NAUGATUCK — Maria Cremelinda dos Santos Bras, 73, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 7, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital VITAS Unit surrounded by her loving family. She was widow of Nelson R. Bras.
Mrs. Bras was born in Setubal, Portugal on April 1, 1942, daughter of the late Jose Rodrigues dos Santos and Emilia Tavares dos Santos. She and her family immigrated to the United States in 1967 and retired from Allied Bendix Corp. of Cheshire after 30 years of service. Maria enjoyed gardening, spending time with her family and traveling to Portugal with her husband.
Mrs. Bras is survived by her children, Nelson J. Bras of Naugatuck, Paula Lacerenza and her husband Joseph of Naugatuck, and Sandra Bras of West Springfield, Mass.; her three grandchildren, Joseph M. Lacerenza, Anthony J. Lacerenza, and Michelle Bras Joubert; her sister, Isabel Bernardo of Florida; her sister-in-law, Julia Santos; her niece, Isabel Santos Wallace and nephew, Mario Bernardo. She was predeceased by her brothers, Joao Tavares and Jose dos Santos and her niece, Aurea Gouveia.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Beacon Brook Health Center and St. Mary’s Hospital VITAS Unit for the kind and compassionate care given to Maria during her illness.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 2071 Baldwin St., Waterbury. Those attending are asked to please meet at the church at 10:15 a.m. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Naugatuck. Calling hours will be held on Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck.
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