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OTEGO - Alexandrina Fonseca, 101, of Otego, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at A.O. Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.
She was born Aug. 14, 1916, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the daughter of Edward and Alexandrina (Aguiar) Vieira.
For many years she was a seamstress in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Alexandrina was first married to Jose Fernandes on Jan. 30, 1937 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Jose predeceased her on June 11, 1953.
She then married Antonio DaFonseca on April 27, 1961. Antonio predeceased her on Feb. 20, 1990.
She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She made many items for her family and gave many away to charity. She also loved to sew and sewed many dresses for her family.
Alexandrina loved her family dearly. They meant everything to her.
Alexandrina is survived by her children, Alex (David) Irwin, West Oneonta, Jose (Diane) Fernandes, North Carolina; son-in-law, Arthur Maraglio, Otego; 10 grandchildren, Maria (Steve) MacPherson, Arthur (Roberta) Maraglio, Perry (Vicki), Cheryl (Jim) Rickmers, Christi Jordan and Companion, Brett, Donna (Jay) Walsh, Pamela (Joe) Groves, Monica Maraglio, Corey Maraglio, Evan Fernandes; grandson-in-law, Scott Jordan; 14 great-grandchildren, Allie (Liam) MacPherson, Nakita and Tylor Maraglio, Justine and Anthony Roefs, Perry Maraglio Jr, Kiersten and Tristen Maraglio, Cassie Rickmers, Brittney and Bailey Jordan, Ryan and Andrew Walsh, Bella Groves; three great-great-grandchildren, Rynn and Xander Roefs, Breyden Maraglio; sister, Beatrice Andrews, New Bedford, Massachusetts; sister-in-law, Mary Vieira and family; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her sister, Angelina Appling; brother, Edward Vieira; Karen Maraglio; as well as her parents.
Friends are invited to greet the family from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St, Oneonta.
A funeral mass will take place at 10:15 a.m., Friday, Dec. 15, at St. Mary's Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta.
Burial will be at noon, Monday, Dec. 18, in St. John's Cemetery, New Bedford, Massachusetts.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Alexandrina's memory may be made to St. Mary's Building Fund, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta, NY 13820.
Condolences to the family may be offered online at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home of Oneonta.
Published on December 10, 2017
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