Theresa Mazzone - Cumberland

Theresa Mazzone - Cumberland

Surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren, Theresa Mazzone, 86, was taken home to the Lord on Monday, May 10. She has been reunited with her parents, her adoring husband and all her other family members that have gone before her.

Theresa, the daughter of the late Felisberto and Firminia Rocha, was the wife of the late Remo Mazzone. They were together for 46 years until his death in 2003. She was born in Taunton, Mass., and spent most of her life in Rhode Island. She moved to Providence when she was a young teenager, attending high school at the old St. Patrick’s School. She met the love of her life on St. Patrick’s Day in 1956 and was married three years later in a joyous ceremony at St. Patrick’s Church in Cumberland, a town where they would start a family and where Theresa would reside until the time of her death.

Theresa lived every day with a deep devotion to her Christian faith and her love of Christ. She prayed the rosary every evening and was a daily communicant of the Eucharist at her parish church, St. Joan of Arc Church in Cumberland. Her mission, her calling was a life spent helping others. She was a wonderful mom to her four sons, Thomas (Tom), Stephen (Steve), Raymond and Joseph (Joey). Without the extent of preaching, she instilled the values of her faith to her children, who all continue to practice their faith to this day. Her youngest son entered the priesthood and was ordained in 2008. Now a priest in the Archdiocese of Boston, Father Joe is the pastor of three churches in the Hyde Park/Milton area.

Theresa was a stay-at-home mom until late in her 30s before deciding to pursue a nursing degree. Prior to attending college and raising her “four boys,” she volunteered her time as a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts, a CCD teacher at St. Joan’s and several charitable organizations.

At the age of 38, Theresa attended Rhode Island Junior College (later changed to the Community College of Rhode Island). She graduated with an associate’s degree in nursing and began a nearly 30-year career as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence where she dedicated her time to babies that were born prematurely or sick. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College in 1982, receiving her diploma the same year her oldest son, Tom, graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

Theresa didn’t require the luxuries of life. Her most cherished times were spent with her family, particularly at the ocean. She was always beach-ready with her small chair, umbrella and blanket occupying the trunk of her car year around. The splash of the water, the ocean breeze, and being around those that she loved was all she needed to put a smile on her face. That and, of course, riding waves, which she did well into her 80s.

Theresa was always ready for a good card game, often participating in intense “Hi-Lo-Jack Tournaments “ with her youngest son. She also enjoyed cooking meals for her family that could feed an army (and much more).

Theresa daily enjoyed watching "Jeopardy" and "Happy Days" in her living room. She was also an avid reader, tackling two challenging Russian novels, Boris Pasternak’s “Doctor Zhivago” (559 pages) and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov” (776 pages) at the age of 86.

Just like her namesake, Mother Teresa, she was a very caring and loving individual. She always put herself second, dedicating most of her time to her family, her friends and those in need. Theresa never wavered from her role as a mom and Gramma (Nana) to her seven grandchildren, whom she adored so much.

Theresa will be dearly missed by the countless individuals whose lives she has touched. She is survived by her son Thomas and his wife Ann Marie (Rossetti), her son, Stephen, her son Raymond and his wife Rebeka (Ortiz), her son, Fr. Joseph Mazzone and her seven grandchildren, Dana, Alex, Dylan, Chanel, Olivia, Sophia and Isabella. She also leaves behind her sister Mary Fontaine, her sister Barbara O’Brien, her sister Frances Howles and her husband David, her brother John Rocha and his wife Patricia and her brother Anthony Rocha and his wife Paula, as well as all her many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Angelina Marmo, Pfc. Felisberto Rocha Jr., and twins Mary and John. She was the mother-in-law to the loving wife of her son Steve, the late Angela (Yany) Mazzone.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to Theresa's life celebration to begin with Rosary Service at 3:30 p.m., on Thursday, May 13, in the J. J. Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Road, Rt. 122, Cumberland. Visiting hours will begin from 4 to 8 p.m., and continue on Friday, May 14, at 9 a.m. in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in the St. Joan of Arc Church, Mendon Road, Cumberland. Burial will follow in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Catholic Relief Services (228 West Lexington St., Baltimore, MD, 21201) and Pope St. John XXXIII National Seminary (558 South Ave., Weston, MA, 02493.)

Online memorial is at jjduffyfuneralhome.com .