Barbara “Barbie” Ann Giammasi, 77, of Illinois died unexpectedly after a traumatic fall, on July 23, at Loyola Hospital.
Born in Brockton, MA she was a daughter of the late William F. and Eva T. (Bartkus) Stonis.
“Barbie” was a 1961 graduate of Saint Xavier High School in Providence. She worked at New England Telephone Company after high school, and also worked at Douglas Drug before moving on to Metropolitan Insurance Company where she worked for 28 years, until her retirement.
A lifelong and faithful Catholic, she was a member of Saint Casimir Church in Providence, RI during her early years, and spoke only Lithuanian until she reached second grade. She was a faithful communicant of Sts. John & Paul Church in Coventry, and sang in the church choir. Always caring for others, “Barbie '' was trained as a Stephen Minister, providing counseling to those parishioners grieving, lonely, or in need of a helping hand.
“Barbie” was a warm and loving person who easily made friends with everyone, saying “Love You” to everyone she knew. She will always be remembered as someone who was smiling and making her friends and family laugh. She was a loving and devoted mother of two, never missing a dance recital, theater performance, ball game, or scout activity. She was also a doting grandmother to her five grandchildren whom she loved dearly.
She leaves a son, David Giammasi and his wife Lucy, a daughter, Jennie Giammasi, a brother, Stanley Stonis and his wife Holly, a sister, Cynthia DeCubellis, and five loving grandchildren, Zola, Sirena, Nari, Avara, and Liam. She was the sister of the late Michael Stonis.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 23, 2021 at 11:00 am in Sts. John & Paul Church, 341 S Main St, Coventry, RI 02816 to which relatives and friends are invited. Interment will follow in Saint Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Sisters of the Immaculate Conception Center, 600 Liberty Highway, Putnam, CT 06260 in her memory would be appreciated.
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