Catherine Ann Suriani
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Catherine Ann (Ballirano) Suriani, 88, of Sanibel, FL, formerly of Barrington, RI passed away Saturday December 31st, 2016. Catherine was born in Providence, RI. She was the daughter of the late Domenic and Elvira (DeStefano) Ballirano. She founded the business New England Hearth & Patio. She is preceded by her husband Henry Suriani, her granddaughter Mary E. Suriani of Barrington, RI and her brother Ralph Ballirano from Norwich, CT. She is survived by her son Lewis Suriani and his wife Rosemary of Barrington, RI, her granddaughter Melissa Heeden and her husband Ryan of Mansfield, MA, her great grandson Luke Heeden of Mansfield, MA. She is also survived by her brothers Vincent Ballirano of Johnston, RI and Anthony Ballirano, of Riverside RI and beloved nieces and nephews in RI and CT. Kay graduated from St. Xavier’s School Providence, RI in 1944 at 16 years old. She married Henry Suriani and was happily married for 46 years.
Kay started the welding business Economy Ornamental Works with her husband Henry in 1949 six months before they married. Working with her husband and later including their son, Lewis, and daughter-in-law, Rosemary, the business flourished for many years before eventually growing to the business New England Hearth and Patio. She also ran a number of other businesses.
After many successful years in Barrington, Kay retired in the 1980’s to permanently move to Sanibel, FL where she and her husband spent many great years.
She was a communicant of St. Isabel’s Church in Sanibel and enjoyed volunteering for a number of activities at the church. She taught confirmation classes there for many years. She was also a Eucharistic minister at St. Isabel’s. She leaves many friends and loved ones in Sanibel and Fort Myers, FL.
Kay was an avid gardener, cook and music teacher willing to teach anyone that was interested. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and was proud of her new born great-grandson.
Her funeral will be held on Monday January 16, 2017 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:30 a.m. with a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial in the Carmelite Monastery, 25 Watson Avenue, Barrington at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Santa Maria del Campo Cemetery, Upland Way, Barrington.
Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully appreciated to the Carmelite Monastery 25 Watson Ave Barrington, RI or F.I.S.H. of Sanibel 2430 Periwinkle Way Sanibel, FL 33957