August 25, 1936 - January 26, 2021

Eunice Priscilla Gonsalves, 84, returned to her Creator on January 26, 2021.  An embodiment of love, she was daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother not only to her own by blood, but to those in her heart. A heart so massive, that held a love so huge, it was only surprising that her human body could hold it for so long.

She was the much loved daughter of late George Felix and late Harriet Felix.  There was a host of siblings who idolized her - (late) Joseph "Jossy", (late) Margaret, (late) Vincent "Vinnu",  (late) Bonaventure "Bonny", Dominic "Donny", Terence, Bernadette "Birdie", Marie and (late) Dorothy.  She was born in Jamshedpur, Bihar, India.  Being a brilliant student, renowned for her dancing skills, wit and sheer joie de vivre, she was much in demand.  But she met, loved and married Romeo Gonsalves, a man not from her town or city or even her state.  Romeo’s job caused several relocations, and in happy mayhem, they proceeded to bring up their four daughters and much later, a son.  Sadly, Romeo passed away unexpectedly while still young,, and Eunice was left to raise four daughters ranging in age from 14 to 8 years and a son who was not yet a year old.

Never one to baulk at a daunting task, Eunice went ahead and raised her children on the limited resources available to her.  She managed this mission, despite severe setbacks, with grace, dignity, courage and her most endearing characteristic, humor.  Her staunch faith and devotion in the Almighty underpinned everything she did.  She brought up her children with the ability to not just survive, but to thrive, bloom and flourish.  She always encouraged her children to think for themselves, and that started with letting them make their own choices in clothes for special occasions.  This often led to strange clothing choices, which she always defended to others by saying, "Let them be, they're not getting married tomorrow!"

In the process of bringing up her own children, she touched the lives of countless others with acts of generosity, kindness and simple unbiased humanity.  No one who met Eunice could forget her.  The stories that involve her are legion and usually end with a huge belly laugh.

One of Eunice's finest attributes was her intelligence.  She constantly surprised everyone with her breadth and depth of knowledge, her incisive analysis of politics, her love for mystery and her unending treasury of facts from the smallest trivia to world history.  You could talk about any subject on the planet with Eunice and always have an intelligent conversation.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Political Science in India, a rarity for a woman at the time.  She went on to a teaching career until she married.  She may not have been in a classroom, but she was a teacher all her life, spreading her knowledge and more importantly,  her thirst for knowledge, to everyone she met.  Eunice was so smart that she was offered a scholarship for a Master's degree but she turned it down, because no one else around was that highly educated and it would have been isolating, something she never wanted.  

Eunice's interests were many.  Among her favorites were word puzzles,  especially cryptic crosswords, and sewing.  Her love of puzzles and creativity have been passed down to her children and grandchildren.  Eunice was a gifted seamstress and she always said she was given four little girls just so she could make them pretty clothes.  George got his share of pajamas too.  Her creativity has also been passed down to all her children and grandchildren. All are gifted in some way: there are artists, singers,  musicians, crafters, graphic designers and programmers among them.

Eunice selflessly came to the United States often since 1994 to help raise her American grandchildren.  She emigrated in 2009 and settled in Baldwin, New York to continue her ministry of love.  She did not just love and raise her grandchildren: she cared for any and every one in her presence, from young children to the friends of her children and grandchildren to her elderly neighbors. She also helped new members acclimate to the Oceanside Senior Center. Here she touched many Iives by listening to others' problems, doling out advice, and helping people reconnect to their faith. In addition, she became a US citizen in 2019.

She leaves us a priceless legacy in the hearts of the people whose lives she touched – all of whom remember her with love, laughter and gratitude.  Those who outlived her, will never lose her.  She will always live in their hearts.

Eunice Priscilla Gonsalves: Treasured mother of: Helen (daughter) & Gilroy, Dorothy (daughter) & Kirk, Rosemarie (daughter) & David, Diana (daughter) & Jeff, George (son) & Kristen.  Adored grandmother of: Gillian & Oscar, Meagan, Amanda, Marcus, Evan, Michaela, Kaitlyn, Elizabeth and Christian.

Reposing at the Fullerton Funeral Home, Inc., 769 Merrick Road, Baldwin, New York on Sunday, January 31, 2021 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass on Monday, February 1, 2021, 10:45 a.m. at Saint Anthony's R.C. Church in Oceanside, New York. Private Cremation.

Donations can be made in Eunice's name to feed the hungry by Clicking Here.

There will be a Live Stream Service on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Click Here to view.


