Helen Marie Zannini (Robertson/ Whittet) passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2015. She loved her two sons Robbie and wife Patty, and Mike and Marilyn. She loved to talk (brag) about her grandchildren: Brendan, Cassie, Kayla, Shane and Shelby and their many accomplishments. Her eight great-grandchildren always put a smile on her face and she was always able to put a smile on their faces. According to great-granddaughter Molly, “Grammie had a never-ending supply of M&M’s, and you could take all you wanted!!”
She was the wife of the late Gaetano Zannini and the former wife of the late Robert J. Whittet. Helen loved “her” Guy with heart and soul. She loved the day-to-day moments and the many vacations spent together.
She was born in Cranston, a daughter of the late John & Mary (O’Rourke) Robertson. Helen worked at the Triffari Jewelry Company as an assistant to the jewelry designer. Every morning Helen ruled the roost as she hosted her own coffee club of long-loved friends Marie, Mary, Chris and her adopted son Michael Tamer. It is here many of the world’s problems would be solved. Every night was a glass of Wine to unwind while watching Jeopardy and the Big-Bang Theory with her best-buds Marie and Mary.
When Helen’s sisters Rita and Jean were visiting there was always a “cordial” game of Scrabble being played and “discussed.” Often times the game was disrupted with a burst-of-laughter coming from the kitchen. She enjoyed Fashion, cooking and spending time with her sister Jean.
Helen would like to thank her friends Marie and Pam who were loyal to the end. Helen loved to cook and her favorite ingredients were butter and cream. Nothing was better than cooking a special meal for family. A special thanks goes to Big Ed Lonergan; her brother-in-law; for his many Sunday visits, shared lunches, and long talks of past days.
Bob, Patty, Mike and Marilyn give a special thanks to the staff at Chestnut Terrace for making everything a little bit easier.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 11-12 p.m. in the Perry-McStay Funeral Home, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. In lieu of flowers please send donations in the form of a check payable to:
State Street Bank and Trust
R.H. Bluestein and Co.
712 5th Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, New York 10128
On memo line please write Bro- Fund