Robin C. Thomas, 60, Jasper

Robin C. Thomas, 60, of Jasper, died Friday, July 3, at her home. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, January 7, 1960, to Richard and Doreen (Gillespie) Kapala. She married Donald O. Thomas II August 22, 1987, at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Detroit.

Robin was a 1978 graduate of Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights, Michigan. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Michigan University, spent one year working on her Master’s Degree at the University of Maine, and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Language Arts and Drama from Saginaw Valley State University where she worked in student life. She was director of Ross Medical Education Center in Saginaw, worked for the state of Michigan as a case manager and language arts teacher for troubled youth, taught language arts at the Saginaw Detention Center for troubled youth, taught at Jasper Middle School, and most recently as a language arts teacher at Washington High School. She loved cooking, reading, the outdoors, cross country skiing, hiking, boating, travelling, especially to Florida and northwest Michigan, and spending time with family, and enjoyed, planning, preparing, and hosting Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Donald O. Thomas II; one son, Adam O. Thomas, Jasper; one brother, Rick Kapala and wife Bridget, Hailey, Idaho; two sisters, Renee Loman and husband Mark, Gladstone, Michigan, and Roxanne Kapala, Saganaw, Michigan; one aunt, Patricia Eastin; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Doreen Kapala.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper with burial following at a later date.

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