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Doris M. Tancredi

April 24, 1924June 11, 2021

Doris (DeRoin) Tancredi, “Dottie”, 97, of Oakwood Avenue, Providence passed away June 11, 2021. She was the wife of the late Julio Tancredi.

Born in Chicopee, MA she was the daughter of the late William and Alice (DeRome) DeRoin. Dottie lived with her family in NYC until moving to Providence in 1930. She was an accomplished pianist and musician, performing with the RI Oratorio Society as well as the YWCA orchestra during WW2. Dottie was also a superb athlete and captain of the female “softball league” at MPHS gaining the title of “slugger”. After graduating from MP HS in 1942, Dottie attended Johnson and Wales Business School and secured a position with IBM as a keypunch operator for the data processing department.

In the process of expanding her musicianship and education, Dot began studying trumpet from “Mr. Julio Tancredi” in the mid 1940’s, who she would later marry. In her and dad’s own words, it was “Love at first sight”. They married on April 27, 1946. Dottie was devoted to her family, which became her priority in life. She was an inspiration to her family and a role model for her children. Aside from being a devoted wife and mother, Dot was an avid reader and writer with her focus being literature and history. She loved writing humorous reflections of politics, current events and her family.

She was an animal lover and raised and trained several German Shepards throughout the course of her lifetime. Dottie was devoted to her family, always jovial, calm and a strong advocate for her family’s causes. She was the absolute glue that held the family together, always in her optimistic, low key and positive manner. Her focus for her children was education. Prior to marrying her husband of 60 years and while working at IBM, Doris was enrolled in RICE (Rhode College of Education), as teaching had become her calling.

Most importantly, Dottie was a kind and giving woman and a fabulous wife and mother. She loved her children and all of their friends. She reveled in all of the many, and sometimes, frantic activities occurring in the Oakwood Avenue house. Her wisdom and philosophy of life as well as her extraordinary sense of humor will live on through her children.

She was the mother David Tancredi and his wife Roberta Christy, Sandie VanDyck and her husband Wally and Steve Tancredi and his wife Karen and sister of the late Jane B. MacInnes and William DeRoin.

Her visitation and funeral will be held Tuesday from 9 to 10:00 AM in the ROMANO FUNERAL HOME, 627 Union Avenue, Providence followed by a service in the funeral home 10:00 AM. Burial to follow in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Johnston. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the ASPCA, WWF or St. Jude's Hospital would be greatly appreciated. For online condolences, www.romanofuneralhome.com.

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Michael Gormly

June 15, 2021

Dear Davey, Sandie, and Steve,

Deb and I send our most sincere condolences on Dot's passing.
Dot was a very special person to me when I was growing up. She always took an interest in me and how I was doing when I would be spending time with Steve playing ball or hockey. She took an avid interest in all of us in the 'neighborhood' even though we were just kids.
Please know that Dot and all of you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers.

Respectfully and fondly,
Michael and Deborah Gormly

Norma Mastrobuono (mansolillo)

June 14, 2021

I will always remember Dottie "s pleasant smile and warmth. She was precious. We were neighbors and friends for so many years. David, Sandy and Steve you had a special Mom. And so many fond memories!! Love, Norma Mastrobuono.

Sylvia (Mansolillo) DiFonzo

June 14, 2021

Dear David, Sandie and Steve,
How sad I was to hear of your dear Mom’s passing. All of her “Bright Light” dimmed but it will always be bright in your and our
Memories. It was always fun to see her and be with her in our old
Neighborhood and she will always be remembered fondly.

Our deepest sympathy to you and yours.

Always,
Sylvia and Family



Marie Sweet

June 14, 2021

My late Uncle Herb Sweet spoke often of Julio and Dot as friends of him and his wife Lois. There are many pictures of fun times with your family in his photo album. Sorry for the loss of Dot.

Karen Healy

June 13, 2021

Dear Sandie, Steve, and David,
Your cousin, Bill, has shared with me many fond memories of your mother, his so very, very special, Aunt Dot. Bill will cherish those memories, always. Though I never had the opportunity to meet your mother I know, from the stories Bill has told me, I would have loved to have known her. I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. My heartfelt condolences to you and all your family as you grieve for, reflect upon, and celebrate your mother's life.

