June E. Knabusch-Taylor

August 7, 1940 – October 23, 2014

 

    June E. Knabusch-Taylor, age 74 of Monroe, died at 12:41 a.m. Thursday at Mercy Memorial Hospital.

    Friends may visit from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24th, at Rupp Funeral Home.  She will lie instate 10 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church where services will be held at 11 a.m.  The church pastor, Rev. Jeffrey Heimsoth will officiate.  Private burial services will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

    Born August 7, 1940 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Frank and Junietta (Gesell) Heck.  June was a 1958 graduate of Monroe High School and earned a bachelor degree in education from Eastern Michigan University in 1962.  She married Charles T. Knabusch on June 30, 1962 in Grace Lutheran Church.  After his passing on October 14, 1997, June later married Daniel A. Taylor, Jr. on January 2, 1999 at Trinity Lutheran Church.

    June enjoyed gardening, traveling, spending time with her family, and the relaxation and peacefulness of being near the water.

    June is survived by her husband, Daniel Taylor of Monroe; children, Charles (Maryann) Knabusch, Jr. of Collinsville, Mississippi, Michael (Claudia Hall) Knabusch of St. Louis, Missouri, Debora (Robert) Yeo of Monroe, and Christopher (Anne) Knabusch of Monroe; Step children, William (Jennifer) Taylor of Monroe and Carolyn (Jack) Qualls of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Gretchen (Bob) Linville of Britton, Michigan; grandchildren, Sunshine Simonson, Jessica Taul, Jennifer (Jeremy) Smith, Charles Knabusch, III, Emily (Cam) Eggly, Molly Yeo, Tyler Yeo, Cole Knabusch, Chase Knabusch, Nicodemus Hall; step grandchildren, Alexandra Taylor, Mikayla Taylor, and Daniel (Jessica) Qualls; great-grandchildren, Orion McNelson, Haley Finley, Brianna Finley, Alexis Cheney, Tanner Taul, Ethan Smith, and Bailey Knabusch.

    In addition to her husband Charles, June was preceded in death by her parents.

    Memorial donations may be made to Monroe Public Schools Leeop Program or Monroe Public Schools Scholarship Program. Both c/o Administration Building 1275 N. Macomb St., Monroe, MI 48162.

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

   

Kathleen A. Williams

July 23, 1954 – October 20, 2014

 

    Kathleen A. Williams, age 60 of Monroe, died at 3:10 a.m. Monday at Magnum Care of Adrian.  She had been in declining health for a year.

    Friends may visit from 2 – 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home where a Scripture Service will be held at 4 p.m.  She will lie instate 9 a.m. Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church.  Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. by the church pastor, Rev. Stephen Vileo.  Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Monroe.

    Born July 23, 1954 in Monroe, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Jennie (Bellino) Diroff.  She married Thomas E. Williams on December 2, 1972 in St. Irene’s Catholic Church, Dundee.

    Kathy was employed for 17 years by local pediatrician, Dr. Bernard Sisman, and then worked for Mercy Memorial Hospital for 23 years.

    Kathy was a member of St. Michael Church and was a 1972 graduate of Dundee High School.  She enjoyed camping, gardening, crafts, visiting Disney World, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

    Kathy is survived by her husband Tom; brother, John Diroff of Carleton; sisters, Carlene Miller of Monroe, Theresa Hatcher of Newport, and Tina (Jeff) LaPlante of Monroe; nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

    Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael Church or the National Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or visit www.parkinson.org.

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

broganJames W. Brogan

May 11, 1923 – October 20, 2014

 

James W. Brogan, 91 of Monroe died at 8:52 a.m. Monday at his home. He had been in poor health since September.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday. Rev. Kevin Eccles, pastor of the Monroe Free Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle, with military honors provided by V.F.W. Post 1138 Monroe.

Born May 11, 1923 in Tazewell, Tennessee, he was the son of Lewis and Berthie (Seal) Brogan. He married Octavia Warren on October 27, 1947 in Bowling Green, Ohio. Sadly she preceded him in death on December 6, 2007.

