On Sunday, January 10, 2021, Maria J. Pinhanços, loving mother of seven children, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 76. Maria was born on March 28, 1944, in Assanhas a municipality in the Guarda District of Portugal. She immigrated to the United States in 1980 with her husband and children. Maria was preceded in death by her husband José, her father João and her mother Filomena, brothers Antonio (Argentina), Aurélio, (Portugal), and sisters Maria Dos Anjos (Portugal, and Gloria (France). She is survived by her brothers Manuel and Abel, her sister Ana Maria, and by her seven children, Cristina, Beatriz, Aurélio, Julio, Maria, Sergio, and Steven, numerous grandchildren, and nephews and nieces. Maria was a generous soul who loved to knit and crochet for her family and friends, and she especially enjoyed hosting her family and friends at her home whenever possible. Maria had a green thumb and loved to garden, nurturing many plants that covered her kitchen windows and a patch of sunflowers outside of her home. Maria will be deeply missed by all who knew her. A private funeral service will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021, and a memorial service to be held at a later date.
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