BELOVED FORMER CORUNNA, OWOSSO VOCAL MUSIC TEACHER PASSES AWAY
RIP Cheryl Gapinski
Photos: Alexis Toppings
Friends and former students are mourning the death of Cheryl Gapinski, a former vocal music teacher at both Owosso and Corunna schools. Gapinski began teaching at Owosso Middle School in 1986. In 2009 she retired from Owosso, continuing to offer private vocal lessons. In 2011, Gapinski returned to teaching, this time as the Choral Director for Corunna Middle School and High School. She was laid off in 2015 with no chance of returning, she later wrote on LinkedIn.
Gapinski was also a thirty-plus year member of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, judging performance and sight reading at Solo & Ensemble and Choral Festivals throughout the state. In 2013, she became MSVMA District 5 co-manager.
Gapinksi presented workshop sessions on Madrigal Dinners; feasts, as she called them. Former student, Alexis Toppings, pictured above with Gapinksi, said that photo was taken at a Madrigal Dinner that Gapinski put on. Toppings, among many others, have been sharing memories and mourning together the loss of "Mrs. G," as her students knew her. Toppings wrote "My favorite teacher, my role model, and a friend has passed."
Toppings told Corunna Now that Mrs. G. was an "amazing and selfless woman." In the subsequent photo seen below, Gapinski is seen planting a kiss on Toppings' cheek; a moment Toppings said was pre-arranged by Gapinski and Toppings mother.
RESIDENTS IN VERNON, DURAND WITHOUT POWER
Severe Storms Knock Out Power to More Than 6,000 Consumers Customers
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Strong storms stirred up with the help of unseasonably warm temperatures blew through Shiawassee County on Thursday afternoon and left a path of damage and energy outages. More than 6,000 Consumers remained without power shortly before midnight on Thursday. While Consumers said some customers could see restoration at around 12:00am Friday, others may not have power back until the early morning hours of Friday.
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