Joan B. DeRosa

February 5, 1940October 27, 2018

Joan B. DeRosa, 78, of Cranston passed away October 27, 2018. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Carlo and Marie (Casey) DeRosa.

Joan worked for the former Lincoln Greyhound Park now Twin Rivers Casino. She also worked for Jewel Case. As Joan would say: “Be cool.”

She was the sister of Raymond DeRosa, Dolores DeRosa, Michael Piccoli and the late Carlo and Joseph DeRosa, Gloria DeRosa-Cash and James Taylor and aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Her funeral with visitation will be held Friday at 8:30 am from the ROMANO FUNERAL HOME, 627 Union Avenue, Providence, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Rocco Church, 927 Atwood Ave., Johnston. Inurnment to follow in St. Ann Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joan’s memory to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


  • Visitation Friday, November 2, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, November 2, 2018
  • Burial Friday, November 2, 2018

Joan B. DeRosa

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Lori-Ann Musco-Shapiro

November 20, 2018

Auntie Joan was the sister of my mother Dolores DeRosa and was mine and my sister Melissa Musco's dear Aunt and we loved her very much. We might not have seen Auntie Joan as much as we would have liked over the years, but the times we did have together were awesome and always fun. You never knew what she was going to say next. She was definitely one of a kind and she is giving Heaven a run for it's money. Show Heaven how to "Be Cool" Auntie! We Love you. You will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered. May her memory be a blessing.

Love US, just a small part of your family that adored you.

Dolores, Lori-Ann and Melissa
Also, her great nephew Kevin and great nieces Emily and Rachel

Steven DeRosa

October 31, 2018

Aunt Joan was my father Carlos sister. I have such fond memories of her growing up and throughout my life. Although I hadn't seen here in the last few years she is always in my thoughts and heart. I will miss her greatly and I know she is at peace in her final resting place with all our family that has passed and with God. She had a heart of gold!
Rest in peace Aunt Joan!
Love Steve and Linda DeRosa

Marianne Clark

October 31, 2018

R.I.P Joanie🙏

Roberta Dias (Clark)

October 31, 2018

There isn’t a childhood memory that doesn’t have you in it. Aunty Carmela’s yard, aunty Josie’s house and going to see Grease with Brenda and aunty Barbra . You were always there. Good times and bad you were always family, you were always loved and you will be missed. Love Roberta

Victoria Acree

October 30, 2018

Joan was my aunt although I didn't get to see her much throughout the years I have good memories of her. She was always cheerful and joking with all of her nieces and nephews. She looked like my mom a lot to me. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family in Providence. Rest in peace my dear Aunt Joan.