June 30, 1921 – January 23, 2012
Maria Marcellina Isabella Desa (aged 90, nee Gago, formerly de Menezes) was born on June 30, 1921 in Piedade, Divar, Goa, India to Inacio A. and Anna C. Athaide-Gago. In 1942, she married Francisco Xavier Lazaro de Menezes of Sao Mathias, Goa and immigrated to his home in Jinja, Uganda. After his death in 1945, she moved with her two children and settled in Nairobi, Kenya. There, in 1950 she married Joseph (Joe) A.R. De Sa (Calizor, Moria, Goa). In 1966, the family immigrated to UK – London, (Norbury). After Joe’s death in 1989, she immigrated to and has resided with children in Calgary.
She is survived by her sisters-in-law Julie Gago (Kuwait), Megan De Sa (Mumbai, MS), Rev. Sis. Rosaline De Sa, SCC (Amravati, MS), Maggie De Sa (Moria, Goa), William/Delphine De Sa (Norbury UK) by four children in Calgary, a daughter Sandra (Joe) D’Souza, three sons Caetano (Mary), Francisco (Laz) de Menezes, John D’Sa, in London, UK, Joe (Grace), Derek (Margaret) De Sa; eight grandchildren in Calgary, Carlos (Colleen), Anita, Ricardo de Menezes, Janice (Leonard) Ariyanagam , Martin (Denise) D’Sa, Marceline (Michael) Foster and Sheena D’Souza and Thomas De Sa in London, six great-grandchildren in Calgary Kiara, Mikaela de Menezes, Coletin, Grayson Foster, Tynan D’Souza and Lana D’Sa and by nephews/nieces in UK, Portugal, Kuwait, India and Brazil.
She was predeceased by her husbands; daughter-in-law Merlin (Fernandes) D’Sa; grandson Daryl De Sa; her siblings, brother Lawrence Gago (Mumbai) and sister Maria Hilarano (late Pedro) de Sousa (Benfica, Portugal).
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, (566 Northmount Dr N.W., Calgary, AB), on Monday, January 30, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be held at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, (566 Northmount Dr N.W., Calgary, AB), on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.
Maria’s wishes were a private interment and no floral tributes, please. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Maria Desa, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences