age 88, of Athelstane, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on August 5, 2023. He was born in Milwaukee on July 28, 1935; son of the late John and Adeline (Kiewig) Kapalczynski. Jerry met his sweetheart, Clara Tiemann, at Bert Phillips Ballroom on Thanksgiving 1955 and was united in marriage on May 5, 1956, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Milwaukee.
Jerry graduated from Marquette High School in 1954 and followed that with barber school. He started his barbering career with his dad at Kapal’s Barbershop in Milwaukee and opened his own in 1961. In 1973 he relocated to Crivitz with his family and never looked back. For the next 44 years he cut hair as “Jerry the Barber” in Crivitz, finally retiring in 2020; a career spanning 66 years. Throughout his life, Jerry loved golfing, bowling, fishing and anything outdoors. When he stopped raising animals, his energy went to cutting wood and tending to his garden. He had strong Christian faith and his family was his greatest treasure. A people person, that once you were gifted with his friendship, you had unwavering devotion and support. He truly enjoyed all the friendships he made during his lifetime.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Clara; six children: Dianne (Ron) Kouski, Lorie (Rich) Baranek, Chris (Dale) Nodolf, RoxAnne (Mike) Cavallaro, Vance (Deb) Kapalczynski, and Valerie Gardner; grandchildren: Jeremy (Stephanie), Kyle (Kendra) Kouski and Ashley (Thad) Wojcik, Sarah (Bart) Kostreva, Bryan (Maria) and Brad (Rose) Baranek, Amanda (Sam) Zipperer and Katie (Tim) Wautlet-Bredrup, Brooke (Eric) Piland and McKinnely (Sebastien) Benoit, Makayla and Zachary Kapalczynski, Robert (Kelly) Hoehn, Mathew (Kelsey) Parkin, Justin Gardner and many great grandchildren; brothers and sisters: Jack (special friend Karen) Kapalczynski, Larry (Reesa) Kapalczynski, Nancy Dellis and Betty Tiemann; and sister-in-law, Judy Kapalczynski.
He was preceded in death by his siblings and in-laws: Laura (Mike) Skemp, Rich (Barb) Kapal, Butch Kapalczynski and Art (Judy) Kapalczynski; brother-in-laws: George Dellis and John Tiemann; sister-in-law, Judy Kapalczynski; and granddaughter, Amy Workman.
A special thanks to Sarah and all the nurses who cared for us at Unity hospice.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 am on Saturday August 12, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Crivitz with Father David Schmidt presiding. Visitation from 9 am until the time of Mass.
In lieu of flowers, any financial contribution made to the Jerry Kapalczynski family will be donated in his name to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee is assisting Jerry’s family with arrangements.