Sister Theresa Cappelli died at Saint Joseph Villa on May 6, 2022 in the 68th year of her religious life.
Father John Hynes, the pastor of St. Catherine of Siena parish in Wilmington, DE, celebrated Theresa’s funeral liturgy. The Mass was attended by family members, friends, and parishioners from St. Catherine of Siena. Theresa ministered in this parish for nearly two decades.
Throughout her long life as a religious, Theresa served in the Dioceses of Allentown, Baltimore, Harrisburg, Wilmington, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In these various cities, she ministered selflessly and zealously in elementary education as a teacher and school principal. Theresa also spent many years in parish religious education, sacramental preparation, and faith formation. Indeed, many have experienced God’s love through her.
Theresa manifested a true “attitude of gratitude” in her daily life. She always made it a point to express deep gratitude for some person, event, or even a gesture that she encountered. Her loving family made a deep impact on her life. Every person who entered her day-to-day life was a grace, and no kindness went unnoticed or unappreciated. Theresa listened and gave attention to every experience that came her way and every person who crossed her path. As Theresa grew weaker and more dependent in her illness, she always expressed deep gratitude for those who gave her care and support. Her loving and grateful heart allowed Theresa to empower others and to advocate for anyone in need.
Now, Theresa, we remember you and pray with you this day. You are ever a part of our lives. All the love and joy you have shared will live on in the hearts of many “grateful” people. Theresa, may you rest in peace in paradise, where you will be gratefully welcomed by your Lord and all loved ones.