Marie E. Gizzarelli

Date of Passing:

January 3, 2022

Gizzarelli, Marie E. 88, of Princess Hill Avenue Barrington, died peacefully on January 3, 2022 surrounded by her family.

She was born in Barrington, a daughter of the late Camillo and Maria (Cuzzone) Gizzarelli. A Barrington High School graduate class of 1951,

Marie was the youngest of 11 children. Marie took great pride in being an Executive Secretary, and was even Secretary of the Year in 1980.

Marie loved life in a big Italian Family. She loved to tell people her name was Marie but “ You can call me Sophia,” comparing herself to the Italian Actress Sophia Loren! She loved traveling and going out with her Sisters, cocker spaniels and little fluffy dogs, olives, pepperoni, and her beloved Providence Friars Basketball.

Marie was very thoughtful and every holiday, you were sure to get a card from Marie signed with two little m’s. Marie would playfully say they were Heathcliff and Hortense, 2 seagulls she met in New York. Bubbly and friendly, she was a wonderful person everyone adored.

Marie was the Sister of the late; Felicia, Rose, Anna, Jane, Elsie, Domenic, Nicholas, and Angelo Gizzarelli, Theresa Trahan, and Frances Puckett. She is also survived by three nieces and three nephews.

Her funeral will be held on Monday January 10, 2022 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Angels Church, 341 Maple Avenue, Barrington at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday morning 8 a.m.- 9 a.m.

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  1. To Marie’s family. Coming up on her one year anniversary in Heaven. I am sure She is well organized with her family up there.. Thinking of Marie. Blessings and prayers.

  2. To the gizzarelli family, I am very sorry for your loss of MARIE. I just found the obituary on line today, because I am still in CALIFORNIA. Very sorry I was not in RI to attend the services! My deepest sympathies and condolences to all of you!

  3. I just learned the sad news of Marie’s passing and want all her family and friends to know how much I liked and admired her. I will always be grateful to Marie and her sisters of blessed memory, especially Rose and Ann , for being so involved in my political campaigns and other professional pursuits. They were incredibly loyal, giving, positive and resourceful. Class acts in every way who made the world a better, friendlier place.

    Marie and her sisters’ lives were beautifully intertwined with those of mine, my wife, my parents and my brother for decades. They forged precious bonds with us that will always give me strength and inspiration.

    With much gratitude,

    Scott Wolf

  4. I worked with Marie all the time she worked at Puritan Life. She was such a great person and more importantly a great human being. You couldn’t find a more caring a more thoughtful and sincere person. She will be greatly missed. Our prayers go out to her whole family.

  5. The Gizzarelli’s were wonderful, lifelong neighbors and with the passing of Marie seems like the end of an era. Marie was thoughtful, intelligent and always. gracious. The epitome of a lady. We are all the better for having known her. She will be dearly missed. Our sincere sympathy to Harold, Robbie, Paula and Rose Anne.

  6. So sorry to the family of Marie. She was a wonderful woman with a heart of gold. May she rest in peace.

  7. I remember her from Holy Angels…so sorry to hear this. May she be at peace with her heavenly family??

  8. To two of my oldest friend’s (Robbie and Harold) who growing up with across the street where more like brothers to me, myself and Shari send our deepest sympathies. Aunt Marie and all of your aunts were always cheerful and kind to me. I am lucky to have known them.

  9. My deepest sympathy to the family, she was a lovely lady,
    I enjoyed talking with her.
    She will be in my prayers.

  10. Marie was indeed a wonderful person

  11. Robbie, Harold and family my sympathy and prayers. I have fond memories of her and her sisters.
    May she rest in peace… God Bless

  12. Marie always had a friendly smile and a warm, gentle manner. God bless

  13. Such a nice person. May she Rest In Peace.

  14. Rest in Peace, Marie…
    So sorry for your loss…My sincere condolences
    to your entire family…Fred Rioles

  15. Marie was one of a family that gave of their free time to help those in need, especially the handicapped. Bless you.

  16. Marie will be fondly remembered by the many employees of the former Puritan Life Insurance Company whose presidents were lucky to have Marie to guide them.

  17. Harold and Robert, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your Aunt Marie was a special person and a very good friend who I’ll miss. She adored you two and she will be missed.

  18. My grandparents, Margaret and Peter Carlone, lived across the street from the Gizzarelli family. I have so many fond memories of my mom and my grandmother and myself visiting with them. They became like family. They always were so welcoming. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  19. I worked next to Marie for almost 8 years. The kindest, sweetest person I ever met. She taught me a lot. May you rest in peace.

  20. To the family of Marie, I can remember the days at Peck School where Marie was
    the secretary if you forgot your money for lunch she would pay for it. She certainly was a great friend and those eyes, when she looked over the rims you knew you were in trouble. May sherest in peace

  21. I had the privilege of getting to know Marie both in the workplace and in our community. Many know of her dedication to her family and her church. She was also an absolute professional at work. She was always efficient, kind, even tempered and discrete. The community and the workplace were better for her presence. May we keep her in our thoughts and actions as a role model of excellence and goodness.

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