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Sondra Mae Kapp


February 9, 1940 – March 14, 2023

It is with deep sadness and great loss that we share the passing of Sondra “Sandy” Mae Kapp. Sandy was a beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmothe­r, sister/sisterin-law, aunt, and friend to all who knew her.

Sondra Mae Deutsch was born in the Bronx, New York on February 9, 1940 and moved with her parents, Harold and Rose Deutsch and her brother Herbert Deutsch to Miami shortly thereafter. She graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Miami and she began a long career teaching in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Her love of education and learning motivated her over the years to seek many advance certificat­ions in the field of education, eventually obtaining a Specialist Degree in Education.

Sandy met her husband Calvin while she was tanning on the sands of Miami Beach and less than a year later, they were married, a marriage that lasted 60 years, until Cal’s passing in December 2020.

Together Sandy and Cal raised five children who married incredible spouses: Stuart (Jennifer Gipson Kapp), Toby (Robert Bass), Daniel (Nicole Basile) Joseph (Carlos Gutierrez) and Sabina (Sarah Hutt) and they welcomed into their lives nine grandchild­ren, JackHenry, Caroline (Stefan Grosfeld), Andrew, Evan, Cate, Micah, Molly, Julius, and Leah. After Cal’s passing, Sandy had a wonderful caretaker, Margaret Slater, who became her friend and confidante.

Sandy was a devoted educator. She touched the lives of the many students that she taught, many who have kept in touch with her throughout their adult lives. Her good listening skills, patience and good sense of humor always made the Kapp household a place where the neighborho­od children came to hang out. Many of those kids still call her their “second mom.”

Sandy was a voracious reader, a passionate learner, and an avid book collector. With a zest for life, she loved traveling the world with her husband and children to new places and new adventures. She always challenged those around her to think outside the box, especially her younger brother Herb Deutsch and his wife Judy.

For the last 17 years, Sandy courageous­ly battled breast cancer with grace, dignity, and strength.

Despite her challenges, she maintained a positive and determined outlook on life, and never allowed the disease to interfere with her zest for living.

Sandy will be deeply missed and always remembered by her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, Sandy asked that donations be made to Fire Org supporting free speech (https://www. or the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehens­ive Cancer Center (https://www.thepapcorp­ Graveside Service TODAY, March 17, 2023 at 11:30 am at Mt. Nebo Kendall Memorial Gardens, 5900 SW 77th Ave, Miami, FL 33143. Arrangemen­ts by Levitt-Weinstein Blasberg-Rubin-Zilbert (305) 932-2700 Please sign guestbook on

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