Soares, Judite C.
It is with profound sadness that the family of Zulmira Judite C. Soares announces her peaceful call to eternal rest at the St. Joseph's Hospital Hospice on Sunday, September 10, 2000 with her loving family at her side. Zulmira will be sadly missed, but remembered with great joy and love forever. Zulmira was born in the Archipelago of Azores on April 8, 1932, and grew up in the picturesque hamlet of Urzelina, on the island of Sao Jorge. In 1955, she married her childhood sweetheart and friend, Laurentino. From 1955 to 1970, they operated a custom-made clothier. She emigrated to Canada in 1970 with her family and has resided in Thunder Bay ever since, except for their annual retreats to their family residence in the Azores. Zulmira is survived by her husbandof 45 years and friend of 56 years, Laurentino; three children: Francisco Jose (Helena) of Stratford, Antonio Manuel and Bernardette Lourdes of Thunder Bay; four grandchildren: Brian William, Tanya Racquel, Monica Nicole and Sheldon Philip. Also surviving are her two widowed sisters Hortense and Guiumar, brother Raul Pinto (Fatima), all of the Azores. She will also be fondly remembered by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and countless cousins and friends in Canada, United States, Portugal and Azores. Her passion was her family, especially her grandchildren. Shewas generous, loving and compassionate to her family and friends alike. She always put the needs and wants of others before her own. Zulmira enjoyed gardening, listening to the classics, opera, theater, dancing, telling stories, house furnishing and decorating, ice-skating, discussing fashions with her sisters, nieces and friends and, on occasion, sewing and needlework. She also loved to travel to her place of birth, where she was very much involved in social activities, visiting friends and family. In times of good health, she also enjoyed hostingfriends and family for lavish dinners. She was well known for her fantastic culinary expertise involving seafood. Her ultimate favorite pastime were quiescent moments at home or garden with her loving husband, children and grandchildren. Zulmira was a person of great faith and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Fatima. She was a member of St. Dominic's Church and St. Matthew's Church (Azores), and former member of St. Peter's Church and St. Anthony's Church. She was predeceased by her parents Francisco and Zulmira Bernardette and her brother, Manuel. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2000 when family and friends will gather for Mass of the Resurrection celebrating Zulmira's life and faith in St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church at 10:00 celebrated by Rev. Dan Lappolla, C.S. Prayers will be offered on Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. in St. Dominic's Church. Removal will be made from the Blake Funeral Chapel prior to prayer time. Interment will follow in the family plot at St. Andrew's Cemetery. If friends desire, memorials in her name to the St. Joseph's Hospital Hospice or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.Mom you were so special in so many ways,You lightened the nights and brightened the days.There was so much love in your warm embrace,No one could ever take your place.You taught us so much in our younger years,You shared our laughter and dried our tears.So many times we counted on you,To help make our hopes and dreams come true.Throughout the years you gave us so very much,You always had that special touch.Our Mother, our teacher, our best friend too,Mom, you know how much we love and miss you.A tree will be planted in memory of Zulmira Soares in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove. Annual dedication service Sunday, June 24, 2001.