Salisbury, MA — Maria Barcelos, 95, of Salisbury, passed away Tuesday, January 28, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill. She was born in Azores Portugal, daughter of the late Manuel Da Terra Pinheiro and Francisca (Sousa) Pinheiro. Upon coming to this country, Maria worked in the Lawrence Mills as a seamstress and later stayed at home taking care of her family. Maria was also a proud member of the family that owned Barcelos Markets in Andover, Lawrence, and Methuen. In her free time she enjoyed activities at St. Peter and Paul Church in Lawrence, sewing, crocheting, holidays, but most of all spending time with her family. She especially enjoyed time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Maria was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Jose F. Barcelos. She is survived by sons, John Barcelos and his wife, Janice, of Salisbury, George Barcelos and his wife, Nancy, of Atkinson, NH; daughters-in-law, Maria Manuela Barcelos of Methuen, Maria Barcelos Bettencourt of Salem NH; 14 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, Maria was also predeceased by two sons, Jose R. Barcelos and Carlos M. Barcelos.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend calling hours on Friday, January 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, 233 Lawrence Street, in Methuen. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, February 1, at 9 a.m. at Corpus Christi Parish at Holy Rosary Church in Lawrence followed by burial at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Cemetery, also in Lawrence. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Maria's honor may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, Attn: External Relations, 360 Merrimack St.n Building 9, Lawrencen MA 01843 or St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Atkinson Senior Fund, 27 Academy Ave., Atkinson, NH 03811. Online condolences may be made at www.pollardfuneralhome.com. The Pollard Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Barcelos family with arrangements.