Mary Rapoza

Mary Rapoza, 89, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Waterview Villa.  She was the wife of Anthony J. Rapoza to whom she married on June 10, 1950. Born in East Providence, she was a daughter of the late Antonio and Virginia Andrade.   Mrs. Rapoza was a former communicant of St. Francis Xavier Church and a member of the Rosary & Altar Sodality. Besides her husband she leaves one daughter, Mary Lou Tavares and her husband Louis of East Providence, eight sons, James Rapoza and his wife Patricia of Swansea, Anthony J. Rapoza, Jr. of East Providence, Michael Rapoza and his wife Sheree of Swansea, Stephen Rapoza and his wife Michele of North Dartmouth, Thomas Rapoza and his wife Brenda of Barrington, John Rapoza and his wife Diane of Fairhaven, Paul Rapoza and his wife Christine of Tiverton and Ernest Rapoza and his wife Alison of Somerset, three sisters, Emelia Andrade of East Providence, Virginia Vincent of Fairhaven and Leonore Morris of Warren, one brother, Frank Andrade of Providence, 24 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  She was the sister of the late Tina Niederberger and John Andrade and the mother in law of the late Joanne Rapoza.  Her funeral will be held on Wednesday at 8:45 AM from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Francis Xavier Church. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours Tuesday 4-8.  In lieu of flowers contributions to the Fraternity of St. Francis Xavier Church, 81 North Carpenter St. East Providence, RI 02914 would be appreciated.