NEW BEDFORD, Lidia Mafalda (Goncalves) Rodrigues, 63, passed away at St. Luke's Hospital after a period of declining health on Thursday, June 24, 2021. She was the wife of Manuel O. Rodrigues.
The world lost a beloved mother, Lidia Mafalda Rodrigues on June 24th, 2021. Lidia battled cancer for 3 years, but it never stopped her from helping others. She dies at Saint Luke’s Hospital surrounded by her loving husband & daughters. Lidia was born in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal on August 24th, 1957. A place she adored tremendously and visited any time she could. She was very proud of her heritage and carried that with her also by, volunteering at the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament. She is now in heaven cantando e bailhando “ O Bailinho da Madeira”
Lidia worked as a Senior Center Coordinator for the City of New Bedford, so she could help others. Her family and friends knew her as a kind, giving, and selfless soul, always willing to cheer anyone up. Lidia is survived by her husband, Manuel Rodrigues, daughters, Natasha Franco and Melissa De Abreu, grandchildren, Ava Franco, Owen and Bianca De Abreu, all from New Bedford, her sister Rita and her husband Lester Goulart, from Cranston, RI, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, many nieces and nephews, cousins, and close friends.
Friends are invited to say a final goodbye to Lidia, at Cabral Baylies Square-Lamoureux Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 512 No. Front Street, New Bedford, on Sunday, June 27th, from 5-8pm. There will be a Funeral Mass on Monday, June 28th, at 9am, at Immaculate Conception Church, 136 Earle Street, New Bedford. Cremation will follow.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her memory to: American Cancer Society under Lidia Rodrigues.
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