Lou Bardill of Harriman, Tennessee and Betty Roggelin of Monroe; four grandchildren, Jerry Smallwood, Jason (Stephanie) Smallwood, Joseph Smallwood, and Allison Berry; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Helen Zeitz, and a brother, Marvin Shannon.

Memorial donations may be made to the Fairview County Home or the Salvation Army.

In accordance with his wishes, private visitation and services were held at Rupp Funeral Home of Monroe, followed by burial at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle. Services were officiated by Pastor Tracy Palm-Musgrove of House of Prayer Church and Christian Wellness Center.

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Frank H. Six, Jr.

November 4, 1958 – September 19, 2016


sixFrank H. Six, Jr., age 57 of Carleton, died at 9:22 a.m. Monday, September 19th in his home. He had been in declining health for 6 months.

Born November 4, 1958 in Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of Frank and Eloise (Moore) Six, Sr. He married Kristina S. Bach on January 13, 1984 in Sandusky, Michigan and had been employed by Jack’s Lawn Service for the past 5 years.

Frank was a member of Moose Lodge 884 and enjoyed attending auto shows, listening to country music, watching old TV reruns, and spending time with family.

He is survived by his wife Kristina; mother, Eloise Six of Sandusky, Michigan; 4 children, Jayson (Alisha) Six of Monroe, Amanda (William) Alston of Flat Rock, Autumn (Christopher) Hensley of Monroe, and Christina Smith of Lincoln, Nebraska; 14 siblings, Kathy, Bob, Patty, Mary, Sharon, Ellis, Lisa, Cheryl, Barb, Lawrence, Diane, Maria, Steve, and Betty; 8 grandchildren, Jayson Six Jr., William Alston, Nathan Alston, Jackson Alston, Alyssa Hensley, Zoe Hensley, Megan Hensley, and Samantha Brockway-Kovenich; and special aunt, Barb Vanover.

Frank was preceded in death by his father, Frank, Sr.

There will be no visitation or services. Cremation will take place in accordance with family wishes. Rupp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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zinnerPamela Dyson Zinner

February 18, 1955 – September 19, 2016


Pamela Dyson Zinner, 61, of Monroe, passed away at 4:20 p.m. Monday at home.


Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m.  She will lie instate at 9 a.m. Friday at St. John Church with Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. Rev. David Burgard, pastor of St. Mary Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Pam was born February 18, 1955 in Monroe.  She was the daughter of Gerald and Grace (Cronenwett) Dyson.  She married David J. Zinner October 7, 1977; he preceded her in death July 23, 2006.


She was a registered nurse working for Mercy Memorial Hospital for many years and also ProMedica Hospital before her medical retirement in 2010.


Pam was a 1973 graduate of Monroe High School and had been active in the band.  She also graduated from Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing in 1977, earned a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in Community Health Nursing from University of Michigan in 2006.


She was a member of St. John Church and had taught catechism classes.  She was also a member of American Association of Occupational Health Nurses and a volunteer for Family Counseling and  Shelter Services.


She was also an avid bowler for many years, bowling on leagues with her sisters and mother.


Pam is survived by three children, Emily (Lou Lagamba) Zinner of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sarah (Craig Jolley) Zinner of Monroe and Michael (Trish) Zinner of Monroe; her father, Gerald Dyson of Newport; five siblings, Cynthia Burns of Monroe, Edward (Bonnie) Dyson of Newport, Laura (Al) Schaberg of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Kathleen (John) Fowler of Monroe and Susan Black of Kentwood; sister-in-law, Lisa (Rick Caswell) Zinner of Monroe and five grandchildren, Rachel and Payton Zinner and Adasyn, Dalen and Christopher Lagamba and many nieces and nephews.


In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her mother, Grace Dyson; grandmother, Geraldine Menard; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Marge Zinner and a niece, Staci Rugila.


Memorial contributions may be made to ProMedica Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.


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Robert F. Patterson

November 28, 1937 – September 16, 2016


pattersonRobert F. Patterson, age 78 of St. Petersburg, FL, formerly of Monroe and Knoxville, TN, died peacefully at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16th in Winchester, VA with his wife and children by his side.

Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie in state at 10 a.m. Saturday at Stewart Road Church of God where services will be held at 11 a.m. Rev. Fred Mercer will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park with military honors provided by Monroe Post 1138, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Born November 28, 1937 in Middlesboro, KY, he was the son of the late Ashley “Zeke” and Gracie (Crabtree) Patterson. As a youth in Middlesboro, Bob worked as a caddy at one of the United States oldest golf courses, founded in 1889. At the age of 12, Bob moved to Monroe and soon after met Joe Giarmo who bacame his boxing coach, father figure and life-long mentor. Joe not only taught Bob about life but trained him to become a two-time Golden Gloves Champion.

