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Aloysius J. "Al" Gapinski

Aloysius J. “Al” Gapinski, 81 of Gaylord, passed away at home on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Born in Gaylord on June 7, 1940, Al was the son of David Sr. and Rose (Skwiercz) Gapinski.  A lifelong resident, Al was a 1958 graduate of St. Mary High School.  He was lifelong parishioner at St. Mary Cathedral and 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

On February 9, 1963, he was married to Laraine M. Moore at St. Mary Church in Gaylord.  She preceded him in death on August 7, 2018.

Al learned hard work as young man, working on his father’s farm.  Later he worked at Gapinski Concrete and John Vinicki Plumbing before going to work at Georgia Pacific where he worked for 30 years.  He retired in 1996.

In his spare time, Al enjoyed farming, fishing and visiting area casinos.  He also loved to drive and enjoyed travel.

Al is survived by his four children, Steve (Lona) Gapinski of Gaylord, Joni (Mike) Rusnell of Potomac, MT, Martin Gapinski of Gaylord and Richie (Michelle Rusnell) Gapinski of Clarkston; seven grandchildren, Amanda (Brock) Dotts, Shane (Allyssa) Gapinski, Jeremy (Jasmine) Rusnell and Ryan, Dakota Jennifer and Brooke Gapinski; and great grandchildren, Scarlett Gapinski; Greyson Gapinski and the future baby boy Dotts due to arrive in April; brothers, David (Frankie) Gapinski of Gaylord, Anthony Gapinski of Ohio, Raymond (Sally) Gapinski of Gaylord and Philip Gapinski of Gaylord; a sister, Gertrude (Kurt) Miller of Gaylord; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Eddie and Carl Gapinski.

Al’s family will visit with friends from 4:00-7:00 PM Friday, January 7, 2022 at Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service where the Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, January 8, 2022 at St. Mary Cathedral where visitation will begin at 10:00 AM.  Those who wish are asked to consider memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or McLaren Hospice.

Burial will take place in the spring at Fairview Cemetery in Gaylord.

Arrangements are by Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  Please share your memories and personal messages with the family at www.gaylordfuneralhome.com

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We will miss you Al and your funny jokes and teasing. Glad you are home with your Larainne as you'd often say. Enjoy a dance with her for us🥰

Brenda & Dan Moore Jan 7 2022 11:32 PM

My deepest sympathy to all the family.

Mary Conroy Jan 7 2022 6:53 PM

I always enjoyed trading jokes with Al. I worked with Laraine for many years at Oven Fresh. He will be greatly missed. Sending you all our love and prayers.

Doug Galer Jan 6 2022 12:00 AM

Spoczywaj w pokoju wujku Al. You could light up a room with your energy. I enjoyed your stories over the years and you speaking Polish to me. Prayers for your family during this difficult time. Life Loves On....

Kelly Sobocinski and Family Jan 6 2022 12:00 AM

Al always seemed to find his way to our garage sales on North Otsego. I can't recall him ever buying anything but I always enjoyed his "joke of the day" and our 2 hour conversations.Those days were simple but always kind to the heart. Al will be missed.

Larry & Marian Wescoat Jan 5 2022 12:00 AM

Rest in peace Uncle Al. Our condolences to the family. We had lots of laughs over the years. I'll always remember you singing "You are My Sunshine" to me the last time we visited this past summer after my mom died.

Stacey Kujawa & Family Jan 5 2022 12:00 AM

Rest in Peace my friend.

Jim Lappan Jan 5 2022 12:00 AM

The Gapinski family! So sorry for your loss! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!

Linda Simcek Jan 4 2022 12:00 AM

Al was one of the good guys and we have lost a lot of them lately. Al and Jim Jaruzel used to ice fish in front of our cabin at Clear Lake and used to stop every summer to see if he still had permission to use our driveway. It was always an enjoyable visit and my parents always looked to see him! He was a good friend to all our family!RIP Al, you will have a lot of the old-timers in Heaven to greet you.My thoughts and prayers are with Al and his family, he will be missed by all who knew him!

Vince LaRosa Jan 4 2022 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathys Love the Derkatz Family

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