Marilyn "Joan" DiSano

It is with great sadness that the family of Marilyn “Joan” Di Sano announces her passing after a two and a half year courageous battle against cancer.

Marilyn “Joan” DiSano 81, of Cranston, passed away at home on January 24, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late David E. DiSano of Cranston.

Born August 24, 1937 in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Sarah (McWilliams) Holland.

Joan worked at Hook Fast Specialties Company for 40 years as a shipping clerk. She enjoyed her work there and the many friendships she made. She retired two years ago due to her illness. Joan was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She dedicated her life to her family and friends. Joan was the center of her family. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends that she loved so deeply. Joan touched the lives of many people during her lifetime. Since her passing, touching stories are being told of the significant impact that she has made in so many lives. Joan was always there to help anyone that needed her guidance and support. Family and friends would stop by to visit Joan daily; her home was an open door. A friend to Joan became part of her extended family. Joan had a great sense of humor; she loved to laugh and to make others laugh. Joan was an avid reader. She read hundreds of books throughout her life. In fact, on many occasions she would read two books simultaneously. She was a great cook. She found such joy in making meals for her family. Everyone loved Joan’s ‘meatballs’, among other delicious meals she prepared. She was a fine dancer. She was a loyal Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. She was a woman of great pride, intellect, wisdom and strength; she instilled those values in all of her children. Her family and friends will sadly miss her. We are blessed to be the children of such a wonderful mother. We all love you mom.

Her seven children survive Joan. Margret Zanghi of Riverside, Robert Richards and his wife Lisa of Cranston, Donna Pilling of Cranston, Brenda Rebello and her husband Anthony of Cranston, (with whom Joan made her home), Craig DiSano and his wife Cindy of Seekonk, MA, Cathy Bateson of Cranston and Kimberly Delano and her husband David of Charlton, MA. In addition Joan leaves her loving sister Sandy Collins and husband Ernie of Clarksville, Tennessee, loving niece and dear friend Nancy Furtado of Cranston. She also leaves 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Joan was the sister of the late Mary Lomas, Peggy McCarty, Fran Sevesind, Kate Roy, John, Frank, Joe, Bob and Dick Holland.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday January 29th at 9:30 AM from the Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. George Maronite Catholic Church Cranston at 11:00 AM. Visiting hours will be held on Monday January 28th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Joan’s name to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care of Rhode Island 1085 North Main Street Providence, RI 02904 or to the American Cancer Society RI Chapter 931 Jefferson Blvd Unit # 3004 Warwick, RI 02886

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Victor and Bonnie Realejo - 01/26/2019

She was a beautiful lady and it was our privilege to have known her.
We are so sorry, please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Peg Davis - 01/26/2019

I am so sorry to hear of Joan's passing. She was a special lady, always made anyone in her presence feel welcome and valued. She will truly be missed. Condolences to all of her family, you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Gina Ferrazzano - 01/26/2019

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family at this difficult time. Joan will be missed by many people. May you Rest In Peace with god and the angels.

Kathy Roy - 01/26/2019

My dear Aunt Joan, I always said you are my most favorite person in the world and you will always be exactly that. I will miss you every day, it’s hard to imagine the world without you in it. You are everything to our family.

Holly West - 01/26/2019

I’m so sorry to hear about Auntie Joan’s passing. I think of her often and always will. Although I had only known her for five years, she and all of you felt immediately like family. She made quite an impact on me with her strength and love of her family. She was a true Matriarch! Love and prayers to all of you ❤️

Pam Murray - 01/27/2019

Family and love defined Joan. So many lessons to be learned from her. My heart goes out to all of you. She always made me feel like part of the family, I will miss her.

Paula Guarino - 01/27/2019

Sorry for your loss. She sounds like an angel given to you to share a lifetime with. What a blessing to have had such a wonderful woman in your life. Prayers to you and your family for upur loss.

Loribeth Holland Landolfi - 01/27/2019

To all of my cousins and their families...time and distance may separate us but my heart goes out to each one of you! I do have fond memories of Aunt Joan and my father (John) on more than one ocassion breaking out with "God Bless America" and of course, the Holland family motto by the Pointer Sisters "We are family"!!! God bless all of you❤️LB

Loribeth Holland Landolfi - 01/27/2019

To all of my cousins and their families...time and distance may separate us but my heart goes out to each one of you! I do have fond memories of Aunt Joan and my father (John) on more than one ocassion breaking out with "God Bless America" and of course, the Holland family motto by the Pointer Sisters "We are family"!!! God bless all of you❤️LB

Jay Holland - 01/27/2019

I was privileged to know you as "Aunt Joan". I wish I'd spent more time with you but must be content with the knowledge that I was a member of your extended family. I will miss your kindness and your hearty laugh. Rest, now, and be at peace.

Maria and joao lopes - 01/27/2019

My deepest condolences to the entire family , heaven has gained another angel ,may she allways Rest In Peace

Terry Pimental (Rogers) - 01/28/2019

I loved her like a second mom! I didn't see her often in the last yrs of her life and I regret that very much. She was so much fun to be around and always made you feel like you were family. Her poker games were epic and her coffee was the best! I'll miss you dearly auntie. May you forever RIParadise. My condolences to the family. I love you all! Hugs

Ernie Greco - 01/28/2019

I learned from a mutual friend about the loss of your mother. Please accept my deepest sympathy and extend my condolences to your children and all of your family.

Brenda - 01/28/2019

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and all of your family. Please accept my sincere condolences at this time of sorrow and sadness. May all of the fond memories you have of your Mother continue to stay alive in your heart. Sadly she will be missed by all.

Bruce C. Genga - 01/28/2019

It is with a heavy heart that I express my most heartfelt condolence for the loss of your Mom. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you endure this most challenging life’s experience.

Shane and Tanya Rioux - 01/28/2019

We are so sorry to hear of Joan's passing. Her love and warmth was shared with everyone and we were fortunate and blessed with knowing her. Our condolences and love - Shane and Tanya

Charles Drago - 01/28/2019

I never had the honor of meeting Joan, but I know her through her son Bob, one of my dearest friends. Which is to say, she clearly was an honorable, generous, deeply caring woman whose intelligence was balanced by her compassion. May God bless her eternal soul.

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