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Obituary for Ana (Oliveira) Afonso
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved mother and Vovo, Ana Afonso. Ana passed away at home peacefully with her family by her side at the age of 92. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Maria and David Goddard, and Arminda and George Le Fort; her cherished granddaughters and grandsons-in-law: Alanna and Keith Levesque, Alessandra and John McKenna, Leah Goddard, and Kara Le Fort; and her great grandchildren Avianna and Logan. She is also survived by her sister Maria Mendes, brother and sister-in-law Mario and Maria Oliveira, and many nieces and nephews. Ana was preceded in death by her loving husband Americo Afonso, her sister and brother-in-law Arminda and Joaquim Crespo, and her brother and sister-in-law Germano and Maria Oliveira. Ana was born on April 11, 1928 in Padornelos, Portugal. In 1960, she immigrated to Ludlow, MA with her husband Americo, where she worked hard to establish a life for her family. Ana loved America and always expressed how lucky she felt that she got to live in this great country. After retirement, she started her second and favorite job: being caretaker to her four beloved granddaughters. Her granddaughters were her pride and joy and they in turn were very devoted to their Vovo. Ana was a hardworking and doting mother and Vovo. She was a selfless person who always put others' needs ahead of her own. She was resilient and known for her generosity, warm spirit, supportive smile, and contagious laugh. Her face radiated love and kindness. Ana loved to cook and would spend long hours making delicious meals for large gatherings, where she adored being surrounded by family and friends. She had a passion for gardening and was still seen tending to plants and pulling weeds at the age of 92. Ana demonstrated strength and kindness throughout her whole life. She made sure that all who knew her felt loved, were cared for, and fed. In the words of her son-in-law, “The world would be a better place if everyone had a Vovo.” May you rest in peace, Vovo, until we meet again. In lieu of flowers and in her name, we ask that you do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for someone in need. Funeral services for Ana will be held on Thursday, January 21. A walk through, public visitation at the funeral home will take place between 9:30-10:30am, adhering to face coverings, social distancing and non-contact. A Liturgy of Christian Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Fatima Church at 11:00am, followed by burial in St. Aloysius Cemetery in Indian Orchard.