Constance Vitullo, warren
Constance (Martini) Vitullo of 44 Bridge St., Warren, R.I., passed away Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Orlando E. Vitullo.
Born in Providence in August 1925, she was the daughter of the late Tomaso Martini and Rina (Donatelli) Martini. She was the sister of the late Otis Martini, Levio Martini, Rita Piccirilli, Jenny Martini and Lucy Young. She leaves her younger brother, Thomas Martini of Tampa, Fla. She was the devoted mother of Rena Correia, the late Constance Vitullo and Roland Vitullo and his wife Robin. She was the grandmother of Constance Correia, John Correia and his wife Valerie, Jakob and Luke Vitullo, and the great-grandmother of Wyatt O’Brien and Sienna Rose Correia.
Mrs. Vitullo graduated from the Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing in September 1946. She worked at Lying-In Hospital in the delivery room giving anesthesia and then moved to New York City and worked as a nurse for two years.
In 1953, she married Capt. Orlando E. Vitullo and joined him in Germany, where she did volunteer work in Army hospitals and then back in the United States. She worked at Rhode Island Hospital for 22 years, retiring in 1987 as Head Nurse in the outpatient Neurology clinic.
After retirement, she volunteered at Blithewold in their craft room and at East Bay Manor, where the profits from their Christmas bazaars purchased coats for Project Head Start in Warren, Barrington and Riverside. She made a total of 633 quilts for terminally ill children through Project Linus. She was very involved in volunteer work. In 2004, she received the Presidential Award Gold Medal for Volunteering over 1000 hours. In 2010, she received the National Senior Volunteer of the Year award from the American Legion’s Auxiliary’s National Headquarters for her work sewing 552 blankets for hospitalized children as well as 30 ditty bags that fit on wheelchairs of residents at the Rhode Island Veterans’ Home. On Nov. 8, 2011, Connie and Orlando were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Town of Warren for their years of service to the community.
She loved to knit and started a knitting group at the Warren Senior Center, knitting hats and mittens for children in Alaska, New Hampshire and Rhode Island schools. She was an avid reader and loved going to the theater. Connie was a member of the Rhode Island Hospital Alumni Association, the Warren Senior Center, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Shriner’s Bazaar Committee.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at the Warren Senior Center, 20 Libby Lane, Kickemuit Village/ Andreozzi Hall, Warren, on Jan. 26, from 1to 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, Connie wished that donations be made to Farmsteads of New England, 213 Center Road, Hillsborough, NH 03244, a community for individuals with disabilities, where her granddaughter lives.