Daniel Kapitanski

Date of Death: Dec 08, 2021
Daniel Kapitanski

1966 - 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Daniel V. Kapitanski, 55, of Fox Lake, announce his sudden passing on December 8, 2021 at Waupun Memorial Hospital.

Dan was a great man, an attentive & wonderful husband, father, and all who knew him will not forget his friendliness and humor. He was proud of his children’s accomplishments and was always willing to help anyone in need.

Dan was born March 4, 1966 in Milwaukee, the son of Ronald and Kathleen Kapitanski. Dan was a graduate of Pulaski High School in Milwaukee. He married the love of his life, Renee Nickel in West Allis on February 24, 1990. Dan enjoyed spending time with his family, and cooking was an important thing to Dan for any function. He loved to smoke meat and fish in his smoker; his father-in-law thought it was so good he should sell it. Dan once owned a 1952 Dodge pick up and loved going to vintage car shows. He was raised in a hunting and fishing household and had many fond memories of prior trips. Dan loved to share his passion for the outdoors with his children, nieces and nephews, and his grandsons. Since the birth of his grandsons, spending time with them was a priority. Dan was a prankster, and enjoyed teaching that to his oldest Grandson Jax. They loved going to the park, zoo, marsh, or doing anything with their Grandpa Dan… and he felt the same way.

Dan is survived by his wife of 31 years, Renee Kapitanski of Fox Lake; two children: Jessica (Mitch) Barrera of Beaver Dam, Jacob Kapitanski of Fox Lake; two grandsons: Jaxson and Dakota Barrera: his parents, Ronald and Kathleen Kapitanski of Oxford, WI; two brothers: Christopher (Kristie) Kapitanski of Milwaukee and Douglas (Ilene) Kapitanski of New Berlin; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Dan was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dennis and Michele Nickel.

We’ll miss you husband, dad, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle, & cherished friend. We will keep you in our stories, and you will always be with us. You are loved.


Memorial services and a celebration of Dan’s life will take place at a later date.

Memorial Contributions

The family suggests memorials be directed in Dan’s name to “Friends of Clausen Park” P.O. Box 105 Fox Lake WI 53933.



  1. No words can help at this time. I am so sorry for your family. I will miss Dan. It was a bright spot in my day when he would call about a machine. He would always have a story about Jax. He was so proud of his family.

  2. Dawn Rogers Says: December 13, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about Dan. I enjoyed working with him at Nancy’s Notions and continuing to have him keep my machines in good working order. He was always so friendly. He will definitely be missed! Prayers and hugs to his family.

  3. Diane Lechner Says: December 13, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. May he rest in peace. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Joan Friedrich Says: December 14, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    I’m so sorry to that Dan is no longer with us. He was a wonderful person. My prayers and thoughts are with the family.

  5. Kathleen Gittus Says: December 14, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    My deepest sympathy. I talked to Dan just a couple of weeks ago. So sorry!

  6. Sharon White Says: December 14, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    So sad to hear of Dan’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Brian Raasch Says: December 15, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Very sorry to hear this. Dan was one of the best guys I’ve ever met in my life.

  8. Rick Garza Says: December 15, 2021 at 9:29 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. I knew him when he was a young man, while hunting and fishing with him and his dad and uncle Larry. He was a good person. I’m deeply saddened for everyone in his family

  9. Marilyn Martin Says: December 15, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    I was so shocked to hear of Dan’s passing, such a love for life and those he loved in life. I enjoyes his stories, and appreciated his skills working on my machines and as a friend talking of hunting/fishing. So very proud of his family; Dan will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you, as family.

  10. Joyce Hanke Says: December 16, 2021 at 7:58 am

    So sad to hear of the loss of a great guy! I loved working with him, he was always a bright spot in the day!! Dan aways took the time for a question or when you needed help. I’ll never forget the teasing & jokes with his wild game lunches! Huge hugs to the family for this very difficult loss!

  11. Jim Galeazzi Says: December 17, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    I worked with Dan years ago at Neenah printing,on a 12 hour shift, he always made it fly by he was so fun to work with wasn’t as much fun after he left.so sorry to here of his passing,he was a good man

  12. Renee Drabek Says: December 18, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Dan and I worked together for a short period and I’m heartbroken to see this. I used to call him Dan the Sewing Machine Man, which I know he got a kick out of. I really enjoyed our visits — he was always willing to listen to my stories and go along with every bad idea I had at work. Dan was constantly an uplifting spirit to everyone’s day.

    I’ll never forget my “Gizmos, Gadgets, and Do-Dads” friend. All of my thoughts, prayers, and sympathies to his very special family. Such a tragic loss.

  13. Gloria Weier-Linke Says: December 18, 2021 at 1:00 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. It was a pleasure working with him at Nancy’s Notions. Such a great person. My sympathies to the family. Many hugs.

  14. Judy Johnsen Says: December 18, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    My deepest sympathy to all of you. Dan was such a kind person and was the best at what hie did. He will be missed by many former customers at Nancy’s and at Sallie Tomato!

  15. LOIS LEVENHAGEN Says: December 21, 2021 at 1:20 am

    I was great working with Dan at Nancy’s Notions. He was the “gadget/tool man”. When fixing a machine and if he didn’t have the right tool, he would concoct up some sort of tool to help him to get the machine fixed.
    Dan could talk to anyone! He was a kind, gentle and he would listen and help you no matter what.
    He loved his hunting, fishing and garden. We would talk about our gardens, exchange receipt and if it was spicy enough for him.
    We kept each other up to date on a TV series we were both watching and tried to figure out “who Done-it”.
    My sympathies to the family and you are in my prayers.

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