Lansing, Michigan

Born August 11, 1927 in Cleveland, Ohio son of the late Joseph and Marie (Kierchowski) Lapka passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at age 87.

Len graduated from Michigan State University where he was a scholarship member of the football team and following graduation began a 38 year career as teacher and coach at Lansing St. Mary’s, Muskegon Catholic Central, and Lansing Waverly High School.  Len was a member of the Cathedral Latin High School Hall of Fame, the State of Michigan Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, and was a two time inductee into the Greater Lansing Hall of Fame as both a coach and with his 1954 St. Mary’s Class C State Championship team.  Len was a long-time member of St. Gerard Catholic Church.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Mary Lapka; five children, Deborah  (Jeff) Boyd, Jean (Jim) Batts, Joseph (Cynthia) Lapka, Thomas Lapka, and James Lapka; nine grandchildren, Jennifer, Joey, Sara, Tyler, Molly, Katie, Adam, Alex, and Kaitlin; seven great-grandchildren, Sam, Lucas, Ellie, Sydney, Kara, Traylee, and Ella; sister-in-law, Carol Barker and many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at St. Mary Cathedral, 219 Seymour Ave. in Lansing with Rev. Fr. John P. Klein of St. Gerard Catholic Church officiating.  The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel on Monday, July 20, from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

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    Sherry Cook Says:

    Lenny was an awesome teacher! I really enjoyed his classes and his honest opinions about everything, including Eleanor Roosevelt. Those of you had that him for a teacher know exactly what I’m referring to. I also had a blast with him in Drivers Ed, especially after a particularly harrowing experience with another driver. Lenny just told her to pull over and had me take the wheel and drive us out for ice cream. Loved it! Loved him! He will be missed. Graduating class of ’84 Waverly

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