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Benvinda (Fernandes) Rebelo of New Bedford passed away peacefully at the home of her sister Aldina Pires on Friday March 29, 2013 after a brief illness. Born in New Bedford on January 29, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Jose and Maria (Sanches) Fernandes. She was employed as a stitcher since the age of 16 until her retirement. Benvinda enjoyed going to church and helping others. She is survived by her sisters Aldina Pires of New Bedford and Ida Andrade of Acushnet, her aunt Leopoldina Pinto of New Bedford. In addition she is also survived and cherished by several cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and many friends. Her visiting hours are Tuesday from 5-8pm. Her funeral mass will be said 9am Wednesday at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church 136 Earle St. New Bedford. Burial will be in St. John’s cemetery. In lieu of flowers it was her wish for donations to be made to the Overlook Hospice V.N.A. to help others as she was so gently cared for from this organization. Envelopes will be available upon request.
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