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Israel Beaufore Vaz de Almeida

July 12, 1980 ~ January 8, 2019 (age 38)

     Israel Beaufore Vaz de Almeida age 38 of St. Johns, MI, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

     Visiting with family and friends will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 1-4 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes - Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.

     Israel was born in Jaboticabal, Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 12, 1980 the son of Miqueias Vaz de Almeida and Cindra June Beaufore.  Israel resided in St. Johns from the age of 4 and was a graduate of St. Johns High School.

     He worked for Mahle Engine Components for over 20 years where he started out as a machine operator and worked his way to being a Process Engineer.  Israel traveled for work and pleasure.  He traveled back to his native Brazil many times on company business.  He also traveled to Portugal, Japan, Spain, Mexico and Italy on business. He was able to visit his beloved Brazilian grandmother, father, uncles, aunts and cousins on two personal trips.

     Israel was dedicated to his career and had a high mechanical aptitude.  He was a member of the Sleepy Hollow Conservation Club.  

     He is survived by his daughter Audrey de Almeida and her fiancé Anthony Sleep of St. Johns, MI; daughter Kiersten de Almeida of St. Johns, MI; mother Cindra Beaufore and Dennis Seidl of Jackson, MI; father Miqueias Vaz de Almeida of Jaboticabal, Sao Paulo, Brazil; sister Melanie McDonnell of Grand Rapids, MI; brother Isaac and Makailey de Almeida, of St. Johns, MI; brother Evan de Almeida of Lansing, MI; grandfather Darwin Beaufore of Owosso, MI; mother of his children Sue de Almeida of St. Johns, MI; girlfriend Angele James of Saline, MI. Israel is also survived by his nieces and nephews: Brigit, Jonah, Michael, Zach, Nicole, and Charleigh also many aunts, uncles and cousins in the United States and Brazil.  Israel was preceded in death by his grandparents: Hila Beaufore, Barthimeu Vaz de Almeida and Eunice de Freitas de Almeida and his nephew Matt McDonnell.

     Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.

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