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Arturo "Art" Sapida

Arturo "Art" Sapida

August 9, 2020

Arturo C. Sapida, 80, of Eau Claire, passed away Sunday, August 9, 2020, at his home with his family at his side.

Born in Dasmariñas, Cavite, Philippines, Arturo was the oldest of four children. His parents, Teodoro Sapida and Socorro Centeno were very hard-working teachers. His mom taught elementary school and his dad taught industrial design. The family was also entrepreneurs - together, they raised chickens, pigs, and fish; they grew rice, fruits, and vegetables and sold their harvests at a local market stall. They also had a bicycle rental business! Being the oldest, Arturo was “the boss” — performing and delegating the daily chores to his siblings which included tending to the animals, garden as well as cleaning and cooking. It was here that Arturo learned the importance of taking care of family. 

Learning came easy to Arturo. Over the years, he watched his father build, sew, and cut hair, to name a few things. He was always open to learning and trying new things - coupled with his hard work ethic, Arturo succeeded in whatever he set his mind to. In 1965, he graduated from Far Eastern University Medical School, in Manila, Philippines. He came to the United States soon after, completing his medical Internships in Milwaukee, WI, and St. Louis, MO. In 1972, he began his professional medical career in Walworth, WI, and went on to practice in Lake Geneva, Delavan, and Stanley. Over the years, his patients have described him as one of the most caring and loving doctors — going out of his way to help and care for them. 

Not forgetting the importance of family, Arturo brought his parents, his brothers, Teddy and Archie, and his sister, Perlas over from the Philippines to begin a new life in the United States. Arturo had three children from his first marriage, Lalaine, Mark and Kim. Arturo taught himself skiing, waterskiing, and golf and eagerly shared his new passions with his children. In 1988, he married Lisa, and together with their son, Tae, they lived in Lake Geneva for many years, enjoying the lake, the ski hills, and the golf courses, and also traveling to experience them far away places. Arturo’s life-long passion was golf, making three hole-in-ones! One was at Geneva National in Lake Geneva, WI and the other two were at PGA West in La Quinta, CA.

Arturo and Lisa were animal lovers, rescuing many dogs and cats over the years (Benji, Mia, Cha-lee, George, Mr. Katie, Tasha, Lassie, Tina, Maggie, Dominic, Kobe, Taffy, Lucy, Mimi, Cookie, Tiki, Mama, Bubba, Annie). In 1998, they moved from Wisconsin to California (Carlsbad and then La Quinta). Last year, in 2019, Arturo and Lisa returned to Wisconsin, this time in Eau Claire. 

Arturo is survived by his wife, Lisa, children, Lalaine, Mark, Kim and Tae, and grandchildren, Darlene, Jake, Nicole, Megan, Maxwell, Zoey, Emma, Sydney, Sofia, Brady, Connor, and Audi and many nieces and nephews.

A PRIVATE family service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center in Altoona with Father James Kurzynski officiating.  This service will be streamed live on the Chippewa Valley Cremation Services Facebook page.  To take part in the online service you must be a facebook user.  Please go to Facebook and choose to LIKE and FOLLOW Chippewa Valley Cremation Services - Celebration of Life Center's Facebook Page.  You will be notified when the service begins provided you are actively online.   

Burial will be held at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lake Geneva, WI.

Flowers or donations are to go to lakeland animal shelter: https://lakelandanimalshelter.org .




Private family service will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center in Altoona with Father James Kurzynski officiating.

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  • Drs. Roberto and Myrna Casing Dear Lisa and Tae,
    We are very sorry to hear of Art's passing . He was a great Surgeon and a good friend. We share in your sorrow. May he Rest In Peace. With love and prayers.

    September 6 at 9:07pm

  • Kathy & Duane Lisa & family - we were shocked & saddened by the news of Art's passing. We have so many fond memories of our times together in La Quinta. Our sincere sympathy to you & all of your family. Sending hugs - Kathy & Duane

    August 12 at 10:34am

  • Michelle and Terry Demars Dear Lisa and Family, We were so sorry to hear of Art's accident and passing. While we haven't known you for very long, it has been such a pleasure to have you join the Clay/Harless neighborhood. Art was always friendly, ready with a wave as we would walk by your home. His bright smile will be missed. Lisa, if we can help in any way, (errands, help walking dogs, etc) please let us know. We will be praying for Peace and Love to surround you.

    August 12 at 10:20am

  • Jay and joy Seldera, M. D.s Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of Dr. Art Sapida. Rest In Peace and God speed.

    August 11 at 5:11PM

  • Heidi Guevarra Our deepest condolences to you all. Uncle Art led by example and I will always remember his strong yet warm heart. We will miss him dearly.

    With love,
    Heidi and family

    August 11 at 4:19PM

  • Tom and Deb Kidd Lisa and family,
    It is with deep sorrow and very heavy hearts that we send our condolences! His love of you, his family and his dogs were very apparent as you joined our Clay street neighborhood! May God bless you and your family as you all grieve! Art is at peace with God for eternity! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you and or your family during this tough, tough time!
    Tom and Deb Kidd

    August 11 at 3:54PM

  • Bernadine Marconi We would like to express our sorrow and heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I will always remember Art as the man who loved his animals with a strong work ethic and enjoyed spending time with his family.

    Mike, Bernadine, Ashley, and William XOXO

    August 11 at 10:08AM

  • Anna M Lingen Arturo was a gentleman and a man of goodness with a genuine smile and heart of gold. My deepest sympathy in your family's loss.

    With Love,
    Anna Lingen

    August 11 at 7:56AM

  • Jesilda Webb Thinking of all of you! Sending hugs and prayers during this difficult time. I have great memories of Tito Art and my times spent in Lake Geneva with Kim and boating on the lake. He always called her Kimee! May you find peace in all the beautiful memories you shared! Sending love to all of you,
    Jesilda (Inday) Webb

    August 11 at 7:45AM

  • Brent Ringoot I did not know Art a very long time but the hours we spent together were priceless. I experienced a very kind & compassionate man who displayed a calmness unmatched in most. He was very sincere and loved his family, friends and pets dearly. Art was also very polite and never seemed to complain or have a bad word to say about anyone. I wish I had more time to get to know him but he certainly won't be soon forgotten. Live long in the Heavens my friend. My love & sympathy for his family & friends,

    August 10 at 11:19PM

  • Lombardo and Ana Santiago To the family of Arturo C. Sapida:

    We are very saddened and sorry to learn of the accident and subsequent passing of Arturo Sapida. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go to the entire Sapida family for their loss.
    "Artur" was my dorm roommate in early college with whom I shared many unforgettable and good memories of youth. He was a dear old friend, a special person with a kind heart.
    May his soul Rest in Peace.


    Ba and Ana Santiago

    August 10 at 10:40PM

  • Denise Fernandez Lisa, I am so, so sorry for you and your family. My heart is breaking for you right now. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. I know your memories of happy times together will sustain you through these difficult days.

    August 10 at 7:45PM

  • Bonnie Gotzion Lisa,
    We heard the sad news of Art's passing. We remember all the good times we've had with you and Art.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. When you feel up to it please call.

    August 10 at 7:36PM

  • Tabitha My heart goes out to the Sapida family. Love and prayers to my Aunt Lisa and Uncle Art’s children and grandchildren.

    August 9 at 9:19PM

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