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GEORGE N. KAPOTAS DODGEVILLE, Wis. - George N. Kapotas was born July 7, 1933, in the little village of Patras, Greece. As a young boy he always dreamed of great things. George loved all the arts, singing and dancing. He taught himself to play the harmonica and accordion. In 1958, he came to America on an Agricultural scholarship, but as luck would have it he was kicked by a cow and landed in the hospital, where he met Darlene Dickerson. They married and had four children and became an American citizen. Throughout his life, George ran Parthenon, Sod Farm & Landscaping. He moved to Texas, he found his true passion, sculpting. He presented a sculpture to President Clinton. He married Jeanne Berg in 1995, in Monroe Center, IL. He sculpted and created his art work, and Lil's Acres and the Life of Christ. He passed away peacefully Monday, April 14, 2014, with his loving wife by his side. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; his children, Kanella (Rick) Downey, Paula Scribner, Nick Kapotas, and Maria Green; grandchildren, Joshua, Jeremiah, and Andie; great-grandchildren, Camryn, Preston, and Lilly; step-children, Kelly, Tony, Julie, Cory, Taryn, Kim; and many family members in Greece and the U.S. He is preceded in death by his sister, Tula and his granddaughter, Katina. A Celebration of Life Open House will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Clock Tower in Rockford, Illinois. A George N. Kapotas Memorial will be made in his name. The Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Published in Rockford Register Star from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2014.
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April 30, 2014
I only just heard of George's passing. I have a heavy heart for your loss Jeanne. I know we will all be together one day and thank the almighty God for preparing a place for us. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. God Bless.
Schott-Anderson Kathy
April 24, 2014
We lived down the road from George in Monroe Center when he moved there. We enjoyed watching his yard transform into the beautiful park it became. George carved a bear for us for our wedding in 1996. We took it from Monroe Center to our next two homes, and still treasure it today. George was so kind and giving of himself. Such a fascinating man. He could never realize how many people he touched with his gifts.
Tim and Laurie Wolf
April 18, 2014
Kanella, Paula, Nick and Maria,

So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He was a special man. Thinking of you and your families at this time.

Betsy (Holmes) Tracy- Springfield, Illinois
April 18, 2014
Both my wife and I were saddened to hear of George's passing. We only found out today. There are so many great memories of him. Above all was his beautiful smile and the joy and zest he brought into a sometimes boring day. I was also honored to have had the opportunity to create a portrait of him. It won international honors by the Professional Photographers of America. He & I had much fun in it's creation. So nice to see the image in his memorial. God bless you George as well as his family. He was a real treasure!
April 18, 2014
Papou & Mea!
Papou is one of the most interesting, talented people I've met in my lifetime from his artist work to his beautiful voice I could listen to all night he was a man of many talents. I promise to take care of your Mea, Papou! Rest in Peace.
Jeff Larsen
April 18, 2014
Jeanne, our thoughts and prayers to you and family. So sorry for your loss of George. He was a wonderful, kind, and loving man to all that he met along the way. Michael and I will always remember both of you from the Community Church in Monroe Center,IL. A beautiful couple. My parents thought the world of both of you and now George will meet with them once again. May God give you peace, love and strength always. We love you, Jeanne.
Michael and Denise Pickle-Dornback
April 17, 2014
I was blessed to have George and family for neighbors in Roscoe.So many laughs and good memories.A truly remarkable human being.God Bless
Joe Meier
April 17, 2014
will always miss my cousin yioryos
athanasios TSELIS
April 17, 2014
I am retiered sheriff of Ogle county GEORGE SUPORTED ME AND WHEN I WON HE GAVE TWO HAND MADE WALKING STAFFS WITCH I STILL HAVE IN FAMILY ROOM hE W AS WONDERFULL PERSON AND WILL BE MIST mEL MESSER ROCHELLE,IL
MEL MESSER
April 17, 2014
sorry to hear about your dad i know you was very close kanella. what a nice looking man and his sculpters were so beautiful. jackie
April 17, 2014
I remember meeting George when he had many of his sculptures on display at Mulford Village mall. I also was fortunate enough to visit him at his home where he had all of his beautifully carved religous pieces at his corner spot in the country. He was such a warm and friendly man who truly enjoyed sharing his passion of the arts with anyone who he met. I remember him always wearing a scarf and thinking he was like a movie star from Texas. He was truly larger than life! May his spirit live on forever!
Vicky Rowley
April 17, 2014
Maria, so sorry for your loss, your family is in my prayers
jennifer boyce
April 17, 2014
WILL BE TOGETHER AGAIN MORE ROAD TRIPS MORE FUN AND LAUGHTER THANKS FOR EVERYTHING WAS A PLEASURE TO HAVE AN UNCLE LIKE YOU I WON'T SAY GOODBYE YOU WILL BE ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS A TRUE HERO IN OUR FAMILY ILIAS
ilias sotis
April 17, 2014
I have plenty of fond memories of George and my father Irving on the sod farm, He will always be in my thoughts and prayers God Bless
George Pearson
April 17, 2014
Kanella, Paula, Nick, and Maria --

Your father was a talented artist whose major work other than you four was his Life of Christ/Stations of the Cross at his home on Illinois 72. It seems almost appropriate that he died during Holy Week. God bless you all.
Dan McCullough
April 17, 2014
Rayme Myers
April 17, 2014
I am deeply saddened by George's passing. I met him in the mid 60's while working at Sungate Construction. He would bring his accordion to our office and sing and dance. He was a wonderful gentleman and always kissed the ladies hands when he came in. He smiled like no other. Condolences to his entier loving family.
Joanne Hart
April 17, 2014
Mary Bonavia
April 17, 2014
Vivian Gaines
April 17, 2014
Love and sympathies to the family. May God comfort you with His peace and strength.
Kathy and Rusty Suddarth
April 17, 2014
My life was fuller and richer knowing Uncle George ,R.I.P. My thoughts and prayers for all the Kapotas.
Shelly Ristow
April 17, 2014
Words just can't explain how a person feels at a time like this. Just know he has many friends that loved him, and will be missed, but he's at peace now with other friends and family members, & none of them will be alone. I'm so sorry I can't be there, just know your all thought of every day. Love you all.
Nancy Banks
April 16, 2014
He was a wonderful man. He lived each day with purpose and touched so many.
Taryn Greene
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