James was employed at the Ford Motor Company, Monroe Plant for 30 years, retiring in 1981.

He served his country during W.W.II in the U.S. Army from May 8, 1943 to November 15, 1945.

He was a member of the Monroe Free Methodist Church.

Surviving are his son Roger D (Gladys) Brogan of Monroe, and daughter Judy G. Hall of Millbury, Ohio; brothers, E. J. (Farry) Brogan and L. C. Brogan both of Tazewell, Tennessee; grandchildren Scott Hall, Shelly Hall, Jenny Brogan, Kriste Brogan, Bridget Brogan and Roger M. Brogan; and five great-grandchildren.

James was preceded in death by his parents, wife, brothers, Wiley, John and Rurie Brogan, sisters, Pauline Seals, Elorie Helton and Jean Lawson.

Memorials may be made to the Monroe Free Methodist Church.

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

Frances_T_Kryston_photoFrances  T. Kryston

December 24, 1919 – October 15, 2014

 

 

Frances T. Kryston, age 94, of Monroe died Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio at the home of her daughter.

Family and friends may visit from 2-5 pm Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home. She will lie instate Monday at 9 a.m. at St. Anne”s Catholic Church with the mass of the Resurrection at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Born December 24, 1919, she was the youngest of seven children of Theresa and Anthony Patrick. Frances was preceded in death by John, her loving husband of 70 years and two infant children, Marie and Robert.

Survived by 3 children: Jean (John) Henninger; Mike (Tracy) Kryston; and David Kryston; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and their families.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38148 or St. Joseph’s Food Closet, 126 Avenue de LaFayette, Monroe MI 48162 

RayBeth Ann Ray

April 11, 1970 – October 15, 2014

 

Beth Ann Ray, 44 of Monroe died at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday at her home. She had been in poor health for two years.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home where a rosary service will be held at 4 p.m. She will lie instate Saturday 9 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Church with services at 11 a.m. Rev. Stephen Vileo, pastor will officiate with burial to follow at St. Charles Cemetery, Newport.

Born April 11, 1970 in Monroe she was the daughter of Willie F and Pamela M. (Pilon) Ray.

Beth was employed by Wendy’s for twenty-four years at both the Telegraph and North Dixie locations.

She was a 1996 graduate of the Monroe County I.S.D and a member of St. Michael Church and Alter Society. She was also a member of the Saturday morning faith sharing group at St. Mary Church and made her First Communion at St. Joseph Church. Beth was an active member of the Kiwanis Action Club and won member of the year 2014. She always went to the Lunch Noon Time Kiwanis and was a member of the Special Olympics for thirty-six years and participating in swimming, basketball, poly hockey and bowling. She was a member of Special Friends Bowling League at the MonroeSportCenter.

Surviving are her mother Pam Ray of Monroe; sisters, Anne M. Carstensen, Jennifer T. (David) Daniels and Margaret M. (Nye) Turner all of Monroe; aunts, Mary Kurtz of Southgate and Alice (Rhys) Foulkes of Battlecreek; uncles, Jerry (Linda) Pilon of Monroe and Fred (Cutie) Pilon of New Haven, Indiana; nieces and nephews Nathan, Alex, Katie, Chris, Justin, Ben, Ashley, Alyssa and Jacob; great-nieces and nephews Ryan, Bella, and Lily; and her boy friend Tim Loga of Temperance.

Beth was preceded in death by her father; maternal and paternal grandparents; brother-in-law Jeff Carstensen and cousin, Amy Clear.

Memorials may be made to Monroe County Special Olympics or Monroe A.R.C.

The family would like to thank Mercy Memorial Hospice, Dr. Trevedi, Amy and the staff of the Monroe Cancer Center for all the care and kindness shown to Beth.

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

Shirley M. Alverman

July 10, 1926 – October 12, 2014

 

 

    AlvermanShirley M. Alverman, age 88 of Monroe, died at 2:45 p.m. Sunday at Fountain View of Monroe.

