Kathleen R. Santure

January 3, 1933 – September 2, 2015

 

SantureKathleen R. Santure, age 82 of Monroe, passed away Wednesday morning, September 2, 2015.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. She will lie instate 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection celebrating her life will begin at 10 a.m. The church Pastor, Rev. David Burgard, will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Born January 3, 1933 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Katherine (DeForest) Dolan. She married Richard E. Santure on October 30, 1954 in St. John Catholic Church.

Kathleen was a 1951 graduate of St. Mary Academy and member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She was also a lay member of the Third Order of Carmelites, Toledo, and a former member of the Father Solanus Casey Guild.

Kathleen is survived by her husband Richard; five children, Susan (Philip) Wickenheiser of Newport, Julie Santure of Monroe, Brad (Carie) Santure of Newport, Mary Jo (Bradley) Watson of Fishers, Indiana, and Patricia Santure of Monroe; a sister, Anita Emery of Los Angeles, California; 14 grandchildren, Greta (Kelin), Christopher, Rebecca, Anna, Aaron, Elizabeth, Adam, Ashley, Jennifer, Jared, Brittany, Stephanie, Jamie, and Shawn ; and one great-grandchild, Katelyn.

In addition to her parents, Kathleen was also preceded by a brother, John Dolan.

Kathleen was a devout Catholic and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

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

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Donald H. Forter

September 26, 1934 – September 1, 2015

 

ForterDonald H. Forter, age 80 of Monroe, died 10:25 a.m. Tuesday at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. He had been in poor health for 16 months.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. Donald will lie instate 9 a.m. Saturday at St. John Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection celebrating his life will begin at 10 a.m. The church Pastor, Rev. James Smalarz will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born September 26, 1934, he was the son of the late Henry and Gertrude (Ziegler) Forter. He married Ethel L. Short on May 14, 1955 at St. John Catholic Church. Ethel preceded him in death on December 15, 1993.

Donald was employed for 22 years in Toledo as a supervisor at Lehn and Fink Products Co. from 1973 until his retirement in 1995. Previously he had been employed by Woodall Industries in Monroe.

Donald graduated from Monroe Catholic Central High School, and was a life-long member of St. John Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going for walks, and doing genealogy research.

Donald is survived by four children, Deborah Brown, Janice Duvall, Dawn Forter, and Donald Forter, all of Monroe; a sister, Dolores (Bernard) Thoma of Monroe; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and his wife Ethel, Donald was also preceded by two sons-in-law, Charles Brown and Ronald Duvall.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John Church.

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GillespieMelvin D. Gillespie

March 27, 1918 – September 2, 2015

 

Melvin Dunbar Gillespie, 97, of Monroe, passed away at 3:10 a.m. Wednesday at Fountain View of Monroe.

 

Friends may call from 4 p.m. Friday until services at 7 p.m. at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Evans Bentley, pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, will officiate and military honors will be performed by VFW Post 1138, Monroe. In accordance with Melvin’s wishes cremation and inurnment will take place at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Melvin was born March 27, 1918 in Monroe. He was the son of Frank and Bessie (Dunbar) Gillespie.

 

He was a graduate of Monroe High School.

 

After high school he joined the US Army and served from 1942 until 1945. He was a Gunner on a half track and served in the European Theater during World War II in Italy, Morocco, England, France and Belgium. While serving he earned a Purple Heart, EAME Campaign and Service Medal, American Defense Medal, Campaign and Service Victory World War II Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

 

He was employed by Detroit Edison from 1938 – 1980.

 

Melvin loved baseball and play throughout his early life, he also enjoyed bowling. Later in life he enjoyed people watching.

 

Melvin was a compassionate, generous man who was loved by many.

 

He was a member of Floral City Harmonizers, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, VFW Post 1138, Monroe Moose Lodge 884 and past member of Masonic Lodge 27.

 

He is survived by daughters, Beth Knapp, Terry (Norm) Sauer and Sandy (Frank) Hudkins; a son, Tom (Dorothy) Hertzsch; sister, Ruth Herr of Inverness, Florida; ten grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

 

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Geneva-Keck-1441201928GENEVA McBEE KECK

Geneva McBee Keck, age 91, widow of Hugh Keck, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at National Health Care, Anderson, SC.  She was born October 12, 1923, in Monroe, Michigan, the oldest child of Herman and Nancy Stump McBee.  She worked at Union Camp in Monroe for thirty-one years, retiring in 1981.

Geneva was a member of the North Monroe Street Church of God from the time it was founded until her move to Anderson, South Carolina in 2002 to be near family.  She lived in the Summer House at Anderson Place for eleven years before moving to NHC.

