KettingerRichard P. Kettinger
April 1, 1950 – September 10, 2014

Richard P. Kettinger, 64, of Monroe, passed away at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday at Mercy Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Room.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a funeral service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Rev. Larry Lyons, chaplain of the Mercy Memorial Hospital, will officiate. In accordance with Richard’s wishes cremation will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

He was born April 1, 1950 in Monroe, he was the son of Llewellyn R and Viola M. (Scheich) Kettinger.  He married Susan K. Linser on July 9, 2002.

He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Catholic Church and attended their grade school. He was a 1969 graduate of Monroe High School.

He was an avid hunter. He loved going to car shows with his 1964 Chevy and riding his Harley Davidson’s.

He retired in 2008 from Jeep Corp, Toledo after 30 years of employment and was also a member of UAW Local 12.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Kettinger of Monroe; a daughter, Rhonda M. Suttle of Sidney, Ohio; two step children, Scott Bushroe and Amber Cabibi of South Carolina; one brother, Mark R. (Georgia) Kettingger; two sisters, Judy A (Tim) Campbell and Vicki L. (Tom) Foshag and four grandchildren, Tariq, Brian, Brayden and Madison.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Douglas L. and Larry R. Kettinger.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Monroe or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Viola J. Birtcher

BirtchnerOctober 27, 1922 – September 7, 2014


Viola J. Birtcher, 91 of Monroe died at 2:56 p.m. Sunday at Fountain View of Monroe. She had been in poor health for two months.

Friends and family 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. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle.

Born October 27, 1922 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Viola was the daughter of Louis M. and Caroline (Mashek) Dahl. She married Fred E. Salow in December, 1944 in Roswell, New Mexico; he preceded her in death on November 12, 1960. She then married John William Birtcher on October 26, 1974 in Toledo. He preceded her in death on June 10, 2001.

Viola worked in retail sales and management for many years at Hadley Dress Shop, Federal Department Store in Monroe and the Lion’s Store in Toledo. She was also the original greeter at Howard Johnson’s in Monroe.

She was a 1939 graduate of MonroeHigh School; a member of the Westgate Chapel in Toledo where she served as a Deaconess, and a member of the churches MOPS. She loved her church, and enjoyed crocheting, basket weaving and caring for her yard.

Surviving are her children Thomas E. Salow and Beverly (Thomas) Dumas both of Monroe; step-daughter Cindy Pfeil-Breckel of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren Thomas (Kathy) Salow, Scott (Cammy) Salow, Joy Salow, Jeffrey (Jamie) Dumas, Lt. Colonel Craig (Stacy) Dumas and Todd (Ashly) Dumas; thirteen great-grandchildren; brothers, Donald (Charlene) Dahl of Prescott, Arizona and Robert (Barbara) Dahl of Monroe, and a sister Doris Bernhard of Monroe.

She was preceded in death her husbands; a brother, Duane Dahl and  a sister, Stella Dahl.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mercy Memorial Hospice.

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WeierSharon L. Weier

May 6, 1957 – September 6, 2014


Sharon L. Weier, 57 of LaSalle died at 8:25 a.m. Saturday in her home with her family by her side. She had been in poor health since May.

Friends and family may call from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home. Cremation will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Born May 6, 1957 in Grosse Pointe she was the daughter of Gerald and Joan (Cousins) Gryka. She married Thomas R. Weier on December 15, 1979 in Westland.

Sharon was employed for thirty years as a waitress at several restaurants in the metro area.

She was a graduate of John Glenn High School in Westland.

Surviving are her husband Thomas; children Robbie Decker of Indiana, Joshua Weier of Lansing, Anna Marie Weier of Dearborn Heights and Benjamin Weier of Westland and a granddaughter Stephanie Weier.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Wayne Gryka; sister, Sandy Pena and a stillborn daughter Jessica Weier.

