Arthur F. Menapace
May 19, 2016
Arthur Menapace, age 88, devoted and loving brother, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away May 19, 2016 at Bickford Cottage with his family at his side. Art was born June 27, 1927 in Trinidad, Colorado, to Premo and Anna Menapace. After Art's father died when he was young boy, the family moved to Bridgeport, Michigan, where Art attended Bridgeport Community Schools until eighth grade, when he began working to support his mother. Art served in World War II in the Army Air Corp and spent time in Japan at the end of the war. He married Kathryn Deindorfer on June 11, 1949. He later earned his high school diploma and went on to receive his certification as a steam fitter in 1958. Art worked for John E. Green Plumbing and Heating from 1961 until 1989, retiring as a project manager. Art and Kathryn have 5 children: Kathleen (Steven) Schou of Minneapolis, Jenean (Jack) Provenzano of Saginaw, David (Nancy) Menapace of Grand Rapids, Karen (Robert) Burmeister of Ypsilanti, and Kurt Menapace of Saginaw. Art and Kathryn believed strongly in education and supported and encouraged their children to do their best and to pursue their dreams. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren: Joel and Andrew Schou; Matthew, Kathryn, and Anthony Provenzano; Lauren, Bryan, and Kristen Menapace; and Benjamin, Samuel, and William Menapace; and 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his faithful twin brother, Alex. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Kathryn, of 61 years and his siblings: Enrica, Erma, Edyth, Victor, Michael, Premo, Richard, and Ricardo. Art was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church for over 65 years and served in many capacities. His faith and church were very important to him. Art also served on the St. Luke's Executive Board from 1979 to 1998, and the Covenant Foundation Board from 1998 to 2002. Art and Kathryn, along with family and friends traveled the U.S., Europe, and South America. However, their most beloved spot was their stone and log cabin at Lake Avalon in Northern Michigan. Art was always ready with a hammer, wrench, paintbrush or advice whenever his family and friends called. He was clever and creative and approached every challenge with optimism, determination, and faith. He and Kathryn relied on prayer and God's faithfulness to get them through many challenges and decisions. During his declining years, Art had resided at Shattuck Manor and then Bickford Cottage. The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Bickford for the love, patience and care given to our father, especially through the difficult days. A memorial service will take place at 11AM on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at St. John Lutheran Church, 915 Federal Ave. in Saginaw. Rev. Steven Schou officiating. The family will receive visitors at the Reitz Herzberg Funeral Home, 1550 Midland Rd. in Saginaw on Friday from 3PM until 8PM and at the church on Saturday from 10AM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to The American Cancer Society, Alzheimer's Association, or National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Please sign our guest book or share an online condolence with the family at www.reitzherzberg.com, an O'Guinn Family Funeral Home. To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Arthur Menapace, please visit our Tribute Store.