Maria Cecilia Sousa, (nee Peneiras), 72, passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2021, in St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ.
The funeral will be from the Thiele-Reid Family Funeral home, 585 Belgrove Drive Kearny, NJ on Thursday, February 25 at 9:00 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Cecilia Church, Kearny at 10:00 a.m. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. Relatives and friends are invited to visit the funeral home on Wednesday, February 24 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Born in Murtosa, Portugal, Maria immigrated to the United States in 1967 and lived in Newark, NJ before moving to Kearny in 1980.
Mrs. Sousa was a seamstress for Cooper Sportswear Manufacturing Company on Frelinghuysen Avenue in Newark for 35 years before retiring in 2004.
She is survived by her husband, Sebastio Sousa, two children Lisete Neves and her husband, Rui and Roger Sousa, and his wife Chris, three siblings, Gloria Gurgo, Rosa Pardal, and Domingos Peneiras. Maria was the beloved grandmother of Andrew and Dylan Neves and Leilah and Giselle Sousa.
Mrs. Sousa was predeceased by her sister, Maria Carolina Rebimbas.
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