Obituary: Celeste Marques (1927-2019)

Celeste Marques passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of December 15, 2019. She was born on March 27, 1927 in Lowell, Massachusetts where her parents settled after emigrating to the United States from Madeira, Portugal. As a young girl, Celeste moved to Paul Do Mar, a small Portuguese fishing village, where she grew up before returning back to the United States.

At the age of 19, Celeste married the love of her life & father to her children, Manuel Marques Jr., in Oakland, California. Celeste is survived by her three children, Alice Goncalves and her husband Tony, Manuel Marques III and his wife Trisha & Mike Marques and his wife Linda, as well as eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Celeste was adoringly known as “Mom” to countless people as a result of her loving nature, welcoming & warm home, and impeccable cooking skills. In addition to being a mother figure to many people, Celeste had a significant professional life. Celeste worked at Carnation-Albers for 10 years before working alongside her late husband, Manuel Marques Jr., to build their underground construction company, J&M, Inc., into a successful family business.

Mom’s love for her family, their business and the San Francisco Giants will live in our hearts forever and we find comfort in knowing she will now be reunited with her husband, Manuel Marques Jr.

Services are being handled by the San Leandro Funeral home on December 29th and 30th. Further details are available at:

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