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Barbara E. (Degnan) Capobianco

February 8, 1935 ~ May 17, 2022 (age 87)


Barbara Capobianco was the daughter of the "late" James and Addie Degnan. She was the oldest of 8 children, (Jim, Tom, John, Joyce, Ray, Rita, and Steve).  She began her journey in the South Elmwood side of Cranston where her family resided in a house they all referred to as "The shack". She was a teenager when she met her, "soul mate", John Capobianco, and they were married for 59 years until John's passing in 2013. During that time Barbara and John settled in Cranston and raised 3 children, (Dianne, Jack,(Barbara Capobianco), and Donna,(Jeff Perinetti).  In addition to all of this she has left behind 4 grandchildren, Mario Pacheco, Danny Pacheco, Billy Wheaton, and Jack Capobianco. She was predeceased by 3 of her grandchildren; Dominic Pacheco, Jennifer Capobianco, and Donald Wheaton. She also had 9 great-grandchildren.

After receiving her GED in her early 50s she worked as a Travel agent for several years. She loved to travel and visited many countries; Italy, France, England, and Sweden just to name a few. She was an activist for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Retiree Club and worked hard to better the lives of all seniors. Barbara's smile would light up a room and her silly sense of humor generated laughter on any occasion. Her zest for life and ability to weather any storm should serve as an example for all people young and old to not take life so seriously and enjoy every moment we have here on this earth.

Most importantly, Barbara was a caring wife, mother, Nana, and friend. You always knew what she was thinking because she would tell you. Barbara Capobianco was, "The Real Deal" and will be missed by all whom were lucky to know her. 

Our family would like to express our appreciation to every staff member at Riverview Healthcare in Coventry for all of their care and love extended to our mother.

Her funeral will be held on Monday at 10:15 a.m. from ‘’WOODLAWN’’ Funeral Home, 600 Pontiac Ave. Cranston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Holy Apostles Church, Cranston. Burial will follow in St. Ann’s Cemetery. VISITATION MONDAY MORNING from 8:30 – 10:15 a.m. Please share memories at www.WoodlawnGattone.com


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May 23, 2022

8:30 AM to 10:15 AM
Woodlawn Funeral Home
600 Pontiac Ave
Cranston, RI 02910

Mass of Christian Burial
May 23, 2022

11:00 AM
Holy Apostles Church
800 Pippin Orchard Road
Cranston, RI 02921


St. Ann Cemetery, Woodlawn Funeral Home, Pontiac Avenue

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