Domenica Minnie DiMichele Sohigian

September 27, 1914June 25, 2010

Domenica “Minnie” Sohigian, 95, passed away Friday, June 25, 2010 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Kurragin “Cookie” Sohigian. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Giosaffatto and Antonetta (Calvano) DiMichele.

Minnie was an active member of the Santa Maria Circle - Daughters of Isabella for many years. She was last employed as a Supervisor for FWF Industries, Inc. and was also a nurse’s aide at Roger Williams Medical Center.

She is survived by her beloved daughters, Joanne (Ronald) Burger of North Providence and Nancy Sohigian with whom she resided. She also leaves two granddaughters, Nanette (Christopher) Cote of Northbridge, MA and Jennifer (Matthew) Cohn of Cranston along with three great-grandchildren, Drake Cote, Ella and Abby Cohn.

Minnie was the sister of Nascenzio (Pauline) DiMichele, Margaret Mignacca, Josephine Carrier and Adeline (Joseph) Banick and the late Nunzio, Frederic, Violet, and Rosalie DiMichele, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Monday, 4-8 p.m. with a funeral on Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the PONTARELLI-MARINO Home, 971 Branch Avenue, Providence. A Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated at 11 a.m. in St. Ann Church, 280 Hawkins Street, Providence, followed by a graveside burial in St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Home and Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904. To express your condolences through our online guestbook, visit


  • Visitation Monday, June 28, 2010
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, June 29, 2010
  • Burial Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Domenica Minnie DiMichele Sohigian

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Natalie Mello

July 2, 2010

Nancy, Joanne and Family,
Minnie will always hold a special place in my heart. She was a great inspiration many times. Whenever there was a difficult situation going on in my life she had the perfect answer "Have a cup of tea"...So now when I have my tea I will think of Minnie, smile and know she is watching over me... All of you are in my prayers. It was a privilidge to be part of her life even at the very end.
Thank you for sharing your Mom with me.
Love, Natalie

Tammy M. Palka

July 1, 2010

Dear Nancy,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Patricia Romeo-Mendes

June 30, 2010

So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Your family are in my prayers.
Pat Romeo-Mendes

Bob Brown

June 29, 2010


My condolences to you and your family on your mom's passing.

Maria Checrallah

June 29, 2010

Nancy, God Bless you and your family at
this most sensitive time. Just remember friends are praying for you.

Gerry Vincelette

June 29, 2010

Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother.

June 28, 2010

I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.

Rhonda Boccanfuso

June 28, 2010

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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June 28, 2010


June 28, 2010

Dear Nancy and Joann & family, There are no words to replicate your beloved mother's long and beautiful life, as well as her profound impact on people like me. It is no irony she passed to her eternal reward on the same floor as my own beloved mother. Please know hers was a presence which will be clearly remembered and deeply missed for a very long time. ( I also miss Jim with my phone visits). Fondly, Ann Dupre