Julia (Abreu) De Freitas of Woburn, after a long illness, Nov. 16. The wife of the late Manuel De Freitas, she was 84 years old. Julia was born and raised on the Island of Madeira. Julia met her husband Manuel Freitas and they moved to Jersey, England to work and eventually returned to Madeira, where they started their family. Julia and her husband, who were sponsored by her sister and brother-in-law, moved to the United States in the early 70’s. They settled in Woburn, where their youngest son Frankie was born.
Julia was a happy and outgoing woman. She was always the life of the party. She was proud of her Portuguese heritage, which continued to be an important part of her life. She loved music and dancing. She would often be seen at the Portuguese feasts in Woburn dancing and singing. Julia was a loving woman. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the center of her life.
Julia was the beloved mother of Felipe De Freitas of Somerville, Filomena De Freitas of Woburn, Helen Eaton of FL, Jose Manuel De Freitas of FL, Roy De Freitas of Portugal, Victor De Freitas, Tony De Freitas and Fatima “Maria” De Freitas, all of Woburn and the late Maria Louisa and Frankie De Freitas. Julia is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was the loving sister of Albert Abreu of Woburn, and the late Rose Camacho and Joao, Amelia, Celeste, Ester, Manuel, Jaime, and Antonio Abreu. Julia is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews of the United States, Madeira and Venezuela.
Memorials in Julia’s name may be made to the Woburn Food Pantry, Woburn Council of Social Concern, 2 Merimack St., Woburn, MA 01801.