Luzia Picanco Obituary, Death – Lowell native and longtime resident Luzia Guadalupe (Sousa) Picanco, 95, died in her sleep at her daughter’s house in Dracut. After more than 65 years of marriage, she lost her husband Manuel C. Picanco in October 2013.
Luzia was born on July 29, 1928, on the Portuguese island of Graciosa in the Azores. She was born on the island of Graciosa to the late Altamiro de Sousa and Maria Julia (Vieira) de Sousa and received her entire formal education there. She arrived in the United States on November 3, 1977, and after living briefly in the Back Central area of Lowell, she eventually settled in the Lawrence Street area. She was a dedicated member of the Blues and the Holy Ghost and St. Anthony’s Church.
Luz was a devoted telenovela viewer who also loves bullfights and crochet. She was a shy woman who devoted herself to taking care of her family. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren deeply. Moreover, Maria Gorreti, her cherished daughter, passed away on March 3, 2014, and she cared for her all her life. Her husband Heli, her daughters Agueda Rombeiro and Filomena Dias, and their spouses; her grandchildren Edward Manuel Rombeiro of Dracut, Mark P. Rombeiro of Merrimack, NH, Jimmy S. Dias of Lowell, and Jessica S. Dias of Lowell; her great-grandchildren Marcus J. Rombeiro, Alexis S. Rombeiro, and Sophie M. Rombeiro of Merrimack, NH; Damien A. and Hailey T.
Many cousins, nieces, and nephews, as well as her brother Luis de Sousa and his wife Celina of Chelmsford, survive her as well.
Maria Goretti’s mother also had several brothers who had predeceased her. On Monday, April 15, 2019, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, the family will receive visitors at the MCDONOUGH FUNERAL HOME, 14 HIGHLAND STREET, LOWELL (978) 458-6816. Immediately following the viewing, at 12 pm, a Funeral Mass will be held at ST. ANTHONY’S CHURCH, 893 Central Street, Lowell. St. Mary Cemetery burial.