Angelina was born in 1933 in the town of Faja de Cima, Ponta Delgada, Azores. At 38, Angelina left her native home and crossed the Atlantic Ocean with her 3 children to join her husband Jose, who had moved a year earlier to establish a new life in Canada for his young family.
Over the years, our parents have worked with such dedication to build an incredible, loving home and a strong foundation of love. They had a wonderful marriage, she was a devoted wife, but her greatest accomplishment by far was being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her smile was always guaranteed to brighten your day. She was so loving, kind, nurturing, generous, trustworthy, stubborn and very funny, sometimes with a dirty sense of humor. She always made sure everyone was happy, comfortable and well fed. She liked to keep her house tidy and enjoyed cooking big meals and sharing with her family. She has knitted many blankets, ensuring that her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have a memory of her made with 100% love. Her family meant the world to her and each was as precious as the next. Both of our parents were also passionate about feeding the birds and squirrels that came to the yard no matter the weather. Our home was also open to many pets, including cats who would find their way around the yard in need of love and compassion and cared for.
When Jose died in 1994 she was heartbroken and a bit lost, but she was resilient and with the love and support of her family she learned to bank, pay bills and become a little more independent. Shortly after, she adopted a bundle of joy, a little poodle named Lucy. She loved her night and her day, taking it everywhere she went for an incredible 16 years. She ended up selling the family home and invested in building a new home with her son Victor. She experienced what it was like to have a house built from scratch and she was so proud of it and lived in it for 14 years.
Angelina was diagnosed with dementia after her 80th birthday and five years later entered long-term care at Mount Hope. It was an adjustment for her, but being the strong and determined woman that she was, she eventually got used to her new living conditions. With the help of her walker, she ran through the hallways, almost knocking people over and much preferring to sit near the nurses’ station instead of in her room as she didn’t like being alone. She enjoyed playing games like bingo and music therapy sessions, attending church services, and her monthly get-togethers with other Portuguese residents in Mount Hope.
With the love and support of her family, she was able to live her best life in long-term care. She has now reunited with the love of her life, Jose, her dog Lucy, her mother and father, who she missed terribly and her two other siblings, Everest (died 2018) and Maria (died 2021) Leaving behind her greatest accomplishments to go on, are her youngest daughter, Elizabeth Cabral, her beloved son Victor Cabral, and her eldest daughter, Conceicao Amaral (Carlos). His grandchildren, Goretti Fordyce (Chris), Dina Collard (Steve), Sandy Amaral, Michael Cabral, Jerry Cabral and his great-grandchildren, Julia and Addison Collard, Alexander and Breanna Fordyce. She was more than happy to have had the chance to be not only a mom, a grandmother but also a great-grandmother. She also leaves to mourn her dear sister Conceicao Vieira Rego and her brother Ernesto Vieira as well as several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the attentive and caring staff on the 3rd floor of Marian Villa in Mount Hope for always comforting our mother when she was confused and extra snacks, which she was always so happy to receive.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex at www.alzheimer.ca
Visitors will be received on Monday January 31 from 2-2.45pm and 3-3.45pm at O’Neil Funeral Home, 350 William St., London.
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A private funeral service will be celebrated at O’Neil’s Funeral Home, followed by a private interment in St. Peter’s Cemetery, London. Online condolences and guest book at www.oneilfuneralhome.ca