Maria De Fatima Sara Pinto

Maria de Fatima Sara Pinto, affectionately known by all as “Sarita”, passed away at the South Health Campus on August 29, 2021 at the age of 70 years after a valiant and lengthy battle with complications due to pneumonia.Sarita was born on September 21, 1950 in Ponda, Goa, India.  Sarita was raised in Goa, India along with her 6 brothers and 2 sisters.  Sarita was a devout Catholic and when her deteriorating health prevented her from attending mass, she instead watched mass daily at home.  She met her future husband Francis (Franky) Pinto in 1970, and they were married in Old Goa, India on May 23, 1976.  Sarita and Franky emigrated to Calgary in 1980 seeking a better life and better prospects. She worked in many different industries including retail, senior services and food services during her 40 years in Canada all whilst raising her family.  Sarita was the most loving wife, mother and grandmother one could ever ask for. Her immediate and extended family were the most important part of her life.  She was an exceptional Goan cook. Her curries, finger foods and pickles were the stuff of legend in Calgary! No one ever left hungry from Sarita’s house.  She was a joker, a brilliant entertainer and the life of every party, celebration and event she hosted or attended.  Sarita is survived by her beloved husband Franky, her daughter Sheryl (Charles), her son Shawn (Diana and son Adrian) and her precious    grandchild Shayne.  Sarita is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Adv Nelson (Justina), Sylvia (Oscar), Wilson (Eloma), Dr Antonio (Diana), Ivo (Vanita), Yolanda (Augostinho), Iovil (Mary) and Irvin (Ismalia); her numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends far and wide, too numerous to count.  Sarita was predeceased by her parents Adv Francisco A. A. Soares and Carmina B. L. Cardozo e Soares as well as her Stepmother Maria Yvone Jesuina Leitao e Soares.  The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks and deep appreciation to all for your many acts of kindness, comforting words and prayers during this time of sorrow. May God bless and sustain each and everyone of you.  “I can’t think of a more wonderful thanksgiving for the life I have had than that everyone should be jolly at my funeral.” – Admiral Lord Mountbatten

A Funeral Service will be held at COUNTRY HILLS CREMATORIUM & FUNERAL SERVICES, 11995 – 16 Street NE on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 1:00 pm. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so prior to the Funeral Service, beginning at 12 pm. To view a live stream of Maria’s Funeral Service, please follow this link:

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42 Obituaries

  1. Sacha Fernandes

    My dearest godmother,
    rest in peace.

    • : Calgary
  2. Fr. Jack Pereira

    Sarita, as she was known, was a remarkable woman with strong dedication to the family values. May she rest in eternal peace.

    • : Calgary

    Heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

  4. Michael Newton & Neville de Souza



    • : Calgary
  5. Marilinda

    May our M. Sarita’s soul rest in peace.

    • : Goa
  6. Sr. Josina A.C.

    Dear Cheryl and all at home. My heartfelt sympathies to you all. Everyday I used to
    pray for dear Mum for her recovery.God willed it otherwise. In his mercy and love felt that she was ready to be with Him! You
    now have a strong intercessor for you and the family. Her sufferings have gained for her holiness and Eternal Life.
    Rest in peace dear Sarita. You are in the
    loving hearts of Jesus and Mother Mary.

    • : Ahmedabad.Gujarat. India.
  7. Maria, Luis and family

    Heartfelt condolences to you and family.


    Very saddened by your irreparable loss. A loving daughter, sister, wife and above all a most caring mother and a dear friend. You will be missed. Rest in peace, Sarita.
    Sincere condolences on your bereavement.
    Vivienne, Roy and family.

    • Lourdes de Souza

      Will miss Sarita dearly. She always kept in touch with me, whether I called her or not. Passed on a lot of information to me, which I would never have known otherwise. Has always been generous, and tried to be helpful to people in many ways. Sarita will always be in my prayers.

      My sincere condolences to Franky, Sheryl, Shaun & wife and Shane, and all Sarita’s family members.

      • : Calgary, AB.
    • Maria & Olwyn Vaz

      it is hard to understand why people are taken from us.
      May happy memories carry you all through this sorrowful time.

      • : Mississauga
    • Beryl Rodrigues

      So sad to hear about Sarita’s passing. She will always be remembered as a good friend who always tried to take care of others. Her humerous nature kept us with a smile. Your troubles are now far away. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sarita, Franky, Sheryl, Shawn and family and Shane.

