Lauren Marie Caplea Kolberg

October 22, 1959 ‒ May 12, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Laurie Marie Caplea Kolberg, age 58, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away surrounded by her family and friends on Saturday, May 12, 2018 after a courageous 15 month battle with cancer. She was born on October 22, 1959 in Louisville, Ohio the daughter of Nicholas and Virginia (Himes) Caplea and the youngest of 7 children. She has raised two beautiful children, Lauren Nikol Kolberg, 23, and John Francis Kolberg, 22.

Laurie was a 1978 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisville, Ohio and attended Bowling Green University. She worked for the last 5 plus years as a medical assistant for her dear friend Simona Moore.

Along the journey of her life she collected the best of the best in friends, and never missed a moment to be with her family. She had a shine, and brightness that affected every room, every heart and every soul with laughter and love. It was a goal of Laurie’s to see both of her children graduate, Niki from The Ohio State University and John from Wittenberg University with the latter being most recent. She will be sadly missed by her family, friends and patients that she has so lovingly cared for.

She is survived by her companion Pete Boutin; her children, Niki Kolberg and John Kolberg; a step-son, Korey (Twila) Kolberg and their three children; her siblings, Gay (Paul) Scherrer, Don (Sharon) Caplea, Joe (Anne) Caplea, James (Joanne) Caplea, Jeanne Caplea Variola, Christine (David) Pfister and her aunt Linda Lewis. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, her beloved dog Dashiel, and a very special friend of over 40 years Barb Zahler Alenik, John Variola, as well as so many more friends.

Laurie is welcomed in heaven by her parents Virginia (Ginni) Caplea (2001), Nicholas Caplea (2007), sister-in-law Sharon Caplea, brother-in-law Paul Scherrer, and grandparents Curt and Fanny Himes, Regina and George Caplea, as well as other aunts and uncles.

She lives on in the beautiful memories she has created with each of us, from dancing to any song at any moment, to her forever smile, her giggles and tee-hee laughter, air-saxophone solos, as well as in all of our hearts. Her family wants to thank all those caregivers, doctors and nurses who helped make the end of her life so comfortable.

The family will observe a Celebration of Life service at a later date. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Laurie Marie Caplea Kolberg.

In lieu of flowers, please dance to “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang. Memorial contributions in Laurie’s name may be made to help fight metastatic breast cancer at or a food donation can be dropped off at your local food pantry.

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  • I’ll never forget walking up to Robbers roost with you Pete and Tom, your an amazing person, I’ll miss you deeply, love SCOTT

  • Laurie was one of the sweetest souls I’ve met and she’ll be greatly missed

  • Laurie was full of smiles when I would see her. She will be greatly missed

    May the Lord surround her and her family with strength during this time.

  • Laurie was such a bright spot. Everytime I walked into Simona’s office her smiling face was the first thing I saw. Laurie always took time to make you feel at home. You will be missed. ❤️❤️

  • Loved, loved , loved this woman! She could definitely brighten up any room that she entered. Her beautiful smile & adorable laugh along with her loving heart will forever be missed. My prayers go out to her family at this time. May the Lord bring you comfort & peace.

  • What a beautiful obituary celebrating the life of a beautiful sole. Her smile and cheer was always truly appreciated when our family members visited Simona’s office. This really saddens me, but I know she now amongst many of her smiling, cheerful friend and family members that left before her. What an enchanting greeting that must have been. My heartfelt sympathy to her family.

  • My heart goes out to the family, friends, and coworkers of Laurie. She was such a bright spot when you entered Simona Moore’s office. Her warmth and smile filled the whole office. She was a gentle soul and always caring. We will miss her so much. Prayers and condolences go out to her family. She was an angel.

  • Laurie was my dear childhood friend, and my heart goes out to her family and all her friends. She was a shining star here on earth, and she has brightened so many peoples lives just by meeting her! She will be missed tremendously!!! I will dance to the song “Celebration “ in her memory and I will cherish all our memories we shared together through the years!! I love you Laurie, until we meet again I will hold you in my heart !❤️

  • Laurie never met a stranger. Loved her laugh and zest for life. Sympathies to her family, she will be sadly missed.
    Sandie Workman

  • It was a sincere pleasure to get to know and care for Lauren. She truly had a smile that could light up a room. My thoughts are with her family during this time of love and loss.😞❤️

  • She surely knew how to crack a good joke, make one smile and was always such a loving person. Always smiling. My heart goes out to her family, friends and co-workers. May her memory live on. She is one that will never be forgotten. I’m so sorry for your loss. She will be deeply missed.

  • One wonderful lady. She was always smiling. My sympathy to her family and friends.

