Sofia G. Duarte
October 3, 1928 — February 10, 2023
Sofia Gomes Duarte, 94, of Riverdale Park, Maryland passed away
peacefully among loved ones at her home on February 10, 2023. She was born on
October 3, 1928 Azambujeira dos Carros, Portugal to José Françisco and Georgina
Gomes, the youngest of three sisters. On November 6, 1949 she married her one
love José João Duarte. Their daughter, and only child, was born on January 4,
In July of 1966 the family moved to Paris, France to seek greater
opportunities. On May 15, 1970 her grandson was born.
In August 1971 she immigrated to the United States, joining her husband
who had immigrated earlier to start a new job and prepare their home. Daughter
and grandson soon followed. Through thrift and hard work they purchased their
home in Riverdale Park in January 1977. She worked, ran the household, and
helped raise her grandson.
On August 9, 2006 at the age of 75, she became a citizen of her beloved
United Sates, completing a true American story. Sofia was driven by her Catholic
faith and her devotion to family. She loved cheering for the Washington Redskins
and the Men's Portuguese National Soccer team. Their 2016 European
Championship was a joyous moment!
She is survived by her daughter Lisette Marr, son-in-law William H. Marr,
grandson Nelson P. Marr, as well as many nephews and nieces. A viewing will be
held at Gasch's Funeral Home, 4739 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD from 3 to 5
PM on Sunday, February 19, 2023. A second viewing will be at St. Mark's Catholic
Church, 7501 Adelphi Rd, Hyattsville, MD at 11 AM on Monday, February 20, 2023,
followed by a memorial mass at 12 PM. Internment will immediately follow at
Cedar Hill Cemetery, 4111 Pennsylvania Ave., Hillcrest Heights, MD. A light lunch
and refreshments will be served at Sofia's home starting at 3pm. Please join us.
Flowers or donations to the American Cancer Society in memory of Sofia
Gomes Duarte and José João Duarte are welcome.