Armorinda (“Amy“) Sousa

Armorinda (“Amy“) Sousa passed away peacefully on February 26, 2011.   Daughter of the late Antonio and Maria (Olivera) Cruz, she was born May 25, 1925 in Fall River, MA.  Her family moved to Danbury, CT when she was young and made it their permanent residence.  She attended Danbury schools and her first job was as an usherette at the Empress Theater.
On December 26, 1945, at the age of 20, Amy married the man she patiently waited for to return to her from serving his Country in WWII for four years in Europe, Pfc. Jose Sousa.  They were married in St. Peter’s Church. Their honeymoon in New York City and the Radio City Rockettes Christmas show became one of her fondest memories.  For 63 years they were devoted to one another.  Theirs was a ‘once in a lifetime’ love. 

 Amy worked at Eagle Pencil/Berol Corp. For 25 years.  During that time she raised her children, kept a beautiful home, cooked wonderful meals and became legendary for baking the most delicious deserts.  Making Sunday dinner for the family was the highlight of her week.  She was a role model for her children and a loving, nurturing Grandmother.  Her life’s accomplishment was her cherished family.  

In 2010 she became a resident of Maplewood at Danbury.  Her new home afforded her many friends, Angie, Kathryn and Mary and others. She looked forward to the gourmet meals prepared by the Chefs, one of them her Great-Niece, Hollee Chontos.  She enjoyed visits and ‘quiet conversations’ from Maplewood owner her Great-Nephew, Gregory Smith.  The family is grateful to the entire Maplewood staff, nurses and aides. Special thanks to Mark Teague.

Amy is survived by three loving children, Cynthia Sousa, Shirley Melillo her husband, Bill, Jose Sousa Jr. and his wife, Debbie.  Grandson Sergio Sousa Abrantes and his wife Paula, Great-Grandson, Nathan Abrantes to whom she lovingly referred to as “Crackerjack”, Grandson Gabriel Lahoud and several nieces and nephews.  

Amy is also survived by her friend and companion, Teresa Paez, to whom our family will be forever grateful for her dedication and the tender, loving care she gave to our beloved Mother for over a year.  It is an honor to embrace Teresa as ’family’.

Amy was predeceased by her beloved husband, Jose, in 2008; an infant son Jose Francisco Sousa; brothers Edward daCruz and Custodio Cruz, sisters Elivra Fonseca, Tinina Rebelo and Selma Lourenco.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the entire staff at Regional Hospice for the compassionate daily care given to our beloved Mother!  You are all special ’Angels’ who graciously give of yourselves to others and bring comfort to patients and their families. We would have been lost without each and every one of you!

Donations in Amy's memory may be made to Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 405 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810.  

In keeping with Amy’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. Services will be private.
Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Avenue, Danbury is in charge of arrangements. 

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