San Leandro Funeral Home

407 Estudillo Ave, San Leandro, CA


Celeste Marques

March 27, 1927December 15, 2019

In the early morning hours of December 15, 2019, Celeste Marques passed peacefully. On March 27, 1927, Celeste was born in Lowell, Massachusetts where her parents settled after emigrating to the United States from Madeira, Portugal. As a young girl, Celeste moved to Paul Do Mar, a small Portuguese fishing village, where she grew up before returning back to the United States. At the age of 19, Celeste married the love of her life & father to her children, Manuel Marques Jr., in Oakland, California. Celeste is survived by her 3 children, Alice Goncalves and her husband Tony, Manuel Marques III and his wife Trisha & Mike Marques and his wife Linda, as well as, 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Celeste was adoringly known as “Mom” to countless people as a result of her loving nature, welcoming & warm home, and impeccable cooking skills. In addition to being a mother figure to many people, Celeste had a significant professional life. Celeste worked at Carnation-Albers for 10 years before working alongside her late husband, Manuel Marques Jr., to build their underground construction company, J&M, Inc., into a successful family business. Mom’s love for her family, their business and the San Francisco Giants will live in our hearts forever and we find comfort in knowing she will now be reunited with her husband, Manuel Marques Jr.


  • Rosary Service Sunday, December 29, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 30, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, December 30, 2019
  • Reception Monday, December 30, 2019


Celeste Marques

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Daniel Gluskoter

December 28, 2019

I never had the opportunity to meet Celeste, but having had the pleasure of being friends with her son Mike for over a decade now and knowing what a quality person he is I have absolutely no doubt that she was an incredible lady.

My heartfelt condolences to Mike and Linda and the entire extended Marques family❤️

Edwin Sedillo

December 25, 2019

As I look back, I remember the yummy linguica sandwiches your mom would make for us before we would attend a Raider or 49er game. We would eat them in the parking lot and talk about how good they taste. I remember that your mom enjoyed orchids, I remember that she saved them and had them all around her house. While visiting, she would always ask about my family. She was all about family! I will always remember her smile, which would make you smile!
May you rest in peace with our dear lord.
It was a true pleasure to have known you and how you welcomed me into your family!
Lots of love,
Uncle Ed

John Marques,jr

December 23, 2019

Auntie you will be missed even though we didn't see you that often i have all the memories of the time spent with you and uncle Manuel when i was a little boy and the special cookies you made for us kids . It was so nice getting to see you last year . You will always be in my heart
Your loving nephew

Mariam Farrar

December 20, 2019

You will truly be missed. I loved coming over with the kids and visiting with you! May you rest in eternal peace! God bless the family. Love, The Farrar Family