Services Friday for Wayland woman who founded 'Paws'
The Wayland woman who co-founded the Paws with a Cause organization has died.
Antoinette (Candye) Sapp, 66, died Sunday, June 3, though she had beaten cancer 20 years ago. Doctors said she died of complications resulting from her treatments.
Candye and her husband, Mike, started “Ears for the Deaf,” which later was renamed “Paws with a Cause,” with its headquarters just north of Wayland on old U.S.-131. Paws was known for matching people with disabilities such as blindness, deafness or being confined to a wheelchair with service dogs to help them.
According to her obituary notice, “Both Paws and her family were built through the incredible love and partnership between Candye and Mike. Candye led a rich life, complete with a compassion for people and animals, including her schipperkes Sugar, Amos and her Paws With A Cause Hearing Dogs, Dusty and Hunter.”
Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Richard (Karen) Sapp, Michaelle Naperola, Michael Sapp Jr., her sister, Margo Claycomb (Richard Nelson; Stanley Claycomb), and her uncles, Peter (Katherine) Pulos, Doug Springstead and Don Springstead.
Her obituary characterized her as “a loving wife, mother, sister, and friend who was fiercely loyal, with a strong faith… She was a ‘tough as nails’ businesswoman, with a heart of gold who mentored many people through her life.”
Her background as a legal assistant and bookkeeper, and deep attention to detail, led to Candye and Mike forming Ears for the Deaf, later renamed Paws With A Cause.
The beginning of PAWS was Candye’s biggest project in her life, but did not detract from her love and commitment to family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel (2800 Burton St. SE) with Rev. Lee Ausema officiating. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral chapel Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Paws With A Cause.
PHOTO: Candye Sapp and her husband, Michael