Joanna F. Britto

Joanna F. Britto, 73, of Blanche Avenue and a lifelong resident of the City of East Providence passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Miriam Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Steven F. Britto. They were married for 39 years.

Born in East Providence, she was the daughter of the late Joseph S. Varan and Anna (Tabella) Varan Allen.

She was a graduate of East Providence High School, Class of 1965 and alumnus Class of 1983 of Johnson and Wales. During her professional career as an Administrative Assistant she has been employed in the office of the President at Brown University, the YWCA of Greater Rhode Island, the East Providence Public Library System and the office of the City Manager of East Providence. She was also known for her advocacy and fund raising efforts for many charities throughout the state. Throughout her lifetime she has held office and been a former member or volunteer in many organizations including, President and Vice President of the United Steelworkers of America, Local 15509, East Providence Professional Management Technical Employees Association (EPPMTEA) Officer and Board Member, the Vice President of the East Providence Coalition for Human Rights, East Providence Minority Political Caucus Vice President and Secretary, Vice President of the Cape Verdean Progressive Center and the City of East Providence’s United Way Campaign Coordinator.

Joanna was the mother of Steven F. Britto, Jr. of Providence and Quinn J. Britto of East Providence and the loving grandmother of Steven F. Britto, III, Quinn J. Britto, Jr. and Jelani Britto all of East Providence. Joanna is also survived by her sister, Evelyn J. Hudson and her husband Lance of Colorado, her brother, Amos R. Varan and his wife Joan of North Providence, the late Edmond F. Varan of Providence, Don Pedro Roderick and his wife Beverly and the late Anthony Roderick of Florida as well as many loved Godchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM in St. Francis Xavier Church, 79 North Carpenter Street, East Providence. Due to COVID 19 restrictions there will be no calling hours and the burial will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.



