John J. “Hank” Kapolka

June 12, 1926 - June 15, 2021

06/12/1926 - 06/15/2021

Past Services

Sunday June 20, 2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes - Shadyside Chapel
3900 Central Avenue
Shadyside, Ohio 43947
740-676-4310 | Directions
Sunday June 20, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes - Shadyside Chapel
3900 Central Avenue
Shadyside, Ohio 43947
740-676-4310 | Directions
Monday June 21, 2021
11:00 am

Powhatan Cemetery
Powhatan Point, Ohio 43942

John J. “Hank” Kapolka, 95 of Shadyside, Ohio died Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at the Continuing Health Care of Shadyside in Shadyside, Ohio.

He was born June 12, 1926 son of the late Nick and Agnes Hortoski Kapolka.

Hank was a retired employee of the Ohio Edison’s R E Burger Power Station, a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church in Shadyside, Ohio, VFW Post 626 Life member, Bellaire, Ohio American Legion Post 521 Life member, Shadyside, Ohio, Ohio River Valley Elks 231 Life member, PAP Club Life member and Polish American Club, Lorain, Ohio Life member and Bellaire Eagles FOE 371. He was a US Navy veteran serving on the USS Hornet during World War II.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary “Mett” Munas Kapolka on April 27, 1996; two sisters, Mary Moskal Rodgers and Helen DeFranko and one brother, Frank Moskal.

Surviving are his two sons, John J. (Diane) Kapolka of Grove City, Ohio and James J. (Cindy) Kapolka of Shadyside, Ohio, one grandson, James J. Kapolka, Jr. of Shadyside, Ohio and two nephews, Rick Rodgers of Martins Ferry, Ohio and Gary Rodgers of Shadyside, Ohio.

Family and friends will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 3900 Central Avenue Shadyside, Ohio on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 11 am at the St. Mary Catholic Church Shadyside with Fr. Daniel Heusel, as Celebrant. Interment in the Powhatan Cemetery, Powhatan Point, Ohio with Full Military Honors conducted by the Belmont County Veterans Association.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shadyside High School Athletic Fund by going to

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Philip Sabatina and family
2 years ago

John, Jim and families. Truly sorry to hear about Mr. Kapolka’s passing. I believe he was the last person from our Smithfield Street/E. 44th growing up days. When my mom was alive, I always made it a point to stop and talk sports with him. And now, we’re so close with the Browns, I’m bummed he won’t be around to witness a 50+ year championship in the making. Again, heartfelt condolences for your loss.

Joni Fox
2 years ago

So sorry about your dad Jim

Lisa Wood Jarosh
2 years ago

My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Carol Todd
2 years ago

John and Jim…so very sorry for the loss of your dad. My sincerest sympathy to you and your families.

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
2 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of John J. Kapolka, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Navy Veteran, John J. Kapolka, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

GiGi Sherry
2 years ago

I am so very sorry for your loss.

Janet Kauskey Porter
2 years ago

May God be with all the family. My Prayers to each of you for your loss of John. I remember him well. Helen’s Friend, Jan.