Ferdinand A. Kappen, of Edgewood died peacefully at the age of 81 on February 22, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood. He was a member of Old St. Mary’s Church in Cincinnati, a retired finish carpenter with Universal Contractors in Cincinnati and a longtime member of the Kolping Society. Ferdi enjoyed sports and loved woodworking.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Walburga C. Helmer Kappen; his beloved granddaughter, Sophia Kappen, who died at the age of 6 from leukemia; and parents, Hermann and Sophia Robers Kappen.
Survivors include, son, Greg (Amy) Kappen; daughter, Sandra Kappen; brothers, Otger Kappen and Norbert Kappen; sister, Annaliese Schulten; and grandchildren, Nikolaus and Finnian. Visitation is Friday March 1, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Home, Erlanger. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Old St. Mary’s Church, 123 E. 13th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests considering a donation to one of the following: In memory of his spirited granddaughter, Sophia, the family supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for pediatric and blood cancer research http://pages.mwoy.org/soh/cincy18/shineforsophia or The Kolping Society’s Father Hiller OFM Endowment Fund.