Obituary for Josephine Capra (Durando)
Josephine (Durando) Capra
“We ache in grief when death visits those we love or flinch when it approaches us. We will suffer in many ways. But our pangs will be more like labor pains that bring into our world a new life. Facing death allows us to experience that life in a way our denial never can permit. Inviting God into our grief will mean we never walk alone. Confronting death ultimately allows us better to live. And better to dance with God’s joy amid the sorrowing nights and the hopeful mornings.” Henri Nouwen
Josephine was the first child of Rosario (Russell) and Angelina (DeBell) Durando. She was born March 16, 1942. As a baby she had black curly hair, and her mother said, so beautiful, that constant prayers had to be said to avert the “Malocchio” or Evil Eye. Angelina strolled Josephine every day to her mother’s house at 37th and Quivas in the Italian part of North Denver.
She attended Bryant Webster Grade School (which was across the street from her grandparent’s the DeBells), and then Mt. Carmel Junior and Senior High parochial schools. Her early childhood days were spent with beloved family including her aunt, Theresa DeBell from whom she learned to cook. From her and her mother she continued to keep the Italian traditions of Christmas Eve (Feast of the Seven Fishes) as well as until her death a weekly Sunday pasta dinner for all the family. She was an accomplished pianist and along with her beloved sister Lucile (Durando) Redin, had a beautiful singing voice—one passed down from her father’s side of the family. She played in recitals as well as at St. Patrick’s and Mt. Carmel Catholic Churches during mass.
She married Gerald Eugene Capra at the age of 19 on Oct. 21, 1961. They were married at the same church as her parents, Mt. Carmel. A large reception with 1500 guests was held at the Grange Hall nearby. The two bought their first home in Denver and had their first child, Christine On March 28, 1963. They enjoyed having friends and family over to play cards and traveled often with friends. Their second child, Kevin was born January 30, 1966 and the family moved to Lakewood. Josephine devoted much of her time to raising her two children and she was very involved with their schooling and volunteered her time with each of their classes. Their last child, Nicolene was born April 8, 1979.
She worked at Capitol Life Insurance Company downtown before marriage and until she had her children. In addition, she worked at a catering company, a real estate company and for seven years as a teacher’s assistant at Irwin Elementary School in Lakewood.
Josephine was an avid reader, active member of St. Jude’s Catholic Church and devoted to all her family. She was the rock that held together all and everyone turned to her for aid and comfort. She was a private person and shied away from the limelight and with her quiet and gentle spirit she always had the right words to say. In addition, she possessed a strong will, brilliant mind and deep faith.
She is preceded in death by her mother, father, sister, aunt and son-in-law. In addition to her husband and children, she is survived by grandchildren, Kateri and Hannah Kramer, Nicolas and Anthony Capra and Lucia and Nico Giambri. She also leaves behind many other family and friends who appreciated her kind and considerate nature. She was a blessing to all who knew her and will be deeply missed.
Donation may be made to Heifer International in Josephine's name.