After graduating from Monroe High School in 1956, he married Virginia Faye Turner on May 28, 1957 in Monroe and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving until being honorably discharged in 1971. During that time, Bob was a two-time middleweight boxing champion and fought as Robert Fulton “Steamboat” Patterson. Steamboat’s last fight in the ring was at the age of 40 where he was the oldest contestant in the first Tough Man Contest held at the Pontiac Silverdome.

Bob made a career in law enforcement with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department where he faithfully served the Monroe community for 27 years before retiring in 1991. Although he achieved the ranks of detective, sergeant, lieutenant and Chief Deputy, his most treasured role was that of the liaison officer at Jefferson and Monroe High Schools. Mentoring and guiding hundreds of teens, his motto was, “My job isn’t to see how many kids I can take to jail but how many kids I can keep out of jail.”

Bob was a member of Fraternal Order of Police and attended Stewart Road Church of God. In addition to boxing and golf, he enjoyed playing basketball, baseball and playing cards with friends.

Bob is survived by his wife Faye; two sons, Roque (Denise) Patterson of Newport and Ryan Patterson of Chicago, IL; two daughters, Vanessa (Rick) Groves of Stanley, VA and Valerie Begg of St. Petersburg, FL; seven sisters, Betty (Bob) McDonald of Bronson, MI, Hank (Obie) Green of Monroe, Shirley (Richard) Poniedzialek of Monroe, Doris (Charles) Evans of Monroe, Phyllis (Steve) Earl of Middlesboro, KY, Linda Lasey of Cumberland Gap, TN, and Brenda Wilson of Morristown, TN; eight grandchildren, VaRonica (Joe) Vernine, BJR, Robert Patterson II, Drew (Madison) Patterson, Alexander Begg, Victoria Groves, Joshua and John; three great-grandchildren, Grace Vernine, Reznor Rokicki, and Wyatt Rokicki.

In addition to his parents, Bob was also preceded in death by two brothers, Warren Patterson and Kenneth Raines Patterson, and two infant sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are encouraged to Joe’s ALCC Boxing Club, c/o ALCC, 120 Eastchester St. Monroe, MI 48161.

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Dennis J. “Denny” Miller

February 18, 1950 – September 17, 2016


dmillerDennis J. “Denny” Miller, age 66 of Monroe, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, September 17th at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, surrounded by his family. He had been seriously ill for a month.

Family and friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Monroe Council 1266 Knights of Columbus will perform a Litany/Rosary service followed by a 4th Degree Chalice presentation by Monroe Raisin River General Assembly 0488. Denny will lie in state at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church where Mass of the Resurrection celebrating his life will begin at 2 p.m. Rev. Stephen Rooney, former pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Church will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroe.

Born February 18, 1950 in Monroe, he was the son of the late Amiel and Dorothy (Dosmann) Miller, Jr. He married Mary Patricia Began on September 11, 1976 at St. Mary Church.

Denny graduated from Monroe Catholic Central High School in 1968 and earned a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Detroit. Denny was president and one of three owners of Floral City Beverage in Monroe, a business founded in 1938.

A three-time Past Grand Knight for Monroe Council 1266 Knights of Columbus, Denny was also a 4th Degree member and served as treasurer of its charitable Goodfellows program.

Denny was a member of the Genesis Chapter of Legatus, an organization of Catholic business leaders committed to the Catholic faith, Monroe County Rod & Gun Club, Ducks Unlimited, Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association, and President of the Board of River Raisin Centre for the Arts in downtown Monroe. He was also past President of St. Mary’s Parish Council and instrumental in St. John the Baptist Church’s “Together In Faith” capital fund raising campaign.

Other than his family and church, few things in life were more important to Denny than supporting Saint Mary Catholic Central High School. Denny had served as president of its school board, co-founded the SMCC Touchdown Club, was awarded the SMCC Superfan award, the Alum of the Year Award, and was inducted into the SMCC Athletic Hall of Fame.

Denny was proud of building his cabin up north where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.

Denny is survived by his wife, Mary Pat; daughter, Kristine (Jason) Linster of Monroe; son, Joseph (Jennifer) Miller of Chicago, Illinois; brother, Michael (Carla) Miller of Ann Arbor; sister, Catherine Miller of Monroe; and three grandchildren, Ella, Noah, and Micah Linster.

In addition to his parents, Denny was also preceded in death by his granddaughter, Alexis Linster.

In lieu of flowers, Denny and his family encourage memorial donations be made to Saint Mary Catholic Central High School for the continued academic and spiritual enrichment of young minds in Monroe County.

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Ruth A. Van Wasshenova

September 11, 1923 – September 15, 2016


van-wasshenovaRuth A. Van Wasshenova, age 93 of Monroe, died at 1:18 p.m. Thursday, September 15th at Alice Lorraine Care Center.

