Diamantina Pereira (Fernandes) Chaves

June 2, 2018


Diamantina Pereira (Fernandes) Chaves, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at Morton Hospital, in Taunton. She was born and raised on the island of Santa Maria, Azores and immigrated to America with her family in 1968.

Diamantina was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church, in Taunton. She was employed at Frank Noone Shoe and later the Paul A. Dever State School in housekeeping until her retirement. In 2012 Diamantina and her husband, the late Antonio F. Chaves, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Diamantina enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling to her native island. She carried on the Azorean traditions by creating beautiful crocheted lace doilies and colorful blankets, cooking many of the native foods including malassadas and linguica, and making the family's traditional wine, Vinho Abafado, of which she took multiple awards in a number of annual competitions.

Diamantina was the daughter of the late Manuel and Maria (Pereira) Fernandes. She was predeceased by her husband Antonio in 2013. She is survived by her sons, Jose and his wife Aida of Taunton, Luis of New Hampshire, David and his wife Donna of Taunton, John and his wife Nelia of Taunton and her late son Manuel.

She was the loving grandmother of Eric, Jennifer, Ian and his wife Aby, Ashleigh, Bryan, Coty, Devin, Arianna and her husband Troy, and Justin. She was the great-grandmother to Gideon.

She was the sister of the late Antonio Fernandes, Maria Leandres, Maria Jose Cabral, Virginia Monteiro, Alexandrina Cabral, Angelo Fernandes, Jose Fernandes, Manuel Fernandes and Angelina Freitas.

Her funeral will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 9 AM, from the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Ave., Taunton, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Anthony's Church, 126 School St., Taunton. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Taunton.

Calling Hours will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018, from 4-8pm at the funeral home.

Calling Hours

JUN 7. 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)

Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home
350 Somerset Avenue
Taunton, MA, 02780


JUN 8. 9:00 AM (EDT)

Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home
350 Somerset Avenue
Taunton, MA, 02780

Funeral Mass

JUN 8. 10:00 AM (EDT)

Saint Anthony Church, Taunton
126 School Street
Taunton, MA

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