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Loretta M. Cardoza

05/29/1939 - 09/27/2021


Obituary For Loretta M. Cardoza

Loretta M. (Miranda) Picanco Cardoza, 82, of Riverside, RI, passed away, Monday, September 27, 2021, at Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI.
She was the wife of Albert John Cardoza Sr.
Born in Warren, RI, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary (deOliveira) Miranda.
Mrs. Cardoza had worked as a certified nursing assistant in private duty for many years. She had also worked as a waitress at the Rhode Island Country Club and as a school bus driver for the Town of Barrington. She had served as a Jr. Marine, Cub Scout Leader and Girl Scout Leader in Barrington for many years. She enjoyed ceramics, embroidery, crocheting and word search puzzles.
Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Miguel Picanco and his wife Dianna of Jacksonville, NC, and Albert J. Cardoza Jr., and his companion Melissa of Coventry, RI, a step son, William Cardoza and his wife Mary Lou of Warren, RI, five daughters, Octavia Spencer and her husband Eugene of Ocala, FL, Laura "Deana" Lomas of Riverside, RI, Katherine Picanco and her companion Michael of Ocala, FL, Lizabeth Joynes and her companion Glen of Bristol, RI, and Lois Richardson and her husband Kenneth of Coventry, RI, three step daughters, Lori Rideout of Coventry, RI, twins, Lisa Cardoza of Bristol, RI, and Leslie DeCastro of Bristol, RI, seventeen grandchildren, and thirty two great grandchildren. She was also the sister of the late, William Miranda, Andrew Miranda, and Joseph Miranda.
Arrangements are by Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd., Warren, where family and friends will be received on Sunday, October 3, 2021, from 4-7PM.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 4, 2021, at 9AM, from Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd., Warren, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM in St. Brendan Church, 60 Turner Avenue, Riverside, RI.
Burial will take place in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence, RI.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Avenue, Norwood, MA, 02062, American Diabetes Association, 146 Clifford St., Providence, RI, 02903, or to the American Heart Association, 1 State St., Suite 200, Providence, RI, 02908.
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  • It took me this long to write to you Ma,, I'm sorry, it's been a hard road to get here. I love and miss you everyday. You're always with me in my heart forever. I hope you're at peace and have total comfort in knowing you made us all strong enough to endure your loss. One day we'll meet again. I love you

  • So many memories Nana! But I wish I had more! You will forever be loved and missed!

  • Dear Kayla's Family, My sincere condolences to Your Family. Ch. Victoria

  • Lois, you & your family are in my thoughts & prayers. May Mom RIP as she continues to guide you all through the light of correct directions. Love you all. ~ Michelle xo

  • Dear Deana, May your Mom rest in peace and may her memory be a blessing to you and your family. Thinking of you and wishing you comfort during this difficult time. L. Berman

  • I will never forget all the memories we have made since I was born and all the memories we had made with the family. You were the glue to our family. I hope you are having the time of your life in heaven, because you deserve it. You fought so hard all the way until the end and I will never forget the strong woman we all knew you as. Love, your granddaughter Kaitlyn❤️

  • Dear Al and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all. My God keep you all close during this trying time. May all your wonderful memories of Loretta comfort all now and in the future. Loretta I love you until we meet again. ❤️ Pat

  • Nana will be deeply missed by our family and so many others. I have so many great memories of her & her pets- especially as a kid growing up she would spoil us with cookies, candy, freeze pops & pickles! I'll never forget how scared she was of any kind of gerbil. When I was little my Aunt Lois had gotten a guinea pig and I brought it downstairs to show Nana and she jumped up on a chair scared. We all thought it was so funny. She was always there for everyone & it meant the world. She valued her time spent with her family. May she rest in the sweetest eternal peace. 💕 - Her granddaughter Kayla

  • ❤️I love you and miss you already❤️

  • My sincere condolences to the whole Family Lucia Picanço in Montreal

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