Laurie Ann Cordeiro, 51, passed peacefully over to God’s loving embrace on November 23, 2012, with her beloved family surrounding her, following a three-year battle with Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
She was a loving mother and wife. Laurie leaves behind her husband, Antonio Cordeiro, her children Bryan Leffingwell and wife Melissa Leffingwell, Shana Leffingwell and fiancé Steve Giarrusso, and her faithful puppy Miss Mollie, all of Bristol. In addition, her survivors include two-step sons, Anthony and Kevin, her daughter-in-law, Jacki Cordeiro, and seven grandchildren, of Bristol. She is the daughter of the late Louis Sousa, Jr. and step-mother Kathy Sousa of Warren. She is also survived by her grandfather Lt. Col. Joseph J. Sagan, of Warren, mother and step-father Maureen (Sagan) and Jim Deese of North Carolina, her brother LJ Sousa of Bristol, and two step-brothers.
Laurie worked in various positions in the federal government, most recent being a contract specialist for the US Coast Guard. Her hard work and extended education helped her to attain the highest level in this job position. Laurie was very proud of her achievement.
This past summer, Laurie received her lifelong membership to the Bristol 4th of July Committee, for serving for 25 years. She breathed red, white and blue and was passionate about the Fourth of July celebration and her town of Bristol. She enjoyed working on the pageant float and attending every concert down at Independence Park. Her favorite Fourth of July event was the Drum and Bugle Corps, which she never missed. Laurie was a member of the Generations Drum and Bugle Corps of Rhode Island and running the DCI Drum and Bugle Corps shows.
In 2012 Laurie rode the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation Garden of Hope Float in Bristol’s 4th of July Parade, bringing together her two passions. After her diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer, she became an active volunteer at the Foundation, creating the Soul Excursion program and joining the Gloria Gemma team to expand their programs into the East Bay region, particularly Bristol and Warren. Laurie was a constant fixture on the Foundation’s Hope Bus, which expanded her reach in helping hundreds of women facing this disease. She formed a weekly yoga class for breast cancer survivors in Bristol and worked diligently with representatives from the town to create the first Gloria Gemma Garden of Hope at Bristol’s future community center.
In all she did and how she lived, she inspired all who met her to compassion, action, and gratitude.
Funeral services from the Sansone Funeral Home, 192 Wood Street, Bristol, Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 8 a.m. with a Mass in celebration of her faith at 9 a.m. in at St. Elizabeth’s Church, 577 Wood Street, Bristol. Please wear bright colors to celebrate Laurie’s life. Burial will be private. Visiting hours Monday, November 26, 2012 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, it is requested donations be made to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, 249 Roosevelt Ave., Suite 201, Pawtucket, RI 02860. For online condolences, shared memories, information and directions go to www.sansonefuneralhome.com