Helen Melchionno

November 5, 1928March 26, 2021

Helen A. Melchionno died peacefully on Friday, March 26, 2021 at R. I. Hospital. She was born in New York City to Frank and Mary Melchionno, the youngest of five children. She was predeceased by her sisters Anne (Frank) and Teresa (Charles), baby sister Rose, who died at 3 years of age, and her brother Frank, who died in WW II. She was a devoted Aunt to five nieces and three nephews, children of her sisters, along with grandnieces and grandnephews, cousins in New York, Tennessee and Ohio, and many good friends. She will be greatly missed.

Helen was a resident of Providence for over sixty years, joining the Order of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in in 1958. After leaving the Order in 1972, she worked for Carter Day Nursery, then the State Department of Health and finally the State Department of Children, Youth & Families until her retirement. She had a devotion to Jesus and the Blessed Mother and was a daily communicant, and often a lector, on Sundays at Holy Family Parish Church in Pawtucket.

The important things to Helen were her faith, family and friends. She also considered co-workers and friends her family. She was compassionate, empathetic, kind and generous with her time and possessions. She never forgot family or friends’ birthdays or special occasions and wrote cards with words of appreciation and assurance of her love and prayers. She cherished any and all opportunities to see members of her large Italian family. She had a passion for her Italian heritage and culture and appreciated the sacrifices made by her parents to provide for their family during the depression. Her sisters would keep her informed about events and changes to the old neighborhood in New York City, "Little Italy". As a book lover and avid reader, she was interested in all topics and often shared articles and information with others. Having learned stenography in school, she used this skill throughout her life for notes and lists, into this year.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 10:00 AM in Holy Family Church, 195 Walcott Street, Pawtucket, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00 AM. Burial will be in New York. In lieu of flowers, consider an act of charity towards someone or donate in her memory to the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Development Office, 399 Fruit Hill Ave., North Providence, R.I. 02911.

For those who cannot attend, the Mass will be livestreamed on the Pontarelli-Marino Funeral Home Facebook page at 10:00 AM.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021


  • Burial

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021


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Geraldine Wagner

March 31, 2021

Helen was - and always will be - a second mother to me (though she liked to say she was more of a big sister). She was a part of our family since we moved to Rhode Island more than 30 years ago. There is not a memorable occasion that I can recall without seeing her there enjoying herself and blessing the time with her beautiful, kind, generous and loving spirit.
She and my mother knew each other from their youth in NYC's Little Italy, and they often fondly reminisced about their younger years; however, she was never stuck in the past. She was always open to new experiences, and lived everyday to the fullest. Heaven is even more wonderful for having her, and I'm sure she is blissfully reunited with family and friends who went before her. She was truly an angel in our midst. The picture included is from Christmas 2020, the last holiday we spent together,

Terry Bies

March 31, 2021

Cousin Helen was a beautiful and gentle soul who cared for everyone she met. She reflected God’s love and radiated goodness. She spread happiness through her beautiful smile and willingness to help anyone in need. The smallest kindness brought her joy. I am confident that she was welcomed into paradise escorted by the heavenly hosts of angels.May you Rest In Peace dear friend and say “hi” to Bob

Beth Wardley

March 31, 2021

Cousin Helen was such a wonderful, sweet presence. Her love and kindness always shined bright. After I got married in 2010, she sent thoughtful cards and pamphlets to my husband and me. I loved to hear my mom (Teresa Longo Bies) tell her latest stories after one of their phone calls. She will be missed. May your happy memories carry you through this difficult time and may she rest in peace.

Joe Owen

March 31, 2021

I remember Helen from my employ at DCYF. She was the kindest person I've ever met in my life. She lived her faith. May she rest in peace.

Paul Merluzzo

March 30, 2021

Helen, may flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.

carol solomon

March 30, 2021

Please accept our sympathy on the passing of your loved one. Helen was a quiet and kind neighbor for many years. She was always smiling and always seemed to possess a peacefulness about her. May she rest in eternal peace.

Theresa Maronna

March 29, 2021

Our dear cousin Helen will be sorely missed--her grace, devotion and sense of the sacred are rare qualities in the modern world. She was a comforting and peaceful presence in our lives and we will cherish the memories of the many holidays we spent together. Rest in Peace. Love, Cousins Mary and Theresa

Elizabeth Reardon

March 29, 2021

Dear family and friends of Helen, The lovely smiling photo of Helen in the Obituary brought a happy smile to my face as I remember Helen and her constant readiness to be of help and to offer a cheerful greeting to our family as we arrived at LaSalle Academy for the Sunday Liturgy of the Genesis community back in the 1970's and 80's. She reflected to all she met the love of God for each one of us. May she rest in peace . Dan and I send our prayers and appreciation of Helen to all of her extended family. May we all welcome each other as Helen did us.

Linda Nardella

March 29, 2021

I will miss you my dear friend. We shared many joyous times and many sorrows. We helped each other whenever we could. I am thankful for our friendship. I thank God for putting you in my life.
To her family: let her intercede for you when you are in need. She loved Our Lord and he was merciful to her at the end. We will all miss her.

Lucie Holland

March 29, 2021

My condolences to her family she will be missed.