Josephine Bettencourt

Date of Passing:

March 30, 2018

Bettencourt, Josephine, (Zinni), of Sowams Road, died peacefully on March 30, 2018. She was the wife of the late John E. Bettencourt.

A lifelong resident of Barrington, she was the daughter of the late Giovanni and Filomena (Benedetti) Zinni.

Mrs. Bettencourt was a dispatcher for the Town of Barrington Police & Fire Departments for 30 years before retiring in 1990.

Josephine was a communicant of Holy Angels Church, where she was a member of the Women’s Guild. She enjoyed assembling jigsaw puzzles, traveling across the country with her late husband and spending time with her loving family.

She is survived by two daughters, Jo-Ann M. Coleman (Ron) of Riverside and Janet Martone of Barrington; four grandchildren, Tricia Motta, Ronald Coleman, Nicole Cram and Michael J. Martone and three great grandchildren, Brandon Motta, Abigail Martone and Tyce Lorance. She was the sister of the late Anna Castiliego, Mary Cipriano, Frank, Anthony, Nicholas, Daniel and James Zinni.

Her funeral will be held on Monday April 2, 2018 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Angels Church, Maple Avenue, Barrington at 11 a.m. Calling hours are Monday morning 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Burial will be held in Santa Maria del Campo Cemetery, Upland Way, Barrington.

Online Condolences


  1. Dear Jo-Ann and Family,

    So sorry for your loss, your Mom was a wonderful person.
    She always had a beautiful smile every time we met.
    Our prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.

    Leo & Rita Renaud

  2. Nicole & Taylor,

    My deepest sympathy at this difficult time. I know how very special she was to you. My thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow.

  3. Joanne and Janet sorry to her if your moms passing. Vividly remember Sundays at the Zinni house on mMaple Ave. Kids were always treated to a little red wine, mixed with lots of orange soda during Sunday dinner. Also remember “Uncle John” eating blackbirds (probably crows) he shot in the garden, which were dressed and roasted by “Aunti”. Simple, happy, family times.

  4. Dear Joanne and Janet, I am so sorry for your loss. Josie was such a great lady. She and your dad, Auntie and Uncle John will always be a great childhood memory. My dad referred to her as his kid cousin. On Sundays he would bring me to Maple Ave where all the Zinnis would congregate and then to Sowams Rd. My mom loved Josie also, and can hear them always laughing. May tomorrow be a peaceful sendoff to a great lady. ❤️ Debbie Colangelo Colasanti

  5. My deepest sympathy to the Motta Family.

  6. Dear Janet and family,
    Your mom was blessed to have such a dedicated and loving daughter and family who loved and cared for her. Our deepest sympathy
    Patty & Jerry McKinney

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