December 24, 1956 ~ March 10, 2020

Born in: Utica, NY
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Terese “Terri” Cappelli Sutkowski, 63, passed away on March 10, 2020.

She was born on December 24, 1956, in Utica, NY, to the late Ambrose and Gloria Cappelli, and was also predeceased by her brother, Gary. Terri is survived by her husband, Larry, her daughters, Amey (Conor McKay) and Lauren (Brent Haberl), and her sister, Amber.

Terri was a beloved wife and mother, and a dear friend to many. Originally from New Hartford, NY, Terri graduated Phi Beta Kappa from St. Lawrence University, then moved to Washington, DC, where she met Larry. Their drives to and from Upstate New York evolved into a marriage that would last 36 years.

Terri was known for her big heart, and for always putting others first. She was an extrovert who could talk to anyone, and she always had a smile on her face. She loved a good bargain, a crisp chardonnay, and Italian food – hold the cheese. A lifelong Beatles lover, she was also an avid Syracuse Basketball and Penn State Football fan. Terri loved spending time anywhere near the water, going for walks, and just being outside in the sun. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and despite her small stature, she left an outsized impact everywhere she went. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Friends and family will have the opportunity to pay their respects at a service in Upstate New York in the coming months. Details are forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Multiple Sclerosis Society in her honor at The best way to honor Terri is to do something nice for others, and offer a smile and kind word to all.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. I will always fondly remember my Aunt Terri as a woman of quiet courage, strength and dignity who being unfairly beset upon by the double whammy of MS and cancer that was most unexpected and undeserved chose to live her life as best she could with a positive attitude, cheerful disposition, beautiful smile and wonderful sense of humor. She lived vicariously through us basking in the warmth of our company and sharing our joy and laughter and her joy with us. She was/is a beloved family member and wonderful friend who was/is greatly loved and will be terribly missed. RIP Terri.

  2. Larry and girls – so sad to her about Terri. I worked with Terri at GE in the Finance Training Program. It was the first job out of college for both of us. She was a great friend to many people at GE including me. I remember her as a friend to all, always willing to help others, always had a smile on her face, and always kept a great sense of humor. RIP.

  3. I am so saddened by this news. Terri was a great friend during our GE days and after. It was wonderful being pregnant at the same time, and we enjoyed many get togethers with Jay and Amey when we were new mothers. Terri was smart, lively and, most of all, compassionate. She would have been a terrific grandmother. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Very sorry to hear of Terri’s passing. I was in a 2 1/2 year class with her at GE in Maryland. She was always a great classmate, pulling us all up whenever we were struggling.

    I will always remember her smile and friendly disposition.
    She was a special lady.

    Peace and blessings,

    Gary Clark


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