Shirley Ann LaBianca
Shirley Ann LaBianca
  • September 27, 1930 - May 1, 2017
  • North Providence, Rhode Island

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Shirley Ann LaBianca, 86, of Garfield Street, North Providence, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2017.

Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Laura (Luce) Waters and James M. Waters; loving wife of Frank LaBianca for 67 years. She was the mother of Brenda (LaBianca) St. Pierre and her husband Alan and the late Lisa (LaBianca Ciolfi) Russo.

Shirley was the grandmother to Thomas J. Ciolfi and his wife Pam, Laura (Ciolfi) Norton and her husband Bobby, Nicholas Ciolfi, Kristin (St. Pierre) Cassarino and her husband Michael, Alan St. Pierre Jr. and his wife Alexandria, John Ciolfi and Jesse Ciolfi; great grandmother of Hannah and Hailey Norton, Capri Ciolfi and Thomas Ciolfi.

She also leaves her brother Frank Waters and was the sister of the late Irene (Rene) Waters Comella, James Waters, Jr., Titta Waters, Tad (Waters) Glendenning, Grace (Jackie) Waters Martineau, Alice (Richardson) Souza, Ruth (Richardson) Johnson, Jesse (Richardson) Rathbone and William Richardson as well as many nieces and nephews whom she loved. Mrs. LaBianca was also blessed to have a long time selfless caregiver, Josefina Ortiz.

Shirley was born in Providence and resided in the town of North Providence for over 50 years. She was a graduate of Hope High School class of 1948. A dedicated Baptist, Shirley was a long time member of the Roger Williams Baptist Church (Providence) where she sang in the choir and took part in many committees and projects to support the church. She was also affiliated with the Order of the Eastern Star. More recently, she joined the congregation of the Lime Rock Baptist Church. Shirley worked at Paramount Restaurant Supply and then owned her own jewelry company, Bren-Lee Jewelry.

Mrs. LaBianca was a proud and patriotic Irish American who loved to travel. She had an impeccable sense of style and frequently wore the latest trends with full classic makeup and jewelry. Shirley was also an avid tea drinker and enjoyed playing cards and entertaining her family and friends. Her home was filled with sounds of her singing and scents of her baking. Shirley embodied what it is to be a strong female. She was not afraid to confidently voice her opinion and take a stand on issues she was passionate about.

Always wearing her big sunglasses and lipstick (a must), Shirley was charismatic, energetic, and loving. Above all else, she fiercely loved her family and her beloved husband. She will be deeply missed.

A private celebration of her life will be held at the Pontarelli-Marino Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Shirley's name to the Alzheimer's Association, Rhode Island Chapter.