Christine “Nan” (Salzarulo) Caputi, 95, of Worcester died peacefully on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the St. Camillus Health Center in Whitinsville, MA surrounded by her family who sang her favorite hymns until she reached heaven’s gates. She is pre-deceased by her beloved husband, Joseph V. Caputi, who passed away in 1969.
Christine graduated from Classical High School in 1940. She worked for 15 years in the secretarial services division at State Mutual Life Insurance Company before retiring in 1983. She was a proud and devoted associate of the Sisters of the Assumption. Christine had a lifelong passion for music. She was a pianist and singer and was a member of a number of church choirs and a song leader at the Millbury senior center.
Christine was born in Worcester in 1923, the daughter of the late Domenico and Ethel. Her sister Josephine Pedersen passed away in 1983. She leaves her beloved children, Ethel and husband Ashley Howard of New Braintree and Christine and husband William Brady of Millbury. Christine was blessed with six grandchildren, Joseph Brady and wife Melissa of Worcester, Mark Brady and wife Michele of Blackstone, Joshua Howard and wife Sarah of New Braintree, Sarah Binley and husband Stephen of East Brookfield, Brendan Brady and wife Lauren of Plymouth and Rachel Derry and husband Mike of Oakham. Her 14 great grandchildren were her pride and joy, Kevin, Sean, Keira, Siena, Lucia, Eliana, Parker, Lulu, John, Tova, Eliot, Adalia, Gideon and Myles. She leaves several nieces, nephews and cousins and touched many more lives than one can count.
Christine has chosen to donate her body to the UMass Medical School. In her own words, “I have decided to be a body donor because I have respected and felt grateful to physicians and medical students for their care and dedication to many of my family members, especially my late husband and his siblings, many of whom have died of cancer. I hope my decision can help students in their work towards their goal of helping humanity with their acquired knowledge.” The letter that accompanied her body to the medical school ended with an anonymous quote she found and the words that she devoted her life to: “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good that I can do, let me do it now. Let me not deter it nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
A private celebration of her life and burial services will be held at a future date. In lieu of calling hours or flowers, the family requests that family and friends spend time with a loved one who is elderly, alone, ill or in need of a friend. Time is a precious gift, please pay it forward.
A special thank you to the nurses and caregivers at St. Camillus over the past two years and the Jewish Health Care Center hospice team over the last six months for their unwavering, loving, and personal care to “Mom” over the past two years. Their love and compassion shined through everything they did, every day.
Memorial contributions in Christine’s name may be directed to St. Camillus Health Center, 447 Hill St Whitinsville, MA 01588 for the purchase of a new van.
Alfred Roy & Sons Funeral Home, Worcester, MA assisted the family with transporting Christine to UMass Medical School. To share a memory of Christine, please sign the online guestbook.