Joseph L. Ianiere

Date of Passing:

October 11, 2018

Ianiere, Joseph L., 95, formerly of Indian Road, Riverside, died peacefully on October 11, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Alice M. (Minardi) Ianiere.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Guiseppe and Anna (Riccutti) Ianiere, he lived in East Providence for all of his life.

Mr. Ianiere was a bottling shop supervisor for the former Narragansett Brewing Co., Cranston for 34 years before retiring in 1980.

Joseph was a United States Army Veteran serving during World War II. He was a member of the Riverside American Legion Post #10.

He is survived by his children, Alicia L. Ianiere and her husband Paul Cullen of Newton, MA, Susan J. Roberts of Cranston and her partner Clif Moore of East Providence, Stephen J. Ianiere of Brooklyn, NY and Patricia M. Ianiere and her wife Kristine J. Merz of Pawtucket and two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Katherine Cullen. He was the brother of the late Lillian (Ianiere) Smith.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside on Tuesday October 16, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Calling hours are Monday October 15, 2018 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside from 5-8 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Joseph’s memory to the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118 or Hope Hospice & Palliative Care of RI, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI, 02904 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. Tony and I will always remember your parents with much love. You all made us feel like we were part of your family. You are what a family should be. I know Ma Ianiere and Papa Joe must be so proud of all of you!

    Much love,
    Tony and Gail

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family, Patti.

  3. Alicia, Sue, Steve, and Patty

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of your dad and mom while we growing up on Indian road. When I think of him now, I remember his smile and his laugh. I am sorry that I am unable to be with you tonight, but you are in all my thoughts.

  4. Joe worked with me at Narragansett Brewery. He was a superb supervisor and later Bottling Department Superintendent. Dedicated to doing his best, dependable to map the best course during difficult times, a team builder, you could not ask for more in a manager. Joe was fair to all and well-liked by his peers and subordinates. He made a point to rise above the day-to-day confusion. In short, Joe was the best manager the company could want. A very special kind of person.

  5. Dear Alicia, Sue, Patti and Steven,
    We will miss Joe as we have missed Alice these past few years. We will miss the good times we had drinking Fortissimo while making sausages, stuffing our faces at the Ianeri Open, watching Super Bowls, talking Bruins hockey and so much more. Our hearts go out to all of you.
    Kathy and Harry

  6. Dear Patty and Family,
    Joe and I are thinking of you during this difficult time. I have heard so many wonderful stories of your Dad and Joe still talks about the Macaroni sauce he made him when he was sick. The memories you have of your dad (and your mom) are like movies you can replay over and over when you are feeling sad.

  7. Joe and Alice were all about nurturing those around them with their great food. I especially remember one afternoon spent making sausage with them at our home in Newton. Joe came with all the fixings and, as I recall, about 25 pounds of meat! Had wonderful time seeing Joe and Alice at many gatherings on Brewster Road. So happy for the wonderful memories.

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