Anissa R. Ciesynski

October 28, 2021



Anissa R. Ciesynski, 46, of North Smithfield, formerly of Cranston, died Thursday evening at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. Anissa passed away due to long-term health problems she bravely struggled with since birth. Anissa far outlived the diagnosis of her early years. She was determined to live a full and beautiful life and she did just that. Anissa truly knew that each and every day was a gift to be treasured and shared.


She was the loving companion of John DiGioia of North Kingstown.


Born in Providence she was the daughter of Russell Ciesynski of Warwick and the late Antonia Sanchez. She was the step-daughter of Patricia (Quartaro) Ciesynski of Warwick. She was raised in Cranston and was a graduate of Cranston High School East, class of 1994.


Anissa worked as a personal nanny for several families, then in the nursery department at Wal-Mart stores and at Grower Merchandising Services. Anissa was a member of Christ Community Church.Anissa believed in giving back and as part of her mission to do so she volunteered her time at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She was also a volunteer at Roger Williams Park community garden. Anissa had a special knack with her green thumb and loved caring for plants. She also had a particular interest in beekeeping. Anissa participated in yoga as she found its methods soothing for her mind and body.


Anissa was talented at arts and crafts and knitting and crocheting. She made a number of hats and blankets and donated some of them to Hasbro Children‘s Hospital. Anissa was an amateur detective and mystery sleuth as she followed anything related to true crime stories. Anissa had a special place her heart for her dog Chai. Inside that great big heart of hers was plenty of room for children as Anissa loved to be with kids of all ages.


Anissa unconditionally gave her love to her family and friends who were such a special part of her adventures throughout her life. Anissa will forever hold a place in the hearts of her many close lifetime friends. She will be remembered as a loving, kind and caring person who gave freely of her time and talents to all those who were lucky enough to know her. Anissa’s life really was a shooting star that shinned for 46 years and will continue to shine down upon everyone who will forever cherish her memory.


Anissa’s family is grateful to the many doctors, nurses and all healthcare workers who cared for her over the years. As a further testament to her selflessness and care for others, Anissa‘s last act was to give the gift of live to others as an organ donor.


Anissa is survived by her father Russell Ciesynski and her stepmother Patricia Ciesynski of Warwick, her companion John DiGioia of North Kingstown, her sisters Kerry Jordan of Warwick and Amy Ciesynski - O’Brien and her husband Richard O’Brien of Narragansett, and her brother Gary E. Ciesynski of Pawtucket. Anissa was the beloved aunt of Mikayla Jordan and Thaddeus O’Brien. She was the mother of the late Jasmine Hosker who passed away in 2002. Anissa is also survived by her extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.


Relatives and friends are invited to gather to honor and remember Anissa at visiting hours on Friday November 5, 2021 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home 142 Centerville Rd. in Warwick. A memorial service with words of remembrance will be held at 7:00 pm. Burial will be private.


In lieu flowers and in tribute to Anissa’s concern for children, memorial donations in her memory may be made to Hasbro Children’s Hospital 593 Eddy St. Providence, RI. 02903 or


Arrangements are in care of the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 142 Centerville Rd. Warwick, RI.

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November 5, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home
142 Centerville Road
Warwick, RI 02886

Time of Remembrance
November 5, 2021

7:00 PM
Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home
142 Centerville Road
Warwick, RI 02886


Hasbro Children's Hospital
P.O. Box H, Providence RI 02901

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