Maria I (Leandres) Fernandes, 79, of Hudson, MA, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. She is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Jose C. Fernandes.
Maria was born in Santa Maria, Azores, Portugal, on March 28, 1943, one of four children of the late Antonio and Maria (Freitas) Leandres. She was raised in Santa Maria, where she finished school and married the love of her life Jose Fernandes. They immigrated to Hudson together with their children in 1973. Maria worked for many years as an assembler for Data General and Hypertronics, before eventually retiring. She was a talented seamstress and sewing was a passion that she enjoyed her entire life. She was an outgoing person and loved to socialize with others. She especially enjoyed spending time with her many friends and family at gatherings and taking trips to Portugal and Canada to visit them all.
In addition to her husband, she is also survived by her daughter Leonilde Santos and her husband Pedro; by her 3 sons, Jose Antonio Fernandes, Antonio Dinis Fernandes and his wife Tami; and Carlos Roberto Fernandes; her sister, Helena Resendes and her husband Jose; 10 grandchildren (Andrew, Jose, Melissa, Michael, Joanna, Kelsey, Hailey, Kyle, Carlos Jr. and Christopher); 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her parents, 2 brothers Jose and Manuel Leandres, and her granddaughter Tamica.
Relatives and friends are invited to a period of visitation from 8:30-10:30am Monday, August 15, 2022 at Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral, 50 Central St. Hudson, MA. A cortege will process to Saint Michael Parish, 21 Manning St. Hudson, MA, following visitation for an 11am Mass of Christian Burial, followed by interment at Forest Vale Cemetery in Hudson. Family would like to thank the MetroWest Hospice team (Stephanie and Melissa) for their loving dedication and care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601; www.alz.org