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Mrs. Norma C. Cunha, 88, entered the arms of the Lord, surrounded by the loving care of her family on Monday, December 4, 2023.
We respectfully request that no one arrive at the funeral home prior to the posted visitation times, so as not to intrude on the family’s private time.
Family and friends are invited to the visitation in the Kowalski Funeral Home, 515 Roselle Street, Linden on Wednesday, December 6th. from 4:00-8:00PM. On Thursday, December 7th. at 8:15AM, everyone will start to gather in the funeral home where a prayer service will begin at 8:45AM, followed by the funeral mass to be offered in Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth at 10:00AM. The prayers of the committal will precede Mrs. Cunha’s entombment in the family crypt in Rosedale Cemetery, Linden, New Jersey.
Norma, the daughter of the late Candida DeCastro and the late Carlos DeCastro, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She arrived in the United States on October 10, 1964, and she lived and raised her children in Elizabeth, New Jersey, before moving to Howell, New Jersey in 1995.
Norma was a talented seamstress, starting at a young age, sewing all kinds of items, including clothing for her children and then later, she produced costumes for her grandchildren. She was an entrepreneurial babysitter, raising not only her own children and grandchildren, but watching and caring for many, many other children over her lifetime. She was a sort of a childcare program by herself, before it became popular. Her skills also extended to the kitchen and Norma was known to be an excellent cook preparing many of the recipes passed down from her Portuguese parents. No one ever left her table hungry! Throughout her life, Norma had a devotion to the Blessed Mother Mary and in her younger years, she belonged to an organization called the “Daughters of Mary”. Norma carried this devotion quietly, but everyone knew of her love for the Blessed Virgin. It brought her great inner peace to pray to Mary.
In addition to her parents, Norma was predeceased by her husband, Jose Dacunha on May 19, 2004.
Norma is survived by her three children, Jose A. Cunha, Maria C. Mato and her husband, John and Luisa O’Reilly and her husband, Eoin; her seven grandchildren, Cristina Mato, Andrew Mato and his wife, Ashley, Daniel Mato, David Mato, Lucas O’Reilly, Noah O’ Reilly and Sofia O’Reilly and her many other relatives and friends.
Norma was the guiding light for her family. They are saddened beyond words, as that light has now dimmed and is beyond their reach. The lady who has taught them so much about life and love will now teach them about the journey of grief and how to adjust to life without her. We know that Norma will forever be missed and that she will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace, Norma!