Mara Lee “Mimi” (Kiernan) Chapie

Age 79, died peacefully on May 13, 2023 after a long 10 year courageous battle with Alzheimer’s dementia. She was born on September 27, 1943, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo and Frances (Mara) Kiernan.  Raised in Port Huron, her childhood was full of family, friends, and fun where she attended and graduated from St. Stephen High School.  Mimi met her best friend and beloved husband, Matthew in Port Huron via a blind date and soon thereafter were married in 1964.  They built a beautiful life together in Detroit, St. Clair Shores, Sterling Heights, and Grand Blanc, Michigan.

Mimi was an energetic, attentive, and loving woman.  Her biggest accomplishment in life was being hand in hand with her husband and raising their 3 children.  Mimi worked full time for nearly 30 years as a Medical Office Manager while raising her family.  She loved being in the stands at the baseball fields, ice arena, or court-side watching all of her son’s games.  Dedicated, supportive, and always present.  Mimi was so proud of her children and was proudest when each of them married.  She loved each of their spouses endlessly. 

Mimi’s biggest joys in life were her five grandchildren and one great grandson.  Never saying no to a sleepover, Mimi grew to love each of her grandchildren individually, creating unique special bonds with each of them.  She loved to attend and support all their activities near and far.

Mimi will be remembered for her kindness and generosity, fun-loving personality, lifelong friendships, and her warm, beautiful Irish smile! She was preceded in death by her mother Frances, father Leo, step father Lou Muldoon, brother Mickey Kiernan, sister Kathleen Kiernan, and brother-in-law Bud Green.  She is survived by her husband, Matt; her children, Greg (Rebecca) Chapie, Kevin Chapie, and Jeff (Jillian) Chapie; her grandchildren, Ryan Chapie, Alex(Derek) Susalla, Morgan Chapie, Cassidy Chapie, and Savannah Chapie; great grandchild Bodhi Chapie, sister Patricia (Kiernan) Green, and many cherished cousins and friends.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 22, 2023 at Holy Redeemer Church, 1227 E. Bristol Rd., Burton, Michigan 48259,  with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family on Mimi’s Tribute Wall at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Holy Redeemer Outreach .

Mimi’s obituary was written by her loving family.


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  1. Michele (Riccobono) Beitelshees on May 17, 2023 at 10:59 am

    I met Mrs. Chapie years ago when Jeff and I worked at Great Oaks Country Club. I will always remember her by her infectious smile, huge heart and warm hugs. I pray she is resting peacefully in the arms of God and I send all my love and prayers to the family. ❤️

  2. Jody Nicholas on May 17, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    Aunt mimi did have an infectious smile and laugh, Mimi was pure fun.! I loved her and her siblings. May she Rest In Peace.

  3. Michael Cogley on May 18, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    Mimi was my second cousin. I’m so sorry for her loss. I never met her husband and her sons. May God Bless her and welcome her to eternal life with Leo, Fran, Mickey and Kathleen.

  4. Cindy Machir-Lansky on May 19, 2023 at 7:52 am

    I was just Mimi’s hygienist for 30 years, but she touched my soul. She was always happy, funny and loved life and her family. You will be missed. Rest in peace ❤️

  5. Michelle Chapie on May 21, 2023 at 8:51 am

    For a lifetime and through the most difficult times in recent years- how boldly she lived! An enormous heart with an equally enormous personality. Always there in the middle of it all- what an incredible laugh. A wonderful mother and friend, and truly the other half of the cornerstone of a beautiful family. With memories of love, sadness, joy and pain- you will be missed.

  6. Nora Ryan on May 21, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    Heaven is a brighter, happier place now that Mimi has arrived.
    My cousin’s warmth and positive energy was a signature part of every family gathering. And it continued to shine through the difficult years in the most amazing way.
    RIP, Mimi – you live on in the lovely family you leave behind.

  7. Tim Stubbs on May 22, 2023 at 10:12 am

    Cousin Mimi, I know you are having fun and bringing bright light into the hearts of the angels around you at this moment, as you did with all of us in the Mara Clan. Your laughter and positive energy live on in all of us down here! We love you. XOXO

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