Idalina “Lena” (Santos) Oliveira, 98, of Ludlow, passed away peacefully at home on January 22, 2024. Born in Ludlow, one of 9 children of Anibel and Anna (De Fonseca) Santos, she was a 1943 graduate of Ludlow High School and was a member of the former Our Lady of Fatima Women's Guild. During and after WWII, Lena was employed at Sickles, Corp. in Chicopee and later at the former Convenient Corner in Ludlow at the corner of Holyoke and Cady Streets, but her greatest accomplishment was raising her 3 sons. She was happiest when spending time with her family and friends and especially when playing cards with her sisters. Lena was the beloved wife of the late Alvaro Oliveira who predeceased her in 1967; a devoted mother to Richard Oliveira and wife Carol of Ludlow, Robert Oliveira and husband Rodney of FL, and Russell Oliveira of Ludlow; a loving grandmother to Jacob and Georgina Oliveira; a dear sister to Sid Tarbox, and the late Carlos “Charlie” Santos, Mickey Silva, Morris Santos, Simon Santos, Terry Harasik, Julia Gajewski, and Hilda Belisle; and also leaves behind her sister-in-law Virginia Cretella, many loved nieces, nephews, extended family members, and dear friends including Christine Bastek. Funeral services for Lena will be held on Saturday, January 27th. Visiting hours are from 9:30-11:00am in Ludlow Funeral Home followed by procession to St. Aloysius Cemetery for burial. Due to allergy and health concerns, Lena’s family has requested that no flowers be sent for the services. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to Friends of the Ludlow Senior Center.
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