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Paula J. Capriola

July 5, 1948 — March 26, 2020

Paula J. Capriola, 71, of Rockford, IL passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020. She was born July 5, 1948 in Janesville, WI the daughter of Paul and Jean (Clevenger) Brawner. Paula attended Janesville Craig High School, she went on to Rock Valley College and Northern Illinois University. Paula married Carmen Capriola in 1979. She worked for many years as an employment recruiter at Furst Staffing/ Group.

Survived by her beloved children, Summer Tyson and Aaron Tyson; stepchildren, Mark (Kelli) Capriola, Mike Capriola, John Capriola, Debbie (Bob Cholke) Capriola, Lynn (Bill) Webb; many step grandchildren; brother, Gary Brawner; nephew, Steve Brawner and Ken Brawner; adored companions, Jenna and Nick. Predeceased by her parents; husband, Carmen and brother, Philip Brawner. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Swedish American Hospital for their care and for being with Paula in her final days.

Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Burial at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. Cremation rites accorded with Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for a cause to be determined.. Share online condolences at

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