Eulalia (Lolly) Penedo Tadeu, 90, of Danbury, CT passed away on August 4. She was born October 28, 1932 in Danbury, CT, to Jose and Rosa Penedo. She is survived by her most loving and devoted husband of 66 years, Antonio (Tony); son Americo (Mack) and daughter-in-law Beverly; granddaughter Alexandra and husband Theodore Hopkinson of Oakland, CA; grandson Christopher of Houston, TX; and granddaughter Rachel and husband Kris Brakke of Chelmsford, MA.
She graduated from Danbury High School in 1950 and began her secretarial career of many years. She first met her husband Tony while visiting a friend living in Portugal in 1956. She always remarked that she fell in love with him at first sight. They corresponded by letter for a year when Tony proposed to her. She quit her job and returned to Portugal to marry. Six months later she returned to the States and began her career as a secretary at Davis & Geck (D&G) of American Cyanamid in Danbury. Upon retirement from D&G, she worked part-time for several years at the American Cyanamid Employee Credit Union. She was a long-time member of the Sons of Portugal Club and then the Portuguese Cultural Center. Much of her social life was get togethers with friends. She and Antonio entertained friends and family at home with lavish homemade multi-course meals. There were frequent dinner dances at the "Club" and trips with friends and family on cruises, and other major city visits. Much of her travel was returning to Portugal to visit with family and vacation in the Algarve. Her son's diplomatic career took her and Tony to several countries in Latin America while he served at the U.S. Embassy. It was a time to discover new cultures, visit major sites, but most of all to spend quality time with her grandchildren. She had many girlfriends across the years and regularly had Tuesday morning breakfasts with her coffee clatch at 3 Brothers Diner. Most Thursday “senior” lunches were spent catching up with long time friends at the Portuguese Cultural Center. She was a devout parishioner of Sacred Heart Church for over 60 years until she and Antonio moved closer to her son and daughter-in-law in 2021, as Alzheimer's disease took control of both their lives.
A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday August 10, 2023 at 11am at Danbury Memorial Funeral Home (117 South Street). A visitation will be held prior beginning at 10:30am. Burial will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery (Lake Avenue Ext, Danbury). Any donations can be sent to Alzheimer's Association at alz.org.