Andrea Mancini

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Andrea Mancini


Andrea Mancini, 28, of Johnston, was always looking out for her family.

The 9th of 11 children, Andrea was the family worrywart, and it was she who brought them together, said her family members.

"Every time she left the room, everybody got a kiss," said her oldest brother, Peter A. Jacavone Jr., 41.

She would drive her 13 nieces and nephews to school, to the mall, to get their nails done. She took her godson, Anthony Jacavone, now 4, to get his first pair of shoes.

"If you needed a gofer, she'd do it," said Robert Jacavone, 20, her youngest brother.

Peter Jacavone said that his sister would do anything for her parents, too. When her father had open-heart surgery last fall, Andrea cried in the hospital, said her mother, Jackie Jacavone. "She had the doctor crying, too," she said.

At the Jacavone Garden Center, the greenhouse on the property on Route 5 in Johnston that the Jacavones have owned for decades, Andrea -- Mrs. Mancini -- worked the register and ran the show.

"She knew everybody, everybody knew her," Robert Jacavone said. "She always had the scoop."

Johnston Police Chief Richard S. Tamburini said he often stopped by the gardening center, and Mrs. Mancini was always there, always working, always positive.

"She never had anything bad to say about anyone or anything," Tamburini said. "I admired her so much."

Behind it all was her love for her family. Her niece Julia Jacavone, 11 -- a little Andrea, her family says -- said that her aunt taught her to run the cash register.

"She told me that if she had kids, or anything were to happen, I would be the one in charge of the register," Julia said.

On Thursday night, Mrs. Mancini was checking IDs at the door of The Station, where her husband of 15 months, Steven Mancini, 39, played in an opening band. Peter Jacavone said that his sister was probably right by the door when the fire broke out, but she may have gone back inside to get her husband.

"She wouldn't leave without Steve," Jacavone said.

-- Journal staff writer Katherine Boas

source Providence Journal


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