Maria A.V. Goncalves of Fort Pond Boulevard, Springs, died on Nov. 2 at home. She was 84 and had been ill with melanoma for several years. As was her wish, she was surrounded by family and was in the comfort of her home.
Mrs. Goncalves was the proud matriarch of the Goncalves clan. She was the “other half” to her husband, Porfirio C. Goncalves, who died in August 2010.
She was a homemaker, honing her culinary skills daily and decorating her house with a mix of Portuguese and American touches. She gardened, relishing in the presentation of a bouquet of flowers to a visitor or in an assortment of tomatoes. She was a mother and grandmother, cherishing every member of her family, they said.
In 1960, Mrs. Goncalves and a young daughter arrived by airplane from Portugal, joining her husband, who had come to America a couple of years earlier to make a new home in Springs. Both worked hard and tirelessly to provide for their family, which expanded with the birth of their youngest son, Candido, and was completed with the reuniting of the two older sons, Porfirio Goncalves Jr. and Jose Goncalves, who had been living overseas with their maternal grandmother.
She is survived by her sons and her daughter, Maria Goncalves, and eight grandchildren, all of whom live in East Hampton.
The family said the children will pay tribute to Mrs. Goncalves by carrying on with her cultural pride, her love of gardening, and her love of cooking. Family members agreed that the most important thing passed on by Mrs. Goncalves and her husband was their love of family.
Mrs. Goncalves was born on June 10, 1927, in Moncao, Portugal.
She was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton, where a funeral Mass was said for her on Nov. 5.
The family has suggested that donations in her memory be made to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.