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Roger Francis Wapner

January 16, 1941 ~ June 17, 2020 (age 79)

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It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Roger Wapner, 79, of Springfield, MA, who died on June 17, 2020 after a very long illness with Lymphedema. He had suffered with the disease since 1976. His optimism, determination and persistence drove him to live the rest of his years to the fullest, overcoming his circumstances .He was born in Springfield, MA on January 16, 1941, and he was preceded in death by his father Walter and mother Frances Wapner. and two sisters, Irene Moraczewski and Wanda Deline. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Doris Wapner of 57 ½ years and children, daughter and son-in-law, Raymond and Lorraine Daudelin, and daughter and son-in-law, Jay and Christina Wheeler, two grandchildren, Amanda and Thomas Mason and Pamela and Jason Scott, two great grandchildren, Aliza and Drake Mason, a niece Diane and Don Faits and several friends and relatives. Roger had been employed with Max Gitberg as an architect in 1960, he was a Guitar Teacher and also played in bands and performed at weddings from 1962 to 1976. He worked at Pratt & Whitney as a machinist in 1963, and F.W. Sickles as an architect in 1969. He enjoyed reading and learning about everything which included listening to sermons and studying the bible, playing musical instruments including guitar, banjo, bass guitar, the organ and the drums. He performed music for many nursing homes in the 1980’s. He graduated at Trade High School in Springfield, MA in 1959. He loved animals and nature and had a very close relationship with his pet cat Sweety. Roger was a devoted member of God’s church for 45 years and belonged to the Church of God, a Worldwide Association. He will be remembered always for the example he set for others through his love of God’s way, as well as his love for family and the brethren. He had a special talent of music and shared his talent with everyone. He will be cremated privately at the Forastiere Funeral Home with no calling hours and no service. There will be a celebration of life for him at a later date in the future. Roger was an inspiration to his immediate family, friends and relatives for his great spirit. He enjoyed making people laugh, sing, and play music. He was a great inspiration to everyone he came in contact with and will be greatly missed by all. Until we meet again…

By
Lorraine Daudelin

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