Happy (almost) Mother’s Day, Syracuse!

Moms are the best. Even during a pandemic, locals wanted to share how much they adore the mothers in their lives. See the video above for messages of love and thanks to mothers across Central New York.

This is a difficult, painful time for many who can’t see their mothers right now. We reached out to our readers to collect some stories about amazing moms in our area. Here are a few messages we had to share:

Barb Capriotti

“I wanted to tell you about my mom Barb Capriotti. She broke her shoulder at the beginning of [the coronavirus shutdown] and she works at a funeral home. She HATES when she can’t go to work because of how much she needs to be there to help people. Not only is she an amazing mom to my brother and I (and my soon to be sister-in-law), but she is the most hardworking, caring and selfless person I know!” -Sheila Capriotti, daughter

Sheila Capriotti shouted out her mother Barb Capriotti (far right) for Mother's Day 2020.

Sheila Capriotti shouted out her mother Barb Capriotti (far right) for Mother’s Day 2020.

Sarah Minix

“I’d like to wish a very happy first Mother’s Day to Sarah, my wife, and mother to our brand new baby girl, who is less than a week old. Sarah’s parenting and love for our child started even before conception, when we got a little bit of help from CNY Fertility, and then it continued throughout the pregnancy. The way she took care of her body — never letting a drop of any harmful substance enter her system, and really just starting to nurture months ago. I want her to know she’s so appreciated by me and by our beautiful little baby, Diana Rose. We both love you so much. We appreciate everything you’ve done and everything you continue to do. And we hope you enjoy this special day where you are recognized.” -Greg Minix, husband

Sarah Minix holds her newborn baby, Diana Rose. (Photo provided by Greg Minix)

Sarah Minix holds her newborn baby, Diana Rose. (Photo provided by Greg Minix)

Diane Pachoud

“My mom Diane Pachoud is an amazing woman. She is the kind of person who gives to everyone without ever an expectation of reciprocation. She adores her six grandchildren unconditionally. She does her best to help out her brother and her elderly uncle and cousins.

She is still working at age 69 and loves it. She has worked for National Grid for over 20 years. The coronavirus pandemic is especially difficult for her because she lives alone. Thankfully she is able to work from home, but it’s hard for our family to not be able to visit her and hug her. We go sit in her driveway and “visit” or have dinner. We do lots of Zoom calls, even playing games virtually. I am so sad that I cannot be with her on Mother’s Day. We will see her but it just won’t be the same.” -Lori Rubio, daughter

Lori Rubio shouts out her mother Diane Pachoud (center, in red) for Mother's Day 2020.

Lori Rubio shouts out her mother Diane Pachoud (center, in red) for Mother’s Day 2020. “She is the kind of person that gives to everyone without ever an expectation of reciprocation”

Stephanie Streiff

“I’d like to thank my mom Stephanie for everything she does for me. She is my best friend, my role model and best of all, my loving mother. She works countless hours every day just to provide the family with what they need. She helps me to accomplish my dreams, and for this Mom, I say thank you. I love you.” -Amarah Streiff, daughter

Stephanie and Amarah Streiff.

Stephanie and Amarah Streiff.

Sheila Vazquez

“My mom Sheila is the most wonderful, caring, kind human you could ever meet. She has a smile that will brighten up the room. I’ve learned almost everything about being a great adult thanks to her. I always say I want to be ‘Sheila 2.0’ because of how great she is. She’s a teaching assistant at Syracuse City School District, and she taught me how to love and care for children. Right now being in quarantine, she misses her kids and hates not being with them. If any of them see this, please know my mom loves you all. My mom is amazing. She’s just one in a million.” -Shannon Vazquez, daughter

Sheila and Shannon Vazquez.

Sheila and Shannon Vazquez.

Carole Wilmer

“My mom is the ultimate giver. She raised us five kids in the house she grew up in so everyone around knows and loves her. She delivers food baskets for St. Rose of Lima church every year, and volunteers her time for the Village of North Syracuse. She just saved my dad’s life and is a true hero.

My dad has been a volunteer firefighter almost all my 30+ years. On March 7, my dad dropped from a heart attack on the bed. Without thinking or hesitation my mom gave him a chest thump, dragged his limp body to the floor, began chest compressions, called 911, and ever the brave lady, got herself dressed all at the same time. She saved him just like it was her pure hearted support that saved all of those people my dad has saved. That’s my mom.” -Katie Crotty, daughter

Carole Wilmer. Photo provided by daughter Katie Crotty.

Carole Wilmer. Photo provided by daughter Katie Crotty.

Katrina Tulloch shoots videos for Syracuse.com and The Post-Standard. Contact her: Email | Twitter | Facebook

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