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Kapitz, Arnold "Arnie"

Arnold "Arnie" Kapitz, age 86, a resident of the Manitowoc Health and Rehabilitation Center, Manitowoc, died on Thursday morning, December 19, 2013 at the Center.

Arnie was born on November 18, 1927 in Manitowoc, son of the late Joseph and Mary (Kowalski) Kapitz. He graduated 8th grade from St. Paul Parochial Grade School in Manitowoc and later graduated from Manitowoc Lincoln High School with the class of 1945. Arnie served in the Special Forces Band for the United States Army from 1945 until he was honorably discharged in 1947. On November 27, 1948 he married the former Shirley Mae Klein at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Manitowoc. They went to high school together and started dating during his service with the Army. They dated two years and then they united in marriage and just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this past year.

Arnie was first employed with White House Milk in their warehouse and later worked for Kaufmann Mfg. Co. as a machine operator. He served two indentured apprenticeships with Mirro Aluminum Co. The first was Tool and Die Making and the second was Tool and Machine Design. After his apprenticeships he served as project manager for Mirro until 1962. He went on to be the engineering manager at Consumers Steel Inc. from 1962 until 1972. He was promoted to V.P. of sales for Consumers from 1972 until his retirement. Arnie was instrumental in the design and engineering of Manitowoc Lifts for Consumers Steel Inc. He worked with 3M designing and engineering the solar panels for the Minneapolis Zoo. Arnie also designed and engineered the daylight solar panels for industrial use with 3M.

Arnie was a life member of the society of Manufacturing Engineers since 1963. He was a certified industrial systems designer with the state of Wisconsin. He was a member of the American Society of Testing and Materials and was also a member of the American Welding Society.

Arnie was a charter member of the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra and was in the Manitowoc Marine Band for 43 years. He was the Assistant Director of the Manitowoc Marine Band for 20 years and was the Director of the Manitowoc Marine Band for 3 years. He also was a member of the Holy Innocents Men's Choir for 58 years and directed the choir for the past 57 years, until his retirement from the choir in 2011.

Arnie served as a City Alderman from 1973 until 1979. He was initiated as a member of the Gully Gang at the age of 12. He was also a member of Boy Scouts Troup 35 with the Order of the Arrow and a staff member at Camp Sinawa for 3 years. He participated in the White Water Race for 20 years, and then built his own kayak in the garage, finishing in first place that year. Way to go Arnie!

Arnie joined the Cawley Company in 2004 as a Consulting Engineer until his retirement. While there he was named on several patents. He loved working for Jim Peterson and working with each and every employee at the Cawley Company. They were all very special and like family to him. Since the 1950s his hobbies included restoring pianos, clocks, slot machines, and was also an avid Packer fan. Arnie could take a wash machine apart, repair and reassemble it, however, he never learned how to do a load of laundry.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years: Shirley Kapitz, Manitowoc; his children: Debbie Kapitz, Manitowoc, Randall Kapitz, Green Bay, Mary Lou (John) Hoiland, Milwaukee; two grandchildren: Calvin Arnold Kapitz, Jessie (Dave) Barnett; 2 great grandchildren: Raymond and Lance; one brother and sister-in-law: Richard and Tram Kapitz, Manitowoc; one sister-in-law: Ann Kapitz, Green Bay. Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents: Joseph and Mary Kapitz; one infant daughter: Vicki Kapitz; one daughter-in-law: Karen Wester Kapitz; and one brother: Milton Kapitz.

Cremation has taken place at All-Care Cremation Center, Manitowoc, and Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at St. Francis of Assisi on Waldo. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Dave Pleier with burial of Arnie's cremated remains to take place at a later date.

The family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at St. Francis of Assisi on Waldo from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting

The Pfeffer Funeral Home and All-Care Cremation Center, Manitowoc, are assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

The family wishes to extend a VERY SPECIAL thank you to all of the staff at the Manitowoc Health and Rehabilitation Center, especially to Wendy who treated Arnie and all of us as part of her family. They would like to also thank the nurses and staff on all three shifts at the center for their care and compassion shown to Arnie and our family.

Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from Dec. 25 to Dec. 27, 2013
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