Rita Sottile Pasquaretta of Falmouth died June 7 at the age of 89.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of Lucy (Novello) and Mario Sottile and one of seven children. Her large family, which today includes many additional relatives, continues to gather for the annual Sottile Christmas party, a tradition that began in 1958.

She married Emanuel R. Pasquaretta on August 22, 1953. The couple raised five children in Hartford and East Hartford before building their retirement home in Falmouth in 1995.

While living in Connecticut, Ms. Pasquaretta worked at Manchester Memorial Hospital for 25 years.

Known for her baking skills, among her specialties were pies, sour cream coffee cakes and struffoli. She  kept her birdfeeders filled and protected from squirrels, and was adept at caring for her plants. She was a woman of faith.

During her retirement, Ms. Pasquaretta volunteered at Falmouth Hospital. While they retained their health she and her husband traveled, visiting Italy, Myrtle Beach, Alaska, Yellowstone National Park, Florida and Las Vegas.

She leaves her five children, as well as her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, who died in 2014, and by her six siblings.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, June 10, from 9 to 11 AM at Chapman Funerals & Cremations, 584 West Falmouth Highway.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, June 10, at 11:30 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Highway.

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