Elisa (Vieira) Leitao, 99, died Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She was wife to Augusto N. Leitao for 65 years. Originally, from Brava, Cape Verde, Portugal, Elisa emigrated to the United States in 1951 settling in Boston. She and her husband started their family living in both Dorchester and Mattapan, ultimately settling in Stoughton in 1973 where they spent the following 42 years raising their two sons, Carl V. Leitao and Henry V. Leitao. In their spare time, Elisa loved to garden, each spring planting dahlias and a variety of vegetables. Elisa was very faithful and an active member of the Our Lady of the Rosary Church. Elisa was also a talented seamstress working for many years at both the Dayhood Company in Stoughton and at the Fishman Company in Boston where she was a member of the International Lady Garments Union. Since 1993, Elisa was a long time summer residents of Marstons Mills, where they shared a family home. This home was the source of many wonderful memories, including countless family cookouts, preparing fish that Gus had caught, teaching her grandchildren how to make her favorite recipes, singing to Portuguese music by bonfires and playing cards with friends and cousins that often stopped by. After downsizing in 2015, Elisa and Gus resided in North Attenborough, MA with their son Carl and his wife, Pam. Here she made new friends from the neighborhood as she worked in her new garden. Elisa was a kind, faithful and selfless person who was dedicated to her family. She has passed down these honorable traits to her sons, their children and great grandchildren. One cannot think of Elisa without remembering her faith, love for family and kindness towards others.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two sons, Carlos V. Leitao and his wife Pamela of North Attleboro and Henry V. Leitao and his wife Sandra of Hanover. She was predeceased by her daughter in law, Anita Leitao, her brother Manuel S. Vieira and sister Ann S. Tavares. She was the grandmother of Charles and his wife Meghan, Ann Marie, Alison, Abigail and Ainslie and the Great Grandmother of Molly and Grace Leitao and Maelyn Fischer.
Private family services will be held with a burial at Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton. A Celebration of Life will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to empowerHER®, a nonprofit organization supporting girls and young women who have experienced the loss of their mothers. https://www.empoweringher.org/donate