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MARLBOROUGH – Natalice Mendes, 61, of Marlborough and Framingham passed away unexpectedly on Monday December 12, 2022 at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham.  

She was born, raised and educated in Anápolis, Goiás, Brazil the daughter of the late Joaquim Mendes Da Silva and Delmira Gabriel De Jesus.

Natalice worked as a chef in area nursing homes serving delicious meals to residents for many years. Natalice showed love to others through her passion for cooking, baking, and celebrating joyous occasions.

She was a member of St. Tarcisius Church in Framingham and also helped teach the children in the church’s daycare and preschool. Natalice enjoyed the beach, shopping and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved everyone with all of her heart, always trying her best to help others. 

Natalice is survived by two loving sons, Junior (Elicia) Braz of Toledo, Ohio and Fernando (Tielly) Braz of Marlborough; loving daughter, Aline (John) Braz of Lynn; six amazing grandchildren (in order of birth): Milly, Brady, Bentley, Penelope, Scarlet, and Valentina. She is also survived by her siblings: Wilmar, Waldemar, Joaquim, Luzia, Vanda, Modesta, Walter and the father of her children Odinir Braz. 

Visitation will be held Thursday December 15 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in St. Tarcisius Church, 562 Waverly Street, Framingham. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 5:30 p,m. in the church.  Celebration of Life will be private.

 Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Collins Funeral Home, 378 Lincoln Street, Marlborough. 

All are invited to sign Natalice’s online guestbook at 

In lieu of flowers those wishing to make a donation, toward funeral expenses, are accepted and appreciated by family and can be made at

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.