Noreen Caposey is now eternally at peace after struggling many years with Alzheimers Disease. Noreen died in the care of skilled nurses and her daughter Eileen at her side on Tuesday, September 6th, in New Port Richey, Florida.
Noreen was best known in Skagway as “Grama Noreen.” She earned this beloved title during her 10 years as Assistant Director of Little Dippers Daycare that began in the early 90’s. Noreen came to Skagway along with her husband Lou Caposey at the request of their daughter Denise, who knew her mother was who she needed to accomplish the task of setting up the first nonprofit daycare in Skagway. Denise and Noreen were the first directors of what is now Little Dippers Learning Center, now in its 29th year of caring for Skagway’s families. Many of the Dippers who were lovingly cared for in those early years now have children of their own in the Center.
Noreen was preceded in death by her husband, Lou Caposey and her first born son, Thomas Caposey (Inverness, Florida). Noreen is survived by her daughters Eileen Henry and Denise Caposey, and three sons, Robert, James, and John Caposey of New Port Richey Florida. Noreen was blessed with several grandchildren; Rachel Harper (Orlando, Florida), Michael Caposey (Skagway, Alaska), Justin and Garrett Henry, and Orion Caposey, all Skagway School graduates, and Matthew Caposey of New Port Richey Florida. Great Grandchildren include Landon and Dillon Russel (Bushnell, Florida) Delilah and Edith Jones Henry (Portland, OR), and Piper and Nori Caposey (Skagway, Alaska).
To know her was to love her. Noreen truly had a heart of gold. Her love knew no bounds. She was a loving, dedicated wife, mother, grama, auntie, and friend to so many. Noreen was proud of her Chicago Irish roots. She was the first daughter of Jack and Hannah Tarrant from Ireland. Noreen’s family grew and thrived in the south side of Chicago for many years. Noreen is survived by sisters and brothers in Chicago, as well as many many nieces and nephews too numerous to name. Growing up in Chicago, we had 56 first cousins with the Caposey Tarrant families combined. Our family get togethers were events, as was meeting Noreen for the first time. Her blue eyes were always mesmerizing, warm, and welcoming.
She will be remembered and loved for all eternity. Rest in Peace mama.