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Arthur E. Sparapani
Arthur E. Sparapani , 80, of Niagara died Saturday, June 8 at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital, Iron Mountain, Mi. with his wife, Gina and cousin, Noleen by his side.
Born Aug. 16, 1932 in Iron Mountain, son of the late Arthur and Cecelia (Criel) Sparapani, he grew up in Niagara and graduated from Niagara High School in 1951.
He served in the United States Air Force from September 1952 until his discharge in September 1956. He married Gina Buzzelli on April 27, 1968 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Iron Mountain. The couple then resided in Niagara, where he worked for the Niagara Paper Mill as a Pipe Fitter for over 41 years, retiring in 1993.
An active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Niagara Sportsmans Club, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his great-niece, Maria as well as his many other great-nieces and nephews. His kind and fun-loving spirit was enjoyed by everyone who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gina; a brother, Frank (Janis) Sparapani of Zephyrhills, Fla.; two stepbrothers, Duane (Carol) Oshesky of Washington State and Jerry (Val) Oshesky of Florida; two stepsisters, Wilda Tresider of Sturtevant and Patsy (Bob) Schultz of New Ulm, Minn.; three nephews, three nieces and numerous great-nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Peter and his stepfather, Edward Oshesky.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, June 11 from 9 a.m. until time of the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Niagara. Rev. Matt Settle officiated and burial was in Niagara Cemetery with graveside military honors conducted by the Cretton-Tutas American Legion Post #136. Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel assisted the family.