Louise Ferreira, 90, of Falmouth, passed away September 7, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends. Born on January 12, 1925 in Falmouth, she was the daughter of the late Martina and Manuel G. Souza.
Following the end of WWII she worked at the White Way Restaurant in Falmouth where she met and married Navy submarine veteran, John Ferreira, Jr., the son of John Ferreira of Ferreira and Motta Insurance. They soon married and converted the White Way Restaurant to John’s Liquor Store along with an upper level home, where they began raising their family.
Following her husband’s sudden passing in 1971, Louise moved to southern California where she immersed herself in education programs and art classes and became a respected, award winning artist.
She loved music, dancing and singing and was an avid reader. Her kindness, sense of humor, and generosity is remembered by all who met, knew and loved her. Since the age of 3 she was fluent in Portuguese and later became fluent in Brazilian. More than anything else she loved spending time with her family and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband of 24 years, John Ferreira, Jr.; sisters, Mary Souza Enos and Amelia Souza Verissimo; and brothers, Manny Souza, Albert Souza, John “Pading” Souza, George Souza and Jessie Souza.
She leaves sons, John Ferreira III and Mark Ferreira of Falmouth; daughter, Elaine Ferreira Niemi and husband Alan Niemi of Falmouth; and her daughter-in-law, Marie Ferreira of Falmouth. She also leaves grandchildren: Coral Zine of Falmouth, Mark Ferreira Saunders of Falmouth, John Ferreira Saunders IV of Beaumont CA, Alex Saunders & Andrew Saunders of Boston, and great grandchildren: Callie, Cassie, & Thomas Zine, and Delilah Saunders; also her nieces, Maryann Jordan of San Jose CA, Arlene Texeira of Falmouth, Rene Kidwell of FL, and nephews, Ronnie Souza and Albert Souza of Falmouth.
Visiting hours will be held from 9:00-11:00 am on Wednesday, Sep. 16, at the Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main St, Falmouth. A funeral Mass will follow at 11:30 am at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main St, Falmouth, followed by burial in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Gifford Street, Falmouth.
The family requests that donations in lieu of flowers by made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 (www.pdf.org).