Frederick R. Kwapis

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Fred Kwapis, age 81, loving husband to Faye Kwapis, passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2023. 

Fred was born on November 20, 1941, in Johannesburg, MI, to Peter and Virginia (Dreffs) Kwapis. 

He started his career working for the Department of Transportation for the State of Michigan and finished as an Engineer for General Motors. 

Fred married Faye Ann Schmidt, the true love of his life for 59 years. They raised two children together, John and Jodie. 

Fred had many hobbies and pursuits. His woodworking skills are displayed in the house he built with his own two hands. Also displayed are many pieces of furniture he restored with Faye or built from rough wood. He spent his summers working in the vineyard, housed on the family property. He was a man always in motion; always there to help others in the family. He was truly an unselfish man; everyone came before him. 

He is survived by his wife, Faye; son and daughter-in-law, John and Tracy, and their four children; Sydney, Blaire, Paris, and Sailor; and his daughter and son-in-law, Jodie and Mike, and their two children; Madisson and Olivia. 

Fred was preceded in death by his father, Peter, and his mother, Virginia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, July 10, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. from St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. Visitation will begin before Mass at 10:00 a.m.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

11 comments on “Frederick R. Kwapis”

  1. Charlie and Sheila Simpson

    We are deeply saddened to learn of Fred’s death. His smile….like his wonderful life….will linger long in many hearts.
    With care,
    Charlie and Sheila


    Fred was a great friend as we had some contact in our younger years but it was not till later on at General Motors that we found each other working together, We traveled together several times to various facilities. My wife and I attended their children’s weddings. Had many a great dinner with Fred and Faye

    Faye you have Marge and my deepest sympathy.

    Jim & Marge Jozwiak

  3. Fred was so special to my family. He always treated us like one of his own. He was so special to Colleen and I. Heaven has a new angel, and he will always be in our hearts.

  4. Ed and Laura Scott

    What a wonderful man he was. We’re so fond of he, Faye and Josie. His smiling face will be so missed.

  5. Dear Faye and family,
    I and my husband Don send our deepest condolences. This was a shock to hear of your great loss. Fred was my classmate from JoBurg High (Class of 1960). I will always remember the last Class Reunion Fred and you hosted. It was wonderful to gather at your home which has so many personal touches and creations by you both.
    Fred was such a personable man. So sorry as our classmates and I will miss him immensely. God Bless you and your entire family.. Sending Prayers.

  6. Faye & Family,

    I am deeply saddened to read of Fred’s passing. Over our many interactions I enjoyed his friendly personality and valued his wisdom and occasional counsel. I hope your family will find the strength to move forward with continued purpose and family devotion/joy in the manner Fred showed over his lifetime. My sincere condolences, Mike Anthony

  7. We were truly saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. Him and Faye’s visits to Boggess home were always something our family looked forward too. Many found memories of days on the lake, family game night, or even just some relaxing sunsets with a cold beverage. Fred will be dearly missed.

  8. Faye, I am so sorry hearing about Fred’s passing. He was a wonderful person.
    Sending prayers for you and your family for strength and peace.
    Cindy Dort

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