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William F. Stapish
  • St. Catherine of Siena Parish
    2956 East North Union
    Bay City, MI 48706

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“Pat & family,Visiting Ed's gravesite yesterday (08/17/2019), I found that Bill had passed away! I have been thinking of you lately and wondering. I...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Carole Savage - Cheboygan, MI

“Please accept my sincere condolences on behalf of the Michigan Funeral Directors Association. He was a well respected funeral director and a proud...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Douglas Misiuk - Chesaning, MI

“Pat and family, thinking of you in your time of grief . Knowing it will pass in time and be replaced with great memories.Sincerely,Bob & Rosanne ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: ROBERT MANTEI - ESSEXVILLE, MI

“Heartfelt condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers in this time of distress. ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Pat and family, I recall Bill as thoughtful and kind. He went out of his way to truly help my Mother, Betty Horner, when my Dad had a stroke. ...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Connie Parkhurst - Midland, MI

“Karen, so very sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. I just seen it tonight on my email. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“Our sympathies to the Stapish family ... you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Martha and Mike (Miller) O'Flahearty - CO

“One of the last times I saw Mr. Stapish was the night before Matt and Alyssa's wedding. True to form, he looked like a million bucks. He was beaming...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Emily Dobyns - Denver, CO

“Our condolences. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Dr. Rita(Munley) & Gary(Gus) Gallagher - DC

“Karen, my Mom told me last night. Im sorry to hear you lost your Dad. My sympathies to you and your family... ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Mike Schweinsberg - Zephyrhills, FL

“My deepest sympathies to Kevin, Karen and all of the children. I remember you father very fondly as a mild mannered and peaceful gentleman My...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Sarah Neering - State College, PA


William F. Stapish, age 88 years, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on June 12, 2019 at Sheffield Bay. He was born in Bay City on April 9, 1931, to the late Raphael D. and Marguerite (Masterson) Stapish, and had been a lifelong resident. He was a graduate of St. Mary's High School and Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science. In 1954, he took over the operation of Stapish Funeral Home after the unexpected death of his father who founded the company in 1922. In 1972, Bill opened the Stapish East location on Pine Road in Essexville. He retired after 45 years in funeral service. In 1954, Bill, at age 23, was elected Bay County Coroner and served several terms. He later was elected Ninth Ward Commissioner from the City of Bay City; he served on the Bay City Planning Commission and was elected to the Bay City Charter Revision Commission in 1965 and served as its chairman. Bill was appointed, in 1978, by Gov. William G. Milliken to the first Statewide Emergency Medical Service Advisory Council and served as its chairman for eight years. In 1985, Gov. James J. Blanchard appointed him to the State Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science where he served as chairman in 1992. He was a longtime board member of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and served as president in 1993-1994. Bill also served as a board member of Bay Regional Medical Center for 38 years beginning with the former Mercy Hospital board in 1964.
He was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Parish (St. Vincent de Paul Church), has an Honorary Life Membership in the Knights of Columbus 414, an Honorary Life member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, a life member of the Bay City Elks Lodge No 88, the former Bay City Country Club, the National Funeral Directors Association and the Michigan Funeral Directors Association.
Surviving him are his wife of 66 years, the former Patricia J. Whyte, whom he married on June 6, 1953 in St. Mary of the Assumption Church; their children, a daughter Karen A. Bowman and her husband Paul M. of Lansing; a son Kevin W. Stapish of Essexville; three grandchildren: Matthew M. (Alyssa) Bowman of Oakland, CA, Kristen A. Bowman of Mt. Pleasant, SC and Meagan M. McNinch Stapish of Bremen, IN, two great grandchildren: Lydia J. and Walter J. Bowman of Oakland, CA, a sister Mary Lou Cottrell of Bay City, a brother-in-law James W. Whyte and friend Liz Loll of Kawkawlin along with several nieces and nephews. Besides his deceased parents he also has two deceased brothers: F. Michael Stapish who died in 2007 and James R. Stapish who died in 2010 and a sister Lois J. Martin who died in 2014, a sister-in-law Marilyn (Sue) Stapish and two brothers-in-law Thomas L. Cottrell and Jerome Martin.
The Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish (St. Vincent de Paul Church) in Bay City. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Kawkawlin. Memorials are available for St. Catherine of Siena Parish. Friends may call at Penzien-Steele Funeral Home in Bay City on Friday, June 14, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. Mr. Stapish will lie in state at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the Funeral Mass begins.
"Bill's family wants to thank the staff of Sheffield Bay and American Hospice Care for their kind and compassionate care."