June 17, 1937 ~ May 18, 2020

Born in: Boston, MA
Resided in: Fremont, CA

It is with great sadness that the family of Dolores Stedman Meyers announces her passing on Monday, May 18, 2020, in Fremont, CA. She was 82 years old.
Dolores will be lovingly remembered by her three daughters Tamra Stedman, Dora Edwards & Carole Stedman, her sister Anna Romero and many nieces and nephews.
Dolores was born in Boston, MA on June 17, 1937, the youngest of 9 children.  Her parents, Joseph de Francis (Franca) and Rose Sardinha came through Ellis Island around 1920 from Funchal, Madeira in Portugal to Boston then came to Oakland, CA by train after the war in 1945.
Shortly after high school in Oakland, Dolores was a ballroom dance instructor at Arthur Murray dance studios in Vallejo before moving to San Francisco. She retired from Pacific Bell with 35 years. 
She got married in December of 1957 and had three children, that she raised by herself. She loved & adored her girls and did everything for them. She was a well-liked and very loved aunt, friend, and neighbor. She enjoyed playing bridge and Mahjong at the senior center with her friends and loved her granddogs Greta and Halle tremendously, as well as all of the cats she had over the years. She was a huge animal lover and spoiled every pet she ever had, as well as any that visited.  They always left a little heavier than when they came. She was the most loving, kind, beautiful soul and was loved by everyone. She was hands down the most generous, selfless person you could possibly ever meet. She will be forever missed by everyone who knew her. We love you mom, forever.

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  1. CandleMay God Bless and be with Dolores’s family and friends.
    She was a sweet friendly person.
    Our condolences
    Sincerely,
    Arlene Sweat, Julie Regan and Family

  2. CandleMy favorite Aunt, my 2nd mom, my friend, my Aunt Dolores..Oh, how I will miss you. Thanking God we talked the week prior to your going to the Angels in Heaven. Wow, what can I say about her.? She was always there for me during my growing up years and always there forever after. Helping me get thru the day when my dad passed, her brother, 1989 then my mom’s passing 2017. Always holding my hand. We so enjoyed talking about the good ole days with grandma and grandpa..she had so many funny stories. God Bless you Aunt Dolores, missing you so much..Love you to eternity!! Say hi to dad and mom for me, as you go to Heaven with ALL the Angels.

  3. CandleAunt Delores was a beautiful, caring and fun loving person. May our Lord be with her and her family, at this difficult time. We love her and will truly miss her. May God bless.

  4. CandleGod our Father,
    Your power brings us to birth,
    Your providence guides our lives,
    and by Your command we return to dust.

    Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
    their lives change but do not end.
    I pray in hope for my family,
    relatives and friends,
    and for all the dead known to You alone.

    In company with Christ,
    Who died and now lives,
    may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
    where all our tears are wiped away.
    Unite us together again in one family,
    to sing Your praise forever and ever.

    Amen.

  5. CandleI am going to miss you Auntie Dolores. Thank you for always being good to my cousins and I. I will never forget the time Grandpa Manny, Uncle Mike, Jason and I stayed the night over your house and when we woke up in the morning you made us the best lenguiza I have ever had. I love you and will miss you. May God bless you.

  6. CandleOur condolences to Carol, Dora and Tammy.
    You were blessed with a special mom. She was kind, loving and beautiful ( inside and out). I loved her smile, it was electrifying! She will definitely be missed. Find comfort in knowing she is resting in heaven now. You will forever have memories In your hearts that will last a lifetime.
    May God be with you during these difficult times🙏🏼💕

  7. CandleI’ve been lucky, for the last 40 years, to listen to Carole share great stories, funny moments and concerns about her Mom.
    They had an amazing Mother/Daughter relationship and a wonderful friendship. Carole was always there for her whenever she needed anything. I am so sorry for your loss. I send my condolences to you and your sisters.
    Love, Rose

  8. Delores was the sweetest person, and she always had hugs, kisses, and warm hellos whenever I’d visit her daughter, Carole. This was true even when she wasn’t feeling herself, which is something I always appreciated — and looked forward to — and will always remember about Delores. Her warmth is a rare and welcome thing nowadays, and it’s just one of the many things that made her special, and why we’ll miss her so much!

