Obituary: Mary Brigida Vieira Gotshall

Mary Brigida Vieira Gotshall
Mary Brigida Vieira Gotshall

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Mary Brigida Vieira Gotshall, formerly of Naugatuck, passed away on Feb. 10, 2014.

Mary was born in Naugatuck on May 7, 1920 a daughter of the late Apolonia and Manual Pinho. Mary was raised and educated in Portugal and married Camilo Vieira in 1943. They had two children. Camilo preceded Mary in death in 1969. Mary remarried in 1975 to Ralph Gotshall.

Mary was employed by Uniroyal and was very involved in the Naugatuck Portuguese Club and was one of the founders of the Ladies Auxiliary as well as one of its first presidents. She was politically active in both state and local politics in helping candidates promote themselves within the Portuguese community. She loved to cook for her family.

She cherished and leaves behind her children, her son, Camilo Vieira and his wife Mary of Waterbury, and her daughter, Linda Young and her husband John of Snowmass, Colo. She will also be missed by her loving grandchildren, Selena Casey and her husband Rich of Cheshire, Cristina Abramson and her husband Liam of Avon, Jeremy Young of McLean, Va., and Jessie Young of Aspen, Colo., as well as her great-grandchildren, Cameron and Jotham Casey and Lior Abramson, and her many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Community Room at The Inn on the Pond, 2010 Greenbriar Blvd, Clearwater, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at 1 p.m. A graveside memorial will be held in the spring in St. James Cemetery at the discretion of the family. There are no calling hours and the Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave., Naugatuck is in charge of the arrangements.

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