Barbara DeRiso

Barbara M DeRiso (Finucci)

Saturday, June 6th, 2020
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Barbara Mary (Finucci) DeRiso passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 6,2020, surrounded by her loving family at Hope Health Hospice Center in Providence.
Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of the late Joseph B. and Gertrude (Graham) Finucci and was a lifelong resident of Warren.
She was the beloved wife of Francis A. DeRiso, and they would have celebrated 60 years of marriage in July.

Barbara was a graduate of Warren High School and Roger Williams Hospital School of Nursing. Barbara was a lifelong Warren resident.

Barbara was the loving mother of four sons and is survived by them and their families: Michael (Shannon and children, William and Elaina), Robert (Kathleen and children, Mary Kate and Julia), Stephen (Theresa and children, Joe` and Sophia), and Andrew (Susan and children, Adam and Abbie Jane). She is also survived by her sister Joan M. Finucci and her brother Joseph E. Finucci.

Barbara was a Registered Nurse and retired after more than 25 years at the R.I. Veterans Home in Bristol, RI.

She enjoyed boating, gardening, and reading. Mom was a deeply spiritual woman and was involved in many activities at St. Mary of the Bay Parish, including Eucharistic and Lector Ministries, Women’s Guild and the Food Pantry.

She was also a member of the Warren Churches Association and was an avid reader.

Nana spent many joyous days caring for and playing with her 8 grandchildren. She was happiest when she was helping others.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday June 12,2020 at 10:00 am in St. Mary of the Bay Church, 645 Main Street, Warren, RI.

Burial will follow in St. Mary of the Bay Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
Calling hours and flowers are omitted.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to St. Mary of the Bay Food Pantry.

Arrangements by the SMITH FUNERAL and MEMORIAL SERVICES, Warren.
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  • Service

    June 12, 2020 | 10:00am
    June 12, 2020 10:00am
    St. Mary of the Bay Church
    645 Main Street
    Warren, RI
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  • Interment

    June 12, 2020 | 11:30am
    June 12, 2020 11:30am
    St. Mary of the Bay Cemetery
    Vernon Street
    Warren, Rhode Island 02885
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Posted at 06:18pm
DeRiso Family. I am really sorry to hear of Babrara's passing. She was really a good nurse. I really enjoyed working with her at the Veterans Home. Prayers to everyone in her family. RIP .MaryAnneLaroche

Cynthia Lussier, RN

Posted at 04:59pm
To Barbara’s family,
I knew Barbara many years ago through her membership and support of the Union that we belonged to. Her quiet strength and resolve was always noted by our negotiating team members. Because of strong nurse leaders like Barbara we were able to make great advances in pay and working conditions. She was a source of quiet strength, intelligence and common sense and those who were lucky enough to know her learned much.

David and Marilyn Foehr

Posted at 10:59am
Marilyn and I want to extend our deepest sympathies to Frank and the entire DeRiso family. Barbara worked for the R.I.Veterans Home while I was the Commandant (Administrator). Barbara always brought that special love and kindness to the bedside of every veteran she cared for. She was respected and loved by all our residents as well as her peers. Barbara would always due those special things for all the residents that although not required, were always appreciated.
Barbara you are at peace now, and Our Lord is richly blessing you for your service to this nation's veterans and your faith community.
Marilyn and I say thank you Frank and your family for allowing our war veterans to have Barbara as their care giver for all those years. God Bless and be at Peace! Dave and Marilyn Foehr

Ed Connor

Posted at 09:39am
Hello DeRiso men,
I am terribly sorry to hear of your wife/ mom's passing. I remember Mrs. DeRiso as kind, happy, and caring. She always remembered my name, and always seemed genuinely glad to see me whether at church or in your neighborhood when I went to hang out with you guys via Matt Brown. May your hearts be full of warm memories of such a lovely lady.
Ed Connor


Posted at 07:35am
Dear Mr. DeRiso, Mike, Bob, Steve and Andy,

Stephanie and I wanted to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of your wife, mom and grandma. Wish you and your families the greatest strength in this very sad time. We truly wish we could give you a hug, she will be very missed in so many ways to so many people she has touched during her life. God Bless and stay strong.

Stephanie and Brian

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