Mimi Mimi Chapman

March 20, 1951October 19, 2013

Chapman, Miriam Frank "Mimi"

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt died Saturday, October 19.

Mimi was born March 1951 in Chicago, the daughter of Louise Nathanson Chapman and Marvin Sidney Chapman.

She graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972 with a major in Anthropology. From 1972-1974 she taught English as a foreign language in Tunisian high schools (Lycees) through the U.S. Peace Corps, living and working in Sfax, Tunisia.

In 1974 she returned to the United States and received a Master's degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1975. After working for two years at the Toledo (OH) -Lucas County Public Library she returned to the Ann Arbor area to work at the Ypsilanti District Library where she spent the remainder of her professional career. She worked at the Downtown library, was Manager of the Peters Branch and the Roundtree Branch and then started the Acquisitions department at the Whittaker Road library in 1992.

In 1978 she married Dietmar Wagner and welcomed his daughter Jennifer into their new family. In 1984, their daughter Elizabeth was born and in 1990, their son Peter was born. They all survive, including Jennifer's husband Jim Thomson and their daughters Alexa and Victoria.

Mimi is also survived by her brother Andrew Henry, his wife Patricia and his children Dora, Jordan, Nathan, and Louise. She also leaves behind numerous close cousins, a wide circle of devoted friends, co-workers and professional colleagues.

Mimi's older sister Carol Esther predeceased her in December, 1960. She was also predeceased by her parents in 2000 and 2011.

Mimi was a lifelong lover and supporter of movies, music, opera, theater and dance. A voracious reader, she was also a passionate advocate of libraries. In addition she also generously supported a number of social, environmental and charitable causes.

Contributions in Mimi's memory may be made to the Ypsilanti Area Community Fund, 301 North Main St., Suite 300, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1296. Donations should be designated for the YDL Endowment Fund on the memo line.

A memorial celebration of Mimi's life will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 2;00 p.m. at the Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd,, Ypsilanti, Michigan.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mimi Mimi Chapman

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Christijne Warren

October 29, 2013

We were so sorry to hear of Mimi's passing. She was a vibrant wonderful woman and a great neighbor many years ago. We always enjoyed seeing Mimi at the libraries. She will be missed.
Christine and Bob Warren, Ypsilanti

Valerie Carey

October 29, 2013

I cannot believe that Mimi is gone. She was much too young and vibrant to have left so soon. May warm and loving memories of her fill family and friends' hearts. May her family find healing and peace and comfort in their thoughts of her. I truly regret not having spent more time with her…I always thought there would be another day. Lesson sadly learned.


October 22, 2013

My son Michael Griffin used to work with Mimi in Ypsilanti while he was in high school. She was such a wonderful, positive woman and I'm sorry to learn about her passing. Carolyn Griffin

Bethany Kennedy

October 22, 2013

Mimi touched so many lives. I knew her through the book group, as a sometimes member. I also had the opportunity to consult with her professionally. I am truly sorry for your loss. May your hearts find peace in the memories and strength in each other.
I would like to share a memory:
I attended a book group meeting at Mimi's house one fall day. I remember how welcome I and all the book group members felt. We discussed the book, a title I can't even recall any longer, but what struck me most was how well Mimi had researched the locations. She even brought in supporting materials and maps!
Eventually the conversation turned to Mimi's family. Elizabeth was away at college; she was so proud and discussed her accomplishments. I remarked on the piano in the room and she mentioned that her daughter played. She shared stories of Peter and his friendship with Deb Thomas' son. And spoke fondly of her husband, Dietmar. I only spent this short afternoon with Mimi, but the love and happiness she felt for her family came shining through.

Mary Minow

October 22, 2013

It was such a delight to see Mimi with Deb Biggs Thomas in Chicago in July. We had such a great time and it's hard to believe she is gone. Her positive energy touched me and I wish Dietmar and family great solace.

Julia Anderson-Miller

October 22, 2013

It was always wonderful to see and visit Mimi, although only on occasions. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

I am good friend of her brother Andy, and his wife Patricia,