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Evelyn Nicoletta Palombo, 90, born July 30, 1931, a daughter of the late Peter V. and Angela (Cicerchia) Cipolla passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2022. She was the beloved wife and companion of 58 years of the late Honorable Peter Palombo, Jr. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her beloved sister, Orietta McPhillips.
Evelyn is survived by her children Mary Grace Quinn and husband Robert E. Quinn II of West Warwick; Peter Michael Palombo and wife Angelina Palombo of Fort Collins, CO, and Anne Jane Fartura and husband John Fartura of Bristol. She leaves behind five loving grandchildren Cassandra Lyn Belka, Nicholas Peter Fartura, Mia Evelina Fartura, Madelina Marie Palombo, and Peter M. Palombo II. She was so proud to meet her two great-grandchildren, Elias Tyler Belka and Gianna Rose Belka.
She is survived by her cherished siblings, sisters Elizabeth Salzillo, Clare O’Brien, Mariann Lorray, Jane Salzillo, and only her brother, Peter V. Cipolla Jr. Evelyn cherished her many loving nieces and nephews.
Evelyn attended St. Pius School, Providence, and St. Mary’s Academy of the Visitation (Class of ’49), Providence. She graduated from St. Mary’s as the Class President and Valedictorian.
She received her Associate Degree from Fisher Jr. College in Boston in 1951 and went on to manage the office of Dr. John Church Ham, MD before her marriage.
She devoted herself to raising her children before beginning a job at Brown University where she was an Executive Assistant in the Religious Studies Department for 15 years before her retirement.
Evelyn and her husband, Peter, enjoyed traveling in their retirement, visiting Italy, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Germany. They enjoyed road trips together all over the United States and Canada. She also shared her husband’s love of flying where they logged many happy hours in the air in Peter’s small Cessna plane, enjoying the freedom of the skies together.
Evelyn was fortunate to have enjoyed cherished friendships that have endured since her youth and even up to her death treasured the fun with the tight-knit group of Civil Air Patrol wives.
She was an avid reader and gardener, President of the RI Federation of Garden Clubs, and a long-standing member of the Garden Club of Garden City, Cranston.
Evelyn’s faith in God was strong and evident in her daily life. She put her faith into action by volunteer work in the church and social service organizations, such as House of Hope in Warwick where she worked helping single mothers get back on their feet. She was an active Communicant of St. Mark Church in Garden City, Cranston.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, July 27, at 9am in St. Mark’s Church, 1 Garden Court, Cranston. Burial will be private. Calling hours are respectfully omitted.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mark Church or Beacon Hospice.
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