THREE OAKS — Maryrose Pappa, 88, of Three Oaks, passed away, Saturday, March 20, 2021, at West Woods of Bridgman.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at Riverside Cemetery in Three Oaks. A Celebration of Life Service will be planned and announced this summer when COVID restrictions are eased.

Memorial donations in Maryrose’s name may be made to the River Valley Senior Center, 13321 Red Arrow Hwy., Harbert, MI 49115. Those wishing to sign Maryrose’s Memory Book online may do so at

Maryrose was born October 25, 1932, in Chicago to Austin & Evelyn (Kaemerer) Steeves. She graduated from Fenger High School in Chicago, Class of 1950. On May 21, 1955, she married Russell F. Pappa in Chicago. Maryrose dedicated her life to her family. She was an avid sports fan and attended all of her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events whenever possible. Maryrose was a member of the first ladies fast-pitch traveling baseball team in Chicago in 1943, on which the movie Field of Dreams was based. While wintering in Florida, she worked for many years at Disney World in the gift shop. She will deeply missed by her loving family.

Maryrose is survived by her six sons-Stephen (Pamela) Pappa of Kissimmee, FL, Michael (Carrielynn) Pappa of Baroda, Thomas (Laura) Pappa & Johnny (Sheila) Pappa, both of Three Oaks, David (Jill) Pappa of Lords Valley, PA, Joseph (Kristine) Pappa of Lake Mills, WI; thirteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; her brother Edward (JoAnn) Steeves of Davenport, IA; and several nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Russell on April 8, 1995, her grandson Joshua Pappa, her father-Austin Steeves, her mother & step-father Evelyn (David) Kaskie, and her brother Austin Steeves, Jr.

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