Lorraine (Perry) Pires, 95, of Hayward, CA, passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2018. She was born July 9, 1923. She was preceded in death by her husband Fausto Pires, “her boy” Richard Castro (Shirley), her brother John Perry, and her sister Mary Casqueiro. Lorraine is survived by her three daughters: Marilyn Pires (Chriss), Theresa Harvey (Stephen), and Georgina Pires; her granddaughter Sara Harvey (Matthew Schwartz); great-granddaughter Beatrice Lorraine Harvey-Schwartz, and great-grandson Stephen Marlowe Harvey-Schwartz, along with her nieces and nephew and great nieces and nephews of Oregon.
Lorraine graduated from Roosevelt High School in Oakland and worked in the Del Monte cannery and American Can Company prior to her marriage. After marriage, Lorraine and Fausto opened their small business, Pires Market, in Hayward, where they worked side by side for over 25 years.
One of the greatest blessings in Lorraine’s life was her Catholic faith. Lorraine had a strong and sustained belief in God and took every opportunity to show her love through her service to St. John’s Parish in San Lorenzo. Lorraine served as morning yard monitor at St. John’s School and helped count the church offerings every Monday for many years among many other tasks she happily performed. The clergy and the congregation of St. John’s will remember Lorrain as an active and very spirited member there.
Lorraine also had a wonderful connection to her Portuguese heritage through membership in many of the local Portuguese organizations.
Visitation will be on Wednesday August 22, 2018 at Grissom’s Chapel & Mortuary, 267 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo from 4-8 PM. Vigil service begins at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at St. John’s Catholic Church, 264 E. Lewelling Blvd, San Lorenzo. Lorraine will be laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Lorraine’s memory to the Presentation Sisters Retirement Fund, 2340 Turk St., San Francisco, CA, 94118.