BallShane Edward Ball

November 3, 1972 – April 19, 2014


 Shane E. Ball, 41, of Monroe died Saturday in his home.

 Friends and family may call from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Rupp Funeral Home where memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Rev. Larry Detruf will officiate.

 Born November 3, 1972 in Monroe he was the son of Herbert Lee and Jeannie Ruth (Emmett) Ball. He married Joan Marie Roberts on September 5, 1991 in Ogden, Utah.

 Shane was employed as a warehouse clerk by the Meijer’s DistributionCenter for nineteen years.

 He enjoyed fishing, bird hunting and deer hunting with his grandfather and was a computer lover.

 Surviving are his wife Joan; father Herbert and Anna Ball of Monroe; mother Jeanie and Dave McGregor of Fenton; children Sean M. Ball and Sarah M. Ball both of Monroe; grandmother Barbara Emmett of Oklahoma, siblings, Lisa Ball, Aaron (Jolyn) Ball, Tasha Ball and Melissa Ball all of Monroe; mother-in-law Susan M. Marz, brothers-in-law Joseph E. Roberts, Jason M. Roberts and Eric Osborne and father-in-law Michel F. Roberts all of Monroe; seven nieces and nephews.

 He was preceded in death by his Papaw Goins, Grandpa Joe and Grandpa Emmett and father-in-law Virgil Kirby.

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RankinRhonda L. Rankin

October 20, 1955 – April 17, 2014


Rhonda Lee Rankin, 58, of Luna Pier, passed away on Thursday in her home.


Rhonda was born October 20, 1955 in Lafollette, Tennessee, she was the daughter of John Earl and Louvana (Allen) Guy.  She was married to Fred Johnson and  married John Rankin in August of 1990.


She had worked in various customer services roles at Monroe Evening News.


Rhonda was a member of Monroe Full Gospel Church and the church’s Willing Workers.  She had been in charge of funeral luncheons at the church until recently and also volunteered her time at church to help with fund raisers or anything else that needed to be done.  She made jellies and jams to sell as a fund raiser for the church.  She would go on Facebook everyday and post something inspirational for her friends.


She is survived by her husband, John Rankin of Luna Pier; her mother, Louvana Guy of Luna Pier; a son, Jason (Catrina) Cantrell of Newport and his children, Jacob Cantrell, Desiree Cantrell, Adrian Cantrell, Amya Grunwald, Kale Cantrell and Nevaeh Cantrell; a daughter-in law, Kendra Johnson and her child Patrick Johnson, Monica Castorena and her children Alex Johnson and Jesscia Johnson; two brothers, Glen Earl (Constance) Guy of Speedwell, Tennessee and their son Jaden and Tom Haworth; two sisters, Teresa (Nicholas) Giarmo of Monroe and their daughters Kayla and Nicole and Marla (Brian) Smith of Indiana and their children Chris and Jacob.


She is preceded in death by her grandmother Tilda Allen, her father John Earl Guy and son Brad Johnson.


A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at Monroe Full Gospel Church beginning with the family receiving friends at 11 am. and the service at 1:00p.m.  The Rev. Harold Raines and Rev. Gary Pickrell will officiate.


Memorial contributions may be made to Monroe Full Gospel Church


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Thompson1Marc R. Thompson

January 14, 1991 – April 18, 2014


    In loving memory of our son, brother, grandson and friend, Marc R. Thompson, 23 of Monroe, who rode off into paradise on April 18, 2014.

    Friends may visit from 1 – 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rupp Funeral Home where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday.  The Very Rev. Phil Dinwiddie of St. James Episcopal Church of Grosse Ile will officiate.

    Born January 14, 1991 in Detroit, he was the son of Mark and Karen (Kovacs) Thompson. 

    Marc was a 2009 graduate of Monroe High School and was employed as Plant Manager of M&B Precision Products/Iroquois Assembly Systems in Warren, Michigan.  He enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, and especially motocross.

    Marc is survived by his parents of Monroe; sister, Brittney Thompson residing at home; grandparents, Robert and Judy Thompson, and Marge Kovacs, all of Novi, Michigan; and girlfriend, Sarah Zrioka of Carleton.

    Marc was preceded in death by a grandfather, Anthony Kovacs.

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SpurlockPatrick John Spurlock Jr.