View the LifeTribute for Eunice Priscilla Gonsalves

Thoughts & Prayers

Posted by Aimee Luers-Franco on
Dear George and Kristen, while I did not know her, reading this, I can see that your mother lived a life of love and will be so missed by you and your family. May you all carry on her mission in your own way, and I will pray in support of your strength on that journey.
Posted by Shail on
Fondly remembered as a bubly person with an unmatched enthusiasm for life. She would visit the bank where I worked and keep me posted on your whereabouts Rory.
She will always be watching over all of you....
Posted by Paddy Gangwani on
I had just met Aunty Eunice in Jan 2020 first and the last time. Who knew it was gonna be the last time!!! So difficult to believe she is no more. From the stories I have heard of her she was a stellar example of how emancipated women were even at her times. She moved from a strange foreign land back home with her 5 young kids and fought it out to bring up spectacular kids only to move into a foreign land again to help her struggling daughter to bring up her kids. They don’t make them like her anymore. She was the true epitome of what mothers should be. May she find peace and happiness to where ever she has moved on. We will all miss her here. ♥️????????
Posted by Navaz Cooper nee Patel on
I remember being in awe of this gorgeous confident women who would strive down the corridors of sjc whenever she came to meet her kids. Sexy as hell in her shirt dresses, high heels perfectly made up face and hair and with a confident smile on her face and her warm voice greeting the nuns there.
So sorry for your loss but hers was a life well lived, a privilege not many can enjoy.
Dear Eunice, continue spreading you vivacious charm and infectious laughter wherever you are????????????????????????????♥️
Posted by Patricia Mascarenhas on
... as a friend of Dorothy ... only now I read all about this very special Lady ... sad that I never met her ... may her dear departed soul rest in eternal peace ... my heartfelt condolences to all the family !!!
Posted by Roshni Desa on
Your mother was a beautiful soul and raised all you girls beautifully. She is now in heaven and your guardian angel .
May her soul rest in peace ????????❤️
Posted by Neeta shah on
R. I. P aunty .
Posted by Yvonne Tannen on
Darling Aunty Eunice...I was filled with great sadness when I heard that you had gone to your eternal rest..JESUS knows best ..You will always hold a special place in my heart.....Thank you for giving Maria,Peter n me a lovely holiday in Cal ..which we will always remember....Wish we could have spent more time together ...Love you Aunty Eunice..R I P..LOVE FROM Terance , Yvonne,Cheryl, Bernadette, Vivien, Michael,Olivia,Julia and Ethan..
Posted by Nilesh Vedi on
Dear Dorothy,

My prayers and thoughts are with you and the family in this time of grief. May the Almighty grant eternal peace to your mother. May her cherished memories give you and everyone in the family the strength and fortitude to overcome this loss.

Regards,
Nilesh

May
Posted by Perinaaz Khosravi on
My condolences to the family..may your dear mothers soul rest in eternal peace
Posted by Fiona on
I consider myself lucky to have known A Eunice. Her warmth and wit made her special to my whole family. Her inimitable spirit is an inspiration and we will miss our Phoenix, a.k.a. US Nanar! Our condolences to the entire Gonsalves family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Dregos
Posted by Didar on
What a great person. Thank you for spreading your light now and forever.
Sending love and prayers to your family
Posted by Karina gomes on
My dearest dearest much loved aunty .... actually way more than an aunt and more like a mother figure in my up n down life....a shoulder to cry on,a word of comfort wn in despair,a wicked joke together which could not be shared the memories are endless....my days in Nyc.....our times together on your visits back home...your kindness to my Munni....and how she accompanied you to the rickshaw home...your fabulous dress sense....your onion pink polish....your borolyn cream for all ailments except a broken heart.....ohh aunty.....I'm goin to really miss you so so much..........I know in my heart wnever Im feeling down I'm goin to look up to you in heaven above and have tht chinny wag again.....bcos I know you are just around the corner ,just around the bend...All is well
Posted by Lalitha Luke on
Dear Doro,
Never knew your Mom, but reading through her Obituary one could know that she was lively and loving person with full of life.
May her soul Rest In Peace.
Regards,
Lalitha
Posted by Shannon Almeida on
It was great reading about the life of Eunice. She seemed to be a strong woman, raising her kids so well. Dorothy would always speak to us about her Mum. A gem of a woman. May her soul rest in peace. Now she will be stitching dresses for the Angels in heaven and singing for them. My condolences to the entire family. You are blessed to be her kids. She is watching you all from heaven.
Posted by Jenny on
My condolences to Helen, Doro, Rory, Diana, George and the families. May your mum’s soul Rest In Peace.
Posted by IPSITA GANGULI on
A beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul. Truly a great legacy. My deepest condolences to the family.
Posted by Katy on
Hugs and prayers. She was so smart, funny, and charming!
Posted by Mary on
Eunice, Forever in our thoughts and prayers. You touched my heart in many ways. May you always be in The Sacred Heart glory. My most sincere condolences to your wonderful family.
Posted by Dorothy B. on
Risen Christ Lutheran Church
Our condolences ????
To the family, may her soul rest in eternal peace. We must stand together and give thanks to a great woman who shared her love with many. I didn’t know her, but the spoken words reflect the tremendous impact your Mother left on everyone's heart ♥️
Piece and blessings over the Family.
Posted by Bethany Schneider on
I am thankful that I could join you virtually in the celebration of Eunice's life. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his Saints." This service was both a time of mourning and rejoicing for this life well-lived. George, my sympathy to you and your family.
Posted by Premila on
My sincere condolences to Helen, Dorothy, Rory, Diana & George and to your families on the passing of A. Eunice. I have many wonderful memories of her. May her soul rest in peace!
Posted by Tyrone Barnett on
I can't tell you how sadden to hear the news of "Nanny" has been for me. She was (is) such a kind person to me and my Family. She was my spiritual guidance. I will trully miss her. Love You and rest in peace.
Posted by Phil & Giannina Howard & Family on
Rory, Diana, George & the rest of the family, I send my love in celebration of the purposeful life that your mother lived. She was a wonderful person and I have very fond memories of the times that I shared with her. Her legacy lives on in the lives of the people she has touched forever. May she rest in peace!
Love to you all!
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