January 29, 1929 - April 02, 2015
Rita C. Francisco
“Loving mother & grandmother”
Mrs. Rita C. Francisco, 86, of Waterbury passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, April 02, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. She was the widow of Jose Francisco.
Rita was born in Lousa, Portugal on January 29, 1929 daughter of the late Adriano and Albertina (Tavares) Serra. She was a pre-school teacher in Portugal, and later immigrated to the United States in 1959. She dedicated her life to her family, teaching her children and grandchildren her native language and the Portuguese traditions she felt so strongly about. She, along with her husband Jose, opened their home and helped dozens of Portuguese families immigrate to this country to achieve the “American Dream.” She was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church and Our Lady of Fatima Church.
Rita leaves to cherish her memory her sons; Paul Francisco and Peter Francisco both of Waterbury, daughter, Clara Stevens and her husband Mark of Waterbury, grandchildren; Rita Francisco, Joseph Francisco, Valerie Francisco, Ryan Stevens, Katie Stevens, Rachel Francisco and Matthew Francisco. She was predeceased by her four siblings; John Tavares, Jose Serra, Milu Salgado and Clara Martins.
Arrangements: Funeral will be held Tuesday, 10 a.m. at Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Family Funeral Home, 430 Chase Parkway to Our Lady of Fatima Church for a Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Tuesday morning, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the funeral.
In lieu of flower, memorial contributions may be made in Rita’s memory to:
Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter
2075 Silas Deane Highway
Rocky Hill, CT 06067