“Biblically man is like a tree, and if he is without deep roots he will in time fall victim to great storms in his life.
For no matter how thick trunk or how great the branches of a tree are it is the roots that anchor it to life and this world.
If the roots are shallow the tree will fall. And a man without roots leaves nothing to those that follow him”
The above was taken from an email sent to me from M.Kapoustin.
We know nothing of our ancestors in the old Country. From information contained on their birth and marriage certificates.
We know they came
This part of the
Province is no longer in
Below are name changes from the names we have on certificates.
Chernauti 48d18' 25d56' Cernauti,Chernovits,Chernovitsy,
Corovia 48d14'25d58' Korovya,Koroviya
1910, Czernowitz and Corovia in Blue. Bukowina Province
Vasile Chiperi Birth and death
unknown. He likely died in
Also told to me by Bob Kap.
He married Zamfira Hudima Zamflorg or Zanzia: Were not sure of her first name? The name I used was my best interpretation of Paulina’s marriage
certificate.Zamflorg is from Dean Kepper’s obituary and Zanzia is how mom wrote it down when she asked her mother some questions one time.
2. I Paulina Chiperi b. Sep 23, 1890.
Chiperi born Nov 26, 1895 in
Kepper. He settled in Pukwana South Dakota
death date of May 01, 1982.He lived 86y 05m 05d. All of the information I received on Dean was from the niece (Hope Turgeon) of his common law wife Effie.
We now have some nice mementos thanks to Hope. Unfortunately because Effie died in a fire all personal papers were also destroyed. I was hoping to get a few more clues on
Vasile and Zanzia.
common law Effie Agnes Houska b. April 10, 1912 at home,
Dec 21, 1989 in a house fire in
I was fortunate and found someone who knew Dean Kepper. She is Effie Houska’s niece. Hope Turgeon her mother was Effie Houska’s sister.
All the information pictures etc were sent to me from Hope.
Excerpt’s of correspondence from Hope.
“I do not remember him until the 1950'5. That is when we were married and moved to Pukwana. At that time he had the amusement parlor in town.
We moved to a farm 9 miles south of town, and in 1955, we had a fire in our house. It did not burn down, but there was allot of smoke damage. My
father owned the farm so he hired Dean to come out and tear the house down and sort the lumber which was later used to build the house we are now
living in. It was then that I really got to know Dean. I fixed him lunch and invited him to have his evening meal with us before he returned to
Pukwana. Much to my surprise he stayed and ate with us. He was hard to get acquainted with, but my husband, daughter and I became good friends
My Aunt worked for my Grandmother Olson in Pukwana and was dating a widow man. They both liked to drink beer at Dean’s place. The widow
man died and then Aunt Effie took a liking to Dean. That was in the late 1950's nobody ever thought he would go with her, but he did. In about
1967 or so. I got a call from the town cop in Pukwana that Dean had had a stroke and they couldn't get him to go to the hospital, so my daughter and
went and got Aunt Effie and took her to him. She finally got him to go to the
come home. He needed care so she took him to her farm and nursed him back to fair health. He was there with her for 19 years when he died. I
talked to my cousin and he said he remembers a sister calling up to get Dean to talk to her and he would not go to the phone. He did not remember
Notes and Pictures Relating to Dean Kepper
3. iii Sophia Chiperi born May 22, 1900
iv Floria Chiperi. Mom thought that Floria may have stayed in the old Country, However we are unsure. Have no other info on him.
note from Deans Obituary above there is mention of him being predeceased by 2
brothers. Floria being one but we don’t know the name of the second
brother and whether he came to
Paulina Chiperi, (1.Vasile1) born Sep 23,1890 in Corovia,
Romania, died Nov 05,1956 in Halifax, NS.
Pauline came to
Alexander Werenka and two of her 3 children. She was proprietor of
Alexander's Grocery in
may have left
I assume this is
She married Alexander Werenka (Verenca), Nov 13, 1911 in Corovia, Cernauti, Romania, born Feb 23,1887 in Corovia, Romania,
(son of Demetri Verenca
Trina Creocheja died _______1940 in
4. i i. Veronica Werenka b. Feb 03,1909.
5. ii ii. George Patrick Werenka b. July 27,1912.
Peter Werenka, born July 06, 1922 in
Sophia Chiperi, (1.Vasile1) born possibly May 22 1900 in
Sophia was a Nurse in the Old Country and her husband a doctor Nicola Kapusto. Last name spelling could be Kapousto. It is my understanding he was a white Russian.
They also lived in
He died we believe in
he was married to Tatiana (Tanya) unknown; they were married in the old country.
found a death date for Sophia Kapousto died in
married about 1918, in
believe they settled in
6. 4. i Robert (Kapusto) Kap born in
Aunt Sophia and Nicola Kapusto 1925
Aunt Sophia Kapusto Aunt Sophia Kapusto &son Robert ab1923 Robert Kapusto (Kap) ab1925
Aunt Sophia and Nichola Kapusto and baby Robert 1923.
Left to right Nichola Kapusto, Tatiana &Robert Kapusto, Sophia Kapusto Michael & Sonja Back of picture
Up until Yesterday Nov 08 2004, when mom came across this picture. We thought that Robert and his wife only had one child and that her name was Tanya however maybe Tanya was the
wife’s name, which mom had thought before. From
the back of this photo looks like picture taken in April 08, 1956 in
Looks like 2 names of children. Really hard for me to tell.
If this is the case and Robert had 2 children maybe these are the ones we should try to find. Found Nov 27, 2004 when I received a call from Mr.Kap (Bob) in response to the letter I wrote below.
Below are copies of some letters that were sent at unknown times containing her wishes to come visit. I remember when I was about 16 her coming to visit about 1975+/-.
She had been at Uncle Peters and Georges and
then came to visit Mom in
She spoke several languages and would get them
mixed up I think. Her English was not that good. When I was about 20 I remember
we tried to call her in
someone answered we think it was her but unfortunately we could not communicate. Mom said that the letters were usually written by someone else.
I suspect her signature in on the first letter below.
4. Robert (Kapusto)
1.Vasile1) born in
He married Tatiana Zemljakova she was born Nov 26, 1931, died Nov12, 2003 in
5. Misha Michael (Kap) Kapoustin
6. Sophie Sonja Kap
Found Nov 27, 2004 when I received a call from Mr. Kap (Bob) in response to the letter I wrote below.
“Dear Mr Kap,
I am taking a chance and writing this letter in hopes that you receive it. My name is Sandra Cook and I have been working on our Family Genealogy.
I am hoping you may be the Robert Kap who is the son of Sophia Kapousto. Sophia was my great great Aunt. I remember meeting Sophia in about 1975
give or take
when she came to
I found a death
date for Sophia in 1982 in
I won’t get into a lot of names but if you are the right Robert maybe you could help me. I would so love to talk to you, and know the where your children are so
that I may get to talk to them also.
I will give you my current address and phone number
. Please drop me a note or phone me, one way or the other and let me know.
Keeping my fingers crossed that this gets to you and finds you in Good Health.
If you are the
right Robert Kap, I am
5. Michael Kapoustin (3. Robert 2.Sophia, 1.Vasile)
7. i. Nicolas Kapoustin