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“Having George & Mary as neighbors for five years while working and living at Green Animals was special. Whenever I see a giraffe or topiary I smile...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Ernie Wasson - Aptos, CA

“Paul , my sincere sympathy to the loss of your parents Joanne Morris McDevitt ”
2 of 27 | Posted by: JOANNE MORRIS MCDEVITT - MA

“Our deepest sympathies to the boys and their families on the deaths of their parents. Also to Adolph and Jane. I just found out about this today and...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: cindy and jack aber - brookline, MA

“An earthly love for all eternity! Forty years ago, a teenaged worker at Alice Brayton's Green Animals, I learned many things, from the proper way to...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Diane Caplin - Portsmouth, RI

“Our Deepest Sympathy to the Mendonca Family: We have such warm memories of our distant cousin Mary and George. Mary and our late father Jose...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Pimentel - Bristol, RI

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to George, Mary and their family, especially Lenny, Marilyn, John, Michol, Allie and Paul & Mary. A true Romeo and...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Tim and Karen Hetland - RI

“Lenny, Marilyn, Michol and John I was so sorry to hear about Mary and George. I have so many fond summer time memories of Green Animals and the...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Kathy (Sheehan) Perrone - MA

“Mary and George were beacons of faith, hope, love, wisdom, creativity, resourcefulness... with an unparalleled sense of humor... rare exceptions in...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Mary Jean McDonough - Portsmouth, RI

“My prayers go out to the Mendonca family at this sad time. I was touched by the write-up in the paper and would love to acknowledge this couples...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Christopher Ottiano - Portsmouth, RI

“Lenny, My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your parents. ”
10 of 27 | Posted by: Tom McEntee - Riverside, RI

“What a wonderful love story. They are together for all eternity. ”
11 of 27 | Posted by: Dennis Treutlein - Cherryville, NC

“To the Mendonca Family my condolences and prayers. I was one of the Social Workers from Visiting Nurses that had the privilege to know and assist...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Jenny Burns - Okinawa, Japan

“To the Mendonca Family. My husband and I were so happy to have met a distant cousin for a family get together of the Mendoncas a few years ago. It...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Carolyn & Roger Zuccone - FL

“Lenny and Family: Seashells remind us that every passing life leaves something beautiful behind. May beauty live on in your memories of your mom ...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Cheryl & John Tomassini - Warwick, RI

“Dear Family, I first met Mary when we were in St. Anthony's Women's Club together. One is instantly attracted to her because of her warmth and...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Shirley Lenzi - Portsmouth, RI

“Lenny, Marilyn, Michol and John, My sincerest condolences. ~ Bob Angeli ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: Bob Angeli - Portsmouth, RI

“Green Animals was an important element of my childhood, the work Mr. And Mrs. Mendonca did sparked the imagination of many. We're so lucky to have...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Celeste Sunderland Gottfried - CA

“I have very fond memories of George and Mary and all the times we have been together. Love, Beth ”
18 of 27 | Posted by: beth shaw - Bristol, RI

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I had the pleasure of meeting George and Mary this past summer. I attended their grandson John...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Rhoda Bucci - Rumford, RI

“Mary and George hold such precious momeries for me and my sister Meg and Jane I shall remember them forever in my heartD Bless them for suely they...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Flip Acheson Fenton - RI

“My prayers and sympathy to all the family as you mourn the death of George and Mary. I have many happy memories of them as we shared many years on...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Sr. Ann Marie Walsh, fcJ - Guelph

“I cannot think of our years on Cory's lane without thinking of George and Mary. Our family was enriched by these two remarkable people. George...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Irene Haney - Centerville, MA

“Sending our love and condolences across the bridge. Our prayers are with you all. Love, The Attleboro Cousins - Ann, Jane, Freddie, Arleen & Carmina...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Arleen Elshant Pedersen - MA

“CONDOLENCES, GREGORY, AND ALL THE MENDONCA'S FROM A DLS CLASSMATE. IT IS DIFFICULT TO LOSE YOUR MOTHER, BUT TO LOSE BOTH PARENTS AT THE SAME TIME HAS...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: PATRICK F. MURPHY - NEWPORT, RI

“I will surely miss my cherished friends of many years, George and Mary. ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: Eileen McGuire - Portsmouth, RI

“Dear Mendonca family,from all the staff and volunteers of Green Animals, our condolences for your great loss. We will miss Mary's endless energy,...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Jim Donahue - Portsmouth, RI

“Marilyn&Lenny; My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.They were wonderful people and very caring and so kind to others.Paula and I ...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: John McCauley - Newport, RI


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Portsmouth, RI - Mary T. (Carriero) Mendonca, 93, and George A. Mendonca 101, of Corey's Lane, Portsmouth, RI, died Tuesday, February 1, 2011 and Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at Newport Hospital, Newport, RI. Mrs. Mendonca was born in Portsmouth, RI on August 21, 1917, and was the daughter of the late Jose and Mary (Pimental) Carreiro, one of five children. Mary Mendonca was very active in St. Anthony's Parish. She was an avid seamstress and a very accomplished gardener, winning many awards for her flowers and gardens. She was a Life Member of the Newport Preservation Society, where she volunteered regularly. She was also a member of the Newport Horticulture Society, an Honorary Member of the Portsmouth Garden Club, and a member of the Portsmouth Grange. Her father, Jose Carreiro, is credited for creating the Green Animals Topiary Gardens in Portsmouth. This fanciful environment further influenced her creativity and imagination. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother and will be sorely missed by her family and friends. Her husband George continued the grooming of Green Animals and added his mystique. Mr. Mendonca was born in Newport, RI on December 29, 1909 and was the son of the late Francisco L. and Mary (Perry) Mendonca and was one of nine children. George, an accomplished horticulturist and topiary artist continued his father-in-laws work and increased the number of animals on the farm. George was active in the community and was a life member of the Horticultural Society of Newport, an honorary consultant to the Portsmouth Garden Club and for many years Mary and he were active in the Portsmouth Grange. His work, trials and travails were chronicled in the Sony Pictures film, Fast, Cheap and Out of Control produced and directed by Errol Morris, as it depicted the struggles of four men who confronted nature. He relaxed using his imagination combing the shores of Narragansett Bay, doing creative carpentry of his finds, which included rebuilding a half of a boat that washed ashore. He loved fishing and hunting. George Mendonca was a quietly loving father, friend and guide to family and acquaintances. They are survived by their sons Gregory W. Mendonca of North Andover, Ma, G. Leonard Mendonca of Portsmouth, RI, and Paul E Mendonca of Wenham, MA, her brother Adolph B Carreiro of Lovell, ME, his sister Virginia Mendonca of Portsmouth, RI, their grandchildren, John L Mendonca, Michol J Mendonca, Jason Mendonca, Kelly A Mendonca, Brian Mendonca, Kevin Mendonca, and their greatgrandchildren, Alexandra Botohello, Teddy and Jeston Mendonca Their calling hours will be held on Friday February 11, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Portsmouth, RI. Their funeral will be held on Saturday February 12, at 9:00 AM, from the Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Portsmouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM, in St. Anthony's Church, 2836 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Burial will be in Portsmouth Cemetery in Portsmouth. In lieu of flowers, donations in their memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties, 1184 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871.

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