Blanche Yvonne Gonsalves, a lifelong resident of Waquoit, died in her sleep on January 27 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 90.
She was the daughter of Manuel and Deolinda (Torres) Morris.
A graduate in the Lawrence High School Class of 1949, Ms. Gonsalves had attended many of her high school reunions.
Early in her working years Ms. Gonsalves was employed at the Coonamessett Inn; she later worked at Augat, Inc. in Mashpee as a quality control foreman for 30 years until her retirement.
She was the wife of George Gonsalves, with whom she shared 54 years of marriage. With her husband she enjoyed going on cruises and together they volunteered with Meals-on-Wheels, making deliveries of the meals. Ms. Gonsalves continued this community service on her own after his death in 2006.
A woman of faith, Ms. Gonsalves was a dedicated parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church in East Falmouth. She also volunteered at the rectory and for many years was a member of the church choir.
She was an avid bowler and a longtime participant in the Falmouth Women's Bowling League.
She leaves her children, Karen Hinds of East Falmouth, Vicki Donovan and her husband, Jack Donovan, of Belmont, New Hampshire, and Timothy Gonsalves and his wife, Jennifer Gonsalves, of Waquoit; five grandchildren, Ashley Hinds, Brett Donovan, Marissa SantaBarbara, Casey Gonsalves and Nicole Gonsalves; a great-granddaughter, Olivia SantaBarbara; her brother Milton Morris of Waquoit; and many nieces and nephews and other extended family.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Eleanor Gilbert; a brother, Manuel Morris; and a nephew.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 4, at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Highway.
Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in East Falmouth.