Groton - Alma Gloria "Sissy" Pestana, 62, of 324 Thames St., Groton, passed away on Wednesday evening, Feb. 13, 2013, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, New London.
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She was born in Norfolk, Va., on May 6, 1950, the daughter of Henry M. Garza of Texas and the late Laura (Rogers) Garza. Alma was married to Paul Pestana on May 2, 1981 in East Lyme.
Alma retired from Electric Boat Company where she had worked as a Dosimetry Technician for 32 years. She also had been a real estate agent in the Groton/New London area for 21 years. Previously, she had worked in the family businesses, the Coachman's Pub and the El Rancho Restaurant of Groton. She was a 1968 graduate of New London High School.
Besides her husband and father, she is survived by a son, Wayne Richard of Groton; two brothers, Danny Garza and wife Paula, of Collinsville and Larry Garza of California; and a sister, Rose Haggerty and her husband, Richard, of Ledyard.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London. Entombment will be in St. Mary Mausoleum. Visiting hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be directed to Center for Hospice Care Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360.
Please visit www.byles.com for directions, sign the guest book or share a memory.
Byles Memorial Home - New London
99 Huntington St New London, CT 06320
860 442 0343
Published in The Day on Feb. 16, 2013