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Condolence From: Isilda and Larry Blair
Condolence: Dear Mike and Family.
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your Mom,
my all the good memories always be with you guys.

Isilda and Larry Blair
Saturday October 07, 2017
Condolence From: Dee & Frank Benick
Condolence: Dear Mike,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your Mother. She must have been a wonderful woman from all this beautiful tributes to her. May the many memories you and your family shared be with you always.
Friday October 06, 2017
Condolence From: Barbie Gut
Condolence: Seems like just yesterday when I was heading over see my friends on Stanton St. They weren't just my friends, they were like my second family growing up. So many fond memories and experiences that I have forever with me and I thank you for that. My heartfelt condolences to all of your family. Rest in peace Avo.
Wednesday October 04, 2017
Condolence From: Stacey Evangelho
Condolence: Dear Avo, words can not describe the sadness I am feeling right now. For the last 22 years you have always made me feel like I am a part of your family. I don't know what Karen and Cheryl are talking about cause I think I was your favorite, lol, ok maybe favorite granddaughter-in-law. The love I watched you show all of your grandchildren was amazing. John,myself,Nicole and Brooke are so lucky to call you grandma. Rest in peace sweet Avo, we love you to the moon and back.
Wednesday October 04, 2017
Condolence From: Maristela Newkirk
Condolence: The last of my Grandmothers is gone. If you're lucky you have two Grandmothers, I was blessed with three! Two of which I lived very far away from most of my life. But, not you! You were only just up the street. Driving by your house and knowing you weren't there was very strange the last couple of visits. Knowing you will never be there again brings an ache to my heart that I can't explain. The love you have showed me all my life is inexplicable. From piercing my ears (in the most painful way) :-), making my senior prom gown with my Mom, counting change to bless my Mia and I insisting you had too... The memories are unending. You were truly an Avo to me. The lectures were filed with love. All for my own bem. It was a sad day for me yesterday, the tears flowed with the achy sadness I felt. I thought of you often... I will forever love you. I am truly blessed with wonderful memories. May you rest in peace and comfort in the arms of our Heavenly Father. Until we meet again minha querida. I can still hear you telling me I love you Maristela the last time we spoke. I love you too! Beijinhos ao Senhor Joao and meus Avozinhos.

May His Presence be with you, and may He give you eternal rest. Exodus 33:14
Wednesday October 04, 2017
Condolence From: Victoria Da Silva
Condolence: Dear Tia,
I wouldn't really know where to begin. ..all the memories growing up. When my mom would say we're going to Tia Gloria's I'd rush to the car with excitement,for I knew how much fun it was to see my family. My cousin's, lived upstairs so it was always a double treat! I remember my Tia's back yard covered in grape vines, with a swing hung for us all to use. And we used it so much it squeeked! U remember her cookies, with the bows and twists, that were so good but so hard I always thought they'd break my teeth. I remember her hugs, her smell, I remember when she would yell... watching us sometimes while my mother worked or ran a chore, those are the times I will adore. Memories of growing up with my family so near, it hurts so much when they are no longer here. And now that this Tia has left us she is now the last, and it all occurred to me how time moves so fast. Just yesterday I was a little girl playing outside that big yellow house, now I am cherishing moments as I try to pick out a nice blouse, as we honor your life and remember all your love because I know you'll be looking down on us all from above. I love You Tia Gloria, say hi my Daddy and Tia Julia, and Tia Gracinda and all my other Tia's I never had the blessing to know. Until we all meet again someday. ❤Your favorite family member, (just kidding, continuing with my cousins' jokes)
Your Niece,
Victoria Alexandra
Wednesday October 04, 2017
Condolence From: Karen Martin
Condolence: Hard day. This lady was so precious to me, such a light in so many dark places. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see my sweet grandma these last 4 years. When my sister called Saturday to let me know the family was told to say goodbye, I wrestled with finding a way to get on a plane ASAP so I could be one of them, because regret flooded my heart and I wanted her to hear my voice...that was the beauty of being the 1st grandchild, and the only one NOT in Jersey - she’d always scream in excitement when she heard my voice; I could hear her smile through the phone. She’d laugh at my broken Portuguese and we’d have many silent moments in our conversations, because she’d just cry (then I would) because we missed each other. Then I’d tease her about leaving the family and coming to live with me in Texas - she’d always tell me that I wouldn’t love her as much if she was with me. Then she’d remind me to keep being a good mom and to thank Jesus. She’d end with sending a kiss to Kamorayn (Kamryn), Jasee (Jace) and hug for Zef (Seth). This is how all our convos went - for years! I don’t remember when exactly but things started to change and she was no longer able to care for herself. My mom, sister and cousins had their hands full handling everything these last few years, witnessing her deteriorating and inability to communicate at all in the end.

So while I sit here tonight grieving, the sweet Lord pressed into me that guilt and shame are not of Him and destructive of my relationship with God. AND the beauty into my regret for not flying home Sunday to say goodbye...preserving my memory of my Avo. The last time I saw her, she smiled (and cried). She laughed. She made arrangements to get me pastel de nata (as she always did when I’d visit!). She told me she loved me. She kissed me and she hugged me. So I go to bed seeing her like that, not how she was existing these last few years, especially these last few days. I choose to believe that’s a gift from the Lord and I want to honor Him, as well as my Avo, as I enter into the unknown of this weekend; it’s going to be difficult, for many reasons. But God. But God is the strength of my soul and I’m so thankful for His pursuit of me in changing my perspective during my heartache. And thankful for this right now too, because I know you’re ok... Psalm 116:15.

Miss ya Avo!!
Love...your favorite 😉
Wednesday October 04, 2017
Condolence From: Cheryl Meireles-Casper
Condolence: Avo, The only comfort I have is that you are in peace now, but I am so heartbroken that you left! You have been such a very special person in my life, helping not only to raise me, but my son as well! You are the one person in the world I knew would be there by my side no matter what. Through the heartaches of boys and me crying on your lap, to when my water broke and contractions with Adam. Words alone cannot express the loss I feel right now. I don't care how old you left me too soon! I will forever cherish the MANY, MANY memories I have with you! You have taken a piece of my heart with you! As I would always say to you, "I love you"! And thank you for being the best grandmom anyone could ever hope for! Love Always and Forever, Cheryl P.S. I don't care what you say...I know I was your favorite! :)
Tuesday October 03, 2017
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