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.
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Thoughts & Prayers
She will always be watching over all of you....
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????????????????????????????♥️
May her soul rest in peace ????????❤️
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.
Sending love and prayers to your family
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.
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.
Love to you all!