Mrs. Goncalves and her husband owned a daily newspaper, O Telegrafo, in their native town of Horta on the Azorean island of Faial before moving to the United States in the early 1970s, following their college-bound daughter.
Mrs. Goncalves was a longtime parishioner of St. John's Church in Felton. She lived in Smithwoods Mobile Home Estates in Felton for more than 31 years.
She is remembered as a happy person who had a talent for crocheting, knitting, painting and gardening and a sense of humor. She had the ability to construct a wall or sew beautifully for her family and friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Mariza Leff, and her husband, Jeffrey, of Felton; sister, Lucilia Avila of Tracy; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose Maria Goncalves.
The Mass will begin at 2 p.m. June 8 at St. John’s Catholic Church, 120 Russell Ave. in Felton. Burial will be private in Holy Cross Cemetery in Santa Cruz, beside her husband. Condolences can be shared online at www.pacificgardenschapel.com.
Contriubtions in Mrs. Goncalves’ name may be sent to Alzheimer's Association of Santa Cruz, 1777 Capitola Road, Ste. A, Santa Cruz, CA 95062.