David William Kapelan

David William Kapelan, 53, of Scranton died peacefully on Wednesday, September 25th at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born January 14, 1966 in Scranton, he was the son of Zena Homko Kapelan and the late John Kapelan, Sr.  David was a 1984 graduate of West Scranton High School and held various positions of work, most recently at American Environmental Outfitters. He loved fishing, skiing, and camping with his friends.

Also surviving are a son Ian Kapelan and wife Jennifer; a grandson Braxton Kapelan; step grandchildren Sophia and Kayden; sisters Janet Silverberg and husband Alan; Barbara Kapelan; Christina Jones and husband Darin;  his brother Johnny Kapelan, Jr.; several nieces and nephews;  aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff, nurses and volunteers at Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their kindness and exceptional care of David.  Also, gratitude to the doctors and nurses of the Oncology Department of the Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre and the Interim Home Healthcare Nurses.

A private memorial service will be conducted by Pastor Gan Arnold at the convenience of the family with burial at the Milwaukee Cemetery, Ransom Township, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army Social Service, 500 S. Washington Ave., Scranton, 18505; or to the Community Intervention Center, 445 N. 6th Ave., Scranton, 18503.


  1. Donna (Stelmack) Carey

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Kapelan family. Rest in peace David.

  2. JoAnn & Arnold

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences and know your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Christen Kerrigan Pellegrini

    My love to you Zena and your family I loved Dave with all of my heart may he rest in peace my brother my friend ❤️🙏

  4. Marion Murray

    Thinking of you at this time
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you




  5. Joann Stanek Marsili

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers to all.

  6. Andrea Stelmack

    My deepest sympathies to the family..
    God Bless 💞

  7. jennifer fenton

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Kapelan family at this time ,i,m sorry for your loss ,Dave was a friend of mine as well as our family ,God bless<3

  8. Anthony and Lori Petrillo & family

    My dear Mrs Kapelan, John, Christina, Janet, Barbara,Ian and family, Sincere condolences to all from my family and I. I loved Dave like a brother and he will always live in my memories and have a special place in my heart.
    To Johnny, Im so sorry,call me anytime my friend…
    Eternal rest grant unto David, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon Him
    May His soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
    through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
    Rest in peace my brother. Love ya… Tony

  9. Brian Jurbala and Family

    Zena, Janet, Barb, Johnny, and Christina my deepest condolences on David’s passing. I have a lot of fond memories spending time with him ….and you all…..growing up. May your most cherished memories comfort you and the rest of your family in this difficult time. RIP my friend and may God bless you in the eternal kingdom of heaven and your family here on earth.

  10. Karen DiPietro

    Dear John and Family,I’m very sorry for the loss of David.

  11. Ms. Kapelan, and family.
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I went to school with Dave. He was such a wonderful guy,
    That will be deeply missed.

  12. Jen Nolan

    I will love Dave until the day I die and beyond. He was and is the one man that loved me for me and I loved him for him. Life happened but I never stopped loving him. May he finally be at peace.

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