Olinda Oliveira of Oakland, NJ, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 10, 2019. Born May 3, 1919 in Nespereira, Portugal to Alvaro and Emilia Ferreira, she came to America as a teenager just after the Depression. Her passions were raising a family, baking, cooking and sewing. She was known as Mrs. “O” by all the children in the neighborhood, who would often stop by to ask for a cookie to snack on. Her kitchen always had the aroma of something baking in the oven for anyone who might stop in. Many people would stop by to visit and bring something that needed mending or just to say hello.
She worked in Mac Hughes in Ridgewood, NJ as the head of Women’s Alterations for over thirty years before retiring. She continued to bake up until Christmas, 2018. Her plans were to bake more cookies this week, because there were never enough cookies should someone stop by to visit.
Olinda was predeceased by her husband, Manuel and son, Joseph Soares. She is survived by her son, Edward Soares and his wife Kathleen, grandchildren Kimberly and Jennifer Soares, sister Maria Esteves, and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a service 10:30 AM, January 22, 2019 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 117 Franklin Avenue, Oakland, New Jersey. Interment will follow at George Washington Memorial Park, 234 Paramus Road and Century Road, Paramus, New Jersey, 07652.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help R.C. Church, 117 Franklin Avenue, Oakland, New Jersey 07436.