AGC New York State is saddened to inform you of the passing of Geraldine “Gerry” aka “Babe” Elizabeth Caropreso, 76 of Latham, returned to our Lord and entered into eternal life on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. Gerry is the wife of Tony Caropreso, longtime Executive Director of Eastern Contractors Association.
Born in Albany on September 13, 1943, was the treasured daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Thomas/Tombolleo) Motta and was affectionately known as “Babe” by many, especially her devoted and beloved husband of over 52 years, Anthony “Tony” Caropreso.
All that knew her, felt her genuine love and selfless kindness. Her family meant everything to her and she invited all to share in her inclusive love. Gerry made everyone feel like family.
Gerry lived a full life, which began in the in the South End of Albany. After a short time in Watervliet and North Albany, Gerry and her family moved to Rensselaer as a young teen. A graduate of Cardinal McCloskey Memorial High School, Gerry went on to pursue a career spanning over 25 years with the State of New York, holding positions within numerous state agencies including New York State Office of General Services, State University of New York Construction Fund and New York State Commission on the Restoration of the Capitol. Her school aged and work families meant the world to Gerry. She aimed to make lifelong friends of all.
Gerry and Tony began their family in the town of East Greenbush, NY raising two children, Mark and Marisa, in the Community of Holy Spirit Church and School. This extensive family of friends and neighbors would always remain a source of strength and joy for Gerry and her family. One more time across the river, Gerry and Tony built their dream home together and moved to Latham, NY. As a communicant of St. Pius X Church, Loudonville, Gerry actively lived the teachings of our Lord and trusted her faith implicitly.
Gerry and loving husband Tony were blessed to have been able to travel extensively, enjoying the gift of lifelong friendships that will be cherished always. Everywhere she went, people were drawn to her kind heart and sincere love. Gerry was completely devoted to her beautiful and extended family where she enjoyed the celebration of countless birthdays, holidays and impromptu gatherings. Gerry was deeply proud of her family and each Christmas season, without fail, she looked forward to drafting a heartfelt Christmas letter providing updates on notable milestones and accomplishments. She embodied grace and poise and will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure to know her. Her family cherishes every moment they shared with Gerry, as it will never feel enough. She will forever live on in actions of all that honor her memory with genuine kindness and love.
Gerry was the beloved mother to son, Mark (Joanne) Caropreso, Latham and daughter Marisa (Brian) Akley, Loudonville; loving sister to Carmella (Tom) Lanci, Defreestville and sisters-in-law, Carmela (Caropreso) Philo, Loudonville and Columbia (Caropreso) Esposito, Rutherford, NJ. She was the cherished grandmother to Alicia and Anthony Caropreso and Ella and Brayden Akley and dear aunt to Michele Lanci (Mick) Fields, Angela Lanci (Jim) Macris, Angela Esposito (Greg) Tardiff and Laurie Esposito (Howard) Hahn and Christina Philo. Gerry was predeceased by cherished niece, Lisa Philo (Corcoran) and nephew, Kenneth Philo. Additionally, Gerry is survived by numerous loving aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.
Due to current social gathering restrictions, funeral services will be private. A Memorial service and funeral mass will be scheduled at a later date. The family looks forward to sharing a celebration of Gerry’s life with so many that she touched.