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Born: Dec 18, 1926

Date of Passing: Jul 24, 2019

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December 18, 1926 - July 24, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Maria Alice Costeira, aged 92, beloved mother and devoted Avo (grandmother) on Wednesday afternoon, July 24, 2019, at Middlechurch Personal Care Home.
She will be forever remembered dearly by Rosa Odete, her only daughter; Jose, her favourite son-in-law; Sylvia, her only granddaughter; and Jason, her grandson by marriage (husband of Sylvia).
She will be sadly missed by her sister Otilia Tavares; and her many nieces; nephews; and most cherished family members and friends.
Maria was predeceased by her husband Domingos Costeira; parents, Rosa and Jose; two brothers, Antonino and Fransico; and two sisters, Rosa and Maria.
Born in Guilhovai, Ovar, Portugal, Mom/Avo worked very hard at an early age to provide for her family. She worked in the farmers' fields and sold vegetables at the local town market. At the age of 22 she married Domingos and after six years of marriage Rosa Odete was born. Life was difficult in Portugal and she wanted so dearly for her daughter to have a better life. Rosa Odete moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1973 to be with Maria's sister, Otilia, and family. Longing to be together, Maria and Domingos moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, to join Rosa and family and witness the marriage of her daughter to Jose. While in Winnipeg, Mom/Avo worked at a garment factory for a few years. Soon after Sylvia, her granddaughter, was born and she stayed at home to care and help raise her. Mom/Avo has always been by our side and has always lived with us. She enjoyed family parties, gardening, travelling to Portugal and spending the summers at the Portuguese Recreational Park and winters at dinners and events at the Portuguese Association of Manitoba. Mom/Avo has lived a great and meaningful life full of love, lots of music and loads of laughter. She will be dearly missed but never forgotten. We will forever hold you in our hearts and know that heaven just got a little brighter.
Our family would like to give special thanks to the home care workers who helped us care for Maria prior to her hospital stay, Olga, Adelaide, Anna Maria and Susana. We'd also like to thank the staff at Middlechurch Personal Care Home and the Seven Oaks Hospital staff on the 4th floor, Unit 7, which in the last months have helped to care for her.
Prayers in memory of Maria will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Parish, 181 Austin St. North, Winnipeg. Interment to follow in her hometown of Guilhovai, Ovar, Portugal.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 27, 2019

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Please accept my sincere condolences to Rosa and family. I had the pleasure of knowing Rosa and her mother for about a year through my job. Always a pleasure to see them. Susan - Posted by: Susan Turney (Friend ) on: Jul 31, 2019

  • We will miss you Tia Alice. We shared many great parties & vacations together. You were always very kind and gentle. Our family will never be the same without you near but we will cherish the many memories. Rosa you are a great daughter and you and Joe looked after Tia with the utmost respect and kindness. She could not have asked for a better life. Sylvia and Jason - she loved you both very much and was very proud of you and your accomplishments. Rest in Peace Tia Alice Until we meet again someday. Helen & Bill - Posted by: Helen & Bill Fernandes (Niece) on: Jul 29, 2019

  • As a little girl in Portugal I knew that my tia Alice was so hard working, and had a difficult life. She never showed it. She was always smiling and telling jokes. She used to bring her cow for milking to the "ordanha", and I would volunteer to bring ours, so that I could see my aunt and the other ladies and listen to grown up conversations. Then she and uncle followed Rosa to Canada and I didn't see her for a while. My father (tia's brother) Francisco passed away a year later, and I too came to Canada. Through the years I got to witness the love that my tia had for her family. Mother and daughter, grandmother and granddaughter could be no closer. Watched Joe and Jason tease her until she told them to go( you know where), but we all knew she loved every moment of their teasing. She faced many health challenges through her life, and fought like a lion. Even with the latest stay at the hospital, we could see that she did not want to leave her family, but this time her body gave up. we will all miss you my "tia linda" . You left a mark in all our hearts. Love you. - Posted by: Lurdes Valente Camaclang (Niece) on: Jul 27, 2019

  • Tia was a wonderful, gentle and loving person who always made you feel welcomed and loved! She loved children and animals and always greeted you with a beautiful smile. She will be missed, but forever loved! My condolences to you Rosa, Joe, Sylvia and Jason. Sending love and hugs. Love you all❤ - Posted by: Lee Tavares (Niece) on: Jul 27, 2019

  • A todos os familiares da Sra Alice Filha genro neta, irmã e sobrinhos, recebam os nosso sentidos pêsames - Posted by: Aurora e Agostinho e filhos (Amigos) on: Jul 27, 2019

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