Rita Bertoncini
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Rita Bertoncini
  • May 10, 1939 - July 15, 2017
  • Fall River, Massachusetts

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Rita Bertoncini, RN age 78, of Fall River, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 in St. Anne's Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late Italo F. and Ilia (Pieri) Bertoncini, she was a lifelong Fall River resident. A graduate of the Dominican Academy, Class of 1957, she earned a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Fitchburg State University ,1961. She was the Director of St. Anne's School of Nursing, and then was instrumental in the opening of the Oncology Clinic. Later in life she worked as an in-take nurse at STARR.

Rita was a communicant of the former Holy Rosary Church and now of the Good Shepherd Parish. She loved her family dearly, especially her nieces and nephews, she loved to travel abroad, visiting Italy and France and was an avid beach goer.

She is survived by one sister, Linda Bertoncini and her longtime companion Mary Ann Mello of Fall River; two brothers, David L. Bertoncini of Fall River and Paul F. Bertoncini and his wife Ann of Fall River; three nephews, Marc D. Bertoncini, Michael Bertoncini and Daniel Bertoncini and his wife Jessica; two nieces, Susan Cavaco and her husband Kevin and Andrea Bertoncini. Rita was also godmother to several of her friends children.

Her Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 11:00AM in Good Shepherd Parish, 1598 S. Main Street, Fall River, MA 02724. Burial in St. Patrick's Cemetery, 2233 Robeson Street, Fall River, MA 02720. Family and friends invited. Per Rita's request, visiting hours have been omitted. Arrangements are in the care of WARING-SULLIVAN HOME at CHERRY PLACE, 178 Winter Street, Fall River, MA 02720. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor may be made to: St. Jude's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For tributes and online registration: www.waring-sullivan.com