Mrs. Maria Graca

Mrs. Maria Guiomar Graca (Guerreiro)

Monday, July 16th, 1928 - Saturday, April 6th, 2019
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It is with deep sadness that the family of Maria Guiomar Graca announce her passing. Maria died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Maria was born in Moncarapacho Olhao, Portugal on July 16, 1928. She immigrated to Canada and raised 8 children with her husband John. Family was most important to Maria. She was very generous and worked hard to ensure her children had a good life. She enjoyed collecting pictures and loved reminiscing about past memories with all who visited. Maria touched many lives, and she will be deeply missed by all.

Maria was a devoted member of St. Anthony's Church for 58 years and very involved in the Portuguese Community.

Maria was devastated with the loss of her daughter, Celisia in March 2018. This past year has been a struggle for Maria. It is important to recognize and appreciate all efforts by family and friends who gave so freely of their time. The visits, the phone calls, and most importantly, the foods prepared to comfort Maria during a difficult time of mourning and adjustment. There simply are no words that could adequately convey the deep appreciation. Maria was so well loved, by so many.

Maria is survived by her children Cidalia (Adriano) Alves, Albert (Ruth) Graca, Irene (German) Cuartas, Tony (Samantha) Graca, Sullivan (Catharine) Graca, and Mario (Michelle) Graca; special grandchildren Nancy, Liz and Rosie as well as numerous other grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, who were all so dear to Maria. She is also survived by her brother Henry (Irene) Guerreiro; good friend Maria Costa and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband John, son Dennis; daughter Celisia Darosa and son-in-law Henry Darosa; brother Jack and sister Erminda as well as numerous in-laws and other relatives.

Funeral services for the late Mrs. Maria Graca will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019 leaving the EVEREST FUNERAL CHAPEL, 299 Waverley St. at Algoma at 9:50 AM to St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church for the Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM celebrated by Father Luigi Filippini. Interment will follow in St. Andrew's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation for family friends will be on Wednesday evening after 6:00pm the Everest Chapel with the Vigil Prayers offered at 7:00 PM.

In keeping with Maria's wishes, the family would welcome donations made in honour of Celisia to the Northern Cancer Fund.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 11th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, April 11th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Everest of Thunder Bay - Waverley Chapel
    299 Waverley Street
    Thunder Bay, Ontario, ON P7B 5Z7
    299 Waverley Street at Algoma, one block south of Red River Road, Thunder Bay North
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    Vigil Prayers will be offered at 7:00pm.
  • Service

    Thursday, April 11th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Thursday, April 11th, 2019 10:30am
    St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church
    Corner of Hilldale and Dawson Road. Just west of County Fair Plaza.
  • Interment

    St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Cemetery
    Oliver Road at Balmoral / Algonquin beside Riverside Cemetery




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Posted at 05:44am
My condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Maria. Continue to reflect on your cherished memories together. May you look forward to the fulfillment of God’s promise to resurrect our loved ones in the near future. “He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more...the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:3, 4

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