82 Fairview Ave.
Naugatuck, CT 06770
Phone: 203-729-4334
Fax: 203-729-4336
Maria Maneca

Maria Luiza Maneca

Thursday, September 25th, 1924 - Saturday, June 12th, 2021
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Naugatuck, CT Maria Luiza Maneca, 96 years old, died peacefully at her home on Saturday June 12, 2021 surrounded by her family.

Maria was born to Jose and Maria Do Carmo Almeida Lopes Vinagre and her 6 other siblings have predeceased her. She will be reunited in heaven with her husband, Geronimo da Costa Maneca, who passed away in 2011.

Maria has a large family to leave her legacy to; three daughters; Maria Turrisi and her spouse, Andrea of Newington, Anita Lavado and her spouse John of Prospect, Leonor Nascimento and her spouse Rui of Bristol and two sons; John Maneca and spouse Sandy of Waterbury and Joseph Maneca and spouse Donna of Torrington. In addition, she doted on 11 grandchildren; Mauro Turrisi, Andria Augustowski, Jennifer and Jonathan Lavado, Jeremy and Daniel Nascimento, Nicole Neath, Michele Hager, Kristen Trainer, Amber Borges and Joseph Maneca. But the family continued to grow with the addition of 15 great grandchildren; Andrea, Alexander and Julianna Turrisi, Samantha and Joshua Miller, Marisol and Mateus Lavado, Ava, Canon, Castle, Sienna, and Jasmine Nascimento, Vina and Ruby Hager, Emma Trainer, and Ayden and Brooklyn Borges as well as several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Maria Palmira Maneca and Maria da Luz Vinagre.

Maria was a resident of Naugatuck, CT, former worker of Uniroyal, a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Waterbury, and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Clube Uniao Portuguesa. She and her husband enjoyed and lived life; cruises, vacations to Portugal, trips to Niagara Falls, Virginia Beach, touring states, and also the simple things such as walks or concerts on the Naugatuck Green. But most of all, they appreciated and valued the family. Holidays were always at their home; everyone was invited (which increased steadily throughout the years so that all three rooms were needed to accommodate everyone). Food was always plentiful because she always made enough for an entire village. She had many talents; knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking, and baking. Maria was known for her generosity. When her siblings wanted to emigrate here from Portugal, she helped them financially and welcomed them into our home until they were able to provide for themselves.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks for those who cared for Maria these last several years including her home health care workers; Ines Ribeiro & family, Maria Fatima Almada, Cecilia Guerschi, and all the other healthcare and hospice providers. She will be remembered by everyone for her diligence, work ethic, family values and love of family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday June 17, 2021 at 11:00am at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 2071 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, CT. Burial will follow in Grove Cemetery, Cross Street, Naugatuck. Calling hours are Thursday morning from 8:30 to 10:15 at the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Avenue, Naugatuck. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to our cousin, Maria Luiza Rodrigues (to fund her cancer recovery), c/o Anita Lavado, 210 Sycamore Drive, Prospect, CT 06712.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 17th, 2021 | 8:30am - 10:15am
    Thursday, June 17th, 2021 8:30am - 10:15am
    Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home
    82 Fairview Avenue
    Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, June 17th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Thursday, June 17th, 2021 11:00am
    Our Lady of Fatima Church
    2071 Baldwin Street
    Waterbury, CT 06706
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    Rev. Francisco Eurico
  • Interment

    Thursday, June 17th, 2021 |
    Thursday, June 17th, 2021
    Grove Cemetery
    62 Cross Street
    Naugatuck, Ct. 06770
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"Maria Maneca" brought many beautiful gifts to life. With love and continued prayers for Maria & Lily and family. -Pastor Brad, Tonya & FBBC
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My dearest friend's mom Luiza will be remembered with the sweetest memories. She was my first hairdresser giving me rag curls for my kindergarten graduation. My first nurse when the iron fell on my head....Anita's falt. Always with a smile & with time to have a chat. My condolences to all the family. Wizza & Orlando.

Adenio and Zeza Rodrigues

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From your Nephew Adelino and Zeza you will always have a place in our Hearts
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