Olive L. Capone

April 4, 1918 – July 19, 2015

Olive CaponeOlive L. (Donatelly) Capone is resting at peace after a long and fruitful life. She left this life on July 19 at Laurel Ridge Health Care Center in Ridgefield, CT following a valiant struggle against cancer. Olive was the one true love and steadfast companion of Ernest J. Capone, to whom she was married for 49 years before his death in 1995. Together, they raised their children in Southborough, MA, spending summers on Cape Cod before retiring to a home they designed and built together on Grand Cove in West Dennis, MA. Olive also made her home over the course of her 97 years in New Fairfield, CT; Somers, NY; South Yarmouth, MA; and Palm Springs, CA. The oldest of three children of Ciro and Violet (Henderson) Donatelly, Olive was born in Leominster, MA on April 4, 1918. She was the loving sister of Gilbert Donatelly, late of Leominster, and Ronald Donatelly of Costa Mesa, CA.

She was the beloved and much admired mother of Sandra Vogel and her husband Stephen of Natick, MA; Pauline Peace and her husband Frederic of Lincolndale, NY; Gloria Capone of New Fairfield, CT; and Lisa Condon and her husband Will of Melrose, MA. She was cherished by ten grandchildren: Kristin Peace of Los Angeles, CA; Deric Peace of Somers, NY; Michael Vogel of Carol Stream, IL; Michelle Kleinsasser of Dedham, MA; Daniel Vogel of Alexandria, VA; Melissa Vogel of Boston, MA; Samuel Otey and Louisa Otey of New Fairfield, CT; Sally Condon of Brooklyn, NY; and Scott Condon of Melrose, MA. Twelve great-grandchildren will also miss her: Eleanor McInnes of Los Angeles; Jake, Joshua, Jonathan, James, and Jeremiah Vogel of Carol Stream; Charlie, Grady, and Caroline Kleinsasser of Dedham; and Page, Georgia, and Lyle Vogel of Alexandria. Olive also leaves many nieces and nephews who loved and looked up to her.

Olive was the daughter of an Italian immigrant father who gave her a talent for cooking and knack for style, and a solid New Englander mother of Swedish descent who imparted common sense and practicality. Possessing both love and talent for music, she was the soloist at her high school graduation, sang on the radio in the 1930s, and won a singing contest on Boston broadcaster Big Brother Bob Emery’s show. Olive was an active member of every community where she made her home. Attending secretarial school after graduating from Natick High School, she managed finances and sales for Capone Construction Company during the time she and Ernest resided in Southborough. While there, Olive was also an active member and volunteer at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, served as president of the Parent Teacher Association, and was a member of Women of Rotary. On Cape Cod, Olive continued her work as a real estate broker and remained active in Women of Rotary. She also volunteered and attended Bible study at St. David’s Episcopal Church in South Yarmouth, was active in the Democratic Town Committee, studied still life painting, and was a West Dennis Garden Club member. In Somers, Olive volunteered in the Intergenerational Program at the Country Children’s Center in Katonah, NY, where she worked and played with pre-school children. Olive believed in simple pleasures. She enjoyed cooking, bird watching, gardening, long walks on the beach, knitting, arts & crafts, watching football and golf, reading, American history, and – most of all – her family.

A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at St. David’s Episcopal Church in South Yarmouth, followed by interment in the memorial garden adjacent to the church. In lieu of flowers, donations in Olive’s name may be made to Country Children’s Center, Inc. Intergenerational Program (PO Box 91, Katonah, NY, 10536) and/or the American Cancer Society (http://www.cancer.org/)

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