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BARBARA ANN (DANESCO) D'AMATO
February 5, 2024
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D’AMATO, BARBARA A. (DANESCO) 88, of Coventry, RI and formerly of Jamaica Plain, MA., passed away at her home of 64 years, surrounded by her loving family on Monday, February 5, 2024. She was the companion of Gerald “Gerry” Calande and the former wife of the late Donald A. D’Amato. Born in Boston, MA, she was the daughter of the late Madeline (Marks) Danesco and the granddaughter of the late William and Anna (Magee) Marks of Boston.
She was the mother of Donna M. McKee (William) of Sacramento, CA, Theresa A. D'Amato of West Warwick, William J. D’Amato of Unity, ME, Joanne M. D’Amato of Westerly, and the late Carmela A. “Camie” Leonard. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Charles Heinig, Heidi Rivera, Chip McKee, Andrew Leonard and Chelsea Zavistoski; 7 great-grandchildren, Jerome, Jose, Faith Rivera, Delia Spears, Valentino and Gabriel Figueroa and Lena Leonard; and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Barbara was the sister of the late Joseph F. Danesco and Michael J. Danesco Jr.
Barbara became active in Democratic politics when she came to Rhode Island as a young bride in 1954. She worked on many local and national campaigns. Barbara served on the Coventry Democratic Town Committee and she was the first female appointed to the Coventry Planning Commission, serving 10 years. Barbara was a member of her childrens’ PTA’s, worked as an aide in many schools in the Coventry School System, including filling in in the front office and guidance department at Coventry High School. She was also a member of the Parent’s Advisory Committee at the Vocational Technical School.
She was also an active member of Saints John & Paul Church, teaching catechism to first and second graders, CYO chaperone, one of the first female lectors and the unofficial florist for the Parish responsible for the floral designs for Easter and Christmas for many years under Reverend John V. Doyle, and for the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Parish.
Barbara was a graduate of Girls’ High School, Boston, a member of the 101st graduating class, a retiree of New England Telephone, a member of the Telephone Pioneers, and a member of the IBEW 2323.
Barbara was first and foremost a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, and a friend to all with whom she met during her lifetime. Her admonition to her children was to treat everyone with the same respect you wish to receive.
Her Funeral will be Saturday, February 10, 2024, at 9:30 am from the Iannotti Funeral Home at MAPLE ROOT, 2000 Nooseneck Hill Rd.,(Rte.3) Coventry, with a Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 am in Saints John & Paul Church. Interment at Saint Joseph Cemetery in West Greenwich. Visiting hours are Friday evening from 4 to 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to VNA of Care N.E., 51 Health Lane, Warwick, RI 02886 would be appreciated. iannottifh.com