Carol Zangari

June 13, 2021

Dear Sandie: As others have said, your Mom was a second mother to them. I feel the same and have since the day she opened the door and smiled when I wandered up Oakwood Ave. to your house when I was 2 1/2 and you were 3.
She and my Mom became and remained the closest of friends despite being opposites on the surface… your Mom could hit a baseball like a champ & my Mom liked you to “ do her hair”. In their hearts though they were the same and like sisters.
A book could be written about all the wonderful times we spent at your house with your Mom. She was always smiling and kind with a big hug even when we got into mischief - which was frequent. She always had the patience of a saint and clearly loved us all.
As we grew older, I loved speaking with her about everything from politics , to the old days, the new days and how much we still loved Matt Dillon on “Gunsmoke”!
Her wonderful qualities live on through you, Stevie & Dave as will the beautiful memories she gave us. Her passing was the end of an era in our childhood neighborhood but she lives in our hearts forever.
Love and condolences to you , Stevie & Dave♥️ Carol Z

Paula Gould

June 13, 2021

Dear Sandie, David, and Steve,

I share your sadness in the loss of your remarkable mother. There is no doubt her wit and wisdom will be missed, but all the love and knowledge she bestowed upon you will help her live on through you. I was so fond of her and of the special relationship she had with my mother.
You were fortunate to have such a long time with her, but when it comes to parents, it is never long enough. Your love and devotion to her will help sustain you during this sad time. No doubt she knew what wonderful children she raised, and this, among other things will be her greatest legacy.
Love,
Cousin Paula


Dennis and Valerie Fortier

June 13, 2021

David, Sandie, and Steve:

Dottie was very special to us, we have fond memories of visiting, enjoying her great cooking, and going to Roger Williams Park with our sons.

We wish you peace in the knowledge that Dottie has rejoined her furry friends on the "Rainbow Bridge" and she and Julio are together again teaching the angels.

Our sincere condolences, Dennis and Valerie

Cristina McPhillips

June 13, 2021

Dear Sandie, Steve and family. My sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. I was honored to have the opportunity to meet such an amazing human being. She never complained, always greeted me with a great smile.
May she be resting now on the loving arms of our creator.

Susan Hannah

June 12, 2021

Dear Sandie, I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I had met your mom. You are so much a person like everything I’ve read in the comments about her….. Very special! Someday I hope to meet you to see those special qualities. Please know you and your family are in my prayers. ❤️ You

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Doris (DeRoin) Tancredi, “Dottie”, 97, of Oakwood Avenue, Providence passed away June 11, 2021. She was the wife of the late Julio Tancredi.

Born in Chicopee, MA she was the daughter of the late William and Alice (DeRome) DeRoin. Dottie lived with her family in NYC until moving to Providence in 1930. She was an accomplished pianist and musician, performing with the RI Oratorio Society as well as the YWCA orchestra during WW2. Dottie was also a superb athlete and captain of the female “softball league” at MPHS gaining the title of “slugger”. After graduating from MP HS in 1942, Dottie attended Johnson and Wales Business School and secured a position with IBM as a keypunch operator for the data processing department.

In the process of expanding her musicianship and education, Dot began studying trumpet from “Mr. Julio Tancredi” in the mid 1940’s, who she would later marry. In her and dad’s own words, it was “Love at first sight”. They married on April 27, 1946. Dottie was devoted to her family, which became her priority in life. She was an inspiration to her family and a role model for her children. Aside from being a devoted wife and mother, Dot was an avid reader and writer with her focus being literature and history. She loved writing humorous reflections of politics, current events and her family.

She was an animal lover and raised and trained several German Shepards throughout the course of her lifetime. Dottie was devoted to her family, always jovial, calm and a strong advocate for her family’s causes. She was the absolute glue that held the family together, always in her optimistic, low key and positive manner. Her focus for her children was education. Prior to marrying her husband of 60 years and while working at IBM, Doris was enrolled in RICE (Rhode College of Education), as teaching had become her calling.

Most importantly, Dottie was a kind and giving woman and a fabulous wife and mother. She loved her children and all of their friends. She reveled in all of the many, and sometimes, frantic activities occurring in the Oakwood Avenue house. Her wisdom and philosophy of life as well as her extraordinary sense of humor will live on through her children.

She was the mother David Tancredi and his wife Roberta Christy, Sandie VanDyck and her husband Wally and Steve Tancredi and his wife Karen and sister of the late Jane B. MacInnes and William DeRoin.

Her visitation and funeral will be held Tuesday from 9 to 10:00 AM in the ROMANO FUNERAL HOME, 627 Union Avenue, Providence followed by a service in the funeral home 10:00 AM. Burial to follow in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Johnston. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the ASPCA, WWF or St. Jude's Hospital would be greatly appreciated. For online condolences, www.romanofuneralhome.com.