Born: April 16, 1918
Death: March 14, 2011
April 16, 1918 - March 14, 2011
Amelia Pereira Quaresma passed away peacefully at home in the care of her loving daughter, Orlanda, and Whidbey Home Health and Hospice after a progressive decline in health at the age of 92.
A native of Pico, Azores, Amelia and her late husband, John, of
forty years, immigrated to America leaving behind a daughter in 1966.
Amelia was a homemaker raising four children. She later was employed as a supervisor at a tuna cannery, a position which few women held at that time in the Azores. She was instrumental in sending her oldest son to Canada at the age of eighteen avoiding a possible draft.
She was a courageous woman during trials with illness and other life challenges. After coming to America she worked in a cannery in Sunnyvale, Ca and in the janitorial services. The family lived in San Jose many years. She belonged to various Catholic organizations, enjoyed traveling to Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Holy Land, Fatima and her beloved Pico. She enjoyed visiting with friends and playing cards at Posso. She moved to Whidbey Island in Washington State to live with her daughter and son -in-law in 2002. She so loved the beautiful and serene surroundings including her view of Puget Sound from her balcony and, closer to home, the rabbits and deer right her back
She enjoyed time together with friends at the Senior Center and St Hubert’s Parish where she was known as Amelia of Portugal. She had a kind, welcoming smile along with a compliment to offer that immediately drew you in. Faith and family were her source of strength and she adored her pets, Barbie and Mocha.
Amelia is the mother of four children, Maria Amelia Pereira (widow) of Pico, Azores, Manuel Quaresma (Mary), John Quaresma (Patty), of San Jose, Ca. and Orlanda Enriquez (Frank) of Whidbey Island. She was ‘Vavo’ (grandma) to ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren with another two on the way.
She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews throughout the US,Canada and Portugal. She was the last survivor of a family of twelve. A small, intimate service was held at St. Hubert Catholic Church on March 17th.
A traditional Catholic service was held at Five Wounds church in San Jose California, with her final resting place beside her beloved late husband at Oak Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Amelia's name to the Senior Center or Whidbey Home Care and Hospice.