Pauline Lillian (DiNapoli) Minuto, 71, of West Warwick and formerly of East Greenwich, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 10, surrounded by her adoring family. She was the beloved wife of Thomas Constantine Minuto, with whom she celebrated her 45th wedding anniversary on Dec. 28, 2014.
Born in Providence, on Oct. 25, 1943, she was the beloved daughter of the late Paolina “Lillian” (Cianci) DiNapoli and the late Santino “Sonny” DiNapoli. She was also the beloved daughter to her aunt and uncle, the late Vincent and Mary Carmella (Cianci) DeRobbio.
Pauline attended St. Xavier Academy in Providence as a child and graduated with honors from Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in Boston. Pauline also graduated from Salve Regina University with a bachelor of science degree in nursing arts. As a pediatric visiting nurse for VNA of Rhode Island, Pauline delivered immense love and care to the countless families she visited throughout Rhode Island.
Pauline was the treasured wife and mother, confidant, soulmate, and best friend of her beloved husband Thomas, and her adoring children, Jeffrey Domenic Minuto, Michael Santino Minuto, Thomas Vincent Minuto and Jennifer Anne Minuto. She was also the treasured mother to her three beautiful daughters in-law, Holly, Lisa and Meghan Minuto. Pauline was the beloved grandmother of Gabriella Lily, Michael Thomas, Jacob Domenic, Paulina Melanie, and one more on the way. She was the loving sister to her siblings, Albert DiNapoli, Shirley Mazzatta, and Louis Ferrieri, Jr.
Pauline was a constant gardener in life, nurturing everything she saw and touched, from her beautiful family and friends, to her gardens and paintings. She often said that everything we need to learn can be learned in the garden. She helped everyone to see every color, and all of the beauty in the world. Pauline will be greatly missed by her family and all whose lives she touched. She will be carried deeply inside all who were blessed to know her.
Her funeral is Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. from Woodlawn Funeral Home, 600 Pontiac Ave., Cranston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church, West Warwick. Burial will be in St. Ann’s Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute for cholangiocarcinoma research.