Wilma Josefa Castro Mendoza D’Alarcao, age 83, died at home on January 26, 2019 from complications related to Parkinson’s Disease. She was born on April 10, 1935 in Portoviejo, Ecuador to Oswaldo Castro Intriago and Didima Mendoza Moreira. With her five siblings and parents, she left her home country at the age of 12 and moved to Washington D.C. A few years later the family moved to Rome, Italy where she completed her secondary education and attended Rome University’s medical school.
She married Hugo D’Alarcao in 1956 and moved to Lisbon, Portugal. After the birth of her first child, her new family immigrated to the United States, eventually settling in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Wilma spent the 1970’s and ‘80s as a homemaker as well as a prolific and talented artist. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts College of Art & Design (MassArt).
She worked as an educator at El Centro del Cardinal Adult Education in Boston, and later as a medical interpreter at Caritas Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton. She provided interpretation in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. She loved this work and often remarked how amazing it was that she got to do that type of work every day.
She is survived by her three children, Marco D’Alarcao (Maria), Rick D’Alarcao (Charlene), and Sonia D’Alarcao (Mark Litchfield); her grandchildren Lisa, Jesse, Simon, Nathan, Rosalynn, Sasha, Filip, and Jorge; her five siblings, Oswaldo Castro, Ana Peers, Rosa Venturi (Vittorio), Isabel Marinus (Martin); and Carlos Castro (Mariella), and many beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Hugo, her sister-in-law Helga, and her brother-in-law Sidney.
Visitation will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 4-7 PM at the Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 98 Bedford St., Bridgewater.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 50 School St., Bridgewater. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MassArt, the Fuller Craft Museum, or any arts related organization.