Maria Cordeiro

Maria Celeste Cordeiro

Wednesday, March 9th, 1932 - Monday, May 31st, 2021
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Maria Celeste Cordeiro of S. Empress Ave passed away quietly and peacefully on May 31st with family by her side.

Maria was born on March 9, 1932 in Sao Miguel Azores Portugal to the parents of Jose and Adelaide (birth mother) upon Adelaide passing Jose then married Maria Santa who then raised Maria, her sister Salome and brother Valdomiro.

Maria met her love and future husband Jorge Cordeiro and went on to wed May 7, 1953. Jorge immigrated to Canada in search of a better life for his family and Maria soon followed with their two children Lazaro and Joseph. They went on to have two more children together Jorge and Maria.

It was clear that Maria was dedicated to a life of being a fantastic and wonderful mother, always thinking of their best interests before her own. After the unexpected death of her husband in 1982, Maria continued to provide her children with the love and support for them to succeed in their chosen careers.

Her love and support continued and extended to the spouses of her children Lazaro (Glenda), Joseph (Bonnie), Jorge (Rita) Maria (Terry). This love and support continued to help raise seven grandchildren in their early years. She was a proud grandmother (Vavo) to Krystal (Jeremy), Brodie (Kim), Brittney, Brandon, Madison, Kaitlin (Travis)and Kendra as well as great grandmother to Edison and Evan. This love and support also extended to her brother Valdomiro (Maria De Carmo) and their children Lilia, Lina, Valdomar, Lindzi and Isaac and families.

Other passions in her life included cooking for her family, gardening, sewing, baking and intimate gatherings with friends during many special occasions. Having worked in the farm fields with her brother and sister in her youth she developed a strong work ethic which carried into her employment at the Waverley Public Library where she worked for 15 years. Maria will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Maria was predeceased by her parents, husband Jorge and her sister.

A warm and heartfelt thanks to the doctors and nurses of 2C and 3C of TBRHSC as well as the doctors, nurses, rehab team, and palliative care nurses at St Joseph’s for the compassion, kindness, and care that you provided our mom.

Due to current restrictions, a private family service was held on June 3, 2021, celebrated by Father Victor DeGagne of Corpus Christi Parish. Interment followed at St Andrews Catholic Cemetery.

God Bless you Mom, we will miss you.
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Yvette Pimentel

Posted at 04:35pm
To the Cordeiro family,
My sincere condolences in the loss of your mother & grandmother (Vavo),
In sympathy,
Yvette Pimentel

Wayne Pettit

Posted at 03:11pm
Bonnie & Joe. Mary and I were sorry to read about the death of Joe's mother. Wayne and Mary Pettit

Isabel Pacheco

Posted at 06:36pm
Maria, Lazaro, Joseph, Jorge, and families,

We are so sorry that you lost your mom. We want you to all know that we are praying for you. Your mom was lovely woman.
Anna, Natalie, Isabel and family (Pacheco)

Isabel Pacheco

Posted at 07:41am
To the family,
I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. I pray that time will help lesson the pain that you are going through.

Isabel Pacheco

Lilia Morgado

Posted at 09:10pm
To my cousins: Laz, Joe, Jorge, Maria, Glenda, Bonnie, Rita and Terry and all my second cousins.
You are all in my thoughts and my prayers. All my memories growing up involve your mom and all our families. The saddest memory was when Padrinho Jorge passed away, and now the passing of Madrinha. All the rest of my memories are happy. So many Christmas, New Years, Easters, Thanksgivings, birthdays, baptisms, communions, confirmations, and weddings. Many cups of coffee, tea, massa, and bizcuits and glasses of wine consumed. Saturday or Sundays were our family get together-it wasn’t a weekend if we didn’t see eachother.
Madrinha was always laughing and trying to make us laugh. My memories of our trip with her to Portugal in the 90’s will stay with me forever. She made the best Portuguese potato’s and French fries. She helped my mom so much. We always knew when Madrinha would visit my mom, because things were put away in the wrong place. LOL. I’ll never forget “my little pony” and the tears of laughter that brought with it.
May you Rest In Peace Madrinha. God and the Angels will always have a smile on their face because you are there with them. I love you so much.
Lilia Morgado and Meghan, Alsya, and Eric Mazzaferro

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