Maria Simoes Beck, former Ridgefielder

Maria Fatima (Simoes) Beck, 51 of Redding died on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY after a 5-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Maria was born in Portugal, January 16, 1961, a daughter of the late Angelino and Solene (Baio) Simoes. She immigrated to the United States from Portugal in 1967 first settling in the Bronx, NY. She graduated from Baruch College in 1983 with a degree in International Business. A Connecticut resident for the past 24 years, she was a contract administrator for Noble Americas of Stamford, CT.

An avid reader, Maria also loved spending time with her family.

Maria is survived by two daughters; Sara Beck, now residing in Thailand and Michelle Beck, attending the University of Texas in Austin, TX; a son, Nicholas Beck of Redding; two brothers, Adelio Simoes of Long Island, NY and Idalio Simoes of Slate Hill, NY and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 10:15 am in St. Mary Church, Ridgefield.

Interment will follow.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 from 2 PM to 4 PM and 6 PM to 9 PM.

Contributions in Mrs. Beck's memory may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10065.

—by the family