Josephine Ann “JoAnn” (Hurst) Kappelman

Funeral services for Josephine Ann “JoAnn” (Hurst) Kappelman, 92, Lawrence will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, KS. She passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019 at The Windsor of Lawrence. Father Rob Baldwin of Trinity Episcopal Church is officiating.

JoAnn was born on May 28, 1926 in St. Joseph, MO the daughter of Virgil E. and Josephine Ann (Sullenger) Hurst.
She graduated from Topeka High School and received a BA from the University of Kansas in 1949. She was baptized and raised in the Episcopal Church.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Soroptimist International, the KU Alumni Association and the Topeka High School Historical Society.

JoAnn traveled extensively in her retirement, played bridge and enjoyed spending time with many life-long friends and family. She volunteered thru Soroptimist throughout her life; ringing bells for the Salvation Army thru age 90.

She nurtured, supported and cherished all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a classic beauty, devoted and loving daughter, wife and mother. She worked full time while raising her three children with patience and kindness. JoAnn will forever be missed by her family, friends and all who knew her. She lived a long, full and healthy life.

She was an account representative and secretary at Capitol Federal Savings for over 25 years before retiring.

She married Karl C. Kappelman February 5, 1950 in Topeka, KS. He preceded her in death May 5, 1993.

Survivors include her daughter, Margaret “Margy” Rose; Lawrence, Carol Kappelman, Florida; seven grandchildren, Colin, Nolan, Derek and Nathan Kappelman, Tiffany Rose Hopkins (Brad) and Samantha Rose Anderson (Blake) Robert K. Rose; five great grandchildren, Elsie, Amos, Otto Hopkins, Hoyt and Sage Anderson; sister-in-law, Anne Houston Kappelman, Seattle, WA; daughter-in-law, Brenda Olson Kappleman, Lawrence; and six nieces and two nephews and their families. She was also preceded in death by her son, Clay Kappelman in 2009; niece, Debbi; nephew, Mark; and sister, Margaret Hurst DeBord.

The family will greet friends from 4 – 6 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2019 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

The family would like to thank the wonderful and loving staff at Brandon Woods and The Windsor of Lawrence for the care they provided JoAnn and a thank you to Vitas Hospice in JoAnn’s final days.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Visiting Nurses or Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

3 Condolences

  1. Leslie and Gary Anderson on January 15, 2019 at 7:29 am

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Joann was such a lovely women and I always enjoyed our visits whenever there was a celebration or gathering we were attending.
    Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Suzy Hill on January 15, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    I so enjoyed knowing JoAnn through our neighborhood bridge group back in the day. She was a much better bridge player than I but was very patient. Also enjoyed traveling with her on several fun trips.

    What a lovely long life she had.

  3. Dan Heptig on January 15, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Jo Ann was a mentor and friend and co-worker to me for over 10 years at Capitol Federal. She was wonderful at all times especially in the most challenging of days. I often called her “mom” as she supported us all so comprehensively.
    My most sincere condolences to her family.

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