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Norma Evelyn (Saulino) Santurri
March 10, 1927 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old
A beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, Norma Evelyn (Saulino) Santurri passed away peacefully on January 9, 2024. She was 96 years old.
Norma was born in Providence, R. I. on March 10, 1927, daughter of Camillo Saulino and Adeline (Lanzieri) Saulino (DiCurcio). She lived all of her life in Rhode Island—Cranston, Johnston, Providence, and Smithfield. She attended Hugh B Bain Junior High and Cranston East High School and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1945. In 1950 she married Edmund I. Santurri and launched her long and rich family life as loving devoted mother of five children. She attended Bryant Business College and for a number of years did legal-secretarial work. For a time she worked as a keeper of medical records for Miriam Hospital in Pawtucket, R.I. For most of her vocational life she worked as a trust officer at the Industrial National and Fleet National Banks in Providence. She also worked as a bookkeeper for Voice Network, a company owned by her daughter, (Norma M). Along the way, she attended part-time and graduated from Providence College with a degree in liberal arts, thereby fulfilling a longstanding life aspiration. She loved and respected education so much, but loved and served her family more.
Norma was an artist. She had a natural talent for drawing and painted delightful landscapes with oils and other media. But she was also, and centrally, a culinary artist, without formal training a magnificent cook whose cuisine was a lifelong gift to her family, her friends and other associates privileged to receive. For her, cooking was an ingenious, joyfully expressed, embodied love of family and neighbor.
She was enthusiastic about sports and politics. She was an avid New England Patriots fan who reveled in talk about their wins and losses. A lifelong Democrat, she was drawn especially to the party in its expressions of concern for the marginalized and dispossessed. She was energized by conversation about politics--practical politics and political ideas. She was intensely curious about ideas generally—about history, philosophy, religion, society—and had a keen native capacity for critical reflection. She traveled often, to Paris and more widely, to and with her daughter, Norma M. She loved her cats dearly and had a deep compassion for animals generally.
Above all else, Norma identified as mother, grandmother, great-grandmother. She loved her family beyond description. She was kind, considerate, and utterly self-giving. Her life was, indeed, a living sacrifice for them. She was loved by them in return and will be missed sorely by them all.
She leaves behind two sons Edmund N. (Jolene Barjasteh) of Northfield, MN and Robert R. (Sheila Sullivan) of Madison, WI, two daughters, Paula A. of Providence, RI and Norma M. of Boston, MA, her granddaughter, Alissa M. (Philip Carlson), great-granddaughter, Isabelle Carlson, all of Middleton, WI, step-granddaughter, Ana Roehrick (Luke), step-great-grandchildren, RJ Murphy and Olivia Schumann, all of Faribault, MN, former daughter-in-law, Rachel D. Santurri, and several nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her son, Richard C, her parents, her stepfather, Cosmo DiCurcio, her brothers, Joseph and Roland Saulino, her sister, Jenny Ferguson, and her step-grandson Bobak (“Buddy”) Barjasteh.
Her final resting place is with her son, Richard, at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Johnston, RI.