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Helen R. Lunardelli
PAWTUCKET - Helen Rita (Riendeau) Lunardelli. 98, was a beacon of light, generosity, and enduring love for her extended family and many friends. She passed peacefully on April 27, 2014 surrounded by loved ones. Born and raised on Vine Street in the Darlington section of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, she was the daughter of the late Lena Purcell and Marcell Riendeau. She was the beloved sister of ten siblings, all of whom she survived including the equally devastating and prideful loss of her youngest brother, Raymond Riendeau, Army Ranger Corporal (T/5), who was killed on D-Day off Omaha Beach in Normandy on June 6, 1944. Married for 56 years to the love of her life, Joseph A. Lunardelli, Sr. who passed in 1992, they raised two children on Columbus Ave. in Pawtucket, where she was a near lifelong resident.
She was the loving mother of the late Robbi DiSarro and is survived by her son, Joseph A. Lunardelli, Jr. and his wife, Patricia of Warwick. She leaves seven grandchildren and in-laws including Jamie (DiSarro) and Hari Atwal, Justine (DiSarro) and Chris Caccia, Jody (DiSarro) and Scott ODonnell, Eugene DiSarro, Jr., Michael and Kathryn (Friedman) Lunardelli, Eric and Petrina (Judd) Lunardelli, and Lily Lunardelli. Shes also survived by eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Helen was a very beautiful and special person, who shared a strong and joyful passion for life. She was the consummate daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, confidant and friend to so many. Known simply as Nana to her large and extended family, she will long be remembered and honored for her enduring and unconditional love, her selflessness, and her ability to bring family and loved ones together. She was a devout Catholic and longtime member of St. Josephs Church in Pawtucket. An active member of the Senior Saints at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Seekonk, MA and the Red Hats of Seekonk for many years. Helen was also a dedicated employee for many years at Transcriber in Seekonk; Swiss Colony at the Midland Mall in Warwick and Appetites Restaurant in Coventry.
VISITATION will begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. at CHEETHAM Funeral Home, 1012 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Raymond Church, 1240 North Main St., Providence. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to either Home & Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904 or VNS of Greater RI, 6 Blackstone Valley Pl., Lincoln, RI 02865 would be appreciated.