April 20, 2018
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.