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RichmondAllan A. Richmond
October 19, 1940 – September 2, 2014

Allan A. Richmond, age 73 of Clinton, Michigan, he went home to be with the Lord at 4:54 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, with his family and dear friends by his side.
Born October 19, 1940 in San Antonio, Texas, he was the son of George and Octavia (Juarez) Richmond. He married Tena Kay Bone on June 12, 1965 in Flint, Michigan.
Allan served in the United States Army from 1962 to 1965. He moved to Ypsilanti Michigan in 1965, where he was hired by Ford Motor Company and married the love of his life. In the early 80’s he left Ford to begin a life long journey of business ventures and he enjoyed the challenges this brought. He was well known for his skillful negotiations and creativity. He loved people, and never met a stranger. He was always reaching out with a helping hand to those in need. He especially had a soft spot in his heart for single moms and their children. Those who knew Allan often heard him say “I’ve never had a bad day in my life”. He enjoyed spending time with his children and took great pride in seeing their accomplishments. He loved his grandsons, they were a source of much joy.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Tena; four children, David Walker of Bainbridge, Pennsylvania, Timothy (Rachel) Richmond of Tipton Michigan, Allana Richmond of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Travis Richmond of Centerville, Ohio; grandsons, Trenton and Tobin Richmond; sister, Shirley (Jack) Slayton of Austin Texas and niece, Kimberly Slayton of Austin, Texas.
Allan is preceded in death by his parents, George and Octavia; a brother George; and son George Allan.
Allan was a faithful member of Solid Rock Church in Clinton, Michigan where he worshipped with his children and grandchildren.
Friends may visit from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home, 2345 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, MI 48161. Allan will lie instate 10 a.m. Saturday at Solid Rock Church, 77 Wadsworth St., Monroe, MI 48161 where services will be at 11 a.m. Reverend Scott Sistrunk will officiate. Burial will follow at Union-Udell Cemetery, Ypsilanti Twp.
One of Allan’s last projects was helping obtain a new place of worship for Solid Rock Church in Clinton. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, it is Allan’s wish that memorial donations be made to the Building Fund of Solid Rock Church, 112 E. Church Street, Clinton, MI 49236.
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Denne_June (Small)Sister June Denne, IHM, 90, died Monday, Sept.1, 2014, in the IHM Health Care Center.

Sister June was one of three daughters and five sons born to Clarence and Laura (Treves) Denne. She was born on Sept.16, 1923 in Detroit and given the name June Marie. She attended St. Gabriel Elementary and Holy Redeemer High School in Detroit and then entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1941, receiving the religious name of Sister Marie Renè.

Sister June earned a bachelor degree from Marygrove College and a master degree from Wayne State University. Her teaching career spanned 37 years at St. Michael and St. Matthew, Flint; St. Martin, St. Boniface, All Saints, St. Raymond, Our Lady of Good Counsel and Gesu in Detroit; St. Philip, Battle Creek; St. Monica, Mobile, Ala.; Hall of the Divine Child, Monroe; and St. Mary, Mt. Morris.

In 1973, Sister June moved to Florida and began a second career in human development and religious education. She served in the ministry of human development and social concern, Lewiston, Fla.; at St. Leo Catholic Church, Bonita Springs, in religious education and parish ministry; and later served as religious education director at St. William Parish, Naples, for 17 years. Sister June served as a pastoral minister at St. Matthew, Naples, before retiring in 1992. In retirement, she spent eight years caring for the elderly before moving to Norman Towers, Monroe, in 2000. Sister June retired to the Motherhouse in 2003 and continued to be active in volunteer ministry. She entered the IHM Health Care Center in 2011.

Sister June is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Floyd, Clarence, Rene, Raymond and John; and sisters, Evelyn and Virginia.

Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, on Friday, Sept. 5, at 9 a.m. with a Remembering at 10 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow in the Chapel. 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.

John W. Bennett

May 16, 1923 – August 31, 2014


    John W. Bennett, age 91 of Monroe, died at 2:35 a.m. Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Magnum Care of Monroe.  He had been in poor health for the last four years.