In addition to her parents and husband, Geneva was preceded in death by her brother, Arlie McBee, and nephews, Greg McBee and Patrick McBee.  She is survived by her daughter, Joan Stinson (Larry) of Townville, SC; sisters, Wanda Hayes of Jacksonville, FL and Jewell Yeary (Marshall) of Orange City, FL; brother, Don McBee of Fort Myers, FL; three grandchildren, Kathy Farmer (Dr. Andy Farmer) of Anderson, SC, Melissa Hardeman (Robert) of Alpharetta, GA, Matthew Stinson (Amy) of Cumming, GA; seven great-grandchildren, Joey Farmer, Sarah Farmer Senn (Caleb), Graham Farmer, Jake Barclay, Kaylee Barclay, Jacob Hardeman, and Christopher Stinson; three nephews, William McBee (Denese), David Yeary, and Stephen Kay; and niece, Arlene McBee Willis.  Geneva’s greatest joys in life were her faith and her family.

The family would like to express gratitude to the staff of Station 3 at NHC for the loving care and devotion provided to Mrs. Keck during her residency.

The family will be at the residence of Larry and Joan Stinson, 221 Stelling Drive, Townville, and will receive friends at The McDougald Funeral Home on Sunday, September 6, 2015, from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. 

The Memorial Service to honor and celebrate the life of Mrs. Keck will be held on Sunday, September 6, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. at the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home in Anderson, with Rev. Dan Batson officiating.  Interment will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in LaSalle, MI, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2015.  A visitation will be held at Rupp Funeral Home in Monroe, MI on Wednesday, September 9, 2015, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Keck may be made to Caris Hospice, 129 Straight Drive, Anderson, SC 29625.

Scan2L. Troy Daniels

January 22, 1937 – September 1, 2015

 

L. Troy Daniels, 78, of Monroe, passed away at 4:26 a.m. Tuesday at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 Friday and from 9 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rupp Funeral Home. Pastor C. Ray Leach, Troy’s nephew, will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery, Monroe.

 

Troy was born January 22, 1937 in Middlesboro, Kentucky. He was the son of Walter Reed and Ardith Irene (Large) Daniels. He married Bette L. Hites September 14, 1957 at Monroe Apostolic Church; she passed away September 25, 2004.

 

He was a heavy equipment operator at Dundee Cement for 41 years.

 

He was a member of the Canvas Back Gun Club.

 

Troy enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, camping, hunting and fishing. He also loved to play guitar and sing with his family.

 

He is survived by three sons, Troy Lee Daniels of Ida, Stephen E. (Kimberle) Daniels and Kevin R. Daniels both of Monroe; a sister, Donna (George) Rimel of Harrogate, Tennessee and five grandchildren, Quri R. Daniels, Chelsea “Sugar Bear” Daniels, Evin R. Daniels, Sarah-Beth Daniels and Hannah I. Daniels.

 

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by a daughter-in-law Sharon Daniels and two sisters, Joyce Leach and Phyllis Richardson.

 

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Albena M. Millhouse

December 2, 1923 – September 1, 2015

 

MillhouseAlbena M. Millhouse, age 91 of Monroe, died at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at Maple Lake Assisted Living in Paw Paw, Michigan. She had been in declining health for a week.

Family and friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday. Rev. Lawrence Detruf will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born December 2, 1923 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Luciano and Concetta (Bagnuoli) DiCarlo. She married George W. Millhouse on March 17, 1945 in Toledo, Ohio. He preceded her in death on March 16, 2012.

In addition to being a homemaker, Albena was also employed as a lunchroom aide by Monroe Public Schools. Together with her husband, they co-owned and operated two area laundromats in Monroe and Rockwood.

She is a former 4-H Leader and Red Cross Volunteer. She enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, gardening, and visiting casinos. She loved being outdoors, especially camping and fishing.

Albena is survived by three children, Connie (William) Barron of Monroe, Sharon (Chuck) Marlow of Gobels, Michigan, and Rodney (Roxanne) Millhouse of Monroe; seven grandchildren, Edward Barron, Kathie (David) Bunge, Matthew (Chelsea) Millhouse, Brandy (Matthew) Miller, Darcy (Jim) Bica, Sarah (Jeff) Pernie, and Megan Marlow; and twelve great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband George, she is also preceded by her parents; three brothers, Vito, Louie, and Lee DiCarlo; three sisters, Vera Zubavich, Ida Zimmerman, and Loretta DiCarlo; granddaughter Molly Marlow; and two great-grandchildren, Lewis and Lucia Millhouse.

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

Albena’s children would like to thank the staff of Maple Lake Assisted Living for the special care they gave to their mother.

