MARIA HELENA DA COSTA SOUSA
MARIA HELENA MATIAS DA COSTA SOUSA
August 25, 1946 - June 7, 2021
With family by her side, Mom went home to her Lord and Saviour after a second, short but courageous, battle with cancer.
She was predeceased by her parents, Maria de Lourdes and Guilherme Da Costa, her in-laws Lidia and João Sousa, brother José Evaristo Cabral and brother in law, Guilherme Oliveira.
Left to cherish her memory, is her husband of 51 years, Jacinto. Her beloved children João (Marilia), Cesar, Dimas and Zita Sousa. Grandchildren Jesse (Wynter), Kayla (Cam), Adilson and Isabella. And her great-grandchildren Sebastian and Alexander.
She will also be missed by her siblings Antonio (Maria Helena), Guilherme (Graca) in Portugal. Maria do Carmo (Raul), Odilia (Antonio), Germana (Daniel), Carlos (Vidalia), João Alfonso (Anabella) in Winnipeg. In Ottawa, Manuel (Lynda). Sister-in-law Maria dos Anjos and Lidia from Thunder Bay, Escolástica (José) in Brampton and brother in law Antonio (Armanda) in Fall River. She leaves behind many nieces, nephews and other extended family.
Mom was born August 25th, 1946 in Santo Antonio, Azores. She married her life-long love Jacinto on April 12th, 1970. They first immigrated to Thunder Bay, Canada in 1971. They returned to Portugal in 1983 where they lived until 1989 when they moved to Winnipeg, where Mom spent the remainder of her life.
Mom was a woman of unwavering faith, and had an immense love for her family, particularly her children. She enjoyed crocheting, sitting in the garden and spending time with family. She was hardworking, working two jobs until her retirement. Mom told things how she saw them - with a sense of humour that would make us all laugh out loud. Our mother was our light, and our world is darker without her. We are heartbroken, but take solace that she is no longer suffering.
We would like to thank WN5 -Charlie Wing at the Women’s Hospital for their care of Mom while she was there. And a special thank you to Palliative Care Manitoba for helping us take Mom home, where she was able to pass surrounded by her family.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, visitation, by invitation, will take place on June 14th, 2021 at Cropo Funeral Chapel. Private Burial Mass will be held on June 15th, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Parish, with internment to follow at Assumption Cemetery.
Thank you to all of our friends and family for their love and support during this difficult time.
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