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Stephen J. Rapinac

 
December 4, 1918 - January 14, 2009
 

SPRINGFIELD – Stephen J. Rapinac, 90, of Springfield died at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at his son’s residence.

He was born Dec. 24, 1918, in Ahmeek, Mich., the son of Ivan and Antonia Malnar Rapinac. He first married Dora Rose Dyer. He later married Elsie Blunt-Cooney; she preceded him in death on Aug. 8, 2006. He also was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and a brother.

Mr. Rapinac, a resident of Springfield most of his life, retired from IBEW and formerly worked at Peabody Coal Mine No. 10 in Pana and various other mines.

He was of the Catholic faith. He was a member of the United Mine Workers and IBEW. He loved fishing, traveling to Las Vegas and to many of the riverboats and visiting teletrack. He enjoyed his Polka music and dancing and was a great storyteller.

Surviving are two daughters, Sandra (husband, Melvin) Porter of Petersburg and Veronica Rychel of Dawson; a son, Steven Rapinac of Dawson; two stepdaughters, Theresa (husband, Carl) Riech and Joyce (husband, Jim) Henn, both of Springfield; a stepson, Joseph (Irene) Cooney of Montclair, Va.; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a stepsister, Sally Lopian; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and his Chihuahua, Chrissy.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of services at noon Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home with the Rev. Peter Harman officiating. Private burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials to the Animal Protective League or St. Aloysius Church.

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