Provida B. 'Pro' Masi


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Provida B. "Pro" Masi, 72, of Pine Grove Township, died Friday, Oct. 26 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Derby, Conn., she was a daughter of the late Frank and Lucy Senese Benassi. She was a 1957 graduate of Ansonia High School, Connecticut, and went on to receive her bachelor's degree in sociology from Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, Conn. She later received her master's in education from the University of Connecticut.

Pro was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven, and its Rosary Guild. She also attended Mass daily at Most Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Tremont. She and her husband, Richard "Dick" Masi, with whom she shared 46 years of marriage, were active in World Wide Marriage Encounter and attended Cursillo.

She was an elementary school teacher in South Windsor, Conn. While living in Schuylkill County, she had been a day care teacher for Avenues (UCP). She also served the Port Carbon Library as both a librarian and director. She and her husband owned and tended a vineyard in Wayne Township.

In addition to her husband, Pro is survived by three children, Laura Wells and her husband, David, Berk, Va., Richard R. Masi and his wife, Kara, Newark, Del., and Michael Masi, Aberdeen, Md.; and nine grandchildren, Erin, Megan and John Wells, Andrew, Bernadette, Raphael and Dominic Masi, and Harmony and Jillian. She is also survived by a brother, Martin A. Benassi, North Haven, Conn.; a sister, Marianne Beckmann, Cheshire, Conn.; nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 in St. Ambrose Church, Schuylkill Haven. Relatives and friends may call at the church from 9:15 a.m. until the time of Mass on Saturday. Interment will be in St. Ambrose Mausoleum, Schuylkill Haven.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are preferred to the St. Ambrose Church Rosary Guild, 201 Randel St., Schuylkill Haven, or to the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, P.O. Box 3910, Kansas City, KS 66103.

Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury St., Minersville, is entrusted with arrangements.

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