Thomas R. “T.K.” Konopka

August 3, 1947 – July 29, 2014

 

    KonopkaThomas R. “T.K.” Konopka, age 66 of Monroe, died peacefully in his home at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday, July 29th after a 2 ½ year battle with cancer.

    Friends may visit from 2 – 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. A Blue Gavel service of the Monroe Boat Club will be at 7 p.m.  Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Rev. Lawrence Detruf, Pastor of First Church of God will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, with military honors provided by VFW Post 1138, Monroe.

    Born August 3, 1947 in Paulding, Ohio, he was the son of the late Michael and Elizabeth (Russell) Konopka. 

    T.K. had a very full life.  He was a retired Millwright serving his apprenticeship and 30 plus year career with Ford Motor Company.

    He served in the U.S. Army as a combat veteran in Vietnam earning a Purple Heart, Air Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal, obtaining the rank of SPC5.

    T.K. was a member and past Commodore of the Monroe Boat Club and a member of its Blue Gavel.  He was also a member of the VFW Post 1138, Moose Lodge 884, and UAW Retirees Local 600 Dearborn,

    T.K. met Jan (Maloney) Dean in 1984 and they remained soul mates until her death in 2009.

    He is survived by: 3 step-children, David (Cindy) Dean of Loveland, Colorado, Robert (Jackie) Dean of Newport, and Julie (Jim) Jacobs of Azalia; 7 brothers and sisters, Kathryn Dorsett of Colmesnek, Texas, Martha (Greg) Evans of Fairfield, California, Robert (Debbie) Konopka of Bluffton, Ohio, William Konopka of Belleville, Michigan, Ralph (Sue) Konopka of Wayne, Michigan, Richard (Joyce) Konopka of Flemingsburg, Kentucky, and Barbara Konopka of Paulding, Ohio; 3 grandchildren, Trevor, Branden, and Jason Dean.

    In addition to his long time companion Jan, T.K. was also preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dorothy Konopka; brother, James Konopka; and grandson, Eric Dean.

    In gratitude, the family would like to thank the LaPrad Home Care staff, Beth, Carrie, Jan, Theresa, and Rita for the compassionate care they gave T.K.

    Memorial donations may be made while visiting at the funeral home to Wounded Warriors, a charitable organization for supporting programs and services for wounded veterans, or by going to www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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

   

Donald G. Graves

December 21, 1941 – July 28, 2014

 

    Donald G. Graves, age 72 of Monroe, died 10:15 p.m. Monday in his home under the care of Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe after being ill for 2 months.

    Born December 21, 1941 in Leslie, Michigan, he was the son of John and Clara (Welker) Graves.  Don served in the U.S. Navy from Oct. 12, 1960 to Oct. 9, 1964.  He married Ellen G. Vandecaveye on August 2, 2001.

    Don was employed for over 30 years by Consumer Power at their J.R. Whiting Complex in Erie, Michigan.  His favorite hobbies were spending time with his grandchildren, woodworking, and riding his Harley.

    Don is survived by his wife Ellen; daughter, Renee Graves of Dallas, Texas; 3 step-children, Stacie (Randy) Priester of Newport, Kristine (Chris) Murray of Cypress, Texas, and Greg (Renee) Masserant of Monroe; 2 sisters, Karen Smith and Ruth McMichael, both of Pittsford, Michigan; 3 grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob, and Mikaela Priester.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gary.

    Cremation will take place in accordance with his wishes.  Interment will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan.  Friends may visit from 5 p.m. until services at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30th at Rupp Funeral Home where Monroe Post 1138 Veteran’s of Foreign Wars will perform military honors.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Monroe Cancer Connection.

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

   

EstesJake A. C. Estes

July 26, 1993 – July 27, 2014

 

Jake A. C. Estes, 21 of Ida died early Sunday as the result of a motorcycle accident at Ida East Rd and Geiger Road.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Mark Wellhousen will officiate with burial to follow at Monroe Twp. Cemetery.

Born July 26, 1993 in Monroe he was the son of Jack F. Estes Sr. and Sharon R. Clark. He attended Ida Public Schools and Bedford Public Schools.

Jake enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a member of the Monroe County 4-H.

He was employed by Applebees Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Dundee as a cook.

Surviving are his son Cody J. Estes of Dundee; father Jack F. Estes Sr. of Ida; brother, Jack F. Estes Jr. of Ida; grandparents, Johnnie and Janet Estes of Ida; uncles, John (Dawn) Estes of Monroe, Jerrald Estes of Monroe, James Estes of Temperance, Joe (Angie) Estes of Ottawa Lake and Jeff (Kim) Estes of Milan and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother Sharon.

