2015-01-22 / Obituaries

Laura Rezendes Bettencourt

Laura Rezendes Bettencourt, of Jamestown, formerly of West Hartford, Conn., wife of the late Virginio Bettencourt, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Jan. 15, 2015.

Laura was born on Aug. 25, 1933, in Santa Maria, Portugal, to the late Joseph Tavares and Maria Jose (Pacheco) Rezendes. Laura immigrated at age 17 to the United States, settling first in Hartford then West Hartford. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, and along with her late husband, was a founding member of the Holy Ghost Portuguese Society in East Hartford.

She is survived by a daughter, Maritana “Tanya” Guadalupe and her husband, Ventura, of Newington, Conn.; a son, Jeffrey Bettencourt and his wife, Cecilia, of West Hartford. She also leaves four grandchildren, who were her pride and joy. They were Marissa Farone and her husband, Justin, of Southington, Conn.; Kimberly Guadalupe of Portland, Ore.; Andrew and Lauren Bettencourt of West Hartford; and a great-grandson, Xavier Farone, whom she adored and who brought great joy to her life.

Laura was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother. Family was the most important thing in Laura’s life. She enjoyed her retirement in Jamestown, in the home she built with her husband. She also enjoyed working in her yard and spending winters in Florida.

She is also survived by sisters, Rose Melo of Jamestown, Nubelia Cabral of West Hartford, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by siblings Joseph Rezendes, Humberto Rezendes, Antonio Rezendes, Laudalina Estrela and Maria de Lurdes DeMorais.

Entombment was on Jan. 20 at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield, Conn. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org or 825 Brook St., Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

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