She was the loving wife of the late Frank Cavalieri, her husband for 50 years.
Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Stefano and Maria (Sorrentino) Femino.
She graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School, and after high school worked at the Pentagon during WWII.
Caterina was a devoted wife and mother. She loved her Catholic faith. She was a loyal parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and belonged to the Holy Rosary and Altar Society, The Nocturnal Adoration Society and The Daughters of Isabella (Hope Circle).
She also was a member of the Third Order Franciscans.
She loved the outdoors and enjoyed mushrooming, clamming and playing bocce. She was also a great dancer and enjoyed playing scrabble, bowling, card playing, and spending time with her family especially her many beautiful grandchildren. She was an excellent cook and baker and in her later years spent many hours making Rosary beads to send to the missions.
She is survived by seven sons and three daughters: Domenic and his wife Carol, Frank II, and his wife Marge, Joseph, Anthony and his wife Cindy, Stephen and his wife Betty-Ann, Peter and his wife Julie, Paul and his wife Julie all of Bristol. Irene Diggs of Moreno Valley, California, Mary and her husband Rick Nelson of Coventry and Trisha and her husband Kieran “KC” Carroll of Bristol.
In addition to her children, she is also survived by 22 grandchildren: Trisha and her husband John Paul Cloutier, Ann Marie and her husband Peter Donnelly, Jamie and his wife Tiffany, John Diggs, David Diggs and his wife Rathsany, Paul Diggs, Frank III, Peter, Jesse, Adam, Michael and his wife Shannon, Dominic, Stephen J., Douglas, Katie LeCornu and her husband Jared, Ricky Nelson, David and his wife Tabitha, Tami, Kristen, Casey Carroll, Shawn Carroll, and Erica and her husband Brian Almeida; 16 great-grandchildren: Lauren and Rachel Cloutier, Catherine and James Donnelly, Brody Cavalieri, Alyssa and Nico Kash, Frank Cavalieri IV , Cynthia Joanne, Nicole, Violet and Vincent Cavalieri, Toni Jade Cavalieri, Ryker LeCornu, Cara Cavalieri and Tyler and Brayden Almeida, and two little girls due later this year, baby Lecornu due in May and Little Caterina Diggs due in June.
She is also survived by siblings Placido Femino of North Smithfield, and Steffa (Femino) Lomastro of North Carolina.
She was also the sister of the late Stefano Femino, Rose Mary Femino, Josephine Martineau, Anna Femino, Jennie Passarelli, Mary Gemma, Santa Bowman, Salvatore Femino, Peter and Anthony Squillacci.
Her funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 1, with a Mass of Christian burial celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. The main celebrant of the Mass was Fr. Henry Zinno and the homily was given by Fr. Stephen Dandeneau. Liturgical readings were read by Rachel Cloutier and Catherine Donnelly. The Offertory gifts were presented by Lauren Cloutier, Toni Cavalieri and James Donnelly.
Burial followed in North Burial Ground.
Serving as pallbearers were Jamie Cavalieri, Michael Cavalieri, Frank Cavalieri III, Douglas J. Cavalieri, David Cavalieri and Casey Carroll.
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