    Friends may visit from 1 – 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 1138 will conduct services at 6 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. David Burgard, Pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

    Born July 10, 1926 in Monroe, she was the daughter of Curtis and Sable (Russeau) Bomia.  She was married to Delbert Wheeler from 1946 – 1952 and later married Herman Alverman in 1955, both in Monroe.

    Shirley was a beautician in Monroe for approximately 30 years.  She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and VFW Post 1138 Monroe Ladies Auxiliary.  She enjoyed gardening, playing cards and Bocce Ball.

    Shirley is survived by five children; Sandy (William) Foster of LaSalle, Connie Miller of Monroe, Linda Harwood of Monroe, Rick Alverman of Monroe, and Kelly (Ed) Czupich of LaSalle; 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

    Shirley was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Domansky; 4 brothers, Merlin, Raymond, Ronald, and Donald Bomia; 2 sisters, Evelyn Bomia and Eugenia Rehberg.

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

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

 

   

 

 

 

StBernardAnna Marie St. Bernard

July 24, 1920 – October 12, 2014

 

Anna Marie St. Bernard, 94, of Monroe passed away Sunday at 8:27 p.m. at Magnum Care of Monroe.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp funeral home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday.  Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of First Church of God, will officiate.  Burial will follow at RoselawnMemorial Park, LaSalle.

 

She was born July 24, 1920 in Monroe.  She was the daughter of William and Eliza (Radcliffe) Geno.  She married Alvin D. St. Bernard October 22, 1938 in Napoleon, Ohio; he preceded her in death on May 2, 1991.

 

She was a former member of St. Michael’s Church.

 

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Ann St. Bernard of Monroe; a brother, Joseph (Rosemary) Geno of Toledo; two sisters, Esther Burggrave and Elizabeth Jackson both of Monroe and several nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, tree sisters, Margarette Furstenburg, Mildred Pierce and Lillian Bomia and a brother, James Geno.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

 

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

DuvallRichard J. Duvall

June 29, 1930 – October 11, 2014

 

Richard J. Duvall, 84, of Monroe passed away Saturday at 3:12 p.m. at the SSIHM Health Care Center.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where the Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.  He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m.  Rev. Louis Lapeyre will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. JosephCemetery, Monroe.

 

Richard was born June 29, 1930 in Monroe.  He was the son of Curtis and Marie (Boes) Duvall.  He married Marian Pavlovich April 24, 1954 at St. Mary’s Church.

 

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy right after high school and served his country for 1 year.

 

Before his retirement in 1994, Richard was an agent and manager for the Prudential Insurance Company.  One of his professional achievements was obtaining a membership to the Million Dollar Round Table.

 

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Knights of Columbus Council 1266 and was active for many years at the YMCA, serving as Vice President of the founding board of directors.

 

In his youth, Richard was an accomplished baseball player.  At MonroeHigh School he anchored the pitching staff that won the 1948 Border Cities League Championship, a season that saw him strike out 18 batters in a single game.  He also pitched for the Monroe Orioles in the AA Toledo Federation League and had the opportunity to tryout for the Detroit Tigers in 1950.  He continued to love sports through his lifetime and enjoyed playing golf and tennis.  He also liked to go fishing and deer hunting.

 

Richard is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marian; four daughters, Katherine (Rick) Kleinsmith of Monroe, Laura Manners of Traverse City, Suzanne (Scott) Hoppert of Monroe and Annie (Patrick) Ignagni of Monroe; a brother, Jack (Irene) Duvall of North Carolina; nine grandchildren, Erin, Jaclyn, Kristopher, Jonathan, Benjamin, Andrew, Nicholas, Ellie and Olivia and two great grandchildren, Avery and Gabriel.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, a son, Mark Duvall and a brother, Marvin Duvall.

 

Richard’s family would like to thank the staff of the SSIHM for their compassionate care and dedication to service.

 

Memorial contribution may be made to St. Mary Catholic Central High School.