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ShortThomas A. Short

September 16, 1943 – August 30, 2015

 

Thomas A. Short, 71, of Temperance, peacefully passed away at 10:13 a.m. Sunday, August 30, 2015 at his home.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Rev. Nate Elarton, pastor of Compelled Church, Temperance, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Born September 16, 1943 in Erie, Michigan. He was the only son of Tom and Edna (Estes) Short. He married Linda Turner on December 30, 1967.

 

He was a 1962 graduate of Monroe High School. He worked for Ford Motor Company, Woodhaven Plant, Trenton before taking an early medical retirement.

 

Surviving are his wife, Linda; two sons, Thomas A. (Mandy) Short of Petersburg and Timothy Short of Temperance; three grandchildren that he adored, Bryce, Noelle and Sawyer Short of Petersburg; sisters, Betty Williams of Fort Myers, Florida, Eunice (Wilbur) Fannin and Dolly Newport both of Plymouth. He also had many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews who he dearly loved.

 

He is preceded in death by his mother and father; eight sisters, Ellen Lambert, Lucille Sakall, Ethel Forter, Georgia Whitman, Martha Anderson, Mary Newport, Phyllis Thomas and Linda Notario.

 

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MullUna S. Mull

October 6, 1922 – August 29, 2015

 

Una S. Mull, 92, of Monroe, passed away Saturday at Promedica Skilled Care and Rehab, Monroe.

 

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until funeral services at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. D.J. Fanslau will officiate.  Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

 

Una was born October 6, 1922 in Pineville, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Ben and Betty (Vaughn) Allen.  She married Robert D. Mull, Sr. May 18, 1946 in Saginaw, Michigan; he preceded her in death March 12, 2005.

 

She was a graduate of Bell City High School in Pineville.  She graduated from Droughn’s Business College and the Tennessee School of Beauty Culture in Knoxville, Tennessee.  She was a secretary at Oak Ridge for Ford, Bacon and Davis and the Roane Anderson Company.  She also operated beauty shops in Pineville, Kentucky and Monroe; including Una’s Beauty Nook and My Ladies Beauty Salon. She had been a bowler on Monroe leagues for many years and was also a private pilot.

 

She is survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her son, Robert D. Mull, Jr., two brothers, George and Billy Allen and three sisters, Emma Nunn, Mollie Nunn and Jimmie Punko.

 

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

 

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GillisSarah Joyce Gillis

April 5, 1936 – August 29, 2015

 

Sarah Joyce Gillis, 79, of Temperance, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Saturday in her daughter’s home.

 

Friends may call from 3 p.m. until a memorial service at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home. Pam Przybylski, chaplain of Heartland Hospice, will officiate. In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place at Roselawn Memorial Park.

 

Sarah was born April 5, 1936 in China Grove, North Carolina. She was the daughter of John Wallace and Mary Pauline (Lawson) Gillis.

 

She was a secretary for many years for the Monroe County Probate Court. After moving to Florida she worked in the dialysis unit of the Tampa Veterans Hospital.

 

Sarah was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening.

 

She is survived by three children, LouAnn (Larry) Garrett of Temperance, Richard Douglas Sheppard of Middleburg, Florida and John Edward Sheppard of Florida; a brother, John Gillis of North Carolina; nine grandchildren, Jason Preuss, Kyle Kettinger, LeAnn Shaw, Jenny Leimann, Marissa Garrett, Melissa Sheppard, Jesse Sheppard, Eric Alabiso and Tony Sheppard and twelve great grandchildren.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert Gillis and a sister, Mary Rose Evans.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice.

 

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GrodiClyde G. Grodi

September 23, 1927 – August 29, 2015

 

Clyde G. Grodi, 87, of Monroe, passed away at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at ProMedica Skilled Care and Rehab.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Rev. John Chinnapppa, of St. Anne Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, with military honors by VFW Post 1138, Monroe.

 

Clyde was born September 23, 1927 in Monroe. He was the son of Ralphael H. and Lelah (McIntyre) Grodi. He married Betty Jane Wolfe December 28, 1945 in Monroe; she preceded him in death on November 17, 1985.

 

He was employed at Union Camp for many years, retiring in 1982. He then owned and operated Barnacle Bill’s Fish and Chips.

 

He was a life member of the VFW Post 3943, Newport.

 

Clyde had enjoyed hunting and outdoor activities, horse races, going to the casino, the Kangaroo Club and going on family vacations. He also enjoyed the time he spent in Florida as a “snowbird”.

 

He is survived by his children, Pamela J. (Donald) Lingar of Monroe, Russell L. Grodi of Monroe and Jeffrey E. Grodi of Monroe; his companion of 29 years, Doris J. McCelland of Monroe; a brother, Lester Grodi of Monroe; two grandchildren, April (Joel) Fix and Annette (Jeff) Peters and six great grandchildren.

 

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by four brothers, Arthur, Robert, Carly and Ray Grodi and a sister Rita Evans.

 

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