Rita R. (Fontes) Cirella, 89 of Norton Street passed away on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Rhode Island Hospital. Born in East Providence, she was a daughter of the late Marion and Rita (Paquette) Fontes. Rita worked in the Tax Assessors office for the City of East Providence before she retired. She was a communicant of St. Martha’s Church. She leaves one granddaughter, Nicole Santiago and her husband Miguel, one grandson, William Joseph Messa and his wife Kimberly, two great grandchildren, Cassandra Santiago and Cristiano Messa, her son in law, William Messa, Jr. and one brother, Richard Fontes. She was the mother of the late Joan Messa and sister of the late Marie Mendes, Joseph, Manuel, Alfonse, Ernest, Myron and Raymond Fontes. Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM in St. Martha’s Church, Pawtucket Avenue. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours Monday 5-7. Contributions in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 would be appreciated.
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