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Senna Mary Fernandez

March 24, 1941January 18, 2021
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Senna Mary Rose Fernandez, 79, began her journey home to God on January 18, 2021 at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, MA.

Senna Mary was born in Harwich to Erundina Leite and Augustus Rose on March 24, 1941 and grew up in the villages of Harwich. Senna attended Harwich schools and dedicated her life to raising three amazing children and the enrichment and betterment of her town. She began her employment with the Town of Harwich at Town Hall in 1998, moving to the Community Center in 1999, welcoming children and adults at her position as receptionist for many years, often referred to as the “Unofficial Mayor of Harwich”. She was a founding member of the Harwich Housing Authority, Trustee of Brooks Free Library, and a long-time member of the Harwich Democratic Committee. Senna additionally participated and actively supported the Cape Verdean community in Harwich as a founding member of the Cape Verdean Multicultural Women’s Auxiliary. In 2001, Senna was honored by the Massachusetts House of Representatives with a Legislative Day Award which read, “In recognition of your many contributions which have made our society a better place to live, your talent, dedication, civic commitment, have been an exemplary role model to the Portuguese American Community.” In 2014, she was honored with the Unsung Hero Award from the NAACP in recognition of her community service and activism.

She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her three wonderful children, Shawn, Steven and Emma Fernandez, her daughter-in-law, Antonella Fernandez and her grandchildren Daniel Fortson, Daniella DeLorenze, Gabriella DeLorenze, and Alexandra DeLorenze. She is also survived by her sister Lillian Fernandes, her brother Augustus Rose and many nieces and nephews that she loved so well. Due to Covid, a Catholic Mass and burial will be held privately for Senna. We realize that she touched many lives and that many want to pay their respects. A Celebration of Life is planned to joyfully remember her at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome a donation to one of Senna’s favorite nonprofits, The Family Pantry, Harwich Fire and Police, or any local housing nonprofit.

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  • Erundina Leite and Augustus Rose, Parents (deceased)
  • Shawn Fernandez, Son
  • Steven Fernandez, Son
  • Emma Fernandez, Daughter
  • Antonella Fernandez, Daughter-in-law
  • Daniel Fortson, Grandchild
  • Daniella DeLorenze, Grandchild
  • Gabriella DeLorenze, Grandchild
  • Alexandra DeLorenze, Grandchild
  • Lillian Fernandes, Sister
  • Augustus Rose, Brother
  • She is also survived bymany nieces and nephews that she loved so well.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Ann Sennott

February 10, 2021

To Senna's Family,

I met Senna over 40 years ago through Lillian when our mothers were friends and liked her instantly. I admired her sharp wit, her sense of family and that she spoke her mind so you always knew what she was thinking and where you stood with her.

She loved her family - especially her children - and also all her nieces and nephews and pretty much everyone else. She served her town and community brilliantly and juggled it all making it look so easy.

She was a wonderful lady and I am very sorry for your loss. May all your wonderful memories comfort you now and in the times to come. My deepest sympathies to you.

Ann Sennott

Joan Fernandez

January 30, 2021

Emma Peel, Shawn, and Steven your mom was a very special lady and loved by everyone who knew her. Please know that, we share in your grief and extend are deepest sympathies to all of you and your families.

Love, Joan and Jillian

Deborah Rose

January 29, 2021

Senna you lived a good life have lots of friends good children Your in a better place now your with your sisters and your mother you will be truly missed Love niece Deb

brenda fernandez

January 28, 2021

Senna you are and will be truly missed. I will hold on to the fun times, the beautiful moments we have shared in the years and the laughter. May you rest in peace and may the light of God surround you always.

Shawn, Steven and Emma, so sorry you loss your mother. May she stay in a very loving place within your heart and bless each of you everyday. Love, Auntie

Mona Lindsey

January 25, 2021

On behalf of the Lindsey and Fernandes family Renee mechelle Kenny Tina Mona Anthony express our condolences.

Sean and Stephen and Emma May the Lord comfort and strengthen you during this time of loss may you keep your mom in your heart know that we are praying for you.

Kathleen Simmons

January 25, 2021

Sorry to hear of Senna's passing. Although I haven't lived on the Cape for over 30 years I remember her fondly. You are all in our thoughts and prayers . Live Kathy Gomes Simmons and family

Lisa McBride

January 24, 2021

Senna was loved and cherished by everyone at Wingate @Harwich, she was a beloved woman who made everyone feel welcome in her presence. Myself, she welcomed me as a new nurse and made me “family” thoughts and prayers are with her amazing children, grandchildren, and family. She was a true
Gem and will be missed by many. Xoxo

Laura Johnson

January 24, 2021

Senna was a huge supporter of the DY Marching Band through the weekly Bingo games. She not only supported the band, but the parents and students as well. She was one of the people I missed most when my daughter graduated and I no long participated in the program.

Dolores Quinlan

January 24, 2021

Senna was a wonderful friend to me my neighbor i remember thefirstminute i arrived at pine oak village she came out yelling " i'm your new neighbor " we became friends from than on. I will miss her and think of her everyday God Bless you Senna and your family.

Virginia Watson

January 23, 2021

Senna, we will miss your warmth and smile. You raised a wonderful family and your children are a tribute to all your hard work. Prayers and hugs to Shawn, Steve and Emma. Bartell Family