Carol A. Tanury

Date of Passing:

June 6, 2024

Carol Ann (Colarusso) Tanury, 76, of Rumstick Rd, Barrington, died peacefully on June 6, 2024 after a nearly twenty year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was the loving wife of Thomas A. Tanury.

Born in Providence, the daughter of the late Ferdinando and Lottie (Szymanski) Colarusso, she lived in Barrington for 43 years.

Carol attended Katharine Gibbs School after graduating from Cranston West High School. She dedicated her life to providing a warm, welcoming home and being the best wife, mother and grandmother she could be. She was an amazing listener and a ‘mom’ to so many. She hosted countless, unforgettable parties with grace and charm. She enjoyed gardening and spent endless hours collecting seashells on the beach. Carol was known for frequenting every TJMaxx and Marshalls in a 100 mile radius to find the very best deals. Prior to her illness, she donated her time and attention to various charities over the years.

Besides her husband of 54 years, she is survived by two daughters, Tina Grilli and her husband Angelo of Portsmouth and Nikki Russell and her husband John of Warwick; four grandchildren, AJ, Layla, Fred and Will; a brother, Paul Colarusso and his wife Sally of Bonita Springs, FL as well as several nieces, nephews and godchildren.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Carol’s loving caregivers, Natalie, Emily and Leanne; and to the nurses and CNAs at Atria Bay Spring Village, Hattie Ide Chaffee Home and Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice, Maria, Aura, Kayla, Catherine, Judy, Kelly, Jennifer, Chantal, Nadine and Lindsay, among many more.

Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial in St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling hours are Monday, June 10, 2024 from 3-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Carol’s memory can be made to the Rhode Island Alzheimer’s Association, 245 Waterman Street #306, Providence, RI 02906.

Online Condolences


  1. My heartfelt condolences to Tom and his family.

  2. To. Tommy, I’m sorry to hear of Carol’s passing…she had smiling eyes which matched her beautiful smile. Sending hugs to you and your family 🙏

  3. My deepest condolences Tom to you and your family My prayers are with you and your family

  4. Carol was a beautiful person. I will miss her dearly. I’m so sorry for your loss. Kathy Shovelton the hairdresser at the Atria .

  5. Dear Tom and family,
    I wanted you to know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. It was such a joy to be able to care for Carol while she was at Atria. I loved her sweet and gentle nature and her smile. I will truly miss her. I hope you can all take comfort in the fact that she is resting peacefully in heaven. Love Gabby❤️

  6. My sincerest condolences to Tom and his family.

  7. Dear Tom, Tina, Nikki, Angelo, John, Aj, Layla, Will & Fred,
    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Carol was truly special, always with a laugh and a twinkle in her eye. She will be missed. With all of my love and prayers, Kathryn

  8. tom my thoughts go out to you and your family your wife was a wonderful woman she is now in a better place with my parents and yours. hope everything is okay for your family. Deepest Sympathy from my family to yours

  9. Dear Tommy and family, I remember you both fondly from Bay View Academy. You gave Chris Kavanagh and I and the whole Bay View community so much love and support. We still have our angels on our fence – Chris told me that was your idea, Tommy.

    Please accept my deepest sympathy. Chris is in heaven to greet your Carol! Love and prayers to all of you. May Carol rest in God’s loving embrace. God bless, Diane Gualtieri (pianist at Bay View)

  10. Tom, my most heartfelt condolences to you & the girls. Carol was a beautiful person.
    You will always remain in my prayers.

  11. Tom, our deepest condolences to you and your family

  12. Our deepest sympathies to Tom, Tina and Nikki, and families. Such a loss of a beautiful woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May she rest in peace.

  13. So sad. I remember Carol when she was dating Tommy. Later when I had the honor of being part of their wedding party. Carol was always a sweet and compassionate person. Although I had not seen her in many years, I will remember her as a special person.
    God bless


  14. She was a class act , always dressed perfectly . So happy I got to be her friend . Always perfect hair . Love Alison

  15. Leta and I send our sincere condolences to the Tanury family. She was a special woman.

  16. Heaven received a new “angel”. Carol was a welcoming and loving spirit in a sometimes rushed and hurried world… beautiful soul and spirit inside and out…her pride and joy was her dear family…we are saddend by her loss … Carol exuded light and special warmth…she will be remembered and missed….May she be resting peacefully in the arms of angels ! Sincere Condolences!
    The Resmini Family

  17. Our deepest sympathy to you,Tom, and your family. Carol was a beautiful, classy lady. She will be missed by all who loved her.
    Joe and Gerry Roszkowski

  18. Deepest condolences Tom and Family. May happy memories sustain you until you meet again in Heaven. Rest in Peace Dear Carol. You were such a kind, gentle soul.

