Sister Esmeria Marie Bastos, CSSF, died Oct. 17, 2017, in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, after experiencing several ongoing medical issues. She was 53.
She was born May 29, 1964, in Kingston, Ontario, to Manuel and Delmira (Vidal) Aguiar Bastos. She joined the Felician Sisters in Buffalo late in life, professing final vows in 2015. Sister Esmeria's ministry included service in her native Canada as an activity aide at Eatonville Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario. As her health began to decline, she became a patient in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo.
She is survived by her parents; a sister, Alice (Dennis) Raposo; and two nephews, Anthony and Robert Raposo.
A funeral Mass was held in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent chapel. Another service was also held at Holy Name of Mary Convent in Mississauga, Ontario, after which she was buried in the Felician Sisters' plot at nearby Assumption Cemetery.