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Orla M. Kapanka

September 14, 1923 - May 24, 2016

Orla M. (“Lucky”) Kapanka, daughter of E. Catherine and Sidney S. Smith passed away at her home on May 24, 2016. She was 92 years old.


Orla was raised in Coalville, UT and attended Weber State College in Ogden after graduation from North Summit High School in 1941.  She then went to work at Hill Field as a secretary, then joined the WWII  war effort at the Office of Flight Safety at the Pentagon. After the war ended in 1945 she became an air hostess for Trans World Airlines (TWA) and began flying internationally shortly thereafter. She left TWA  in 1951 to marry sea Capt. Louis J. Kapanka and raise a family. She maintained her flying associations by becoming a proud life-long member of Clipped Wings, serving as its International President from 1967- 1969.


Orla enjoyed traveling and frequently accompanied her family on domestic and international trips. She also volunteered with the American Red Cross, Junior Achievement, the Centerport Yacht Club on Long Island, NY where she and her family lived, as well as many other social and charitable organizations, always serving in leadership roles. In her free time, she also worked as a secretary and bookkeeper outside the home.


Orla was, above all else, devoted to her husband and three children. Her love was evidenced by her encouragement and sacrifice and her teaching of important values by word and example. She always felt that her greatest achievement was the family she raised and who will miss her  dearly.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, Lou, and four siblings: Renee, Norma Jean, Glen and Kaye.


She is survived by two sons, Frederic Kapanka, an educator in Houston, TX; William Kapanka, a pharmacist in Pensacola, FL; a daughter, Heidi Kapanka, an Emergency Physician, in Ogden, UT; two brothers, Sidney S. Smith of Bountiful, UT and Tom Smith of Logan, UT; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews and  their families.


The family wishes to thank the staff of Dignity Hospice for the compassionate care Orla received and the many relatives and friends who helped serve her needs with love and concern just before her passing.


A private Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Leavitt’s  Mortuary, 836 -36th St., Ogden, UT.


Friends may visit with family at 10:00 AM immediately preceding the service.


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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Time: 10:00 am -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Leavitt’s Mortuary

836 – 36th St.

Ogden, UT  84403

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park

836 – 36th St.

Ogden, UT


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Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 - 36th St., , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Born: September 14, 1923
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Lissa Last posted on 5/31/16

Dear Heidi and Family On behalf of the staff at Dignity Hospice, may I extend our deepest condolences to you upon the passing of your sweet Mother, Orla. We felt honored to be able to care for her and to serve your family. May knowing that you are in our thoughts and prayers bring you comfort at this time. Sincerely, Lissa Last - Chaplain Dignity Hospice Staff