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Ronald George Kapolnek

June 12, 1958 ~ April 24, 2017 (age 58)

The Piano Brothers

     Ronald George Kapolnek, 58, entered into God’s Kingdom on April 24th, 2017, in Door County, WI. Cherished husband of Jean (née Rountree) for 33 years; devoted father of Kathryn, Eileen (Stephen) Pounds, Danielle (Jason) Szmanda and James; caring grandfather of Kelsey, Lex, Winnie and Fiona Pounds and Lou Szmanda. A native Chicagoan, Ron was born June 12, 1958, the loving son of Mary (née Straube) and the late George; son-in-law of Kathleen (née McManaman) and the late Tom; dearest brother of Linda (Steve) Foy, Bill (Karen Redmond), John (Mary), Mary Kay (Peter) Nedza and Kathy Collins; fond brother-in-law of Tim (Lori), Michael (Tricia), Julie (Edward) Wiss, the late Daniel and Tom (Jenn); beloved uncle of many nieces and nephews; treasured nephew, cousin and an incredible friend.

     Ron was a proud alumnus of St. Patrick High School ('76) and served on the Board of Trustees as treasurer and chairman of the finance committee. He had a lifelong career in the spirits industry and built many fruitful relationships, both domestic and international.

     Ron packed a lifetime of love, adventure and late night capers into his 58 years. He put his heart and soul into everything he did: his relationships, his work and his love of the Cubbies. He will leave behind a remarkable legacy of kindness and generosity.

     Family and friends whose lives Ron touched are invited to his Celebration of Life Memorial Mass at Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams St., Chicago, IL 60661, at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 5th, 2017 and are encouraged to wear bright colors. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Patrick High School, 5900 West Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60634, and please indicate 'In Memory of Ron Kapolnek.' 

     Huehns Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sturgeon Bay, WI is assisting the Kapolnek family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Ron may be shared with his family through his tribute page at

Charitable donations may be made to:

St. Patrick High School
5900 West Belmont Ave., Chicago IL 60634
Tel: 1-773-282-8844

 Service Information

Service (Outside of Door County)
May 5, 2017

3:00 PM
Old St. Patrick Catholic Church - Chicago, IL
700 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60661

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