Maria C. Ruben
PAWTUCKET - Maria C. (Freitas) Ruben, 83, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. She was a 20 year breast cancer survivor. Maria was born in Horta, Faial, Azores, Portugal, to the late Francisco and Agar (Martins) Freitas. She was the beloved wife of the late Antonio Ruben for 49 years. She and Antonio came to the United States to raise their family following the 1958 eruption of the Capelinhos Volcano in Faial. Maria was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church and a member of the União Portuguesa Beneficente, both in Pawtucket. She was an avid reader and enjoyed writing poetry.
Maria leaves five children, Rosa Medeiros of Warwick, Antonio Ruben, Jr. and his wife, Rose of Rumford, Mario Ruben and his wife, Maritza of Pawtucket, Francisco Ruben and his wife, Jennifer of Oakton, VA and Grace Ruben of New York, NY; six siblings, Maria Francisca Leandres, Massama, Portugal, Maria Jose Fernandes, Sao Miguel, Azores, Maria de Fatima Rose, Waltham, MA, Maria do Rosario Brandao, Sao Miguel, Azores, Antonio Freitas, Faro, Portugal and Manuel Freitas, Lisbon, Portugal; seven grandchildren and many dear nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Maria Odilia Faleiro.
Her funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. from WILLIAM W. TRIPP Funeral Home, 1008 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony Church, 32 Lawn Ave., Pawtucket, Interment will follow at Mt. St. Mary Cemetery. VISITATION will be Friday 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to Home & Hospice Care of RI, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904 will be appreciated. TRIPPFUNERALHOME.com
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