TULARE, Calif. — Mary B. Soares a five-year resident of Tulare, Calif., and former resident of Naugatuck, Conn., passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 in Visalia, Calif. Mary was born Sept. 11, 1928 in Naugatuck, Conn., to Joaquin Antonio and Maria Augusta Barroqueiro. She lived most of her life in Connecticut, relocating in the last few years to Tulare, Calif.
She worked for Uniroyal Footwear for over 25 years and Naugatuck Glass Company before retiring in 1987. She enjoyed traveling with Angelo and an occasional trip to a Casino.
Mrs. Soares is survived by her daughters, Lidia Marques and husband Jose (Joe) of Bluffton, S.C., and Anna Oliveira of Tulare, Calif. She is also survived by her grandchildren Joseph Marques, James Marques (Ashley), Kevin Marques, Jonathan Oliveira (Megan) and Adam Oliveira. She leaves behind her great-grandchildren, Jacob Diogostine, Max and Asher Oliveira, Addilyn Marques and Jazlyn Oliveira, who lovingly referred to her as “Vó Vó Granny.” She is also survived by her only remaining sister-in-law, Isabel DaSilva of Greer, S.C. and several nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Angelo in 2006, her parents, one brother and three sisters.
Her funeral will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at 10:15 a.m. from the Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald-Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main St., Naugatuck, to St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church St., Naugatuck, for a mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Naugatuck. Calling hours will be held on Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241, or the American Diabetes Association, 306 Industrial Park Road, Suite 105, Middletown, CT 06457.
To send an online condolence, visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial.com.