Joseph F. Kapelski

Joseph F. Kapelski

November 9, 1941 - July 21, 2020
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Joseph F. Kapelski, Sr., 78, of Harrisburg, passed away July 21, 2020, at Hershey Medical Center.

He was the loving husband of Linda J. (Young) Kapelski.

Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Francis and Helen (Guzanowski) Kapelski.

Joseph was a graduate of West Reading High School.

He was a U.S. Airforce veteran serving during 1959-1963.

Joseph was employed by IBM as a technician for 38 years, retiring in March 1993.

He loved animals, gardening and shooting at the gun range.

Joseph was a lifetime member of the Colonial Park Fire Company #1 and a member of the Flotilla Commander Coast Guard Auxiliary 5-3.

He was a loving husband, father, brother and great friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Joseph F., Jr., husband of Laura Kapelski, Camp Hill, PA and Janel L., wife of Jonathan Whitehart, Clarksburg, MD; one sister, Joanne T. Gingrich, Antelope, CA; one step-grandson, Tristan Whitehart; one sister-in-law, Becky Kapelski and three nephews: Michael Gingrich, Drew Kapelski and Tait Kapelski.

He was predeceased by his brother, Edward H. Kapelski and his brother-in-law, Ralph Gingrich.

Services will be Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading with burial to follow at Charles Evans Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516. Condolences may be recorded at
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  • Visitation

    July 29, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    July 29, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA 19611
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  • Service

    July 29, 2020 | 11:00am
    July 29, 2020 11:00am
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA 19611
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  • Interment

    Charles Evans Cemetery
    1119 Centre Avenue
    READING, PA 19601
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Stewart McDonough

Posted at 09:20pm
Joseph F. Kapelski family members and friends, the WRHS Alumni Association wishes to extend our heartfelt condolences at this time of sorrow and loss. Cherished memories will help to keep him to live on in our thoughts and prayers.
West Reading High School Alumni Association

Joseph Kapelski jr

Posted at 05:05pm
To a great man and wonderful father and friend thank you for all you did for us you will be missed

Clair Shatto

Posted at 11:50pm
Deepest condolences. From the Shatto, Lehan, and Bevenour families.
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Chaz Kerschner

Posted at 07:22pm
Joe, remembering you and your contribution to the good times at WRHS. Sixty years ago, but fresh in the minds of me and your other classmates. Years have passed and yours were well lived. The rest of us will carry on and remember you. Chaz Kerschner, Chevy Chase, MD.

Cindy Gould

Posted at 12:05pm
So sorry for your family's loss of a kind and caring man, I will miss seeing the joy he got out of feeding the birds and taking care of his yard.

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