Virginia M. (Roque) Duarte, 98, of Bridgewater died peacefully April 25, after a long illness. Virginia lived most of her life in the same house in Bridgewater. She was the loving daughter of the late John and Maria (Silva) Roque and was one of twelve siblings. She was a graduate of Bridgewater Academy, Class of 1933, and married Joseph Duarte Sr. on Dec. 6, 1942, and they raised their children in Bridgewater. Virginia was raised on a farm and knew firsthand the labors and skills needed to run it successfully. She carried these skills to her own household; being an excellent cook and proud of cooking the wedding meals for several of her siblings, she was also a gifted rug braider and proud homemaker. Later in life she enjoyed writing, spending time with her family, and collecting antiques. Virginia was a past member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Women's Club and was always proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was the loving mother of Joseph C. Duarte Jr. and his wife Dorothy of Bridgewater, Michael A. Duarte of Taunton; grandmother of Joseph, his wife Kelly, and Jan Duarte of Bridgewater; great-grandmother of Derik and Alyssa; sister of Tina, Emily, Madeline, Adeline and the late Anne, Mary, Joseph, John, Clement, Robert, and Richard. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Funeral from the Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 98 Bedford St., Bridgewater, Tuesday, April 29, at 9 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 103 Center St., Bridgewater, at 10 a.m., followed by a burial at St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday evening from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Life Care Center of West Bridgewater Activities Fund, 765 W. Center St., West Bridgewater, MA 02319. For online guest book and directions, visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com. Prophett-Chapman Cole & Gleason 508-697-4332
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Published in The Enterprise on Apr. 27, 2014
Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason
98 Bedford Street Bridgewater, MA 02324