Sharon C. Gapinski

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Sharon Caroline Gapinski passed away on August 2, 2021, in Gaylord, Michigan.

She was born August 15, 1948, in Detroit, MI, to Floyd and Emily (Prusakiewicz) Kucharek.

After visiting the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, she met her future husband Philip Gapinski in Gaylord, who was impressed by her travels and eagerness to travel together. Sharon pursued her education and became a registered respiratory therapist, practicing at several Detroit area hospitals.

She was a member of St. Mary Altar Rosary Society and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary. Sharon loved spending time with her family and friends, gardening, antiques, storytelling, reminiscing, baking, and being on the family farm.

Sharon is survived by her loving and supportive husband of 54 years, Philip; her mother, Emily Kucharek; daughters, Stacey (John) Kujawa and Kelly (Kirk) Sobocinski; grandchildren, Dr. Marisa Kujawa (Muhammad Abbas), Jacob Kujawa, Benjamin Sobocinski, and Nathan Sobocinski; and many nieces and nephews. 

Sharon was preceded in death by her father, Floyd Kucharek.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 6, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., from St. Mary Cathedral. Visitation will be held at the cathedral beginning at 9:00 a.m. St. Mary Altar Rosary Society will offer a rosary at 9:00 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Cathedral Schools, 606 N. Ohio Ave., Gaylord, MI 49735.

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

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13 comments on “Sharon C. Gapinski”

  1. Gail Prusakiewicz

    Sending thoughts and prayers to you Phil, Stacy and Kelly. And all your family members. May God bring you peace and know what a beautiful person Sheri was. She will be dearly missed.

  2. Dear Gapinski and Kujawa family: Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I pray the Lord will comfort and protect you all in your time of need. Words cannot express how sad we are knowing you are grieving the loss of your precious wife, Mother, Aunt, Grandmother, and friend. Sincerely, Rick and Janice Dutkiewicz


    We are sorry to hear of your wife’s death. Philip, you two had a long and memorable life together that you will always cherish in the coming days to make you stronger. Death is not easy but, somehow has a way of making us stronger to get through it. Your old classmate, Jim Jozwiak

    1. Thank you for your condolences, I think of you often. I don’t have a way to contact you, but would love to catch up with you.

  4. Dear Gapinski family,
    We are saddened by your loss. Our prayers are with your family.
    Joyce (Puroll) and Bruce Brennan

  5. Phil, I am so sorry to see Sharon’s passing.
    What a beautiful soul she is.
    Please accept my condolences. Sending prayers of strength and guidance in the coming days!
    Pat Makins

  6. Cyn Prusakiewicz

    Sharon was a bright spot in the darkness… alway joyful and sweet.
    Phil you will grieve your best friend, but know you are not alone 💗🙏🏻🙏🏻

  7. Phil I am so sorry for your loss. Such fond memories of talking to you and Sharon from my 7-11 days. Peace and light to this beautiful soul and comfort to you my friend.

  8. Mike and Connie Zaborowski

    Just shocked to here the sad news of Sharon. We send our sincere sympathy, we just got back into town and heard the shocking news. Please know we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. May God wrap you in his loving arms and give you the strength and peace you need.

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