CUMBERLAND – Mercy Sister Cecilia Marie Frenze, formerly Sister Maria del Rey, 85, a retired educator, died March 8 at Mount St. Rita Health Care Centre.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Michele and Maria (Ciarlo) Frenze, and was baptized Maria Frenze.
She entered the Sisters of Mercy on September 8, 1945 and professed vows on August 16, 1951. Sister Frenze earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the former Catholic Teachers College in Providence.
Sister Frenze ministered at the former Holy Ghost School in Providence, St. Joseph School in Pawtucket, St. Matthew School in Cranston, St. Mary School in Bristol, St. Michael School in Providence, and St. Leo School in Pawtucket.
She is survived by a sister, Ann Kryston of Pennsylvania, and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Michele (Mike), Margaret, Frank, Fred, and Thomas Frenze, Marie Albanese, Millie Rotondo and Rose Rotondo.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 12 at Mount St. Rita Chapel, Cumberland. Burial was in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston.