Each year the Herkimer County Office for the Aging and Advisory Council recognize two older adults in the community who have done great work through volunteering.
On Sept. 29 at Cacciatore’s in Ilion the two awards were presented at the RSVP Luncheon.
Chosen for Outstanding Contribution was Joann Capraro of West Winfield. She and her husband, Doug, have lived in the area for over 40 years.
Capraro worked in law and medical offices. She has been working for the past 40 years assisting people in need.
Capraro worked side by side with her husband Doug, who is a Physician’s Assistant at the local clinic. Doug was chosen as last year’s Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year.
She treated patients with compassion and care, like they were family.
Capraro had many lasting relationships as a result of the kindness and compassion she showed others. She jumped in to assist as many people as she could.
As she did then and still does today she shares Doug without hesitation or question as he is called out in the middle of the night, weekends, holidays, and special occasions. She is the first to reach out to assist whether it be for sickness, accidents, tragedies or the loss of a loved one.
Through the years she has supported school activities, helping at the volunteer fireman fund raisers, served on the village board, recently attained the 100-gallon donation at the local American Red Cross blood drive, and assists with the annual Rotary Christmas donations and distributions.
Her beautiful voice leads the choir at Sunday Mass, she provides bereavement support and arranges and sings at all funeral Mass services. At the local funeral home she graciously greets all with a warm smile, a comforting word and most often an endearing hug.
She never misses…