Maria Leonor (Silva) Cunha
LOWELL Maria Leanor (Silva) Cunha, 70, of Lowell, passed away after a long illness on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Northwood Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. She was the widow of Manuel B. Cunha, who passed away in 1993, and the widow of Eurico Silva who passed away in 2009.
Born March 17, 1945 in Graciosa, Azores, Portugal, she was a daughter of the late Joao DaSilva, and Evangelina (Quadros) DaSilva of Lowell. She was educated in Graciosa. She came to the United States in 1975, settling in Lowell.
She resided in Lowell’s Back Central Neighborhood for many years, and was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church. She was very involved in the Portuguese community, and was a dedicated member of the Holy Ghost Society. She dedicated her life to family, staying home to raise her 5 children, along with later helping to raise her grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoyed singing, dancing, gardening, and playing cards.
She is survived by her 5 children; Glorinda Mendonca of Dracut, Orlando Bettencourt and his companion, Nilda Luna, of Lunenburg, Maria Maguire and her husband, Richard, of Lowell, Alcinda Baillargeon and her husband, Gary, of Lowell and Gloria Noyes and her husband, Gary, of Billerica, her siblings; Zulmira Bettencourt and her husband, Oriolando, Manuel Silva and his wife, Filomena, Agostino Silva and his wife, Lilly, Dulcelina Silva and her husband, Mike, Durvalina Silva, Connie Platt and her husband, Robert, Danny Silva and his wife, Aida, Albino Silva, her grandchildren; Eric Correa, Brendan, Aiden, and Haleigh Maguire, Sabine Boucher, Sarah, Maya, and Ava Noyes and her great granddaughter Aaliyah Correa. She is also survived by her good friend, Maria Picanso, as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was also the sister of the late Herondina DeLourdes Lobao, and the late Ludovina Silva.
YOU ARE INVITED TO HER CALLING HOURS FROM 4 UNTIL 8 P.M. ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 25. ON WEDNESDAY, HER FUNERAL WILL BEGIN AT 9 A.M. AT THE MCDONOUGH FUNERAL HOME, 14 HIGHLAND STREET, LOWELL (978 OR 800) 458-6816. HIS/HER FUNERAL MASS WILL BE OFFERED AT ST. ANTHONY’S CHURCH, 893 CENTRAL STREET, LOWELL, AT 10 A.M.. A PROCESSION WILL FOLLOW FOR BURIAL IN ST. PATRICK CEMETERY. PLEASE VISIT WWW.MCDONOUGHFUNERALHOME.COM TO SEND THE FAMILY AN E-CONDOLENCE AT ANYTIME.