June 15, 1989 – April 12, 2014.


Patrick John Spurlock Jr. was called home by our Heavenly Father on Saturday April 12, 2014

Patrick was born June 15, 1989 in Ypsilanti, Michigan to Patrick J. and Regina L. (Goble) Spurlock.  He graduated from Monroe High School in 2007 and left in 2012 to go to California to start a new life and spread his wings in this great big world.  He lived in Sacramento for about 2 years where he met Amy Monroe and became engaged.  He lived with his Fiancé at his time of passing.  He attended college and played football at American River College. Patrick was a fun loving, cheerful, outgoing individual who could walk up to anyone and start a conversation.  He was the type of person everyone loved being around and everyone knew him to always have a smile on his face no matter what the situation.

 Patrick is survived by his parents Patrick Spurlock Sr., Regina Spurlock, and brother, Richard L. Grimm, Jr. along with many other family and friends who loved him dearly.  Patrick will be deeply missed! 

 Viewing and visitation will be held for family and friends at the Rupp Funeral Home 2345 South Custer RoadMonroe, MI48161 on Monday April 21, 2014 from 1:00-7:00pm. Funeral Services will be Tuesday April 22, 2014 at Rupp Funeral home at 10:00am with burial to follow at Michigan Memorial Park, Flat Rock where Patrick will be laid to rest with his Uncle Billy Jean Spurlock Jr. and Great Grandmother Roxy Demple Spurlock.

Mae Rose Serbin

November 5, 1922 – April 17, 2014


    SerbinMae Rose Serbin, age 91 of Monroe, died at 10 p.m. Thursday, April 17th at Brookdale Senior Living/Sterling House.

    Friends may visit from 1 – 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m.  She will lie instate 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Mass of the resurrection celebrating her life will be at 10 a.m.  Rev. Daniel Complo will officiate followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery.

    Born November 5, 1922 in Sibley, Michigan, she was the daughter of Armand and Louise (Cannoe) Julian.  Mae married Andrew A. Serbin on October 12, 1946 in St. Joseph Church.  He preceded her in death on September 5, 2000.

    Mae had been residing at Sterling House for the past six months where she volunteered her time as an ambassador, greeter, and assisting with many activities.  She was a life member of St. Joseph Church where she attended its elementary school.  Mae also attended Lincoln Junior High School and the Michigan College of Beauty, afterward working for many years as a beautician for various beauty shops in Monroe.  She enjoyed playing cards and traveling with her husband Andrew.

    Mae is survived by: brother, Richard Julian of Monroe; sister, Rose Marie “Dolly” DeSmet of Monroe; and many nieces and nephews.

    In addition to her husband, Mae was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Vincent Julian.

    Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Food Closet.

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Joann M. Pawlak

May 24, 1930 – April 14, 2014


    PawlakJoann M. Pawlak, age 83 of Monroe, passed away peacefully Monday morning, April 14th in her home.  She had been in declining health for two months.

    Joann was born May 24, 1930 in Monroe, Michigan, to Norman and Viola (Hamilton) Maloche.  She was a life long member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, attending its grade school and graduating from St. Mary Academy in 1948.

    She married Joseph R. Pawlak on August 9, 1952 in St. Michael Church where she was an active member of its Altar Society and a contributor of baked goods for funeral luncheons and to Marion Place. 

    Joann was a Cub Scout den mother and a Campfire Girl leader.  She also was a member of the Scapular Militia and during her lifetime distributed over 200,000 scapulars to priests and missionaries throughout the United States.  In addition, she was a member of the Chat & Chew Club, meeting monthly to enjoy food, gossip and card playing.  Joann also enjoyed bowling, visiting casino’s, playing a friendly game of cards, was an avid bingo player, and loved attending family functions.

    During her lifetime, she worked for the Public Schools hot lunch program and for her father-in-law at Monroe Piston Service.  Her most important job was being Mom.  She raised her family and expressed great joy in their achievements and successes.  She baked thousands of cookies for all occasions, attended many recitals, and was truly Mom and Grandma to all.

    Joann is survived by: husband, Joseph; children, Gary (Nancy) Pawlak of Brownstown, Lori (Tom) Busch of Cicero, Indiana, Robert (Joan) Pawlak of Troy, and David (Abbey) Pawlak of Woodbury, Minnesota; eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Kristin, Emily, TJ (Thomas Joseph), Daniel, Steven, Alli and Katy; and one great-grandson, Brady.

