Alexander V. Menapace,
Carrollton Twp., Michigan
Alexander V. Menapace, age 93, devoted and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at Bickford Cottage Assisted Living, where he resided. Alex was born on June 27, 1927 in Trinidad, Colorado, to Premo and Anna Menapace. After Alex’s father passed away, when he was a young boy, the family moved to Bridgeport, Michigan where Alex attended Bridgeport Community Schools until the eighth grade, when he and his twin brother (Art) worked to help support the family. Alex served in the Army Military Police. He married Meretta A. Bennett on May 26, 1951. Alex worked for Blair Transit, GLX Great Lakes Express and Bender & Loudon. Back in his early days of driving, he attended many driving rodeos and took first place in many of them. He also won awards for his safe and excellent driving.
Surviving are two children, Jill (Ted) Matthews, East Tawas; Mark (Lori) Menapace, Saginaw; six grandchildren, Sara (Jon) Innes, Jon (Ashley) Gerow, Gina (Ben) Murphy, Jonathan Matthews, Brandon (Ashleigh) Menapace and Brittany Menapace; eight great-grandchildren, Adam and Kelsey Innes, Ellie, Charlie, Colton Gerow, Claire Murphy, Kinsley and Hudson Menapace; several nieces and nephews. Alex was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Meretta, of 60 years, his siblings, Arthur, Enrica, Erma, Edyth, Victor, Michael, Premo, Richard and Ricardo.
Alex was a member of St. John Paul II Parish, previously St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Alex also was very active in the church with ushering and maintaining the church yards. He also served as a board member of his credit union in his early years. He loved hunting with his buddies at the Cedar Pole Club in the U.P. Alex and Meretta spent many weekends with their friends at Houghton and Higgins Lake. He was also willing to help out with no questions asked. He loved spending time with his family and neighborhood friends and loved spending time with his twin brother, Art.
The family would like to thank Lisa for taking such good care of him for 4 years, Santana and the girls from Safe Hands Warm Heart, Bickford Assisted Living and to Hospice. Alex will be truly missed by who knew and loved him.
A Private Funeral Service will take place at Snow Funeral Home, Saginaw. Entombment will take place in Mt. Olivet Mausoleum with Military Honors conducted by V.F.W. Post #1859. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. John Paul II Parish.