Devita Lyne Birdwell Caponigro, 56 of Northampton, Massachusetts, formerly of Columbus, passed away at Hospice of South Central Indiana at 10:32 p.m., Thursday, August 23, 2012. She was born September 3, 1955 in Seymour, the daughter of Amos J. and Thelma C. (Wilson) Birdwell.
Devita graduated from Columbus High School in 1973, and Indiana University in 1978 With a BA in English.
Devita married Andrew Caponigro on January 1, 2003, and he survives.
Devita was a licensed massage therapist, certified Hellerwork Practitioner, Energywork Practitioner and Teacher, Meditation Teacher and a Tibetan Cranial Apprentice at the time of her death. She had a deep knowledge of the human body and the intricacies of the interweaving of spirit and body. Through 30 years of self-education and practice, she impacted thousands of clients and students. Devita had a long record of continuing education and was an advanced instructor for Temple Academies for over 15 years.
Devita was an extraordinary sister, aunt, wife and friend, known at times for telling us what we needed to hear even if we didn’t want to hear it. She will be missed by family, friends, colleagues, students and clients in Colorado, Massachusetts, and Michigan as well as Indiana.
She enjoyed good food, good music and good conversation surrounded by her family and friends – most especially her five nephews and beloved great-niece Indi.
A celebration of Devita’s life will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the chapel at Four Seasons Retirement Center. A time of gathering will be held on Friday, August 31, 2012 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until the time of celebration at the chapel.
Devita was preceded in death by her parents.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sisters, Myra Birdwell (Mark) Foster and Nicohl Birdwell (Clint) Goodin, both of Columbus, and Trina Birdwell (Kurt) Buck of Evansville; nephews, Mason (Jesse) Buck, Griffin (Rachael) Foster, Ross Buck, Collin Foster, and Garrison Foster; and great-niece, Indiana Buck.
The family expresses sincere appreciation to the Four Seasons Residential staff, Hospice staff, Comfort Keepers, devoted caregivers and dear friends who brought her great joy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th Street Columbus, Indiana 47201, or to the donor’s choice of charities. Anyone interested in donating to Hospice has the option to purchase an engraved brick to be placed in a memorial garden for Devita.
You are invited to view her video tribute at 4 p.m. Friday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the internet at www.jewellrittman.com