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.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2014.