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Mark Kappen

Mark Anthony Kappen

Tuesday, June 11th, 1968 - Thursday, March 19th, 2020
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51, of Marlette, died following a courageous battle with brain cancer Thursday, March 19, 2020 in United Hospice of Marlette Residence Center. He was born June 11, 1968 in Lapeer, the fifth of eleven children born to Gerald and Catherine (Beckett) Kappen. He married Tamara Lynn Kady on July 29, 1989 in St. Agatha Catholic Church, Gagetown.

Mark graduated from Cass City High School with the class of 1987. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1992. He worked as a Design Supervisor with ZF Automotive in Washington Township. Mark loved his job and work family. Mark enjoyed running, backpacking, hiking, camping, traveling with his family and competing in triathlons. Coaching his sons, nephews and many area youths in baseball, soccer and wrestling brought Mark great pride and fulfillment. Mark enjoyed golfing with his father-in-law and was a dedicated Michigan Wolverine fan. Mark valued his faith and was proud to be an active member of the Holy Family Parish in Marlette. Marks greatest joy in life was spending quality time with his sons and beloved wife and best friend Tamara.

Mark is survived by his loving wife of thirty years, Tamara; sons: Anthony (Amanda Aldapa) Kappen of Charlotte, Jacob Kappen of Marlette; parents, Gerald and Catherine Kappen of Defiance, OH; siblings: Susie (Jim) Maynard of Howell, Joe (Michelle) Kappen of Dowling, Mary (Wayne) Shantz of Cass City, Tim (Ren) Kappen of Billerica, MA, Alice (Steve) Zaleski of Gagetown, William Kappen of Alabaster, AL, Peter (Tammy) Kappen, Defiance, OH, Tammie (Tim) Rettig of Bryan, OH, Matthew (Lori) Kappen of Carlisle, PA, Michael (Tana) Kappen of Defiance, OH; father and mother-in-law, Ronald and Joann Kady of Gagetown; brother-in-law, Shane (Sarah) Kady of Marlette; sister-in-law, Sara (Robert Herek) Kady of Gagetown; and many nieces and nephews.

A private funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at Our Lady Consolata Parish, St. Agatha Catholic Church in Gagetown with Rev. Robert Schikora officiating. Pallbearers for Mr. Kappen will be Zachary Kady, Blake Kady, Nicholas Shantz, Nathan Shantz, Jacob Shantz, Alexander Zaleski, Justin Zaleski, Noah Zaleski. Interment will be in St. Agatha Cemetery, Gagetown. Memorials may be made to MASAP Youth Baseball, Marlette Youth Soccer or Holy Family Parish St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and photos with the family at www.kranzfuneralhome.com. A private Vigil service will be held on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. led by Rev. Robert Schikora.

**Due to an executive order by the state government the visitation and funeral service is limited to no more than 50 people**

Visitation: 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2020 in Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City

Arrangements by Kranz Funeral Home
Cass City, Michigan
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, March 23rd, 2020 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, March 23rd, 2020 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Kranz Funeral Home Cass City
    6850 Main St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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  • Service

    Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Agatha Catholic Church
    4618 South St.
    GAGETOWN, MI 48735
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    Rev. Robert Schikora
  • Interment

    St. Agatha Cemetery
    4816 S Street
    GAGETOWN, MI 48735
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pat chantiny

Posted at 12:45pm
speciail to get to know you while was at hospice. Mark had a very supportaive family. i know his loss have changed youn family forever. hang on to those special memorys you have of him. keeping you in my thoughs and prayers.
pat chantiny (cookie lady)

Grace Pallazola

Posted at 07:29am
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David, Carla, Ryan and Renee Miller

Posted at 10:40am
Tammy, Anthony and Jacob, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With deepest sympathy,
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Posted at 10:23am
With deepest sympathy, Mark was the best childhood friend i could ever ask for. Dan Schmaltz and family.
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Maxine Kilbourn

Posted at 09:44am
Extending Deepest Condolences to Mark’s Family..
Peace, Comfort & Grounding ...
In harmony and caring, Maxine Kilbourn
Marlette Hospice

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