|Birth: ||Feb. 14, 1976|
|Death: ||Feb. 19, 1995|
KAPKE DEATH STUNS COMMUNITY
Pecatonica High School 1994 graduate Brian Kapke, 19, collapsed Sunday night while playing basketball in the high school gym at Blanchardville.
The son of Blanchardville residents Bob and Peg Kapke, Brian was playing for his "Ritschard Brothers" team in the Sunday night adult basketball league.
Kapke collapsed around 9:50 p.m. and efforts by emergency medical technicians failed to revive him.
Kapke was transported to the Monroe Clinic by the Blanchardville EMS.
He was active in many school activities while a student at Pecatonica and was a member of 1993-94 Pecatonica champion teams in football, basketball and track and field.
Upon high school graduation from Pecatonica, Kapke had enrolled at Madison Area Technical College.
Several members of the current Pecatonica winter teams were on hand watching Sunday night basketball when the tragedy occurred.
Due to Kapke's close friendships with many students at the school, Pecatonica school officials held staff meetings Monday and implemented its' crisis management team to deal with the situation.
A Coroner's report issued Monday revealed Kapke died from a massive heart attack. Autopsy results reportedly revealed an earlier, less extensive and undetected heart attack had likely occurred sometime earlier.
Source: Blade-Atlas, Feb 23, 1995 – page 1
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Brian Robert Kapke, 19, Blanchardville, died Sunday evening, February 19, 1995 suddenly while playing basketball in Blanchardville. He was born February 14, 1976 in St. Clare Hospital, Monroe, the son of Robert Jr. and Peggy (Erickson) Kapke. He graduated from Pecatonica High School in 1994 and was attending the Madison Area Technical College. He lived in Blanchardville his entire life. Brian was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and was an avid basketball player and fan, hunter and outdoorsman.
Survivors include his parents, two sisters, Barbara and Bette Jo Kapke, both of Blanchardville; paternal grandparents, Robert and Mabel Kapke, Blanchardville; and maternal grandparents, Eldridge and Barbara Erickson, Argyle.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Bobbi Jo Kapke, who died on March 13, 1984.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 22, at 11 a.m. at the Blanchardville Lutheran Church, Blanchardville. Rev. Jeff Miller of the Pecatonica Lutheran Parish officiated with burial in Graceland Cemetery, Blanchardville. The Saether Funeral Home, Blanchardville, was in charge of arrangements.
Source: Blade-Atlas, Feb 23, 1995 – page 12
Created by: Marci Cranston Hess
Record added: Jul 24, 2012
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