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“Carolyn and family, please know how sorry I feel for your tremendous loss , LIsa left a piece of her with all of us that I will always treasure...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Jeanne DeSario - Dedham, MA

“Thank you for allowing me to share this memory.I first saw the sisters' bracelets in an In-Style magazine. Being an accessory junkie, I immediately...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Dr. Candace Adams - Gilbert, AZ

“R.I.P Prof. Lisa Sisco, you are a great teacher, we will always remember you. Student from Beijing, China ”
3 of 24 | Posted by: Yi Jin - Student

“My heart is breaking for Lisa's children and family. I first met Lisa in high school. Later on, when I was in grad school, I came upon a scholarly...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Ann Zuccardy - Baltimore, MD

“Lisa was a wonderful colleague, she had such a collaborative spirit. I enjoyed working with her so much. She will be missed tremendously. ”
5 of 24 | Posted by: Kristen - Providence

“Lisa was a great person. I enjoyed the years I worked with her at J&W Graduate School. She was so great with all of the students. You will be missed...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Barbara O - North Providence, RI

“Such sad heart goes out to the family..she was a great teacher ”
7 of 24 | Posted by: Tim Woznick - N. Providence, RI

“The world is a more beautiful place because of Lisa. So gifted and so giving. I will think of her beauty with each bracelet I own of her design. My...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Carole Schroeder - Norwood, MA

“In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. ”
9 of 24 | Posted by: Ben Silberman - Friend

“Dear Lisa, your bright light, smile and sweet soul will be missed at Yoga for You. You have shown us the true definition of grace and ease. ”
10 of 24 | Posted by: Diane Gardner - Teacher

“Dear Carolyn,We are so sorry for the loss of your bright and beautiful sister. With deepest sympathy to the whole family and much love, Dan and...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“So sad to see such a kind and happy person leave us. Our deepest sympathy to the great Sisco family and extended friends and family, which are many....Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Kevin Riley

“My Dear Friend,I will miss you more than you know. I thank you for the inspiration and your guidance throughout the lase several years. I only wish I...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“John, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Daughter. Our sincere condolences to you and your family on this terrible loss. ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: Theodore Richard - Norwich, CT

“May you rest in peace and blessings to all loved ones. ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: Dr. Martin & Beverly Sivula - MA

“To John and the entire Sisco families may your fond memories help you in this time of sorrow and know that our prayers are with you all. ”
16 of 24 | Posted by: AL,Pam Gulowsen - GRISWOLD, CT

“John, her dad, Lisas children sister, brothers, nieces and nephews my prayers and condolences are with you all, so sorry for your loss. ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: Nancy A.

“I reconnected with Lisa a short time ago at a reunion of sorts at a mutual friends. I was told she was battling this horrible disease but I was...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Barbara Andersen-Grabarek - CT

“Beautiful person in every way.. ”
19 of 24 | Posted by: Scott Barbarossa - Friend

“We are so very sorry to hear about Lisa. She was a remarkable person. Our hearts are sad for all of the family. You are all in our thoughts. ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Yvonne and Rick Renwick - MA

“Lisa had the most infectious smile and warm heart. A true lady who brought passion to everything she touched. She will be dearly missed. Our hearts...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Linda Krone - Millis, MA - friend

“"Most people think an exceptional existence is filled with game changing events. But true fulfillment comes from appreciating day-to-day interactions...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Marilyn Slutsky - Canton, MA

“Lisa was a smart, kind, and talented women in so many ways. She was creative, well read, and a tremendous cook. Her devotion to her family was...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Jim Berluti - Family

“To Ling,Oscar and the entire Sisco Family, we extend our deepest sympathy on the passing of this extraordinary young women. She was crazy smart;...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: - Friend

Lisa A. Sisco, PhD, 57, passed away at home on March 5th, surrounded by her family. Born in Norwich, CT, she was a long-time Westwood, MA resident. She was the devoted mother of Ling Soucy and Oscar Soucy (Westwood) and the loving daughter of John L. Sisco and the late Mary Jo (DePalo) Sisco (Norwich, CT). She is survived by her siblings, Maria Sisco (Pittsburgh), Carolyn (James) Berluti (Westwood), John (Evan) Sisco, Jr. (Keller, TX), Michael (Mimi) Sisco (Norwich, CT), Ann Marie Sisco (New Rochelle, NY), and Peter (Lisa) Sisco (Oakdale, CT). She is also survived by her former husband, Robert J. Soucy, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a wide and loving community of friends and former students.
A double major in math and English, Lisa earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Georgetown University and a PhD in composition studies and American literature at the University of New Hampshire in 1996. A longtime Professor of English at Johnson and Wales University, Lisa was a creative and thoughtful teacher at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Adept at incorporating a variety of pedagogies into her courses, Lisa was never happier than when she was creating new classes or sharing assignments with colleagues. She truly loved teaching and her countless students, who benefited greatly from her passion and commitment to helping them become better writers.
In addition to teaching, Lisa found creative joy in her design work for Sisco + Berluti, a jewelry company she co-founded with her beloved sister, Carolyn Berluti. Lisa's keen eye for color and ear for language were evident in her many contributions to the company, from designing "stacks" of eye-popping Sisco + Berluti bracelets to writing copy for the website, to planning pop-up events at local boutiques. Beading was her passion, an opportunity to gather around a table with friends and family and create small stacks of beauty, all while simmering a pot of delicious soup on the stove, pouring red wine, and conversing about a range of subjects, from books to politics, pop culture to gardening, kids, cats, and cooking—and all of life's joys and sorrows in between.
A woman of wide-ranging interests and hobbies, Lisa was a true creative in all she did and in how she approached life. Her house, populated by an ever-evolving herd of cats and decorated in an eclectic mix of vintage and new pieces, epitomized her quirky sense of humor. With its outdoor brick oven, her home was a mecca for friends and family and the site of many memorable gatherings. An accomplished and adventurous cook, Lisa recently published a collection of the Sisco family's most cherished recipes, thus enabling her cooking legacy to live on in subsequent generations.
While Lisa was many things—a smart, confident woman, an accomplished writer and teacher, a crafty and creative force to be reckoned with—at heart, she was a homebody, a woman who drew her energy from friends and family. A proud and devoted mother, she relished her son Oscar's musical accomplishments and her daughter Ling's academic successes. Lisa ministered joyfully to countless people from her humble home, preferring it to any other place on God's earth, especially at the end of her life. Her generous hospitality will be missed by all, especially "the other Lisa's" who are utterly bereft at the passing of their beloved friend and yard sale companion.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Sun. March 8th from 2-5 PM at the Holden-Dunn-Lawler Funeral Home ( A Service of Thanksgiving celebrating Lisa's life will be held Monday, March 9th at 10 AM at the Woodland Country Club, 1897 Washington St., Newton, MA, with reception to follow.
Lisa's family acknowledges the team at the Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies at Mass General Hospital Cancer Center. Direct donations in her memory to support cancer research under Dr. Lipika Goyal at Contributions can be made payable to Mass. General Hospital c/o Development Office, Attn: Meagan Coons, 125 Nashua St, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. Note "In memory of Lisa Sisco" in the memo line.
Lisa's family is extraordinarily grateful to the many neighbors, friends, and medical professionals who have shown their love of Lisa in so many heartfelt ways, especially after her cancer diagnosis.
"The strands are all there: to the memory nothing is ever lost." Eudora Welty