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Clara S. Apap

August 11, 1928 December 6, 2021
Clara S. Apap
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Clara S. Apap was born on August 11, 1928 in Detroit to Mary and John Szatkiewski. Her parents came to the United States from Poland and raised a loving family that included 7 girls and one boy. Clara was the youngest of the girls. Her mother owned a Polish restaurant and Clara learned to cook delicious specialties, including pierogi, a family favorite. They were parishioners at St. Stanislaus in Detroit. Clara loved her family and was very proud of her Polish heritage, sharing stories of her life growing up and treating her family to pierogi for every special occasion.

She worked many happy years at Michigan Bell and then met her beloved husband, the late Harry Apap. Clara knew right away that he was the man she wanted to marry. They had a wonderful life and a big happy family. They had five children, Rose, Mary Anne, John, Paul and Becky, 15 grandchildren and 4 (with a 5th due in January) great grandchildren all of whom made her incredibly proud! Clara and Harry worked together for many years owning and operating The Birmingham Deli, their family business. They were the ultimate example of what a marriage filled with faith, love and dedication should look like.

Clara’s family often commented on her incredible memory. She was so interested in everything that was going on in every person’s life. She never missed a birthday, anniversary or any kind of milestone. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to chat and tell stories about her life. But of all her wonderful attributes, the most important was her unwavering faith.

Clara lived her Catholic faith every single day, attending daily mass and tending to everyone’s needs through her prayers. Clara loved God and her family more than anything else in the world. She prayed the rosary every day and she truly believed in the power of prayer. Even the loss of her husband and later her son, Paul, did not dampen her faith. She believed that God was always with us. Clara will be remembered for the way in which she loved with her entire heart - this is her legacy to her family and a lesson for all - she lived a life that was rich and beautiful in all the ways that mattered.

Clara is survived by her loving children, Rose (Bill) Fricke, Mary Anne (Mark) Napolitano, John (Bridget) Apap, and Rebecca (Terry) Grace and her cherished grandchildren, Jessica (Jeff) Garro, John Napolitano, Amanda (Dan) Schaumann, Angela (Anthony) Randazzo, Emma, Mary Clare (Andrew) Gould, Paul (Mellie), Jack (Megan), Tommy, Teddy, Ellie, Gabrielle, Madeline, Charlie, and Amelia. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Evie Garro, Ella Garro, Catherine Randazzo, and James Napolitano, her sister Lotte Zobeck, and sister-in-law’s Loretta Szatkiewski and Carrie (John) Lewy. Clara is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Harry and her dear son, Paul (Maureen) Apap.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Hugo of the Hills Stone Chapel 2215 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 11am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 10am.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Paul C. Apap ALS Foundation are appreciated (

Masks are appreciated at the funeral service - thank you.


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