Obituary: Francesco A. Pazienza, 78

Saunderstown resident and former Ponagansett High School teacher Francesco Pazienza passed away Jan. 4.

The following obituary was provided by Nardolillo Funeral Home.

Francesco A. Pazienza of Saunderstown passed away peacefully on Fri., Jan. 4 at Kent Hospital in Warwick. He leaves behind his wife of 52 years,  Lucille C. (DiFante) Pazienza. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Angelo and Concetta (Angelotti) Pazienza.

"Frank" was a science teacher at Ponaganset High School for 30 years before his retirement. He was a US Army veteran serving during the Korean War era. Frank was a football coach for 15 years at Ponaganset High School and a coach for Cranston American Little League. After his retirement his passion was shell fishing on Narragansett Bay.

Besides his wife he is survived by his children – Frank A. Pazienza and his wife Lynne of Saunderstown; Gary J. Pazienza and his wife Stacey of Dayville, CT; Christopher G. Pazienza and his wife Nancy of Westford, MA; Stacy N. Zullo and her husband Mark of South Kingstown; and Rebecca M. Bromberg and her husband Scott of Providence.

Pazienza was the cherished grandfather of Christina, Jonathan, Alysse, Katie, Matthew, Jessica, Benjamin, Melanie, Kyle, Mark, and Brandon. He was the brother of Josephine "Joan" DiRuzzo of Providence.

Friends and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday at 10 a.m. in Christ the King Church, 180 Old North Road, Kingston. Visiting hours are Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Nardolillo Funeral Home, South County Chapel, 1111 Boston Neck Road, (Rt.1A) Narragansett. Internment will be in Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Save the Bay, Inc. 100 Save the Bay Drive, Providence, RI 02905. Visit nardolillo.com for online condolences.

Lucille Warren January 25, 2013 at 03:39 PM
To the family of the deceased I am truly sorry for your lost, It’s never easy to lose someone you love. The pane can sometimes be unbearable at the time, but there is hope! it is human and natural to grieve and we should not feel ashamed to let our grief be manifest. Even when tempered by the hope of the resurrection, the death of a loved one is still a traumatic loss, which is deeply felt. YES resurrection! Jesus performed that unforgettable resurrection in front of many eyewitnesses. It was a token of the future resurrection that he had predicted on an earlier occasion, when he said: “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear [the Son of God’s] voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.”—John 5:28, 29 With this HOPE you can see your loved ones again. When death strikes a loved one, for example, hope can make a world of difference to the survivors. The apostle Paul wrote to the Christians at Thessalonica: “We do not want you to be ignorant concerning those who are sleeping in death; that you may not sorrow just as the rest also do who have no hope.”—1 THESSALONIANS 4:13. If you would like to know more, you can reach me at: . Lucille Warren 155 Orawaupum St. White Plains NY 10606


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