Arthur P. "Barney" Kappel
Arthur P. "Barney" Kappel, age 92 of Winsted, died Wednesday, March 10, 1999, at St. Mary's Home in Winsted.
Barney was born March 29, 1906 to Joseph and Anna (Schlagel) Kappel on the homestead west of Winsted.
On Oct. 16, 1935, Barney was united in marriage to Viola Roufs in Winsted. The couple resided in Winsted all of their lives.
Barney joined Joe Sterner and Alfons Fasching in founding the Citizens State Bank of Winsted in 1932. He was with the bank for 57 years and acted as the bank president for many of those years. At the time of his retirement, he was chairman of the board.
Barney was active for many years as a community leader. He was a driving force in the campaign to open a hospital and home in Winsted. When the dream became a reality, he served on the board of directors at the hospital.
Barney was one of the board members when the agreement was reached with Health Central to take over St. Mary's in 1976. He then served on that board until 1979.
In 1980, the Winsted Civic and Commerce Association recognized Barney as an outstanding citizen in Winsted.
Barney was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity parish and was active on many church committees. He was a 73-year member of the Winsted Holy Trinity Knights of Columbus and a 65-year member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Catholic Aid Association. Those who knew him considered him a kind and generous person.
Arthur was preceded in death by his wife Viola; his brothers, Alfred and Edmund; and his sisters, Eleanor Rathmanner and Isabel Stibal.
He is survived by his sons, Jean (Jan) Kappel of Winsted and Robert (Mary) Kappel of Rogers; a daughter Lois (Dale) Guggemos of Farmington; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two brothers-in-law, Herb Roufs and Leonard Stibal.
A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Revs. Paul Wolf and Martin Rath Saturday, March 13 at Holy Trinity Church. Beth Bailey, Joan Kappel, and Michael Kappel served as lectors. Gift bearers were Jodi Gruenwold, Judi Ettesvold and Lynn Guggemos. The eulogy was read by Barney's son-in-law, Dale Guggemos.
Interment was in the church cemetery with all of Barney's grandchildren serving as pallbearers.
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