Alphonse M. "Mike" Zapf, 88
Dec. 2, 1925 - Feb. 13, 2014
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 17, 2014 at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Alphonse M. "Mike" Zapf, age 88 of St. Cloud who passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Talahi Care Center in St. Cloud. Reverend Anthony Oelrich will officiate. Burial will take place at St. Patrick's Parish Cemetery, rural Sauk Rapids.
Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud and after 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the church. Parish prayers will be 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home in St. Cloud.
Mike was born on December 2, 1925 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Alphonse and Imelda (Loso) Zapf. He served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII
. Mike married Marge M. Latterell on April 28, 1951 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, rural Sauk Rapids. Mike started his career at Metzroth's Clothing Company in high school as a tailor boy, retiring as a partner in 1986. He was a member of St. Augustine's Parish, Knights of Columbus #961, Downtown Association, Rotary, Minnesota Canoe Association and American Legion.
Mike enjoyed camping, canoeing, fishing, traveling, bicycling, cross country and downhill skiing. He was a talented woodworker. Mike was a renowned award winning wood-strip canoe builder; he enjoyed sharing his talent and knowledge with people throughout central Minnesota.
The most important part of Mike's life was his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mike is survived by his wife, Marge; children, David (Sydney) of Mitchell, South Dakota, James of St. Cloud, Mary Lee (David) Mattson of Eagan, Joan (Bill) Johnson of Cold Spring, Annette (Dan) Musielewicz of Waunakee, Wisconsin and Steve (Amy) of Sauk Rapids; daughter-in-law, Tina Reinert-Zapf of Sauk Rapids; 18 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brothers, Bill of Cold Spring and Dick of Panora, Iowa; sisters, Mary Ann Zachman of Bemidji and Jeanette "Pie" Peterson of Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his son, Bob; brothers, Dr. John and Frank "Butz".