Maria Jesus (Braga) Chaves, 92, of Hudson, MA, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, Oct 21, 2022, at Marlborough Hospital, after a period of declining health. She is reunited in heaven, with her beloved husband of 47 years, Joao Chaves, who predeceased her on November 14, 2003.
Maria was born in Santa Maria, Azores, Portugal, on New Years Eve of 1929, the only child of the late Maria Virginia (Andrade) Braga and Jose Braga. She was raised in Santa Maria, where she completed school and later married the love of her life Joao Chaves on September 6, 1956. Together they immigrated to Hudson in 1966. Maria was a lifelong devout catholic and long time member of Saint Michael Parish in Hudson.
Maria had many hobbies and interests including sewing, cooking, crocheting, puzzles and watching her soap operas. She also enjoyed socializing with her friends and most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Maria is survived by her six children, Maria F. Chaves and her husband Jorge Chaves of Hudson, Natalia M. Moreira and her husband Manuel of Hudson, Rosa M. Fredette and her husband Jerome of Hudson, Carlos B. Chaves of Hudson, Tony B. Chaves and his partner Julie Bissonnette of Hudson and Diane B. Sullivan and her husband Michael of Pennsylvania, her grandchildren, Jennifer Chaves, Nicole Moreira, Sydney Fredette, Dominic Sullivan, Hannah Sullivan, Sarah Sullivan, and Noah Sullivan, her great grandson Cristiano; her sister-in-law, Valentina Chaves and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and beloved husband, Joao Chaves, she was also predeceased by her grandson, Manuel Moreira, Jr.
Relatives and friends are invited to a period of visitation from 3-6pm, on Sunday, October 30, 2022, at TIGHE HAMILTON REGIONAL FUNERAL HOME, 50 Central St.. Hudson, MA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9am, on Monday, October 31, 2022, at Saint Michael Parish, 21 Manning St., Hudson, MA; followed by a procession to Saint Michael Cemetery for committal services.