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Born Maria de Jesus Freitas, age 95, passed away peacefully at her home in North Hills, CA, January 10th, surrounded by her loving husband John Cimino, of 70+ years and their three daughters, Mary-Theresa Dameron, Ann-Marie Baehner and Dorothy Cimino Barber.
Her cremation is being handled by the Neptune Society. In lieu of a funeral service, there will be a celebration of her life by her family this spring.
Mary was born in Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal in 1917. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1920 through the Boston Harbor and settled on the East Coast.
She met John, the love of her life, at a USO dance in Washington DC, after they both had separately been talked in to going. It only took one night for them to fall in love and were married on John's next leave on July 4, 1942.
Mary and John have four grandchildren, Teresa, Tony, Cameron and Sarah, and two great-grandchildren Christian and Liliana.
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Jan. 27, 2013