Arlete Lavado de Sousa

02/23/1952 - 06/13/2022

Arlete Lavado de Sousa, 70, of St. Petersburg, FL, and formerly of Waterbury, CT, was pronounced deceased on June 13, 2022. She was born in Mira de Aire, Portugal on February 23, 1952, the daughter of the late Americo and Maria Lavado.

Arlete came to America in 1960, when she was 8 years old. Eventually, she spent her life working as a certified hairdresser, as well as a professional quality inspector in the manufacturing industry. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, warm weather, the beach, fashion, dancing, arts and crafts, time with family/friends, helping others, and every minute talking or being with her grandchildren. She spent her downtime praying; she loved the Blessed Mother and Sacred Heart of Jesus. She always thought of others first, was dedicated to her family, and was unconditionally caring and loving. She strived to be the best person she could be through her efforts and small acts. Her smile was contagious, her kindness was always felt, her sweetness was adored, and her words touched lives.

Arlete will be deeply missed by her daughters Paula Esposito de Sousa, of Florida, and Teresa deSousa Cull, of Connecticut. She also leaves behind many other family members which include her husband, Joaquim G. de Sousa, who lives in Portugal; son-in-law Brian Cull; grandchildren Kylie and Elijah Cull; sister and brother-in-law Julia and Antonio Coelho; niece and nephew Romana (Ralph) Anderson and Tony (Michelle) Coelho; and numerous extended family members.

All are welcome to attend the Florida and/or Connecticut Funeral Masses to honor Arlete’s beautiful soul.

The first Funeral Mass: Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at 11:00 AM, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church, 5030 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill, Florida.

The second Funeral Mass: Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 10:00 AM, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 74 West Main St., Waterbury, Connecticut.


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  • Maureen Kellner (MoMo) says:

    She was a very kind & sweet lady. A gentle soul;she certainly will be missed. 💙💋🌹

  • Kim & Tom Perreault says:

    Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time.
    Love and prayers,
    Kim and Tom

  • Fatima Dasilva says:

    My deepest condolence to the family . This is sad news to hear . May you all have faith and celebrate life of Arlette’s .

    Fatima –

  • Jackie Nelson says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Arlete’s passing. She was one of the kindest, sweetest persons I know. Deepest sympathies to her family

  • Dave and Denise Murphy says:

    Our deepest condolences go out to your family. May your many wonderful memories help you find comfort at this difficult time and bring you joy as time passes.

  • Michele Tavares Krom says:

    I am so so sorry for your loss. Your mom was amazing. I loved her very much and am so sad to see this news. Sending all my love to all of you! 🙏🏻❤️

  • Dolores (Moco) Dasilva says:

    My deepest sympathy to all the family. She was a dear cousin and truly a kind soul. I will always remember the day she and her family arrived in the USA and our times on Baldwin Ave. Sending prayers, hugs and love to all.
    Love ❤️ Dolores