Obituary: Anita Kapp
Anita D. Kapp, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2020 in Bridgewater.
Mrs. Kapp was a singular source of inspiration to all who knew her. She graduated summa cum laude and as the Gerard Scholar from Marymount Manhattan College in 1954. She then began working as a public school teacher, did a short stint for The New Yorker, and became a producer for META, a fledgling educational public television enterprise.
In 1958, she married John J. Kapp, her husband of 62 years. While raising five children, often with a little help from her aunt, Bessie O’Connor, she added to her many family activities (hockey practices, summer horseback riding lessons, teaching CCD) by graduating from the New York School of Interior Design in 1971. She progressed from several small residential projects to establish her own firm designing offices at several of New Jersey’s most respected law firms. Her talent and personality earned her the contract to design public and private spaces for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (at the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park Racetrack), as well as corporate offices and team facilities at Madison Square Garden.
Her expertise and work ethic also led to her being retained to renovate chambers at the federal courthouse in Newark. After happy years of hard work and success, Mrs. Kapp reluctantly retired, secure in the knowledge that her legacy would live on in the beautiful and efficient designs she created over the course of a long career.
Mrs. Kapp loved the family’s summer home in Miller Place, Long Island, where she enjoyed many summers. Miller Place always held a special place in her heart for gatherings with family and friends.
Mrs. Kapp was a long-time parishioner at St. Cassian R.C. Church in Upper Montclair. She is survived by husband John; their son John and his wife Linda; daughter Elizabeth Kapp; son Andrew and his wife Mary (deceased); son Joseph; son James and his wife Christina; 10 loving grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
A gathering to celebrate Mrs. Kapp’s life will be scheduled in the near future. For online condolences please visit www.moriartyfh.com.