Maria Do Carmo Montelindo
February 12, 1943 – June 18, 2020
Maria Do Carmo Rezendes Montelindo was born in Faial in the Azores Islands of Portugal, she was the youngest of 7 children. Maria do Carmo was preceded in death by her father Evangelino, her mother Maria do Estrela, her three sisters Stella, Bella and Leonora, her brother Manuel, her husband of almost 30 years, Paul Rezendes and her husband of 21 years Tony Montelindo. She passed away at the age of 77 in June 2020.
Maria do Carmo was loved and adored by many people. Her 5 grandchildren called her Nana, and she was Tia to her many nieces and nephews. She was a wonderful wife, a loving mother of three children, and devoted grandmother of five grandchildren. Maria do Carmo is survived by her sister Maria do Lourdes Fialho, daughter Karen M. Rezendes-Tannehill, son-in-law Jon Tannehill, granddaughters, Molly Tannehill and Abigail Tannehill, her son John R. Rezendes, daughter-in-law Linda Kerley-Rezendes, grandsons Johnny Rezendes, Joseph Rezendes, and James Rezendes, her daughter Sharon L. Rezendes, and grandsons’ mother Julie Rezendes.
At the age of 15 after a volcano erupted on the island of Faial, she traveled to the United States to live with her sister Stella in Oakland, California. Soon after, she married the love of her life, Paul Rezendes, and had three children. As a family they traveled throughout the United States from Cape Cod, Boston, New York, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. to extended trips across all of the western states, Canada, and Mexico. She also visited Hong Kong, Macau, and China.
Maria do Carmo began her professional career in banking as a teller. She completed an intensive program in banking and finance through the University of California, Los Angles (UCLA). She had a very successful career and was promoted to a Vice President of Bank Operations for bank branches throughout the Bay Area. After retiring she went on to do tax preparation and care for her grandchildren.
After Paul Rezendes passed away, she married Antonio Montelindo and continued to travel the world, including long visits to the Azores each summer. Her travels took her from Portugal, to all over Europe, the United States, Russia, Scandinavia, and the Panama Canal. In addition to her passion for travel, she loved to spend time with her many friends and her family in both the United States and in Portugal.
She encouraged and inspired her children and grandchildren to pursue their dreams. She shared every success and set-back with them and always had the wisdom to help them take on this world.
Maria do Carmo touched all of our lives in so many ways and her legacy lives on in the lives of her three children, five grandchildren, her sister, and many nieces and nephews. We miss her too much for words and love her with all our hearts.
Donations in honor of Maria do Carmo Rezendes Montelindo may be made to the Portuguese Organization for Social Services and Opportunities (POSSO), 1115 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, California 95116, 408-293-0877.
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Maria Do Carmo Montelindo
July 2, 2020
I was so sad to learn of Maria's passing. We first met in July 1963 when she became my trainer at the Bank where we both worked . She came to my bridal shower the following year and I attended her baby shower for Karen. In time, we both moved on to other places and other experiences but our paths continued to cross over the years and we ended up working for the same bank again years later. After the next break in contact we found each other again on Facebook and have been in contact almost daily since then. We had late night calls when we discussed many things and I will miss her and her wisdom. We last saw each other at a reunion of bankers and we last discussed her garden and the fruit that was ripening in May. We made plans to get together for lunch when possible because of the virus. She loved her family and kept up with many friends. She will be missed by many. My condolences to her family and may the memories sustain you at this difficult time. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
June 22, 2020
Sending your family thoughts and prayers. Love, Gena Crites