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Jane A. (Mendella) Tedesco

February 6, 2021

Obituary

Jane A. Tedesco, 74 of Cranston, passed away peacefully February 6, 2021 at home. She was the beloved wife of the late Domenic “Don” Tedesco for 53 years. Born in Providence a daughter of the late Vincent and Victoria (Pennacchia) Mendella.

 Jane retired in 2016  as a Member Service Councilor for AAA. Previous to that she was a Operations Administer for the former Old Stone Bank. She was a Graduate of Cranston High School East. She was a faithful parishioner of St. Mary's Church, Cranston.

Jane is survived by her beloved children, Doreen A. Lafond and her partner Denise Gareau and Lori A. Cummings and her husband Paul. Loving grandmother of Ryan Lafond and his wife Emily, Tori Lafond Sousa and her husband Christopher, Brandon and Jake Cummings and Courtney and Jordan Hern, loving great grandmother of Christian and Mila Sousa and Sebastian Bonney. She was the sister of the late Adeline Mendella.

Jane’s deep love for her family was clear to everyone who knew her. She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, but also so much more: she was a model for how a family should love one another. Her smile was at its brightest when she was with her family, whether that was a packed holiday gathering or just sitting and talking with whoever happened to have come by that day.  Her door was always open for a visit, and her home was the site for decades of happy memories. “Gram’s” was a family gathering spot, a summer camp, an after-school hangout, and the site of countless sleepovers. She took great pride in the accomplishments of her family and could be found in the front row of every event, radiating support and positivity. Her family loved her for the things she loved herself. She introduced multiple generations to “soaps,” spent many late nights watching Red Sox games, and was happy to take a trip to play bingo for a fun night out. She was selfless, reliable, and always willing to help those she loved. She often said, “my family is my fortune,” and her caring example instilled that belief in her children and grandchildren.  She leaves behind a legacy of warmth, compassion, and love, and will be deeply missed by those who knew her.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions her funeral and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to Continuum Care of R.I. 1350 Division Road Suite 205 West Warwick, R.I.02893. Please share memories at www.WoodlawnGattone.com

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