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Menezes, Maria

Menezes, Maria 1

Maria Vera Zita Menezes, a resident of Westwood since 1990, died Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at her home in Westwood.  She was 63.  Maria was born June 30, 1951 in Mudigere, India, one of the seven children of Ben and Rose (Pais) Rasquinha.  She was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Mangalore, St Agnes College in Mangalore, India, and Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore. She specialized in obstetrics and gynecology and practiced as an OB/GYN physician in Mangalore for a few years. In the United States Maria did her residency in psychiatry at Boston University.  She started her career in the United States as a psychiatrist at South Shore Mental Health in Quincy and later worked at Riverside Community Care in Norwood and at Blue Hills Counselling Center in Braintree.  She was on the executive committee of the Indian Medical Association of New England; a member of the Oakley Country Club in Watertown; and a parishioner of St. Denis Church in Westwood.  Maria is survived by her husband Melvyn A.J. Menezes; her daughter, Andrea M.G. Menezes of Westwood; her sister, Priya Mascarenhas, and her husband Mohan, of Bangalore, India; and her five brothers, Primus Rasquinha and his wife Therese, Titus Rasquinha, and his wife Marina, all of Bangalore, India, and Linus Rasquinha, Vitus Rasquinha, and his wife Corrine, and Clitus Rasquinha, all of Mangalore, India. She was the sister-in-law of the late Lolita Saldanha, and her late husband Sylvy, the late Bobby Menezes, and his wife Leila, Kevin Menezes, and his wife Maryann, and Rosita Aranha, and her husband Jude.  Visiting hours will be held Friday, Dec 19th from 4 to 8 PM at the Folsom Funeral Home, 649 High Street, Westwood.  Relatives and friends will gather at the funeral home Saturday at 9:30 am and proceed to St. Denis Church, 157 Washington Street (Route 1A) Westwood for her Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM.  Burial will follow in New Westwood Cemetery, Westwood.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Deborah and Paul
    December 18th, 2014 | 9:34 pm

    Dear Maria, you will be missed so much. We remember your strength, courage, and graciousness always, and impressively even in the worst times.
    Love and sympathy to Melvyn, Andrea, and all who cared for you. You will never be forgotten.

  2. Lu Fernandez
    December 19th, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    Melvyn and Andrea: Maria was a very special lady with a great smile, sense of humor and a gentleness beyond belief.
    She is sorely missed by her friends, colleagues and patients. May she rest in God’s graces.

    Lu Fernandez

  3. February 12th, 2015 | 4:11 am

    I met Maria and Melvyn only a couple of times with my late husband Trevor (first cousin to Melvyn). I always remember her as a very special lady, very wise with a great sense of humor. I will always cherish the fun time we spent with Melvyn and Maria in Boston several years ago. I will remember her dearly. Rest in peace Maria. My two daughters, Lynn, Kristine and myself offer our sincere condolences to Melvyn and Andrea. Moira D’Souza, Danville, CA

  4. christopel pinto lopes
    April 1st, 2016 | 12:04 pm

    My sympathies to promise and Titus whom I know but to the whole extended family .only just came to hear about it.
    Christobel pinto lopes from Mumbai bandra.

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