CHASSELL/LAKE MARY, Fla. - Phyllis K. Tapani, 78, a former resident of Chassell and Hancock, most recently of Lake Mary, Fla., passed away Thursday, January 26, 2012, at her home, following a lengthy illness.
She was born November 25, 1933, in Hatley, Wis., a daughter of the late Jacob and Augusta Marks. She graduated from Ontonagon High School.
On May 29, 1954, she was united in marriage to Arthur Tapani. The couple made their home for 48 years on the North Entry Road in Chassell, where they raised four children.
Phyllis enjoyed her carpet loom, canning and freezing fruits and vegetables, reading, working puzzles and crocheting.
Phyllis was a member of S.S. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church in Houghton.
She retired from the School of Technology at Michigan Technological University.
Preceding her in death were her husband; her parents; and her brothers and sisters.
Surviving are her children: Carolyn (Michael) Henrich of Lake Mary, Fla., Jim (Joyce) Tapani of Minneapolis, Minn., Don Tapani of Dallas, Tex. and Joan Tapani of Hancock; her grandchildren, Braden (Sarah) Tapani, Kristopher Tapani, Whitney Tapani, Nathan Heinrich, Staci Heinrich, Quincy Lorenzetti, Paul Lorenzetti and Maria Lorenzetti; her great-grandchild, Bristol Tapani; two sisters, Leona T'Niemi and Elaine Lampinen; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service for Phyllis will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at S.S. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church in Houghton. Friends may call from 1 p.m. on Saturday until time of services. Burial will be in the Chassell Cemetery.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests memorials be made to S.S. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church bell restoration in memory of Phyllis Tapani.
To view Phyllis's obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit memorialchapel.net.
The Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock has been assisting the family with arrangements.