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16 Pleasant Street
Augusta, ME 04330
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Merces de Freitas

Merces de Freitas

Monday, September 3rd, 1928 - Monday, November 25th, 2019
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CHICAGO, IL – Merces G. (Oliveira) de Freitas, 91, died peacefully on Nov. 25, 2019, in Chicago, Ill. after a long illness, with her sons by her side.She is survived by her son Michael de Freitas and his wife Jane Fisher of Buffalo, N.Y., their children Ani Freitas Fisher and Elia Freitas Fisher; and her son Andrew de Freitas and his wife Nancy Schuetz, of Chicago.Merces was born and raised in Funchal, Madeira, the next to youngest of five children, and went to nursing school in Portugal. She journeyed alone to the United States in the late 1950s to work as a nurse in Chicago. There, she met Andre de Freitas, who was also from Funchal, Madeira, though they had not known each other before.She soon gave up nursing and chose to spend her time raising her family, which eventually settled in Augusta. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, and sewing. A devout Catholic, she was also a tireless volunteer with her parish, St. Mary’s, in Augusta. She returned to Chicago in 2015.Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Plummer Funeral Home, Augusta, Maine. A mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at St. Mary church, 41 Western Ave., Augusta.The family asks that instead of sending flowers, people wishing to do so could honor Merces’ memory and devotion to her community with a donation to a charitable organization of their choice that does good work in their community.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Plummer Funeral Home
    16 Pleasant Street
    Augusta, ME 04330
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Plummer Funeral Home
    16 Pleasant Street
    Augusta, ME 04330
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  • Service

    Friday, December 6th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, December 6th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    41 Western Avenue
    Augusta, ME 04330
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  • Interment

    St. Mary's Cemetery, Manchester
    Outer Western Avenue
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    Burial will be in the spring.


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Liz Gardella

Posted at 12:34am
Dear Family of Merces,
My husband found your beloved Merces’ obituary yesterday. I had been trying to locate her for a
long time, since we moved from Augusta to Cape Cod in 2007. Our trips back to Augusta were infrequent since our two sons are in new still in Portland and one in Marblehead, MA. Ed’s only brother lives in Manchester so he wanted to visit him and I could not see my St. Mary’s friends as our visits were always rushed.

Merces was such a loving and supportive friend. She was the model Wife and also a devoted Mother to her “boys”. I never knew a person who would make a favorite cake for her sons’ birthdays and carefully wrap them to mail to them separately for each birthday. And those late trips on cold, snowy evenings to Togus, to bring hot tea for your Dad working late. Amazing! She really knew how to love!

She also was encouraging to the younger wives at St. Mary’s whenever they needed words of patience and forgiveness for their families.

I was always amazed at her account of how she met your Father, so far from their common birthplace but in Chicago of all places. God is amazing! Your Dad always looked so content, even though he must have had to deal with (and try to help) so many stressed and hurting people at the VA Hospital. He must have looked forward to coming home to his supportive, calm, and loving Wife each evening.

We shared many stories of our different early lives and when I left Augusta (Ed picked the Cape), I missed Merces friendship so much. We had many laughs together. When I think of her, I remember her racing to St. Mary’s to deliver the priests’ long flowing vestments to wear at Mass. What a loving gesture...most women would not THINK of devoting hours to such a job, as washing and ironing those outfits, many times longer than she was tall.

So Andy, your Mom must have been happy when you decided to marry. Congratulations and many years of happiness to you and Nancy. And your brother and sister-in-law must have been so glad to present their two girls for your Mom to fuss over at last. I am happy that she lived near you for all the years you were too far away to see her very much. The trips must have been exhausting for her but she was plucky and determined to ‘check up’ on her boys.

I will keep you all in my prayers. I would have gone to Augusta had I seen the obituary on time. At last she is with her beloved Andre. She was a frequent visitor to the cemetery for many years. Now she will be infinitely happy to see him again.

My husband copied the obituary for you to see. It must have been strange to be back in Augusta again.
I especially miss my Augusta friends. The Cape was not anyplace I would have chosen but I think of the Blessed Mother being uprooted to race off to Egypt with a newborn son to save his life. Our street was bought by a Boston developer (Storey St. is gone and our house is buried under a Target store. No fuzzy feelings over our old neighborhood.) (I’m out-of-space.) May you all know you had the best of Moms...dear Merces. Many loved her and will be missing her, a truly great lady.

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