Margaret Mary (Kelly) Formisano

Date of Passing:

July 18, 2021

Margaret Mary (Kelly) Formisano
Loving mom, adoring Nana and thoughtful friend to all

Margaret “Peggie” Formisano passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, July 18, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.

Born on March 7, 1933, in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, Peggie was the daughter of Dr. James A. and Margaret (Shine) Kelly, and a big sister to three brothers whom she adored, LTJG US Navy James, Jr. (deceased), John (Sandy, both deceased) and Edward (Geri) of Pottstown, PA. Peggie loved sharing memories of the childhood vacations she enjoyed with her family in Ocean City, NJ, Scranton and Norristown, PA.

From 1946 – 1950, Peggie attended boarding school at Villa Maria Academy (Malvern, PA). The final line in her high school yearbook blurb was “I’d love to!”, a phrase she carried throughout her lifetime. She then attended Ursinus College (Collegeville, PA), and from both held a dear collection of lifelong friends. Peg then received her master’s in physical therapy from the University of Pennsylvania, a professional devotion that benefited greatly from her endless patience, gentle care and loving kindness. Of particular pride was the time Peg spent at CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania) learning from C. Everett Coop, who later became the US Surgeon General. Peg found particular joy in working with children and the veterans of World War II and the Korean War. After leaving the profession for a number of years to raise her family, Peg found great delight in resuming her career in the 1980s at Sargent Rehabilitation Center and the Visiting Nurses Association of RI.

Though the pride Peg had in being a “PT” remained until her final days, nothing compared to the love and devotion she had for her children and their spouses: Edward Formisano (Mary Louise) of East Greenwich, RI; Maria Marra (Michael) of Barrington, RI; James Formisano (Kimberly) of Dedham, MA; Nicholas Formisano (Carol) of Atlanta, GA; and Eve Formisano of Barrington, RI. Somehow, she always managed special time for each of her children. Her graceful and patient ways meant there was rarely a raised voice, and always a big smile and a favorite dish prepared.

When you entered Nana’s home, it did not take long to discover how much she adored her twelve grandchildren – pictures of Matthew, Kate and Andy; Margot and Mark; Ellie and Thacher; Will and Wright; and Linsey, Cole and Maggie were everywhere. Nana always made sure there were Hoodsies in the freezer, never passed on an invitation to build a sand castle or ride a wave at the beach and was the biggest fan on the sidelines of a grandchild’s game, concert, play or performance. They truly were the light of her life.

Her other joys included great conversation, cheering on the Red Sox and the Bruins, a good book or film, a play at Trinity or Second Story, an exhibit or concert, and traveling near and far.

Peg truly lived a kind, loving and thoughtful life, and lived it well by sharing so much of herself with so many.

Peg’s family would like to thank all of her caregivers over the past year – Isaura, Carmen, Ariana, Katia, Filomena, Jen and Bianca. We would also like to thank Celia and the entire team from Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Peg’s memory to Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice (, or offering a gesture of kindness with Peg in mind.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington on Monday July 26, 2021 at 11 a.m. A private burial will follow in Forest Chapel Cemetery, Nayatt Road, Barrington.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday July 25, 2021 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside from 4-6 p.m.

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  1. Thinking of the Formisano family during this sad time. May you find peace and comfort through family and friends.

  2. Dear Formisano family all,
    I also loved babysitting for your family after Johanna. Your Mom was always so kind and she helped me with my first sales job buying something which gave me confidence. What a wonderful friend she was to our Mom. We are fortunate to have moved to Barrington and met your parents and you all. The peace of God be with you all, knowing she’s in heaven.
    Janice Kelly

  3. Maria, Michael, Matthew, Kate, Andy- I remember Nana with great fondness from my wonderful days long ago with your family. Her smile and laughter will remain with me always. Sending love and strength to all of you

  4. We are deeply saddened to learn of Peg’s passing.
    I knew her as the sister of LT(jg) TonyKelly, a shipmate
    killed in the Gulf of Tonkin when I was there in OCT ’66. For brother Ed: please call me when you can:
    Airell Jenks, 802-457-4242, [email protected],
    148 Garvin Hill Rd, Woodstock, VT 05091.
    We send condolences and love, Ginny and Airell Jenks

  5. Such a wonderful woman and dear friend to the Frarys. She’s part of countless childhood memories. Special condolences from all the Frarys.

  6. Our sympathy to the entire Formisano family.
    Scott and Althea

  7. Such a beautiful tribute to a very special person. She will be dearly missed by all those whose lives she touched. Good times with Peggie will be fondly remembered. Our deepest sympathy to the Formisano family.

  8. Her family remembers her smile, humor and kindness. Kathy Curren, Jane Hughes, Peg Hatch were always happy to have visits from their first cousin. We are sorry for your loss and her spirit will be forever in her love for family.

  9. Such great memories we have of Nana, who was at every softball game, accompanied you on all your BI adventures, and opened her heart to all who were lucky to be in her world. Sending so much love and peace during this sad time as you gather to honor and remember her.

  10. I remember with a smile my friend Peg.

  11. Your mother was a very special person and friend to our parents Mimi and Lew Mutty. I loved babysitting for you all and know how hard it is to lose someone so wonderful . Love Johanna

  12. Formisano Family, sad to hear about the passing of your mother. My condolences from the Parker family. I know my mother and Peg shared a love of reading and books.

    She was always so kind and welcoming to the rest of the “wall” (Jim, Pat, JP, and Jerry) when coming to fetch Jim. I’m sure that she had to know about the late night bike trips… Although this is a time of mourning, try to take some time to reflect on all the great times and the love she offered to you and your children. That legacy will live on forever.

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