SIERRA VISTA — Maria C. Calchera passed away peacefully on August 13th, 2022 surrounded by her loved ones. Maria was born in Sintra, Portugal on June 7th,1927 to Jose and Deolinda Gomes Pereira. She went on to work at the American Embassy in Lisbon where she met the love of her life, Alfred Calchera. They wed and had two beautiful daughters; Vola and Deolinda. She soon decided to devote her life to her daughter who has special needs.
Maria enjoyed sewing, visiting with her friends, and feeding her birds. She was active in SHARC and the special Olympics. Maria was charitable and generous. She loved animals and absolutely adored her granddaughters and great grandchildren.