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Bessie Capper

A celebration of life for Bessie M. Capper, 98, of Williamsburg, formerly of Wellman, will be held Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 1:30 PM at Asbury United Methodist  Church in Wellman, with Pastor Moody Colorado officiating.  Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Joetown.  Visitation will be held Saturday, April 18 from 4 – 8 PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona.  A memorial fund has been established for Asbury United Methodist Church.  Bessie died Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Highland Ridge Care Center in Williamsburg.

Bessie Minnie (Kleinschmidt) Capper was born April 27, 1916 in Johnson County, the daughter of John and Addie (Reynolds) Kleinschmidt.  She attended Hartsock #3 Rural School in Sharon Township.  On July 2, 1938 she was united in marriage to Charles C. Capper in Kirksville, MO.  The couple owned and operated Capper's Cafe and later Chuck's Chuck Wagon for 37 years.  Bessie was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Wellman, The Rebekah Lodge, Lion's Club, American Legion Auxilliary, Country Quilters Quilt Club and the Wellman Senior Center.  She enjoyed gardening, camping, sewing and quilting and her grandchildren.

Survivors include four children: John Thomas (Vicki) Capper of Parnell, Charles (Joanne) Capper of Marengo, Cecil Capper of Cedar Rapids, Ron (Jenny) Capper of Williamsburg, 13 grandchildren,  29 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, one brother, John (Vivian) Kleinschmidt of Iowa City, and one sister Leona Buchmayer of Solon.

Preceding Bessie in death was her husband Charles in 2004, her parents, a great granddaughter, Kynlea Heitman, three brothers: Joe, Roy and Emery Kleinschmidt and one sister, Marguerite Plecker.

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We are so sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. She will be greatly missed by many. Bonnie and Bob Baker

Bonnie Huffman Baker Apr 18 2015 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Capper Family as you say good-bye to Bessie. She will be remembered as a truly wonderful person, who meant so much to so many, for a very long time. Sincerely, Tim and Kathy Patterson Cedar Rapids, IA

Kathy Patterson Apr 18 2015 12:00 AM

We have fond memories of Bessie at the family gatherings and in the Chuck Wagon We offer our heart felt sympathies to all the family. Daryl andCheryl Reynolds

Daryl & Cheryl Reynolds Apr 17 2015 12:00 AM

Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Grandma Capper will always stay in my heart as a wonderful person that everyone loved so much. I have lovely memories of helping out in the Chuck Wagon, discussing handicrafts and observing both her and Grandpa Capper as a couple with a long, successful marriage. I received a beautiful quilt for my first child in 1999 and will keep it waiting for the next generation, too. I will cherish these memories always. I hope everyone can take comfort in thinking what an extraordinary woman Bessie was and how much love and advice she's given and all the love she in turn received from all her family. All of you are in my thoughts on this sorrowful day. With love, Sari

Sari Sarelius-Helo Apr 17 2015 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss.Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

JC and Beth Carey Apr 16 2015 12:00 AM