Dorothy M. (Smith) Gappa

Dorothy M. (Smith) Gappa

November 11, 1935 – June 15, 2020

Born in Oakley, Kansas to Jessie (Cunningham) and Clyde Smith.  She graduated from Oakley High School in 1953.  Moved to Omaha, NE.  Worked and retired from Northwestern Bell after 25 years.  On June 30, 1956, Dorothy married James M. Gappa and to this union three children were born, Ann Marie, John and Brian.

She is preceded in death by parents, Jessie and Clyde Smith; daughter, Ann Marie Gappa Copeland.  Survived by husband, Jim; sons, John (Charlene), and Brian (Trisha); grandchildren: Cory Copeland (Jessica), Kyle (Lindsay), Trevor (Savannah), Nicole, Lucas and Brooke Gappa; great-grandchildren: Austin, Arron, and Aurora Copeland, Kayden Gappa; many nieces and nephews.

Private Family Services.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.




  • Donna Upton Posted June 23, 2020 8:12 am

    Jim and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. She was such a sweet lady and I enjoyed very much getting to know both of you at Fountain View especially during Bingo. My thoughts and prayers go out to you Jim.

  • Diane and Pat Hayes Posted June 30, 2020 2:13 pm

    Jim and family….
    Our deepest sympathy on Dorothy’s passing. May you be comforted knowing she is in Her heavenly home. You will be in our prayers. Take care and God bless you.

  • Sherry Parcel Posted July 1, 2020 7:43 am

    May God be with you, Jim, and loved ones during this difficult time in your lives.

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