      Lorna Rodrigues and family

      • : Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    • Juanita Pereira

      My sincere condolences to Frankie, Sheryl, Shawn ( Diana), and Shayne, very sad to hear of Sarita’s passing, she will always be remembered as a close friend, who shared many a laugh.
      Grief never ends, but it changes, it’s a passage not a place to stay.
      Wishing you peace to bring comfort , the courage to face the days ahead and the loving memories to hold forever in you heart.
      Juanita and the boys

      • : Calgary, Alberta
    • Tony and Maria-Yvonne Lawrence

      We offer our deepest Condolences to Franky, Sheryl, Shawn (family), Shayne and to her siblings, Sarita was humorous and entertaining. She loved to cook and always shared what she had. She was very generous. She will be missed by all who knew her. May her soul RIP. May you all find comfort in happy memories.

      • : Calgary, Alberta
    • Yolanda Soares Baracho

      My dearest sis Sarita love you & miss you so much. You will be remembered forever. The bond we shared is treasured in my heart. Rest in Eternal Peace dearest Sarita, my Angel. Love you dear.

      • : Ponda Goa India
    • Vicki D'Souza

      Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing on of our dear Sarita. May her many memories help ease your sorrow at this time and May she Rest in Peace. God Bless. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

      • : Calgary
    • Chris Nazareth

      Our Deepest Condolences to Franky, Sheryl, Shawn, Diana, Adrian, Shane and family.
      Our prayers are with you, and may God give you strength and surround you with his love.
      Sarita was a kind and beautiful person – may her soul rest in Peace and may Perpetual light shine upon her.

      Chris, Carol, Nicole & Austin Nazareth

      • : Calgary
    • Denis Fernandes

      So sorry for your loss Frank and the Pinto family. My deepest sympathies for you and your family.

      Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. – John 14:27

      Our prayers go with Sarita to her place in heaven.

      Denis, Ivor, Brandon, Karen, and Collin.

      Sarita Pinto

      • : Calgary, Alberta
    • Nel Correia

      Our deepest sympathies to Franky and the Pinto family. May loving memories of Sarita and the care of family and friends comfort you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Nel and Veronica

      • : Calgary
    • Errol and Ingrid Misquitta and family

      Sarita’s humor and ability to make one smile was known to all. May she rest in peace.
      Our deepest condolences to Franky and the Pinto family.

      • : Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    • Rita and Mel Alvares

      Our deepest condolences Franky and family. We will miss Sarita very much. She was such a joker, and always made us laugh.

      • : Calgary, Alberta
    • Nolasco and Leonita Aguiar

      Our sincere condolences to Franky and family. Sarita was a jovial ,fun loving person. She had great faith in the Blessed Virgin mother as I recall the statue in their home. By our lady’s promises to those who recite the rosary, I know she is smiling down and is happy in heaven.

      • : Toronto, Ontario
    • Yolanda Soares Baracho

      Love you & miss you dearest Sarita.Miss your smile, miss your laughter, miss your jovial generous nature. Miss you so much.
      Adeus Sarita till we meet again. God grant your Soul Eternal Rest

      • : Ponda Goa India
    • Shalini, Sushila, Rabi

      A ray of sunshine that brought so much joy and laughter to everyone that crossed Sarita’s path has been interrupted. Our dear witty comedienne Sarita is likely rocking the heavens with her unique brand of humor.

      We cherished Sarita’s friendship & jokes through our youth as playmates/neighbors in Ponda. Both were instantly accessible with just a phone call, decades later after moving to a new American continent. Despite the deep loss we feel now, we expect to find solace through new access to our dear Angelic friend across the dimensions.
      Deepest condolences and much love to her immediate & extended family.
      Joana, Shalini, Sushila, Rabi & Sharmila

      • : California, USA
    • Diana, Mario, Bell and John

      Sarita, Franky and the kids was wonderful family. Diana my wife was in choke with notice of Sarita premature death. She and Diana was working in same place for more than 20 years. She was always happy. We never saw her sad, even when she was sick. Last my visit was few days before Christmas 2020 and she was very happy.
      Condolences to her family and R.I.P. to Sarita

      • : Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    • Flavia De Souza Miranda

      Our deepest and heartfelt Condolences , dear Franky , Sheryl , Shane and all the family both Pintos and Soares .
      Sarita was a dear friend. , a livewire at any time, a true Christian , right through school and college , that she, her older sister Sylvie and I shared in Fatima Convent and Carmel College, Goa, India !! God bless her spirit that she has kept alive even in death through her beautiful example ! She will be sorely missed but loved always .Rest in peace dear Sarita ,until we meet again and see your smiling face .God bless you and yours ..RIP Amen

      • : Dubai , UAE
    • Remed and Lorern

      Sarita, it is hard to accept that we will no longer hear your voice. Your humour brought a lot of joy. Rest In Peace my dear Sarita.
      Our heart felt condolences to Franky and the family.

