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Eugenia (Tavares) Florio

d. June 26, 2021

Fairhaven – Eugenia (Tavares) Florio, age 96, of New Bedford passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at Alden Court Nursing Care Home. She was the beloved wife of the late John Florio.

Born in New Bedford, MA she was the daughter of the late Domingos Tavares and Eugenia (Lima) Tavares. Eugenia had been a graduate of New Bedford High School and the Academia Moderne in Boston. She had worked as a stenographer and secretary for the City of New Bedford Police Department and was also a secretary at St. Luke’s Hospital.

She had volunteered her time all of her life. She started as a Red Cross Nurse’s Aide during WW II at St. Luke’s Hospital and continued volunteering for the New Bedford Glass Museum, the South End Civic Association, Your Theatre and St. Vincent de Paul. She had been a member of the St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary and Retiree Club. She was also a parishioner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at St. James Church, where she sang in the choir for many years.

Eugenia is survived by her son, Michael Florio and his wife Ann of Mattapoisett; granddaughters, Katelyn Lash and her husband David and Mikayla Florio and her fiancé Dan Chouinard; as well as many beloved nephews and nieces.

She was predeceased by her late sisters, Deolinda Fonseca and Eunice Runge and by her late brother, David Tavares.

Eugenia’s visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at Perry Funeral Home from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Her funeral will be held on Thursday morning, beginning in the funeral home at 9:00 A.M. and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at St. James Church at 10:00 A.M. Burial will immediately follow in Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute or to any Animal Rescue League Shelter or Facility.

Arrangements are placed in the care of Perry Funeral Home 111 Dartmouth St. New Bedford, MA 02740. Please see our website: for condolences.

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