Palmera “Pal” (Massa) Alves
Mrs. Palmera “Pal” (Massa) Alves, age 96, of Metacom Avenue, Bristol, entered peacefully into eternal life on 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 daugthers, LuAnn Pezzullo and 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 greatgrandchildren, Nathan Fletcher, Ariana Pezullo, Zachary Pezzullo, and 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, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, 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 in Bristol, and a member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society at the church.
Pal and Steve 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 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, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 9 a.m., with a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 141 State St., Bristol. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Chestnut Street, Bristol.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Bristol Good Neighbors, P.O. Box 223, Bristol, RI 02809, or to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of Rhode Island, 245 Waterman St., Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906.