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First Baptist Church - Timmonsville
Tuesday December 9th, 2014
2:00pm - 2:30pm

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Norman J. Gappa

Norman J. Gappa, 70, of Ashton, died Thursday, June 25, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his family. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ashton. The Revs. Marty Egging and James Schmitt will officiate. Burial will be in the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Paplin, with graveside military honors by American Legion Post 108 of Ashton. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service and Knights of Columbus rosary. Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Gappa was born on Aug. 22, 1944, at Loup City, the son of Edwin and Lucille (Dymek) Gappa. He was united in marriage to Phyllis A. Roschynialski on Oct. 10, 1970, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Paplin. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Ashton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Stacie Gappa of Ashton and John and Alicia Gappa of Muskegon, Michigan; three daughters and one son-in-law, Mary Gappa of St. Paul, Ruth Gappa of Omaha and Theresa and Greg Rasmussen of Rockville; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Jean Stenka of Ainsworth, Diane and Mike Chelewski of Arcadia and Donna and Dennis Fells of Mulvane, KS; and one brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Donna Gappa of Grand Island. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Justin Hruby, Whitney Gappa, Shanyn Gappa, Jarrod Gappa, Cody Gappa, Katelynn Gappa, Sara Gappa, Cecilia Gappa, Dylan Rasmussen, Trent Rasmussen, Troy Rasmussen, Ella Rasmussen and Avyn Rasmussen; and three great-grandchildren, Isabella, Abbi and Daltyn Hruby. Norman grew up on the family farm north of Ashton where he attended Sherman County rural schools. He was a 1962 graduate of Ashton High School. As a young man he worked at various jobs in the area. He served in the United States Army from July 14, 1965 to July 13, 1967. At a young age he was engaged in farming with his father and uncles, later taking over and managing the family farm with Phyllis. He was still farming at the time of his death. He was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and St. Francis Catholic Church. He served as a reader at Masses, was an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to Rose Lane Home, was a member of Christians Encounter Christ, Knight of Columbus Council 5455 of Loup City and the American Legion Post 108 of Ashton. Needless to say, Norm loved farming. He also enjoyed hunting, riding his 4-wheeler and grilling. He loved his Catholic faith and his involvement in the church was very important to him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Lucille Gappa; in-laws, Anton and Evelyn Roschynialski; and a brother-in-law, Ray Stenka. Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church or for Masses.

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Guestbook

I am so sad to hear of Norman's passing. He was always a shining example of God's love and faith. Sending all of my love during this sad time to Phyllis and her family.

Debbie Stengel Jun 29 2015 8:20 AM

May Gods loving arms and His peace wrap around All your Family during this most difficult Time! From a new 4th Dayer!

Christy Ningen Jun 29 2015 7:35 AM

Norm was a solid Catholic man who lived his faith every day. Norm preached the Gospel by his life, and if necessary, he used words. Norm loved his family, his community and His loving God. May eternal rest grant unto Norm and the perpetual light of Jesus shine on him brightly. Peace to his family and friends.

Deacon Bill and Nancy Buchta Jun 28 2015 11:51 PM

Ruth, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Julie Calvo Jun 28 2015 4:51 PM

John and Alicia and family- we are so sorry for the loss of your dad. I lost my dad at the young age of 70 which is way too soon. We are keeping all of you in our prayers. Love, Tom and Linda

Linda Schultz Jun 28 2015 12:25 PM

Norman GappaWhat can I say, a great friend , a fellow altar boy at church. We played football against each other in high school. A good friend who talked about all kinds of things as we leaned against the fence after Sunday mass. He was a good man, with a fine singing voice. I will miss him.A friend

John Gregoski Jun 28 2015 11:11 AM

Norman GappaWhat can I say, a good friend, a fellow altar boy at church. We played football against each other in High School. A good friend who talked about all kinds of things as we leaned against the fence after Sunday mass. He was a good man, with a fine singing voice. I will miss him.A friend

John Gregoski Jun 28 2015 9:40 AM

I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers go out to all of his family. Mary if you need anything at all you know where I'm at. Love you

Nicole Preisendorf-Umrath Jun 26 2015 4:15 PM