Coelho, Née Vultao, Maria Carmelia

COELHO, NéE VULTAO, Maria Carmelia

1937 - 2022

It’s with broken hearts that we announce that on November 22, 2022, our beautiful mother, Maria Carmelia Coelho (nee Vultao), passed away peacefully at the Gatineau Hospital at the age of 85, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and loved family members.

She was the beloved wife of the late Duarte Manuel Martins Coelho, the daughter of the late Jose de Viveiros Vultao and the late Maria de Nazareth Viveiros Cabeçeiras, a very cherished mother to Jeremias (Otilia), Artur (Helena), Isabel (Joao), Bertha (Mario Jorge), Dolores (Carlos), Paula (Johanne) and Roberto (Martine). She was the loving grandmother to Andrea Bobbi, Anthony, Christopher, Cindy, Claudia, David, Jason, Jeremy, John, John Winston, Leslie, Mark Anthony, Matthew, Nicholas, Richard, and Sabrina, a loving step-grandmother to Daisy and Danny, and a loving great-grandmother to Adrian, Aiden, Aimee, Austin Bryan, Brayden, Jakob, Luka, and Monika.  She leaves her sisters Natalia Ferreira and Lurdes Andrade and her brother Carlos Alberto Vultao. Predeceased by her brothers Jose and Alfredo and her sister Maria Rosa. She is also survived by her cousins, her nieces, her nephews, as well as many other family and friends.

Mom immigrated to Canada on August 7, 1962 from her homeland, Açores at the ripe age of 24, married with two children, to join our dad and to start a new life in Canada.  At that young age equipped with only her native language and wit, she quickly found her way around in Hull, Quebec picking up on the Canadian customs and the languages.  With this new knowledge she soon began to help other immigrating families and friends settling in the community.  She volunteered many years at her parish. Mom’s greatest love was her family and she dedicated her long life to raising seven children and caring for our paternal grandparents and our maternal grandmother and her grandchildren.  She became widowed at the young age of 43 and continued to be the strong remarkable woman we knew raising her large family on her own.  She was an exceptional woman, wife and mother.  Over the years she was blessed with keeping and nurturing big beautiful, loving and caring friendships with families and friends.  She cared deeply for her family and neighbors. She always had words of encouragement for young people.  She did all this not out of obligation, but because of who she was. She was a central figure in our lives: she was a star in our eyes.  In her spare time, we would find Mom tucked away in the garden among her other greatest passion and love for all things plants and flowers. She will be dearly missed.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus, the Montfort Hospital, and the Gatineau Hospital for their excellent care and support.  Also, many thanks to the pharmacists and staff at Proxim Jonathan Banville, Steven Haddad & Patrick Lamarche (Gatineau) for their exceptional services.

Condolences and visitations will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Coopérative funéraire de l'Outaouais - Vérendrye Pavillion, 1369 La Vérendrye Boulevard West, Gatineau, QC J8T 8K2. For those who wish to attend virtually, you can do so by following the link:

A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 9:00 am at the Portuguese Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit (Sainte-Bernadette), 13 Sainte Bernadette Street, Gatineau, QC J8X 2C3, followed by a burial at Notre-Dame Cemetery, 75 Fournier Boulevard, Gatineau, QC J8X 3P5.

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Toute la famille Coelho

Recevez nos très sincères condoléances et l'expression de notre sympathie la plus profonde.

Gorette Costa et Alberto Azevedo

Gorette Costa, November 30, 2022


sending healing prayers to you and your family.

Grisel Cuellar , November 30, 2022

As toutes la familles

Toutes nos sympathies as tous repose en paix

Lucia Rodrigues, November 30, 2022

Toute la famille Coelho

Our sympathies to all of the family may she rest in peace

Louis et Eugénia Botelho , November 30, 2022

Familia Coelho

Os nossos sentimentos a toda a familia que sua alma descanse em Paz

Carvalho David , November 30, 2022

Roberto Coelho

Mes sincères condoléances à toute la famille spécialement à Roberto. Ta mère était une femme exceptionnelle et j'ai eu l'honneur de travailler avec elle et nous avons eu de fou rire ensemble. Que Dieu l'accueil auprès de lui. Reposer en paix Mme Coelho et veillez sur les vôtres.

Del Araujo, November 30, 2022

Coelho family

Condolences to the entire family

M Tavares Bianchi , November 30, 2022

Familia Coelho

My deepest condolences to you Dolores, and to the rest of the family. She was a wonderful person, caring and liked helping other people. Aind o outro dia falei dela.
RIP sra Carmelia.

Joao de Sousa, Toronto , December 1, 2022

Familia Coelho

My deepest condolences to you Dolores, and to the rest of the family. She was a wonderful person, caring and liked helping other people. Aind o outro dia falei dela.
RIP sra Carmelia.

Joao de Sousa, Toronto , December 1, 2022


Our Condolences
We have great memories of your.
Mom she was very caring and loving person… May God’s Love be with you at this time of sorrow…Sending Love and prayers

Helio & Tina Nogueira , December 1, 2022

Famille Coelho et amis

Je veux faire part de nos plus sincères condoléances à toute la famille Coelho et amis.

Daniel Melo et Marichel Yabut, December 2, 2022

Familia Vultao e Coelho

Os nossos sentimentos a toda a familia e que sua alma descanse em Paz.

Our sympathies to the whole family. May she rest in eternal peace.

Lourdes Rodrigues & Family, December 2, 2022

Coelho Family

Our utmost, sincere and deepest condolences to the Coelho family for the lost of a loving and caring mother. She was also a wonderful lady, respected and loved by all. May she rest in peace with God

Maria Oliveira & Manuel Melo, December 3, 2022

Sabrina & family

Your Grandmother will be very missed , her sweet smile , she cared about everyone, with her huge heart . An amazing angel !!. My deepest condolences to the Coelho family xxxxxxx

Tami-lynn Thompson , December 4, 2022

Christopher et toute sa famille

Sincères sympathies. Nous sommes de tout coeur avec vous.

Line Secours et Richard Poirier, December 7, 2022

Bertha et ka famille

Chère Bertha ... à toi et ta famille. Je vois offre mes sincères sympathies. Je pense à toi. Vous êtes dans mes prières.

Monique Laframboise, December 12, 2022

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