Sarita Pereira

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After a prolonged illness that accelerated in her last few days, Dr. Sarita Ann Pereira passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 14, 2014, in Boston, surrounded by family. As a deeply religious person, she was blessed by four priests—all of who were friends to her—and who provided the Blessing of the Sick and Last Rites. Sarita is survived by her parents—Bertie and Hazel Pereira; and her siblings—Mark Pereira (Amy), Pramila Charpentier (Dean), and Brian Pereira (Angela). She was favorite auntie to Danielle, Lauren, Nigel, Neil, Natasha, Brynn, Darcy, Natalie and Dash and the godmother to Ashwin.

A memorial is planned for Saturday, January 17, 2014 at 2 PM at the Shrine of St. Anthony (Boston) followed by a reception at 3PM at The Kensington (665 Washington St, Boston). In lieu of flowers, Sarita asked that donations be made to: American Liver Foundation ( and to the Gift of Life (www.donors1org/about-us/contribute). (Sarita’s family will also hold a private service for her in April around her birthday.)

The family would like to share some highlights of her life at her memorial services. We encourage you to share your memories of your time with Sarita, and what she meant to you in the Guest Book below.

Sarita loved her work, loved her faith, loved her family and lived life to the fullest. As a PhD in molecular biology, she had an illustrious career driven by the desire to help others through her research. Most recently she was the Global Director of Regulatory Affairs at Novartis in Boston, where she leaves several close colleagues. Having worked previously for AstraZeneca, Purdue Pharma, Ikaria, and Magainin Pharmaceuticals, she leaves behind colleagues in Boston, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Sweden and Denmark. We rest assured that her contribution to the field of medicine has and will benefit millions.

Wherever Sarita lived, she sought out friends who became her extended family, and with many of them she traveled to Eastern Europe, Israel, Scandinavia, Mexico, and throughout the U.S. Sarita was overjoyed to have traveled with friends to visit four sacred places: Medjugorje, Lourdes, Guadalupe, and the Holy Land.

We knew Sarita for being intelligent, warm-hearted, quirky, and thoughtful. She was the best gift-giver in our family. We all loved her, and will miss her very much.

Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and support through this difficult time.

The Family of Sarita Pereira