    Friends and relatives may visit Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home from 2 p.m. until services at 7 p.m.  Deacon Michael Stewart of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will officiate.  Cremation will follow in accordance with his wishes.

    Born May 16, 1923 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, he was the son of Charles and Mary (Murphy) Bennett.  He married Linda L. Payment on January 31, 2001 in Sault Ste. Marie.

    John was employed as a Foreman at Waller Mill in Sault Ste. Marie where he also was employed as a truck driver, a cab driver, and a self-employed farmer.

    John had a great sense of humor and enjoyed watching western movies, especially with his cat and dog at his side. 

    He is survived by his wife Linda; daughters, Margaret Kiss of Pennsylvania and Grace Gurule of New Mexico; step-children, Susan (John) Roote of Munising, Norman Coffman of Rockwood, Holly Coffman of Monroe, Tammy Blaisdell of Traverse City, Angel Coffman of Trenton, and Howard Coffman of Monroe; sisters, Agnes Brody of Sault Ste. Marie and Viola Farr of Grosse Point Woods; ten grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews including his favorite nephew, Gene (Cheryl) Bennett of Astoria, Oregon.

    John was preceded in death by a son, Louis Sawyer and brothers, James and George Bennett; and sisters, Mary Ellen Stager and Geneva Laduke.

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BraggGeorge E. Bragg
April 26, 1940 – August 31, 2014

George E. Bragg, 74, of Newport, passed away at 6:21 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Memorial Hospital.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Rev. Larry Detruf, pastor of the First Church of God, will officiate. Military honors will be performed by V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe. In accordance with George’s wishes cremation will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

George was born April 26, 1940 in Monroe. He was the son of Norman R. and Clara R. (Bruck) Bragg. He married Patricia Kinsella in 1961. He then married Betty (McCoullough) Castle in 1990.

He serviced his country in the U.S. Navy July 24, 1958 to July 23, 1962.

He was a pipefitter for the Ford Motor Company Rawsonville Plant; he retired in 1995.

George was a 1958 graduate of Monroe Catholic Central High School. He was a lifetime member of the Breast Bay Sportsmen Club and a Benefactor Member of the NRA. He was also a member of the Dundee Sportsmen Club and East Rockwood Sportsmen Club.

He is survived by his wife Betty Bragg of Newport; a son, George C. “Chip” Bragg of Panama City Beach, Florida; two daughters, Kara M. (Jeff) Hicks and Laurie A. (Michael) Vandevelde both of Newport; four step children, Lynn Castle, Andy (Sandy) Castle, Bruce Castle and Leigh (Adrian Ortega) Castle; two brothers, Michael (Evelyn) Bragg of Angola, Indiana and Paul (Pattie) Bragg of Carleton; a sister, Marcella Mehki of Erie; thirteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren and his good friends Bob Tomecek and Buck Alar.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Norman Bragg and a great grandchild Camryn Jade Lamb.

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Eugene Webb

November 20, 1927 – August 25, 2014


    WebbEugene Webb, age 86 of Monroe, died 5:24 p.m. Monday in his home.  He had been ill for the last 18 months and seriously ill for the last 6 months.

    Friends and relatives may visit from 1 – 8 p.m. Thursday at Rupp Funeral Home.  He will lie instate 10 a.m. Friday at Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church where services will be at 11 a.m.  The church pastor, Rev. B.J. McDaniel and Rev. Bob Wood, pastor of Heritage Baptist Church will officiate.  Burial with military honors provided by VFW Post 1138, Monroe will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

    Born November 20, 1927 in Harrogate, Tennessee, Eugene was the son of Rev. John and Minnie (Brittan) Webb.  He married the former Betty Jean Goins on October 15, 1954 in Angola, Indiana.  They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.

    Eugene proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army, enlisting December 13, 1945 until being discharged on June 20, 1947.  He served in Germany and Austria with the 4th Cavalry Regiment, earning the U.S. Army Occupation Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.  On August 10, 2014, he was honored by veterans during a pinning ceremony with all of his family present.

