Cristina L. Caretti

January 31, 1925May 4, 2022
Obituary of Cristina L. Caretti
Cristina L. Caretti, age 97, passed away, at home, May 4, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of the late Carmino and Anna (Pontarelli) Spino; beloved wife of the late Anthony S. Caretti; loving mother of Rosalie Peck, Paula Caretti, Ann Caretti, and Anthony J. Caretti; sister of Carmino “Spence” Spino and the late Theodore Spino and Francis Spino; grandmother of Jessica and Max and great-grandmother of Miriam and Maya. Graduate of Hope High School 1943 and Roger William University 1973. She married in 1948. She held many positions: cashier at Spino’s Bakery, secretary, bookkeeper, educational assistant and teacher. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife and mother who modeled kindness, forgiveness, and wisdom throughout her life. Cristina was an incredibly kind person. Being the kind person she was, she loved to cook for her family and anyone else who happened to drop by. She would always make sure there was plenty to eat, enough for seconds and then some. She spared no expense when it came to shopping for ingredients. She would choose the best and go out of her way to find stores that carried the freshest food and the best quality. Her household was a tale of upstairs/downstairs. There was a very substantial kitchen refrigerator always well-stocked and its twin “down the cellar” as she liked to say. She made countless trips up and down because yes she felt she needed to cook that much food! Her goal was to make sure she could provide for everyone and that no one would leave her table with any room in their clothes to breathe easily. People who came to the house were always greeted with “have a seat, I’ll make coffee” which, of course, was never just coffee. Then when lunch or dinner rolled around, a place was set for them automatically. She took great pleasure in serving others. Cristina was very traditional. For every holiday she would make a full Italian dinner from the antipasto to the dolce, Italian desserts specific to that holiday passed down to her from her mother and her grandmother and all the women who came before. She really understood the purpose of tradition and in this way, she kept her mother, and grandmother close to her. These were her values, love of family, tradition, kindness and generosity that made her a source of joy and comfort to everybody who knew her. She enjoyed all types of food. She was especially fond of ice cream and pastry with cream. Her favorite restaurant was Gregg’s. She often said that they served “quality” food. In fact, when people asked her how she was able to live so long, her response was always “good food, good family, good friends.” Cristina influenced those who knew her in so many ways. For example, she was an avid reader of the news. She was steadfast about reading the Providence Journal every single night. She was always current on world and national issues and taught her children to be cognizant of our civic duties like voting. She always said, “you have to go out and vote, it’s your duty”. Her children never forgot that. Cristina was also a talented watercolor artist, wrote poems, and loved to play the piano. Her love for these things influenced her family to appreciate music and art. She also enjoyed fashion and was chicly dressed right up until the end. She always looked great. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, May 17th at 10:00 am in St. Ann Church, 280 Hawkins Street, Providence. Burial will follow in North Burial Ground, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, May 17, 2022