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CURTIS & MARIE LAMBERT from NORTH PORT wrote on January 8, 2021 at 2:57 pm:
To the Britto Family so very sorry for your loss all of you will be in our prayers. God Bless all of you, Joanne RIP.
Onna Moniz-John from East Providence wrote on January 8, 2021 at 1:54 pm:
To Steven, Quinn, Janie and all of the Britto and Varan family I send my sincerest each of you. I hope that you find some comfort knowing Joanna is at peace in the hands of GOD. She was a wonderful person who gave all that she had to her family, her community, her city, her job and her many friends . I am fortunate to have been a friend and a coworker. God bless you "Lady Joanna"
Denise E. Lopez from Providence wrote on January 8, 2021 at 1:09 pm:
To the family of the late Joanna F. Britton. I had the pleasure of working side by side with Joanne when I was a VISTA VOLUNTEER @ The East Providence Community Center under the tutelage of the late Yvonne Cabral. My position was to work with closely with the United Junior Progressive Group, and Joanne always was there for me whenever, issues arise. I cannot remember a time when she loss her beautiful smile. I must say to know her was to love her. Sgt. Varon my brother John was a police officer during your tenure with Providence. God Bless all of you.
Lorraine Roderick from East Providence wrote on January 8, 2021 at 12:32 pm:
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Joanna's sons Quinn and Steven, her siblings Jane, Amos and Bobby along with her grandchildren, neices, nephews and her many family members and good friends. I'm sure that handling Joanna's absence will be very difficult for her family because she was always there to support them in any way that she could. She was truly a friend that was always supportive to many others who were near and dear to her. I will always remember when we were cheerleaders for the flag football team that our husbands played on. It seems like it was so many years ago, but because we came from a small community we were all lifetime friends. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her. To Joanna's family, take comfort in knowing that she's no longer in pain and the is with Our Lord and you now have your own guardian angel to watch over you and protect you from harm.
LISA BRITTO from CRANSTON wrote on January 8, 2021 at 10:13 am:
My deepest condolence to Quinn, Stephen and her grandkids and her brothers and sisters. Joeann always had a big bright smile every time I seen her. I remember running into her in Atlantic City I was on a bus trip and her and Bunny drove there, talk about a small world. She will be missed tremendously. Love cousin Lisa Britto
Christine Turner Johnson from East Providence wrote on January 8, 2021 at 9:21 am:
My prayers to Joanna's family. She was a kind person with always a smile when I saw her. God Bless
Robert Gonsalves from Upper Marlboro, MD wrote on January 8, 2021 at 9:17 am:
My Deepest condolences go out to Steven and Quinn Britto and the entire Britto Family. It is with great sadness I write this message to you and your entire family. Your mom was one of the most beautiful, friendly and caring people I’ve ever known. She always greeted me and everyone with such warmth and kindness. I know she’s with your dad now and they are dancing in heaven. May they rest in eternal peace, love always Bobby Gonsalves.
Patrick Rogers from Rumford wrote on January 8, 2021 at 9:06 am:
A kind, happy and caring employer at City Hall and for many years the heart of the City Manager’s office. Wonderful woman. Condolences to her family and many friends.
Elaine M. Gonsalves from Rumford wrote on January 8, 2021 at 9:05 am:
Your mom was a life time friend.....we go back more than 50years. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. My heart goes out to all of you and know that she is at peace and in the arms of the Angels. No more pain and suffering. Rest in peace.
Don&Ann Luther from East Providence wrote on January 8, 2021 at 8:15 am:
Oh my God Ann&I are so sorry she was such a wonderful neighbor we will shurly miss her our prayers to your family
Hulda Fontes from Riverview, Fl 33579 wrote on January 8, 2021 at 12:35 am:
Don and Beverly. Condolences to you and the family. So sorry for your loss. God Bless.
Lorraine Rezendes from East Providence wrote on January 8, 2021 at 12:01 am:
Joanna will be missed by all that knew her,she was beautiful smart and was so knowledgeable. We had so many years of ladies nite together and it got us all thru some trying times. Her beautiful and gentle spirit will be missed. Gone to soon....
Simon DePina from Conyers wrote on January 7, 2021 at 9:50 pm:
My sincerest of condolences to the Britto family. Always such a kind woman. Rest in Paradise, Mrs. Britto.
Rondelle M Carvalho from East Providence RI wrote on January 7, 2021 at 9:31 pm:
My Deepest sympathy to Steven and Quinn. It is with great sadness to hear of this loss. Joanna I will always remember your beautiful smile and all the good times with you Steven and the boys. And a special thanks from me to you for you always being such an awesome friend to my mom Loretta there is an empty space in her heart right now knowing your no longer a phone call away. May God give all those you left behind the strength to live life forward without you. May you rest in eternal peace, Rondy ❤️
Shirlry ANDREWS from East providence wrote on January 7, 2021 at 9:28 pm:
Our prayers to the boys and the was a beautiful friend and her smile could light up your heart.all our love,shirl, frankie jr and lisa
Jessica Cooper from LAND O LAKES wrote on January 7, 2021 at 8:36 pm:
Auntie Jo I will miss the encouraging words you would always give and the joy you held in your heart for ALL. I will love you always. May you rest in peace.
Kevin & Maryann Mathews from East Providence wrote on January 7, 2021 at 8:11 pm:
We send our deepest sympathy to the family. Joanna was a wonderful woman and a good friend.
Tom Antonian from East Providence wrote on January 7, 2021 at 6:42 pm:
My sincere condolences to the family. Quite a lady.
joseph andrade from East Providence wrote on January 7, 2021 at 3:23 pm:
My deepest condolences to the Britto family. May she rest in peace
linda tavares from East Providence wrote on January 7, 2021 at 3:01 pm:
To Steven and Quinn, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother . We had been friends since Jr. High. I'll always remember her as being very smart, pretty and fun and living on Cotter st. Also condolences to Jane and Amos. Rest in Peace my friend.