Enrichetta “Anna” DiSano Obituary – The Providence Journal

passed away on September 7, 2022. She led a remarkable life that spanned her 98+ years. Born in 1924 to Italian immigrants Achille DiFiore and Elisa Petrarca, she grew up in the small Italian village of East Natick in Warwick, RI with her siblings (all deceased) Clarissa, Clotilda, Aurora, Rose and Achille. In 1941, she met her future husband, Nicholas DiSano. They were together until Nicholas joined the navy and went to fight in World War II. While away, Enrichetta became a welder at the Walsh-Kaiser shipyard in Providence, building Liberty and Victory ships for the war effort. In December 1944, while Nick was home on leave, they decided to get married. They had a wonderful marriage raising three children, immersing them in an environment that emphasized the importance of family and education. Together they traveled extensively in Western Europe, the British Isles and even parts of North Africa. However, their time together was cut short when Nicholas died in August 1980 aged 58.

The loss of the love of her life was of course devastating, but Enrichetta quickly embraced the next chapter of her life. She continued her work at Sardelli International Jewelry and established her role as the matriarch of her growing family. A few years passed and another wonderful man – longtime friend Carl Johnson, the widowed husband of one of his closest childhood friends,

came back into his life. They remained companions for many years until her passing in 2015. Enrichetta has often said she was blessed to have had two incredible men to share her life with. Carl shared Enrichetta’s love of travel and together they took dozens of “road trips all over the United States.” Most importantly, Carl lovingly took on the role of grandfather to Enrichetta’s grandchildren. He was always present at important moments in their lives.

In her later years, Enrichetta began to pass the time with Paint by Number paintings – some incredibly intricate. She created dozens of paintings which are now proudly displayed by many members of her extended family. Her steady hand and experiences during the war years intrigued local news channel 12 and in 2019 she was featured in a segment of “Street Stories”.

She was very proud of her contributions during World War II, but of all her life experiences and accomplishments, she was most proud of her family and the legacy she would leave behind.

Enrichetta is survived by her three children: Dr. Cynthia DiSano, Dennis DiSano and his wife Laura, Susan DiSano Maguire and her husband Matthew. Four grandchildren: Christopher DiSano and his wife Alesia, Lauren DiSano Bradley and her husband Christopher, Kara Maguire and her husband Matthew Maurano and Caitlin Maguire and seven great-grandchildren: Leila, Anabel, Nicholas, Emma, ​​Rose, Lucas and Robin.

Funeral service at NARDOLILLO FUNERAL HOME & Crematory, 1278 Park Ave., Cranston on Monday, September 12 at 9 a.m. followed by a Christian burial mass at 10 a.m. at Holy Apostles Church, Cranston. Interment will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Cranston. VISITING HOURS will be on Sunday, September 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to HopeHealth Hospice & Palliative Care, 1085 North Main St. Providence, RI 02904. Visit NardolilloFH.com for online condolences.

Posted on September 07, 2022

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