Barbara (LaPere) Gencarella, 85, of Westerly, RI died peacefully on July 23, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Dr. Francis J. Gencarella , sadly, he predeceased her on May 29, 2013.
Born in Westerly, RI on December 1, 1933 she was the daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Albamonti) LaPere.
Barbara graduated from Westerly High School and went on to Rhode Island School of Nursing graduating in 1954. After receiving her R.N. degree she worked at the Westerly Hospital for several years before starting her family.
She will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she enjoyed traveling to Europe and wintering with her family in Florida.
Barbara will be sadly missed by his four children; Gina Lynch and her husband Michael of Westerly, Julie Vilandre and her husband Charles of North Attleboro, Joseph Gencarella and his wife Pamela of East Greenwich, RI, and Ann Gencarella of Boston, MA and Middletown, Rhode Island. She was the loving grandmother of Andrew, Alexandra, Danica, Marissa, Philip and Matthew Lynch, Christopher, Nicholas and Vanessa Vilandre, and Steven, Emily and Abigail Gencarella. She was predeceased by her brother, Dr. Louis LaPere and her sister, Bertha Morrison.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday July 26, 2019 at 10:00 AM at St. Pius X. Church, 44 Elm St. Westerly, RI. There is no cortege from the funeral home. Burial will follow in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Westerly. Barbara’s family will greet relatives and friends on Thursday July 25, 2019 from 4-7 PM at the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St. Westerly, RI.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dr. and Mrs. Francis J. Gencarella, Scholarship Fund, Providence College OIA, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918-0001 or Saint Vincent DePaul Society, PO Box 1014, Westerly, RI 02891.
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