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Adelia (Pacheco) Cardoza

March 13, 2017

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Adelia (Pacheco) Cardoza, 70, of Fairhaven, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital, in New Bedford, after a long illness.  She was the wife of 47 years, of James C. Cardoza.

Born in St. Michael, Azores, Portugal, daughter of the late Abilio and Maria (Martins) Pacheco, she came to New Bedford when she was 16 years old and settled in Fairhaven over 30 years ago.  She was an active, dedicated member of St. Joseph’s Church, in Fairhaven, where she served on numerous committees and boards, most prominently the Hospice and Bereavement Committees.

Adelia was an expert seamstress, and worked for over 30 years for Singer, in New Bedford.  After retirement she did alterations out of her home.

She is survived by her husband;  a daughter, Lori Ann Pires and her husband Raymond of Fairhaven;  a son, Bradford J. Cardoza of New Bedford;  four grandchildren, Lindsay and Andruw Pires and Ethan and Jacob Cardoza;  a sister, Natalie Lourenco of New Bedford;  two brothers, Joseph and Abilio Pacheco both of New Bedford;  and several nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Cardoza was the sister of the late John and Humberto Pacheco.

Funeral Information

Calling hours are Thursday, from 4-7pm, in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Fairhaven. 

Her funeral will be Friday, March 17, 2017, at 9am, from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in St. Joseph’s Church, Fairhaven.  Cremation will follow and private interment will be at the MA National Cemetery, in Bourne.

Donations Information

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph's Church, 74 Spring St., Fairhaven, MA 02719, or Camp Angel Wings, at

Donations Link:

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Visitation:  Fairhaven Funeral Home

Service:  St. Joseph's, Fairhaven

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