 

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

BertobitRobert J. “Buck” Bert

July 22, 1935 – October 10, 2014

 

Robert J. “Buck” Bert, 79, of Monroe, passed away peacefully on Friday at 3:20 p.m. at HenryFordHospital, Detroit surrounded by his loving family.

 

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday.  Deacon Michael Stewart will officiate.  Interment will follow at St. JosephCemetery, Monroe with military honors preformed by VFW Post 1138, Monroe.

 

Buck was born July 22, 1935 in Monroe.  He was the son of Robert L. and Mary Elizabeth (McKenzie) Bert.  He married Jeanne M. Munro July 26, 1958.  Sadly, she preceded him in death on September 18, 2004.

 

He served his country in the US Army March 6, 1958 to February 2, 1960 stationed at the Scofield Barracks in Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

Buck was employed by the City of Monroe for 43 years retiring in 1995 as the City Engineering Inspector.

 

He attended St.MichaelGrade School, Monroe Catholic Central and was a 1953 graduate of MonroeHigh School where he excelled in sports.  He went on to play baseball for the Monroe Orioles in the AA Toledo Federation League.  He continued his love of sports playing recreational softball and volleyball.

 

He loved to golf, travel, and go to sporting events.  More than anything, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.   He also enjoyed having coffee with a group of friends every morning at Tim Horton’s.  He will be remembered as a caring man who cherished life, his friends, and most of all his loving family.

 

He is survived by a daughter Susan (Rick) Vanisacker of Monroe, two cherished grandchildren, Matthew and Lauren Vanisacker, brother-in-law James Lawson, sister-in-law Barbara (William) Pierce and three nieces.  He will also be greatly missed by a host of friends.

 

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his father, his mother, Mary E. Bert-Stokes and a sister Margaret Lawson.

 

The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff at MercyMemorialHospital and HenryFordHospital for all comfort and support during this difficult time.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Central High School.

 

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

AllenJamie M. Allen

July 31, 1961 – October 9, 2014

 

Jamie M. Allen went home to her heavenly Father at 5:10 p.m. Thursday October 9, 2014.  Jamie died in the comfort of her own home surrounded by family and friends after an 18 month courageous fight against lung cancer.

 

Jamie was born July 31, 1961 in Akron, Ohio.  She was the daughter of Jim and Barbara (Felber) Cowell.

 

Jamie married the love of her life, Steven Allen November 17, 1995 in the Chapel of Love in Monroe with Rev. David Campbell officiating.

 

She was a 1979 graduate of MonroeHigh School.  She graduated February 11, 2005 from the DNRParks and Recreation program held at the MichiganStatePoliceAcademy, Lansing.

 

Jamie worked for the State of Michigan in the Department of Natural Resources for 29 years and the last 12 years she was the supervisor at SterlingState Park.  She loved her job, the outdoors and living on Lake Erie.  She loved to keep a neat organized home even while working a full time job.  After moving to her home on the Lake, she especially enjoyed the beautiful morning sunrises over the lake and often said she felt like she was on vacation everyday.

 

Jamie was an associate member of the VFW Post 3943, Newport.

 

Jamie is survived by her husband Steven Allen of Monroe; mother, Barbara Cowell of Akron; father, Jim Cowell of North Carolina; daugther Jessica Zanger (her Fiancée Jason Ahmed) of Novi; two sons, Justin Zanger and Garrett Allen both of Monroe.  She was the grandmother of three, a role she truly loved, Jaylen M. Zanger and Jackson Ahmed of Novi and Brayden M. Zanger of Monroe and a grandchild expected to arrive in December that will be named Jamie.  She’s also survived by two brothers, David (Terri) Cowell of North Carolina and Jerry (Mary) Cowell of Monroe; sister, Babs Cowell of Akron, Ohio; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leonard “Slim” and Nancy Allen; sister-in-law, Patricia (Tim Bolicki) Allen of Monroe; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

 

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a scripture service will be held at 6 p.m.  She will lie instate at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anne Church with a Mass at 10 a.m.  Rev. John Chinnappa will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. JosephCemetery, Monroe.

 

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

 

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