    Eugene was employed by Ford Motor Company at the Monroe plant from 1950 until his retirement in June of 1981 as a Water Plant Technician.

    He was a former member of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church where he served as an usher, was active in their drama department, and was in charge of the Wednesday night dinners.  Currently, he was a member of Heritage Baptist Church.

    For the last 15 years, Eugene and Betty lived at their home in the Upper Peninsula where he enjoyed fishing and hunting on their property.  He also enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

    Eugene is survived by his wife Betty; four children, Rick (Heidi) Webb, Pam Fosselman, Dawn (Steve) Jones, and Mark (Kathryn) Webb, all of Monroe; eight grandchildren, Josh (Jenna) Webb, Micah (Grace Wenzel) Webb, Danielle Corbin, Amber (Aaron) Coch, Ashley (Ryan) Crandall, Allison Jones, Hannah (Brendan Byxbe) Webb, and Laurel Webb; seven great-grandchildren, Nathan and Nolan Ward, Tyler, Gracie, and Carlie Crandall, Kennedy Dawn Coch, and Josephine Webb.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Edith Edmondson and Eunice Welch; two brothers-in-law, Bill Edmondson and Clarence Welch; and son-in-law, Thomas Fosselman.

    Memorial donations may be made to Heritage Baptist Church Building Fund, Frenchtown Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, or Mercy Memorial Hospice of Monroe.

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GillenkirkVincent C. Gillenkirk
February 26, 1930 – August 24, 2014

Vincent C. Gillenkirk, 84, of Monroe, died Sunday at The Glendale Assisted Living in Toledo.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home. He will lie instate at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church with service at 11 a.m. Rev. Larry Loree, Jr., officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, Monroe, with military honors by V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe.

Vincent was born February 26, 1930 in Monroe. He was the son of Frank J. and Henrietta Mae (Willets) Gillenkirk. He married Norma Jane Reisig April 24, 1954; who went to be with our Lord March 11, 2008.

He was employed at the Michigan Stone Company for 38 years, as a millman first class. He had also been a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324 since 1959.

He attended St. Michael’s Catholic Church and School in Monroe. He was confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church and later became a member of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church.

He enjoyed modern square and round dancing, camping, bingo, swimming, wood working and roller skating. He was known as a record disc jockey and square dance caller.

He served in the Korean War as a Army medical corpsman. Stationed at the 97th Army General Hospital in Frankfort, Germany.

He is survived by three sons, Vincent Lee Gillenkirk of Tucson, Arizona, Steven A. (Donna) Gillenkirk of Monroe and Roger C. (Kelly) Gillenkirk of Belleville; three daughters, Deanna L. (Dennis) Sobocienski of Bartlett, Tennessee, Nancy S. (Leonard) VanDaele of Monroe and Judy A. (James) Newsome of Carleton; twenty grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by a son, Daniel Michael Gillenkirk, two daughters-in-law, Tracy and Connie Gillenkirk and twelve brothers and sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Ghost Lutheran Church Monroe, Michigan.

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AbsalomLewis L. Absalom
December 16, 1936 – August 23, 2014

Lewis L. Absalom, 77, of LaSalle, died Saturday in his home.

Lewis was born December 16, 1936 in Trenton. He was the son of Harry Lewis and Orla Margaret (Duvall) Absalom. He married Ruth A. Hill January 21, 1959 in Toledo; she preceded him in death on November 28, 2011.

He worked as an electrician for Chrysler at the Trenton Engine Plant.

He is survived by two daughters, Dana Lynn (Christopher) Porkarski of Temperance and Terry L. (Donald) Sander of Samaria; six grandchildren, Josh Porkarski, Anthony Porkarski, Jessie Porkarski, Christopher Poekarski, Justin Wryobeck and Rashell Shallenbarger and six great grandchildren.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until a memorial service at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. Lawrence Detruf, pastor of the First Church of God, will officiate. In accordance with Lewis’ wishes cremation has taken place and private burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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