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Mary Ann Brewer, 65, of Gaylord, passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.


Mary was born in Gaylord on September 5, 1951, the daughter of Blase & Velma (Hansen) Gapinski. She was a 1969 graduate of St. Mary High School.


Mary had worked for several businesses in the Gaylord area, including, the Alpine Center, Cooper-Standard, Country Star Restaurant and Gaylord Community Schools.


Mary loved spending time on the family farm and enjoyed gardening and cooking. She was a member of St. Mary Cathedral parish.


Mary is survived by her son, Douglas (Aimee)Brewer of Portage; her mother, Velma Gapinski of Gaylord; her brothers, Donald (Mary) Gapinski and Bernie (Denise) Gapinski both of Gaylord and her sister, Helen (Richard) Cook, of Gaylord. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Blase Gapinski in 1998 and her brother, Thomas Gapinski in 1988.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM from St. Mary Cathedral. Visitation at the Nelson Funeral Home will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM.


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


Memorial contributions in honor of Mary Brewer may be made to St. Mary Cathedral or to the charity of your choice.

Visitation To Be Held At: Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Service To Be Held At: St Mary Cathedral
Burial To Be Held At: Fairview Cemetery

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the following locations:

St. Mary Cathedral

Condolence Messages

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From: Sue & Ken Bannister

We were so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. We remember her helping us load hay and how cheerful she made the job. She touched so many lives with her smiles & she will be missed.

From: Dan and Carol Walsh
Savannah, Ga

We were so sorry to hear of Mary's death. She was always so cheerful and greeted us with a smile. She will be missed.

From: Bill and Mary Ann Skibinski
Gaylord, Michigan

To Velma and Family, So sorry about the loss of Mary, know that your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers.

From: Connie Squires
Gaylord, MI

Dear Velma, Helen and family. We were so sorry to hear about Mary's passing. We will be keeping you all in our prayers.

From: Suzanne Lawrence
Columbiaville , Mi

To the family of Mary Ann, my condolences! I worked with Mary Ann at Alpine Center in the 70,s. She was a very sweet lady!

From: Bill and Mary Ellen Tholl
Gaylord, Michigan

Dear Velma Helen Don Bernie. Our prayers go out to you at this time. Mary Ann always greeted us at church . She will be reunited with her classmates Gerianne and Chuck together they are at peace. Love and prayers Bill and Mary Ellen Tholl

From: Sandra Romanowski-Rink
Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan

I have so many fond memories of Mary as we were best friends and classmates at St. Mary Cathedral School. She was generous, kind and had a great sense of humor. She was a true friend who will leave a forever footprint in my heart.

From: Sandy (Tomaski) Chaffee

To the Gapinski family, So sad to hear of the passing of Mary. I worked with her many years ago at the alpine center and she was a delight to work with. You are all in my prayers. As for Mary, we will meet again!

From: Bruce & Brenda Dutcher
Gaylord , MI

Our condolences Doug and in peace Mary Ann.

From: Fred & Roberta Robinson

Dear Gapinski Family, We are very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Fred & Roberta Robinson

From: MeLissa (Head) Olson
Gaylord, MI

My condolences to the family. I never saw her when she did not smile. And will always think of her as "little Mary" because my momma always referred to her as such.

From: Tom and Elaine Crawford
Gaylord, MI

Rest in peace Mary. Your smile was always a joyous one.

From: Ilene & Tim Topolinski
Caledonia, Michigan

Dear Aunt Velma, Don, Helen & Bernie, we have been a part of your family for our lifetimes. Your loss is also our loss. Mary will be in our memory as well as all of you for the rest of our lives. Our deepest sympathy for Mary leaving us much too soon. Love You, Ilene & Tim Topolinski

From: Kenneth Bur
Titusville, FL

To the Gapinski family. My condolence to the family. Mary will be missed. Prayers will be said for the family. Keen Bur

From: John & Jan Lake

To our sweet Gapinski family, we are so sorry for your sorrow. Mary was a kind, radiant person who we all loved dearly. You remain in our many thoughts and prayers!

From: Onda Lewman
Kalamazoo, MI

Sending our condolences and prayers to the Gapinski family during this difficult time. I am extremely thankful for her greatest legacy, Doug. I am certain his sweet nature and kind heart are a reflection of the Gapinski side. While Mary Ann's hugs, "famous to us" crab salad and fruit cake will be missed, the kind gesture and time shared will be cherished.