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Arthur Serafinski

Arthur Serafinski

August 20, 1958 April 20, 2020

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Obituary for Arthur John Serafinski

Arthur “Art” John Serafinski, age 61, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Art was born on August 20, 1958 to parents George and Loretta Serafinski and raised in St. Clair Shores, Michigan with his older siblings, Donna and Michael. After graduating from high school, Art began his undergraduate studies at Central Michigan University and earned a bachelors degree in Parks & Recreation. He continued his education at CMU and completed his masters degree, also in Parks & Recreation. Following college, he took positions as the Park & Recreation Director of Centerline, Saline, and Monroe, Michigan. Eventually, he accepted a position for the Ypsilanti Township Parks & Rec department and he remained there as Director for 25 years. Art loved his role as Director as he enjoyed being surrounded by people and engaging in the community. During the past few years Art worked for the United States Postal Service.

In 1984, Art married Catherine Youngblood at St. Clair of Montefalco Church in Grosse Pointe Park. Together they raised their daughters, Kristen and Rachel, in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Art was very active and enjoyed being outdoors. He especially enjoyed softball and was a member of the Michigan Amateur Softball Association. Throughout the years, he played for various teams and was often an umpire for teams in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and several tournaments around the state. In January 2020 he was inducted into the USA Softball of Michigan Hall of Fame.

Art is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Cathy Serafinski; his daughters, Kristen and Rachel Serafinski; and his siblings, Donna Dye and Michael Serafinski.

He was predeceased by his parents, George and Loretta Serafinski.

A memorial service will take place in the summer to celebrate Arts life.

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    Forest Hill Cemetery
    415 South Observatory
    Ann Arbor, MI
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Linda, Brian, and doggies at 5789 Meadowview

Kathy & family , we first met Art on Halloween when he gave our dogs huge treats as if they were trick-or-treating. Good memories :-) Sending love,
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Kristen and family, we are so very sorry for your loss.
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My sincere sympathy, The MRPA Silk Sisters, Deb, Joann, Traci and Kim
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Lisa Niccoli

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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With deepest sympathy, The MRPA Silk Sisters: Debbie Honsowetz, Joann Gonyea, Kim Alexander and Traci Sincock
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