Rapin, Bernard E.,
Beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully with his family at his side Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Covenant Healthcare Cooper Campus. Age 91 years. Son of the late Charles and Eva (Borey) Rapin, Bernard was born April 17, 1921 in Saginaw, Michigan. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII as a Master Sargent building the India Burma Road and was a member of American Legion Post #439. He married Clara Ann Jarzabkowski , his loving wife of 54 years, on September 14, 1946. She predeceased him February 10, 2000. Bernard had been Superintendent of Cemetery’s in the City of Saginaw for 37 years and founder of Michigan Association of Municipal Cemetery’s. Bernard was a founding member and board member of Saginaw Municipal Employees Credit Union and Southside Businessmen‘s Association. He was a member of Stephen Catholic Church. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, art, bird watching and especially his grandchildren.
Surviving are one daughter, two sons and their spouses, Richard and Diane Rapin, Munger; Roger and Janet Rapin, Saginaw; Kathryn and Richard Putt, Auburn; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, Louis and Jean Rapin; two sisters, Lenore Stroehmer and Joan and Ed Leaman ; a sister-in-law, Irma Rapin; several nieces and nephews. Bernard was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Rapin; three sisters, Sister Judith Rapin, Alice Doerr and Mary Davis; three brothers, Gerald, Al and Charles Rapin.
Funeral Liturgy will take place 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at St. Stephen Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. William Taylor will officiate. Burial will take place in St. Andrew Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by American Legion Post #22. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd. (between Shattuck and McCarty) where the family will be present on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday at St. Stephen Catholic Church from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. A Vigil Service will take place 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Alzheimer’s Association or American Cancer Society.