Ernestine M. Britto

Ernestine M. Britto, 91, of East Providence passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.  She was the wife of the late Vincent J. Britto.

She was born in Port Chester, New York, a daughter of the late João and Maria (Nobre) Lopes. Mrs. Britto was raised in the Fox Point section of Providence.

Ernestine worked at Central Tool before she retired. After retiring she worked at Roger William’s daycare as a foster grandparent.  She was a former member of the Gay Curletts.

Ernestine leaves two brothers; Antonio Lopes of East Providence and Colonel Albert Lopes (U.S.Army Ret), ESQ. of Lawrence, Kansas, two sisters, Theresa Lopes-Harris of Pawtucket and Elizabeth Lopes of East Providence and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.  She was the sister of the late Augusta Lopes, Rose Santos, Marcelina Soares, Adeline Lopes and John B. Lopes.

Her funeral service will be private.


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Judy (Coates) Wills, from East Greenwich, RI wrote on September 11, 2020 at 12:32 am:
My sincerest condolences. I first met Ernestine through her 2 brothers & 2 sisters when I was in high school. Then years later renewed our old ties through the Roger Wms. Daycare Parent Program. She truly made a quality difference in all those she touched while traveling over her “Life’s Journey”. Although her voice is quiet. Her spirit is solid and strong. Leaving a treasure chest of wonderful Shared Memories & Meaningful Legacy for the Lopes/ Britto Families, and me.
Wanda Levy from Providence wrote on July 17, 2020 at 1:46 pm:
Madrina it is with deep love that I write this message. Madrina you always brought me great joy when I called out “Madrina” you always look to find my whereabouts and say “my ‘Wanda I love you”. I never got too old for your infectious kisses. I was in awe of your beauty, style and finesse. I thank you for standing in for your command Marianna at Chelia’s wedding . Not only did you look fabulous ,you somehow matched the bridal party. You made it such a joyous day for Chelia. I was so pleased. Words alone cannot express my joy. The pictures of us are beautiful. Madrina you will forever have that special place in my heart. Luv u Madly, will see you when I get there!
Eva Simmons from Warwick, RI wrote on July 7, 2020 at 1:07 pm:
My Deepest Sympathy to the Whole Family. Hold to the great memories, which will give you strength during those difficult days. My Love and Prayers 🙏🏽❤❤🙏🏽Eva Simmons
Naomi Jacks Brown from Providence wrote on July 6, 2020 at 1:47 pm:
My condolences and prayers to the Britto family.
Carolyn Senna Boswell from Wilmington, Delaware wrote on July 6, 2020 at 12:18 pm:
Nashta was always a person whom all the girls looked up to and admired. Her beauty and compassion set the tone for us to follow. I am sorry to not being able to go to Rhode Island in order to personally honor her at her going home service.my best wishes to her Brothers and Sisters.
donald and joan senna from east providence, ri wrote on July 6, 2020 at 12:06 pm:
We are sorry to hear of Nashta's passing. We wish her eternal peace,. Her grace, her poise, her love for all were unmatched and will be missed, Although she is passed on to the House of the Lord, her brothers and sisters are a mirror of her beauty and passion. She was truly a nice person and had a concern for the well being of everyone.
Maria Lopes from Mitchellville wrote on July 5, 2020 at 5:57 pm:
Our prayers and sincere condolences to you and your family during this time.
Delise Santos from San Bernardino wrote on July 3, 2020 at 12:56 pm:
Auntie Nash you will be missed and are so loved. I'm grateful to have known you. You were always gracious and loving toward me. You accepted me right off the bat. I so admired your style and panache. I valued your encouragement. You were bold and strong yet caring and loving at the same time. You weren't afraid to voice your opinion however you were never rude. I drew strength from you. You had a profound and lasting effect on me as well as everyone you came in contact with. My only regret is that I didn't get to spend more time with you Auntie Nash. I'm comforted by the fact that you are not in our past but in our future. I will see you again. Until that time I hold precious my memories of you Auntie. I know you are with Jesus in Heaven as part of that great cloud of witnesses cheering all of us on to finish our race as you have finished yours. Much love forever.. Delise xo
Matthew Santos from Las Vegas wrote on July 3, 2020 at 12:14 pm:
Aunty i miss you and love you so much I'm blessed to of had so many moments every moment filled with love and laughter...Every visit back east wasn't complete without stopping by seeing and hanging with you...joking around, dancing and answering a rapid fire list of questions only cause you cared that much to want to know how i was doing in California and my faaaatha lol i loved that rhode island accent and those rain hats protecting those beautiful curls you always stayed sharp...thanks for the unconditional love you have me... rest well Aunty I LOVE YOU
Dorothy Monteiro-McCollough from Providence wrote on July 3, 2020 at 11:43 am:
To the Lopes Family. I send my deepest condolence for the lost of your beloved Nasha. Know that all who knew her shares in your lost. Such a beautiful soul. May God bless this family. Have Mercy. Dottie..
Jennie M Gaul from Greenville, RI 02828 wrote on July 3, 2020 at 10:03 am:
Nashta, may you rest in eternal peace.
LISA BRITTO from CRANSTON wrote on July 3, 2020 at 9:19 am:
Auntie Nash I will always love you. You and Uncle Vinny played a very important role in my life and my son. I remember visiting with James and then his two oldest Jada and Nivek. Uncle Vinny showed Nivek James baseball card and he thought it was him. I have good memories of the holidays down Uncle Johnny's house with you and all the laughs. Love you rest peacefully Anutie Nash.
Armeather Gibbs from East Providence wrote on July 2, 2020 at 7:22 pm:
Always known to me and my family as Aunt Nashta She will be missed. A wonderful, strong and independent woman, a matriarch of her family. She loved deeply and passionately. My condolences to the entire Lopes and Santos family.🙏🏾🙏🏾
Earl Lopez from East Providence wrote on July 2, 2020 at 5:17 pm:
My dearest godmother. You have always had a VERY SPECIAL place in my heart. I am saddened that you are gone but I know that you are in a better place. I will ALWAYS love you and keep you in my memories. Tony, Albert, Theresa, and Liz I am very sorry that I can’t attend the services as I am out of state but you are ALL in my thoughts and prayers. May Nashta Rest In Peace and May Perpetual Light Shine Upon her.