Palmisciano, Arlene “Arlie” 81, of Narragansett passed away Friday, June 15th after a long battle with Cancer & other medical complications.
Arlie grew up in Providence RI with a strong connection & deep respect for beloved family rituals with her mother the late Rosemarie Pelletier Palmisciano; her father the late John Palmisciano; her beloved grandmother the late Assunta Palmisciano; her grandfather the late Giuseppe Palmisciano; and all her cherished Aunts and Uncles including her beautiful Aunt Ann Tanzi of North Providence.
From St. Ann Church on Hawkins Street, to the family gatherings on Rounds Avenue, Cranston Street & Chatham, as well as at Angelos on Federal Hill, Arlie was honored to be the first grandchild in a large loving lineage that spanned 5 generations.
In addition to being a single mother raising 4 children, prior to retirement, she worked in top regional sales for Stanley Home Products & Wheatonware Glass; as a bartender for The Coast Guard House, The Larchwood Inn, The Mews, and Basils and in her later years, she owned a successful vintage clothing business 'Arlenes Boutique' on Main Street in Wakefield RI.
In 1963 with her devoted eldest children David of Narragansett RI, and Deborah of Wakefield, RI, Arlie moved south and became a long-time resident of South County. It is there she had her loyal youngest children Laurie (of CA) & Lynne (of NY).
Some of her most memorable times were with her brother the late Johnny Palmisciano. They were inseparable, and his brotherly love gave Arlie some of her best years of her life. Arlie’s precious sister Karen (of Glen Cove NY) and her loving husband Richard, together with Arlie, shared decades of unforgettable family gatherings and holidays since the 40’s with uncles who were talented musicians leading sing along on their amplified guitars.
Arlie was a hardworking, free spirited, faith based, person surrounded by musicians, fisherman, old world Italian/French cuisine, and her most cherished oceanfront Canonchet Cabanas (# 32) of nearly 2 decades. It is here, by the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, that her 4 children and extended family children came together to celebrate life by the sea. Her children are eternally grateful to their late mother for this most precious gift of their early and continued wellbeing.
In Arlie's later years she was an avid reader as well as integral part of a kind elder community including her closest best friend Maddie Cotoia of Narragansett RI. They were passionate about playing Cards, Scrabble and Bingo and tending to beautiful plants and flowers. Arlie's love, the late Joseph MacDonald, who she dearly missed, was her most cherished companion and guiding North Star.
Arlie's sense of adventure led her travels with family to the Canary Islands, Spain; Rustic Villages of Italy; Laconia, New Hampshire; Cape Cod, MA; Seacliff & Fire Island NY; Melbourne Florida; and in her final year the spectacular California coast.
She inspired her family with her beliefs such as 'if you can dream it you can be it', 'live life to it's fullest', 'trust in God above', and 'where there is a will there is a way'. She is outlived by her 4 beloved children Deborah Cullen (and her husband Paul), David Frageorgia, Laurie Palmisciano and Lynne deWardener-Burris. She is survived by her sister, Karen Santoro and cherished grandchildren, Patrick Cullen, Lindsay McDonald, Skye and James Burris. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, June 22nd at 10am at St. Ann's Church, 280 Hawkins St, Providence. Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket. Arrangements entrusted to the A.A. MARIANI & SON Funeral Home,