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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Claudia Jordan from Dallas wrote on March 2, 2021 at 3:10 am
I just found out about this on Facebook and I am so sad and sorry. I LOVED Ms Joanna so much! She was always so supportive and kind~ Rest in paradise Queen~
Cheryl L Martin from Rumford wrote on January 24, 2021 at 2:46 pm
My condolences and prayers to Joanna's family in her passing. I remember how welcoming she was to me some 24 years ago on my first day at EP City Hall. She always had a smile for you when saw her at City Hall.
Dorothy McCollough from Providence wrote on January 15, 2021 at 8:40 am
My condolences to the Britto Family. I remember when we all traveled to Aruba. From time to time we would run into each other and that smile would surely put you at ease and the conversation were great . may she Rest In Peace
Neacy fortes from Riverside wrote on January 12, 2021 at 6:46 pm
Quinn & Steven and Grandchildren and Family I’m so Sorry for your Loss. May That Beautiful Kind and Amazing Angel with a Beautiful Soul R.I.P Love Cousin Neacy
Dennis Tabella from Warwick wrote on January 12, 2021 at 6:36 pm
My cousin Joanna was a very kind and supportive person. Her years of service to the community will always be remembered. She cared about people and animals; her years of support for Defenders of Animals, Inc., helped many animals over the years.
Veronica from Gomes wrote on January 12, 2021 at 12:10 pm
My deepest sympathies for the family, I met Joanne at Dialysis and she was so welcoming and kind to me. She made me feel comfortable even though I didn’t want to be at dialysis she made me smile ever time. Such a loving person. May god bless her family with nothing but joy, peace, blessing and courage to deal with her loss. She will definitely be missed. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Danielle Lima Holland from Los Angeles wrote on January 12, 2021 at 5:42 am
Steven and Quinn, our family is devastated that Joanna is no longer here with us. We will always keep her memory and the great times we shared with her in our hearts. Sending you my most sincere condolences.
Joyce Gomes-Portis from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote on January 11, 2021 at 8:31 pm
My sincere condolences to all of her family & friends. We grew up in the same neighborhood. I remember her beautiful smile. Praying that God, & wonderful memories will comfort all of you in the days ahead. RIP💔🙏
Michele Holland from East Providence, RI wrote on January 11, 2021 at 6:04 pm
Dear Steven Britto , Quinn Britto and the Varan Family......we were heartbroken to learn of Joanna's passing.....our deepest sympathies to all of you......we will cherish our BEAUTIFUL memories of hanging out at Joanna and Steven Britto 's home : you're in our thoughts and prayers.... Ginny Mauricio & family , Danielle Holland, Michele Holland , Bobby Holland, Roberta Holland Cissoko , Sue Violette & the late Sheila Garvin family.....
Cherryl Richmond Chandler from Louisville wrote on January 9, 2021 at 11:02 pm
I am so sad to hear of Joanna's passing. She was a beautiful, fun and caring person. I loved sitting and talking to her when I would go home and we would happen to meet. I know your heart is truly heavy but she, Joanna is at peace and watching over you. My heartfelt prayers go out to your Family during this time of your loss.
Maria DeSenna Lopes & Jacqui DeSenna Johnson from Mitchellville wrote on January 9, 2021 at 4:51 pm
My sister Jacqui and I are heartbroken to hear of Joanna's passing. Although we weren't in constant communication when we did connect with her, it was always enjoyable and fun. We were kids when Auntie Annie would send Joanna and Janie to visit us in Newport. We looked up to our two beautiful cousins with great admiration. Joanna always maintained that beautiful smile and positive energy. To Janie, Amos, Quinn, and Steven, along with all the grandchildren and all in the Britto and Varan family, we send our heartfelt sympathies. Take comfort, knowing she is resting in peace with the Angels until we see each other again. RIP Cousin Joanna.
Becky ramos from Riverside R I wrote on January 9, 2021 at 2:26 pm
My deepest sympathy to Stephen , Quinn and the family your Mom was a beautiful woman it was very sad to hear this May she Rest In Heavenly Peace 🙏🏾🙏🏾
Manuel Mello from Ripley wrote on January 9, 2021 at 12:35 pm
My prayers go out to the family, Joanna and I had classes together will be missed may the lord God take her in his arms and may she rest in peace. God bless her family.
Lori Brennan-Almeida from Riverside wrote on January 9, 2021 at 12:01 pm
My deepest sympathy to Quinn and Steven. Your mom was.a great lady and a loving and giving friend. I will miss her.
Lori Brennan-Almeida from Riverside wrote on January 9, 2021 at 12:01 pm
My deepest sympathy to Quinn and Steven. Your mom was.a great lady and a loving and giving friend. I will miss her.
Julie Monteiro from Raleigh wrote on January 9, 2021 at 8:22 am
My heart is saddened by your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you My deepest sympathy to Steven, Quinn and family. Your mom's kind heart & beautiful smile will be remembered. Sending love & prayers.
Maureen Sweeney Nolan from Easy Providence wrote on January 8, 2021 at 10:23 pm
To the Britto Family, I so sorry for your loss. You wife and mother was such a wonderful person. I met her when I was a camp counselor at Hull Street playground. She used to send Quinn and Steven over to play. Cherish your memories of her and they will get you through the difficult days ahead. Maureen Sweeney Nolan
Julie A. Silva from EAST PROVIDENCE wrote on January 8, 2021 at 8:54 pm
Sending our deepest sympathy and prayers to the entire Britto family during this difficult time. Quinn, may your Mom rest with the angels in peace. God Bless! Auntie Judy & Julie Silva
Armen Garo wrote on January 8, 2021 at 7:56 pm
My deepest condolences to the Britto family. Such a nice woman. May she Rest In Peace. 🙏
Lolly santos graham from North providence wrote on January 8, 2021 at 4:34 pm
My deepest condolences to the britto and varon family I grew up joanne and Janie as family and am saddened that we did not keep in touch as we should have. Rest on peace joanne