Irene E. (Vermette) Fernandes, 89, of 165 Water St., Warren and formerly of Bristol, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. She was the wife of the late John Fernandes, her husband of 55 years, who died in 2004.
Born in Warren and a lifelong resident of Warren and Bristol, she was the daughter of the late Alexander J. and Rosanna (Proulx) Vermette. Mrs. Fernandes worked for 20 years at the former RJ Manufacturing Company in Warren, retiring in1986. She had previously worked at the former Coats and Clark Manufacturing Co. Irene was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church, Bristol and was an avid reader.
She leaves two children, Rosemary Fernandes-Guida and her husband Anthony Guida of Warren and John Paul Fernandes and his wife Pamela of Bristol; two grandchildren, Sasha J. Fernandes and her husband David Elliott, and Adam T. Fernandes, all of Riverside; and two great-granddaughters, Ophelia R. Fernandes and Evangeline S. Elliott. She was the sister of the late Rita Rutkiewicz.
Funeral services will be held at 8: 30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, from the Sansone Funeral Home, 192 Wood St., Bristol, with a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 330 Wood St., Bristol. Burial will follow in the North Burial Ground, Hope Street, Bristol. Visitation will be Wednesday morning only at 8:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th floor, Norwalk, CT 06851 or online at www.themmrf.org. For online condolences, shared memories, information and directions see www.sansonefuneralhome.com.