Doris M. Giunta

June 2, 1950February 9, 2021
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Doris M. (Halpen) Giunta, age 70, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at her home comforted by family. She was the wife of the late Officer Thomas J. Giunta, FRPD.

Born in Fall River the daughter of the late Edward R. and Rose Ann (Levesque) Halpen she was raised in Tiverton, RI and a longtime resident of Fall River.

A graduate of BMC Durfee High School, Class of 1968 she worked as a manager in several establishments for the food industry, was the owner and operator of a local flower shop and was a committed foster parent to children for 20 years and for animals for 8 years.

An active member of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), she volunteered for Last Hope K9 Rescue and had dedicated the last 25 years of her life to the coordination of the annual Officer Thomas J. Giunta 5K Road Race.

She is survived by one daughter, Candice Giunta and her fiance Brandon Silva; two granddaughters Bailey and Lillian Giunta; one step-daughter, Tina (Giunta) Munro and her husband Gary of Fall River, two stepsons, Thomas J. Giunta, Jr. and his wife Michelle of Fall River and Officer Timothy M. Giunta, FRPD and his wife Katie of Assonet; two sisters, Pauline I. Lima and her husband Richard and Diane Salpietro and her husband Anthony and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Rosanna Welch, Edward N. Halpen and Edward R. Halpen.

Her visitation will be held Monday, February 15, 2021 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place, 178 Winter St. Fall River, MA. Her Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 11:00 AM in St. Michael’s Church, 189 Essex St., Fall River. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery will be private. Contributions in her honor may be made to Fallen Officers Memorial Trust of the Fall River Police, 11 Mohawk Dr., South Dartmouth, MA 02748. To leave a note of condolence,


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  • Visitation

    Monday, February 15, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021


  • Private Burial


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Joyce & Norm Gauthier

February 15, 2021

Doris, 28 years of friendship. Thru all the laughter, and tears we were always there for each other. The years have gone by too fast. So many wonderful memories I have of us... our first trip to Washington, our vacation to Virginia Beach, the cookouts at your home... I could go on forever, and that’s how your loving memory will forever be in my heart. We will forever miss you, but will hold you in our hearts forever. RIP our beloved friend till we meet again. Love Joyce & Norm Gauthier

Cathleen L Moniz

February 15, 2021

With deepest sympathies to the entire Giunta family, we remember Doris. She was a quiet but determined force in honoring Tommy's memory. When we asked Doris' advice on what Tom would want, she immediately said "children" and "education". Thus, some 25+ years later, now honoring all five officers the FRPD lost, the scholarships continue to be our largest focus. The annual Road Race became our biggest fundraiser supporting those scholarships, so Doris threw all her energy into making it better and more financially sound. Even as she handed the groundwork reins to Dave Pacheco, she remained involved on a daily basis, literally. We will remember Doris always and continue her work.
The Fallen Officers Memorial Trust Committee.

Peter Homen

February 15, 2021

Please accept my most sincere sympathy.
May she indeed rest in peace.

Peter Homen
Bristol Community College

Marilyn Simons

February 15, 2021

So sorry to hear Doris has past. I,ll miss her Facebook posts.. She was a very caring soul. May she rest in peace in the arms of our Lord, and is with her soul mate Tom Giunta.
Love you Doris
Marilyn Simons

Roberta & Roland Proulx

February 14, 2021

Our world has lost an angel. She didn’t deserve to suffer. But she made the most out of her time on this earth. Now she gets to join the love of her life in a better place. Fly high our dear sweet friend. Until we meet again...

With broken hearts,

Roberta and Roland


February 13, 2021

Dear Doris, I will never forget the days we worked together at McGovern's. You would always be waiting for your lovers arrival.
You are together again, enjoy the hereafter!
May The Lord Be With You, Amen! Roger Roy.

Maria Salpietro

February 11, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Doris was a kind and loving person. She always made you feel welcome. She was dedicated to her children, step children and foster children. She always put everyone first. You will be sadly missed. May you rest in peace with your deceased loved ones.

Joe, Maria, and Allison

Amy Beaulieu

February 11, 2021

Mrs. Giunta,
You had a long and hard fight and now that fight is over and for that I am truly saddened. You're family were your angels, now you're there's.
My heartfelt condolences for the entire Giunta family.

Bailey Giunta

February 11, 2021

The amount of memories we share would fill a novel, the amount of tears I have cried would fill a swimming pool, the amount of love everyone has for you will last a lifetime and then some. You were my Mimi, my best friend, my savior. I love you.

Bj and Paul Valente

February 10, 2021

Dear Guinta family,
We will miss Doris and all the memories we shared from Tommy's memorial races seeing his name on the wall in dc for the first time and experiencing Doris as an exceptional foster parent. All you gave for others will never be forgotten.
Love BJ and Paul