Geraldine M. Kapala - 88
7/20/1930 - 2/12/2019
Geraldine M. Kapala, 88, peacefully passed to her heavenly home on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Born on July 20, 1930, in Glidden, Wisconsin, Gerry was the youngest of the ten children in her family. After moving to Rockford in her teen years, she held several jobs, often two at a time, including working on the assembly line at Burd Ring Co, at the checkout lane in the Piggly Wiggly grocery store, and in the ticket booth at the Coronado Theater. Following her marriage to Fred Kapala on November 5, 1949 she raised three sons, Fred (Jill), Greg, and Rob; and one daughter, Chris. After almost fifty years of marriage she was predeceased by her husband.
Gerry was a woman with varied interests and unbounded energy which was reflected in her numerous activities including crafting, bowling, golfing, dancing (especially the polka), serving as a cub scout den mother and assisting as a grade school room mother—all while keeping the books and helping to manage Fred’s business, Rockford Ornamental Shop. In addition to her gentleness, kindness, quick smile and sense of humor, Gerry was best known for her devotion to her family. She was so proud of her four children and was an amazing grandmother to her seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Gerry was a devout Catholic and served her church and God through many church ministries.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at 11am at St Bridget’s Church, 600 Clifford Avenue in Loves Park, Illinois with the Most Reverend Monsignor Daniel Deutsch officiating. Visitation will be 9am to the start of Mass. A private service of interment for the immediate family will be held later in the afternoon at Calvary Cemetery in Rockford.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Bridget’s Church or the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter.