Annamaria Pearlman, 74

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RUMFORD, R.I. – Annamaria A. Pearlman died Aug. 6 at home. She was the beloved wife of Marc J. Pearlman for 38 years and devoted mother of Riccardo Pearlman of Rumford and Gabriel Pearlman of Austin, Texas. She was the dear sister of Cynthia Fielden of Cranston; Sonia Stingo of Ashland, Massachusetts; and John Giovanni of Tampa, Florida. Born in Naples, Italy, a daughter of the late Raffaele and Luisa (Pezzella) Stingo, she had lived in Rumford for over five years and previously raised her family in Cranston.

As she began her life in the US with her first son, she worked as a CPA for companies including Lippitt Aviation, where she also earned her private pilot's license. After marrying Marc, they embarked on what would become a family business designing and building kitchens, baths and interiors across the U.S. Always a student, Annamaria had also earned a bachelor's degree in interior design from the Rhode Island School of Design to better serve her company and clients.

In 1983 she had her second son, Gabriel. Although still running the company with her husband, she turned her attention toward being the best mother she could be for her children. She also took great pride in her Italian heritage. This was reflected in her masterful cooking and her unending study of languages and history.

Annamaria was throughout her life driven by her insatiable intellectual curiosity and her deep belief in hard work and action. Though grieving, her entire family feels deeply proud of her life, which was full of achievement, pursuit, hard work and unending love.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund in Wellesley, Massachusetts.