Maria de Lourdes de Almeida Alves, 92 of Portugal, passed away surrounded by her family Tuesday, November 19 at CentraState Medical Center of Freehold, NJ. Maria was born in Boiças, Portugal and came to the US in 1970 settling in Elizabeth, NJ. After retirement she returned to Pedrógão Grande, Portugal. She moved back to the United States five and half years ago, after the passing of her husband to be with her children and grandchildren. Maria's smile lit up any room and she brought joy to all those around her. She is predeceased by her husband, João Alves. Maria is survived by her daughter, Edite Hanlon of Howell and her son, Helio Alves of Union Beach. Her sister, Lucia Tomé of Portugal and her 4 grandchildren, Erica Hanlon, Kelsey Hanlon, Denise Alves and Helio Alves Jr. Visitation will be Thursday, November 21 from 5-8 PM at August F. Schmidt Memorial Funeral Home, 139 Westfield Avenue, Elizabeth, NJ. A Mass will be held at 9:00 AM on Friday, November 22 at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 403 Spring Street, Elizabeth, NJ. Maria's final resting place will be at Cemitério de Alvares, Coimbra District, Portugal.