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January 27, 1936 – Thursday, April 10, 2008

Service Information
Church of St. Francis in Buffa
Monday, April 14, 2008
11:00 AM

Visitation Information

Theresa A. Gapinski (Przybilla) age 72, of rural Buffalo, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on April 10, 2008 after a courageous battle with colon cancer. She was born on January 27, 1936 in Pierz, MN to John L. and Theresa (Stumpf) Przybilla. On October 23, 1956, Theresa Przybilla and Richard Gapinski were joined in holy marriage at St. Michael™s Church in Buckman. God blessed their marriage with nine children. Theresa worked for the School District #877 in food service for 15 years, then substituted for several years after. Theresa loved seeing her garden bloom throughout the seasons. She loved crocheting, wordfinds, watching Deal or no Deal, Price is Right, but her favorite past time was playing Bingo. Theresa is survived by her children, Allen (Diane) Gapinski of Buffalo, Bonnie (Harvey) Lesser of Maple Grove, Dale (Linda) Gapinski of Maple Lake, Jerry (Bernie) Gapinski of Buffalo, Michael (Cindy) Gapinski of St. Michael, Cheryl (Daniel) Manz and Mary Jo Gapinski all of Buffalo, Wendy (Pete) Drusch of Howard Lake and Patrick (Susan) Gapinski of Elk River; twenty-five grandchildren and one great-grandson; brothers and sisters, Clara (Clarence) Jorgensen, Marie Przybilla, Ceil Przybilla, Loretta Przybilla, Millie (Norb) Wolf, Maurice Przybilla, Esther (John) Gapinski and Donald (Kathy) Przybilla; brother and sister-in-laws, Yvonne Gapinski, Eugene Gapinski, Dennis (Yvonne) Gapinski, David (Jean) Gapinski and Tom (JoAnn) Gapinski; many beloved nieces and nephews. Theresa was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard (April 14, 2002); parents, John and Theresa (Stumpf) Przybilla; infant sister, Mary; brothers, Elmer, Reiny and Roderick; mother and father-in-law, Frank and Bernice (Holovnia) Gapinski; brother-in-law, Sylvester Gapinski; sister-in-law, Judy Gapinski. A Mass of Christian Burial for Theresa Gapinski will be held on Monday, April 14, 2008 at 11:00 AM at The Church of St. Francis in Buffalo. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3-8 PM with Prayer Service at 7:00 PM AT THE CHURCH. Interment will follow mass at St. Francis Cemetery. The Pallbearers will be Emily Lesser, Jessica Gapinski, Doug Gapinski, Rachel Gapinski, Bruce Manz, Ryan Gapinski, Sarah Drusch and Josie Gapinski. Serving the family¦

The Peterson Chapel Buffalo Funeral Home

12 Guestbook Entries

  1. Lisa Fashant-Kasper

    Dear Wendy & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother…I just lost my Mom 2 weeks ago…Things do get a little easier as the days go by…May God Bless You.

  2. Liela Waibel

    From the family of Sunday Waibel,
    God bles you and know that you are being thought of and prayed for. with deepest sympathy

  3. Willard and Beverly Schuette

    So sorry to hear about your Mother. Our Sincere Sympathy

  4. The Weeks Family

    Our prayers and thoughts are with your family at this time.

  5. Gary and Margie (nee Galvin) Weber

    Our prayers and thoughts are with your family at this time.

  6. Jim and Jan Gunnerson

    Jerry,Bernie and family,We want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours!Love, Jim and Jan Gunnerson

  7. Linda & Bill Dynan

    With deepest sympathy to all.

  8. Bryan & Karie Dynan

    All of our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Your mom will be with you forever.

  9. Josie West-Kolasa

    We are very sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman!
    ~The West Family

  10. Jeff Westrud

    sorry to hear it,, hope she’s in peace with her husband

  11. Nancy Dye

    Mary Jo & family-

    I express my condolences for the loss of your mother. She’s in a better place with your father. God bless your family.

  12. Gary Jorgensen

    I have so many vivid childhood memories of “Auntie Theresa”, and would always look forward to visiting her family. Allan and I would usually get into some place we didn’t belong, and she would always be there to yell at us!

    What really stands out, though.. When she would kick us out of the place we DIDN’T belong, she would always suggest we go do something ELSE where we DID belong – and that was almost ALWAYS more fun anyway..

    A very clever lady!

    Please accept my very deepest condolences to all who loved her.


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