  9. CandleDolores, I have always loved your genuine interest in me and everyone you ever met, it was always about the other people before yourself!! I could never get out of your house without you giving me something to take with me 😃. Always so generous!! You accepted me and others for who they were with no judgement. I love you and will miss your inquiring, giving and loving spirit so much!! 💕 Kimerie

  10. CandleWhat can I say about aunt Dolores? As stated by other family members, I completely agree with all of their beautiful words. Aunt Delores was Such a beautiful person who was always there to have a conversation. Our visits to Fremont were always so special. Sometimes we talked about family history and each time it gave us an ability to get to know how and Dolores was as a child, teenager, etc. Aunt Dolores was giving, amazing, and thoughtful to everyone. Aunt Dolores was an animal lover and with no hesitation would take in stray Cats and sometimes their kittens and ensured that they had enough to eat…. she took such good care of them. We already miss her so much….will miss seeing her and greeting her with a big hug and kiss…..Aunt Delores… we love you so much. Mike and Sue De Francis

  11. CandleSweet Delores…
    I, like everyone else in your life, will never ever forget you. You have one of the most kind and gentle soul of anyone I know. I didn’t get to see you to often towards the end but I thought of you so very often and I’m so grateful that you’re now out of pain. I promise to take care of your sweet daughter as I’m sure you know her heart is broken. You were both so very lucky to have each other in this lifetime.
    Rest easy sweet woman….And I’ll see you when my time is up.❣❣❣

  12. CandleFirst of all I want to say my thoughts & prayers are with Tammy & Dora & Carole during this difficult time. 🙏🏻 Dolores was a loving & caring mother who loved her girls so much! And was very welcoming to all there friends, I spent many times at the Stedman household growing up & Dolores was always loving & caring to all of us! ❤️

  13. CandleI was so lucky to have aunt Dolores In my life from the day I was born till her last day. Aunt Dolores was the kindest most patient person I knew. She raised me for a short time in my earliest years, I’m so thankful for that.
    We talked often, I will miss her calls and visiting her. I love you aunt Dolores I will never forget you
    Love Reenie

  14. CandleI will miss you Aunt Delores. I will always remember our last visit together while I was headed to a Raider game. You let me crash on the couch and made me food when I woke up. I Love You

  15. Webster’s dictionary needs to have a picture of my Aunt Dolores with the definition as :genuinely compassionately, friendly, person that makes you feel comfortable, person you want to converse with. If I could only hang out with my Aunt Dolores once again on a
    San Francisco Night.

  16. My great aunt Delores was such a beautiful person. She meant the world to all of us. Such an important person in my moms life. We will miss you greatly. She gave a quilt to Mila a few months ago and Mila always plays on it. We will cherish it a little more now.

  17. CandleAunt Dolores,
    I wish we could have seen you, not just one, but many more times. You were always so kind, so sweet, so ready to listen, smile and laugh gently when we spoke. I genuinely enjoyed talking with you because I could tell that you genuinely enjoyed hearing what I had to say. You were very special, and I remember many interactions with you that always left me feeling warm and loved. I will miss you very much,
    Love, Amber

  18. My dear friend, Dolores…..I will deeply miss her! She was a wonderful woman..she loved her family so much. I enjoyed our times together, playing mahjong, going to different restaurants and hearing all about her daughters. Her heart was so loving. Rest in peace my friend💙

  19. CandleDear Dolores, I hear your voice so clearly….it’s 2nd grade, vivid memories of sleepovers at your house and the call……..Carole Ann! You lived a lifetime loving & caring for your three beautiful daughters, and always found additional time to love and touch the lives of so many others….human and animal. I am in awe of your strength, courage, and immense kindness. Rest In Peace beautiful Dolores.

  20. CandleI loved your Mom’s frankness and no nonsense personality. Very Portuguese. It reminds me of my Portuguese family. I will never forget her. Love Scott.

  21. CandleMy condolences on her passing. She was an amazing lady. She always had a smile on her face and made me laugh

  22. CandleDolores was an amazing soul. Carole used to do my hair at her mom’s house and I was always greeted with a big smile, and such authenticity. She wanted to know how I was doing, how my family was, and (I think) she would enjoy listening to Carole and I having edgy conversations as she would play solitaire. She always had a smile, she felt so at peace and grateful for her girls, friends and what she had. I never heard her say a negative word. The world would be a better place if there were more people like her. I hope the beautiful memories she leaves behind will bring her family some comfort during this difficult time.

    • CandleSuch a sweet human being and treated me like part of the clan and not a stranger… you’ll be missed Aunt Dolores, farewell and till we meet again in heaven.

      Love,

      Ronnie J.

  23. Dolores… I met your Daughter via Facebook ..
    She is a darling. And my hope is to meet her in person one day ..

    Ps .. please look for my Mama up there ( her name is Dolores too !!!
    Missing you Mom’s way too much here on Earth .
    ❣️

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