Sheila L. (Crotty) Dipollino passed away at home on February 7, 2022 at the age of 84 after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles J. Dipollino Sr. She was a loving and supportive mother to her children and their spouses: Patricia of Westerly, Kevin and his wife Kathi of Stonington, Charles Jr. and his wife Linda of Stonington, and Jaclyn Plank and her husband Richard of Marlboro MA. She also loved and was very proud of her seven grandchildren: Sarah Dipollino and her fiancée Mathew Green of Mystic, Samuel and his wife Krysten Dipollino of Hopkinton, Charles Dipollino III of Boston, John (Jack) Dipollino of Somerville MA, Cameron Plank and his wife Sophia of Marlboro MA, Evan Plank USN stationed in Florida, and Lauren Plank of Marlboro MA; and great-grandchildren, Madison and Henry Plank and Scottie Dipollino.
Sheila was born and brought up in Lynn MA, the only child of Francis and Margaret Crotty. She graduated from Salve Regina University with a degree in nursing. Sheila was a devout Catholic who also served as a Eucharist Minister. In addition to her family, Sheila is survived by her two brothers-in-law, Michael Dipollino and partner Gail Svobota and John Dipollino and his wife Mary Lou, and her sister-in-law Josephine Weisenberger as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by in-laws Mary Lou/Robert Canty and Jacqueline/George Poole.
Upon graduating from Salve Regina, Sheila worked as a registered nurse at the Westerly Hospital and as a practicum nurse teacher at Our Lady of Fatima in Providence. After her first child was born, she took many years off to stay at home and raise her family. She was warm and welcoming to all of her children’s friends and became the house to “hang out at” for everyone. Once her youngest child was in high school, Sheila returned to the workforce as a school nurse in the Chariho district--first in Richmond Elementary School, then as the afternoon nurse for the junior high and finally ending her career at the high school.
Sheila loved her New England sports teams including the PC Friars Men’s Basketball team. She and Charlie enjoyed traveling and they had memorable trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Ireland, and the Rose Bowl Parade. After retiring, she and Charlie became “snow birds” spending several winters in Bradenton FL where she still has numerous friends residing.
Sheila’s family welcomes friends and family to Gaffney Dolan Funeral Home on Thursday, February 10 from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Pius X Church, 44 Elm Street, Westerly at 11:00am. There will be no cortege from the funeral home to the church. Burial is private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Sheila’s memory.
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