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Maria Goncalves Fraga Pereira, 89,

Maria Goncalves Fraga Pereira, 89, of Milford, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Northbridge. She was the wife of the late Jose Pereira who passed away in 2003. She was born in Antigo de Curros, Portugal daughter of the late Domingos Augosto Fraga and Bemvinda Goncalves Ferreira. Maria emigrated from Brazil to the United States in 1961, where she met and married Jose Pereira, her husband of 42 years. She was a seamstress at Anthony Roberts in Milford until the shop closed. She then worked as a cook at Cushing Hospital, Framingham and The Glavin Center in Westboro.

    Maria loved to spend time in her garden and loved to sew. She was an amazing cook, her Portuguese shrimp cakes were legendary. She loved the beach and enjoyed trips to her homeland. Her generous nature was known by everyone. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and family. She was a communicant of the St. Mary of the Assumption Church.

     She is survived by her children, Marcia Pereira and her husband Ed Woytasek of Medway, Jose Domingos Pereira of Milford, two grandchildren, Marek Woytasek and Sasha Woytasek of Medway, four sisters, Aldina Goncalves and Carolina Goncalves both of Milford, Marcelina Fraga and Alice Pereira both of Brazil, many nieces and nephews.

    She was predeceased by her sibling, Ana Goncalves Fraga of Portugal, Pedro Fraga and Domingos Fraga Milford and Jose Fraga of France.

     The funeral will be held Friday, March 16, 2018 at 9 A.M. from the Consigli Ruggerio Funeral Home 46 Water St. Milford. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 A.M. at the St. Mary of the Assumption Church on Winter St. The burial will follow in the parish cemetery.            

    Calling hours will be held Thursday from 5 to 8 P.M.

     In lieu of flowers donation can be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts, 20 Commercial Dr., Suite One Wrentham MA 02093

Guest Book

To Maria's family and friends, please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss. It's so hard to lose someone we love, but the seeming finality of death is what makes it especially difficult. Job 14:14,15 gives us confidence that Jehovah God yearns to bring back to life the dead who are preserved in his memory. The Bible gives us a wonderful hope of living in a paradise on earth and seeing the resurrection of our dead loved ones. (Luke 23:43; John 5:28,29) May this bring you some comfort and strength, remembering that soon God will wipe away our tears and swallow up death forever. (Isaiah 25:8)

I just heard that Maria passed away. She was a wonderful lady. I worked with her at Cushing Hospital and years later she was a client at the Blaire House Adult day health center. She will be missed. RIP
maureen Gulino

Joe & Marcia, So sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was SUCH a sweet woman! I will never forget her yummy crab cakes, and the skinned rabbit on the counter! Your Mom always made me feel right at home with her big smile! Such a beautiful soul. There was never a doubt how much she loved her family. I feel blessed to have known her.
Deb Pacella

I'm sorry for your loss, holding all of you in my heart.

Very sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you all may you find comfort in the memories you shared
Sherry Sowers

Dear Marcia, Joe and families, So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. She was a dear friend of my mom and dad, a fabulous cook, and a champion of all things Portuguese. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. My sympathy to you all. Irene Pagnini
Irene Pagnini

Our condolences. Maria's smile was contagious. Her cooking was legendary. She was a very caring person. She will always have a special place in our hearts.
Tom Woytaszek and Robyn DeAngelis

So sorry for your loss
Brendan Sullivan

Sorry marcia and family for ur loss she is at peace ur angel for ever xo to you prima
Mr&Mrs Domingos pereira

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