Paul T. Napierala

1942 ~ 2021

Paul Thomas Napierala, age 79, of Grand Rapids was called to his heavenly home on Monday, November 1, 2021 and is now reunited with his family who preceded him. Paul was a caring father, grandpa, and great-grandpa who was blessed with a sense of humor and determined spirit. He proudly served his country in the US Air Force. Paul retired from General Motors after 28 years of dedicated service. He loved golf and reading mysteries and thrillers. He especially loved sitting outside watching the local animals visiting his yard. He was preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Noreen Quinn Napierala; his parents, Max and Helen Napierala; and his siblings, Marjorie and Jack Daigle, Marilyn and Russell Fox, and Jack Napierala. He will be remembered by his children, Joanne “Joni” and Tom Tate, Diane and Karl Reichert, and David “Vid” Hill; his grandchildren, Jacqueline and Mike Carney, Jillian Hill, Rick Reichert, Cullen and Erica Haskins, Kortney and Joel Zylstra, Meghan and Jeff Danhof, Ambria Hill, Rylan Hill, David Hill; great-grandchildren, Melody, Donavin, Azayla, Henry, Hayden, and Jack; niece and nephews, Karin and Andrew Smith, Brian Daigle, and Tim Fox; many other loving extended family members. Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for a graveside service on Friday, November 5, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Rosedale Memorial Park, O-50 Lake Michigan Dr., Grand Rapids, MI. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and care-givers at Faith Hospice for the love and compassionate care given to Paul during his time at Trillium Woods. In honor of his wonderful care, those who wish may make memorial contributions to Faith Hospice (

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November 01, 2021 7:28pm

Dear Cuz, I remember our summer at Camp Lake in Jack’s cottage.  It seems like there was some sort of altercation over a poker game.  Nails, Pro, you and me three sports cars, you had a new TR4, Tom had the Classic TR3b, I had a new Spitfire which I crashed that summer.  Dave was the smart one with a Ford sedan.  Somehow we all went different ways.  Sending my sympathy with love and best wishes to your family.  May you rest in peace.  Cousin Jim.

- James J Mankoski

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