    Joann was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert Maloche.

    Friends may visit from 2 – 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home. St. Michael’s Altar Society will lead the Rosary at 4 p.m. and a Scripture Service will begin at 6 p.m.  She will lie instate at 9 a.m. Tuesday at St. Michael Catholic Church.  Mass of the Resurrection celebrating her life will be at 10 a.m.  The church Pastor, Rev. Stephen Vileo will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

    Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael Church or Henry Ford Hospice.

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PalmerPaul Palmer

February 26, 1927 – April 10, 2014


Paul Palmer, 87, of Monroe died at 9:40 a.m. Thursday April 10 at Martin Heath System in Stuart, Florida.


Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.  Rev. Doug Valentine, pastor of FaithAssemblyChurch, Bellville, will officiate and military honors will be provided by V.F.W. Post 1138, Monroe.  Interment will take place at a later date at RoselawnMemorial Park, LaSalle.


Paul was born February 28, 1928 in Northville, Michigan; he was the son of John Russell and Mary (Deacon) Palmer.  He married Phyllis Coleman and she preceded him in death on October 10, 1993.


He served in the Marines for 40 years.  He always told everyone he served in the United States Marine Corps. 40 years, 9 months and 28 days. He was proud of serving our Country and wanted everyone to know it!


He owned and operated the Palmer Construction Company in Northville Michigan before working for the Ford Motor Company until retiring in 1987.


He was a member of the Marine Corp. League, the V.F.W. and American Legion both in Northville and the NRA.  Paul was very active with the Optimist Club serving as president for many years and earning the title lifetime honorary president.  He was also a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.


He loved dearly sharing his time with his family and friends, His children and grandchildren and great grandchildren were at the top of his list. He enjoyed going deer hunting every year with his two sons.


He is survived by two sons, Ronald (Joy) Palmer of Ypsilanti, and Garry (Cheryl) Palmer of Tecumseh; a daughter, Paula J. (David) Chadwick of Jensen Beach, Florida; a sister, Mary of Pickney; six grandchildren, Bruce Palmer, Christine Palmer, Katherine Monit, Garry Palmer, Jennifer Chadwick and Sarah Chadwick and five great grandchildren, Liam, Deacon, Elijah, Michael and Adella.  He is also survived by Phyllis’ son, Gary (Marlean) Coleman and their children, Nichole and Renee.


In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Russell and Walter Palmer.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the V.F.W. Post 1138.


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Seidenwand_KatherineSister Katherine Seidenwand, IHM, 94, died Sunday, April 6, in the IHM Health Care Center.


Sister Katherine was one of five daughters and three sons born to Harry and Susan (O’Dea) Seidenwand. She was born on March 4, 1920 in Cleveland and given the name Katherine. The family moved to Flint, Mich. after her birth. Sister Katherine attended St. Michael Elementary and High School in Flint. She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1939 and received the religious name of Sister Mary Eugene. 


Sister Katherine earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Detroit. In her early teaching career, she ministered at St. Cecilia and St. Mary of Redford, Detroit; St. Mary, Wayne; St. Patrick, Wyandotte; Holy Name, Birmingham; and for 10 years as principal at St. Regis in Bloomfield Hills. 


In 1972 she returned to St. Mary of Redford Elementary School, serving as a teacher, counselor and co-principal and a faithful volunteer for more than 30 years. Sister Katherine was grateful that many of her students pursued vocations in religious life.  


She maintained long-time friendships with those with whom she ministered; students and extended family. Until her health declined, Sister Katherine enjoyed traveling to Canada to attend O’Dea family reunions. She retired to the IHM Motherhouse in 2008.


Sister Katherine is survived by her sister, Lois (Glenn) McVeigh, sister-in-law Betty Seidenwand and cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Harry, John and the Rev. Eugene Seidenwand, and her sisters, Cecyle Piechowski, Mary Francis Seidenwand and JoAnn Kellett.


Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe on Monday, April 14 from 2 until 8 p.m. with a Remembering at 7 p.m. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated in the Chapel on Tuesday, April 15, at 10 a.m. 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. 

