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Rita May Pavao

November 14, 2021


Rita May (Cash) Pavao , age 96, passed away on Sunday November 14, 2021. She was the wife of the late James R. Pavao and daughter of the late Ernest and Maria (Plant) Cash. Rita was a BMC Durfee graduate class of 1942, and a very active member of St. Dominic’s parish where she taught catechism for over 24 years, was a member of the Woman’s Guild, a Eucharistic Minister for the shut-ins of the parish, a member of the Pro Life Committee, and a Marian Medal recipient. She was also a member of the Fall River Diocese’s Pro Life movement, a member of the Altar Society of Saint Rose of Lima, a Eucharistic Minister at Country Gardens Nursing Home in Swansea and she enjoyed square dancing.
She is survived by her children: James R. Pavao Jr. of Hardwick, MA, Donald J. Pavao (wife Gertrude) of Swansea, MA, Michael W. Pavao (late wife Laurie) of Ocala, FL, Beverly A. Chadwick (husband Robert), of Salem, MA, Barbara J. Marino (husband Thomas) of Danvers, MA, and Janet Phillips (husband Donald), of Peyton, CO, 9 grandchildren and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Frances Cash.
Calling hours for Rita will take place on Monday November 22, 2021 from 4-7 PM in the Hathaway Community Home for Funerals 900 Buffinton Street, Somerset. Her Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday November 23, 2021, 8:30 from the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in St. Dominic’s Church, 1277 Grand Army of the Republic Highway, Swansea. Burial to follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Fall River. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Flowers are welcome, although in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to St. Dominic’s Pro-Life Committee, St. Dominic’s Church 1277 G.A.R. Highway, Swansea, MA 02777. To express condolences to the family or to light a candle please visit 


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November 22, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hathaway Community Home For Funerals
900 Buffinton Street
Somerset, MA 02726

Funeral Mass
November 23, 2021

9:30 AM
St. Dominic Church
1277 GAR Highway
Swansea, MA 02777

November 23, 2021

St. Patrick Cemetery Fall River
2233 Robeson St.
Fall River, MA 02720


St. Dominic’s Pro-Life Committee
St. Dominic's Church, 1277 GAR Highway, Swansea MA 02777

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