Arthur E. Gapczynski, 88, died Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the Tendercare Health Center in Rogers City. Born March 9, 1929, lifelong resident of Rogers City, the son of John and Clara (Zapczynski) Gapczynski.
He leaves his wife of 65 years, Edith; his six sons, Alan (Debra), Michael (Pamela), Mark (Shannon) of Rogers City, Brian (Christine), Joel (Beverly) of Grand Rapids and Christopher (Michael) of San Francisco, California; four daughters, Katherine (Mark) Carey, Karen (Stan) Wisniewski of Grand Rapids, Lori (Robert) Darga of Rogers City and Lisa (Larry) Cole of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Andrea Gapczynski (Jamin Bishop) of Holland, Benjamin (Angie) Gapczynski of Nunica, Jacob (Jamie) Gapczynski, Stephanie (Eric) Brege of Rogers City, Stacey Bennett of Lincoln Park, Matthew (Jenny) Gapczynski of Rogers City, Michele (Dwight) Forde of Tecumseh, Adam (Tracy) Gapczynski of Gross Pointe, Matthew (Brogan) Gapczynski and Chad (Allie) Gapczynski of Grand Rapids, Jason Wisniewski and Justin (Amanda) Wisniewski of Grand Rapids, Jenna (Dan) Engle of East Lansing, Megan (Mathew) Bauer of Rogers City, Ryan Darga of Jacksonville, Florida and Alex Darga of Rogers City, and Brent, Taylor and Isaac Cole of Grand Rapids; great-grandchildren, Jacob Bishop (Andrea); Ella and Ava Gapczynski (Benjamin); Brady, Cason and Trevor Gapczynski (Jacob); Chelsie, Austin and Leah Brege (Stephanie); Taylor and Madison Bennett (Stacey); Dylan and Dustyn Wisniewski (Jason); Elliot, Jillian, Tanisha and Max Forde (Michele); Ella Gapczynski (Matthew); Olivia Bauer (Megan), Alianna Darga (Ryan); Amelia and Stanley Engle (Jenna); and great-great grandchildren, Payton Curtis (Chelsie) and Caleb Bennett (Taylor).
He was preceeded in death by his mother and father; two sisters, Gertrude Kortman and Evelyn Talaska; two brothers, John and Gerald Gapczynski; grandson, Michael Keith Gapczynski Jr.; and great-grandson, Wyatt Mathew Bauer.
Arthur sailed on the U.S. Steel freighters, retiring in 1993 after 47 years. The last freighter he sailed on was the John G. Munson. He was very active with the Knights of Columbus, fourth degree grand knight and known for his volunteerism especially cooking at St. Ignatius Catholic Parish. Friends may visit at the Beck Funeral Home Friday, June 2, from 3 until 8 p.m. where the Knights of Columbus will lead the rosary at 6:30 p.m. followed by the parish wake service at 7 p.m.
Visitation will resume at St. Ignatius Catholic Church Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of Mass at 10 a.m. with the Rev. James Fitzpatrick officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ignatius Catholic Church or school and Knights of Columbus Chalice fund.
Online condolences may be addressed through www.beckfuneralhome.org.