  19. I met Carol when I was in high school, when she started dating cousin Tom. Instantly, we all could see the chemistry between them. When they married, I was a senior in high school and was asked to be in the wedding party. An honor and thrill, to this day.
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences, Tom, Tina, and Nicole, their families and ours, with love.

  20. I loved Carol , she had a beautiful soul

  21. Carol was a kind,gentle and loving person ! She had the most amazing smile and I loved her laugh ❤️ my heart goes out to you Tommy,Tina and Nicole. I know how much the entire family will miss her. With prayers and love,rest in peace Carol 🙏🏼

  22. Dearest Tom & Family,

    Please accept our sincerest of condolences to you and your family and find that she is at peace now with the Lord!

    Hon. Thomas Lazieh & Family

  23. Dear Tom and family. My deepest condolences to you for the loss of Carol. Miss her laughter and smiles that filled the unit. It was a pleasure knowing her and her loving family that visited everyday. Miss you Carol, coming to the medication room for your treats and dropping off what ever you collected on your journeys when walking the unit and then that smile that brightened the day. When asked where she found whatever she had in her hand she stated “Oh well.” May you rest in peace and enjoy being free from your illness Love you

  24. My deepest condolences to all the family. Carol was such a kind and caring lady. Let loving memories help warm your hearts, and happy memories help you smile. Let the thoughts and prayers of others bring you peace and comfort at this difficult time. She now has her wings that she has kept hidden all these years, a true angel.

  25. Heaven was just blessed with the arrival of a true angel. Deepest condolences for the loss of such an incredible mother, wife, friend. God Bless

  26. I’m so sorry for your loss and I hope you find peace in comfort and healing soon Carol was a sweet and special person and I know that you’re going through a lot pain right now and I hope you will get through this in time they say time heals pain and I hope you get through this ok she will be missed 🙏🙏🙏💕

  27. Tom, thank you for choosing Atria to have her live. She was so blessed to have such a devoted spouse & daughters. We miss sweet Carol. Our thoughts & prayers are w/ you all.

  28. Dear Tom and family ,I am so sorry about Carol we have her smile ,hugs and her love with us forever ❤️ it was a blessing to have her in my life and be able to care for her. Love Maria

  29. Dearest Tom & Family, my deepest sympathy on Carol’s passing. I had the great pleasure of having her under my care at one time. I can’t remember a single time that there wasn’t a smile whenever she greeted you or a hug given. She was fond of my long sweater when the weather was cold and how could I say no. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers for your comfort during this difficult time.

  30. My sincere sympathies to Tom and his family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.🙏

  31. Tommy and families my sincere condolences and prayers to all of you on the passing of your beautiful Carol. She was a sweet person. My prayers are for all of you and especially Carol. May she rip. God bless you all 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  32. Our sincere condolences to Tom and the family. Fond memories of Carol from many jewelry industry events and parties in the early years. Peace to the family.
    Debbie & Ed Lemire

  33. Dear Tom and Family,
    Our deepest condolences at this very sad time.

    May fond memories keep you and your family strong in the coming days.

    With Love,
    Robert and JoAnne Mansour

  34. Tom, Nikki, Tina, Heartbroken on Carol’s passing. A great lady, always smiling.

  35. Tom & family,

    My deepest sympathy to you at this time.
    May Carol Rest In Eternal Peace.

  36. A beautiful person who led a beautiful life. Condolences to everyone and anyone who had the fortune to know her.

  37. Tom, Tina, Nikki, Paul, I am heartbroken hearing of Carol’s passing. She was such a lovely person. Your family has suffered for a long time and you have done everything possible to bring her comfort. May The Good Lord comfort you in the knowledge that she is finally at peace in the arms of her Savior.

  38. Tommy please know that your wife was loved. Though she and I never met, my brother Joe Anthony often told me of her loveliness and ability to make your family happy. Your love and kindness in caring for her was as much a gift as her love. My condolences.

  39. Dear Tom Tina Nikki and family My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. May you find comfort in the love and cherished memories of beautiful Carol, and may they bring you peace.

    With heartfelt condolences, Maggie 🙏

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