Brother Victor Capek, OMI

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Brother Victor Capek, OMI, 95, died Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Illinois.

Brother Victor (aka Bro. Vic) was born in 1925 to the late Frank and Antonia, nee Glowacki, Capek in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Prior to joining the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, he was an experienced welder. He joined the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, pronouncing his first religious vows in 1963 and perpetual vows in 1969 at the age of 43.

In 1963, Bro. Vic joined the retreat team at Kings Retreat and Renewal Center in Belleville, IL where he served for 50 years as a minister of hospitality. He helped all retreatants feel at home while on retreat beginning with his warm welcome upon their arrival and his special blessing as they returned home.

Bro. Vic was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Antonia, nee Glowacki, Capek; his siblings, Thaddeus Capek, Frances Elias, Hattie Gerdes; and his niece, Bernice Badger.

Mourning his passing are his nieces and nephews Gary Elias, Wayne Elias, Dolores Loria, James and Janice Snyder, as well as some 3700 Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate serving in 60 countries.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to King’s House Retreat & Renewal Center, 700 N. 66 th St., Belleville, IL 62223-3949. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may pay their respects at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at the Shrine church. Service will be live streamed on the Shrine website.

Burial will be at the St. Henry Oblate Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


6 Comments on Brother Victor Capek, OMI

Anne said : Guest Report Feb 07, 2021 at 3:17 PM

Bro Vic was a very kind and gentle soul and very welcoming to retreatants coming to King's House and he blessed them as they were leaving. He also prepared for Mass everyday. I haven't seen him for many years, but l am thankful for his presence at King's House. May he rest in peace.

  • St. Charles
  • Mo
Angela strong said : Guest Report Dec 11, 2020 at 8:25 PM

Brother Vic was a humble and holy man with a twinkle in his eyes . He inspired us with his deep faith and kind nature. I miss his smile. Rest in peace, dear friend.

  • Picayune
  • Ms
Dolores Flora Loria said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2020 at 3:42 AM

Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts of Bro. Victor Capek OMI (my Uncle Vic). My Mother (his sister, Bernice Capek Flora Benesh ), my sister and I lived with Uncle Vic, his twin, Uncle Teddy and Grandma Antonina Capek in the mid 1940's in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for about 5 years. We had a mutual love of horses. I got to know him and loved him very much. Such a gentle and loving man. Yes, he is an Angel and a dear man who was loved by everyone who knew him.. Sincerely, Dolores Loria

  • Lemon Grove
  • CA
Terry Price Baldus said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2020 at 5:19 PM

My deepest sympathy to Brother Vic's family. I worked at the King's House when I was in High School and Brother Vic was truly the kindest person. May Eternal Light shine upon him.

  • St Jacob
  • Illinois
Richard said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2020 at 6:40 PM

My condolences May his soul rest in peace

  • Samfya
  • Samfya _ Zambia-Africa
Ron Knobbe said : Guest Report Nov 07, 2020 at 4:54 PM

Brother Vic was a good and very Holy Man. He is and was deeply respected by all as a spiritual person who loved God and who loved deeply all of us who encountered him. May he rest in the arms of GOD. May he rest in peace. This Man is a SAINT.

  • Preston
  • MN

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