Florence Kapplinger

florence kapplinger
KAPPLINGER, Florence - of Saginaw, age 95, passed away, Friday, April 20, 2018 at Covenant Health Care - Cooper. Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled. Florence was born April 2, 1923 in Saginaw, Michigan to the late Joseph and Hazel (Thornton) Lokinski. She graduated from Saginaw High School in 1941. Florence was married to George Kapplinger for 53 years. He preceded her in death in 2008. In her earlier years, Florence worked as a server at the Bancroft Café and Fannie Farmers Candy in Saginaw. She worked for 29 years at Granger-Nitz pharmacy as a clerk, handling mail, receiving Consumers Energy and Michigan Bell payments as well as general merchandise sales. After their closing, Florence worked for Wiechmann’s Department store and Noonan’s Luggage. When she saw the sign for Applebee’s go up, she thought she would get back to her roots as a server. They would not open for several more months, but the owners invited her to help “lay bricks”. See worked for Applebee's on State Street in Saginaw from December 1999 until Saturday April 14, 2018. She was a member of Ames United Methodist Church. Florence was a volunteer for the American Red Cross for over 30 years, volunteering at both the Saginaw Osteopathic Hospital and the Aleda E Lutz VA Medical Center. In her younger years she enjoyed going out to eat at the Savoy Bar and Grill, City Dairy, and a pre-Church coffee at Tony’s in Saginaw. She regularly met up with friends and made friends at places like the Texan, Bob Evans, McDonalds and Arby’s. A fun fact about Florence, in 1963 she had the honor of hosting George Romney's wife Lenore Romney for Tea. Florence will be greatly missed by all who knew and Loved her. Surviving are: Sons: Charles (Linda) Kapplinger and John Kapplinger; Granddaughters: Kelly (Rod) Weber and Margo (Cory) Fisher. One Great-Grandson Jacob Shelden. She was also preceded in death by, sisters: Dorothy Schramke, Marie Ruyle, and Josephine Everett. Reitz-Herzberg Funeral Home (989) 790-2440 To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Florence Kapplinger, please visit our Tribute Store.

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  1. Flo you were like family to me. I seriously thought you would live forever. I remember seeing you at Lowe’s and you had the Top down on your car, mini skirt on and your Gogo Boots. Dressed to the Nines. I’m so glad we had lunch together at Arby’s ??
    I will miss you so very much.
    I hope you have the top down and your crusing in the clouds with the sun on your face and a cup of coffee in your holder

  2. So sorry for the loss of your mom, grandmother. She was a special lady that I admired very much. May your family find peace and comfort in the promises of our Lord. Rest In Peace Grammy!

  3. I saw you the last time I was in there a few months ago. You gave me a big Hug. We will sure miss you and I am lucky to have worked with you for over 5 years. My son working with you for over 14. You were always part of Applebee’s and It will not be the same without you . Rest Peacefully Florence because you sure deserve it. There will never be another like you. Love S. Tucker.

  4. Applebees will not be the same without you greeting guests at the door. I will miss your sweet smile and welcoming hug. Sympathy for all.

  5. Jim and I will miss you as a neighbor and a regular customer of Applebees. We would get up in the morning and you would be coming back from your morning breakfast. You were the busiest person of your age I’ve ever seen. If it snowed you would be out there first thing shoveling your drive. You always put a smile on our face as we shook our heads in awe at your energy and spunk. You always greeted me by your name for me “Sandy” and I loved it. You touched a lot of lives.

  6. I always loved Florence greeting me when I went to Applebee’s, she will be missed the next luncheon I go to at Applebee’s’

  7. I lived on Oxford near Florence for years and knew her in several of her work sites. She always had a bright smile and an energetic greeting for everyone she met. I talked with her at some length at Applebees the week before her last birthday, reminiscing about our pasts. I will miss her and remember her every time I go into Applebees. She wanted to keep working….I am glad she was able to.

  8. Florence waited on us for years at the Granger Nitz drug store and then at Applebee’s on State Street. We have wonderful memories of her good nature and friendly ways.

    She will definitely be missed.

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