LEOMINSTER --- Theresa “Tess” Ruth Caponi, (84), passed away peacefully on January 1st, 2021 at Leominster Hospital due to complications from the COVID-19 virus. She was the wife of Arthur “Strip” John Caponi Jr. They shared 61 years of marriage together.
Theresa was born in Leominster, MA on September 4th, 1936 to Edward and Ethel Flannagan of Leominster, MA. She graduated from Worcester State University as an elementary school educator. She worked as a kindergarten teacher in the City of Leominster for 32 years.
Theresa was a member of St. Leo’s church in Leominster, MA. She loved being with her family and her junior high girlfriends, knitting with friends, reading, and spending time at Lake Wyman, Spec Pond, and Hampton Beach. She felt blessed to have had the opportunity to teach many students throughout the years.
Theresa was predeceased by her parents Edward and Ethel Flannagan and siblings Ruth Flannagan, Mary Landgraf, Joan Lachapelle, and Edward Flannagan. She is survived by her siblings Edith Brow, Richard Flannagan and his wife Jane: her husband Arthur John Caponi Jr, her son Scott Joseph Caponi (spouse Diane Caponi), her four daughters Patrice Marie Brewer (spouse Richard Brewer), Melanie Ann Babb (spouse Raymond Babb), Karen Rose Gasbarro, and MaryKate McNamara (spouse Timothy McNamara), her 11 grandchildren: Sasha Fortunato, Scott Caponi Jr., Nicholas Caponi (spouse Samantha Caponi), Nathan Brewer (spouse Kara Brewer), Jessica Brewer (spouse Iain Kingston), Marisa Weatherell (spouse Mark Weatherell), Mackenzie Babb, Geno Gasbarro, Carlo Gasbarro, Micaela McNamara, and Thomas McNamara. She is also survived by 2 great grandchildren, Aria and Estella Fortunato, and a third great grandchild due June 2021, as well as her many nieces and nephews.
The family gives a special heartfelt thanks to the staff at Manor on The Hill and Leominster Hospital for their excellent care and concern.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, there will only be a private service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Beacon of Hope 62 West Street Leominster, MA. 01453, in memory of Theresa (Tess) Ruth Caponi.
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