Read the obituary for Stephanie Boaventura, a recent Regis College grad who died on her 22nd birthday

"She will be remembered by all for her big heart, big smile and for her unconditional and immeasurable love for her family."

Friends and family are remembering Stephanie Boaventura, of Milford, for her innate selflessness and passion to give back to the community.

The recent graduate of Regis College, who received a degree in public health with a 3.9 GPA and was currently pursuing a master’s in health administration, passed away in a car crash this past Friday on her 22nd birthday, according to her obituary.

For about a decade, Boaventura, who was a cheerleader at Milford High School, danced competitively for McKeon’s Dance Studio, her obituary said. She volunteered for the Special Olympics Best Buddy Program as well, and worked at the Whitney Place in Natick, an assisted living facility.


In her spare time, Boaventura could be found traveling or spending time with her friends and family, whom she loved being close to, according to her obituary.

Read the obituary for Boaventura, courtesy of her family, below:

Milford- Stephanie Pereira Boaventura, 22, of Milford died Friday, July 13, 2018, on her 22nd birthday, as a result of a tragic car accident. She was born in Framingham, raised in Milford, beloved daughter of Jomar Alves Boaventura and Claudia Pereira Dos Santos. Stephanie was a 2014 graduate of Milford High School. In May of this year, she graduated from Regis College with a 3.9 GPA and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health. Stephanie was currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Health Administration at Regis College. In addition to being a full-time student, she worked at Whitney Place at Natick. She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Stephanie was a former cheerleader for Milford High School, and had been a competitive dancer with McKeon’s Dance Studio for ten years. She enjoyed playing soccer. She also was a volunteer for the Special Olympics Best Buddy Program. She loved to travel, spend time with her friends and, more than anything, loved her time with her family. Stephanie enjoyed a special bond with her brother João. She was a fun, loving, compassionate, caring, and bright young lady who wore a smile on her face that will be missed. She will be remembered by all for her big heart, big smile and for her unconditional and immeasurable love for her family.

In addition to her loving parents Jomar and Claudia, she leaves her brother João Lucas Boaventura of Milford; her paternal grandmother Maria Alves Boaventura of Minas Gerais, Brazil; maternal grandparents Alvaro Z. Da Silva of Rondônia, Brazil and Gicelia Lopes of Framingham; her godparents, Eveline Lima-Oliveira of Marlborough, Gildelina Fonseca of Milford and Jesusmar Boaventura of Milford; many uncles, aunts and cousins. She also leaves many dear friends including Victoria Marcel and Brenda Soares.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, July 18th at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Mary of the Assumption Church, 17 Winter Street, Milford. Burial will follow at the St. Mary Cemetery on Cedar Street, Milford. Calling hours will be held in Saint Mary of the Assumption Church Tuesday, July 17th from 5-9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made at Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Fitzgerald & Collins Funeral Home (, 378 Lincoln Street, Marlborough. All are invited to sign Stephanie’s online guestbook at

Editor’s note: Boaventura’s obituary was edited lightly for clarity.