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Maria Mira

Maria Teresa Mira (Gomes)

Wednesday, January 3rd, 1945 - Saturday, April 25th, 2020
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Obituary

Maria Teresa Mira, 75, of Hartford, CT passed away peacefully on April 25, 2020, surrounded by her husband, son, and older sister. She was born to Celestino and Marta Gomes on January 3, 1945, in Reguengo do Fetal, Portugal, the youngest of four siblings - Zé, Isaura, and Francisco. At 14, she transitioned from working for her family to working for neighbors as a seamstress, housekeeper, farmhand, cook, and nanny to a girl that later became her maid of honor, goddaughter, and lifelong friend. Despite initial disapproval from their families, Teresa married her childhood sweetheart, José Mira. The couple immigrated to Hartford in 1967, where Teresa spent 28 years at Sisters of St. Joseph working in the laundry room, kitchen, and special education school. A devoted Catholic, she was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Hartford, and supporter of her hometown parish, Nossa Senhora de Fétal. Teresa’s passions were seen in her love for her family, her community in Hartford and Portugal, her garden and flowers, and her favorite place, the beach at Nazaré. Teresa leaves behind memories of her infamous soups and sponge cakes, love of the Portuguese culture she instilled in her nieces and nephews, and the way she made everyone - friends, acquaintances, and other immigrants - feel like family. Even in her last days, Teresa had lessons to leave: “Make sure to take the clothes out of the dryer, and iron them immediately; for the love of god, you have a video meeting in the morning so look presentable. If you keep a fire going in the hearth, it’ll keep the house warm and lower your heating bill. Eat your soup! Finally, take care of each other; I’m not here to do that any longer, so show mercy.” Teresa is survived by her husband José; son, Helder; sister and brother-in-law, Isaura and Joe Santos; and many nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins, and friends around the world. The family will hold a private graveside service with a celebration of life at a later date. Teresa would say, “Leave flowers in the ground!”, so in lieu, donations can be made in her name to Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 50 Fatima Sq, Hartford, CT 06106 or the Saint Francis Foundation, Attn: Hoffman Breast Health Center at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, 95 Woodland Street, 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06105. Online condolences may be made at www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com
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Graveside services are private. Teresa would say, “Leave flowers in the ground!”, so in lieu, donations can be made in her name to Our Lady of Fatima Parish, 50 Fatima Sq, Hartford, CT 06106 or the Saint Francis Foundation, Attn: Hoffman Breast Health Center at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, 95 Woodland Street, 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06105.

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7 trees have been planted in memory of Maria Teresa Mira (Gomes)
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Edward Wojtowicz

Posted at 11:45am
Planting a tree feels like the perfect tribute to a woman who grew such a marvelous garden every year. With love, Ed & Flynn
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Edward Wojtowicz

Posted at 11:39am
I lived in Teresa and Joe's house for eleven years. She was always friendly and kind and offering me food!. She always stopped me when I came home to chat and ask how I was. She grew a beautiful, brimming garden in every square inch of dirt the yard afforded her. She was gracious and generous and looked after me like a second mom. Later, my then girlfriend, Flynn moved in. It was our first home together. We were married while living there and loved having Teresa at our wedding. Our sympathies to Helder and Joe.

Ed Wojtowicz & Flynn Boonstra
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Anne Gustavson and Luke Sieczek

Posted at 06:07pm
She radiated such kindness and warmth, always inviting, and with the brightest smile. She will always be in our hearts and fondest of memories.
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Sisters of St. Joseph in West Hartford

Posted at 04:39pm
With heartfelt condolences,
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Sister Barbara Mullen

Posted at 04:34pm
On behalf of the Sisters of St. Joseph, we offer our sincere condolences on the lost of Maria. As mentioned in the obituary, Maria faithfully spent years with us in our Provincial House, caring for our many needs. We always knew that she took great pride in everything she did, and made friends with so many of us. We hold Maria in our prayers and also will be praying for Maria’s family as they experience their great loss. During this time that keeps so many of us apart, we will be sure that Maria is remembered in our hearts. On behalf of all our Sisters...Sister Barbara Mullen, CSJ (Provincial Superior)
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