Maria “Silvina” Cabral Franco, 82 of Lincoln, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 26, 2020, surrounded by her loving family at Miriam Hospital. She was the wife of the late Antonio Cabral Franco.
Born on February 4, 1937, in the town of Fazenda de Nordeste, Sao Miguel, Azores, she was a daughter of the late Manuel and Maria daLuz (Pereira) Brandāo. She was a chain assembler for the Armbrust Chain Company in Providence for 18 years before she retired.
Silvina was the center of her family. A beloved mother and adored Vavó, she loved her family fiercely and they loved her in return. Nothing made her happier than to have her kids and grandkids visit her. She loved to cook for her family and the firefighters. Outspoken, tough, intelligent and strong willed, she never hid how she felt about people. A woman of deep faith that started in her childhood, she loved going back to her native Azores to spend time with her family members who are still there. She was thrilled on Christmas to learn she was going to be a great grandmother for the first time. She leaves her family with many memories of love, food, and strength.
She leaves behind eight children, Antonio Cabral and his wife Patricia of Seekonk, Ana Parenteau and her husband Richard of Lincoln, João Cabral and his wife Lea of Riverside, Luis Cabral and his wife Anja of Fall River, Fatima Cabral of Lincoln, Nelia Cabral and her boyfriend Armand, Silvina Viveiros and her fiancée Jim Zito of Warwick, Helena Cabral and her fiancée David DaRosa of Warwick, she was the Vavó of 12 grandchildren, Tiffany Parenteau, Justin Cabral, Rachel Maia and her husband Michael, Alexandria Pacheco, Roger Viveiros, Darian Viveiros, Angelica Cabral, Gabriela Cabral, Luis Cabral, Jr., Alexie Cabral, and Jada DaRosa, two sisters, Noemia Brandāo, Ilda Silveira of the Azores, three brothers, Cesar Brandāo, Gil Brandāo, and Luis Brandāo all of Ontario, Canada and several nieces and nephews. She was the Vavó of the late Derek Parenteau and the sister of the late Antonio Brandāo and Amelia Pacheco.
Her funeral will be on Friday, January 31, 2020, at 9:00 AM from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Traverse Street, Providence. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, January 30, 2020, from 4-8 PM.