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Rebecca Williams (Tratora)

Rebecca Williams (Tratora)

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12/08/18 06:10 PM #1    

Deborah Ferro (Burke)

REBECCA ANNE TORTORA Bend, OR-Mrs. Rebecca Anne Tortora, age 55. Born March 10, 1951 in Oswego, NY; passed away February 8, 2007. Formerly of Schenectady, NY and West Palm Beach, FL. Mrs. Tortora graduated from Linton High School, Schenectady, and Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY. She moved to the Bend area 17 yers ago from West Palm Beach, FL. Survivors include her husband Anthony Tortora of Bend, OR; sons Caleb Bollerman of Wellington, FL and Graham Bollerman of Interlachen, FL; brother Douglas Williams of Schenectady, NY; two grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Regina Williams. Deschutes Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements, 541-382-5592 To express condolences and/or make donations Visit

Published in The Palm Beach Post on Feb. 11, 2007

25/12/19 07:57 PM #2    

Richard Phillips

Becky Williams, or "Becca" as she came to be known, was one of my very dearest friends in high school, along with Faith Boyce, who thankfully is still with us.  They both stood by me in my traumatic junior year, and for this I will always be grateful.  Becky is one of the persons I most wanted to see at the reunion, and it was crushing to learn of her passing.  Her father had been my wood shop teacher.  My father was a highly skilled house carpenter, and so I had a natural inclination to work with wood.  Mr. Williams brought that out in me.  I remember constructing a six-sided rotating poker chip holder with gothic windows, all made of mahogany.  All of the angles had to be cut just right, and the windows required the use of a jig saw.  It was the only "A" I ever got in a shop class.  In my later years I have restored, wholly or in part, three nineteenth century houses.  Both of our fathers are responsible for giving me the guidance and the confidence I needed.

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