THE EMMETSBURG DEMOCRAT. May 1932. "FRANK GAPPA DIES AT WHITTEMORE".--Frank Gappa passed away at his home at Whittemore Wednesday of last week. He had been ailing for nearly two years and was for practically a year bedfast. He consulted several specialists at Rochester, Minnesota, but nothing could be done to restore his health.
The funeral was held Saturday. Services were conducted in St. Michael's Catholic church at Whittemore, Father Hyland officiating. The interment was in the parochial cemetery northwest of that place. The pall bearers were H. W. Geelan, F. J. Rochford, Wm. Higgins, Simon Roth, Joe Kliegl and J. S. Cullen.
Mr. Gappa was born in West Prussia, Germany, September 4, 1855. Hence his age was 76. He came to the United Sates at a comparatively early age. He was married at Algona September 25, 1881, to Miss Faustina Kajewski. Mr. and Mrs. Gappa lived on their farm in Fairfield township for 43 years. In 1925 they retired and moved to Whittemore. Eleven sons and daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Gappa, all of whom are living except one son Ignatius, who died on August 13, 1931. Mrs. Gappa passed away March 20, 1932. The surviving members are Mrs. Harvey Higley, Mrs. Fred Domek, Theo Gappa, Tony Gappa, all of Cylinder; A. J. Gappa of Graettinger; Mrs. F. C. Bailey and Mrs. A. H. Krause of Fenton; Mrs. Thomas Ford, Frank Jr. and Mary, all of Whittemore. His death is also mourned by one brother, Gregory Gappa, who resides at El Reno, Oklahoma.
Among those who came from a distance to attend the obsequies were:
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Blighton of Hollandale, Minnesota,
Mr. and Mrs. John Cole of Ringsted,
Mrs. Geo. Darrow and son Frank of Dubuque,
Eileen Fitzpatrick of Emmetsburg,
Frank Ford of Varina,
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Freeman of Cylinder,
Ed Gappa of Mallard,
Mrs. Ignatius Gappa and children of Varina,
Mr. and Mrs. John Gappa of Emmetsburg,
Mr. and Mrs. Matt Gappa of Emmetsburg,
Mr. and Mrs. A. Garrelts of Graettinger,
Mr. and Mrs. Percy Godden of Emmetsburg,
Mrs. Frank Goddard of Cylinder,
Mrs. Dan Gunn of Cylinder,
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kajewski of Graettinger,
Ignatius Kajewski of West Point, Nebraska,
Mrs. James Kelm of Emmetsburg,
Mr. and Mrs. John Kleigl of Graettinger,
Msr. and Robert Kleigl of Cylinder,
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Korleski of Emmetsburg,
Mr. and Mrs. Nick Martini of Emmetsburg,
Mrs. John Nolan of Emmetsburg,
Mrs. Fred Olson of Cylinder,
Mrs. J. H. Quinn and son Charles of Bancroft,
Mrs. Geo. Slagle of Cylinder,
Mrs. Geo. Steil of Emmetsburg,
Mr. and Mrs. Pete Toole of Emmetsburg, and
Mrs. Pete Waldron and son of Ayrshire.
Mr. Gappa was one of the old time, honored residents of this section of the state. As shown above, he lived on a farm in Fairfield township for 43 years. He was a splendid farmer and was industrious and frugal. He prospered and made very substantial improvement. He provided amply for the needs of the large family of sons and daughters. He was a modest gentleman and he was upright and dependable. He met his obligation promptly. He led a most exemplary life. He was devoted to his home, his church and the welfare of his community in which he lived for almost half a century. The many who had dealings with him will learn with deep regret of his passing.
N.B.: Fairfield township, Palo Alto county, is just west of the town of Whittemore, Kossuth county.
The son, Frank Gappa,Jr., was the father-in-law of Dick Dale, one of the stars on the Lawrence Welk Saturday night television show. -- W.F.