Deborah Jean “Debbie” Fontes

Deborah Jean Fontes, 61, died Monday, July 30, 2012 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center.  She was the wife of Gerald D. Fontes.
    Born in New Bedford, MA, she was a daughter of Betty (Rose) Freeman-Gilmette and the late James Freeman.  Deborah was an Executive Secretary at Wheaton College for 23 years before retiring in 2004.
    Besides her husband and mother, she leaves one son, David Fontes of East Providence; three sisters, Donna DeSilva of Martha’s Vineyard, Dianne Fontes and Dahlene James, both of Las Vegas and one brother, Anthony Gonsalves of Maui, Hawaii.
    Her funeral will be held on Monday at 8:00 AM from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 AM in St. Francis Xavier Church, North Carpenter Street.  Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.  Calling hours Sunday 4-8. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Connecticut Lupus Foundation of America, 270 Farmington Avenue, Suite 218, Farmington, CT 06032 would be greatly appreciated.