Lori Ann Gooden

Gooden, Lori Ann (DeCesare) 49, of North Kingstown died peacefully at home after a long illness. She was the wife of the late James F. Gooden who died in the Station Night Club Fire of 2003. Born in Providence to Leroy and Norma (Iacchei) DeCesare she lived in Cranston most of her life before moving to North Kingstown in 2010. Lori is survived by her daughters Jessica and Lauren Iacobucci. She also leaves a sister Leslie DecCesare Graham and her husband Bill Graham. She will be deeply missed by her partner of three years Bill Griswold. Lori also leaves three loving nephews, one adoring niece, and a grandniece whom she taught to cal her “Auntie Goddess”. Lori worked as a Branch Manager for Citizens Bank for many years, first at the Rolfe Street Branch and later at the Warwick Plaze Branch. Roman Catholic and deeply spiritual, she was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Cranston. She had a great love for the ocean and was an active member of the East Greenwich Yacht Club. Most recently Lori and Billy enjoyed long rides on their motorcycles and she became a member of the US Veterans Motorcycle Club RI Ladies Auxiliary. Lori had a passion for life that lead her to travel frequently often accompanied by family and close friends. She had an ever present smile and deep concern for others, even in her illness; she was an inspiration to everyone that met her. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 8:30am from the Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church Oaklawn Avenue Cranston at 10:00am. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00-8:00pm. In lieu of flowers donations to the Brown University Oncology Research Group (BRUOG) Attn: Kayla Rosati BRUOG Division of Biology and Medical Brown University Box GR001 Providence, RI 02912 the research organization of her devoted doctor Howard Safran would be appreciated.

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Melissa Souza - 03/08/2014

Lori may you Rest in Peace.

Patricia-Martin Pryor - 03/08/2014

My deepest sympathy to Lori's family during this most difficult time. Lori was one of a kind.She treated both my husband and I with such care while working at Citizens bank on Rolfe St.She will be missed by many..May you Rest in peace Lori

Lynn & George - 03/08/2014

May you rest in peace an Nan an pop look over you.

Mare Zanfagna - 03/08/2014

Lori may you Rest In Peace in our saviors arms forever, so many happy and cherished memories from our high school days, you are an angel

Jennifer O'kleasky. - 03/09/2014

Lori, my friend, you will be terribly missed. I will always think of your wonderful smile. May you rest in peace.

Bill Griswold - 03/09/2014

LORI....LOVE THE ONE YOU LOVE! When that one person is in your life it's for a reason... To Love...
When Life gives you that special star...make sure you make it shine...
When Life gives you that Special Flower...Make it Bloom...
When Life gives you that Special Person... Love them to the Moon...
Lori is my Life...Lori is my star...
Lori is My Flower...Lori is the One I will Love To the Moon!!

Barbara DiBenedetto-Vachon - 03/09/2014

Lori, my best friend every time you walked into the room you always lit it up with your positivity. You never allowed anything to stop you from doing what made you happy. The memories we have shared are timeless~ no one will ever understand the madness behind our crazy stories and our inside jokes. You were not just my best friend we were like sisters and always there for me when things got hard.
The vacations we took and the late night conversations ~laughs~stories can never be taken away!
Although we can't see you I know your standing right beside me.
I know in my heart just like the past 18 years you will STILL never leave my side.
Our memories will live on forever, stories will always be engraved in my heart.
I love you Lori ~my best friend. May you rest in peace. It's not good-bye ~It's till we meet again.

Jessica, Lauren, and family~I am so very sorry for your loss.

Michael & Patricia Tedesco - 03/09/2014

Our Sincere heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beautiful daughter, lori Ann. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you and be of comfort to you during this difficult time and in the future.

Joe and Lynda Renaud - 03/09/2014

Lori rest in peace a better person shall there never be! We will miss you!

Jamie Lee - 03/10/2014

Lori, it's a blessing just to have known you. I'm so glad that we got to see the world together and that you played such massive role in my life. I couldn't have asked for a better second mom. You always saw the best in people and tried to help as many people as you could. Such a selfless action from such a truely amazing person. Lauren and Jessica are brave fighters. They get that from their mother. No matter what happens whether good or horrible, I will be there for them no matter what! Lori, Lauren, and Jessie I love you all so much. My sincerest condolences to the DeCesare's, Billy, and all the other wonderful people Lori has left behind.

MARIVEL DIAZ - 03/10/2014


sandra pelopida - 03/10/2014

Lori may you rest in peace. You were a very strong person. My condolences to your family

Suzanne Raposa - 03/10/2014

My sincere condolences to Jessica and the rest of Lori's family. I am very sadden by Lori's passing. I have fond memories of Lori's caring and beautiful personality. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Jessica, you have been an important part of my life. Please do not hesitate to contact me at anytime; a day, a week, a year, or 10 years from now for anything. You and your sister are such strong women that I just know you will continue to make your mother proud in the coming years. My thoughts and prayers are with Lori and her family. May she rest painlessly and peacefully.

Robert T. Picchione - 03/11/2014

Dear Norma & Leroy,
Words can never fully express the deep sorrow and hurt one feels in times such as this. I extend to you both my deepest heartfelt condolensence in the loss of this most beautiful child, mother, daughter.
Now that I live in New York,I was unaware until Rob called me from Alabama.
Having recently experienced your sorrow, I share with you the pain of such a loss.
May the Lord bless Lori and her grieving parents. You are all in my daily prays. At a time such as this the Lord provides the needed strength. God bless Lori and you.

Joe & Marie DiBenedetto - 03/11/2014

Our sincere condolences to Leroy and Norma and family, God bless Lori and family

Jessica iacobucci - 03/12/2014

Rest in peace mommy ! Love you forever and always :) ! Like you told grandma ....you have and always will be the best mom ever! Xoxo

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