In lieu of flowers memorial are encouraged to the family to help with final expenses.

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

 

 

Robert C. McDonnell

October 23, 1942 – July 26, 2014

 

Robert Charles McDonnell, 71 of LaSalle, died Saturday at his home.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of the First Church of God will officiate burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born October 23, 1942 in Wyandotte, Michigan, he was the son of Charles A. and Lillian (Roberts) McDonnell. He married Ruby Jerrilynn Freer on July 23, 1976 in Monroe. She preceded him in death on March 15, 2010.

He was employed by Federal Mogul in Milan as a manager before retiring.

Bob was a 1960 graduate of RooseveltHigh School and served his country in the United States Air Force from June 30, 1965 to March 13, 1968.

Surviving are his children, Robert McDonnell of Alabama and Tanya Tunnage of Florida; step daughter, Kelli Allen of Monroe; brother, James (Marlene) McDonnell of Melvindale; sister, Joan Harrison of Cobourg, Ontario and several grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Jerrilynn, Bob was also preceded in death by his parents and a son Kevin McDonnell.

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

B NavarreBarbara E. Navarre

January 6, 1920 – July 25, 2014

 

 Barbara E. Navarre, 94 of Monroe, died at 6:14 a.m. Friday at Medilodge of Monroe. She had been in poor health for three years.

 Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home. Private burial services will be at St. Joseph Cemetery at a later date.

 Born January 6, 1920 in Monroe she was the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Mushung) Handler. She married John G. ‘Jack“ Navarre on April 6, 1943 at St. Mary Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on February 19, 1994.

 Barbara was employed in the family business, Handler Cleaners, and then worked in shoe sales at Nobil Shoes retiring in 1980.

 She was a 1937 graduate of St. MaryAcademy and a life member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She enjoyed golfing at Green Meadows in Monroe.

 Surviving are her daughter, Pamela Palmer of Newport; grandchildren Nicole Palmer and Aimee (Kris) Palmer-Butler; great-grandchildren, Kelsey Eddleman, Robert Talicska and Haley Talicska.

 In addition to her husband Jack, Barbara was preceded by her parents; daughters, Barbara Suzanne Navarre and Mary Elizabeth Navarre; and brother, Nicholas Handler.

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

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

 

 

 

 

                                                   Baker_JohnMarySister John Mary Baker, IHM

 Sister John Mary Baker, IHM, 94, died Thursday, July 24, in the IHM Health Care. 

Sister John Mary was one of two daughters and four sons born to John and Estelle (Crane) Baker. She was born on June 13, 1920 in Detroit and named Mary Ellen. John Mary attended St.AgnesElementary School and High School in Detroit. She entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1939, receiving the religious name of Sister John Mary.

Sister John Mary earned a bachelor’s degree from MarygroveCollege and a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. She taught in formal education at St. Gregory, St. Charles and Holy Redeemer, Detroit; St. Michael, Flint; Immaculate Heart of Mary High School, Westchester, Ill.; LorainCatholicHigh School, Lorain, Ohio; and ClevelandCentralCatholicHigh School, Cleveland. In addition to teaching and administration, she served as advisor for school newspapers, student councils and the high schools’ National Honor Society. An excellent writer, Sister John Mary was awarded first place in the state of Michigan for an original essay titled, “Why I Teach.” 

In 1978, Sister John Mary began working in special education as administrator of St. Vincent’s Residential School and Home for Children in Freeport, Ill. and then at St. Mary of Providence School, Chicago. In 1991, she moved to Ann Arbor, Mich. where she ministered in social work, substitute teaching, instructor for homebound students and as a mentor at MarygroveCollege. She retired to the IHM Motherhouse in 2004 and entered the Health Care Center in 2008.

Sister John Mary is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, John, Joseph, Thomas and Francis; and her sister, Anne Offer.

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe on Tuesday, July 29, from 2 until 7:30 p.m. with a Remembering at 7 p.m. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated in the Chapel on Wednesday, July 30 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St.MaryCemetery 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, MI48162-7909. 



 

BurkettIris D. Burkett

June 16, 1928 – July 23, 2014

 

Iris D. Burkett, 86 of Monroe, passed away at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday at Fountain View of Monroe where she had been since May of this year and been in poor health since last October.

