OBITUARY

Leontina B. Dias

February 4, 1941June 2, 2021
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Leontina Dias, age 80, was given her angel wings on Wednesday June 02, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. Leontina was born and raised in the town of São Mateus on the island of Terceira Azores, Portugal. As a child growing up in the Azores, she hated school, and loved her family, friends, and church. She helped out with the family businesses of farming, vending, and embroidery, and always dreamed of coming to America.

In 1964, at the age of 23, her childhood dream of coming to America came true. Once here her adventure began, and with the love and support of extended family, she was able to explore the new world and serendipitously meet the love of her life, George Dias. They had a beautiful wedding in 1965, soon after had two sons, Richard and Robert, and settled in Santa Clara to start the next chapter of their lives. She loved raising her family, being involved with the kid’s school activities, and supporting all of their endeavors. In addition to being a loving and devoted wife and mother, she also held various jobs at the cannery, chocolate factory, and in child care. In her spare time, she was very creative, artistic, and crafty, drawing, sewing, crocheting, and making chenille flower bouquets. She also loved to cook and bake Portuguese foods. She especially enjoyed her family and friends.

Leontina is predeceased by her husband George, parents Francisco and Palmira, and sisters Maria and Fatima, and survived by her sons Richard and Robert, daughter-in-law Cheryl, and grandchildren: Christopher, Kaitlyn, Elianna, and Fallon.

Her loving spirit will be missed by all who knew her.

Friends and family are invited to the viewing, rosary, and funeral on Friday, June 18, 2021. The viewing, 10-11am, and rosary, 11am-12pm, will be held at Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary, 466 N Winchester Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050, Phone (408) 296-2977. The funeral mass will commence at St. Justin’s Church 2655 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051 at 12:30, and conclude with the burial at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 18, 2021

  • Rosary

    Friday, June 18, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, June 18, 2021

  • Burial

    Friday, June 18, 2021

Memories

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Cheryl Dias

June 12, 2021

My mother-in-law was special & I owe her much gratitude. She & George gave me the best gift of my life, my husband Richard. I thank God everyday that I got to be a part of this amazing family. Learning how to make Soupas & Filohes & fold a fitted sheet, going to McDonalds to collect the toys on the weekends. Watching her with her grandchildren, spoiling them every chance she could. The love she had for her family was inspiring. She loved like no one I’ve ever known. She was a fighter & fought very hard to beat the cancer, I feel so blessed to have been able to care for her in her final days. I love you mom!

Erica Dias

June 12, 2021

I was fortunate enough to be recived into a wonderful family by marriage. My memories of mom will always be fond, she accepted me and treated as a truly loved family member. I've been lucky enough in my lifetime to share many memories. Some of my favorites were her stories of her life. She was such a wonderful, loving and caring grandmother to my girls. I'm forever blessed to have had Leontina in my life, for the time I had.

Kaitlyn Dias

June 11, 2021

I don't have a specific memory to share, but as her granddaughter, I just wanted to give a little view into what it was like growing up with her in our family.

Whenever I think of visiting Avó's house, I am reminded of simple, good meals, sharing stories, and a general sense of "everything is alright." Even if nothing momentous happened when I visited, I always went home with a good feeling.

Avó loved hearing about everything I had been up to, celebrating with me as I learned new things and explored my creativity. Even when I didn't reach as far as I had wanted to, she was still proud of what I accomplished. Proudly displaying the pot holders I wove together out of old t-shirts, or the pillow cover I crocheted, or the little turtle I made out of rubber bands. No matter what, she loved whatever I did. Whatever I was.

She loved me unconditionally.

I know she is proud of the woman I have become.

I will carry her memory with me, always.

Charlene Murrell

June 5, 2021

Leontina was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known. She loved chatting about family and other fun things.

She is now with her beloved husband George. They were the most loving couple for many years.

Leontina I will miss you so much.

God will now take care of you and George for eternity.

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