Ivone D. Pinho

August 11th, 2013

Ivone D. Pinho, age 92, of Reading, died peacefully on August 10, 2013, at the Winchester Hospital.

Ivone was born in Beirut , Lebanon, on May 7, 1921, she was the cherished daughter of the late Naif and Manuela (Curry) Diabes and the newest member of a large, close knit family.  As a toddler, Ivone immigrated with her family to  Brazil, where she was raised and educated.

Following her graduation from High School, Ivone, entered the convent of the Carmelite nuns and studied to become a cloistered Nun.  Ivone was in the convent for two years when she met Jose Pinho, who was a delivery man for the convent, it was love at first sight and it led Ivone to leave the convent and follow a different path in life.

Ivone married her love Jose in 1946, sharing more than 37 years of marriage before Jose’s untimely passing in June of 1983.  While expecting a baby, Ivone accompanied her husband on a business trip to the United States where her only child Joseph made an early appearance.  Ivone and Jose returned to Brazil with a new addition to their family.

In 1955 the family moved to the United States permanently and settled in Naugatuck, Connecticut.  Ivone and Jose loved living in the United States and with lots of hard work they made their “American Dream” come true and became U. S. Citizens in 1959.

Ivone was well known for her hard work ethic, her compassion, and her care for others; for many years she was a nursing assistant in the Oncology Department at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut.  Ivone’s dedication to her patients and the level of care that she gave them did not go unnoticed and Ivone received several commendations including one for volunteering  more than 5000 hours throughout the years.

When Ivone and her family moved to the Worcester area, Ivone took a similar position at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, again dedicating her life and free time to others.

Ivone was a woman of great faith, while living in Worcester she became very involved at St. Joseph’s Parish and was very proud of becoming a Eucharistic Minister.  Ivone enjoyed sharing her belief in God with others and was always practicing what she preached, helping others whenever she could.

When Ivone relocated to the North Shore she settled  with her son in Reading more than 20 years ago.  Ivone quickly became involved with her volunteer work at Beverly Hospital, again receiving several awards for her unselfish work with her patients and for the hospital itself.

In 1988, Ivone’s life took another direction when she prepared to enter the Episcopal Church and was honored to be welcomed by Rev. Mary Glasspool who is currently the Assistant Bishop of the Los Angeles Diocese.  Mary became an important example for Ivone of women’s new leadership in the church.

When Ivone’s son Joseph became the Rector at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington 15 years ago, she became and an active communicant and important member of the Parish community.  Ivone would be front and center every Sunday listening to her son preach, she would also help out at church fairs, holiday events, and was willing do whatever it took to help others in the church community.  Ivone became known as  “mom” to many people throughout the years.

Ivone will be fondly remembered for her kind and caring ways, she had a wonderful personality always making others feel welcome, and  an infectious smile that lit up a room.  Ivone had so much unconditional love for others, she was truly amazing and will be greatly missed by all.

Ivone was the beloved wife of the late Jose Pinho and dear mother of Rev. Joe Pinho the Rector of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington, cherished daughter of the late Naif and Manuela (Curry) Diabes.  Ivone was one of 11 siblings and is survived by her 5 brothers as well as many nieces and nephews in Brazil.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, August 14th for Visiting Hours from 4-7 p.m. immediately followed by a Service at 7:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Ivone’s name may be made to St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 294, Wilmington, MA 01887.


6 Entries in Guest Book for “Ivone D. Pinho”

  1. Michael Hamilton says:

    Saint Jude has lost one of his most active publicists on Earth and we have lost one of our great intercessory prayer persons. Rest well, good and faithful, servant and friend.

  2. Debi Curtis Pike says:

    Dear Rev. Pinho,
    Please accept my condolences in the loss of your mother. From what I understand she was an amazing woman who loved and prayed for others daily. I hope your wonderful memories will help to ease your pain. I know she was very special to both my mom Susan and dad Ivan.
    Love and prayers to you and your family.
    Debi, Glenn, Ben and Jared Pike

  3. Susan Curtis says:

    Dear Fr. Joe,
    Ivone is now in heaven praying for us once more. I know her love, life and prayers have healed many, including me. I will miss her, but know that in the spiritual realm her work of intercession will go on! Please know that you are in our prayers. Come to Maine again for a visit!
    We love you.

  4. chris says:

    Dear Fr. Joe: your mom is a presence of ‘God’s love, it always showed through and will continue to do so – as with my mom, I am sure she will be watching over you and showing herself to you in miraculous ways, Iam sure my mom and yours have met and are talking about the sons they love
    Incredible how both May 7th is birthday of your mom and passing of my mom
    It is the feast day of St. Rose of Vertibo they started the Vennerini sisters

  5. chris says:

    Dear Fr. Joe
    Katie and Shawn who I work with and know you and my uncle Don all are praying and thinking of you they all met your mom and love you and her.
    And you are an incredible son to your mom, I know what its all about Love You Chris

  6. Gina and Michael DeLucia says:

    Fr. Joe,
    We were so saddened to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful woman and remembered fondly in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Gina, Michael and Family

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