Manuel Martins Resendes, 94, of Jenkins Street, was called home by the Lord on April 6, 2020. He was the loving husband of the late Rosalina (Medeiros) Resendes.
Born in Cabouco, Lagoa, São Miguel, he was the son of the late Antonio Jacinto and Maria Madelena (Sousa) Resendes. Manuel is survived by his children, Edwin Resendes and his wife Mary, Louis Resendes and his wife Christa, Jorgina Lombardo and her husband Peter, John Resendes and his wife Erin, Lucia Micheletti and her husband Anthony.
Manuel is also survived by his adoring grandchildren, Jennifer Resendes, Nina Agudelo and her husband John, Amanda Resendes, Brittany Resendes, Jarred Resendes, Olivia Resendes, Victoria Lombardo, Madeline Lombardo, Abigail Lombardo, Teagan Resendes, Bianca Costantino and her husband Michael, Anthony Micheletti II, Gian Micheletti. He’s also survived by his great-grandchildren, Alessandra Agudelo, Matteo Agudelo, Genevieve Agudelo, Haleigh Resendes, and Nicole Cavalieri. Manuel was the brother of Maria Resendes, Jose Resendes, and Luisa Lima. Manuel was the father of the late Peter Resendes and the brother of the late Virginia Faria and Oliva Tavares.
From a young age, Manuel was instilled with a strong work ethic and the importance of family and faith. He brought his family to this country 54 years ago this month; he sought to provide his wife and children the opportunity to have a prosperous life in America. Manuel worked at Carol Cable and DaPonte’s Landscaping, even after his retirement, his craft and passion for landscaping continued. Manuel’s “green thumb” was unlike any other. He grew and maintained a lush vegetable garden in his backyard, as well as his grapevine to make homemade wine in the fall. Manuel was frequently visiting the homes of his children, meticulously maintaining their yards from the spring planting to the fall clean up. Manuel was the official groundskeeper for his family, and his grandchildren enthusiastically awaited his arrival to be his dedicated helpers. Manuel was a longtime parishioner of Saint Elizabeth’s Church and a member of the Santo Cristo Committee.
Manuel will be truly missed by his loving children and adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He now rests peacefully and is reunited with his wife Rosalina and their son Peter.
In light of the current circumstances and for the safety of family and friends, all funeral services will be private. Relatives and friends will be invited to a memorial and a Celebration of Life at a future date.
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