      • : Calgary, Alberta
    • Alba Fernandes

      Our deepest sympathies to Frank, Sheryl, Shawn, Shayne and all her brothers and sisters and their families on the passing away of our dear Sarita. She was one of a kind – a very genuine, loving and a caring person. She will be missed in so many ways, one of them is her love for Goa and our Konkani language. She joked and made me laugh till my eyes teared or my stomach hurt with pain. I have lost a Konkani speaking partner. Love you Sarita forever and always. RIP, till we meet again. Aiz tucam, falea amcam.

      • : Calgary
    • Maria celeste

      We have lost an incredible Life ! Sarita was special and will be missed by Many!
      Very fond memories of my vacation in Ponda .. her funny faces during Rosary which made us laugh and she kept a straight face ! 😬
      Sarita you are and will be in my prayers always ❤️ Condolences to Franky Sheryl Shawn Shayne and the Familia 💞
      Maria Celeste !

      • Kenneth

        Sarita we will miss you

        • : Varca Goa
      • Shastri Rodrigues Rebelo

        Death may have taken you away from all your loved ones , but it could never take your memories away. Prima Sarita will always be in our hearts in your own special place. A lively .humourous n affectionate person on earth gone to its final abode . Rest in the heavenly bliss .Adeus Prima Sarita

        • : Varca Goa
      • Eddie & Libby Phillips & family.

        A life well lived is a legacy of joy and pride and pleasure, a living and lasting memory our grateful hearts will treasure and remember. Thoughts are with you Franky, Sheryl, Shawn, Shayne and all the family during this time of sorrow, along with our loving wishes that dear Sarita’s memories will bring you peace, strength and comfort.
        – Dudley, Ashley, Hayley, Libby & Eddie Phillips.

        • : Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
      • Peter & Shanti

        Our deepest condolences to Franky & family. May her soul rest in Peace and may Perpetual light shine upon her.

        • : Panjim, Goa, India
      • Eddy, Evadeane & Eilrich

        Rip dearest Sarita we will miss you.But we enjoyed you in Goa for many months ., little did we know this was our last meeting.we will missing your jokes.Franky be strong Sheryl ,Shawn /Diana & Shayne condolences to you all and the extended family.Adeus dearest Sarita.

        • : Ponda Goa India
      • D’Mello Family

        Our heartfelt sympathies to the family. We have some wonderful memories of times shared with Sarita. She was such a bright personality – she will be dearly missed. You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May her soul Rest In Peace 🙏🏼
        From – Charlotte, Melvin, Diogo D’Mello

        • : Calgary
      • Hillary DeSouza

        My sincere condolences to Franky, Sheryl, Shawn, and families. Sarita was a beautiful soul, always able to bring a smile to those who were blessed to have been in her presence. May her soul rest in peace.

        • : Calgary, AB
      • Ebbygail Cardoso

        Gone to soon.

        Words cannot describe the loss I feel,
        Saying farewell to you, it’s hard to believe,
        That you’re no longer here.
        Oh, how dearly you are missed.

        Although your gone- your memories will live on …
        Memories that are unforgettable,
        But heaven decided to give you wings,
        Wishing we could have more time.

        Forever is not sufficient,
        But I would take one day,
        If given a chance,
        To see your tender smile, laugh again,
        Just for a while,

        Gone to soon, but not forgotten,
        Forever you will remain,
        A guiding light,
        A shining star,
        Until we meet again Aunty Sarita.

        • : London, Uk
      • Vivienne & Tony Monteiro

        May your soul Rest In Peace Sarita. You will be dearly missed. Memories of the fun times we’ve shared, the humorous conversations will always be cherished as they bring a smile.
        Deepest condolences to Franky, Shawn, Sheryl, Shane and all near and dear ones in the family. God bless!

        • : Calgary, AB
        1. ublina colaco

          Sarita, you were in our prayers right through your illness and since you passed on; it was a pleasure to have known you and the good times we shared together. May God give you, Franky, and your family, comfort, strength and courage through this difficult time. May God rest Sarita’s soul in eternal peace.
          God bless you all
          Mickey, Ublina and family.

          • : CALGARY
      • Nancy Mendonca

        Sarita touched many lives. I will always remember her vibrant spirit. She brought a smile to the faces of all the people she met. My Mum will miss her dear friend as will I. May your soul rest in peace dear Sarita.

        • : Calgary
      • Caetano & Mary de Menezes

        Dearest family of Sarita Pinto,
        It is with sadness we learnt that the battles of all your illness and struggles with them had ended.
        May you rest in the eternal peace that our Creator has for the faithful and may the memories of you strengthen all who mourn your passing.

        • : Calgary, Alberta
      • Llewelyn Cheryl D'Silva

        May your soul rest in peace, dear Sarita. Our sincere condolences to Franky and your family. You were a loving and cheerful person with a smile for everyone. You had a warm and generous heart and will be remembered with love by everyone who knew you. May God comfort your family through this sad time.
        Love, Cheryl & Llewelyn

        • : Calgary, Alberta

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