Jean Kappel

jean kappel

Jean Ann Kappel, 81, died April 6, 2012 at Rosewood on Broadway in Fargo, ND formerly Rugby, ND under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Jean Ann was born March 22, 1931 in New Rockford, ND, daughter of Clemence and Hermina (Hartl) Lies.  She lived on her family's farm near Bremen, ND and went to school in New Rockford, where she graduated from St. James High School in 1949.  She attended and graduated from Valley State University with a major in elementary education.

On August 10, 1953 she married James Joseph Kappel in Bremen.  They lived and taught school in Tolna, ND and Rugby, ND.  After spending most of her adult life in Rugby she moved to Fargo in 2004 where she lived at Trollwood Village.  Due to her health, Jean moved to Rosewood on Broadway in 2009 and lived until her death.

She was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church, Rugby and Holy Spirit, Fargo.  She was an American Legion Auxiliary member for 54 continuous years and was also a member of the Catholic Daughters.  Jean volunteered many hours during her life to 4-H, PTA, Scouts, religious education and music lessons.

She is survived by a son, James (Connie) Kappel, Fargo, ND; three daughters, Kathy (Jerry) Meagher, Grand Forks, ND; Patty (Jeff) Drege, Casselton, ND; Theresa (Rudy) Balentine, Milford, NH; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and siblings, Agnes Regan, Devils Lake, ND; Clemence (Ginger) Lies Jr., Reno, NV; Rosemarie (Ernie) Lasheski, Lebanon, OR; Louis Lies, LaVista, NE; Susie (Leonard) Dyrness, Helendale, CA; Ruth (Tim) Breider, Fridley, MN; William (Karen) Lies, Woodland, CA; Ron (Eunice) Lies, Leander, TX; George (Bernie) Lies, Fargo, ND.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a grandson, Brandon James Drege.

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  1. Rugby, ND
    To the Family of Jean Kappel. We wish to express our sincere sympathy to all
    of you at this difficult time, during the loss of your Mother, Grandmother,
    Sister,etc.. May your pleasant memories
    of good times with Jean help ease your
    sorrow. May God bless you and help you
    through this trying time.
    Even though Jean had many trials in
    her life, particularly with her health, she always had a smile when you met her.
    Your friends
    Ben and Betty Axtman

  2. Rugby ND
    Our thoughts are with the family at this time. We enjoyed your mom many years as a neighbor & have many memories of her.

  3. Esmond ND
    Thoughts and prayers to /for all of you, in the loss of your Mother.
    I treated your Mother many times while working in Rugby, in the PT Dept.
    She came to me as we were setting up the new dept, in 1974-She was fun, and very knowledge-able and could talk about so many things, and alway wanted to know bout things she was not familiar with. We could always get a chuckle out.
    Blessings to all of you.

  4. Helendale CALots of love and hugs to all you kids. She is at rest now. Know that we are all here for you always. Lots & lots of love!
    Leonard & Susie

  5. Grand Forks ND
    Our heartfelt prayers are with you and your family. We know what a special person your mom was to all of you. May all of the wonderful family memories of her help you get through this difficult time. Love to all.

  6. Grand Forks ND
    Kathy and family,

    Was so sorry to read about your mom, Kathy.

    My prayers and thoughts have been for you and your family.

    Kathy Ashe

  7. Moorhead MN
    Dear Jim and family-

    So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Take care,

    Tiffany and Bob Footitt

  8. Fargo ND
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May peace be in your heart always and may your mother Jean rest in peace.

    Mary Dalzell

  9. Fargo ND
    Sympathies to all of Jean’s daughters and son, Jim and grandkids. Take Care and we’ll see you this coming week @
    the memorial and funeral. God Bless !!

  10. Maddock ND
    Our thoughts and prayer are with you at this time.

    Jean was not only a relative of my Dad’s but a member of our family. She stayed with us when she taught in the Fairville
    school. My mom and Jean had lots of fun.
    She always remembered my folks on their birthdays with a card or phone call.

    I remember the rest of the Lies kyds through church and 4-H etc. I’ll never forget the big patch of poppies that your
    you had in your yard.

    Agnes Mullenberg Dybing

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