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Nicholas James Kapsos(1926 - 2013)

Kapsos, Nicholas James Of Oconomowoc, devoted husband of Lynette (Lau) for 40 years, died peacefully at home on September 6, 2013, at the age of 86 (just 13 years, 2 months shy of his lifelong goal of living to 100). Dearest father of Richard (Linda), James (Rita), Mark (Nicole), Christine (William), Scott (Tammy), David (Claudia) and Steven (Carol). Loving grandpa to Kim, Jennifer, Jessica, Sean, Nicholas, William, Emily, Gabriela, Raj, Maya and also to his great-grandchildren. Previously married for 23 years to Lorilla "Marge" Kapsos. He was preceded in death by his father Nicholas, Sr., his mother Veronica, and his older brother Andrew (Elizabeth). Visitation (TODAY) at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 11, 4-5:45PM. Prayer service to follow 6PM. A private interment will take place at Wisconsin Memorial Park. Nick's family would like to express a special thank you to the many doctors, nurses and caregivers who brought him peace and comfort. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Marquette University High School Endowed Scholarship Fund or the would be appreciated. Born in Milwaukee on November 28, 1926, Nick attended Marquette University High School, and after graduation joined the Merchant Marines, traveling the world and proudly serving his country during World War II. After coming home from the war he established himself as the top real estate salesman for Zimmerman Homes, helping to create many of the post-war Milwaukee suburban neighborhoods you see today. In 1960, Nick founded Trustway Homes, Inc. with his two partners Eugene Schlosser and George Nickols. As President of Trustway, Nick was responsible for bringing innovative design to Milwaukee home building, including being the first builder in the area to offer passive solar, energy-efficient homes. He built beautiful and affordable homes for middle-income families, all the way through luxurious homes for Milwaukee Brewers players, and was well known for his "Great House" series of luxury homes. He prided himself on the high quality craftsmanship and construction of every Trustway home, and painstakingly went over every detail of their lovely open concept floor plans. He also was the first builder to develop free-standing ranch style condominiums in the Milwaukee area. Under his leadership, Trustway Homes became one of the largest home builders in Southeastern Wisconsin. He retired in 1994, but continued to value the business relationships and friendships that he developed over the course of his long career. Nicholas was very active when growing up, roller skating at the Palomar roller rink, swimming at Muskego Beach, and playing a variety of sports with his big brother Andy. In middle age he loved to play tennis and golf, and to fish. He taught his children how to build homemade kites, fish, play tennis, sail, and make blow dart guns from copper tubing. He was an avid reader and taught his children and grandchildren the importance of a good education. His father was born on the Greek island of Crete and Nicholas loved all things Greek, including history, music, food and culture. He also loved to travel, both within the United States and abroad. He was the strong, loving patriarch of his family, always ready to provide a well-reasoned piece of advice when needed or a generous helping hand. He will be dearly missed.
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Sept. 10 to Sept. 11, 2013
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