Mrs. Alice Roberta Provenzano, 86, of Sigourney St., Bristol, died peacefully on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at home surrounded by loved ones. She was the beloved wife of Mr. Vincent Provenzano for 68 years.
Alice was born on August 26,1934 the daughter of the late Charles K. Hughes and Helene McGrail Hughes. She was the devoted mother of 17 children.
Alice is survived and will be deeply missed by her daughters, Laura (Vet) Mason, Mary (Michael) Finello, Carole (Wayne) Hatfield, Alice (Dale) Deschaines of Bristol, Helene (Kevin) Murphy, Giovanna (Charlie) Wrisley, Jessica (Jason) Dumont, Veronica (Rodrigo) Gomez, and sons Frank (Sally) Provenzano, Daniel Provenzano (Margaret Kolb), Chuck (Sue) Provenzano, John (Dorothy) Provenzano, Thomas Provenzano, Paul (Maryann) Provenzano and Jerome Provenzano (Mindy). Alice was predeceased by her son, Vincent Provenzano Jr. and infant son Matthew Provenzano.
In addition to the large and loving family she and her husband created, Alice grew up in a family of 16 children. She is survived by brothers Thomas Hughes, Wilbur Hughes, Ralph Hughes, George Hughes, and Timothy Hughes, sisters, Helene A. Shay, Geraldine Vinez, and Rosemary Shay. Alice was predeceased by her sister Mary Diane Bianchi and brothers, Charles K. Hughes, Jr., John Joseph Hughes, Paul A. Hughes, Christopher Hughes and Francis Hughes. She is also survived by Anna (Frank) O’Fiara and Barbara Provenzano. She will also be missed by 25 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and her lifelong friend, Cecelia Roberts.
Alice instilled a love of family and the importance of caring for each other. She was cared for in the last years of her life lovingly at home by her husband, Vincent, her daughter, Veronica, son-in-law Rodrigo, and her grandson, Nathaniel Gomez. The family deeply appreciated the support and compassionate care provided by nurse, Julie Markus, in her final weeks of life.
Alice was a strong and resilient person who never let Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease stop her from caring for her husband, children, and grandchildren.
In her life, she was an avid reader and instilled a love of literature in her children and grandchildren. She loved the quote “You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold, Richer than I, you can never be, I had a mother who read to me.” Please consider making a donation to www.firstbook.org in memory of Mom.
We will be celebrating Alice’s life with tears in our eyes and humorous stories on our lips, as she would have wanted. We know we are not the only people whose lives she touched. Alice opened her home and heart to many. If you cannot be with us, please remember our mother by telling a story of your own about her today. She would have loved to be remembered.
All who are able are invited to visit with the family on Monday, February 15, 2021 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville/Bristol followed by a service at 12:00 noon. Committal service and interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, 522 Terryville Ave., Bristol. In lieu of flowers, please also consider giving to the CMT Association to fund research at https://cmtausa.org/. To leave an online message of condolence, share a memory or a photo, visit Alice’s memorial tribute page at www.OBrien-FuneralHome.com.
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