BrittainLucian E. “Luke” Brittain

April 19, 1935 – April 11, 2014


Lucian Edward (Luke) Brittain, 78 of Carleton passed away Friday April 11 at Fountain View of Monroe. 

He was born April 19, 1935, the son of Moss and Nola (Cosby) Brittain in Claiborne, Tennessee.  He married the former Anna Mae Dudek on April 12, 1958 at St. Patrick Church, Carleton. 

Luke was a craftsman, a Pattern-Maker by trade.  He had been employed by Schnorberger Pattern, Ford Motor Co, Monroe Pattern, GM Tech Center, and Mannheim Auctions. 

He will be sadly missed by his wife, sons Bill (Marianne) of Monroe and James (Bonnie) of Torrance, CA; daughter, Laurie (Jeff) Sims of Carleton; grandchildren, Jeff (Jenny) Sims, Christina Sims, Stephanie Sims, Greg (Casey) Brittain, Michelle (Ty) Keating, Allison Brittain, Leanne Brittain and  Sammy Brittain.  He is also survived by sisters Lena Keck, Lila Pope and special niece Sandy Mason. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home, where a Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m.  He will lie instate at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Devine Grace Parish (St. Patrick Church) Carleton with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m.  Rev. John Dumas, pastor of the church, will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery, Carleton.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to St. Patrick’s School, Carleton, or St. Anne’s Cancer Center of Toledo.

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FishCharles E. Fish, age 70, died peacefully Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Hospice Home in Raleigh, NC with his loving family by his side after a courageous 18 month battle with Stage IV stomach cancer.

Charlie was born August 26, 1943 in Monroe, MI the son of Frank H. Fish and Julie Etoile Campau Fish.

Charlie graduated from Monroe Catholic Central in 1961. He attended the University of Detroit, returning to Monroe to work at Union Camp Paper as a pattern designer, leaving there in 1967 to begin employment with Ford Motor Co.  At Ford he received a Tool and Die Journeyman card in the trade of Diemaking on December 19, 1971 from Henry Ford Community College. He worked for Ford Motor for 34 years mainly at the Maumee Ohio Stamping Plant until he retired in 2001.

Charlie had many interests and hobbies.  He was an avid reader especially of mysteries and Sci Fi.  He loved flying and earned a Single Engine Pilot’s license in 1980 from Toledo Express Airport and joined the Skylane Aero Club, Toledo, OH.  He spent many enjoyable hours flying family and friends around the OH, MI, IL, and WI area.

He liked doing beautiful Tile and Stain Glass work, but his main passion was golf.  He enjoyed the trips made with his Ford buddies (the Sweet Sixteen), to New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, South Carolina, and North Carolina.  Another highlight was the trip he took with his son, Michael, to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trails in Alabama.

Above all his interests and hobbies Charlie most loved the time he spent with his precious granddaughters, Sydney and Lillianne.  The holiday celebrations, their summer competitive swim meets, the piano recitals, the visits to the cabin in Boone, NC.  Just being with his family brought him much joy.

Charlie’s sense of humor and dry wit endeared him to his coworkers, friends, family, and caregivers and also those that came in contact with him thru his life journey. Thru his wit he forged a special bond with the doctors and staff of Duke Raleigh and University Hospital.

On February 4, 1967 Charlie married Ruth Myers in Monroe, MI. Charlie is survived by his loving wife, Ruth, a son, Michael (Jennifer) Fish, granddaughters Sydney and Lillianne Fish of Fairfax, Virginia, a brother Frank H. (Sharon) Fish of Indianapolis, Indiana, a sister Emilie (Jerry) Knorr of Toledo, Ohio and numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, Charlie was preceded in death by his beloved son, David Charles Fish, and a sister-in-law, Donna Fish.

Visitation will be at Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe, MI on Sunday, April 13, from 4-8 p.m. where a Scripture Service will be held at 6:30 p.m.   A Mass of the Resurrection celebrating his life will be on Monday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m.  at St. Mary Catholic Church, Monroe, MI.  The family will begin to receive visitors at 10 a.m.

Private Interment services will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park.

In  lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Debbie’s Dream Foundation ( a foundation specifically for promoting stomach cancer research or Caring Bridge(  a non-profit committed to bringing friends and family together during any form of health journey.

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