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Manuel dos Santos Chaves ,90 of Norwalk, beloved husband of 68 years to Autilia Lopes Chaves, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2018.
Born February 6, 1928 in Milford, MA. Manuel was the youngest of three children born to the late Antonio and Rosalia Joaquina dos Santos Chaves. Manuel returned to Portugal as a child with his family during the depression of the late 1920’s. He was raised in the rural town of Ardaos where he farmed, raised livestock and made wine. Ardaos is where he met and married is beloved wife, Autilia.
He returned to the United States in 1960 to give his family a better life. He worked at Deering Construction for over twenty years and was a proud member of the local Laborer’s Union. He enjoyed working in his garden and tending to his bees.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children, Francisca Monteiro and her husband Antonio Monteiro of Norwalk, Idalina Caruso and her husband Daniel Caruso of Norwalk and Tony Chaves and his wife Elisabeth Sharron of Newtown as well as three grandchildren Tina Monteiro Tynes and her husband Jason Tynes of Northford, Amelia Monteiro of Norwalk and Kimberly Chaves of Newtown, two great grandchildren Bianca and Jason Tynes, and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Jesuina Esteves and Idalina Pires.
Family and friends may call at Magner Funeral Home, 12 Mott Ave Norwalk, CT on Wednesday, March 14th, 6-8pm. A funeral service will be celebrated in Manuel’s memory on Thursday, March 15th, 10am at St. Philip Church, 1 Father Conlon Place, Norwalk, CT. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Norwalk, CT.