Teresa Amaral

Obituary of Teresa Amaral

Teresa (Pennachi) Amaral, 91, of 216 Spring St., died on Thursday, September 11, 2008, at the Newport Hospital. She was the wife of the late Manuel Amaral. Born in Newport on November 11, 1916, she was a daughter of the late Luigi and Candida (Lepri) Pennachi. Mrs. Amaral was a Newport native and a lifelong Newport resident. She had a tremendous impact on the lives of many and greatly contributed to her community. She was the Democratic woman of the year in 2000, and was a member of the Newport Democratic City Committee for more than half a century. She had a long career of volunteer work in political campaigns, including the first campaign of her fellow Newporter, Senator Claiborne Pell in 1960. Her volunteer activities have not been limited to political campaigns. Among the many worthy causes benefiting from her efforts, have been St. Mary's Church, Shake-A-Leg, Looking Upwards, Festa Italiana, the Maher Center, the Columban Fathers, Heart Fund Balls, The Red Cross Blood Drives, and she was CYO Mother of the Year. She has long been recognized as Newport's "champion" ticket seller for political and charitable events. She graduated from the former St. Augustin's School, St. Joseph's High School, and Woods Secretarial School. From 1957-1980 she operated a Newport antique shop, known as "Teresa's Treasures" and "Teresa's Oldie but Goodies" before retiring. She worked for eight years at the Newport County Sheriff's Office. Her husband, the late Manuel Amaral, was President of the Local Carpenter's Union, and was a member of the Newport City Council in the 1940's. She leaves a son, Philip E. Amaral of Middletown; 7 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren; a brother Joseph Pennachi of Dracut, MA; a sister Madeline Ardito of Newport and her companion Alfred Henser and good friend Jimmy Lewis. She was the mother of the late Elaine Oliveira and the late William Amaral. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, September 15, 2008, at 10:15am, at St. Mary's Church, Spring St, Newport. Burial at St. Columba's Cemetery, Brown's Ln, Middletown. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, September 14, from 3:00-6:00pm in the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St., Newport, RI, 02840. Donations in Mrs. Amaral's memory may be made to the St. Mary's Church Restoration Fund, PO Box 547, Newport, RI, 02840
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