NEWTON, NJ - John and Anne Kappelmeier will be this year’s honorees at the St. Joseph Regional School Annual Dinner Dance and Auction scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at Perona Farms in Andover Township.
Proceeds from this year’s event will be dedicated to the “Building on Faith”-SJRS Capital Campaign for the continued improvements of the facility and upgrades to technology. Part of the proceeds will also go to the “Muriel Gillen Tuition Assistance Fund”, in memory of a life-long supporter of Catholic education and SJRS.
John Kappelmeier was born in Brooklyn, NY and attended St. Michael’s School. He attended Brooklyn Tech High School and Pace College. He has worked for both the National City Bank and Irving Trust Bank, both in New York City. He has also worked for Chubb and Son Insurance.

Anne Kappelmeier was also born in Brooklyn, NY and attended St. Michael’s School. She attended high school at Our Lady of Wisdom Academy in Queens. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens. Anne has been a school teacher for more than 50 years. She retired in 2009, having taught preschool at Redeemer Lutheran Preschool for 32 years and also having served as school director.
As a child, Anne’s family summered in Swartswood Lake. She fell in love with Sussex County. While dating John, Anne introduced him to the area which she referred to as “a little bit of heaven on earth.” During those times, some of the cottages would have no electricity or running water. Anne remembers attending Mass in one of the residences since there was no church building in the area. After they were married, the couple continued their summer rentals at Swartswood before finally settling in Hampton in 1970.
Both John and Anne Kappelmeier have been members of St. Joseph’s parish for almost 43 years. They have also been long time supporters of St. Joseph Regional School and have been very active in the local community and continue to serve in various organizations. John regularly worked school bingo both at St. Joseph’s and Pope John. He was a former treasurer of the Pope John Booster Club and established a scholarship fund in memory of a dedicated parent. Anne has been a member of the church choir for 36 years and now is a member of the Bell Choir. She is also an active member of the Don Bosco Columbiettes since its inception in 1993. When their children attended St. Joseph’s, Anne served on the school board and coached cheerleading. She is currently a Eucharistic minister at Newton Medical Center and works at the St. Joseph’s Church thrift shop.
John and Anne Kappelmeier celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 30, 2012. They are the parents of three children -Christopher, Thomas and Lorraine. All of their children attended St. Joseph’s Regional School and Pope John XXIII Regional High School in Sparta. They have eight grandchildren.
What the Kappelmeiers remember best about St. Joseph’s Church and St Joseph Regional School is the feeling of belonging to one big happy family. Everyone knows each other. Father Brian Sullivan, the pastor who serves St. Joseph's Church, is very supportive and makes everyone feel welcome. Their fondest memory of St. Joseph Regional School was when all the families joined in and painted the walls of the school's hallway.
For more information, to purchase tickets, or tour the school, please call Taryn Peppo (908) 296-5532 or the school at (973) 383-2909 or visit
Those wishing to contribute to the campaign or tuition fund may mail their donation to St. Joseph Regional School, 20 Jefferson St., Newton, NJ 07860. Grand event sponsors of the evening are Ronecto and Manhattan Maintenance.