OBITUARY

Mateus R. Vargas

September 8, 1928May 6, 2021
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Mateus R. Vargas, age 92, of Santa Clara, California passed away on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Mateus was born September 8, 1928 in Silveira, Pico, Azores, Portugal. He is the loving son of the late Manuel and Maria Rodrigues Vargas. Beloved and adoring husband of Edalina Bettencourt Vargas for nearly 70 years, and a devoted father to Ana Vargas-Smith, and his son-in-law Darry Smith. Mateus was the youngest and is preceded by his 11 siblings: Maria, Mariana, Carolina, Manuel, Joao, Jose, Germina, Isilda, Alice, Loriana, and Antonio. He was a proud uncle, cousin and friend to numerous beautiful nieces, nephews, extended family and lifelong dear neighbors--many who have passed on.

Mateus loved Santa Clara California, as his second home for over 58 years, and was a proud American Citizen, but his love of Pico, the family, the farm, and Portuguese traditions were firmly embedded in his heart. Upon moving to Santa Clara, Mateus quickly went after his American Dream and built a life for his beloved wife and daughter. He bought two homes, joined St. Clare’s Parish, supported his daughter through Catholic school to University graduate--one of the firsts in his family. He was a member of the Santa Clara Our Lady of Fatima, St. Anthony and the SES (Society of the Holy Spirit)—a 125-year-old historic nonprofit with deep roots in Santa Clara since 1896. He was also a founding member of the Portuguese Social Hall in Silveira, Pico. Mateus loved community, festas and parades—a real people person and relished giving back his time, love and attention generously. Its often said that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and Mateus shared with all that listened the joys of community like his Dad before him. Mateus fearlessly chose to start a new life in America and made the most of the land of opportunity. He believed anything was possible with faith, family, a plan, and hard work in America. Mateus believed his biggest accomplishment was his family whom he loved and was so loved in return.

The visitation will be held Monday May 24, 2021 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM at Lima Family Mortuary located at 466 N. Winchester Blvd., Santa Clara California with the Rosary starting at 3:30 PM.

On Tuesday May 25, 2021, a preview at Lima Family Mortuary will be held at 10 AM followed by his funeral mass from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at St. Clare Church, 725 Washington St, Santa Clara, CA 95050. After the funeral mass will be an entombment at the St. Joseph Mausoleum from 12:15 PM to 12:45 PM at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln St, Santa Clara, CA 95050.

Flowers may be ordered and sent to Lima Family Mortuary directly for either day of Services. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for Mateus Vargas may be posted at www.limafamilysantaclara.com for the Vargas family. The site may be visited indefinitely in his memory.

Thank you and God Bless you all for being a part of our lives The Vargas Family

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 24, 2021

  • Rosary

    Monday, May 24, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021

  • Entombment

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021

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FROM THE FAMILY

Mateus Vargas in his 20s in Military stationed on Terceira, Azores Portugal

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Mateus Vargas age 18 Pico, Azores Portugal

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Parents of Mateus Vargas: Manuel and Maria Rodrigues Vargas

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Edalina Bettencourt Vargas: The Bettencourt Parents and Siblings. Mom is sitting between her Parents and baby brother Danny in Dad's lap. Left to right Joao and Maria, Jose, Maria de Carme with Manuel in the back.

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Modesto California at Tia Maria Facha's Peach Ranch May 1963

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Mateus Vargas and Daughter in Modesto, Ca 1963

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Mateus Vargas birthplace Pico Azores Portugal--tallest mountain in Portugal!

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Vargas Family Home in Pico at Sunset ❤️

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Vintage Vargas Famly photo 60s: Mateus Vargas visiting with sisters and one niece: Germina, Isilda, Mariana, Maria, Alice and Niece Teresa in the brown (daughter of his Sister Carolina in Pico)

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Circa 60s family reunion: Mateus Vargas with his sisters left to right: Alice, Maria, Loriana, Germina
at his sister's house Isilda

FROM THE FAMILY

Mateus Vargas in his 20s in Military stationed on Terceira, Azores Portugal

FROM THE FAMILY

Mateus Vargas age 18 Pico, Azores Portugal

FROM THE FAMILY

Parents of Mateus Vargas: Manuel and Maria Rodrigues Vargas

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Edalina Bettencourt Vargas: The Bettencourt Parents and Siblings. Mom is sitting between her Parents and baby brother Danny in Dad's lap. Left to right Joao and Maria, Jose, Maria de Carme with Manuel in the back.

FROM THE FAMILY

Modesto California at Tia Maria Facha's Peach Ranch May 1963

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Mateus Vargas and Daughter in Modesto, Ca 1963

FROM THE FAMILY

Mateus Vargas birthplace Pico Azores Portugal--tallest mountain in Portugal!

FROM THE FAMILY

Vargas Family Home in Pico at Sunset ❤️

FROM THE FAMILY

Vintage Vargas Famly photo 60s: Mateus Vargas visiting with sisters and one niece: Germina, Isilda, Mariana, Maria, Alice and Niece Teresa in the brown (daughter of his Sister Carolina in Pico)

FROM THE FAMILY

Circa 60s family reunion: Mateus Vargas with his sisters left to right: Alice, Maria, Loriana, Germina
at his sister's house Isilda