ST. LAWRENCE – Norma Madeline Cappiello Carr, 97, of St. Lawrence, surrounded by family, was received in paradise by the angels in early Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at the Avera Hand County Hospital in Miller .
Celebrating the journey of an extraordinary woman will be on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Ann to Miller, with Father Paul Josten, celebrating. Burial will then take place in Beulah Cemetery, in the rural area of Sant Llorenç. There will be a rosary on Sunday at 4:30 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 5:00 p.m., all in the church.
Masks are suggested for both services.
Those unable to attend the funeral service are invited to watch the live broadcast of the funeral on our website.
Norma was born on July 3, 1923, to Italian immigrants, Salvatore Cappiello and Gilda (Signorelli) Cappiello. Norma was the third of five children. He grew up in a very close-knit Italian family and his cousins were his closest friends. His father was a baker and his mother a seamstress. Norma attended elementary and high school at St. Paul’s Catholic School. Mary, where the nuns taught her her workforce, which continued to be her trademark all her life in addition to being an exceptional speller. He graduated from East High School in Auburn, New York.
After a tear came out, her parents put her on a bus to go to nursing school, three miles from her home, at Auburn Memorial Hospital. There Norma flourished and graduated with a degree in nursing. She became chief surgical nurse at Ahurn Memorial Hospital. He met the love of his life at Starlight Bowling, outside Auburn. When Wayne (an Air Force airman) came into the room, Norma’s best friend told her “there’s the guy for you Cappy.” It was an instant attraction, as Wayne was 6’7 “tall and Norma 5’2”. They were married shortly afterwards on January 17, 1953 in St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Mary in Auburn, New York
During their honeymoon they attended President Eisenhauer’s inaugural parade, where they were at a moving distance from the president. From Auburn, New York, they moved to Wayne’s family farm north of Vayland, SD, and then to Melrose Park, Island, where Wayne attended National Chiropractic College in Lombard, Island. Norma supported the family who worked as a surgical nurse. After Wayne graduated from Chiropractic College, they moved to Miller, SD, and established what is now known as Carr Chiropractic Clinic in 1959. In 1992 they moved to the family farmhouse north of Vayland, SD.
Five children were born to this union: Deb, the only child born in New York; John, Chris, Wayne and Joe, who were all born in Miller, Norma, dedicated their lives to raising their children and later worked with her husband in the clinic they set up together.
Norma never stopped learning. Wayne taught him to drive a car, his children taught him to ride a bike and Luella Schultz taught him to swim. All the luxuries he never experienced in his childhood. Until the day passed, I always learned and taught. He had the ability to touch people in unique ways with his passion for life, which was demonstrated throughout his 97 and a half years.
During his more than 60 years at Miller, he was a member of Coral Lanes Bowling League, Miller Country Club, Miller Music Parents, South Dakota Chiropractors Assistant, (president / vice president), Dreamers Choral Organization, Miller Booster Club, founder of the modern Parade two-day return and party initiator “after graduation”. She was an avid sports fan, from watching her children and grandchildren to setting brackets for NCAA basketball tournaments. Secretly, hoping Duke and Syracuse would be in the final game. He claims that this last 2021 NCAA game was the best game he has ever seen. He loved all kinds of music, musicals, old movies and Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin were some of his favorites.
Norma’s unshakable faith was the root of all her goodness. Her Catholic faith was extremely important to her. Norma played a role in the church all her life, from a Catholic schoolgirl to a CCD teacher and principal. In his more than 60 years at St. Ann, was part of the choir of St. Ann and of the Altar Society of St. Ursula. She spent the last few years facilitating prayer calls and felt privileged to be in that role. Norma was an avid reader, as she recently visited the library checking out three books that promised to take her on new adventures. She was a proud member of the same bridge club for over 60 years, which kept her mind so sharp. Norma was a member of the PEO fraternity for several decades. He appreciated the deep friendships he developed through the PEO Chapter AK and the bridge club.
Norma excelled in supporting all of her children and grandchildren through the many passions and hardships of their lives. Her children care about her legacy and preserve her stories: Deborah of Spearfish, SD; John (Michelle) of Miller, SD; Chris (Jim) Keeter of St. Lawrence, SD; Wayne (Kathy) of Huron, SD; and Joe (Lisa) of Huron, SD; grandchildren: Josh (Bridget), Hans Nelson, Bjorn (Devon) Nelson, Taylor (Brooke), Lucas, William, Caleb, Sarah, Samuel, Peyton, Annie (Landon) Gatzke, Isaac and Chloe; great-grandchildren: Noah, Avery, Finley, Harrison, Halloway, Crosby, Elsie; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mary and Delores; brothers, Joseph and Michael; husband, Wayne; grandson, Beau Keeter; granddaughter, Nikki Carr; and numerous relatives and dear friends.
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