Published in MetroWest Daily News on April 30, 2010
Arminda Dias Lopes, 87, of Madison, CT, died peacefully March 4, 2010 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. She was the widow of Anthony Lopes, who predeceased her in 1987. Arminda was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on September 5, 1922, daughter of the late John Dias Sr. and Anna Fernandes Dias, and sister of the late John T. Dias. Her family moved to Framingham, Mass. when the children were young and Arminda attended school there up through Framingham High School. She married Anthony Lopes on Thanksgiving day November 28, 1940 in St. Stephens Catholic Church in Framingham. She worked as a seamstress for a few years in the 1950s at Fitzgibbons, and at Bancroft Sportswear, as well as doing piece work at home. Later she became a homemaker. Throughout her life, Arminda gave generously of her time in volunteer work for organizations in Framingham like the Red Cross, as a driver; St. Patricks Manor; Kathleen Daniels Nursing Home; Kathryn Barton Nursing Home in Wayland, and Evergreen Woods in Spring Hill, Florida. Although not formally taught, Arminda had a beautiful singing voice which she used often, leading sing-alongs in the places where she volunteered. She and Anthony moved to Florida when he retired. In 2000, she moved to Madison, CT to be near her son, Dwight Lopes, and his wife Maureen. Arminda had a smile and gentle words for everyone she met and made friends wherever she went. Many of her most cherished friends she had since childhood and kept until her death, especially Delina Sanicandro and her family in Framingham. In addition to her son and daughter-in-law, she is survived by her sister-in-law Maxine and nieces Donna Dias, Elaine Arnott, Joni Ross, and Valerie Sanden. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday May 26, 2010 at St. Tarcisius Catholic church, 562 Waverly Street, Framingham. Following the mass, Arminda will be buried next to Anthony in St. Tarcisius cemetery in Framingham. Expressions of sympathy in Arminda's memory may be made to the Framingham Heart Study, the American Cancer Society , or the Alzheimer's Association .