Pontarelli-Marino Funeral Home

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Elena Mancini

December 3, 1933April 4, 2020

Elena (Rachiele) Mancini, 86, a long time resident of Federal Hill, passed on Saturday, April 4, 2020, at Golden Crest Nursing Centre, North Providence, RI. Her underlying condition, COPD, succumbed to the unprecedented Pandemic of COVID-19. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Angelo and Angelina (Militerno) Rachiele.

Elena was employed for many years and retired from Brier Manufacturing located in the Historic Jewelry District in Downtown Providence. She, also, worked at the Executive Dining Room of Fleet Bank, in Downtown Providence.

She is survived by her sisters Marie Salvati of Cranston and Lucy Swinson of North Providence and the late Joseph, Ralph, Salvatore and Samuel Rachiele, Joseph and James Mascaro, Concetta Procaccini, Teresa Pallotta, Susan Scungio, Catherine Antonetti and Rose Costantino.

Elena has many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, all who cherish the time spent with her! Never having children of her own, she embraced all of us as her own and adored the relationships she developed with each of us! She had a unique personality, very humorous at times, fun to be with. Small in stature but power packed! She was independent, well-organized, conscientious and always nicely dressed, very fashionable! She always lended an ear, if needed! She was a great cook and baker, just like her Mom, who she resided with until Grandma passed! Auntie Elena made delicious Italian Wandi’s and Struffoli (Italian Honey Balls) for the Holidays!

Auntie Elena has recently been remembered as a hot ticket, wonderful woman, key influential figure from childhood, beautiful spirit, fun in a group with her sisters, always having a good time and great laughs with her!! Her favorite pastime was going to the track or the casino! Elena adored her family and we adored her!! She will be missed dearly by family and friends!

Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, quarantining and social distancing, Elena will be cremated, upon her wishes, and her Celebration of Life Mass will be held in St. Anthony’s Church, North Providence on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 11:00 AM (masks required). Christian burial in St. Francis Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Donations can be made online at www.stjude.org/donate.


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Burial is private

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020


Elena Mancini

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Richard Lauro

April 12, 2020

My Beautiful Aunt Elenor,
You were a treasure of love for our whole family. You made the best wandis! I have many great memories seeing you at nana’s house on Jones st. You were her good friend and confidant, not just a sister in law. I know you are both in heaven sharing secrets, smiling and laughing again. You will be greatly missed 😢.

Sam & Tara Rachiele

April 10, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. Gone but never forgotten.

Audrey Villella

April 9, 2020

Lucy and all your family, so sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. God Bless. Sincerely Audrey

Denise DeCaro

April 9, 2020

Sending Love and Blessings during this time of loss to family and friends of Elena Mancini. Elena was beautiful inside and out as the phrase goes with a smile that radiated kindness and compassion. I will always remember her support and applause at the Arthur Fiedler Boston Pops Christmas Concert Providence Civic Center and our toasting with many friends and family at the private reception following. My heart holds many memories of Spruce Street Federal Hill and Elena is always there as well. May Peace be yours dear friend.

Patty Costantino

April 8, 2020

Well, Auntie Elena, this is my memory, I have two, my first
Christmas Eve, I can remember this like it was yesterday, coming into your house hearing Barbara Streisand Christmas album playing, the smell of the fish cooking, etc. You and I would always talk about it, and how we missed it.
My second memory is when me, you and Auntie Isabell spent the day at Twin River. I know the three of us had a really good time.

Now you walk with God. Until we meet again.
Love and miss you

Alison Sabatini Stella McVeigh

April 8, 2020

We are so very sorry for the families loss. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this most difficult time. She was such a sweetheart and I remember her the day I got married such a fun spirited beautiful woman. May she always RIP

Kathy DiCarlo-vick

April 8, 2020

Guess I was suppose to share a memory.
Being older there are just so many!
Will never forget after a snow storm she would come around the corner and say, come on, there’s nothing like walking in the fresh snow and we would be the only two outside walking up to Mount Carmel Church making our footsteps in the fresh snow.
Later years when the whole family came on Sunday her and I would be in the pantry her washing a load of dishes and me wiping them. Always volunteered with her because we had so many laughs in that little pantry.
Another memory was taking her to my home in Narragansett sitting on my deck with her was always a wonderful time and sneaking her into Nicole‘s house was the best and funniest day. She had the biggest smile on her face when meeting Nicole’s twin boys. She keep saying oh Kay two of them. I can’t believe there are two. Poor Nicole. The last trip with her to Lincoln Mall to buy sandals couldn’t’ believe how beautiful her feet were and kept telling her. It was just another day full of laughter and shopping.
The best was giving her a Bible she actually read three times in one year finished the Bible and excepted Christ as her Savior so knowing we wil sharing laughs again makes me smile.
Loved growing up in a big family loved and will remember every memory and each and every one of them especially you Auntie Elena❤️
Love Kathy

Sharon Fargnoli

April 8, 2020

Aunti Elena my memories are too few but very special my favorite is your smile what a beautiful smile you had and you always was full of fun you loved all your family always in our hearts and memories

Kathy DiCarlo-vick

April 8, 2020

Auntie Elena is such a great loss to all of us.
Being one of the older nieces I have so many wonderful memories that put a smile on my face.
From old to young to the newest baby Auntie Elena loved all of us and will always remember her wonderful smile, her beautiful shape and her laughter.
All of our hearts are breaking 💔
Until we meet again I will always love you, hold on to my memories and remember your smile.
To whatever cousin wrote this it was so beautifully written, she would be so pleased. Thank you.
Love Kathy&Lee❤️

Gail and Kevin Wentworth

April 8, 2020

AUNTIE ELENA, Our hearts are BROKEN! There are so many MEMORIES we all shared as a family. We will always remember your beautiful smile. We are so lucky to have had you as our AUNT! I can remember the Christmas Eve get together's we had growing up. Your wonderful cooking and baking. I can remember when my mom, sister and I lived with you and there was a thunder and lightening storm (when you were so scared) we used to gather in your little bathroom and just laugh. YOU WILL BE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER! WE WILL MISS YOU! REST IN PEACE AUNTIE ELENA...