Friends may call from 12 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate Monday 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Monroe with funeral services at 11 a.m.  The church Pastor, Rev. Katie Waggoner will officiate with burial to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born June 16, 1928 in Monroe, she was the daughter of James J. and Bertha C. (Overmyer) Barton. She married Robert E. Burkett on December 5, 1946 by Rev. W. P. Peck at the former First Evangelical United Brethren Church (currently First United Methodist Church). He preceded her in death on December 1, 1974.

Iris was a 1946 graduate of Monroe High School and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Monroe. She served as a 4–H leader for nineteen years and enjoyed water walking at the Y.M.C.A., an occasional senior trip and reading.

She was employed as a bookkeeper by the former Bud & Don Implement Dealer and the former Kraus Plumbing and Heating, both in Ida.

Surviving are her children, Linda Sue (Gary) Charter of Ida and Robert E (Robin) Burkett of Lambertville; grandchildren, Lance (Lisa) Charter, Andrew (Vicki) Charter, Renee (Kyle) Currie and Kyle (Linzi Kolb) Burkett; great-grandchildren, Aubrey Currie, Olivia Currie and Kendall Currie; brother, James A. (Violet) Barton of Monroe; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband Robert Burkett, she was preceded in death by identical triplet daughters Jill, Joan and Jean Burkett; parents; sisters, Helen Carroll and Shirley Grosteffon and half sister Jeanette Navarre.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Heartland Hospice or Fountain View of Monroe.

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

 

 

Nancy L. Vershave

July 13, 1944 – July 21, 2014

 

    Nancy L. Vershave, age 70 of Monroe, died 4:00 p.m. Monday in her home.

    Friends may visit from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.  Rev. Evans Bentley, Pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

    Born July 13, 1944 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Leo and Virginia (Kauffman) Vershave.  Nancy graduated from Monroe High School in 1962.

    Nancy enjoyed bowling, belonging to several bowling leagues over a span of many years and was a life member of the Monroe Women’s Bowling Association.

    Nancy worked in the banking industry for over 35 years.  She began her career with 1st National Bank (now known as PNC) and recently with Monroe Bank & Trust prior to her retirement in 2011.  As a member of Credit Women International, Nancy held every local position possible and was once honored as Credit Woman of the Year. 

    She is survived by a brother, Richard (Jane) Vershave of Harrison, Michigan; three sisters, Patricia (Paul) Howe of Irving, Texas, Bonnie (Bill) Savage of Midwest City, Oklahoma, and Susan Vershave of Monroe; nine nieces and nephews.

    Nancy was preceded in death by her parents.

    In lieu of flowers, Nancy would like memorial contributions made to SPCA, an organization that rescues dogs and cats and helps to provide them with a loving, forever home.  Donations may be made online at www.aspca.org/donate or by calling (800) 628-0028.

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

   

J WilsonJerry L. Wilson

December 23, 1948 – July 20, 2014

 

Jerry L. Wilson, 65 of Monroe, died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the V.A. Medical Center, Ann Arbor. He had been in poor health for six months.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held a 2 p.m. Friday. VFW Post 1138 Monroe will conduct military services. Burial will follow at Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock.

Born December 23, 1948 in Wyandotte, he was the son of Samuel F. and Thelma J. (Hinson) Wilson.

Jerry worked for many years in Wyandotte as an assembler.

He served his country in the U.S Army during the Vietnam War from December 16, 1966 to December 16, 1969.

Surviving are his siblings, Alice (Edward) Hoskin of Corbin, Kentucky, Joyce Gonyea of Taylor, Shirley Meggison of Woodhaven, Carolyn Beeler of Monroe, Harry Wilson of Taylor and Debra Stevens of Southgate; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Connie Hammitte and brother Larry Wilson.

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

 

kettingerMargaret Ann Kettinger

July 7, 1936 – July 21, 2014

 

Margaret Ann Kettinger, 78 of Monroe died at 2:10 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. She had been in poor health for one year.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Rev. Katie Waggoner, pastor of the First United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born July 7, 1936 in Monroe she was the daughter of George and Helen (Hoffman) Oberleiter. She married Harlan C. Kettinger on October 11, 1958 at the First United Methodist Church of Monroe. He preceded her in death on April 28, 1999.

Margaret was a 1954 graduate of Monroe High School and a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her sons Kurt H Kettinger of Monroe and Karl W. (Erica) Kettinger of Ft. Worth, Texas; grandchildren Willow L. Kettinger and Harlan E. Kettinger; sister, Sue C. (Edward) LaVigne of Carleton and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Harlan.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church.

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