Obituary – Maria Pimentel

Maria da Luz Pimentel

“Loving mother and grandmother.  Accomplished businesswoman and humanitarian.”

Mrs. Maria da Luz Pimentel, of Waterbury, CT, passed away peacefully on September 23, 2019.  She was born on December 26, 1938 in the Cape Verde Islands.  At the age of two, she became an orphan.  Through raw talent, diligence, and a great sense of responsibility, Maria rose from poverty and built a business that served her local community.  Her hard work was equally matched by her humanitarian spirit.  Maria was a beacon of light to countless in The Islands.  She helped many emigrate abroad in search of a better life.  Her beautiful home was a place of refuge to those in need.  She was the godmother to over 50 children and sheltered dozens of children while raising her own.  She selflessly cared for the sick and the elderly.  Throughout the years, she became a source of guidance and comfort to many who came in contact with her.

Maria came to The United States in 1992.  She found her greatest joy in being a dedicated mother and grandmother.  She was the widow of Paulo Pimentel.  She is survived by her son Mr. Francisco Pimentel; her daughters Mrs. Julia Pimentel (and husband Mr. Luis da Cruz), Mrs. Maria dos Reis Pimentel, and Dr. Veronica Maria Pimentel (and husband Mr. Victor N’Guessan); as well as ten grandchildren (Paulo, Christiane, Christian, Joel, Lucas, Nolan, Chris-Lewis, Josel, Christine and Vivianne-Marai).

She leaves behind a legacy of love and selflessness.  Maria’s wisdom, warmth, and sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Maria strongly believed in giving back to the community, no matter how much or little one has. A scholarship is being created in her honor. In Maria’s own words, “Education is the best gift you can receive. What you learn, no one can take from you.”


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