  • Our Dearest Cousins and Family, Laurie was the sweetest, most uplifting and fun- loving person We have ever known! She had such an infectious laugh and air of fun and excitement every time we were with her! She invented a new meaning to fun! She may have been petite, but she was a “mighty ball of fire.!” She seemed so open and accepting of everyone! We have such good and happy memories of her ! She truly loved sharing time with family and friends especially on our family’s farms! We know Great Grandpa and Grandmother Caplea would have been so proud of Dear Laurie! They would have been proud because: She worked hard; loved the farm life and most of all valued and loved God; Family and Friends! You will be so missed our dear, sweet cousin!
    Love and Prayers, Sharon, John, Linsey and Kelsey

  • Our family always enjoyed Laurie when John and our daughter Maddie were friends in middle school and high school. She had a brilliant smile, an infectious laugh and it was extremely obvious how very much she adored John. We are so very sorry for your loss.
    The Craigo Family
    Scott, Heidi, Maddie, Mia and Jack

  • I am so shocked and saddened to learn of Laurie’s passing. I just thought of her the other day. It has been years since I’ve seen her but she was always a spitfire and full of life. Her smile and giggles could brighten the darkest day. My deepest heartfelt sympathy to her family.

  • She was a truly beautiful soul. From her infectious smile to her kind and loving heart, the world will be a little less bright without her in it. Dance on Laurie, dance on!

  • We know that Laurie was well loved and respected. She had great character and a big heart. Our deepest condolences.

  • Laurie was our former neighbor. Our first night in our new house as newlyweds she brought us a plate of cookies and a welcome note. We remember her sparkle and are saddened to know that she has moved on from her earthly life. Niki and John, we remember you as sweet, loving, adorable little kids who made your mom proud. You are in our thoughts! Love, the Walkers–Greg and Erica

  • About a month ago, Laurie and 2 of her sisters came to my house in AZ.for a brief R&R after 3 weeks of chemo. My sister ,Pam, and I are her cousins on her mom’s side .The day after she arrived she found out her numbers had risen. After a few minutes of tears, she became her inner self again and tried to overcome her sadness through music and dancing on the patio. It was a difficult time for her and us but she put on her best face and braved through the challenges she knew were still ahead of her. She couldn’t wait to go to the beach with her man at the end of May, but the closest she got was the pool here in AZ. with her sisters. Continue to dance to the music and know that you have two wonderful , loving children to continue your legacy here on Earth.

  • Lori had the most contagious laugh. Her smile would light up a room. I really enjoy knowing her. May her soul light up heaven as it did here on earth.
    Your family is always in my thoughts and prayers. May god keep your spirt light.

  • Laurie was my cousin, and I lived on the farm next to her were we grew up together. Her father and my mother were brother and sister. We had many adventures and fun in our growing up years together. I remember all the times her two sisters , Jeanne and Chris and I would be playing and Laurie would want to play with us. Being that she was the youngest, her sisters and I would try to hide from her so she could not find us. Well she would always find our hiding place and we included her in what ever we were playing. Once we were grown and went our separate ways, we did not see each other as much. As ours parents got older, we did have a few family get together’s , but I will always remember our many hours of play we had from our childhood. Laurie had that wonderful laugh, that you could tell that it was her without even looking her direction. She was always a positive person, and my Aunt Ginni and Uncle Nick would have been very proud of her. We will miss you Laurie, but I know you are now with your mom and dad, and also with my parents, and our grandparents. I can hear you laughing away with them all now and forever.

    • I joyfully endorse the laudatory remarks about Laurie which Linda (Filimon) Ball, my sister, makes earlier on this site. On two contiguous Caplea/Filimon farms (110 acres combined) south of Louisville, Linda, Pat (our brother) and I grew up as close first-cousins of Laurie and her siblings. As I recall, Georgeanne, my oldest sister, had already married and moved from the farm into town, but she also visited and interacted with Caplea cousins frequently.

      We interacted daily in lots of ways: we saw, played, sometimes fought (as kids often did)…but we always made-up at the firm direction of both Aunt Ginni (Laurie’s Mom) and “Ma” (the name Don Caplea gave my Mom when he was a boy and subsequently adopted for Mom by Laurie and her siblings). Similarly “Gee-Gee” was the name the Caplea kids lovingly used for my Dad, George.

      In addition to Linda’s reminiscences about Laurie, I’ll cite these few personal memories:

      Laurie frequent walked up-our-cinder/dirt lane either to chat with “Ma” or to find out what Romanian food was on the stove (Laurie’s taste buds were 100% Romanian); or to ask “Gee-Gee” what he was doing and if he needed any help. On a visit home one summer I remember finding Laurie helping “Gee-Gee” pick cherries from the tree in backyard. Without a ladder she had climbed high into the branches Gee-Gee couldn’t reach. Besides always being out-going and helpful, Laurie was fearless!

      I recall once harnessing two of our farm ponies and riding/racing with Laurie in the field in front of our house. Laurie usually out raced me…she said it was because I preferred to ride bareback; she preferred a saddled horse. Try as she might, she never got me to saddle-up. My hunch is that both of us inherited the stubborn gene from the Caplea side of our common family.  Together with Uncle Nick, Aunt Ginni and all the Caplea saints, I’m sure Laurie is smiling in heaven about my hunch.

  • My deepest condolences to friends and family of Lauren. She was a beautiful and dynamic lady who brought joy to so many and who will be missed by our entire community. Peace and love.