Maria Micheletti exemplified a life well lived

By Manuel Correira
Posted 1/28/22

Maria, better knew as Marie to family and friends, passed from this life at her Barrington home on January 12, surrounded by her loving family. As her oldest son, Albert Jr., tearfully explained, “It was tough to let go.”

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Maria Micheletti exemplified a life well lived


No matter where you went or who you talked to, the consensus of opinion was the same: Maria Micheletti was a kind-hearted soul who would do anything for anybody.

Maria, better knew as Marie to family and friends, passed from this life at her Barrington home on January 12, surrounded by her loving family. As her oldest son, Albert Jr., tearfully explained, “It was tough to let go.”

Marie was 90 years old at the time of her death, but she lived life to the fullest. Together with her adoring husband Albert, they made life worth living. They went everywhere together, hand-in-hand, and were the perfect couple. Their 62 years of faithful marriage set the tone of a life that many termed exemplary.

Born in Providence, Marie worked alongside her husband for many years at the famous Micheletti’s Restaurant on Metacom Avenue in Warren, and later, at the Castle Restaurant in Bristol. Growing up in an Italian family, like her husband, it was easy to understand and appreciate the quality and quantity of Italian food this couple served up. Ask anybody who dined at either restaurant, and they’ll tell you that the food and cuisine was five-star quality.

Marie and Albert loved to interact with family and friends, especially on the morning of the Fourth of July in celebration of Bristol’s famous Fourth of July Parade. Together they would venture to the home of Ros and Marcia Bosworth on Hope Street for an early morning breakfast and a chance to mingle with many friends. It was amazing to see this couple chit-chatting with so many people long before the parade began…talking about anything and everything. You couldn’t find a more congenial couple. Albert usually had the ringing voice, and then Marie would chime in. It was something to behold.

Al Micheletti’s oldest son, Albert, remembers a time when his parents enjoyed having dinner with friends, no matter what the occasion.
“I can tell you my mother and father loved having what they used to call ‘Mystery Dinners’ with Ros and Marcia Bosworth and Mike and Jane McHenry,” he recalled. “They loved my parents.”

St. Luke’s Church in Barrington was filled to near-capacity for Marie’s funeral last week, with Pastor Timothy Reilly offering his condolences and support to the family.

“Father Tim has been so special to our family during these difficult times,” offered Al Micheletti Jr. “We are so thankful for everything he did for our mom before and after her death.”

As granddaughter Laura Mello so aptly put it at the conclusion of her eulogy, “May we all leave here today holding onto a memory we cherish most and honoring the legacy she leaves behind. When we think of her daily always remember these words, ‘You left us beautiful memories, your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you’re always at our side.”’

A truly selfless person, Marie Micheletti will be dearly missed. She was an advocate of spending precious time with her family which included three sons (Albert, Mark, and Anthony), two daughters (Dominee and Paula), 10 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Each and every one of them will tell their own beloved story of this compassionate and very special lady. Furthermore, unbeknownst to many people, Marie, according to her son, was a cancer survivor and overcame several other setbacks throughout her lifetime.

“And through it all,” said Albert Jr., “she never complained.”

Marie Micheletti will be remembered as a strong-willed woman whose compassion for her family and those around her was her greatest joy. Someone once said, “Where there is family, there is love,” and in the life of this wondrous woman (with her husband by her side), truer words were never more spoken.

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