Todd Alfred Kappel, 49, departed his mortal life Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in his home, surrounded by friends and family. Todd was born and raised in North Merrick, N.Y. and later lived in Ocean Pines, Md. and shared a home with his wife in Ellendale.
Todd was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Fritz Kappel and Gladys Walker Kappel.
He was a man dedicated to the well-being of others and his community. He began volunteer service as a teenager, as a junior firefighter cadet with the North Merrick Volunteer Fire Company. He continued to serve in the fire service and as an EMT with North Merrick and later with the Ocean Pines Fire Company, having served there as assistant chief in 2000. He was also an integral part of the Gee… You Will Project, a women’s mentoring program founded by his wife.
Todd worked with the Marriot Corporation in his years in New York, and then as a contractor in government service. He moved to Maryland to care for his parents and formed Todd’s Enterprises, owning Resort Plaza Laundromat in Ocean City, Md. for several years. He later went to work for the state of Delaware Court of Common Pleas as a court officer until his retirement in May, 2012.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 12 years Rosemary Joseph-Kappel. He is also survived by siblings, Brett Kappel and wife Cindy, and their children Ethan and Nina of Reston, Va., and Linda Goodwin and husband Robert, and their children Jenna and Douglas of St. James, N.Y. Additionally, he is loved greatly by his family of aunts, cousins, in-laws and many nieces, nephews, godchildren, and family-by-heart he earned through his genuine affection for others.
A visitation will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown, and also Sunday, Oct. 27, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at Ellendale United Methodist Church, Main St., Ellendale, with funeral services to begin at 2:30 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in Ellendale Cemetery, Ellendale.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Wounded Warrior Project or Wreaths Across America or make a donation to a charity close to your heart in his memory.