August 18, 2018

Kathleen A. (Mintline) Lapcinski

Died July 17, 2018

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Kathleen Ann (Mintline) Lapcinski passed away July 17, 2018.

She was born Aug. 1, 1942, in Saginaw to Edward and Marion Mintline. She spent her early years in Traverse City, later moving to Adrian, attending both Adrian Catholic Central High School and Siena Heights University. Upon earning her Bachelor of Science in medical technology, she began a long and accomplished professional career in health care and hospital administration. Shortly after moving to Flint, she met a charming high school teacher, Clarence Lapcinski, who shared her love of dancing. They married in 1966 and remained dancing partners for more than 50 years. Kathleen and Clarence moved to Grand Blanc to raise their two boys and enjoyed family vacations, camping, hiking and exploring the natural wonders of North America. She also cherished time spent with loved ones and friends at the family cabin on the bank of the Au Sable River.

Kathleen always valued intellectual challenge, breaking new ground and continually learning. She spent the majority of her career at St. Joseph Hospital, Flint, and Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc. While working full-time and raising a family, she earned her Master of Health Administration from Central Michigan University, pioneered new approaches to family health medicine management and was instrumental in establishing the Genesys Family Health Center program. She was very active with her community, family and friends, serving on multiple community organization boards, singing in her church choir, tutoring youths and adults and playing in numerous bridge, pinochle and euchre groups. Kathleen’s relocation to Punta Gorda upon retirement did not diminish her drive to give to her local community. She soon found herself organizing entertainment and travel excursions for her senior community where she also served as treasurer and, later, vice president of the Eagle Point Homeowners Association.

Her passion for adventure with family and friends was a defining characteristic throughout her life. She developed a love for kayaking with her son, Mark, embarked solo to Belize to visit a close friend, tackled indoor skydiving in her late 60s, and marked her 50th wedding anniversary completing her goal to visit all 50 states with a family trip to Alaska.

Kathleen was a loving and dedicated person, often going to great lengths to keep her commitments. She faced death with courage and dignity, passing away surrounded by family after a 19-year battle with liver disease. We will miss her dearly and will remember her with much love, admiration and affection.

Kathleen is survived by her husband of nearly 52 years, Clarence; two children, Mark and Matthew; granddaughter, Elle; siblings, Edward, Mary Margaret, Margie and Deborah; and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 27 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Punta Gorda, Fla. The memorial service in Mio will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing in her name to Our Lady of the Woods Shrine, St. Mary Catholic Church, P.O. Box 189, Mio, MI 48647.

“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” — Robert Frost.

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