SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 11, 2013

Valquerio Conde Cunha, 78


Graciosa, Azores — Valquerio Conde Cunha, 78, suddenly passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2013, on his beloved island of Graciosa, Azores, Portugal. He moved to Peabody with his family in 1973, and upon his retirement in 1992, he and his wife returned to Graciosa. Among the many things he enjoyed, he loved his gardening, wine making, and most of all, spending time with his friends and family. He is survived by his wife, Arcelina Augusta Cunha, with whom he shared 54 years of marriage; his children, Manuel Cunha and his wife, Maria C. Branquinho, Maria Machado and her husband, Duarte Machado, Gabriel Cunha, Diana Cunha Rossi, Conceicao Cunha, and Jose Cunha and his wife, Jeannie Pereira Cunha. He was the beloved grandfather of 15 grandchildren, Anita and Tania Machado, Christina Furtado, Angel Cunha, Doris Claffey, Ryan Fanning, Kayla Tierney, Adriana Cunha, Joathan and Ashely Champa, Nicholas and Ciara Rossi, Mathew, Adam and Eric Cunha; and the great-grandfather of two, Jocelyn and Isaiah Furtado. He is also survived by his sister, Maria Bettencourt and her husband, Manuel Bettencourt; one brother, Pompilho Cunha; two sisters-in-law, Conceicao and her husband, Balbino Bettencourt, Teresa Lurdes Silva and her husband, Albertino Silva; one uncle, Arlindo Silva; and many nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: Burial will take place in Graciosa, Azores, and a memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, December 14, at 5 p.m., at Our lady of Fatima Church, 50 Walsh Avenue, Peabody, Mass.