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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Debora Valles Johnson from Las Vegas wrote on January 7, 2021 at 1:59 pm:
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Joanna. My condolences to her family and friends who shared her beautiful life.
Jennifer Burak from North Dighton wrote on January 7, 2021 at 12:22 pm:
So sorry to hear of Joanna's passing. Condolences to her family.
Arthur A. Vincent Jr. from WARWICK wrote on January 7, 2021 at 12:11 pm:
Will always remember our times together at Hull St. Playground and our years growing up from elementary through high school you will be missed. Love and Prayers to your family. Artie(171 Hull St)
Chris Pena & Sons from East Providence wrote on January 7, 2021 at 12:10 pm:
To Steven and Quinn, our condolences to you and your families. Your mother was a beautiful person with a beautiful personality. It was a pleasure to know her. May she rest in peace.
Diane & Edward Williams from Seekonk,Mass. wrote on January 7, 2021 at 10:12 am:
My Prayers & Condolences go out to her family,so sorry for your loss!She was a kind,caring person we graduated together in 1965 ! May she RIP!๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’˜
Leslie Costa Fortes from East Providence wrote on January 7, 2021 at 9:53 am:
Joanna , I know there is a place for you in heaven. You were one of the most sincere people that I had the pleasure of meeting. You and I connected because of your warm and welcoming personality. To your family, I extend my deepest sympathy...know that you now have an angel in heaven forever protecting you. My sons also extend to you their sincere sympathy Ellery, Keith and Steven Costa.
Annette Pontes from Bristol R I wrote on January 7, 2021 at 8:42 am:
So sorry to hear about this Joanne was a wonderful woman and a dear friend while we were in high school Rest In Peace๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโค๏ธ
Barry D Cook from Warwick and Deerfield Beach Fl. wrote on January 7, 2021 at 8:04 am:
Joanna was a dear and life long friend as was her late husband Steve! Joanna and I continued our life long friendship on Facebook and shared many posts and comments over the years! I am truly saddened to hear of her passing!
Maria Mindy daGraca from Seekonk wrote on January 7, 2021 at 6:05 am:
Joanna was such a nice, hard working, community minded and loving person, with such a beautiful smile.I am sincerely saddened to hear of her passing. She will be remembered well, not only by her loving family, but also by those lucky enough, like me, who knew her.Descansa em paz and my thoughts and prayers are with her family.God bless.