Palmera “Pal” (Massa) Alves, 96, Bristol

Palmera Alves

Palmera AlvesPalmera “Pal” (Massa) Alves, age 96 of Metacom Avenue, entered peacefully into eternal life on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Manuel “Steve” Alves.
Pal was a lifelong resident of Bristol where most of her family still resides.
She was one of 11 children of the late Biagio and Teresa (Ambrosia) Massa. She was born on Palm Sunday in 1917 and with joy was named Palmera by her loving mother and father.
She is survived by three daughters, LuAnn Pezzullo and her husband Ed, of Bristol, Kathleen (Alves) Golini of Jamestown, and Becky (Alves) Wright of South Kingstown. Pal leaves six grandchildren, Edward Pezzullo of Warren, Marybeth Fletcher, of Bristol, Steven Pezzullo, of Warwick, Lee Golini, of Jamestown, Maxwell Wright of South Kingstown and Lacey Rose Wright, of Stockholm Sweden. She also leaves six beloved great-grandchildren, Nathan Fletcher, Ariana Pezullo, ZacharyPezzullo, Steven, Ethan and Cameron Pezzullo.
Her living siblings include a brother, Edmund “Hector” Massa of Bristol.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and siblings, grand and great-grandchildren: two born infants: Joseph Pezzullo, and Hannah Rose Pezzullo, two beloved and grown young men, Christopher Golini, and Jarred Fletcher, four sisters, Anna Esposito, Florence “Flo” Vieira, Josephine Vescera and Theresa Cardoza and five brothers, Joseph, Salvatore “Sal”, Nicholas “Nick”, Biagino “Gene” and Angelo “Chet” Massa.
She was a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Bristol and a member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society at the church.
Pal and “Steve” her husband lived a long and happy marriage together, full of big band dancing, family traditions, and lifelong friends especially Isabelle and Tony Principe. She will always be remembered as the life of the party as well as a family confidant and supporter of her family through thick and thin. She and her “Hon” (husband) endured and enjoyed life though the Great Depression; she found time and loving words for everyone who needed her until the day she passed. Pal Alves made her community and the world a better place for the life and light she gave to all.
Funeral services are at the Sansone Funeral Home, 192 Wood St., Bristol, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 141 State St., Bristol. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Chestnut Street, Bristol.
Visiting hours are on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 from 4 – 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the local community soup kitchen and food bank, Bristol Good Neighbors on 378 Hope St., P.O. Box 223, Bristol, RI 02809 or online at or to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of RI, 245 Waterman Street, Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906 or online at
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