Life Story / Obituary


Dennis was born in Charlotte, Michigan on April 10, 1946. He graduated from Charlotte High School and obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees from Michigan State University. Dennis taught school for a few years and retired from the Department of Transportation after 25 years. He especially enjoyed watching MSU football and basketball. Dennis liked to ride his bike around Saugatuck and watch sunsets at Oval Beach. He loved his family and grandchildren and liked spending time outdoors with them.

Dennis is predeceased by his parents, Frank and Margaret Papoi, sister Marguerite, brothers Richard and David, infant daughter Gina and granddaughter Mackenzie Papoi.

His survivors include: wife JoAnne; son Benjamin and his wife Dana and their three sons, Jared, Jordan and Turner; his daughter Sara and her daughter Zoë and sons Drake and Maddox.

Donations may be made to the charity of your choice or purchase a favorite book in his memory for your local library. There will be a gathering for family and friends at a later date. Arrangements are by Dykstra Funeral Home – Saugatuck Chapel.