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Kathleen J. Kapp

July 18, 1951 — February 26, 2017

Kathleen J. Kapp, 65, of Kansas City, MO, died Feb. 26, 2017 after enduring mytonoic muscular dystrophy with toughness for many years. Visitation will be 5-7pm Friday, March 3, with a rosary at 6:30pm, at Christ the King Church, 8510 Wornall Rd. KCMO 64114. Mass of Christian burial will be at CTK at 10am Saturday, March 4, followed by interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Christ the King Food Pantry.
Kathleen was born July 18, 1951, the daughter of G. Robert Reinhardt and Virginia (Tapp) Reinhardt in Kansas City, MO, where she lived most of her childhood except for a brief period her family spent in Japan while her father served as a doctor in the Korean War. She often reminisced about that time, of growing up with her brother, and of her childhood in Kansas City, including the antics of her dog Blackie, attending a Beatles concert, and riding the last trip of the original KC streetcar.
She attended St. Peters School and later St. Teresas Academy. She was a high school student when she met William "Bill" Kapp on a blind date. He is thankful she continued to date him even though he became a dentist and not an astrophysicist, as he first claimed. In 1973, she graduated with a bachelors degree in nursing from Saint Louis University, and they married. During their 43-year union, they lived for a few years in Chicago, where their eldest son was born, moved back to Kansas City, established careers, raised three children and were long-time parishioners of Christ the King.
Kathleen was a hard-working, dedicated nurse for nearly 40 years at Baptist Medical Center (later renamed the Brookside Campus of Research Medical Center) in Kansas City, concluding her career in 2013 in the pain management clinic. She worked as the clinics charge nurse for several years and was honored as the hospital employee of the month in July 2005.
Kathleen was even more dedicated to being a selfless and loving wife and mother. She enjoyed being a Scout mom and a soccer mom (who was not shy about yelling at referees) and later a grandma, solving crossword puzzles (often collaborating with her mother until her death in 2003), growing vegetables and flowers at home, and traveling with her husband and sometimes other family or friends, visiting Australia, New Zealand, many European countries, Hawaii, Russia, and camping in the Virgin Islands. She liked Impressionist paintings, Tab soda (and later Diet Coke with some reluctance), the Royals, NCIS, Sunday family dinners, and the occasional Snickers bar. She volunteered her time as a room mother at her childrens school, coordinated blood drives and helped with cancer screenings.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Kelly Marie, who was stillborn in 1985. She is survived by her husband, Bill, who was an equally dedicated caregiver during the last years of her illness; sons, William Kapp and John Kapp; daughter, Beth Kapp; and granddaughters, Rory Heap and Margaret Heap; all of Kansas City, MO; brother, J. Robert (Nora) Reinhardt of Holt, MO; sister-in-law, Marilyn Cather of Sylvania, OH; aunt, Maureen Antworth of Tallahassee, FL; and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and their children.

SERVICES Visitation
Friday, March 3, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Christ the King Church 8510 Wornall Rd Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Friday, March 3, 2017 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Christ the King Church 8510 Wornall Rd Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday, March 4, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Christ the King Church 8510 Wornall Rd Kansas City, Missouri 64114
Saturday, March 4, 2017 11:30 AM
Mount Olivet Cemetery 7601 Blue Ridge Blvd Kansas City, Missouri 64138

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