Family and friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. The Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday. She will lie in state at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church where Mass of the Resurrection celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Associate Pastor, Rev. Louis Lapeyre will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Ida.

Born September 11, 1923 in LaSalle, she was the daughter of Ransom and Ida Mae (Benore) Russeau. She married Alfred C. Van Wasshenova on September 14, 1946 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Erie. He preceded Ruth in death on March 29, 2013.

Ruth was a member of St. Gabriel Parish, Ida (St. Joseph Catholic Church), and was employed by Monroe Auto Equipment during World War II. She enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, reading, and crossword puzzles.

Ruth is survived by four children, Daniel C. (Mary E.) Van Wasshenova, Lawrence J. (Tina) Van Wasshenova, Darlene T. (Daniel) O’Donnell, and Dale A. Van Wasshenova, all of Monroe; a sister, Theresa Russeau of Monroe; ten grandchildren: Daniel J. (Jen) Van Wasshenova, Michael A. (McKenzie) Van Wasshenova, Steven C. (Rena) Van Wasshenova, Emily J. Van Wasshenova, Lawrence “J.R.” (Kelli) Van Wasshenova, Christopher (Jessica) Van Wasshenova, Nicholas (Lindsey Wagner) Van Wasshenova, Daniel (Nikki) O’Donnell, James (Tara) O’Donnell, and Timothy O’Donnell; and seven great-grandchildren: Crew Van Wasshenova, Emerson Van Wasshenova, Lincoln Van Wasshenova, Regina Van Wasshenova, Zaine O’Donnell, Shane O’Donnell, and Liam O’Donnell.

In addition to her husband Alfred, Ruth was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Diana; three brothers, Eugene, Chester, and Rupert Russeau; and a sister, Thelma Russeau.

Memorial donations may be used for Mass Offerings or be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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June M. Jenningsjennings

July 15, 1941 – September 15, 2016


June M. Jennings, 75 of Newport, passed away Thursday September 15, 2016 at her home.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 7 pm Monday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 7 pm. Chaplain Bill Fink of ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospice will officiate.

Born July 15, 1941 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Charles and Clarabelle (Eckert) Morris. She married Thomas O. Jennings on October 15, 1960 at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church.

June was a homemaker and devoted mother.

Surviving are her husband Thomas; children Connie Jennings – Ranville of Erie, Dawn (Danny) Thompson of Monroe and Thomas (Christine) Jennings of Monroe; grandchildren Jeremy Bacon, T. J. Jennings and Doug Jennings; siblings JoAnn Trouten of Monroe, Mary Lou (Brent) Gleed of Billings, Montana, Sally (Carlos) Eastes of Baldwin, Michigan, Barbara Hardy of Monroe, Sandra (Ronald) Lavigne of Monroe, Penny (Robert) Hoffman of Carlton, Gary (Laura) Morris of Monroe, Darlene (Roger) Jennings of Monroe, Charles (Rhonda) Morris of Monroe, and Ronald (Andrea) Morris of Monroe.

June was preceded in death by her parents; grandson David Martin Ranville; brothers Robert Morris and Larry Morris; sisters Shirley Hoffman, Linda Heiklila and Patricia Walker.

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Karen Ann (Kloc) Bechardbechard

September 22, 1959 – September 14, 2016


Karen Ann Bechard, 56, of Newport died at 11:58 am Wednesday at her home. She had been in poor health for several years.

Family and friends may visit on Saturday from 4 to 8 pm and Sunday 1 to 8 pm at the Rupp Funeral Home where a Rosary service will be held at 6 pm. both evenings. She will lie instate 10 am Monday at St. Charles Catholic Church with the Mass of Resurrection at 11 am. Rev. Melvin Blanchette will officiate with burial to follow at St. Charles Cemetery.

Born September 22, 1959 in Detroit she was the daughter of Stanley J. and Lucille C. (Alexandrowski) Kloc. She married Edmund E. Bechard on August 25, 1990 in Taylor.

For many years Karen was the manager of Ray Hunter Florist Shop in Wyandotte.

She was a 1977 graduate of Taylor Truman High School, a 1981 graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Horticulture degree. She was a very active member of St. Charles Catholic Church and served as the school librarian. Karen enjoyed being a free lance florist and was a excellent seamstress and worked with the River Raisin Centre for the Arts.

Surviving are her husband Ed; parents Stanley and Lucy Kloc of Taylor; children Michael J. Bechard of Newport, James D. Bechard of Newport, Eddie S. Bechard of Toledo and Claire R. Bechard of Newport; siblings John J. (Pam) Kloc of Belleville, Susan C. (Andy) Steeby of Taylor, Terri M. (Joe) Pavilanis of New Boston and Tom S. (Jill) Kloc of Rochester Hills.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Memorials may be made to St. Charles School Addition Fund.

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